• 10Jun
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    Quercetin is a type of flavanoid, or plant pigment, found in foods such as onions, apples, and black tea. It is also a powerful antioxidant able to protect the body against a variety of cancers. It is also partly responsible for protecting eyes from cataracts and the heart from heart attacks.

    Cancer

    Quercetin has been associated with reduced risk of breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, lung cancer, stomach cancer, and prostate cancer.

    Heart Attacks

    Sometimes heart cells can grow unmanageably, and this ups risks of having a heart attack. Fortunately, quercetin has been found to keep this excessive cell growth at bay, acting as a preventative measure for those who may have heart attack risk because of genetics or other factors. In addition, the discovery of quercetin’s abilities to protect against heart attack is especially good news for women. Because it acts as an estrogen, this may be the cause of its heart-protective benefits. Continue reading »

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  • 02Jun
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    There is absolutely no excuse for anyone to look like a stuffed turkey on Thanksgiving night. Check out this easy-to-follow guide to a guilty-free holiday.

    Treat Thanksgiving just like any ordinary day by continuing with your usual physical activities and exercises. If the gym is closed, do indoor exercises or engage in other activities that will require physical exertion. For example, if you need to do some shopping, park your car a few blocks away from the store so you can engage in some brisk walking. Skipping the elevator and/or the escalators in favor of the stairs can also work quite well.

    It is so easy to grab quick but carb-laden and fatty snacks when doing your shopping during Thanksgiving day. But instead of picking up the next fry, stash an apple in your bag. Better yet, eat first before you do your shopping.
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  • 26May
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    One woman a minute dies from cardiovascular disease. Within the first year after suffering a heart attack more women than men will die. Sixty-four percent of women that die from a heart attack had no previous symptoms. If you ask women today what the leading cause of death in women over 25 is, most will give breast cancer as their answer. Due to the high publicity of this disease and the lack of attention towards a healthy heart many women are unaware that according to the American Heart Association, heart attack is the number one killer of women over 25 in the United States. It kills almost twice as many women as all types of cancer, including breast cancer. Continue reading »

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  • 17May
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    They’re popping up and showing their sunny yellow faces, bringing smiles to the enlightened. At last, Spring has arrived! Time to start gathering, and cleaning the winter sludge from your body.

    This is NOT just a useless weed! Dandelion has been safely used as a medicinal herb and food for centuries. Dandelion (taraxacum officinale) – The name of the genus, taraxacum, is derived from the Greek word taraxos (disorder), and akos (remedy), because it was considered to be a cure all for every health problem. Native Americans were using Dandelion long before the discovery of America for a wide variety of ailments.

    Traditionally, this abundant weed has been used as a tonic and blood purifier, for constipation, inflammatory skin conditions, eczema and acne, joint pain, and liver dysfunction, including liver conditions such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, gout, and jaundice. Continue reading »

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  • 14May
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    Becoming a vegetarian is a difficult thing to do; it’s hard to go from being a carnivore to the veggie life. It’s getting a little easier now you can buy; mock meats, soy dairy products; even fake fish at almost any grocery store. More restaurants are starting to cater to the vegetarian community, places like Denny’s, The Hard Rock Café, Ruby Tuesdays and TGI Fridays all have veggie burgers on their menus. You can buy frozen meatless beef patties all the way to soy Buffalo wings. Finding the foods isn’t the problem; it’s being able to stay healthy doing it. Here are some steps to make sure you know what you’re eating, and how to do it without hurting your body.

    1. Try easing your way into your new diet. Cook your favorite meals, but instead of using meat try substituting with mock meats or vegetables. For example when you make spaghetti, instead of using ground beef put crumbled veggie burger or ground meatless beef. Don’t jump right into vegetarianism; you might rob your body of vitamins and essentials proteins. Add a lot of vegetables to your diet, dark leafy greens are a high source or fiber and proteins. Like with all diets it’s good to avoid a lot of junk food and drink a lot of water. Variety in your diet is important for being a healthy vegetarian. Eat lots of; fruits, vegetables, nuts seeds, and whole grain products. Be creative and mix it up. Continue reading »

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  • 29Apr
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    This article details one of the easiest weight loss programs ever. You can lose 20 pounds (9 kilograms) in 6 months. It has been proved to work. Well, at least once.

