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 The Health Issue No One Talks About http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48616_the_health_issue_no_one_talks_about Kieley Parker, 30, went through a big life change. <br><br>When Kieley first became ill, even asking for help seemed like more than she could manage. But she gathered her courage and told her other she was struggling. Right away, her mom was supportive. She scheduled an appointment with a psychiatrist for Kieley and drove her there.<br><br>Kieley, a typically bubbly person, was immediately diagnosed with depression, brought on by her move and all the other transitions in her life. The ps... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:07:00 EST The Health Issue No One Talks About http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48597_the_health_issue_no_one_talks_about Tonja Myles, 51, has had multiple depressive episodes.<br><br>Tonja was not dealt an easy hand. She experienced years of childhood trauma and at the age of 18, she was hospitalized for depression and a suicide attempt. She started taking an antidepressant but soon stopped because she felt ashamed. <br><br>"Some people in the faith community frown upon it because they think you should just pray and ask God, and He will heal you from depression," says Tonja, who is an ordained minister. "I p... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:46:00 EST Place Ice on this point 2 times a day and see what happens to your body http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48594_place_ice_on_this_point_2_times_a_day_and_see_what_happens_to_your_body <br>Place Ice on This Point 2 Times a Day and See What Happens to Your Body!<br><br>Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on the concept that energy (chi or qi) flows through and around the body along pathways called meridians. Stimulating the various pressure points along these meridians can help to restore proper circulation of life-energy, known in China as “qi” or in the English-speaking world as “chi”, returning the body to a state of balance and well-being. This release allows energy t... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:33:00 EST NO SUGAR FOR ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48591_no_sugar_for_me Sugar is our NEMESIS, don't let it defeat you in obtaining your goal, for health and weight loss. All sugars in all ingredients listed on any product you may want to try. I myself stay away from processed food, and choose just the whole foods, and nuts and seeds and whatever would be a healthy choice to continue my journey. <br>I finally found the best ever to help me with my food choices, and that is LCHF (low carb high fat) keep in my mind, this is good pure fat, butter, avocado, etc. I j... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:26:00 EST What I Have Learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48589_what_ive_learned What to eat if you don't already have a plan:<br>Turn on the meal plans and use the food substitution lists. On the website, just click on the suggested food line and a list of 15-20 alternative foods for that category will pop up. You then can pick a food you like. It outlines portions and gives you all your nutrients in a realistic and doable range. When I discovered this, I started to lose weight.<br><br>When to give up:<br>SLOW weight loss is so much better than NO weight loss and infini... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:57:00 EST The Health Issue No One Talks About http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48581_the_health_issue_no_one_talks_about Barb Patrick, 46, experienced postpartum depression. <br><br>Barb, who now runs a quilting business in Newtown, CT, worried she couldn't take care of her newborn and 20-month-old toddler, so she called her ob-gyn office. At first, they didn't offer any helpful solutions, says Barb. After five sleepless nights, she called the office again and the on-call nurse midwife answered. "She changed my life. She said, 'Oh, honey, you have postpartum. come in, and we'll take care of it.'" The midw... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:45:00 EST Clean eating/ exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48568_clean_eating_exercise There really is no secret, just make a plan, have short and long term goals. Celebrate even itsy bitsy successes. <br><br>Figure out why there was a disappointment and vow never, ever to repeat. But don't get discourage either. You will make mistakes, you will get tired, you will have disappointments. Go to sleep wake up, it's a new day. New adventures, new progress. <br><br>Go get the support you need, where ever and when ever. Ask for help when you need it. <br><br>Get away from thos... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:28:00 EST The Health Issue No One Talks About http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48561_the_health_issue_no_one_talks_about One answer could be that some women are incorrectly given antidepressants after brief evaluations with primary care physicians even if they're not experiencing clinical depression. (Most prescriptions are written by doctors who do not specialize in mental health care.)<br><br>Others who may need medication are never diagnosed because they don't discuss their feelings due to fear of prejudice or lack of access to medical care. And, some women who could benefit from antidepressants may be sel... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:21:00 EST Seasonal Affective Disorder – Tis the Season http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48550_seasonal_affective_disorder_tis_the_season As many as 20% of people in the US suffer from S.A.D. Could you have it? This is the time of year when it sets in – days are shorter, meaning less sunlight and the mood takes a dip.