SparkPeople Staying Healthy Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets-category.asp?category=staying-healthy Learn some of the secrets of success for Staying Healthy from SparkPeople members. SparkPeople Staying Healthy Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets-category.asp?category=staying-healthy Questions To Ask At Your Next Doctor's Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48010_questions_to_ask_at_your_next_doctors_visit Speak Up! Questions To Ask At Your Next Doctor's Visit............<br><br>*****Also, inquire about what happens if you do not follow their medical lead. "For instance, ask what happens if you don't take the new medication. What are the potential downsides? Always know both sides of any prescription or procedure," says Dr. Sarkisian. "There is no medication or procedure that is risk-free, and it is easy to forget that sometimes the best course of action is watchful waiting."<br><br>*****A... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 21:58:00 EST Body Composition Index better than BMI http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47992_body_composition_index_better_than_bmi BMI measurements are NOT the best way to determine our health. BMI is simply a ratio of scale weight to our height, so a body builder can have the same BMI as a couch potato of the same height and weight. Body Compositions Index tells us how much our fat weighs, our bone weighs, and how much muscle we have. <br><br>More and more Americans are weighing in as obese, creating a health crisis in the country. When it comes to your body, eight critical numbers can save your life:<br><br>1. Weig... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 05:49:00 EST Questions To Ask At Your Next Doctor's Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47986_questions_to_ask_at_your_next_doctors_visit Speak Up!!!!! Questions to ask at your next doctor's visit:<br><br>Patients get an average of 18 minutes with their doctor during a regular visit, according to research from the University of Washington. That is not much time, so make every second count.<br><br>The first step is to adjust your mindset regarding the typical doctor-patient dynamic, says Catherine Sarkisian, MD, a geriatric medicine specialist with the UCLA Medical Center. "The pendulum has swing away from doctors telling pat... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 22:13:00 EST Do it every day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47982_do_it_every_day My secret is to take the steps I need to take for a better health EVERY DAY. I remind myself that I cannot catch up if I skip exercise today. I also cannot do better tomorrow if I overeat today. <br>Well, I can, but TODAY and right NOW is the chance to build a better lifestyle. <br><br>Steps that I take daily are: doing yoga to keep my muscles flexible and to ease the aches and pains that I am dealing with... using my food plan which means eating at set times, set amounts of food... exercis... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 16:23:00 EST End of the crankys http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47981_end_of_the_crankys SLEEP!!!<br>It really is true...being cranky can be caused by lack of sleep. I definitely notice when I haven't gotten enough, and can have some monster days! Being cranky with my family upsets me more, then I am stressed and cannot sleep. I have had weeks of insomnia at a time, which isn't good for anyone.<br><br>The hardest part is getting into a sleep routine. Only do relaxing things before bed - I tend to read, knit, or do some yoga. Then turn off the light. If after about 30min you find ... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:35:00 EST Fermented Foods: How to ‘Culture’ Your Way to Optimal Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47980_fermented_foods_how_to_culture_your_way_to_optimal_health Fermented Foods: How to ‘Culture’ Your Way to Optimal Health<br><br><br>There is an abundance of nutritional therapies that can help you get to new levels of health. I've been advocating them for decades now, but there is one that I've found to have phenomenal benefits in your overall wellness: the introduction of fermented foods to your diet.<br><br>I'm so excited to share with you today the radically positive changes fermented or cultured foods can provide your body: how they can "heal and ... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:55:00 EST What Happens Inside Your Stomach When You Eat Instant Noodles? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47979_what_happens_inside_your_stomach_when_you_eat_instant_noodles What Happens Inside Your Stomach When You Eat Instant Noodles?<br><br><br>Instant noodles are a popular go-to lunch or dinner for those who are strapped for time (or cash), like college students. While you probably don't consider them a health food, you may think they're not that bad, or, at least, not as bad as eating a burger and fries or a fast-food burrito.<br><br>In a first-of-its-kind experiment, however, Dr. Braden Kuo of Massachusetts General Hospital may make you reconsider your love... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:39:00 EST Meditate On This http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47968_meditate_on_this Learn To Meditate<br><br>You can reap benefits by meditating for only 15 to 30 minutes, however, consistency is key. "Just as you won't benefit much from exercising only once a week or whenever you feel like it, a regular meditation practice will yield greater health benefits," says Dr. Abbott.<br><br>How do you meditate? It can be as easy as sitting quietly in a chair or comfortably on the floor, free of distractions, with closed eyes and focusing only on your breathing---counting each bre... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 22:55:00 EST Your Practical Guide to Omega-3 Benefits and Supplementation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47958_your_practical_guide_to_omega3_benefits_and_supplementation Your Practical Guide to Omega-3 Benefits and Supplementation<br><br><br> I have emphasized that omega-3 fats are essential to your overall health. And I am not alone – other health experts stress the same, and decades of research have been devoted to discovering the many health benefits of omega-3. <br><br>Omega-3 comes from both animal and plant sources. The primary animal sources are krill oil and fish oil. The primary plant sources are flaxseed, chia and hemp. They have become a multibilli... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:40:00 EST Meditate On This http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47951_meditate_on_this 1. Reduce Anxiety and Depression. A study in JAMA Internal Medicine reviewed 47 clinical trials involving more that 3,500 people who meditated for eight weeks and found that meditation improved symptoms of anxiety, depression, and physical pain. A likely reason: It lowers gray-matter density in the amygdala, a brain area known to play an important role in anxiety and stress.<br><br>2. Make Smarter Decisions. A 15-minute meditation can encourage people to make more rational decisions by ... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 21:29:00 EST Another Perk for Drinking Coffee http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47943_another_perk_for_drinking_coffee Another Perk for Drinking Coffee<br><br>Nearly 60 percent of Americans drink coffee, and for many the habit is a daily one.1 Coffee drinking has long been viewed as more of a vice or a crutch to get a quick energy boost to power through the day, but this view is now changing as the health benefits of coffee continue to be revealed.<br><br>This is good news for those of you who sip on a cup of joe in the morning, as it turns out this may be a quite healthy way to start your day.<br><br>However... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 13:05:00 EST Meditate On This http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47925_meditate_on_this Meditate on this: A mindfulness practice promotes better health. Research shows meditation can heal brain and body.<br><br>Your mind can be a powerful healer. A mindful meditation practice-----focusing your attention on being more aware of the present moment in a quiet environment-----can help alleviate stress, improve thinking and memory, and according to some research, lower your risk of serious health conditions like diabetes and heart disease. For seniors, it can be one of the easiest... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:24:00 EST 9 Health & Fitness Fallacies http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47915_9_health_fitness_fallacies 9 Health & Fitness Fallacies We Fell for 10 Years Ago<br><br>By: Melissa Rudy, SparkPeople Blogger <br>8/25/2016 <br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e731757a-80ba-43c8-b4cf-6617a44f7893.png"><br>A lot can change in a decade. Just 10 years ago, we were convinced the Ab Rocket was the secret to six-pack abs,that tank-top-ready arms were just a Shake Weight away, walking a mile in Sketchers Shape Ups was preferred to walking in boots and that the Nintendo WII was the answer to c... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:52:00 EST Stick and Stay http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47895_stick_and_stay Losing weight seems like a simple enough concept, but when it comes to following through and making it actually happen it starts to show its true colors. I had the problem of being able to start a diet or exercise routine but not being to stick with it long enough to actually see any real results. That was, until I started AdcoCare. It wasn't about the products themselves, it was about the fact that the plan included showed me how to actually eat and exercise on a daily basis. I was finally a... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 02:18:00 EST What do you really want..? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47891_what_do_you_really_want Yes all of do Procrastinating and we say we want to be healthy and make all kinds of promises to ourselves but what do you want to do..? Promises we break when we choose the wrong foods to eat and then exercise yes being healthy go hand in hand.. Sitting on a couch and then eating in front of the TV is really a no no cause I bet just like I did you will pick and snack and before long you are staring at a empty bag.. You will thank me later when you can do and get fed up with not getting the a... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:02:00 EST Do we need to take our vitamins? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47879_do_we_need_to_take_our_vitamins Mothers used to tell their children to "take your vitamines" in order to stay healthy, but how many people popped a vitamin, grabbed a cup of coffee, and headed out the door? Do we need to take a vitamin?<br>Multivitamin/mineral pills are the most commonly used supplements in the United States. A multi can be a good way to make up for nutritional shortfalls. But many people expect too much from their multivitamins. they do NOT take the place of a healthy diet.<br>In 2012, two clinical tria... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:12:00 EST Getting Active Can Reduce Depressive Symptoms http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47860_getting_active_can_reduce_depressive_symptoms Research has shown that getting active can reduce depression symptoms. Here's how to add an exercise program to your treatment plan. <br>If you have been diagnosed with depression, you may be following the traditional depression treatment of antidepressant medications and therapy.<br><br>In addition, your doctor may recommend some lifestyle changes that can help you feel better. One of the best is adding exercise, because physical activity has been shown to reduce depression symptoms. <br><br... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:39:00 EST Tobacco products kill http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47855_tobacco_products_kill Have you seeen the ads on TV of people slowly dying from tobacco use? Even if you quit years ago, some of the damage has been done forever. <br>Tobacco product usage is a leading cause of death, illness and impoverishment<br><br>The tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced, killing around 6 million people a year. More than 5 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while more than 600 000 are the result of non-smokers being exp... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:10:00 EST Flying and Staying Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47854_flying_and_staying_healthy 1. Carry an empty water bottle through security.<br><br>The chances of reliable, frequent beverage service aren't high these days, unless you're lucky enough to fly business class. Yet getting and staying hydrated before and during your flight is the best way to protect yourself against getting sick. That's because lack of humidity in the pressurized cabin dries out mucous membranes, making it harder for your system to flush out germs.<br><br>What to do: Although you can't bring liquids throu... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 06:21:00 EST The Act Of Better Balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47850_the_act_of_better_balance *****Medicine Ball Tosses. Catching and tossing a weighted medicine ball can improve balance, says a new study. Researchers had older adults age 67 to 72 stand and catch and throw a medicine ball weighing either two or four pounds. The subjects completed three sets of 40 repetitions for a total of about 20 to 25 minutes. The throwing and catching motion activates two reactions in the brain related to balance and falling, say the researchers. You can mimic the same routine by simply playi... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 22:24:00 EST The suprising benefits of fiber http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47836_the_suprising_benefits_of_fiber Most people think of fiber as just a way of "keeping them regular" but fiber has many health benefits! Most Americans don't get anywhere near enough of it but it's one of the most important foods in our diet. <br><br>Probiotics are the good bacteria in our gut. These probiotics are found in fermented foods and help improve digestive health. Prebiotics are the essential fibers that help those probiotics flourish inside your intestines. Prebiotics are found in fiber-rich foods, like fruits an... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:34:00 EST Be Here Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47832_be_here_now Tending to my body, mind and spirit and staying present in the moment in the most mindful ways is my secret to success. Keeping in mind that "Where attention goes, energy flows" and "When we know better, we do better" Maya Angelo<br>I see each day as a fresh opportunity to be more mindful, aware and kind. I believe it is up to me to define what my age mean and never tell my age. <br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/25404349-d28e-4632-bf25-b4367ab976ba.jpg"><br>-Fueling my body... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 06:55:00 EST The Act Of Better Balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47825_the_act_of_better_balance You should address specific medical and drug-related conditions that can make you more susceptible to falls, but for long-term protection, you need to improve muscle strength and balancing skills. "Strength and balance training not only lowers your fall risk, but is good for your physical and mental health, and can increase your confidence to become more active," says Dr. Schickedanz.<br><br>Five Ways To Better Balance<br><br>Here are five ways to strengthen those vital muscle groups and imp... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 21:23:00 EST The importance of sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47813_the_importance_of_sleep Many of us don't realize the importance of a good sleep, but our bodies heal during the sleep phase and getting enough good sleep is vital to good health.<br>Sleep problems, including snoring, sleep apnea, insomnia, sleep deprivation, and restless legs syndrome, are common. Good sleep is necessary for optimal health and can affect hormone levels, mood and weight.<br> Getting a good night's sleep won't grant you immunity from disease. But study after study has found a link between insufficient... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 07:43:00 EST Water: Gulp It Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47807_water_gulp_it_up Eight glasses of water every day? I hate to say this but I just recently became a fan of water. I mean couldn't stand the taste of faucet water. The taste was kinda chloride tasting which people who lived in surrounding areas seemed to love it! I would take sips <em>91</em> But never really had 10 ounces everyday. I world rather drink milk soda or coffee than have water.! So want to talk about cups and cups…and cups. Even knowing about the many benefits of meeting my daily quota—increa... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 21:44:00 EST The Act Of Better Balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47806_the_act_of_better_balance Falling is the most frequent cause of injury among older adults, but improving your balance offers protection.<br><br>One-third of older adults fall each year and that number continues to rise. A new study found that over a recent 12-year period, the rate of self-reported falls among seniors has climbed almost 30 percent.<br><br>Some common factors related to falls include dizziness from cardio-vascular and psychiatric medications, impaired vision from eye diseases like glaucoma, joint stiffn... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 20:58:00 EST A Little Help From Your Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47785_a_little_help_from_your_friends Expect The Best. Many relationships take time to mature. Others never fully develop. You need to be patient and trust that your efforts will eventually flourish.<br><br>"While we wait for change, fear and frustrations can push us back into the critical and demanding behavior associated with loneliness," says Dr. Cacioppo.<br><br>This is why you need to always focus on the act of reaching out, which can help keep you on track.<br><br>What You Can Do<br><br>Strategies for building lasting re... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 22:34:00 EST Statins and heart damage! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47770_statins_and_heart_damage Many of us in our middle age have been prescribed statin drugs to lower our cholesterol numbers, but although they do reduce the numbers, they do NOT prevent damage to our heart and vessels. The majority of people who use statin cholesterol-lowering drugs are doing so because they believe lowering their cholesterol will prevent heart attacks and strokes. How many of these people do you think would continue to take them if they knew these very same drugs have been linked to decreased heart mu... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 08:25:00 EST A Little Help From Your Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47745_a_little_help_from_your_friends One way to avoid the effects of loneliness, is to follow what Dr. Cacioppo calls EASE, an acronym that stands for Extend Yourself, Action Plan, Selection, and Expect the Best. Together they can ensure your relationships are based on your personality and comfort levels. Here is how it works:<br><br>Extend Yourself. People are often withdrawn because they feel safe in their own space. To establish new relationships, you have to begin small and stay in a secure environment at first.<br><br>"... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 21:48:00 EST 8 Things You Need to Know About Belly Bloat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47731_8_things_you_need_to_know_about_belly_bloat 8 Things You Need to Know About Belly Bloat<br><br> By Robin Donovan, Health Writer<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/af4e489b-212f-4bb9-9233-7487fb75805c.jpg"><br>Maybe you ate the wrong thing or, on a gotta-get-healthier kick, you ate too much of the right thing (think fiber). All you know is that the inevitable discomfort has ensued and your pants feel a little tighter than they did this morning. What exactly causes belly bloat, and how can we prevent it?<br> <br>What is... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:20:00 EST A Little Help From Your Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47725_a_little_help_from_your_friends How can you avoid loneliness? Engaging with more people on a regular basis is the simplest way, but it is not always so easy. The types of relationships you foster can determine if they will inspire the regular interaction you need. <br><br>There are three core dimensions to healthy relationships, according to research from John Cacioppo, PhD, of the University of Chicago, a leading expert on the science of loneliness. Each one fulfills a specific need for lasting connections. They are:<br... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 22:45:00 EST What Happens to Your Body When You’re Dehydrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47714_what_happens_to_your_body_when_youre_dehydrated What Happens to Your Body When You’re Dehydrated<br>|<br><br>Dehydration is not a simple health issue. Anyone can run out of liquids in their body due to various reasons, so it is important that you always hydrate yourself with water. Read on to learn more about symptoms of dehydration and how to prevent it.<br><br>What Is Dehydration?<br><br>Water makes up at least two-thirds of the human body. It plays a large part in your normal functions, such as lubricating your joints and eyes, keeping ... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 11:13:00 EST A Little Help From Your Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47706_a_little_help_from_your_friends Regular interactions lower the health risks linked to loneliness and social isolation.<br><br>Everyone goes through bouts of loneliness and isolation, but older adults are most vulnerable.<br><br>"Decline in mobility can keep seniors more socially isolated, and a general lack of interest in building and continuing friendships can make them more cutoff from regular human contact." says Gary Small, MD, director of the UCLA Longevity Center.<br><br>Prolonged loneliness and isolation can have ser... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 21:47:00 EST a common "secret"... we all know it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47689_a_common_secret_we_all_know_it Consistency.... yup... there I said it. I know you have heard it over and over before, but it is the key for success, not just here either. You cannot be gungho fired up for three days and off kilter the next 4, back on for a day, and fall off a week. Small steps, done with intent... everyday. Take it slow and easy.... ramp it up slowly... evenly... yup, you will still have wild off the charts days, and those we won't talk about days... If you stay steady and consistent you will win in the en... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 10:56:00 EST Stomach Cancer Defense & Red Meat and the Pancreas http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47680_stomach_cancer_defense_red_meat_and_the_pancreas Stomach Cancer Defense<br><br>Worldwide, stomach cancer kills more people than any cancers other than lung and liver. U.S. stomach cancer rates have plummeted in the last 85 years, but five-year survival rates are still only around 30%. According to a new update by the American Institute for Cancer Research, here's how to lower your risk:<br><br>***Avoid processed meats. That includes any meat that's been preserved by smoking, curing, or salting, or with additives like nitrites. Some exam... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 22:00:00 EST Reducing your risk for macular degeneration http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47677_reducing_your_risk_for_macular_degeneration The most common cause of blindness in adults over the age of 60 years is age related macular degeneration (AMD). It causes damage to the macula, a small spot near the center of the retina and the part of the eye needed for sharp, central vision, which lets us see objects that are straight ahead. The exact cause of macular degeneration isn't known, but the condition develops as the eye ages. There is no cure for this terrible condition but there are several steps one can take to prevent it fr... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 19:44:00 EST Ginger May Benefit Patients with Asthma http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47666_ginger_may_benefit_patients_with_asthma Ginger May Benefit Patients with Asthma<br><br><br>Ginger has been used medicinally for centuries and in the U.S. is perhaps most known for its ability to soothe nausea and stomach upset.