    The method described here is most suitable for women of, shall we say, more mature years and the great thing about it is that the regime of exercise and diet is the easiest ever to follow. A little boring some might say but no need to calculate, to cook, or to figure out any complex menu—in fact no menu figuring what so ever. For the no cooking bit to work you do need a moderately (just moderately) cooperative husband, partner, lover, or other household member.

    After considerable research on the best way to lose weight—approximately half a life time’s research actually, my wife and I decided on the moderate exercise and calorie counting method as the most likely to be successful for her to lose weight. How right we were. A simple case of less energy in than the energy going out—regular exercise combined with a calculated amount of healthy food. It’s the only way to go! Continue reading »

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  • 24Apr
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    According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Anorexia Nervosa plagues approximately .5% of the American female population.  Anorexia is much less common among American men, affecting about one tenth of the number of affected women (American Psychiatric Association, 2000).

    So often, women who suffer from anorexia are overlooked, until they drop significant amounts of weight.  According to the American Psychiatric Association, it is much more common for women to exhibit borderline signs of anorexia, and thus, are diagnosed with Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified.

    How can you tell if someone you love is struggling with anorexia or a less prominent form of anorexia (eating disorder not otherwise specified)?  Tell-tale signs of anorexia include: self-starvation, tearing or cutting food into small pieces, sensitivity to cold, worrying about how “fat” she is, loss of menstruation, constantly comparing herself to other women’s shapes and sizes, and focusing a lot of attention on food and weight. Continue reading »

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  • 22Apr
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    During the summer months, it’s rare to see anyone who isn’t wearing a pair of flip-flops. Although many people consider flip-flops to be a comfortable alternative to real shoes, the popular summer footwear could be causing more harm than good.

    One problem with flip-flops is they can cause overpronation. Overpronation is a condition where the arch of a person’s foot flattens when they step down on their foot. This causes the foot to roll inward (toward the center of the body). Everyone’s feet pronate naturally; however, because flip-flops are made of spongy foam, they allow your feet to pronate more than normal. Over time, overpronation can cause pain in your feet, legs, and back.

    In addition to causing overpronation, flip-flops can also cause you to trip easily. Because of their loose fit, it is easy to trip on your flip-flops while walking, especially when walking on uneven ground or when walking up or down a set of stairs. In addition, the straps often break while walking, further increasing the risk of tripping. Doctors treat numerous patients each summer for injuries caused by wearing flip-flops. Continue reading »

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  • 17Apr
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    Vegetarians are an often misunderstood lot. For one thing, there are various types of vegetarianism.

    On the extreme end of the spectrum are vegans. Vegans eat no animal products whatsoever – no eggs, no dairy products, not even honey.

    Lacto-ovo vegetarians, however, are a bit more moderate. Lacto-ovo vegetarians do consume dairy products (milk, cheese, butter, and so on) and eggs. (“Lacto” is derived from the Latin word for “milk” and “ovo” is derived from the Latin word for “egg”.) They simply abstain from animal flesh (that is, meat). This certainly gives lacto-ovo vegetarians many more menu choices than their vegan friends, and makes it easier to ensure that they are getting enough of the right nutrients, such as protein.

    Below we will look at the wide variety of food choices available to lacto-ovo vegetarians and how to ensure proper nutrition. Continue reading »

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  • 16Apr
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    With all the talk of how pregnancy throws a woman’s hormones out of wack and turns her into an evil creature that continues to suffer miserably postpartum, no wonder many women are afraid of having children. I used to be one of them, until a little blonde-haired blue-eyed little girl changed my outlook on life.

    I spent most of my 20s on anti-depressant medication. The stress of trying to keep up with my college studies, strained personal relationships and working 30 plus hours a week at two different jobs landed me in psychiatric facility when I was 19. The healing came fairly quickly, the Prozac even quicker. Still, I felt lost and wondered what my purpose in life was. Continue reading »

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