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Most Popular New Health Tip: Eat a Daily Dose of Chocolate!

A new health study offers what is sure to be everyone’s favorite health tip. The research, published in the BMJ journal Heart, says you can lower the risk of heart disease and stroke by eating 100 grams of chocolate daily. This study builds upon and supports existing data from previous research. The study tracked 25,000 adult participants in Norfolk, England. It examined the long-term health of participants based on questionnaires that surveyed food and lifestyle choices. The researchers also reviewed globally published evidence on the links between chocolate and cardiovascular…

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5 Big Health Myths

When we talk about health, we often emphasize eating good food and getting regular exercise. But in a recent article in MindBodyGreen.com, life and happiness coach Alicia Melgoza writes that being healthy also encompasses our “emotional, mental, relational and spiritual well-being.” She cites what she calls the five big health myths, and she recommends better ways to live a healthy, happy life: Myth #1: Fitness comes first. The truth: Research has shown that social ties and relationships may be more critical to our health than exercise. Try planning your workouts…

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Which Proteins Are Best?

Protein is vital for building muscle and losing fat, but how much protein you eat is not the only factor to consider. It also matters what kind of protein you consume. A recent study published in the journal, Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, says there are three important things to keep in mind. First, every type of protein, from fish to nuts, includes a different grouping of amino acids. There are 20 amino acids that are known as the building blocks of protein. Nine of those are “essential,” which means…

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Sleep Well to Lose Weight

If you, like so many Americans, are attempting to lose weight, you are undoubtedly focused on some important lifestyle changes. You’ve modified your diet and you are exercising, perhaps walking or working out in a gym. You may be reminding yourself to drink more water. But have you considered the vital role that sleep plays in weight loss? No matter how consistent you are with your diet and exercise regimen, you are unlikely to achieve success unless you are getting ample sleep. Most people need eight hours a night, but…

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Don’t Overthink Your Diet Plan, Say Experts

Most of us who need to lose weight are somewhat intimidated by the idea of choosing a diet plan. Should we count calories? Should we try eating raw? Should we go low-carb, or no carb? Vegetarian or vegan, or gluten free? We often end up spending weeks or months just deciding the best route to take to our weight loss goals. Now a new study suggests it really doesn’t matter. The study was conducted at the Durham, North Carolina Veterans Administration Medical Center. Researchers found that in the long term,…

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Are You Doing This for Your Asthma?

If you have moderate to severe asthma and are currently treating it with drugs alone, a new study may offer you additional relief. According to the study conducted by researchers at the University of Sao Paulo School of Medicine in Brazil, regular aerobic exercise can be more effective in controlling symptoms than a drug regimen alone. In the study led by Dr. Celso Carvalho, participants were randomly assigned to a three-month course of exercise on a treadmill. Those participants exhibited improvement in two areas of asthma that make breathing difficult:…

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How Nature Walks Change Your Brain

The majority of people now live in cities, and spend much less time enjoying nature than people did in previous generations. Research shows urban dwellers are at higher risk for anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses, compared to people living in rural environments. Now a new study has proven that walking in nature actually changes your brain. A growing body of research has demonstrated that residents of cities who have limited access to green spaces have higher levels of psychological problems than people who live near parks. Other research shows…

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Nuts May Be a Key to Longer Life

We have known for some time that nuts are a healthy food. Now a new study reveals this high-protein snack may be the key to living longer by preventing many chronic diseases. Research published in the International Journal of Epidemiology shows eating at least ten grams of nuts or peanuts daily is associated with a lower rate of death from respiratory disease, neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Nut butters, however, did not offer the same protection. Researchers examined data from 120,00 male and female…

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Thyroid-Related Fatigue

Fatigue is a growing problem among Americans. Some may be a product of working too much and too many hours. Some may be attributable to adrenal burnout or fibromyalgia, or other medical issues. Some is certainly caused by thyroid malfunction. How do you tell the difference? Thyroid-related fatigue shows itself when you find it difficult to sustain energy compared to your previous level of fitness and endurance. If your thyroid is not functioning properly, it is difficult to sustain energy output. You’ll feel as though you just don’t enough energy…

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What You Must Know About GMOs

GMOs, genetically modified organisms, are produced through genetic engineering. Their genetic makeup has been changed to include new and unique traits, such as, in the case of seeds, resistance to drought and increased yield. Proponents of genetic engineering say the process is safe and beneficial to the agricultural industry as well as consumers. Opponents of GMOs are vociferous in their belief that genetic engineering is dangerous to the environment and to people. They cite human studies showing genes inserted into genetically modified soy, for example, can migrate into the DNA…

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