<br><br>It is without a doubt the best remedy I know of for nausea. You don't need much just a piece the size of your fingernail minced very finely and swallowed. It is phenomenally effective.<br><br>But now new research suggests this natural root may provide help for much more, including for arthritis pain,... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 11:39:00 EST Can Drinking More Water Help You Lose Weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47662_can_drinking_more_water_help_you_lose_weight Can Drinking More Water Help You Lose Weight?<br><br><br>If you don't drink enough water, you can easily become dehydrated. Many actually mistake their thirst for hunger, and this is one of the basic premises behind the idea that drinking water may alleviate hunger and help you lose weight.<br><br>Many studies support this idea though, so it's not just pure hype. Most recently, researchers found that adults who were chronically under-hydrated had higher body mass index (BMI) and were more lik... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 10:27:00 EST Dance(for better health), Migraines(risk of heart disease) Falls(BP Drugs) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47650_dancefor_better_health_migrainesrisk_of_heart_disease_fallsbp_drugs Migraines Linked To Higher Risk Of Heart Disease In Women: <br><br>Compared with women who had no history of migraine, those who did were about 40% more likely to have a heart attack and 60% more likely to have a stroke during the study period. Researchers accounted for age, high blood pressure, hormone use, and other factors that might skew the results. Earlier studies have also shown a higher risk of stroke among women who get migraines. But experts haven't discovered any clear mechanism... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 21:24:00 EST Why You May Be Better Off Ignoring Conventional Cholesterol and Low-Fat Diet Guidelines http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47642_why_you_may_be_better_off_ignoring_conventional_cholesterol_and_lowfat_diet_guidelines Why You May Be Better Off Ignoring Conventional Cholesterol and Low-Fat Diet Guidelines<br><br>The idea that saturated fat is bad for your heart and should be avoided to prevent heart disease is misguided to say the least.<br><br>There’s no telling how many people have been harmed by this dangerous advice, as scientific evidence shows that a lack of healthy fat actually increases your cardiovascular health risks, but the number is likely significant.<br><br>Adding insult to injury, cholestero... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 11:21:00 EST Why You May Be Better Off Ignoring Conventional Cholesterol and Low-Fat Diet Guidelines http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47641_why_you_may_be_better_off_ignoring_conventional_cholesterol_and_lowfat_diet_guidelines Why You May Be Better Off Ignoring Conventional Cholesterol and Low-Fat Diet Guidelines<br><br>The idea that saturated fat is bad for your heart and should be avoided to prevent heart disease is misguided to say the least.<br><br>There’s no telling how many people have been harmed by this dangerous advice, as scientific evidence shows that a lack of healthy fat actually increases your cardiovascular health risks, but the number is likely significant.<br><br>Adding insult to injury, cholestero... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 11:21:00 EST Dance(for better health), Migraines(risk of heart disease) Falls(BP Drugs) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47633_dancefor_better_health_migrainesrisk_of_heart_disease_fallsbp_drugs Dance Your Way to Better Heart Health?<br><br>A regular whirl on the dance floor may lower your odds of dying from heart disease, a new study suggests.<br><br>The study included 48,000 people in the United Kingdom who answered questions about their dancing and walking habits over the past month. All were 40 years and older with no history of heart disease and agreed to be linked to the National Death Registry.<br><br>After an average follow-up of nearly 10 years, researchers found that moder... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 22:20:00 EST How to beat insomnia http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47630_how_to_beat_insomnia It's normal to have occasional nights where you have trouble falling asleep or you wake up during the night, and women have more insomnia than men. Instead of fretting because "I have to get up in a few hours," there are ways to beat insomnia. Getting the right amount of sleep is vital, but just as important is the quality of your sleep. We all need 8-9 hours each night but the average woman aged 30-60 sleeps only six hours and forty-one minutes during the workweek. Here are a few tips to g... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 19:28:00 EST Can You Use Honey to Stay Young? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47624_can_you_use_honey_to_stay_young Can You Use Honey to Stay Young?<br><br>Adding a dollop of honey to your daily diet may help to fight your aging process, according to researchers from the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand.<br><br>The researchers fed 2-month-old rats a diet containing 10 percent honey, 8 percent sucrose, or no sugar at all for 12 months. They were tested every three months to measure their anxiety and spatial memory.<br><br>Honey-fed rats seemed to hold up better to the effects of aging. Specifi... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 09:40:00 EST Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: Who Has An Inherited Risk? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47619_hypertrophic_cardiomyopathy_who_has_an_inherited_risk Decision making in the family:<br><br>In that scenario, if you have a negative result showing that you do not carry the problem mutation, you can feel relatively reassured that you are not at increased risk for developing the disease. Nor do you need to worry about passing the trait to your offspring. However, Dr. Ho cautions, anyone with a strong family history of HCM should get checked out by a cardiologist, regardless of the results of a genetic screening, if a heart murmur or other unex... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 22:36:00 EST Hourly reminder app http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47617_hourly_reminder_app A plight of the office worker is poor health due to the sedentary nature of the job. However there are ways to minimize the adverse health risks associated with with this type of work. Many experts suggest occasionally taking breaks and getting up to walk around. This promotes circulation and keeps the muscles from getting too sore. Some of us though are not ones to count the minutes until the next time we can take a minute to walk around. We get wrapped up in our work and forget to get up. T... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 18:35:00 EST The Surprising Secrets to a Long Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47612_the_surprising_secrets_to_a_long_life The Surprising Secrets to a Long Life<br><br><br>Many have studied the reasons for longevity. Why do some people live longer than others? Is it genetics? Is it culture, or perhaps lifestyle?<br><br>James Smith, a health economist at the RAND Corporation, delved into the prevailing mystery of why some groups of people live longer than others. What he found you might find surprising. I certainly did. The number one social factor that correlated with long life was not geographic region or health... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 11:29:00 EST Cholesterol Myths You Need to Stop Believin http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47611_cholesterol_myths_you_need_to_stop_believin Cholesterol Myths You Need to Stop Believing<br><br>In a survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the vast majority of Americans (76 percent) said they had had their cholesterol level checked at least once in the previous five years.1<br><br>Despite the commonality of the cholesterol test, many are seriously misled about what the results of the test mean. Many people aren't even receiving a useful cholesterol test at all.<br><br>A total cholesterol test, ... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 10:21:00 EST Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: Who Has An Inherited Risk? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47603_hypertrophic_cardiomyopathy_who_has_an_inherited_risk The Detective Work<br><br>The genetic risk for HCM is passed from one generation to the next by way of dominant-acting mutations in genes governing the structure of the heart muscle. That means that first-degree relatives (parents, siblings, and children) of an affected person have a 50% chance of having inherited the same mutation. Before genetic testing became widely available, doctors had only this information to help guide families. Now, it's possible to determine if a family member is... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 23:12:00 EST Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: Who Has An Inherited Risk? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47578_hypertrophic_cardiomyopathy_who_has_an_inherited_risk Genetic testing can help doctors guide care for families with a history of heart disease.<br><br>Having a family member with heart disease---especially when it shows up at a young age---is a warning sign that you too may be at risk. The more common maladies such as high blood pressure and coronary artery disease are influenced by an array of different genes and compounded by lifestyle choices and environmental factors. However, certain relatively rare conditions stem from only one or a few ... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 22:52:00 EST Gut Reaction: How Bacteria In The Belly May Affect The Heart. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47560_gut_reaction_how_bacteria_in_the_belly_may_affect_the_heart Avoiding Blockages<br><br>The investigators then tested a molecule that blocks the production of TMA, which they gave to mice prone to atherosclerosis, thanks to their genes and a high-fat diet. The molecule, called DMB, occurs naturally in olive oil and red wine. The mice that got DMB in their water had healthier, clearer arteries than those that didn't.<br><br>Earlier this year, Chinese researchers described a different but related approach to preventing blood vessel injury in atheroscler... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 16:39:00 EST Gut Reaction: How Bacteria In The Belly May Affect The Heart. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47540_gut_reaction_how_bacteria_in_the_belly_may_affect_the_heart A better understanding of the gut microbiome may herald novel ways to prevent artery-clogging plaque.<br><br>The trillions of bacteria dwelling deep inside your digestive tract play a key role in your health. Collectively known as the gut microbiota, these microbes not only assist with digestion, but also make certain vitamins, break down toxins, and train your immune system. Over the past decade, scientists have uncovered compelling connections between different types of gut microbes and t... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 21:25:00 EST Hi My Name Is...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47538_hi_my_name_is Hello my name is Dee and I reside in the western suburbs of Chicago and I have a problem. Like you, I love food. Especially my favorites. Which are steak, baked potatoes, french fries and really good good burgers. I guess you can say my taste are American. I don't really do foods except that AND top fav is Soul Food!! Yummy! I can eat some greens, sweet potatoes, sweet potato pies, baked chicken, occassionally fried chicken, black-eyed peas, honey ham and turkey stuffing. <br><br>As you can s... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 19:29:00 EST Fraudulent GMO “Labeling” Bill http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47525_fraudulent_gmo_labeling_bill Fraudulent GMO “Labeling” Bill <br><br> Here’s How It Happened<br> <br><br>By Max Goldberg • Originally Published on LivingMaxwell.com<br><br>On late Friday afternoon, President Obama signed the sham Stabenow-Roberts GMO-Labeling bill (S. 764) which will allow, among many other things, companies to use QR codes instead of clear GMO labels on a food product’s packaging.<br><br>This bill is so discriminatory and so poorly written that it potentially violates several amendments of the Constit... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 00:36:00 EST Is Your Heart Healthy Enough For Surgery? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47522_is_your_heart_healthy_enough_for_surgery If you've been diagnosed with any form of heart disease, your cardiologist is in the best position to assess your risk during any type of surgery. But what if you haven't been diagnosed with heart disease, but have some risk factors, such as high blood pressure or elevated cholesterol? Low-risk procedures put very little strain on the heart and the risk of complications is minimal. But if you need a hip replacement, your orthopedic surgeon may refer you directly to a cardiologist or to you... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 22:27:00 EST Is Your Heart Healthy Enough For Surgery? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47509_is_your_heart_healthy_enough_for_surgery Clearance isn't a factor in emergency or urgent surgeries, which need to be done within 24 hours. But getting clearance is routine for what doctors refer to as elective surgeries. These include procedures such as a hip or knee replacement that can be scheduled within a much longer window. (The surgery itself isn't always a choice, but to some extent, you can elect when to have it.) Clearance also makes sense for many cancer-related surgeries, which are time-sensitive but somewhat flexible... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 21:32:00 EST Many Symptoms Suggest Sluggish Thyroid -- Do You Have Any of These? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47506_many_symptoms_suggest_sluggish_thyroid_do_you_have_any_of_these Many Symptoms Suggest Sluggish Thyroid -- Do You Have Any of These?<br><br><br>Most people realize that their thyroid is important for controlling their metabolism and body weight.<br><br>But did you know that depression, heart disease, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, PMS (premenstrual syndrome), menopausal symptoms, muscle and joint pains, irritable bowel syndrome, or autoimmune disease could actually indicate a problem with your thyroid?<br><br>The classic signs of a sluggish thyroid gland i... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 12:11:00 EST Six "Grow Younger" Nutrients I Take Every Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47503_six_grow_younger_nutrients_i_take_every_day Six "Grow Younger" Nutrients I Take Every Day<br><br><br>Nutritionists have long been interested in the dynamics of telomere length in the body, and how telomeres figure in to human health and life expectancy. Telomeres were first discovered in 1973 by Alexey Olovnikov.<br><br>He found that the tiny units of DNA at the very end of each chromosome—the telomere—shorten with time because they cannot replicate completely each time the cell divides and they may be the most powerful biological cloc... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 10:25:00 EST Are you at risk for diabetes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47498_are_you_at_risk_for_diabetes Hundreds of millions are at risk. Diabetes is now one of the top ten killers in the word and the number of deaths grow every day.<br><br>Diabetes occurs in three main forms. In type 1 diabetes the pancreas stops producing insulin, and sugar, instead of being used as energy, builds up in the blood. There is no cure for type 1 diabetes but it can be controlled with insulin injections. In type 2 diabetes, the body produces insulin but uses it ineffectively. This form can be controlled and ... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 20:53:00 EST Is Your Heart Healthy Enough For Surgery? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47490_is_your_heart_healthy_enough_for_surgery If you're at risk for heart disease, you may need additional testing before a hip replacement or other major surgery.<br><br>All surgery, even minor procedures like cataract removal, involves a certain amount of stress. People facing surgery might experience emotional stress related to their illness or condition, often coupled with concerns about their recovery.<br><br>Some of the most common non-cardiac surgeries done in older people, such as a hip replacement or gallbladder removal, can al... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 14:48:00 EST Acceptance and Appreciation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47483_acceptance_and_appreciation I am a subscriber of a few magazines dedicated to running and health. Like many people, I used to marvel at the times the people in these magazines used to achieve in their half-marathons, full marathons, ultra marathons, triathlons, etc. I also used to envy their fine chiselled body and wished that my body could look like theirs - which it didn't despite the fact that I exercise 6 times a week and watched, most of the time, the food that went into my body.<br><br>As I grew older, I became ... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 06:25:00 EST Prescription Drug & Supplement Use On The Rise Among Seniors http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47476_prescription_drug_supplement_use_on_the_rise_among_seniors Known as dual antiplatelet therapy, the combo helps prevent the platelets in blood from clumping together, which lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke. Both drugs also increase the risk of bleeding, which can be serious. But research shows that for most people who are candidates for this therapy, the benefits outweigh the harms, says Dr. Gagne.<br><br>Combine With Care<br><br>The most common potentially adverse interaction between two prescription drugs was with the blood pressure drug... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 14:41:00 EST Sleep Till It's Time to Wake Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47468_sleep_till_its_time_to_wake_up Getting in sync with your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle, or circadian rhythm, is one of the most important strategies for sleeping better. If you keep a regular sleep-wake schedule you’ll feel much more refreshed and energized than if you sleep the same number of hours at different times, even if you only alter your sleep schedule by an hour or two.<br><br>Try to go to sleep and get up at the same time every day. This helps set your body’s internal clock and optimize the quality of yo... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 09:35:00 EST Prescription Drug & Supplement Use On The Rise Among Seniors http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47462_prescription_drug_supplement_use_on_the_rise_among_seniors New findings suggest that one in six older adults is at risk for drug interactions. Should you be concerned?<br><br>Earlier this year, a study that examined the pill-taking habits of older Americans suggested that seniors are taking more prescription drugs and dietary supplements than in years past. Not surprisingly, most of these pills are used to treat or prevent cardiovascular disease, the nation's leading killer.<br><br>The report found that more than a third of adults ages 62 to 85 tak... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 22:13:00 EST What’s in Your Green Tea? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47453_whats_in_your_green_tea What’s in Your Green Tea?<br><br><br>Green tea, prized for many generations in China, Japan and even Britain, has made a name for itself in the US, where many now drink it daily due to its many associated health benefits.<br><br>However, while green tea is recognized as an abundant source of epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a catechin polyphenol, and other antioxidants, not all green teas are created equal.<br><br>If you're drinking green tea hoping to increase your antioxidant levels, you ... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 11:51:00 EST Ask How= success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47446_ask_how_success One of my goals is to become healthier is to do at least 10 minutes of exercise daily not including housework, general steps, volunteering 80 hours and rearranging doctor appoints, etc.<br><br>I ask myself how can I get 10 minutes of just going for a walk. I love to walk outside but due to health problems cannot tolerate, heat, humidity or cold weather. How do I get my outside walk. The television and barometer are my best tools. I need to know when the humidity is going into the tropical zon... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 01:52:00 EST Hormones and Your Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47443_hormones_and_your_heart Hormone Therapy In Men<br><br>Deficient data:<br>Testosterone therapy is approved only for men who have low testosterone because of disorders of the testicles, pituitary gland, or brain that cause a condition called hypogonadism. It is not approved for treating age-related drops in the hormone. But a loophole in the FDA regulations allows drug marketers to urge men to talk to their doctors if they have "possible signs" of testosterone deficiency, including feeling tired. Prescriptions for ... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 21:11:00 EST Intermittent Fasting & Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47438_intermittent_fasting_health Constantly adding food to my body throughout the day was causing more harm than good. I'm not a cow; I don't need to graze.<br><br>Remembering back to childhood...there was no such things as "snacks" between meals. Just 3-square meals a day. Home-cooked. Basic foods.<br><br>So, for the past 7 weeks, I've eaten 2 meals within 8 hrs & fasted approx 16 or so hrs. My weight is DOWN 9 lbs for the first time in several years! <br><br>Exercise has been daily walking. -- Veggies are a bigger focus!<b... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 14:57:00 EST The Cholesterol Myth That Is Harming Your Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47436_the_cholesterol_myth_that_is_harming_your_health The Cholesterol Myth That Is Harming Your Health<br><br><br>Cholesterol could easily be described as the smoking gun of the last two decades. It's been responsible for demonizing entire categories of foods (like eggs and saturated fats) and blamed for just about every case of heart disease in the last 20 years.<br><br>Yet when I first opened my medical practice in the mid-80s, cholesterol, and the fear that yours was too high was rarely talked about. Somewhere along the way however, cholester... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 13:10:00 EST Raising Your Vitamin D Level to 40 ng/ml May Slash Your Cancer Risk by 67 Percent http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47435_raising_your_vitamin_d_level_to_40_ngml_may_slash_your_cancer_risk_by_67_percent Raising Your Vitamin D Level to 40 ng/ml May Slash Your Cancer Risk by 67 Percent<br><br><br>Have you checked your vitamin D status lately? Ideally, you want to maintain a vitamin D level of 40 to 60 ng/ml year-round. Based on mounting research, 40 ng/ml appears to be the "magic" number at which a whole host of health benefits are reaped.<br><br>Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a variety of illnesses,1 including heart disease, stroke, hypertension, autoimmune diseases, type 1 and type ... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 12:17:00 EST one day at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47434_one_day_at_a_time Just take one day at a time .Go slow if you must but try to keep moving everything you do helps.<br>Also try to remember calories in calories out . <br><br> Don't deprive yourself of something you want to eat it is ok to have a treat once and a while . Just watch the portion control, read labels and beware of what is on your plate.<br><br> Listen to your body if you are to tired one day to do any exercise then let it be a rest day , no since to doing to much and being worn out for the res... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 11:54:00 EST Have you scheduled your colonoscopy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47429_have_you_scheduled_your_colonoscopy It was my 50th birthday birthday present from my physician, the pink order slip that sent me scheduling my first colonoscopy. I understood the need of regular colorectal screening, it is one of the most powerful weapons against colorectal cancer. Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States.<br><br>I had no relatives with colorectal cancers, but if you have a relative who was diagnosed with colon cancer at the ... