Diet 

Blueberries and Dark Chocolate Hold Powerful Properties

If you’re one who swoons over chocolate, you may be pleased to know there may be a scientific reason for it. In fact, researchers say potent compounds in dark chocolate as well as blueberries may contain secrets to staying youthful. Scientists from Exeter University in England, supported by colleagues at Brighton University, identified the compounds as a “secret” wrinkle-fighting substance because they help rejuvenate old cells. In fact, lab research showed old cells both looking and “behaving” like younger cells, actually resuming dividing. Professor Lorna Harries, a director of research…

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Life Style 

How 20 minutes of intense exercise can boost memory

A new study published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience shows that vigorous exercise for a short period of time can boost the so-called interference memory. The research also points to a potential mechanism that may explain the findings. Physical training also ‘trains’ your brain, new research shows. Researchers at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, reveal what intense, 20-minute bouts of exercise can do for our memory. The lead author of the new research is Jennifer Heisz, an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University. Heisz and…

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Habits 

4 surprising reasons you should not drink water while Eating

One of the most common sights you see on a daily basis is drinking water in between meals. While some people think it is necessary to have a glass of water with your meals, this habit could be highly damaging to your health. Here are six reasons why you should stop drinking water along with your meals. Makes digestion difficult Your stomach contains digestive acids that help in the digestion and breakdown of food. Apart from this, the acids are also responsible for killing any infectious agents that might be…

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Habits 

More TV viewing linked to higher risk of blood clots in veins

A study that followed more than 15,000 people has found that those who reported watching television the most often had the greatest risk for blood clots in their veins compared with those who infrequently or never watched television. The new findings are to feature at the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Scientific Sessions 2017, held this week in Anaheim, CA. Researchers have already linked the amount of time spent watching TV to risk of heart disease that develops from blood clots in arteries. The study is significant as it is the…

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Diet 

5 Smart Alternatives to Processed Foods

Is your shopping cart filled with heavily processed foods? Some might seem to be time-savers, yet cost more than fresh foods and offer few nutrients. Others might actually harm your health. The first foods to avoid are processed meats from hot dogs to deli cold cuts, including salami and bologna. Even those labeled “low calorie” are likely to have questionable preservatives, such as salts and nitrates. Studies show that these are the worst types of meats for your heart. Try freshly prepared turkey and chicken instead. In a hurry? A…

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Life Style 

Getting rid of belly fat the natural way

Belly fat is more than just a superficial concern. It is also a significant risk factor for serious health problems such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Not all fat is the same. Subcutaneous belly fat is the most visible type of fat, located just under the skin. Everyone has some belly fat, but large quantities of this subcutaneous fat can signal a weight problem. Pills, surgeries, miracle cures, and herbal remedies will not safely remove belly fat. It is, however, possible to get rid of belly fat naturally with a healthy…

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Diet 

Soy may raise risk of advanced prostate cancer

Soy is often hailed for its health benefits. But for men, eating soy and other foods rich in isoflavones may not be so favorable; it could increase the risk of advanced prostate cancer. However, when it comes to the risk of non-advanced prostate cancer — that is, cancer that has not spread beyond the prostate gland — dietary isoflavones appear to have no significant influence. These are the findings of a new study recently published in the International Journal of Cancer. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the United States,…

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Life Style 

Does All That Social Media Time Harm Young Minds?

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, texting: Sometimes it seems today’s young adults are online more often than not. But new research suggests that the amount of time young adults spend on social media doesn’t seem to affect their risk for mental health problems. The finding came from a study of 467 young adults who were asked about how much time each day they used social media, the importance of it in their lives and the way they used it. They also were asked about mental health issues such as social anxiety, loneliness,…

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Diet 

Harvard Says This Is the Ultimate Meal Plan

It stands to reason that if different foods offer unique nutrients to heal your body and maintain (or regain) health, it might be a good idea to change up your meals to include as many beneficial vitamins and minerals as possible if you’re not doing so already. Including as many types of nutrients in your overall daily meal plan has a fringe benefit: A little variety in your life really does spice it up, especially in the area of your food choices. Determining which foods provide the most important nutrients…

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Diet 

8 Signs that you are not drinking enough water

Water is important for us to survive as it keeps the inner workings of our body in top shape. Water keeps us hydrated only in its pure form. Water adjusts the body’s temperature and assists in digestion. Not only that, but it assists in removing toxins from the body and also makes necessary body fluids. The chemical reactions that support life take place in a water medium, with water being an important reactant or product of these reactions. So if you don’t drink enough water, it can lead to serious…

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