Seven Compelling Healthy Habits

In the general scheme of life, there really isn’t a magic bullet to great health, although there are certain habits that resilient individuals tend to adopt. Some may be familiar, others a bit more unexpected.

Quality rest

Robust people normally do not burn the midnight oil. Good sleep each night is the foundation for keeping the immune system Continue reading

Six Ways Walnuts Help You Stay Healthy

All nuts are good for you, but walnuts are superior to all the others when it comes to optimum nutrition. They are immensely healthy, brimming with “good” fats, and other substances proven to fight health problems. Here is a look at six great reasons why you might sprinkle some walnuts over your next salad.

1. They Fight High Cholesterol Continue reading

Edible School Yards and Healthy Cooking Lessons – Growing Fresh Solutions for Childhood Obesity

Purple carrots, raspberry bushes and a bounty of schoolyard-grown vegetables are sprouting up around the nation. Edible schoolyards are teaching children about sustainability, nutrition and the fun of growing, cooking and eating their own food. As more of these gardens germinate from an idea to a full fledged classroom, children learn about wholesome food choices — helping to curb childhood obesity.

The blossoming of garden classrooms

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Learning Faster with Neurodegenerative Disease

Huntington’s gene mutation carriers: Severity of the genetic mutation related to learning efficiency

People who bear the genetic mutation for Huntington’s disease learn faster than healthy people. The more pronounced the mutation was, the more quickly they learned. This is reported by researchers from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and from Dortmund in the journal Current Biology. Continue reading

Coffee is Exactly What You Need for Healthy Blood Pressure.

If your blood pressure is not where you want it to be.

If you’ve done everything right, but haven’t gotten the results you want.

Then please take five minutes to read this report. I believe I’ve found the solution you’ve been hoping for. Continue reading

Breast-Fed Babies’ Gut Microbes Contribute to Healthy Immune Systems

A new multi-university study reports that differences in bacterial colonization of the infant gut in formula-fed and breast-fed babies lead to changes in the expression of genes involved in the infant’s immune system.

The study, published in the April 30 issue of BioMed Central’s open access journal Genome Biology, is an Editor’s Pick. Continue reading

Important News if You Still Cook with Oil

oilWhen you break out the frying pan and get set for some cooking, what oil do you reach for? A new study brings with it some interesting health advice in terms of potentially toxic exposure. It bears important health tips for those who like to use sunflower oil in particular.

Spanish researchers have discovered certain “aldehydes” in food. Continue reading

Surprisingly Healthy Foods

Although the best diets contain a large amount of vegetarian, raw foods, several commonly eaten foods have remarkably robust health benefits. Even if your busy life makes it hard to eat right, simply adding chocolate, coffee and orange juice to your menus can offer a distinct boost to your well-being.

Chocolaty Health

I’ve heard and laughed at the health claims for chocolate over the years. The chocolate you buy and eat has been processed and formulated with refined sugar. However, even though many of the potent antioxidant flavonoids in raw cacao (the original source of chocolate) are depleted, the processed chocolate you buy still shows clear health benefits.

The August 2011 British Medical Journal includes a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials and observational studies with a total of 114,009 participants that demonstrated a 37 percent reduction in cardiovascular disease and a 29 percent reduction in stroke for people who consumed the highest levels of chocolate compared to those who consumed the least.1 Continue reading

Staying Fit and Healthy Keeps Your Sex Life Alive

Most of the really old don’t get it on. But if you keep yourself fit and in good health, you can keep having sex further into your golden years.

Unfortunately, those who live to be 100 don’t have much of a sex life as they near the century mark. The average man’s sex life ends around age 70. For women, it’s usually over at age 66. But, says a study at the University of Chicago, published in the British Medical Journal, if you keep yourself in really good health and physical shape, you can squeeze out up to an extra seven years of sex.

“Interest in sex, participation in sex and even the quality of sexual activity were higher for men than women, and this gender gap widened with age,” said lead author Stacy Tessler Lindau, M.D., associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Chicago. But the study also “affirms a positive association between later-life health, sexual partnership and sexual activity,” she said.