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 05:56:00 EST Hormones and Your Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47421_hormones_and_your_heart Hormone Therapy In Men<br><br>Although the term "Male Menopause" was coined decades ago, the term didn't really enter the popular lexicon until the 1990s. There are parallels to menopause in women, including the fact that research to treat its symptoms has produced mixed findings. Some studies suggest cardiovascular benefits, while others show harm.<br><br>"In men, the issue is even more contentious, in part because the data are so limited," says Dr. Shalender Bhasin, an endocrinologist at H... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 22:12:00 EST counting my exchanges and journaling and measuring my foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47407_counting_my_exchanges_and_journaling_and_measuring_my_foods <br>I am counting exchanges and journaling and measuring my food,. fifteen hundred calories plan thru TOPS <em>250</em> <br><br>Today I will start to exercise. I have been losing the last few weeks. If I can do this so can you. One baby step at time makes for a success plan. It is a lifestyle change. <br><br> You have to continue to plan and take action. You will be thrilled with the end results. <br><br> Now to plan a reward for when I hit my goal. I am thinking a cruise. <br><br> I... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 09:59:00 EST Rosehip Oil: Skin Rejuvenation in a Bottle http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47406_rosehip_oil_skin_rejuvenation_in_a_bottle Rosehip Oil: Skin Rejuvenation in a Bottle<br><br>Rosehip oil has been making a name in the cosmetics industry because of its phenomenal benefits for the skin. Supermodels and actors even swear by its skin rejuvenating and clarifying effects. But what exactly is rosehip oil and where does it come from? Keep reading this article to find out.<br>What Is Rosehip Oil?<br><br>Rosehip oil, sometimes called rose hip seed oil, can be obtained from wild rose (Rose moschata, Rosa rubignosa, or Rosa can... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 09:53:00 EST Hormones and Your Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47398_hormones_and_your_heart Over the past decade, reviews of older studies, along with some new ones, helped clarify the issue and gave rise to the so-called timing hypothesis: it's possible that using hormone therapy during the first few years of menopause might help prevent heart disease. But using hormones later---beyond about the age of 60---increases the risk.<br><br>Harvard professor Dr. JoAnn Manson, one of the lead investigators on the WHI, recommends trying lifestyle modifications for at least three months af... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 21:35:00 EST Ice Heat Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47397_ice_heat_away One simple solution to being uncomfortably warm when it's super hot is to put an ice pack in between you and your chair, in the center of your back, and lean back. <br><br>Wrap it, so that you can use it for a long period of time. Otherwise, it will bother your nerves, and may even cause nerve damage. Remember summer clothes are light, so you need to use a towel. <br><br>If you want, you can put an ice pack on your neck too! For both places, twenty minutes is the doctor recommended amount of ... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 20:21:00 EST 45 minutes walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47392_45_minutes_walk First thing in the morning I get up, of course, then feed the dogs, have a cup of tea and then go for a 45 minute walk. Then come home have a shower and head to work. I feel that the walk is a great start to my day and clears my mind and body after being in bed for 7-8 hours.<br><br>I love it first the morning, it is still dark when I leave but starts to get light, with the birds waking up and the sun rising, I consider it a great start to every day. Some morning there are Kangaroos over t... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 16:17:00 EST Hormones and Your Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47374_hormones_and_your_heart Age-related drops in sex hormone levels sometimes cause undesirable symptoms. But is hormone therapy safe for the heart?<br><br>A decline in sex hormones is a natural part of growing older. Still, it's only natural to want to feel robust, mentally sharp, and healthy as we age. So it's no surprise that hormone therapy---which has been touted by drug companies as a way to restore youthful vigor, first for women and more recently for men---has generated so much interest.<br><br>But hormone th... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 22:09:00 EST Work Out With Yard Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47365_work_out_with_yard_work Work Out with Yard Work<br>Your Yard & Your Body Will Thank You!<br><br> By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/250c7f3e-3ec8-467e-a9db-8992120a5589.jpg"><br>Ask anyone who has spread mulch in their yard, and they’ll tell you that yard work is quite the workout! Whether hauling mulch, spreading soil, raking leaves, or pulling weeds, you’re guaranteed to break a sweat. That's because gardening works all your major muscle groups. Even something as simp... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 09:28:00 EST Tackling Sleep Apnea, Beer Belly, & Testosterone http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47358_tackling_sleep_apnea_beer_belly_testosterone "But a big new study called the Testosterone Trials, which was published this year, provides some hope that older men with low testosterone levels and specific complaints that may be related to testosterone deficiency may benefit from hormone replacement," says Anawalt.<br><br>Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and other institutions recruited 790 men aged 65 or older who had consistently low blood levels of testosterone (below 275 nanograms per deciliter). The men, who reporte... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:23:00 EST Never Give Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47353_never_give_up I just keep it very simple by just Eating healthy and being active and enjoying life. I use to workout every single day for over an hour and it burned me out. I ended up getting sick and ended up in the hospital with Asthma. I was pushing myself too much. Running myself down and my body was paying the price. Doctors said I had to change and start taking it easy and taking care of myself. So I talk it over with my hubby and he gave me great advice. All he said was honey you are beautiful and I... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:45:00 EST Astaxanthin: The Most Powerful Nutrient Ever Discovered for Eye Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47350_astaxanthin_the_most_powerful_nutrient_ever_discovered_for_eye_health Astaxanthin: The Most Powerful Nutrient Ever Discovered for Eye Health<br><br><br>Scientists long ago discovered that a class of naturally-occurring pigments called carotenoids held powerful antioxidant properties that are crucial for your health. But only recently has one particular carotenoid jumped to the forefront in terms of its status as a "super nutrient," becoming the focus of a large and growing number of peer-reviewed scientific publications.<br><br>This carotenoid is called astaxan... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:38:00 EST Vitamin K2 Deficiency Is a Significant Cause of Cardiovascular Disease http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47349_vitamin_k2_deficiency_is_a_significant_cause_of_cardiovascular_disease Vitamin K2 Deficiency Is a Significant Cause of Cardiovascular Disease<br><br><br>Your body is a complex organism, dependent upon the interactions and interrelationships of organs, enzymes, vitamins and hormones. Anytime you take a nutritional supplement, especially at high doses, you affect the balance of others.<br><br>For instance, if you take a zinc supplement, you must be wary of a copper imbalance in your body. These two nutrients balance each other, meaning you may suffer from either z... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:42:00 EST Healthy Diet and Moderate Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47343_healthy_diet_and_moderate_exercise You know the funny thing is that we all read stories on the news or watch reality shows like "The Biggest Loser" or even know friends or family that have taken drastic measures to diet and lose weight. We think, "Wow, these people have got their game on because they've lost 50 pounds in 3 months!"<br>But this is simply not healthy. Drastic measures are sometimes necessary for medical reasons, but otherwise they tend to over-stress the body and then people go right back to their former selves.... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 06:52:00 EST Tackling Sleep Apnea, Beer Belly, & Testosterone http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47340_tackling_sleep_apnea_beer_belly_testosterone Testosterone typically declines slowly and steadily after about age 30, just as complaints about energy level, libido, sexual performance, and muscle weakness pick up.<br><br>Despite the controversy over testosterone, there's still huge interest in it, says Bradley Anawalt, an endocrinologist at the University of Washington.<br><br>"It's the elixir of youth du jour for men right now," says Anawalt. "We see patients all the time asking about testosterone."<br><br>Some have low hormone levels ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:22:00 EST The Surprising Health Benefits of Unripe Banana, Papaya and Mango http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47336_the_surprising_health_benefits_of_unripe_banana_papaya_and_mango The Surprising Health Benefits of Unripe Banana, Papaya and Mango<br><br><br>Are you getting enough fiber in your diet? If not, your health may suffer in more ways than one. A common sign your diet is lacking in fiber is constipation and irregular bowel movements, but that's really just the tip of the iceberg.<br><br>Fiber-rich foods like vegetables promote optimal gut health by nourishing beneficial gut bacteria. Certain fruits are also high in fiber, including underripe bananas, papayas and... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:29:00 EST How to avoid burnout http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47331_how_to_avoid_burnout It can be very hard caring for family, job, aged parents, and woman inevitably put themselves last. The risks of burnout are real, then come tears, anger, resentment. It all still has to be done, we cannot run away, but there are a few things you can do to minimalize the risk of burnout. <br><br>Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant dema... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:40:00 EST Tackling Sleep Apnea, Beer Belly, & Testosterone http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47327_tackling_sleep_apnea_beer_belly_testosterone As weight loss progresses, people typically begin to lose equal amounts of subcutaneous and visceral fat.<br><br>An exception may be people in their late 70s or early 80s, says Jensen. "We think that fat cells only live about three to seven years," he explains. "After that, we need new ones to replace the old ones that die."<br><br>But older people may run out of some of the precursor cells in their subcutaneous fat, notes Jensen.<br><br>"So they lose some of their subcutaneous fat depot an... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 22:08:00 EST Tips for bicycle safety http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47312_tips_for_bicycle_safety More and more people are enjoying the pleasures of bicycle riding, both for the health benefits, and for the sheer joy of being out on two wheels. It can be dangerous to mix bicycles with traffic but many steps can be taken to protect yourself as much as possible. 200 pounds versus 6000 is a given loss, so here are some bicycling tips:<br><br>PAY ATTENTION<br>First of all, pay 100-percent attention, just as you would while driving. Use your senses—often you can hear an engine in advance of ... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 07:34:00 EST Tackling Sleep Apnea, Beer Belly, & Testosterone http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47307_tackling_sleep_apnea_beer_belly_testosterone "Another advantage of visceral fat is that it's got a lot of immune cells and responds very vigorously to injury," notes Jensen. "Visceral fat can actually wrap itself around abdominal organs that are damaged during hunting or fighting and ward off infections, increasing the chances of surviving."<br><br>But few men today need to move quickly to survive. And few suffer life-threatening abdominal injuries from hunting or fighting.<br><br>In lean men, visceral fat is useful. It efficiently r... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 23:29:00 EST Eat an Energizing Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47297_eat_an_energizing_breakfast Whether it be for weight loss, weight Maintenance, depression, anxiety, or all manner of ailments - Eating a Healthy, Energizing Breakfast cemented with Good Carbs and Protein - Starting my day off with an Energizing Breakfast has made such a difference in each of my days. I skipped breakfast for over 35 years - I have made it my #1 goal and stuck to it for 3 months so far - and it has been life changing. Those Breakfasts set the tone for my entire day. <br>For the Typical Monday-Friday - ... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:06:00 EST Top Tips to Keep Fruits and Veggies Fresh Longer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47294_top_tips_to_keep_fruits_and_veggies_fresh_longer Top Tips to Keep Fruits and Veggies Fresh Longer<br><br><br>It's happened before. You brought home too many fresh carrots, cucumbers and fancy mesclun lettuce, didn't get to them as quickly as you thought you would and they spoiled. Rubbery carrots, slimy cucumbers and rusty lettuce can definitely make you lose your sense of humor.<br><br>The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) says Americans dispose of 19 percent of the vegetables and around 14 percent of the fruits they buy due to spoi... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:58:00 EST Tackling Sleep Apnea http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47288_tackling_sleep_apnea It's probably not news that men are twice as likely as women to have not seen a doctor for at least two years. So it's no surprise that of the 15 leading causes of death in the United States, only one---Alzheimer's Disease---claims more women than men.<br><br>Endangered Males<br><br>Beginning in the womb, males are more likely than females to die at every age.<br><br>Among the diseases more common in men:<br><br>***heart disease<br><br>***lung cancer (men smoke more)<br><br>***bladder cancer... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 23:33:00 EST It really is a lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47286_it_really_is_a_lifestyle I saw Dr Oz talking about his "Day Off Diet," and I thought I didn't need a full day off, just an occasional meal off like the weekly dinner with my dad that's a little higher in calories and fat than a single meal should be for me, and the occasional meal out with my girlfriends which usually involves my favorite Mexican foods. Then it hit me...those "occasional meals" are how normal, healthy people do it. I don't have to plan for an overeating day, I just have to make adjustments for spec... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 21:38:00 EST The Back Nine. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47277_the_back_nine <br>THE BACK NINE <br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e30efcc2-3cc6-41aa-8f60-3ae301bc8a2f.jpg"><br> <br> <br>AND THEN IT IS WINTER <br> <br>You know ... Time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 14:52:00 EST Health benefits of having close friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47271_health_benefits_of_having_close_friends The value of friendship is something that few people take time to really appreciate. When you need a friend, you realize just how important it is to have a strong relationship to another person. value of friendship, good friends Everyone values friendships, but it's especially important when you are a teenager and a young adult, and good friendships last through adulthood. A special friendship provides someone to talk to and hang out with, laughter, advice and so much more.<br><br>Friends ha... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 04:44:00 EST Tackling Sleep Apnea http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47266_tackling_sleep_apnea If a doctor suspects that you have sleep apnea, you'll probably spend a night at a sleep clinic, where you'll be attached to electrodes and sensors that record your sleep as well as the frequency of any apnea episodes.<br><br>The gold standard treatment is a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. You wear a mask over your nose while you sleep, and the machine supplies pressurized air to keep your throat open.<br><br>"Those who use it regularly have the greatest likelihood of eli... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 23:08:00 EST Diabete, Sleep & Life Control http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47262_diabete_sleep_life_control Insomnia was the original reason I joined SparkPeople. I have to admit it was the wisest decision I've made toward obtaining a healthy and happy lifestyle. However, I soon discovered there were many Teams I could join to help with various other health issues I was also dealing with at the time.<br><br>I recommend that you check your blood sugar every day before or after each meal and record the results on a chart. Also, add the amount of insulin or whatever was used. It helps to visualize... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 17:53:00 EST Become a Morning Person: http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47256_become_a_morning_person Become a Morning Person: 8 Tips from a Former Night Owl<br><br> <br>By: Stepfanie Romine, SparkPeople Blogger <br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5df619c7-7424-4290-a759-26cc8e30672a.png"><br>I spent most of my early and mid 20s working the second shift at newspapers. I loved working as a copy editor, and I loved the hours, too. My shifts began at 4 p.m. and ended at midnight, which meant I could stay up late, sleep until noon, and still have time to run errands and go to the... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 11:50:00 EST Tackling Sleep Apnea http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47245_tackling_sleep_apnea "Obesity plays a big role in the development of apnea," says Chervin. Extra weight can mean more fat deposits in the soft tissue that surrounds the throat, which can obstruct breathing.<br><br>Among 690 randomly selected middle-aged Wisconsin residents, those whose weight increased by 10 percent or more over a four-year period were six times as likely to develop moderate-to-severe sleep apnea as those who didn't gain weight.<br><br>While putting on pounds can make apnea worse, shedding them ... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 22:48:00 EST Hydrate while eating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47235_hydrate_while_eating Whether the weather forecast has you dreading sweat-soaked tees or looking forward to pitchers of lemonade, staying adequately hydrated has to top your list of priorities this season.<br><br>These eight foods, in peak season during summer months, are either rich in necessary electrolytes like magnesium and potassium, or boast high water content to help you do just that. Even better—most are low in calories. So stock your picnic basket with these healthy eats if you want to keep that beach bod... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 10:17:00 EST Tackling Sleep Apnea http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47228_tackling_sleep_apnea On the night Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died last February, his CPAP machine was on the nightstand next to his bed. It wasn't plugged in.<br><br>Scalia was one of an estimated 25 million Americans with obstructive sleep apnea. Most don't know they have it.<br><br>People with sleep apnea stop breathing for 10 seconds or more at a time, as many as 300 or 400 times a night. Each bout usually ends with a snort, as breathing begins again.<br><br>What causes it? In obstructive apnea, ... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 22:54:00 EST What are some of the best food sources of vitamin D? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47207_what_are_some_of_the_best_food_sources_of_vitamin_d What are some of the best food sources of vitamin D? <br><br><br><br>The conversation about which foods contain vitamin D can be a bit challenging because the WHFoods list for vitamin D is quite short. Furthermore, one of the best dietary sources of vitamin D (milk) is only vitamin D-rich because of fortification that occurs at the time of processing. (While whole milk from grass-fed cows with plenty of tim... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 01:34:00 EST Hot Flash In The Pan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47204_hot_flash_in_the_pan Beyond The WHI<br><br>Q: The Women's Health Initiative aside, what can women do to lower their risk of disease?<br><br>A: We know from a number of studies that about 80 percent of heart attacks and strokes and up to 90 percent of cases of type 2 diabetes may be preventable by lifestyle modifications. But only about 5 percent of the population has adopted all of those practices.<br><br>Q: Like what?<br><br>A: Moderate-to-vigorous exercise at least 30 minutes a day, not smoking, maintainin... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 20:38:00 EST 10 Ways Growing an Organic Garden Can Help Your Health and Budget http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47195_10_ways_growing_an_organic_garden_can_help_your_health_and_budget 10 Ways Growing an Organic Garden Can Help Your Health and Budget<br><br>Get the nutrition you need & enjoy tastier food<br>Many studies have shown that organically grown food has more minerals and nutrients than food grown with synthetic pesticides. And there’s a good reason why many chefs use organic foods in their recipes -- they taste better.<br>Save money<br>Growing your own food can help cut the cost of your grocery bill.<br>Protect future generations<br>The average child receives four ... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:37:00 EST Are You an Active Couch Potato? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47194_are_you_an_active_couch_potato Are You an Active Couch Potato?<br>Taking Steps to Stay Healthy Despite a Sedentary Lifestyle<br><br> By Ellen G. Goldman<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/81ca06fa-985c-4914-bb54-e975126e00fb.png"><br>My life has always been full of movement. As a fitness coach and former owner of a personal training business, I know the importance of being active throughout the day and have never been concerned about my activity level. Even with many of my working hours spent at a desk, I... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:50:00 EST Hot Flash In The Pan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47183_hot_flash_in_the_pan Vaginal Atrophy<br><br>Q: What else should women know about menopause?<br><br>A: Low doses of vaginal estrogen are safe and effective to prevent vaginal dryness and discomfort with sexual activity---or what's now called genitourinary syndrome of menopause. It occurs in at least 45 percent of women.<br><br>This syndrome, which we used to call vaginal atrophy, is progressive. Unlike the hot flashes and the night sweats, which tend to get better within a decade after menopause, vaginal altro... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 23:28:00 EST The Cost of Multitasking: 6 Health Risks You Should Know http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47174_the_cost_of_multitasking_6_health_risks_you_should_know The Cost of Multitasking: 6 Health Risks You Should Know<br>7 Tips for Changing Your Juggling Ways<br><br> By Ellen G. Goldman<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/96e40b4b-0f3a-4b73-b381-22735887fd44.png"><br>Wet laundry that's been sitting in the washing machine for three days. A blog post riddled with spelling errors. An annoyed boss who is still waiting on the report that you were supposed to complete by day's end. What do all of these unfortunate scenarios have in common?... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 11:25:00 EST Hot Flash In The Pan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47166_hot_flash_in_the_pan Q: Why do women go the bio-identical hormone route?