<br><br>Here are some symptoms/signs that could mean you have S.A.D.:<br><br>Feelings of sadness and hopelessness, losing interest in things you enjoyed which last more than 2 weeks, that is a sign of depression. But if you experience these symptoms only during Fall and Winter, and it disappears once the days g... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:54:00 EST The Health Issue No One Talks About http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48544_the_health_issue_no_one_talks_about Kieley Parker never imagined she would need an antidepressant. "I always win those stupid sunshine and happiest person awards. People see me as an incredibly joyful person," she says.<br><br>But in fall 2014, Kieley left her job as a third-grade teacher and moved to Tulsa, OK with her fiance'. Starting over in a new city was an enormous transition. "I couldn't feel joy or even negative emotions like sadness. I couldn't eat---I lost 25 pounds," Kieley recalls. "I was just anxious, which ... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:14:00 EST 7 tips for staying healthy during the cold and flu season http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48540_7_tips_for_staying_healthy_during_the_cold_and_flu_season Back to school and back to germs. This is the time cold and flu season begins to ramp up. Although the flu usually isn't in full force until after the first of the year, now is the time to start preparing. Do you know all the things you should do to keep you and your children as cold- and flu-free as possible? <br><br>1. Cough or sneeze into your elbow.<br><br>2. Wash hands often, especially after blowing your nose or coughing. Proper washing consists of using warm water and soap, and scrubbi... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:54:00 EST Never Enough Thyme http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48535_never_enough_thyme Never Enough Thyme<br><br><br>Closely related to mint and oregano, thyme is an evergreen herb that's had scores of uses over millennia, stemming most often from adding zest to foods and as an ancient medicinal.<br><br>Traditional therapies often involved thyme in different forms to relieve chest congestion and coughs. Greeks and Romans consumed it both as an antidote for poison and to prevent the plague.<br><br>In the Middle Ages, people placed thyme under pillows to inhibit nightmares and in... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:54:00 EST How to Control Your Cravings... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48532_how_to_control_your_cravings How to Control Your Cravings and Get Organized for Weight Loss Success<br><br> By Elizabeth Lowry<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e4185a6d-3199-44dc-a392-80a194665379.jpg"><br>Once you’ve made the decision to lose weight, the “where to start” part can seem more overwhelming than the resolve to begin in the first place. How do you change your eating habits in a healthy way? Cut back your calories? Purge certain food groups from your pantry? Go on a fad diet? Join a support... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:53:00 EST Stress: It DOESN’T Do a Body Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48529_stress_it_doesnt_do_a_body_good Stress. It can be our undoing even if we follow a healthy lifestyle – eating healthy foods and exercising. Stress causes an inflammatory response in the body, and chronic inflammation is responsible for many health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. The inflammatory process builds up over time, so, obviously it is important to control it as much as possible.<br><br>The fact is, stress is a normal part of life. Our body’s response to stress (fast heart bea... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:24:00 EST Breast Cancer Breakthroughs http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48522_breast_cancer_breakthroughs The latest information to help women stay healthier longer:<br><br>What's New: Tests can see if chemo is needed. Two tests are now available that can identify women who may be able to skip chemotherapy after surgery because of a low risk of recurrence.<br><br>Take Action: Discuss the odds of your cancer returning with your physician, and whether you're eligible for a test like Oncotype DX or MammaPrint (both are typically conducted via a blood or saliva sample).<br><br>What's New: Radiati... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:36:00 EST Still Sparkle While Going Through Depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48487_still_sparkle_while_going_through_depression The desire to reduce stress is a common goal for most people. We are so entrenched in our routines, habits, and ways of doing things we rarely stop and consider new ways of dealing with the stresses of daily living. Well, I have a few ideas that may help you in this area. I call it simplifying your style.<br><br>By simplifying your style, you are setting up how you are going to respond to stress creating events in advance. In other words, you are making a decision based on your desire to redu... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:50:00 EST Accountability Is Key http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48483_accountability_is_key I have been on this weight loss journey for the past fifteen months and I have lost one hundred and ten pounds so far. One of the determining factors that has helped me stay on the right track is having someone to be accountable to and someone to be accountable for. For the past year I have helped to coach 25 women and we have lost a total of 1012 pounds. I created a Facebook page where we would post our food selection , workouts and words of hope and encouragement every day. We would al... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:05:00 EST What Causes High Cholesterol? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48475_what_causes_high_cholesterol What Causes High Cholesterol?