A consolation for older women, according to the scientists, is that many of them seem not to miss sexual activity after it ends. Continue reading

Calcium Plus Protein Equals Healthy Weight Loss

A major concern of dieting individuals is getting adequate nutrients while cutting back on calorie intake. Researchers at McMaster University report that a healthy weight-loss eating plan should include protein- and calcium-rich foods.

Authors of the study observed a group of overweight or obese premenopausal women who were on diets consisting of high, medium or low intake of dairy products, and differing amounts of protein and carbohydrates.

The team reported that volunteers on high-dairy and high-protein diets lost about the same amount of weight as the other participants, but improved their markers of bone density and had less abdominal fat than their counterparts on different eating plans.

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Is Frozen Yogurt a Healthy Choice?

Trying to lose weight often means dropping beloved high calorie foods from your diet. Sometimes a swap is barely noticeable – skim milk for whole, low fat cheese for full fat – but when trying to drop ice cream, you may not be pleased with your choices. Low fat or no fat ice creams are indeed lower in calories and fat, but many times have a different mouth feel or slightly bitter aftertaste. One of the most popular lower fat frozen desserts is frozen yogurt.

Drive through your city, and you’ll see an overwhelming number of businesses offering frozen desserts. Ice creams, custards, Italian ices, and the newest fad – frozen yogurt. From scoop shops to dispense your own, and many with massive topping choices, these dessert bars are popular for the ability to create a dessert that is exactly what you want – Continue reading

Five Top Foods for Healthy, Youthful Skin

Everyone likes the look of healthy skin. A beautiful complexion is not only attractive, but it’s also a sign that the rest of your body is pretty healthy, too. When your skin is supple and free from blemishes, you look younger and feel younger, too. With that in mind, this health e-letter is going to offer some health advice about the five foods you should include in your weekly diet to help protect your skin from aging.

Number five on the list is oysters. Don’t like oysters? You might want to rethink your position. Oysters are very high in zinc. Zinc is a mineral that is needed for the production of new skin cells and for getting rid of old, dead skin. The two actions together help, to give your skin that healthy glow.

Food number four is grapefruit. Grapefruit — and other citrus fruits — are high in vitamin C. Continue reading

This Vitamin Helps Promote Healthy Lungs

Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin. It helps to keep bones and teeth healthy and keeps your muscles strong. Recent research has also pointed to vitamin D’s role in boosting the immune system. In the latest health news, researchers at the University of California have discovered another health breakthrough about vitamin D: it plays a critical role in your body’s ability to fight off infections. And not just any infection, but a potentially life-threatening one like tuberculosis (TB).

For their study, the U.S. researchers investigated the mechanisms by which the body manages to kill or stop the growth of pathogens, such as “M. tuberculosis,” the bacteria that causes TB. In the course of their research, they detected that white blood cells — which are critical in the fight against infections — Continue reading

Supplements Can’t Replace a Healthy Diet

Recent studies have called into question the value of taking vitamins and nutritional supplements. Some researchers even claim that their findings demonstrate that nutrients in pills can make your health worse. This controversy points to one indisputable truth: Your primary tool for getting optimal nutrition is eating a diet filled with fruits and vegetables. If you eat a junk food diet, supplements can’t offset its negative effects.

What a Body Needs

About 10 years ago, I was in a natural health store and overheard a customer ask the owner a provocative question: “How do I know if these supplements are helping me, and how long do I need to take them?”

His answer was smooth and well-rehearsed and went something like this: “Your body needs all of the essential vitamins and nutrients Continue reading

Four “Thieves” that Are Stealing Nutrients from Your Body

Your natural health requires a constant intake of essential nutrients. It’s no health secret that eating nutrient-rich, fresh foods is a vital way to stay healthy.

Did you know that nutrients can just disappear? Certain things can either strip food of its nutritional value or deplete your body’s supply of any number of essential vitamins and minerals. This information is important when you are shelling out money for supplements to boost your nutrient levels, or if you have made significant dietary changes in order to get the most out of your food.

It’s difficult to generalize and give an overall list of the things that cause you to lose nutrients. This is because many different factors will deplete certain minerals and specific vitamins, Continue reading