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The Costs for Eating Healthy | Women’s Health Magazine

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in Health & Fitness | 0 comments

The Costs for Eating Healthy | Women’s Health Magazine

There are lots of explanations for the obesity epidemic: Genetics. Lack of sleep. The ubiquity of junk food. Now, new research in the British Medical Journal sheds light on another common, but previously unproven, theory: Eating healthy is expensive. According to the analysis of 27 studies, it costs $1.50 more per day to follow a healthy diet, compared to consuming lots of processed foods. While $1.50 might not sound like a lot, this translates to an extra $550 a year for one person to adhere to a healthy-eating plan like the Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes fruits, vegetables, fish, and nuts. Your pocketbook may be hit especially hard if you opt for lean meats instead of fattier cuts: Meats/protein exhibited the largest price difference between healthy and unhealthy picks—$0.29 per serving—of any supermarket category.  Read...

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Avoid the Latest Sickness Going 'Round

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in Health & Fitness | 0 comments

Avoid the Latest Sickness Going 'Round

Is the flu lurking next door? In a massive undertaking, University of Pittsburgh researchers recently digitized the U.S. epidemic records from 1888–the first year diseases were surveyed–to 2013, entering 125 years’ worth of data for 56 diseases into 6,500 tables. And the resulting database, named Project Tycho, could have your answer. “Over 125 years, there have been tremendous differences among disease reporting, like what the illness is called, or how often they are surveyed,” says Wilbert van Panhuis, M.D., Ph.D., Project Tycho’s lead investigator. “Our team wanted to digitize and streamline this information so officials can better track patterns …read...

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Fend Off a Muddled Mind

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in Health & Fitness | 0 comments

Fend Off a Muddled Mind

Things are looking even brighter for the sunshine vitamin. Maintaining healthy levels of vitamin D could protect against brain damage and Alzheimer’s disease as you age, according to University of Kentucky researchers. Using rats, scientists simulated human equivalents of low, normal, and high levels of the vitamin for several months. The low threshold was 10 times below what’s considered healthy–a level you could reach if you’re not getting enough D from your diet or sunlight, or if your levels are depleting due to aging, explains study author D. Allan Butterfield, Ph.D. The study found that the vitamin-deprived group experienced an …read...

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Know Your Numbers

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in Health & Fitness | 0 comments

Know Your Numbers

HAVE A GOAL The best way to become more active is to combine tracking with goal setting, says Dena Bravata, M.D., M.S., a Stanford University researcher. Set a target: 10,000 steps is great for a healthy guy, but even modest goals challenge you to move more than you would when tracking alone. MH PICK: Fitbit Force A smart display makes this a sleek watch, with constant monitoring of daily activity. $130, fitbit.com FACTOR IN ERROR Monitors can overestimate calories burned by as much as 40 percent, says Dan Heil, Ph.D., an exercise physiologist at Montana State University. So track …read...

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Are You Getting Pain Meds You Don't Need?

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in Health & Fitness | 0 comments

Are You Getting Pain Meds You Don't Need?

Oxycontin. Vicodin. Percocet. Opiates like these can make the agony of surgery or cancer more bearable. But potent painkillers come with serious risks–namely addiction and even death. That’s why health experts have repeatedly warned against their overuse–especially for those with less-severe complaints. But a new report raises questions about whether people are listening. The findings: Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston analyzed the records of more than 1 million patients hospitalized for reasons other than surgery, finding that more than half were given some opioid pain medications, such as codeine, morphine, or oxycodone. Of those, one-quarter …read...

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5 Swaps for a Better Burn

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in Health & Fitness | 0 comments

5 Swaps for a Better Burn

Everybody wants to know how they can get a high-revving metabolism. But even before you jump on a treadmill to crush calories and deplete your visceral fat, there are simple nutrition tricks you can use to get your flab-torched fast. Check out these 5 simple food swaps to speed up your metabolism–and the workout style you need to ignite your fuel-burning furnace. WATER Drink tap or mineral water, not purified water. In a Swiss study, purified water didn’t boost men’s metabolic activity, but water that contained minerals did. OIL Use olive oil, not flaxseed oil. Both are sources of omega-3s, but olive oil triggers …read...

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11 Easy Post-Workout Snacks and the Science of Why They Work

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in Health & Fitness | 0 comments

11 Easy Post-Workout Snacks and the Science of Why They Work

Post-Exercise recovery can be simplified into 3 Rs: rehydrate, refuel and rebuild. Rehydrating replaces lost fluids and electrolytes from sweat, while refueling focuses on carbohydrates to restore muscle glycogen and essential amino acids from high-quality proteins help repair and rebuild muscle tissue and stimulate muscle growth. As a general rule, try to get 15-25 g of quality protein, with .5-.7 g of carbohydrate per pound of body weight immediately post-exercise. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends carbohydrates within the first 30 minutes of stopping exercise to optimize the update of glucose into muscles. Since whole foods provide hundreds of bioactive compounds, such as antioxidants that may provide additional benefits for enhancing your recovery, focus on whole foods first and supplements second. Read...

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3 Food Swaps That Will Save Your Diet

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in Health & Fitness | 0 comments

3 Food Swaps That Will Save Your Diet

So much of the food we see deceives us. Drive-thru salads can pack more calories than burgers. New research out of Boston finds that culinary blogs regularly feature foods packed with saturated fat and salt. And other research shows that when fruit is added to unhealthy dishes, we tend to eat 35 percent more–thinking the food is healthier. Your TV has an answer: HLN’s new show Cook Your Ass Off. On the show, which premieres Sunday, Dec. 1, at 8:30 p.m. EST, chef Richard Blais puts three cooks to the challenge every week. The task at hand: Spin an unhealthy …read...

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7 Superfood Cocktails: Drinks With a Twist

Posted by on Nov 30, 2013 in Health & Fitness, Your Life Now | 0 comments

7 Superfood Cocktails: Drinks With a Twist

There is an Irish drinking toast, Sláinte, which translates literally as “health,” and can be slightly modified to mean “good health.” Promoting good health while drinking alcohol may seem counterproductive, but there are ways to sneak some health benefits into cocktails. Take superfoods for example. In general, superfoods are versatile, containing vitamins, minerals, proteins, or fiber. There are superfoods for every season, and the term has become a huge marketing hit for people wanting to create a healthier lifestyle. They’ve even infiltrated the previously mentioned cocktail realm. In New York, bars offer superfood alcoholic drinks and Westin Hotels & Resorts developed superfood mojitos in 2010. The accessibility of superfoods makes superfood cocktails readily available for even the novice bartender. Since there is always an in-season option, finding the ingredients for these cocktails should be a breeze. The seven recipes here are just the beginning, so find out which superfoods can easily be mixed with alcohol to make an adult-friendly beverage. After finding out how the particular superfood, or foods, are a healthy choice, you’ll be saying Sláinte with the following drinks Read...

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15 Foods That Help You Peel Off the Pounds Slideshow

Posted by on Nov 30, 2013 in Health & Fitness | 0 comments

15 Foods That Help You Peel Off the Pounds Slideshow

Looking to get a head start and shed a few pounds before the holidays eating season begins? We’re about to reveal 15 foods that are nutritious and delicious and can help you peel off pounds and we have the research to prove it! Find out which citrus fruit helps you east less and reduce your waistline, which protein will help you consume less calories during your next meal and which snack has portion control system much built in. Read on to see if any of your favorite foods made the list....

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