<br><br>A: They're being misled by unsubstantiated claims of greater safety and effectiveness. Since the WHI, many physicians are no longer up to date on prescribing FDA-approved hormones or won't prescribe them at all. To fill that void, women are turning to alternative remedies including compounding pharmacies.<br><br>Q: Why do women think that compounded hormones are safer?<br><br>A: They often don't receive a package insert telling... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 23:30:00 EST cycling for health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47162_cycling_for_health <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/45a740cb-c8cf-4c5e-b932-60b88c8d9628.jpg">I love riding bikes. I love building bikes. And it all costs me nearly nothing. For example, I built a recumbent bike 10 years ago for less than $4. Just sawed some old junkers apart and welded them back together in the recumbent configuration. Cost: my time and some welding rods and a can of paint. I have rode that bike over 11,000 miles. I just explained the building because it added the incenti... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 20:11:00 EST What Is Matcha Green Tea Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47131_what_is_matcha_green_tea_good_for What Is Matcha Green Tea Good For?<br><br><br>One of the most in-demand drinks on the planet, green tea is outrageously good for you. You may have heard about its benefits, such as increased ability to lose weight and combat heart disease.<br><br>The interest lately is so hot that an exodus from the coffee camp to a mass of matcha groupies has made matcha “the drink” of choice during New York Fashion Week for the past few years.1<br><br>The trend is gaining ground for several reasons. One is ... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 10:11:00 EST What Is Matcha Green Tea Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47130_what_is_matcha_green_tea_good_for What Is Matcha Green Tea Good For?<br><br><br>One of the most in-demand drinks on the planet, green tea is outrageously good for you. You may have heard about its benefits, such as increased ability to lose weight and combat heart disease.<br><br>The interest lately is so hot that an exodus from the coffee camp to a mass of matcha groupies has made matcha “the drink” of choice during New York Fashion Week for the past few years.1<br><br>The trend is gaining ground for several reasons. One is ... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 10:11:00 EST Here's Why You Should Celebrate Sweat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47129_heres_why_you_should_celebrate_sweat Here’s Why You Should Celebrate Sweat<br>A Little Perspiration Does the Body Good<br><br> By Melissa Rudy, Health & Fitness Journalist<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/47274e12-d1fb-4865-aa92-36a985d69fb1.png"><br>Regardless of weight or fitness level, we all sweat (although some more than others). For many, it's welcomed as physical proof of exertion. Whether you prefer running, spinning or hot yoga, there's just something exhilarating about finishing a grueling, sweaty w... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:55:00 EST Healthy While Traveling http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47126_healthy_while_traveling 1. Pack your own snacks. Ironically for someone who travels as much as I do, I dislike actually having to get on a plane to do so. Besides my claustrophobia and fear of flying, I’ve become increasingly less patient in dealing with layovers, flight delays and expensive airport food. I refuse to spend $10 on a veggie and hummus sandwich or $6 on a miniature cup of fresh fruit. No thanks, not happening. So, I pack my snacks ahead of time. Yes, it takes a little bit of planning but the rewards ar... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 07:49:00 EST Hot Flash In The Pan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47122_hot_flash_in_the_pan Menopause<br><br>Q: Have the WHI results led doctors to stop treating symptoms of menopause with hormones?<br><br>A: The use of hormone therapy has declined by about 80 percent since the WHI, but the trials' results have been misunderstood. The hormone therapy trials were designed to answer a specific question: What is the balance of benefits and risks of hormone therapy when used to prevent heart disease and other chronic diseases?<br><br>The balance was not favorable for the average wom... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 22:25:00 EST Maintain a Good Healthy Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47119_maintain_a_good_healthy_diet Now that we have came so far and maybe your starting out Spark People is all about learning a healthy way of eating and incorporating exercise into each day... Change is hard... especially for those with a weakness for salty or sugary snacks... But it is not impossible... once you know all of the options that can actually help get your health in shape you will see that it is not so bad... and the changes you make now can help undo years of unhealthy eating.... and a better check up at th... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 19:42:00 EST Hot Flash In The Pan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47103_hot_flash_in_the_pan Q: Should women eat less fat?<br><br>A: This study suggests that there may be benefits for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and for women who have an increased risk of breast cancer. But overall, I don't think there's strong evidence yet that all women should be going on a low-fat diet.<br><br>Q: Why not?<br><br>A: It could be that what mattered wasn't less fat, but a reduction in red meat or an increase in fruits and vegetables, or even a small amount of weight loss. I... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 21:41:00 EST The health benefits of fasting http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47098_the_health_benefits_of_fasting A number of studies have suggested intermittent fasting has numerous health benefits, including weight loss, lower blood pressure and reduced cholesterol. <br> One of the most well-known intermittent fasting diets is the 5:2 Fast Diet - a plan that involves eating the recommended calorie intake for 5 days a week but reducing calorie intake to 25% for the remaining 2 days - to 500 calories a day for women and 600 a day for men.<br> Studies of intermittent fasting show that not only do pe... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 14:25:00 EST Hot Flash In The Pan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47088_hot_flash_in_the_pan Breast Cancer<br><br>The initial results from 2006 showed that women assigned to a low-fat diet had an 8 percent lower risk of developing breast cancer than those assigned to eat their usual diet. It wasn't a statistically significant reduction, but rather was borderline.<br><br>However, additional information has come to light since then, and our follow-up has been extended. Among the women who were diagnosed with breast cancer during the trial, it looks like there was a 35 percent statist... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 23:16:00 EST Secrets That Can Help You Live Longer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47080_secrets_that_can_help_you_live_longer Secrets That Can Help You Live Longer<br><br><br>The search for "the fountain of youth" has a long history, from tracking down sacred, life-giving water sources in the days of antiquity, to the invention of "miracle pills" and stem cell research in the modern age, the fascination with extreme longevity is an enduring one.<br><br>One of the most recent studies1 on this topic investigated the blood of a woman who lived to be just over 115 years old. At her death, she only had two blood stem cel... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 12:06:00 EST Hot Flash In The Pan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47070_hot_flash_in_the_pan Bottom Line<br><br>***Lose (or don't gain) excess weight.<br><br>***Shoot for 30 to 60 minutes a day of moderate-to-vigorous aerobic exercise.<br><br>***Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day.<br><br>***Drink alcoholic beverages only occasionally.<br><br>***If you have severe symptoms in early menopause, consider taking hormones for five years or less.<br><br>***If you're more than a decade past the onset of menopause, avoid starting hormones. But low-dose vaginal estrogen... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 23:15:00 EST Nine Ways to Make Yourself Smarter http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47059_nine_ways_to_make_yourself_smarter Nine Ways to Make Yourself Smarter<br><br><br>Looking for ways to boost your intellect, stave off mental aging, and maybe even live a longer life? You might be surprised to learn that not only do such strategies exist, but many are easily attainable by making simple tweaks here and there to your daily routine. Embracing the strategies that follow may give a hearty boost to your brainpower, help you keep mentally healthy and ultimately even make yourself smarter.<br><br>Nine Tips for a Smarter... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:45:00 EST Doctor Warns: Eat Soy and You’ll Look 5 Years Older http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47058_doctor_warns_eat_soy_and_youll_look_5_years_older Doctor Warns: Eat Soy and You’ll Look 5 Years Older<br><br>In the early 1990's, soy and soy products exploded onto the supermarket scene with promises of bountiful health benefits.<br><br>This "new miracle food," soy, was supposed to lower cholesterol, take the heat out of hot flashes, protect against breast and prostate cancer, and offer a filling alternative to earth-loving vegetarians.<br><br>The problem with these claims?<br><br>Most of them are false.<br><br>Sadly, most of what you have ... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:02:00 EST Hot Flash In The Pan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47044_hot_flash_in_the_pan "Clinically proven soy isoflavones for hot flash relief," says Estroven, a soy and black cohosh supplement. "Clinically tested formula shown to help relieve hot flashes, night sweats," says Promensil Menopause, which contains red clover. <br><br>Many woman look for "natural" supplements to treat hot flashes and night sweats. Do they work? Here's the evidence for some popular supplements, as well as for exercise and muscle relaxation.<br><br>Soy. Four trials of supplements that contain at... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 13:11:00 EST my way of seeing things http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47043_my_way_of_seeing_things consistency. <br><br>i have dieted over and over again. sometimes losing 15 to 25 kilos of weight sometimes not being successful. <br><br>I ate paleo, low carb, did weight watchers and counted calories. all these systems work. but i need to think longterm.<br><br>often the same amount of kilos get lost and gained. to step out of this diet circle of hell, i need to change only those habits i am willing to keep for the rest of my life.. the rest is CONSISTENCY!!!!! <em>381</em> <br><br>i pray... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 13:07:00 EST Make Small Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47042_make_small_changes It took me a long time to decide that I needed to do something to lose the weight and to regain my health, why? It seem so daunting I was sure I was going to fail.<br><br>But then I started changing small things little by little. First, I started watching what I ate: choosing what I thought was better for me.<br>Then, when I felt my eating was better and felt a bit easier I started to move a little more. My first day was awful and I couldn't breathe, so I knew I had to quit smoking if I want... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 12:36:00 EST Important Facts About Cholesterol and Heart Disease http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47041_important_facts_about_cholesterol_and_heart_disease Important Facts About Cholesterol and Heart Disease<br><br><br>Cholesterol is a wax-like fatty substance found in almost every cell of your body. You need cholesterol to make hormones and vitamin D, digest your foods, protect your nerves and for the production of cell membranes.<br><br>Although it has been vilified, it is essential to your health. Your liver manufactures most of the cholesterol you require from the nutrients in your food.<br><br>Levels of cholesterol are not higher in fatty m... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 12:23:00 EST Melatonin Regulates Our Cycles, Mood, Reproduction, Weight and May Help Combat Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47012_melatonin_regulates_our_cycles_mood_reproduction_weight_and_may_help_combat_cancer Melatonin Regulates Our Cycles, Mood, Reproduction, Weight and May Help Combat Cancer<br><br><br>Melatonin is a hormone your body produces at night, and one of its primary roles is to help you sleep. But this benefit, for which it is arguably most widely known, is only one of many.<br><br>Did you know, for instance, that melatonin may help protect against heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's and migraine headaches? Or that it may help with weight control and strengthening your immune system? ... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 11:13:00 EST What you need to know about over the counter medications and supplements http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47009_what_you_need_to_know_about_over_the_counter_medications_and_supplements Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines are medicines you can buy without a prescription from your doctor. OTC medicines can help you feel better by helping to treat or prevent health problems, such as allergies, constipation, cold and flu (influenza), and nausea. However, sometimes OTC medicines can cause unpleasant effects (also called adverse effects). These adverse effects include side effects, drug-drug interactions, food-drug interactions, and allergic reactions. It is best to be aware of the ... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 08:13:00 EST 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Makes Strides Toward Better Nutrition, But Fallacies Remain http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46996_2015_dietary_guidelines_for_americans_makes_strides_toward_better_nutrition_but_fallacies_remain 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Makes Strides Toward Better Nutrition, But Fallacies Remain<br><br><br>Every five years, the US Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) convene a 15-member panel to update the nation's dietary guidelines.<br><br>The panel's stated mission is to identify foods and beverages that help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight, promote health, and prevent disease. These guidelines also serve as the foundation for national nutrit... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 15:15:00 EST 6 Tips to Stay Healthy This Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46995_6_tips_to_stay_healthy_this_summer Steps to better your health during summer months<br><br>Summer is officially upon us, which for many of us means extra time outdoors, basking in swimming pools, enjoying hikes, and much more. However, it also means you’re more exposed to certain illnesses, allergies, and infections. Wondering how you can take advantage of the summer sunshine while being in charge of your health at the same time?<br><br>Protect Yourself From Skin Cancer<br>While staying lathered up may seem obvious to some, it... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 15:11:00 EST You Got A Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46993_you_got_a_friend Have you tried to diet, but it failed; and you couldn't figure out why? Well the problem could be that you are trying to do it alone. I had that problem. I thought that I didn't need anyone. I thought I could do it all on my own, but I was wrong. I would try to eat healthy, but everywhere I looked, everyone was eating all these unhealthy foods (that I love). When I saw everyone eating those foods; I wanted to eat those foods too! When I would exercise; I would see people sitting on the couch ... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 14:28:00 EST Staying The Course http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46992_staying_the_course Not really any secrets of success, I decided to stay the course that inevitably yields long-term results.<br><br>What I have discovered, particularly, over the past nine months, it's a matter of choice. You can have all the support in the world; have all the right and or proper tools; motivation from many sources and yet not do absolutely nothing but keep stating that you want to make a change.<br><br>Well having a desire to and wanting to make a change is simply not enough and without quest... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 14:21:00 EST Weighing In On The Value Of The Body Mass Index http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46975_weighing_in_on_the_value_of_the_body_mass_index People with a healthy BMI (18.5 to 24.9) tend to have better blood sugar and blood lipid levels compared with people whose BMI values fall above that range. They're also more likely to have normal blood pressure,, which puts less strain on the heart and circulatory system. They're also more likely to have normal blood pressure, which puts less strain on the heart and circulatory system. They're less prone to joint and muscle aches and may even have more energy---factors that make heart-hea... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 23:00:00 EST Drop the Pop http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46970_drop_the_pop I have found that if you drop the pop that you will notice a lot of differences. Once you stop drinking pop, you will notice that your skin will start to clear up because the sugar from the pop isn't there. You will also notice that you will start to lose weight, again this is because we lose the sugar content from the pop and all the additives. You will also feel better if you are drinking diet pops and stop drinking them. The reason for this is the aspartame that is in the drinks. Aspartame... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 16:49:00 EST Average US Woman Now Weighs as Much as 1960s Man http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46967_average_us_woman_now_weighs_as_much_as_1960s_man Average US Woman Now Weighs as Much as 1960s Man<br><br><br>Today, about 75 percent of US men and 67 percent of US women are either overweight or obese. This has risen significantly from figures gathered between 1988 and 1994, when "just" 63 percent of men and 55 percent of US women were overweight or obese.2<br><br>Fewer Than One-Third of Americans Are at a Healthy Weight<br><br>The NHANES data revealed that about 35 percent of men and 37 percent of women are obese, while another 40 percent ... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 12:25:00 EST Stay Hydrated - It's all about the water!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46958_stay_hydrated_its_all_about_the_water My Secret of Success is to get as much water in as possible throughout the day -- Stay Hydrated!! I drink an average of 64 oz a day, minimum. Sometimes more, sometimes a little less in a day. <br><br>I can tell when I'm not close as close to that 64 oz and don't enjoy that feeling of being thirsty. Nowadays, it feels less about being thirsty and feels more about being a healthier version of me. I can tell the effect it has on other parts of my body and body functions. <br><br>Getting enou... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 00:22:00 EST Atrial Fibrillation: The Latest Treatment Trends http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46956_atrial_fibrillation_the_latest_treatment_trends Mechanical Solutions<br><br>Even with the newer, safer drug options, there are still some people who cannot safely take anticoagulants on a regular basis. For example, older adults who are prone to frequent falls or people who have trouble sticking to the proper dosing schedule could be at risk for serious complications. For this group, there is an effective, new, nondrug option. A tiny basket-like device called the Watchman that is implanted in the heart can block clots that form in the l... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 23:44:00 EST The Power of Protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46950_the_power_of_protein My personal weight loss journey has been a very slow and inconsistent one that I have been on and off of for a few years. I have always had wonderful tools for effective weight loss, such as SparkPeople, but a few things would disrupt my process. A large disruption of losing weight for me was overeating and not listening to my body when it no longer needed food. <br>One thing that has recently been very helpful for me is incorporating more protein into my diet. At the beginning part of my wei... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 17:32:00 EST Atrial Fibrillation: The Latest Treatment Trends http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46933_atrial_fibrillation_the_latest_treatment_trends The Role Of Anticoagulation:<br><br>The go-to solution for lowering stroke risk involves clot-preventing drugs known as anticoagulants or blood thinners. For decades, the standby in this arena has been warfarin (Coumadin). Although it works very well, warfarin can be tricky to manage in real-life situations because blood levels have to be kept within a narrow range to avoid side effects such as unwanted bleeding. Because many common drugs, foods, and dietary supplements affect the anti-clo... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 22:00:00 EST Drink Your Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46927_drink_your_water Drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways I've discovered to feel full longer, have healthier looking skin, and stay hydrated!!!! My go to tricks...I drink at least 16 ounces of water BEFORE having a cup of coffee every morning! Then I drink one cup of coffee, followed with another glass or two of water! During the school year my early morning goal is to have at least eight-eight ounce glasses of water before I leave for school at 7:00AM. I also take a water filled MUG with me in t... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 13:22:00 EST Benefits of Juicing: Your Keys to Radiant Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46923_benefits_of_juicing_your_keys_to_radiant_health Benefits of Juicing: Your Keys to Radiant Health<br><br>Congratulations! You have made some great changes to your life. The last step will be to implement a juicing plan. I am firmly convinced that the benefits of juicing are the keys to giving you a radiant, energetic life, and truly optimal health.<br><br>I've said this in the other levels of this nutrition plan, but it's so important I'll say it again - valuable and sensitive micronutrients become damaged when you heat foods.<br><br>Cookin... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 11:10:00 EST Depression can be painful http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46918_depression_can_be_painful Symptoms of depression go beyond feelings of sadness and may include pain. Besides headaches, symptoms can also include back pain, joint pain, and stomach pain, Since these can be symptoms of other conditions as well it's important to be seen by your medical care provider. Depression may not be diagnosed when pain is present which means you may not get the help you need.<br> It's important to recognize other symptoms of depression, including:<br><br>Feeling blue, sad, weepy<br>Feeling ... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 08:22:00 EST Atrial Fibrillation: The Latest Treatment Trends http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46910_atrial_fibrillation_the_latest_treatment_trends About one in six strokes can be traced to atrial fibrillation. Doctors now have newer and better options to lessen this risk.<br><br>Close to one in 10 people ages 65 or older have atrial fibrillation (afib), the most common heart rhythm disorder. During a bout of afib, the usually rhythmic contractions of the heart's upper chambers (the atria) are replaced by an ineffectual quiver. While the symptoms, which include a racing heartbeat, dizziness, and shortness of breath, are troublesome fo... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 21:50:00 EST How to clear your sinuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46904_how_to_clear_your_sinuses Many people suffer from stuffed sinuses on occasion, especially due to allergies. Many people think a stuffy nose is the result of too much mucus in the nasal passages. However, a clogged nose is actually caused by inflamed blood vessels in the sinuses. These irritated vessels are usually triggered by a cold, the flu, allergies, or a sinus infection. Here are a few suggestions: <br> 1. Humidifier. A humidifier provides a quick, easy way to reduce sinus pain and relieve a stuffy nose. Th... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 18:38:00 EST Never Give Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46901_never_give_up My journey is a tricky one, but aren't they all. My tangled web began with love for fitness and competitiveness with a slight propensity toward healthy eating. The nature of my mind is to continually improve. I didn't realize at that time, by continually challenging myself; holding myself to a more unachievalbe bar and to eat more and more "clean", I was actually beginning to do myself a disservice.<br><br>My loving family stood by my side supporting my racing, in awe at my achievements, and ... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 16:03:00 EST Reversing fatty liver http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46870_reversing_fatty_liver Some fat in your liver is normal. But if it makes up more than 5%-10% of the organ's weight, you may have fatty liver disease.<br> Fatty liver occurs when excess fat accumulates inside liver cells. This means normal, healthy liver tissue becomes partly replaced with fatty tissue. The fat starts to invade the liver, gradually infiltrating the healthy liver areas, so that less and less healthy liver tissue remains. The fatty liver has a yellow greasy appearance and is often enlarged and swo... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 08:12:00 EST How to help prevent Alzheimer's http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46856_how_to_help_prevent_alzheimers Many people are concerned about the possibility of developing Alzheimer's disease and the devastating consequences. About 4.5 million people in the United States are affected and millions more family members have had their lives severely disrupted by this debilitating illness. Several studies in the past few years have demonstrated that age doesn't cause decreased brain function, and that there are several things we can do to help prevent this devastating problem.<br> First, control you... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 15:39:00 EST Keep Healthy While at Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46849_keep_healthy_while_at_work Eight hours in a chair in front of a computer, five days a week can take a toll on your body. From avoiding eye strain and tension neck syndrome to passing on those extra calories that co-workers leave invitingly on their desks, experts give WebMD 10 tips that will help you stay healthy and in shape at work.<br><br>1. The snacks that your co-workers so nicely place on their desk can add a few hundred calories to your daily diet if you're not careful, and they can leave you with unwanted pound... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 06:30:00 EST Research That Is Being Watched http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46847_research_that_is_being_watched Researchers compared three groups of heart patients: people who did cardiac rehab for 12 weeks, those who did cardiac rehab plus stress reduction, and those who chose not to participate in cardiac rehab. The stress reduction group engaged in weekly, 1.5 hour-long sessions that included small group discussions and training in stress reduction, coping skills, and relaxation techniques.<br><br>After a follow-up of about three years, the rate of cardiac events (heart attacks, strokes, recurrent... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 23:24:00 EST Research That Is Being Watched http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46823_research_that_is_being_watched Can Mammograms Help Reveal Heart Disease?<br><br>Mammograms, which are widely used to detect early breast cancer, may also be an effective tool for spotting early signs of heart disease, a small study suggests.<br><br>The study, in the April JACC: Cardiology Imaging, involved nearly 300 women free of heart disease. All underwent both a mammogram and a computed tomography (CT) scan of the chest. The mammograms showed calcifications (which look like a chalked line) in the arteries within the... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 22:06:00 EST Lend A Hand, Help Your Heart? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46806_lend_a_hand_help_your_heart Another large, ongoing study of volunteerism, Experience Corps, has also documented physical, social, and cognitive improvements in volunteers. Begun in 1995 and now operating in multiple cities across the United States, Experience Corps pairs adults ages 50 or older with public school students who struggle with reading. While the tutoring improved classroom behavior and boosted the students' reading scores, the experience also helped the adults. A recent study in the American Journal of P... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 22:54:00 EST How Gluten and Modern Food Processing Contribute to Poor Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46798_how_gluten_and_modern_food_processing_contribute_to_poor_health How Gluten and Modern Food Processing Contribute to Poor Health<br><br><br>“Gluten: A Gut Feeling” investigates the health effects of gluten. In recent years, the benefits of a gluten-free diet have become widely recognized, its popularity fueled by celebrity endorsements and an increasing number of books.<br><br>This includes The New York Times Best Seller, “Grain Brain,” written by Dr. David Perlmutter, a neurologist, in which he reveals how processed grains can trigger neurological dysfunc... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 11:51:00 EST The importance of rest! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46791_the_importance_of_rest Exhaustion, lack of sleep, sleep-deprivation, it's all in the same category. We need rest and our bodies cannot function properly without it. Tired minds are much more likely to make serious mistakes. In most first-world countries of the world today a significant percentage of the population is sleep-deprived. In the United States alone, fatigue is one of the top ten reasons people are visiting their care providers.<br> We need rest but there seems to be no time to get it. Without re... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 07:33:00 EST Lend A Hand, Help Your Heart? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46782_lend_a_hand_help_your_heart People who do volunteer work may reap benefits beyond the satisfaction of helping others.<br><br>If you volunteer on a regular basis, perhaps you've experienced the emotional rewards of donating your time. What you might not realize, however, is that volunteering may offer some added advantages for your heart.<br><br>"There's a growing body of research showing that volunteering is associated with better physical and mental health outcomes," says Eric S. Kim, a research fellow at the Harvard ... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 15:36:00 EST New Science of Living Longer and How to Achieve It. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46780_new_science_of_living_longer_and_how_to_achieve_it New Science of Living Longer and How to Achieve It.<br><br><br>The Immortality Edge explains how telomeres play a role in protecting your chromosomes from critical damage. When telomeres shorten, this disrupts vital cellular function and causes the onset of aging and various diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer's -- a progression that may not be inevitable after all.<br><br>According to Life Extension:<br><br>"Drawing from the groundbreaking discoveries about telomeres that won the 2009 Nobe... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 12:35:00 EST My Garden, My World http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46763_my_garden_my_world <em>214</em> <em>214</em> <em>214</em> <em>214</em> <em>214</em> <em>214</em> <em>214</em> <br>A single rose can be my garden - a single friend, my world. <br>Leo Buscaglia <br> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <br><br>As we get longer in the tooth (a poetic way to say "older") doctors become a part of our lives. It seems that every week I am going to see some sort of "ologist". Fact of the matter is, our parts ha... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:18:00 EST How to drink more water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46757_how_to_drink_more_water In the past I have had a hard time drinking water. There are days when I just don't feel thirsty at all and no matter how hard I try, I just can't even swallow the water that I know I should drink. I can get down a soda pretty easily, but not water. I don't remember exactly how I came across this idea, but I discovered it about a year ago. <br><br>If you have trouble drinking water, not even feeling thirsty, or not being able to force yourself to swallow enough water, try this little trick. A... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 09:50:00 EST Aspartame and Excess Pregnancy Weight Puts Baby at Risk for Obesity http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46748_aspartame_and_excess_pregnancy_weight_puts_baby_at_risk_for_obesity <br>Aspartame and Excess Pregnancy Weight Puts Baby at Risk for Obesity<br><br><br>The decisions you make before your baby is born have a significant impact on his or her health for years to come. It's only been recently that researchers have begun to fully understand the complexity behind the human genome and the extent to which it is expressed for generations in the future.1<br><br>Both mother's and father's genetic material have an impact on the health of their offspring, including the lik... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:01:00 EST Staying Healthy at Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46714_staying_healthy_at_work 1. Make hydration benchmarks<br><br>Like any other goal, your mission to stay hydrated becomes more easily attainable when you break it into small, specific tasks you can start tackling immediately.<br><br>Your mind (and your bladder) might be daunted by the challenge of chugging 64 ounces of water a day…but drinking 8 ounces of water every few hours, on the other hand, sounds perfectly manageable.<br><br>We found this awesome trick to drink enough water throughout the day from Chris Freytag ... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 06:26:00 EST To snack, or not to snack? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46712_to_snack_or_not_to_snack We all have deeply ingrained habits that can cause us to stumble in our quest for a healthier lifestyle. One of these areas for many of us is snacking. While using snacking as a small meal to keep energy levels even during the course of the day is a good thing, the action of mindlessly munching while distracted by other activities is not. What to do? As we all know, changing old habits is hard! That is why it may be time to think outside the box, or the bag, when it comes to snacking! <br>Do ... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 01:39:00 EST 15 Ways To Keep Cool When It's Hot http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46694_15_ways_to_keep_cool_when_its_hot Keeping cool when temperatures reach record highs isn't just about comfort. Dangerously high temperatures can result in heat-related illnesses ranging from heat cramps to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The following tips can help you keep cool all summer long.<br><br>1. Alter your pattern of outdoor exercise to take advantage of cooler times (early morning or late evening). If you can't change the time of your workout, scale it down by doing fewer minutes, walking instead or running, or dec... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 19:31:00 EST What Are Sprouts Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46676_what_are_sprouts_good_for What Are Sprouts Good For?<br><br><br><br>Sprouts Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>You may have seen them in a gourmet sandwich shop or the produce aisle, looking like loose tangles of little pale threads with tiny unopened peas at the top. You may even have tasted them and decided "Not bad," because of their fresh, lively taste and texture.<br><br>What are sprouts exactly? Well, there are a lot of different types – almost as many as there are edible plants. Bean sprouts, sunflower sprouts, rye spr... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:23:00 EST The benefits of sunshine and exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46671_the_benefits_of_sunshine_and_exercise We all know we need to be exercising. We were designed to move, and everything about us benefits from regular, moderate exercise-physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. <br> The sun provides energy to our planet. Much of its radiation promotes health and well-being. It is necessary for the growth of vegetation, plants, and photosynthesis, the food-production mechanism. This provides us with the food we eat. Sunlight also powers the recycling of water through evaporation ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:41:00 EST Should I Take A Potassium Supplement? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46617_should_i_take_a_potassium_supplement This is a great question that comes up all the time-----and with good reason, because potassium can be tricky. The short answer is no, you should not take potassium supplements unless your doctor prescribes them. Let me outline why below.<br><br>To start with, you're much better off getting potassium from foods instead of pills. Many fruits and vegetables are rich in potassium, including spinach, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, bananas, and avocado. Potassium-rich diets help control blood pre... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 22:54:00 EST the vegan truth http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46587_the_vegan_truth I know most people don't like to think about vegan, vegans, or veganism but it saved my life and saves many more animals each day. I have been a vegetarian since the age of 9 because of my love of animals. I saw the movie Earthlings and realized the horrors of dairy and became vegan. At this point in my life I had been diagnosed with Hashimoto thyroidis and gained over 120 pounds though I had been fit and thin my entire life prior. After going vegan the tumors on my thyroid dissolved, I've lo... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 02:04:00 EST Lowering Cholesterol: Can Supplements Help? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46555_lowering_cholesterol_can_supplements_help ***Supplements: Here's how to avoid being fooled by the labels:<br><br>1. Get the right phytosterols. You can buy either free phytosterols or phytosterol esters. The esters are free phytosterols that have fatty acids attached to them. That makes them disperse more readily in the intestinal tract, says the FDA. It has proposed that only suppoements with phytosterol esters can claim that they help reduce the risk of heart disease, assuming they provide enough. (Fortified foods can make t... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 22:54:00 EST Better Health and a better you.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46548_better_health_and_a_better_you Keep in mind that your on a journey that you will be for the best way to health..Eating a balanced nutritious diet and being physically active is the best way to stay healthy and help reduce your risk of disease... To maintain a stable weight your intake needs to equal to the intake you use. If you use more calories than you consume working out you will lose weight... On the other hand.. if you eat more than you us... you will gain weight... So that is where Spark People comes in.. It will... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:48:00 EST Blogging for change http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46544_blogging_for_change Sometimes, the answers that we seek are right inside our hearts. We just need to take the time to listen to our own heart.<br>I have been blogging for a few years now. Every morning, I get up and I write for 5 minutes. It is not a tough thing to do, but it takes discipline. I find that by writing, I have more direction in my journey towards greater health. I also find that many people go through exactly the same thing as I am going through.<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 07:13:00 EST Lowering Cholesterol: Can Supplements Help? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46539_lowering_cholesterol_can_supplements_help Policosanol<br><br>Ineffective.<br><br>Why do some companies still use this discredited extract of sugar cane wax? After Cuban researchers published studies 15 years ago claiming that policosanol was as powerful as statins, 11 trials in the United States, Canada, Italy, Germany, and South Africa all found that it didn't lower LDL any more than a placebo. <br><br>Phytosterols<br><br>Effective. Phytosterols are plant extracts that keep some cholesterol from being absorbed from the intestinal ... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 22:48:00 EST Lowering Cholesterol: Can Supplements Help? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46527_lowering_cholesterol_can_supplements_help Statins CAN SLASH LDL ("bad") cholesterol by 40 to 60 percent. But some people prefer to avoid prescription drugs. While no cholesterol-lowering supplement can match the potency (or purity) of a statin, a few offer modest help. Others promise to but don't.<br><br>Red Yeast Rice<br><br>Effective, but dosages unpredictable.<br><br>Red yeast rice contains small amounts of naturally occurring statin-like compounds. In four good studies, LDL cholesterol dropped by an average of 20 percent in pe... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 22:50:00 EST Hair health for your scalp http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46504_hair_health_for_your_scalp Using a baby shampoo for your dry scalp is healthy for your hair. Washing your hair too often is not healthy. Hot water is also not wise. There are oils that you can buy but they are very expensive. Baby shampoo is often on sale during baby week. I've asked my hair dresser. She thought that tee tree oil would be good. I asked my doctor she recommended baby shampoo. Taking care of the scalp is important to your health in general. Exercising to point of sweating is also a good thing fo... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 15:43:00 EST Staying Healthy While Traveling the Globe http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46437_staying_healthy_while_traveling_the_globe <br>Vacations are a time to rest, rejuvenate and explore — a time for travelers to experience the sights, sounds and culture of the town they are visiting without the stresses of everyday life. For many people, trips can also provide a unique opportunity to indulge in all kinds of amazing local cuisines and drinks. Unfortunately, while travelers typically look forward to the culinary joys of a vacation, they also worry about balancing all that fun with a healthy lifestyle.<br><br><br>The good... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 08:11:00 EST Benefits of Prostate Massage Therapy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46428_benefits_of_prostate_massage_therapy Regular exercising and maintaining a healthy diet are considered the two most significant issues that lead to a healthy body. This is true for both males and females.<br><br>However, there exists one routine that is exclusive for males. This is prostate massage. It is a procedure which will cleanse the interiors of your prostate gland. This is actually the target of this article: the key benefits of prostate gland massage for men’s health.<br><br>It is known as prostate gland milking or prost... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 16:47:00 EST What Are Lima Beans Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46424_what_are_lima_beans_good_for What Are Lima Beans Good For?<br><br>Lima Beans Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Lima beans are a legume, as are split peas and lentils. Until recently, it was thought they originated in Brazil, but new discoveries have pinpointed Guatemala. References to lima beans began showing up in ancient literature in the 1500s. Now known for their buttery texture and flavor, numerous varieties are cultivated worldwide in bush and pole vine varieties. In the U.S., lima beans are abundant mostly along the Cali... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 11:31:00 EST How to clean out your lungs in 3 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46408_how_to_clean_out_your_lungs_in_3_days <br>How to Clean The Lungs In 3 Days.<br>Posted: 07 Jun 2016 05:53 AM PDT<br><br><br>Drinking 300 milliliters of juice of grapefruit in the snack. If you don’t like the taste of the juice, mix it with a bottle of mineral water or replace it with pineapple juice. These juices contain natural antioxidants that promote a healthy respiratory system.<br><br>Drinking 300 milliliters of pure carrot juice between breakfast and lunch. Carrot juice will help alkalize your blood during the 3 days of cle... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 15:41:00 EST What Is Lavender Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46403_what_is_lavender_good_for What Is Lavender Good For?<br><br><br>Lavender Nutrition Facts<br><br><br><br>Fragrant, beautiful, and versatile, lavender is typically added to bouquets or to bathwater for a purifying and uplifting effect. A close cousin of mint, it grows as a small shrub that has lovely violet flowers and green or pale grey leaves. It’s native to northern Africa and the mountainous Mediterranean regions, although it also grows throughout southern Europe, Australia, and some parts of the United States today... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 11:57:00 EST Thrive on Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46396_thrive_on_routine I am not a boring person. I just thrive on routine. And in the process, I have discovered that my body also loves routine. No doubt, like me, the body enjoys a few diversions from a routine....but these diversions enhance the routine. They do not change it!!!. Here's what works for me:<br>Monday to Friday : exercise every morning followed by a healthy breakfast. Off to work and do not skip lunch - just try and keep it as healthy as you possibly can. Dinner - also healthy and a routine to... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 06:39:00 EST Blood Sugar, Omega-3s & Depression & Berries http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46375_blood_sugar_omega3s_depression_berries Omega-3s and Depression<br><br>Number one on the "Top Five Anti Depression Supplements" list at betterhealthstore.com: fish oil. But a new review says that omega-3 fats may not help.<br><br>Researchers with the "Cochrane Collaboration looked at 26 studies that tested omega-3 fats against a placebo (or, in one case, an antidepressant) in people with major depressive disorder.<br><br>The results: evidence that was "low or very low quality" and a benefit so small that it "is unlikely to be me... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 21:57:00 EST Blood Sugar, Omega-3s & Depression & Berries http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46355_blood_sugar_omega3s_depression_berries Blood Sugar.....Not So Simple To Predict<br><br>How much does a food raise blood sugar levels? The answer varies widely from person to person.<br><br>For one week, Israeli scientists continuously monitored blood sugar levels in 800 people aged 18 to 70 who did not have diabetes (though some had pre-diabetes).<br><br>The participants used smartphones to track every food they ate as well as their activities (like eating or sleeping).<br><br>The researchers didn't tell the people what to eat, e... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 22:27:00 EST Mind, Walnuts, Arthritis & Vitamin D & Prostate Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46342_mind_walnuts_arthritis_vitamin_d_prostate_cancer Diet and Prostate Cancer<br><br>Which foods are linked to a higher risk of advanced prostate cancer? (That's the only kind that matters.)<br><br>Scientists pooled data from 15 students on more than 842,000 men in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.<br><br>Those who ate at least four eggs a week had a 14 percent higher risk of advanced prostate cancer than those who ate less than three eggs a month. In contrast, those who ate at least four (3oz.) servings of poultry a week had a 17 p... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 23:37:00 EST Get enough sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46331_get_enough_sleep I find that getting enough sleep is critical to weight loss and good health. I tend to be a night owl and I have to make a real effort to get to bed at a reasonable hour, but when I do, I feel much better overall. Going to bed earlier also means less late-night snacking! I often work in the evenings, and it can be hard to shut everything down and go to bed. Mornings are busy, though, and there's always a lot to do, so a good night's sleep is essential if I'm going to be able to get up when th... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 13:02:00 EST Check out Menu's before heading out http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46319_check_out_menus_before_heading_out Many of us are worried that they'll never be able to go to a restaurant again if they're going to lead a healthy life... Not so.. Now we have all kinds of things at our finger tips.. Most Restaurants have menu's online and you can check out the calorie count and make a choice and know just what your going to order.. Less time... and let your fingers do the walking.. Keep that basket away..That dreaded basket of grainy goodness will be the disaster of eating out healthily...You may be thinkin... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 01:35:00 EST Mind, Walnuts, Arthritis & Vitamin D & Prostate Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46316_mind_walnuts_arthritis_vitamin_d_prostate_cancer Walnuts: Healthy But Not Magic<br><br>All three groups were told to limit saturated fat, to choose healthy carbs like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and to exercise for an hour a day.<br><br>After six months, all three groups lost about 15 pounds. (Earlier studies had suggested that insulin-resistant dieters would lose more weight on a lower-carb diet, but in this study they didn't. However, women who were not insulin resistant when the study started lost more weight on the lower-fa... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 22:04:00 EST Keeping Yourself Going http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46306_keeping_yourself_going Experts explain how small steps can help you stay on track to meet your diet and exercise goals.<br><br>Find yourself losing interest in exercising and eating a healthy diet? Maybe you were gung ho for a few weeks and then your get-in-shape determination quickly faded -- and you went back to your old, bad health habits.<br><br>What if instead of making mega-changes with the all-or-nothing approach to weight loss and good health, you resolve to tackle a few simple changes at a time? Studies sh... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 06:34:00 EST Mind, Walnuts, Arthritis & Vitamin D & Prostate Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46300_mind_walnuts_arthritis_vitamin_d_prostate_cancer Mind Over Body?<br><br>Mindfulness-based stress reduction and cognitive behavioral therapy may reduce lower-back pain.<br><br>Researchers randomly assigned roughly 340 people with chronic lower-back pain to one of three groups:<br><br>***Mindfulness-based stress reduction. For two hours a week for two months, instructors led participants in stress-reduction techniques like yoga and meditation. A key goal: help people accept physical discomfort and difficult emotions.<br><br>***Cognitive be... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 22:04:00 EST Eating Slowly and Chewing Thoroughly http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46232_eating_slowly_and_chewing_thoroughly The key to successfully losing weight, keeping it off, and enjoying blissful satisfaction during meals may be as simple as taking your time and chewing as thoroughly as possible. During the last week I have committed to putting everything I eat only a pretty plate, eating it as slowly as possible, and chewing each bite at least 30-50 times. What I've discovered is really incredible.<br><br>The truth is, it's hard to build a habit to eat more slowly. It's hard to build any new habit after year... Sun, 29 May 2016 11:42:00 EST Sugar Coated vs Reality (Your Liver will Thank-you) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46230_sugar_coated_vs_reality_your_liver_will_thankyou <link>sugarcoateddoc.com/ </link> <br><br>"If you want to know how sugar politics really works, see this film!" -Marion Nestle<br><br>The food industry seduced the world, one spoonful at a time. The IRN is proud to be involved with Sugar Coated, a documentary by award winning Michele Hozer, documentary producer and her production company, the Cutting Factory. <br><br>Sugar Coated explains how the food industry convinced our government and the general public to stop asking the question: is su... Sun, 29 May 2016 09:27:00 EST Why You Should Never Let Anyone Kiss Your Baby On The Lips http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46204_why_you_should_never_let_anyone_kiss_your_baby_on_the_lips When you are a parent, you are doing everything in your power to protect your newborn baby, so many people can make you feel you are being over protective.<br><br>For example, when your friends say that their children have a cold, but nothing major, they can still come and visit you and your baby.<br><br>Or when you go for a play date in the park, and some kid has a cough and green snot running at full steam from both nostrils.<br>Even when your dinner date comes over and says that the kids w... Fri, 27 May 2016 14:53:00 EST How to Stay Healthy During Summers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46187_how_to_stay_healthy_during_summers There are many people who are not perturbed by the arrival of the summer season . For them, it means fun in the sun. Their kids’ schools are shut, they can go on a vacation and it’s time for outdoor activities like cycling, gardening and much more.<br><br>While summer provides us with opportunities to get outside and increase our activity, it also holds risks such as heatstroke, allergies, dehydration, tetanus and even cancer. The hot and humid days are capable of taking a toll on your health... Thu, 26 May 2016 19:50:00 EST the healing power of onions http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46166_the_healing_power_of_onions The Magical Healing Power Of Onions: Put Them Under Your Feet & See Its Benefits.<br><br><br><br>Onion, like garlic, comes from Allium family. It is rich in sulfur-containing compounds that are responsible for their pungent odors and for many of their health-promoting effects. Recent research indicates that onions contain quercitin, a bioflavonoid with antioxidant properties. Sulphur compounds and flavanoids in onion provides a natural antibiotic effect.<br><br>1. FIGHT OFF FEVER<br>onion soc... Wed, 25 May 2016 18:21:00 EST Benefits of Sex http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46123_benefits_of_sex 1. Helps Keep Your Immune System Humming<br>“Sexually active people take fewer sick days,” says Yvonne K. Fulbright, PhD a sexual health expert.<br><br>People who have sex have higher levels of what defends your body against germs, viruses, and other intruders. Researchers at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania found that college students who had sex once or twice a week had higher levels of the a certain antibody compared to students who had sex less often.<br><br>You should still do all the o... Mon, 23 May 2016 11:24:00 EST KEEP ON BIKING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46122_keep_on_biking I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Mon, 23 May 2016 11:07:00 EST The Safety Of Vaccines http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46092_the_safety_of_vaccines I know that this may seem like a strange secret to success story and that it has nothing to do with fitness, but it has everything to do with health and be healthy.<br><br>And I know that this is controversial topic. But I am a voice for vaccines, a pro-vaxxer and an advocate for vaccines. My opinion on this matter is just that. MINE. And, believe it or not, I have ZERO tolerance for those who are anti-vax. And to be honest, I have nothing to say to those who don't vaccine their kids because ... Sat, 21 May 2016 21:59:00 EST Massage is nice http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46075_massage_is_nice Having a massage is one of the things I enjoy more than anything else on the world. I wish I could have one every day! I hadn't had a massage in the longest time when my wonderful husband decided to surprise me with a treat of a massage today. I simply didn't realize how much this could help me in my weight loss journey. That short hour had me feeling relaxed and recuperate do and, most importantly, less Hungry! I am not sure what made me less hungry, but , wow, it is amazing! A bunch... Fri, 20 May 2016 23:18:00 EST Massage is nice http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46074_massage_is_nice Having a massage is one of the things I enjoy more than anything else on the world. I wish I could have one every day! I hadn't had a massage in the longest time when my wonderful husband decided to surprise me with a treat of a massage today. I simply didn't realize how much this could help me in my weight loss journey. That short hour had me feeling relaxed and recuperate do and, most importantly, less Hungry! I am not sure what made me less hungry, but , wow, it is amazing! A bunch... Fri, 20 May 2016 23:18:00 EST Massage is nice http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46073_massage_is_nice Having a massage is one of the things I enjoy more than anything else on the world. I wish I could have one every day! I hadn't had a massage in the longest time when my wonderful husband decided to surprise me with a treat of a massage today. I simply didn't realize how much this could help me in my weight loss journey. That short hour had me feeling relaxed and recuperate do and, most importantly, less Hungry! I am not sure what made me less hungry, but , wow, it is amazing! A bunch... Fri, 20 May 2016 23:18:00 EST Prevent Bad Health by Staying Healthy.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46064_prevent_bad_health_by_staying_healthy You always here "A apple a day Keeps the Doctor Away.." but that is a little bit off but to keep Healthy is what you need to do.. Make changes to better your Health as you get older and set a good example to your Children or Grands.. They do watch you...How we live our lifestyle choices is the key to long-term health quality of life and vitality in our later years.... So start as soon as you can.. Old habits are hard to break but you can do it.. We need to keep all these things in Mind..Diet... Fri, 20 May 2016 14:04:00 EST Consistency to healthy lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46039_consistency_to_healthy_lifestyle Be consistent with your daily health habits. Nothing sabotage the journey to healthy lifestyle more than un-consistency . . ... Thu, 19 May 2016 03:12:00 EST Sunscreen is a must! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46038_sunscreen_is_a_must Sunscreens are topically applied products that protect the skin from the sun's damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation. <br>Sunscreens work by including active ingredients that remain on the surface of the skin that absorb, scatter, or reflect the UV radiation before it reaches the skin. By filtering out the harmful UV radiation, sunscreens help to reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging, as well as help prevent sunburn. However, only products labeled with “Broad Spectrum” and SPF 15 ... Thu, 19 May 2016 01:56:00 EST Probiotics: Are They Safe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46024_probiotics_are_they_safe Probiotics' safety has not been thoroughly studied scientifically. More information is especially needed on how safe they are for young children, elderly people, and people with compromised immune systems. Therefore, probiotics should NOT be taken or used until further research by scientists has been done to prove just how safe they truly are. In my opinion, they are NOT safe and should be avoided.<br><br>Probiotics' side effects tend to be mild and digestive, such as gas or bloating. More se... Wed, 18 May 2016 11:02:00 EST How do you stay healthy after 60! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45993_how_do_you_stay_healthy_after_60 On February 9, 2009, I turned 60. Ever since, staying healthy has been on my mind.<br><br>Staying healthy is not only good for me and my family, but it is also good for our country, because a healthier older population means lower health care costs.<br><br>So, here is my list.<br><br>1. Getting adequate sleep: I have started to get more sleep (I try for 7-8 hours/night plus a daytime nap if possible) because of all that has been written on sleep recently and better sleep can help in many ways... Mon, 16 May 2016 18:56:00 EST Krill Oil Supplementation Lowers Your Triglycerides http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45970_krill_oil_supplementation_lowers_your_triglycerides Krill Oil Supplementation Lowers Your Triglycerides<br><br>Most Americans are seriously deficient in animal-based omega-3 fats. If you're among them, this means you are missing out on many health advantages that these fats offer.<br><br>Maintaining a high dietary omega-3 intake throughout your life is essential for optimal health, and the research continues to pour in that krill oil, in particular, is the preferable source.<br><br>Lower Your Triglycerides: Krill Oil for Your Heart<br><br>Trig... Sun, 15 May 2016 13:35:00 EST Getting my body checked out http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45945_getting_my_body_checked_out You may or may not know that I have had two difficult winters because of upper respiratory infections. Not only was I sick, but the illness lasted for weeks. My family has a history of pulmonary problems, so needless to say, this was very concerning to me. I do have what are termed environmental allergies: trees, grass, mold, dust mites, dogs, feathers, horse hair. So, I went to see a pulmonary specialist. She was very thorough, and ordered additional tests. I did have pneumonia 15 years ago.... Sat, 14 May 2016 09:02:00 EST STAYING ON TRACK http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45915_staying_on_track I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Thu, 12 May 2016 12:06:00 EST When you travel http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45900_when_you_travel This past weekend, we traveled to my in-laws and for whatever reason, they don't own a weight scale. So what we did was we packed our weight scale! I know it sounds silly, but you won't believe how much it helped and how much it comforted us. It's like we never left our "diet comfort zone".<br><br><br>We routinely weigh ourselves everyday and the thought of missing a few days' logs, was enough to drive us into dangerous territories, i.e. mindless eating!<br><br><br>However, this time it was d... Wed, 11 May 2016 15:32:00 EST Apple Cider Vinegar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45899_apple_cider_vinegar 1. Non-Toxic Cleaner:<br><br>It’s no secret that vinegar is an excellent household cleaner. What some people don’t know is that raw, unfiltered vinegar contains all the bacteria fighting benefits that some commercial vinegars lack. To make your own cleaning solution, simply mix equal parts water and apple cider vinegar, plus a little elbow grease, to get your home free of dirt, bacteria, and toxins cleaners. Don’t worry, the vinegar smell goes away as it dries.<br><br>2. Weed Killer:<br><br>A... Wed, 11 May 2016 15:30:00 EST Wi Fi A silent killer that kills us slowly http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45882_wi_fi_a_silent_killer_that_kills_us_slowly <br><br><br>Nowadays, everyone is addicted to the internet and the revolution of Wi-Fi network made it possible for us to use internet whenever we want and wherever we go.<br>Eventhough the company producing the mobile phone as well as Wi-Fi routers has to follow certain norms in order to make these devices harmful for our health, we are not completely sure if it’s totally safe to use it. Look in details what impact the wireless device and Wi-Fi routers have on our health.<br>WI-FI: A SILENT ... Tue, 10 May 2016 15:34:00 EST Wings and Roots http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45880_wings_and_roots <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence."<br>~ Denis Waitley<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>The other gift you can give your children is to hang around and be a part of their life for many years. It should go without saying that staying healthy is paramount to your han... Tue, 10 May 2016 13:40:00 EST What to do ... Staying Healthy while traveling.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45878_what_to_do_staying_healthy_while_traveling Just went through this and I Pray it gives you ideas that you can use while on Vacation or a unexpected trip..When it comes to going on vacation and traveling, sometimes our health can take a bit of a back step... Flying or Driving.. Traveling knocks your body sideways due to a change in environment, an altered diet, a different time zone and a deviated routine.. not to mention the effects of being at high altitudes in order to get to your chosen destination... Riding in a car is about the sa... Tue, 10 May 2016 12:37:00 EST Brain Gain News For Your Noggin http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45847_brain_gain_news_for_your_noggin DASH DIET<br><br>A DASH diet keeps a lid on blood pressure, which may protect your brain's blood vessels. Here's a 2100-calorie version.<br><br>Vegetables & Fruit<br>(1 serving: 1/2 cup or 1 cup greens or 1 piece of fruit)<br>11 Daily Servings<br><br><br>Grains<br>(1 serving: 1/2 cup pasta or rice or cereal or 1 slice of bread)<br>4 Daily Servings<br><br>Low-Fat Dairy<br>(1 serving: 1 cup milk or yogurt or 1-1/2 ounce cheese)<br>2 Daily Servings<br><br>Legumes & Nuts<br>(1 serving: 1/2 cup... Sun, 8 May 2016 23:28:00 EST Brain Gain News For Your Noggin http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45832_brain_gain_news_for_your_noggin And hearing loss is more common than you may think.<br><br>"The percentage of people with hearing loss doubles every decade," says Lin. "By the time you look at adults 70 and older, nearly two-thirds have a clinically significant hearing impairment."<br><br>Poor hearing may not affect your blood vessels or your risk of Alzheimer's. "Hearing loss may be an independent hit on the brain," says Lin.<br><br>The key theories:<br><br>***Cognitive load. "When you have hearing loss as you age, the... Sat, 7 May 2016 20:26:00 EST Brain Gain News For Your Noggin http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45814_brain_gain_news_for_your_noggin They recruited 1260 people aged 60 to 77 who had average or slightly below average scores on memory tests and had risk factors for vascular dementia like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar, excess weight, or a sedentary lifestyle.<br><br>Half (the control group) got general health advice. The other half (the intervention group) had their blood pressure, blood sugar, and other risk factors monitored and received training to:<br><br>***Eat a DASH-like diet, with fruits and... Fri, 6 May 2016 17:33:00 EST Brain Gain News For Your Noggin http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45798_brain_gain_news_for_your_noggin The 10 "brain healthy" food groups: green leafy vegetables, other vegetables, nuts, berries, beans, whole grains, fish, poultry, olive oil, and wine. the five unhealthy groups: red meats, butter and stick margarine, cheese, pastries and sweets, and fried and fast food.<br><br>The problem: researchers have observed less dementia in people who eat a MIND-like diet on their own. But no one has told people to eat either a MIND diet or some other diet and then tested to see if one group has b... Thu, 5 May 2016 22:36:00 EST Once You Read THIS You Will Never Throw Away This Part of the Banana http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45788_once_you_read_this_you_will_never_throw_away_this_part_of_the_banana <br><br>The benefits of bananas are well known, but the potent properties of their peel are no less important. We all throw it away after eating the banana, but people in some countries, such as India use the nutritional benefits of the banana skin by eating it for decades.<br>Here is now to use the banana peel:<br><br><br>1. Banana peel for teeth whitening<br>Rub your teeth with the inner side of a banana peel every day for two weeks. Soon you will notice the positive results.<br>2. Remove s... Thu, 5 May 2016 08:29:00 EST Tips for Healthy Eyes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45785_tips_for_healthy_eyes Tips for Healthy Eyes<br><br>Your eyes are an important part of your health. There are many things you can do to keep them healthy and make sure you are seeing your best. Follow these simple steps for maintaining healthy eyes well into your golden years.<br><br>Have a comprehensive dilated eye exam. You might think your vision is fine or that your eyes are healthy, but visiting your eye care professional for a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to really be sure. When it comes to ... Thu, 5 May 2016 02:54:00 EST Within reach at all times http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45780_within_reach_at_all_times Water, Water, Water. Keep a water bottle within reach at all times. In your hand, on the desk, in the car, next to your favorite chair and wherever you are.<br><br>I once got by on a morning coffee or two. Then would go the rest of the day without drinking anything until dinnertime. That would most likely be a Diet Coke. I felt fine or so I thought.<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5024f926-a072-4ec5-badb-5fea33dceb11.JPG"><br>I never really enjoyed water. the touch of lemo... Wed, 4 May 2016 21:29:00 EST Brain Gain News For Your Noggin http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45778_brain_gain_news_for_your_noggin 5. Using your brain delays symptoms.<br><br>"If you've had a more intellectual lifestyle throughout life-----higher education, occupation, and cognitive activities-----does it delay your symptoms of cognitive decline?" asks the Mayo Clinic's Prashanthi Vemuri. "The answer is yes."<br><br>The delay ranges from three to eight years, depending on how much education, etc., you've had.<br><br>"And the protection is the same whether you have vascular or Alzheimer's pathology or both," adds Vemur... Wed, 4 May 2016 15:50:00 EST Brain Gain News For Your Noggin http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45766_brain_gain_news_for_your_noggin "People who started out with greater thickness in the walls of their carotid arteries seemed to experience a greater improvement in cognitive function," says Smith. "The carotid artery wall is a barometer of cardiovascular risk, so those are people who were at greater risk for stroke or future heart problems."<br><br>"One thing that we've learned over the past few decades is that progressive cognitive problems happen over the course of decades," adds Smith. "So controlling your cardiovascul... Tue, 3 May 2016 19:09:00 EST Brain Gain News For Your Noggin http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45748_brain_gain_news_for_your_noggin 3. Blood pressure matters.<br><br>Why does damage to small blood vessels in the brain-----starting in your 40s and 50s-----matter so much for thinking abilities?<br><br>"The areas in the frontal lobe of the brain that are most important for executive function, planning, and learning are particularly vulnerable to damage caused by blocked blood vessels," says Patrick Smith, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University School of Medicine.<br><br>That's less of a... Mon, 2 May 2016 22:49:00 EST Brain Gain News For Your Noggin http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45731_brain_gain_news_for_your_noggin Alzheimer's. The hallmark of Alzheimer's is abnormal fragments of protein called amyloid.<br><br>"Amyloid plaques collect in the brain," explains Vemuri. But amyloid alone doesn't cause Alzheimer's.<br><br>"Roughly 30 percent of people aged 70 to 90 have amyloid in their brains, and they're cognitively normal," she says.<br><br>"Amyloid causes trouble when the brain also has abnormal tangles of a protein called tau.<br><br>"Amyloid is the trigger and tau is the bullet," says Vemuri. "Amylo... Sun, 1 May 2016 20:25:00 EST MINDFULLY DEHYDRATED ??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45717_mindfully_dehydrated_ Friday was 90 degrees in the shade here.<br>Where was I? At an OUTDOOR antique fair and sweating (glowing)!<br>I drank 3 bottles of water during the 2.5 hours of shopping.<br>Definitely a visit to the loo was in order before the long trip home.(that turned out to be a conditioned response if there ever was one).<br><br>THERE WAS NO FLUID LEFT TO EVEN GO!!!<br> <em>198</em> <br><br>Lesson learned: <br> Drink more water than you ever think you need!! <br><br>No wonder I felt occasionally naus... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:17:00 EST Brain Gain News For Your Noggin http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45715_brain_gain_news_for_your_noggin 1. Dementia rates are dropping.<br><br>The news broke in February. Researchers who had followed roughly 5,200 participants in the Framingham Heart Study since 1975 reported that the incidence of dementia had dropped steadily from 3.6 per 100 people aged 60 or older in the late 1970s to 2.0 per 100 in the early 2010s.<br><br>"Our study offers hope that some dementia cases might be preventable, or at least delayed," says Sudha Seshadri, professor of neurology at Boston University School of M... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 19:24:00 EST What Are Sunscreens? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45711_what_are_sunscreens What Are Sunscreens?<br><br>Sunscreens are products combining several ingredients that help prevent the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation from reaching the skin. Two types of ultraviolet radiation, UVA and UVB, damage the skin, age it prematurely, and increase your risk of skin cancer.<br><br>UVB is the chief culprit behind sunburn, while UVA rays, which penetrate the skin more deeply, are associated with wrinkling, leathering, sagging, and other light-induced effects of aging (photoaging). Th... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 13:56:00 EST Benefits of Crossword Puzzles http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45696_benefits_of_crossword_puzzles Since they took the U.S. by storm in 1913, enthusiasts have been touting the benefits of crossword puzzles for mental acuity and just good old-fashioned innocent entertainment. In 2006 Wordplay, Patrick Creadon’s documentary about legendary NY Times crossword puzzle editor, Will Shortz was a surprise hit, proving that crosswords are as beloved as ever. In 2007, Bill Clinton, who was featured in Wordplay, created his own Sunday Times crossword entitled Twistin’ the Oldies. If you thought cross... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:56:00 EST GETTING HEALTHIER EVER http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45685_getting_healthier_ever I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:23:00 EST As We All Age.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45680_as_we_all_age As we all age we need to take better care of our bodies.. We only have one and when it goes to pot so will you... Getting enough fiber, water and exercise can help in trying to keep ourselves fit and body running like a well running machine.. Some foods that contain fiber are fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, lentils, peas, 100% whole wheat bread, and whole grain, high fiber cereals. Exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health. Before starting to exercise, talk to your doc... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:37:00 EST Choosing Healthy Fruits and Vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45676_choosing_healthy_fruits_and_vegetables Choosing Healthy Fruits and Vegetables<br><br>Once you start to add fruits and vegetables to your healthy eating plan, you'll want to keep eating them. Learn what to look for when choosing produce as part of a healthy diet.<br><br><br>It probably doesn’t surprise you that most Americans don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables. The American Dietary Guidelines suggest that each person eat four and a half cups, or nine servings, of fruits or vegetables each day. Many people find this difficult to... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:46:00 EST Fingernail Health and Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45675_fingernail_health_and_happiness Eyes may be the windows to the soul, but nails can offer an important glimpse into your overall health. It turns out, having strong, healthy nails isn’t just good news for your manicure—unpleasant nail symptoms could also indicate bigger health problems. The nail symptoms you shouldn’t ignore (and which are totally normal).<br><br>The problem: Yellow nails<br>This can happen naturally with age, but it’s also sometimes due to nail lacquers or acrylic nails. If you often wear acrylic nails or ... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:32:00 EST Benefits of Fish Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45643_benefits_of_fish_oil According to a recent study at Harvard University – omega-3 fatty acid deficiency is officially one of the top 10 causes of death in America.<br><br>Fish oil benefits are used in the treatment of many health issues including: heart disease, ADHD, anxiety, depression, high cholesterol, inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, alzheimer’s disease, eczema, diabetes, cancer, weakened immunity, autoimmune disease and macular degeneration.<br><br>Also, it’s been proven to aid the body in weight loss,... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:11:00 EST Why Fruits and Vegetables Are Vital http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45640_why_fruits_and_vegetables_are_vital Why Fruits and Vegetables Are Vital<br><br>Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is important for good health. Find out why experts say Mother Nature's bounty packs better nutrients than supplements.<br><br><br>If we are what we eat, then many of us must be tripping all over the place due to a lack of balance. That's because the average American eats about three servings of fruits and vegetables per day — a stark contrast to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S.... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:30:00 EST Surviving life's catastrophes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45637_surviving_lifes_catastrophes It's a rare person that hits the century mark who can say, "I had an easy life. My childhood and adolescence were perfect. I married the right person; I had exactly the children I wanted. I never had a life threatening event happen." <br><br>Most of us eventually experience some sort of catastrophe: an unplanned event that changes your life as you know it. <br><br>People who survive these and go on to live more life have some things in common. <br><br>We look around us and assess and m... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:39:00 EST Benefits of Mango Juice http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45552_benefits_of_mango_juice Mangos have yellow, green or reddish orange skin and a deep orange interior. The fruit, grown in tropical climates around the world, has been part of the human diet for more than 4,000 years, according to the National Mango Board. Mango juice contains vitamins and minerals essential for good health. Look for mango juice that does not contain added sugar to get the most health benefits.<br><br>Vitamin C<br>Consuming enough vitamin C can help you prevent colds and flu. Vitamin C encourages your... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 11:01:00 EST How to prevent ZIKA while traveling http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45545_how_to_prevent_zika_while_traveling The recent news of ZIKA virus outbreaks has many who travel worried. The virus was isolated in 1947 from a rhesus monkey in the Zika Forest in Uganda and has been found in Brazil. It may be transmitted by sexual contact.<br> The symptoms are of a viral infection--fever, chills, rash, and joint pain--which may have allowed the infection to go unnoticed. The potential damage to babies has gripped world attention with abnormal brain development (microcephaly) in the fetus which may be asso... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 05:54:00 EST Maintain Your Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45542_maintain_your_health Do my habits really affect my health?<br>Yes, very much so. All of the major causes of death (such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung disease and injury) can be prevented in part by making healthy lifestyle choices.<br><br>Don't smoke or use tobacco.<br>Smoking and using tobacco are very dangerous habits. Smoking causes 440,000 deaths in the United States every year. More preventable illnesses (such as emphysema, mouth, throat and lung cancer, and heart disease) are caused by tobacco use ... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 22:02:00 EST Sinus Headache or Migraine http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45536_sinus_headache_or_migraine Migraine is commonly misdiagnosed as sinus headache.<br>Self-diagnosed sinus headache is nearly always migraine (~90% of the time).<br>Migraine is commonly associated with forehead and facial pressure over the sinuses, nasal congestion and runny nose.<br>In the absence of fever, pus from your nose, alteration in smell or foul smelling breath you likely have a migraine headache.<br>Your diagnosis needs health practitioner confirmation for accuracy and best treatment.<br>Sinus Headache is a com... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 14:11:00 EST Benefits of Crossfit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45535_benefits_of_crossfit We all know someone who is seemingly obsessed with CrossFit, or has at least attempted it, which is no surprise considering that there are now more than 9,000 CrossFit affiliated gyms worldwide, and the high-intensity conditioning regimen is rapidly acquiring new devotees. As a fellow CrossFitter, I can attest firsthand to the appeal: Every "WOD" (workout of the day) is different, which is great for people who easily get bored with traditional gym equipment. If you often find yourself thinkin... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 14:02:00 EST Staying Healthy While Traveling http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45488_staying_healthy_while_traveling From start to finish, a reusable water bottle will be endlessly useful while traveling. As soon as you get through the airport security line, fill up your bottle at the nearest water fountain to make sure you stay hydrated on the plane. Continue the practice by filling it up before leaving your hotel each day—then you won't need to buy an expensive bottle on-the-go when parched from all your sightseeing.<br><br>We tend to indulge a bit on the finer things in life (ahem, like wine) when we tra... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 06:31:00 EST Are Food Additives Really Safe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45480_are_food_additives_really_safe Are Food Additives Really Safe?<br><br>Many of today's foods are enhanced by food additives, and some even boost their nutritional content. But others are more questionable and can affect your health.<br><br><br>If you're like most Americans, you read the ingredients list on food packages. But what exactly is alpha-tocopherol? Ascorbic acid? Sodium nitrite? And how do these and 3,000 other approved food additives affect you and your health?<br><br>Food Additives: What Are They?<br><br>A "food... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 16:25:00 EST Are Food Additives Really Safe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45479_are_food_additives_really_safe Are Food Additives Really Safe?<br><br>Many of today's foods are enhanced by food additives, and some even boost their nutritional content. But others are more questionable and can affect your health.<br><br><br>If you're like most Americans, you read the ingredients list on food packages. But what exactly is alpha-tocopherol? Ascorbic acid? Sodium nitrite? And how do these and 3,000 other approved food additives affect you and your health?<br><br>Food Additives: What Are They?<br><br>A "food... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 16:25:00 EST Pick healthy footwear http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45469_pick_healthy_footwear We all spend a lot of time on our feet, in shoes, so understanding what constitutes healthy footwear is absolutely crucial for building and maintaining optimal foot, toe, and joint health. Indeed, the health of your feet has profound implications on your entire body and life. But what are the key differences between a truly foot-healthy shoe and the industry standard? Quite a bit, as it turns out.<br><br>CONVENTIONAL FOOTWEAR FLAWS<br><br>A typical “conventional” shoe possesses at least a qua... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 01:17:00 EST 7 Reasons To Lace Up Your Sneakers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45466_7_reasons_to_lace_up_your_sneakers With less or less-effective insulin, blood sugar levels stay elevated for a longer time after a meal, and even fasting blood sugar creeps up over the years.<br><br>"Exercise is very effective at improving insulin sensitivity in the muscles," DiPietro explains. (What's more, when you exercise your muscles contract, which lets them take in blood sugar even without insulin.)<br><br>"So we thought, Why not exercise when it's needed the most, about a half hour after people finish eating?" says Di... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 22:53:00 EST Cancer....do we really know the truth? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45457_cancerdo_we_really_know_the_truth Many of you know that I have long been involved in "natural remedies" such as eating a candida-free diet that mimics a Mediterranean "rainbow" diet , essential oils, kinesthetic body testing, staying away from GMOs, etc. What you may not have know is that for the past 3-4 years, I have done a lot of personal research into why the dreaded C-word is taking over in our population. I have had several friends and family members diagnosed with "cancer". Many of my friends have had their family m... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 09:44:00 EST 7 Reasons To Lace Up Your Sneakers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45449_7_reasons_to_lace_up_your_sneakers "Ideally, the greater the intensity of physical activity the better," notes Sesso. "So the more you sweat the better."<br><br>But no sweat doesn't mean no benefit. Walking around the block or hitting a shopping mall is better for your heart than sitting around the house.<br><br>And don't worry if you can't do too much at one time. "It's the total amount that matters," says Sesso."If you have time for only a half-hour brisk walk during lunch and then another half-hour walk at the end of the... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 22:26:00 EST Play like you're six years old! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45448_play_like_youre_six_years_old Recently, I had another opportunity to take care of my six-year-old granddaughter while her mom taught a class and her dad was at work. Dad often takes care of her because as a neuro-critical care physician his schedule is pretty odd. But, once a month or so I get to babysit and it is always a joy.<br><br>Usually, my little granddaughter is pretty scattered in what she wants us to do. But, this last time was different and blessed me in so many ways. She wanted to play school. She loves k... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 17:51:00 EST Balance is Key! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45433_balance_is_key I am realizing that for me to feel optimal it is important that I find a balance between my physical health, emotional health and spirituality. Of course eating healthy and making healthy choices each day contributes to my goals. I find that exercise keeps me emotionally balanced; it is a perfect outlet if I am feeling sad, or bored or just not very optimistic. <br><br>I have a smart phone and have downloaded some very motivational songs that I play while I am exercising and walking. I h... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 23:21:00 EST 7 Reasons To Lace Up Your Sneakers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45431_7_reasons_to_lace_up_your_sneakers During the five-year Women's Health Initiative study, for example, women with breast cancer who walked briskly for at least three hours a week were 40 percent less likely to die of the disease than those who were inactive.<br><br>And in a meta-analysis of five studies that tracked more than 5,500 colorectal cancer patients for five to 12 years, those who exercised the equivalent of walking briskly for at least 2-1/2 hours a week were 35 percent less likely to die of their cancer than those wh... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 22:20:00 EST Heart Goodies For All http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45408_heart_goodies_for_all For years, health officials and dietitians have been encouraging us to cut back on animal fats, such as butter, and replace them with vegetable oils rich in linoleic acid, such as soybean, canola and corn oils. Those oils contain polyunsaturated fatty acids, thought to be good for the heart because they help lower cholesterol levels.<br><br>But while swapping out saturated fat for vegetable oil lowers blood cholesterol, a new study suggests it may not actually cut the risk for heart disease. ... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 06:50:00 EST 7 Reasons To Lace Up Your Sneakers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45404_7_reasons_to_lace_up_your_sneakers Like psychotherapy, exercise also helps patients feel that they have regained some control over their lives. "Individuals who suffer depression and who exercise report feeling greater self-efficacy and empowerment," says Ekkekakis.<br><br>Since 2010, American Psychiatric Association guidelines have recognized that exercise may be valuable for treating mild depression, notes Ekkekakis. "But exercise is largely ignored by psychiatrists and primary care physicians in the United States."<br><br... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 20:48:00 EST Manage Oily Skin http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45390_manage_oily_skin If you are someone with naturally oily skin, then you are well aware of the ongoing battle between skin that is moisturized and skin that is greasy. Here are few tips to help avoid the oily skin take over and keep skin moisturized without getting greasy.<br><br>If you are someone with naturally oily skin, then you are well aware of the ongoing battle between skin that is moisturized and skin that is greasy. When the hot and humid weather arrives, even those with skin on the dry side can exper... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 21:56:00 EST 7 Reasons To Lace Up Your Sneakers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45389_7_reasons_to_lace_up_your_sneakers At the end of the study, the exercise-plus-diet group had lost an average of 23 pounds. Nearly 40 percent of them---but just 20 percent of the diet-only group and 20 percent of the exercise-only group---reported little or no pain in their knees.<br><br>And the people in the exercise-plus-diet group, who averaged around 70 years of age, were walking as fast as healthy 40-to-60-year-olds, says Messier. "Increasing your walking speed when you're older is a big deal," he notes, "because it help... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 21:26:00 EST 7 Reasons To Lace Up Your Sneakers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45374_7_reasons_to_lace_up_your_sneakers 3. Ease Your Aching Knees<br><br>"Mobility is really key as we age," says Stephen Messier. "When you lose your mobility, you lose your independence and things can go downhill pretty quickly."<br><br>Messier directs the J.B. Snow Biomechanics Laboratory at Wake Forest University.<br><br>"Our objective is to help people restore some of their mobility lost because of osteoarthritis and improve their quality of life," Messier explains. <br><br>You can do that, he says, with an exercise like wa... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 15:22:00 EST Benefits of Sudoku http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45370_benefits_of_sudoku A fun hobby that exercises your brain and gives you a sense of accomplishment — that’s the perfect description of the numbers puzzle craze from Japan called sudoku. This great brain game is fun to play, and anyone can do it. Playing can even help delay dementia by teaching your brain to think in a whole new way.<br><br>Sudoku: How to Play<br><br>You’ve probably seen a sudoku in your local newspaper. It’s a puzzle that exercises your brain by getting you to think logically about how to place n... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 12:33:00 EST Keep mixing it up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45368_keep_mixing_it_up I can find myself in a fitness rut - same old, same old - which always makes it harder for me to keep going and to stay healthy. As I get older there are things that are more difficult to do and pains I never had before but there is always a way to shift things around and enjoy being healthy. Spring is a perfect time - gardening burns calories, works the core (but I have to remember to switch sides constantly) as well as arm and leg muscles and it it outdoors in (mostly) lovely weather. I ... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 11:21:00 EST 7 Reasons To Lace Up Your Sneakers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45357_7_reasons_to_lace_up_your_sneakers 2. Live Longer<br><br>What if you replaced just one hour of sitting each day with walking or with routine chores that require standing and moving round?<br><br>Matthews and his colleagues took a stab at answering that question by tracking 150,000 people in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study who had filled out questionnaires about how active they were.<br><br>"Nearly half were inactive," says Matthews. "They were physically active less than two hours a day. they probably weren't getting out... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 20:52:00 EST Stubborn Belly Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45351_stubborn_belly_fat LOSE THE STUBBORN BELLY FAT HIDING YOUR ABS<br>Have you tried everything to blast that abdominal blubber, all to no avail? Give these tips a try to start seeing results.<br><br>It seems no matter how hard some people work out, or how much muscle mass they put on, one area of the body seems too stubborn to tone up—the belly. It can be really disheartening to spend hours toning up your abs, only for them to remain hidden by a little flabby layer of fat that doesn’t seem to want to shift, no mat... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 14:30:00 EST Benefits of a Regular Schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45341_benefits_of_a_regular_schedule Keeping to a regular daily schedule<br><br>Healthy and long-lived people have regular daily habits. They go to sleep at about the same time every night, and wake at the same time every morning. They eat their meals at the same time every day. Their activities and exercise fit into a regular daily schedule, weekends included.<br><br>Keeping to a regular schedule has both physical and mental benefits. Your body thrives on homeostasis - maintaining internal stability after some outside upset has... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 09:24:00 EST 7 Reasons To Lace Up Your Sneakers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45336_7_reasons_to_lace_up_your_sneakers 1. Build a bigger, sharper brain.<br><br>"Walking definitely affects the brains of adults in their 60s, 70s, and 80s," says University of Illinois psychologist Arthur Kramer.<br><br>Studies that track people's behavior for years see healthier brains in more-active people.<br><br>"Older folks who walk more, like a mile to two miles a day versus less than a quarter of a mile, tend to have about a 35 percent lower rate of developing alzheimer's disease and other dementias,: Kramer points out.<b... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 18:00:00 EST Keep your list ready and plan out meals.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45333_keep_your_list_ready_and_plan_out_meals Keeping on a schedule and staying healthy ... but like many women who are working and raising children you may find it is hard to keeping organized and balance difficult....Change is hard. This is especially true for those with a weakness for salty or sugary snacks. ..it isn’t impossible. In fact once you know all of the delicious options that can actually help get your heart in shape you’ll see that it’s not so bad.... plus, the changes you make now can help undo years of unhealthy eating...... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 13:23:00 EST Benefits of Relaxation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45317_benefits_of_relaxation You may have heard that a little bit of stress is actually good for you. In the just-right amount, that adrenaline rush can power you through a long day at work, boost your workouts and more.<br><br>But while it feels good to conquer the day, in the end, it just simply feels better — and is more beneficial to your health — to relax.<br><br>Some would argue that stress is our biggest health concern, given that it has been linked to so many other complications, from heart problems to dementia. ... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 14:00:00 EST You Have To Love It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45303_you_have_to_love_it In order to stay constant in what you're doing, you have to love it. This covers everything in your healthy life style including nutrition, fitness and your lifestyle. So many people can reach goal weights but then struggle with staying at them. Typically people put themselves through grueling "dieting" periods, doing exercise they hate. When they reach the magic number on the scale - they go back to the lifestyle they had beforehand. So why not do what you love the whole time and see the res... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 15:08:00 EST Get a good night sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45292_get_a_good_night_sleep What should a traveler expect from a hotel when it’s time to sleep?<br><br>A hotel should always provide travelers with a quiet sleeping environment that includes a supportive bed and a selection of pillows. If there is outside noise or other disturbances, guests should be given the opportunity to move to a quieter room in the hotel.<br><br>What is your most basic advice for sleep-starved travelers?<br><br>We always advise that guests use their beds only for sleeping and avoid reading, workin... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 01:27:00 EST Benefits of Sole Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45288_benefits_of_sole_water Sole water (pronounced so-lay), is not a miracle cure or hip new fad, but rather a life-supporting mixture of mineral rich, unrefined salt and water that supports the body’s natural ability to regulate and heal itself. The term Sole comes from the Latin sol, which means sun.<br><br><br>For years we have been told that salt can be detrimental to our health, and the idea of actually drinking salt water may sound more than a touch counter-intuitive. However, a concentrated salt solution made wit... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 12:34:00 EST Benefits of Quitting http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45271_benefits_of_quitting As soon as you stop smoking your body begins to repair itself. Typical benefits of quitting are:<br><br>Within 6 hours<br>Your heart rate slows and your blood pressure decreases.<br>Within a day<br>Almost all of the nicotine is out of your bloodstream.<br>The level of carbon monoxide in your blood has dropped and oxygen can more easily reach your heart and muscles. <br>Your fingertips become warmer and your hands steadier.<br>Within a week<br>Your sense of taste and smell may improve.<br>... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 11:30:00 EST GETTING BACK WHERE I NEED TO BE http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45269_getting_back_where_i_need_to_be I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 09:06:00 EST Benefits of Regular Sex http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45254_benefits_of_regular_sex It probably won't take much convincing to follow this general rule, but you should know it, anyway—the more sex you have, the healthier you'll be. Not only can it help your general mood (thereby reducing stress), but studies show there are tangible ways sex slows down the aging process, fights disease and even heals wounds. Here, a full breakdown of the ways getting it on can save you a trip to the ER.<br><br>1. Sex promotes heart health.<br>A study in the American Journal of Cardiology sugge... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 10:38:00 EST Herbs and Supplements for Osteoarthritis http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45233_herbs_and_supplements_for_osteoarthritis *** Risks-----Side effects may include mild diarrhea, flatulence, and an increased risk of bleeding and bruising. Talk to your doctor before taking Devil's Claw if you have other conditions-----such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, gallstones or peptic ulcer-----as the supplement may aggravate these conditions and may interact negatively with various medications used to treat these illnesses.<br><br>Indian Frankincense (boswellia Serrata)<br><br>Indian Frankincense is a tre... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 22:13:00 EST Herbs and Supplements for Osteoarthritis http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45214_herbs_and_supplements_for_osteoarthritis Turmeric<br><br>Turmeric is a spice popular in India and other countries. It has a characteristic golden color and a warm, bitter taste. It's often used to flavor curries, mustards and cheeses. Curcumin, an active component of turmeric, seems to have anti-inflammatory properties that may help ease the pain and tenderness associated with osteoarthritis.<br><br>*** Benefits-----Studies of a specific turmeric extract called Meriva suggest that it can reduce knee pain and improve functionali... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 20:24:00 EST Herbs and Supplements for Osteoarthritis http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45200_herbs_and_supplements_for_osteoarthritis *** Benefits-----Glucosamine sulfate may reduce joint pain and tenderness, especially knee pain. Some studies also suggest that it may slow or stop the progression of osteoarthritis. Keep in mind that it can take up to eight weeks before glucosamine becomes most effective.<br><br>*** Risks-----Mild side effects may include heartburn, nausea, diarrhea and constipation. If you're allergic to shellfish, avoid use until you talk to your doctor.<br><br>SAMe<br><br>This dietary supplement is... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 21:55:00 EST Stay out of the sun http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45192_stay_out_of_the_sun Protect Your Skin From the Sun<br><br>It’s natural to want to get out in the sun when the days get longer and the temperature gets warmer. It's also a good time to review the latest expert advice about how to protect your skin from damage.<br>Ultraviolet (UV) rays – from the sun and other sources like tanning beds – are the primary cause of skin cancer. Too much exposure can also cause sunburn, eye damage and premature wrinkles. But shielding your skin with clothing, broad-spectrum sunscreen ... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 11:42:00 EST Blood Pressure Information http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45184_blood_pressure_information Description of High Blood Pressure<br><br>High blood pressure is a common disease in which blood flows through blood vessels (arteries) at higher than normal pressures.<br><br>Measuring Blood Pressure<br><br>Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. High blood pressure, sometimes called hypertension, happens when this force is too high. Health care workers check blood pressure readings the same way for children, teens, and adults.... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 02:04:00 EST Herbs and Supplements for Osteoarthritis http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45182_herbs_and_supplements_for_osteoarthritis You've been managing your osteoarthritis for a while now. You know that the medications your doctor prescribed for you play an important role in relieving pain, making joint movement easier and preventing further damage from inflammation. But like all drugs, arthritis medications also cause side effects, such as upset stomach and gastrointestinal bleeding, and you're worried about the long-term risk of heart, liver and kidney damage.<br><br>Your friend has been telling you about different h... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 23:07:00 EST Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45165_sacroiliac_joint_dysfunction When Pain Persists<br><br>The vast majority of people find complete---or at least acceptable---relief from following a physical therapy plan. But when pain persists, a referral to a doctor specializing in spine care or sacroiliac joint surgery may be warranted. In addition to confirming an accurate diagnosis, it's important to confirm that conservative therapies have been used and exhausted as possible treatment. When that's been done, consideration may be given to the following options:<b... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 21:12:00 EST Relive Your Dry Skin Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45163_relive_your_dry_skin_tips Dermatologists' top tips for relieving dry skin<br><br>Simple changes can soothe dry skin<br>Following the same skin care routine year round may not work so well when the humidity drops. Without a change in your skin care, dry air can make fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable. Dry skin can itch, flake, crack, and even bleed. <br><br>To help heal dry skin and prevent its return, dermatologists recommend the following.<br><br>1. Prevent baths and showers from making dry skin worse. When your... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 19:04:00 EST Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45144_sacroiliac_joint_dysfunction Physical therapy exercises are generally designed to develop muscles to help stabilize the sacroiliac joint-----and to work on elements of posture, gait and proper movements so that irritation of the joint is reduced. These groups of exercises are often called core strength exercises. Physical therapy often involves numerous sessions over several weeks, followed by instruction for continuing exercises at home.<br><br>Pain relief is an important goal in its own right, and can help facilitate... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 18:50:00 EST Benefits of Sunshine http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45138_benefits_of_sunshine 1. Reduce risk of Type 2 diabetes. Once considered an adult-onset disease, type 2 diabetes is reaching epidemic proportions in our kids. It’s a lifelong disease, and harder to treat in the young. Some studies suggest that vitamin D can reduce the risk of developing it (one study found that those with high levels were 40% less likely than those with low levels).<br><br>2. Reduce cancer risk. There are lessened mortality rates for 15-20 types of cancer in regions of higher solar UVB exposure, ... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 12:58:00 EST Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45129_sacroiliac_joint_dysfunction Seeking Help<br><br>If pain persists for more than a week or two despite home care-----or if it recurs after initial improvement-----see your doctor. A prompt visit is warranted if you have numbness or tingling in the legs, pain that's worse at night or when lying down at rest, or if you suspect a fracture may have occurred.<br><br>A physical examination is one of the most important tools in diagnosing sacroiliac joint pain. This will likely involve a number of movements designed to provoke... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 22:01:00 EST Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45117_sacroiliac_joint_dysfunction Other contributing factors may include having weak muscles in the hip and trunk area, different leg lengths, an off-balance gait or joint degeneration due to wear-and-tear arthritis (osteoarthritis).<br><br>Less common causes of sacroiliac joint pain include inflammation due to autoimmune disorders known as spondyloarthropathies, joint infection or the presence of a tumor. Despite many known potential causes, it's very common that no cause can be identified (idiopathic sacroiliac pain).<br><... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 22:34:00 EST Keep Busy and Stay Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45112_keep_busy_and_stay_healthy Keeping up with your health is a on going thing.. You have to work at it as you age.. One thing is keeping your brain active .. Just sitting around and doing nothing but watching TV won't help.. You need activity and Stimulate your brain.. I try to read and learn something new each day.. Staying healthy is a combination of a lot of things, but basically it's just health. If you can stay healthy for a long time and enjoy your time here on earth, you're going to have success..Here is just a few... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 13:27:00 EST Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45104_sacroiliac_joint_dysfunction Hidden Cause of low back pain...........<br><br>Low back pain is a common problem in older adults and can have many causes. but just because the pain occurs in the area of your lower back, doesn't always mean that the vertebrae in your spine are the problem.<br><br>One other cause may be a problem related to your sacroiliac joint, which connects the pelvis to the lower spine. It's estimated that about 15 to 30 percent of people with persistent low back pain have sacroiliac joint dysfunction... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 22:18:00 EST Caring For An Upset Stomach http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45085_caring_for_an_upset_stomach Caring for an upset stomach:<br><br>Queasiness, vomiting and diarrhea can make you miserable. Signs and symptoms such as these are usually due to a virus or other stomach bug that lasts only a few days. Persistent symptoms, which can be due to medications or an underlying problem, deserve your doctor's attention. But for the occasional episode, the following may help you feel more comfortable and prevent dehydration:<br><br>*** Avoid solid foods for several hours until you feel a little ... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 16:50:00 EST Slow and Steady Wins the Race http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45083_slow_and_steady_wins_the_race Although at first it's hard to get motivated toward healthy eating, exercise, and weight loss, there does come a point where it gets addictive and easy to attempt too much too soon. This propensity is understandable, but the problem with it is that "too much too soon" almost always ends up in quitting altogether and returning to our former bad habits. <br><br>So my word of advice for us today is this: remember that slow and steady wins the race. Choose making one or two changes at a time unti... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 14:02:00 EST Benefits of Stretching http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45079_benefits_of_stretching Stretching, in its most basic form, is a natural and automatic action. People often stretch instinctively after waking from sleep or after long periods of inactivity.<br><br>While the benefits of daily exercise are numerous and well known, the benefits of a regular stretching routine are far less emphasized but just as important. Incorporating stretching into your daily workouts or into your regular day on their own is just as important to health and body functioning as regular exercise.<br><... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 12:30:00 EST Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45070_nonalcoholic_fatty_liver *** Choose a healthy diet---People with NAFLD tend to eat more meat and foods high in saturated fats and cholesterol than do their healthier counter-parts. To promote a healthy liver, shift your dietary focus to include more vegetables, fruits and whole grains. These foods not only are good for you but are generally low in calories, which can help you shed pounds. Foods rich in natural forms of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, can help counteract oxidative stress. Examples include gre... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 21:38:00 EST Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45055_nonalcoholic_fatty_liver Chronic inflammation of the liver can lead to scarring of liver tissue (cirrhosis) and in severe cases, liver failure or cancer.<br><br>Another important danger posed by fatty liver disease affects your heart. The majority of deaths in people who have NAFLD are caused by heart disease, not liver disease.<br><br>This makes sense when you look at fatty liver as a component of metabolic syndrome, a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. As with high cholesterol and high blood pressure, ... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 21:29:00 EST Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45040_nonalcoholic_fatty_liver When your body becomes resistant to the effects of insulin, it causes a number of complex imbalances in your metabolism. One such imbalance is the development of high blood sugar that is characteristic of diabetes.<br><br>Another change associated with insulin resistance is in the way your body breaks down fats, including triglycerides. One of the end results of this altered breakdown is a buildup of triglycerides in the liver-----a fatty liver.<br><br>Some scientists believe that while ins... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 21:00:00 EST Benefits of Meditation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45037_benefits_of_meditation Physical Benefits of Meditation<br><br>With meditation, the physiology undergoes a change and every cell in the body is filled with more prana (energy). This results in joy, peace, enthusiasm as the level of prana in the body increases.<br><br>On a physical level, meditation:<br><br>Lowers high blood pressure<br>Lowers the levels of blood lactate, reducing anxiety attacks<br>Decreases tension-related pain, such as, tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems<br>Increases se... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 13:40:00 EST Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45018_nonalcoholic_fatty_liver The new face of metabolic syndrome----------<br><br>High blood pressure, increased blood sugar, belly fat, abnormal cholesterol levels-----these are all components of metabolic syndrome, a cluster of common conditions that increase your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Add to the list the newest face of metabolic syndrome-----fatty liver.<br><br>Fatty liver was previously most often seen with excessive alcohol consumption. It now more often occurs in the absence of alcoholic inta... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 15:37:00 EST Uveitis Eye Inflammation (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45002_uveitis_eye_inflammation_continued Uveitis occurring in the back (intermediate or posterior) of the eye is more likely to be painless, with primary symptoms being the release of "floaters" in the visual field and blurred or decreased night vision. Uveitis that involves the entire uvea may share symptoms of anterior and intermediate or posterior uveitis.<br><br>Signs and symptoms of uveitis may develop in one or both eyes. Symptoms often occur suddenly and get worse quickly, although they can sometimes develop gradually.<br><... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 17:06:00 EST Uveitis Eye Inflammation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44991_uveitis_eye_inflammation The symptoms came on quickly. Your eye started feeling painful, and it bothered your eyes to look at bright light. Your eyeball was reddish in appearance. When your vision started to blur, you asked your spouse to take you to the emergency department.<br><br>Abrupt vision changes such as these warrant emergency evaluation. They could be caused by any number of problems, including a form of eye inflammation called uveitis.<br><br>Uveitis affects the uvea, which is the middle layer of tissu... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 00:10:00 EST Judge Not Lest You Be Judged http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44980_judge_not_lest_you_be_judged <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"When you judge others, you do not define them, you define yourself"<br>~Earl Nightingale<br><br><br> The aspect of staying healthy that most people neglect is first half of the Latin saying I can't recall at this time but in English is is "Sound M ind in a Sound Body". A sound mind is essential to having a sound body and to maintaining good health.<br><br>Abraham Lincoln said "It has been my obser... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 12:32:00 EST Train Your Brain http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44972_train_your_brain 2. Organize the clutter<br><br>Keeping your environment clutter-free and relatively organized can help minimize distractions and improve memory. For example, make a habit of always returning your keys and purse to a designated place. This makes it simple to find them next time.<br><br>Putting correspondence in order can help you stay on top of the endless stream of mail and paper that enters the home. It can also prevent unpaid bills and missed appointments. One method is to create differ... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 21:46:00 EST Keeping Skin Healthy During the Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44957_keeping_skin_healthy_during_the_summer Do you think of your skin as a beautiful feature to be bared when the weather warms up? Or is it simply a protective shell, an instrument for touch, or a telling clue to your age? While your skin may be all of these things, it is also your body's most prominent organ.<br><br>So it's essential you take care of it, especially during the summertime, when UV levels can wreak havoc on exposed skin. While those killer rays may feel sensational, the effects of sun exposure may not be as agreeable ov... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 06:24:00 EST 7 Ways To Prevent Cancer (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44929_7_ways_to_prevent_cancer_continued 4. Avoid sun exposure<br><br>Skin cancer is one of the most common kinds of cancer, and incidence is on the rise. Radiation from the sun---or tanning beds or sun lamps---is the primary cause of DNA damage that leads to skin cancer development. Avoiding midday sun, sticking to the shade, wearing clothing that covers the skin or a wide-brimmed hat, and using generous amounts of sunscreen are ways to minimize damage to your skin.<br><br>5. Limit alcohol use<br><br>The risk of certain cancers... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 20:27:00 EST Even when you think that you have no Time.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44923_even_when_you_think_that_you_have_no_time As we all know that the rate of Health Care is sky high and the Affordable Health Care Act is going to leave a lot of people in the dust.. People can not afford to stay on Health Care and that is why my Hubby has to work a few extra years.. I think that we all should be aware of the fact we need to eat more healthy and even use the old planters to grow some Tomatoes and herbs that we use each day in them as I am going to do this again this year.. I stock the fridge with fresh veggies and frui... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 14:39:00 EST Hikers are Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44919_hikers_are_happy John Muir was onto something when he said, "In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks." Hikers battle bug bites, blisters and bruises for the sake of overcoming a challenge and enjoying some quality time with nature. But along with the snow-capped mountain tops and ocean views come an abundance of mental and physical perks.<br><br>Here's what hikers can teach the rest of us about leading a happier, healthier life.<br><br>Hikers are creative.<br>Forget the caffeine. Those ... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 11:16:00 EST 7 Ways To Prevent Cancer (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44913_7_ways_to_prevent_cancer_continued 2. Maintain a healthy weight:<br><br>Researchers estimate that being overweight or obese is the cause of 20 percent of cancers. Another estimate points to excess body fat as being the cause of 14 percent of cancer deaths in men and 20 percent of cancer deaths in women. Although excess weight may increase the risk of many cancers, some of the greatest risk increases appear to be in endometrial cancer and in cancers of the esophagus, kidneys and pancreas. Excess weight may also increase the... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 21:27:00 EST KEEPING ON TRACK http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44909_keeping_on_track I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 14:37:00 EST 7 Ways To Prevent Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44894_7_ways_to_prevent_cancer Cut your risk in half............<br><br>More than 575,000 people die of cancer each year in the United States. That's a major toll on humanity that's roughly on par with the number of people who die of heart disease each year.<br><br>The causes and development of cancer involve a complex interplay of genetics, biology, lifestyle and environmental factors. Still, it's estimated that about 50 percent---or more---of cancer cases are preventable.<br><br>The root of cancer development appears t... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 20:53:00 EST