<br>Learn Which Risk Factors You Can Control<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/97f02a9f-9c47-4ac7-82f9-4ec73d7647d9.jpg"><br>Elevated cholesterol levels aren't caused by a high-cholesterol diet alone. The fact is, a combination of factors affect your cholesterol levels. There are two main categories of risks that contribute to high cholesterol—those that you can't change (uncontrollable risks), and those that you can (controllable risks).<br><br>... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:36:00 EST Manage Multiple Medications to Prevent Harmful Interactions http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48469_manage_multiple_medications_to_prevent_harmful_interactions Ask your pharmacist<br><br>It's best to use one pharmacy for all prescription medications. The better your pharmacist knows you and your medications, the less likely you are to make a mistake.<br><br>Pharmacists should ask if you have any questions about a prescription. Take advantage of this opportunity and ask about:<br><br>***How much, how often, and how long the drug should be taken<br><br>***Possible side effects<br><br>***Drug/food/alcohol interactions that may occur<br><br>***Whether... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:29:00 EST Manage Multiple Medications to Prevent Harmful Interactions http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48455_manage_multiple_medications_to_prevent_harmful_interactions Don't forget to include supplements (like vitamins), inhalers, eye and ear drops, laxatives, pain patches, and herbal products.<br><br>Once he or she reviews everything you are taking, your physician may stop some medications, recommend alternatives, reduce the dosage, or change the time at which some drugs are taken.<br><br>If a new medication is prescribed, ask what it's for, how long it will take to work, and if there are any side effects.<br><br>Follow a schedule<br><br>Dr. Reidenberg sug... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 21:53:00 EST Manage Multiple Medications to Prevent Harmful Interactions http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48438_manage_multiple_medications_to_prevent_harmful_interactions Mistakes are common; avoiding them requires planning among your doctors, your pharmacist, and you.<br><br>For a variety of reasons, as many as half of middle-aged and older women do not comply with their physician's orders when taking prescription drugs.<br><br>The result can be adverse drug events (ADEs), which account for 700,000 emergency room visits and 120,000 hospitalizations a year. The problem is compounded when patients take more than one medication, which is more common among older... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 22:48:00 EST Yoga Does a Body Great http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48432_yoga_does_a_body_great The Eastern practice of yoga has become a modern-day symbol of peace, serenity and well-being in the West. More than 20 million Americans practice yoga, according to the 2012 Yoga in America study, with practitioners spending more than $10 billion a year on yoga-related products and classes.<br><br>The mind-body practice is frequently touted for its ability to reduce stress and boost well-being, but it also offers wide-ranging physical health benefits that rival other forms of exercise. While... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:50:00 EST Rheumatoid arthritis vs osteoarthritis http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48422_rheumatoid_arthritis_vs_osteoarthritis Half of all American senior citizens have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis. The two most common forms are RA--rheumatoid arthritis and OA--osteoarthritis. <br><br>What are the differences between OA and RA?<br><br>OA is caused when the cartilage that pads the bones in your joints wears away. This allows the bones to rub against each other and is the most common form of arthritis in adults. RA is an autoimmune disease, meaning your body is attacking itself. This can happen in mult... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 07:18:00 EST Natural Treatments for Sinus Infections http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48399_natural_treatments_for_sinus_infections What causes sinus infections? Membranes line the bones around the nose, eyes and cheeks. The membranes produce mucous. The purpose of that is to warm and moisten the air we breathe in. It also helps filter out germs. If the sinus cavities can’t drain properly, the mucous stagnates and an infection can happen.<br><br>There are many identified culprits in causing chronic sinus infections:<br><br>Excessive dairy consumption<br>Environmental allergies<br>Tobacco and pollution irritation<br>F... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 08:12:00 EST 5 Tiny Ways to Boost Your Metabolism Over time, these simple changes can make a big difference in how you look and feel http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48390_5_tiny_ways_to_boost_your_metabolism_over_time_these_simple_changes_can_make_a_big_difference_in_how_you_look_and_feel .<br>By Emma Haak<br><br><br>Add an Extra Egg at Breakfast<br>Eating more protein could bump up your post-meal calorie burn, suggests research in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. In a small study, researchers had 10 healthy, normal-weight women between 19 and 22 years old eat a high-protein diet one day and a high-complex-carb diet another, to compare how each diet affected their metabolism. (The first diet contained 30 percent protein and 30 percent complex carbs. The second... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 15:25:00 EST Eating and exercise: 5 tips to maxi http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48387_eating_and_exercise_5_tips_to_maxi Eating and exercise: 5 tips to maximize your workouts<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7ac232a8-880f-4a09-be92-53449394bcad.jpg"><br><br>Knowing when and what to eat can make a difference in your workouts. Understand the connection between eating and exercise.<br>By Mayo Clinic Staff<br><br>Eating and exercise go hand in hand. When and what you eat can be important to how you feel when you exercise, whether it's a casual workout or training for a competition. Consider these... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 10:35:00 EST The Longer You’re Overweight, the Greater Your Risk of Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48370_the_longer_youre_overweight_the_greater_your_risk_of_cancer The Longer You’re Overweight, the Greater Your Risk of Cancer<br><br><br>According to recent research, the longer a woman is overweight, the more likely she is to develop breast, endometrial, colon or kidney cancer.1 Obesity is indeed a known risk factor for cancer, so this finding in and of itself is not surprising.<br><br>Worldwide, obesity is responsible for an estimated 500,000 cancer cases each year,2 and according to the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), excess body weigh... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 09:23:00 EST What You Can Do To Prevent A Stroke http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48361_what_you_can_do_to_prevent_a_stroke The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association issued guidelines for stroke prevention in women. Here are the top 10 risk factors to address:<br><br>7. Smoking. The more cigarettes you smoke, the higher your risk of stroke.<br><br>8. Migraine. Migraines are associated with stroke in women under age 45. Smoking and oral contraceptives further increase the risk.<br><br>9. Atrial fibrillation (AF). Having AF, an irregular heart rhythm can increase the risk of stroke up to... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 21:37:00 EST Relax into the Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48356_relax_into_the_journey I struggle with several health issues that can keep me from doing so many things that I love. Multiple Sclerosis, migraines, and arthritis are paramount. I used to stress about how much or how little I could do. Stress did not help my journey at all. In fact, it likely kept me from success. Stress hormones increase hunger and that is never a good thing when one is desiring to lose weight. Stress also cause muscle tension that increases symptoms of all the medical issues I already live w... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 15:46:00 EST The Science is Practically Screaming... Don't Make This Trendy Fat Mistake http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48349_the_science_is_practically_screaming_dont_make_this_trendy_fat_mistake The Science is Practically Screaming... Don't Make This Trendy Fat Mistake<br><br><br>The science is loud and clear: the correct balance of fatty acids is essential if you want to be the healthiest you can be.<br><br>There are actually two problems related to how these fats are being consumed by most Westerners today:<br><br>Most people are consuming far too many omega-6 fats compared to omega-3 fats. <br><br>The ideal ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats is 1:1, but the typical Western diet is b... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 10:22:00 EST The ease of removing a "secondary cataract" http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48345_the_ease_of_removing_a_secondary_cataract If you have had cataract surgery it is not uncommon for your vision to become cloudy many years later resulting in the diagnosis of "secondary cataract." This is not a true cataract since another cataract cannot occur after cataract surgery. In a cataract operation, the cloudy lens is replaced with a clear, artificial lens. However, in some cases, a hazy membrane can form just behind the intraocular lens implant.<br><br>During a cataract operation, the surgeon will carefully remove the cata... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:21:00 EST What You Can Do To Prevent A Stroke http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48335_what_you_can_do_to_prevent_a_stroke The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association issued guidelines for stroke prevention in women. Here are the top 10 risk factors to address:<br><br>1. Hypertension. The higher your blood pressure, the higher your risk of stroke. The relationship is so strong that lowering blood pressure to normal is one of the most effective strategies for preventing stroke. A healthy diet, regular exercise, and medications may all help normalize blood pressure.<br><br>2. Diet. Diets t... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 22:30:00 EST With the Coming of Fall, Will Your Physical Activity Hit the Wall? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48328_with_the_coming_of_fall_will_your_physical_activity_hit_the_wall As the weather gets cooler, and the days get shorter, how will you maintain your level of activity? It is so easy to come up with excuses – too cold out, too dark out, I’m tired. But it is so important to keep our bodies in good shape, no matter the season. Let’s face it, physical activity just helps us find our happy place, too when we get those endorphins pumping. Enjoy the sunny days and wonderful temperatures Fall has to over. Here’s some ideas:<br><br>Ride you bike. OF course yo... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:24:00 EST The Benefits of Sleep Therapy Over Drugs http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48321_the_benefits_of_sleep_therapy_over_drugs The Benefits of Sleep Therapy Over Drugs<br><br><br>Lack of sleep is detrimental to your health, and in the case of chronic insomnia, it can even be deadly. People with chronic insomnia have a three times greater risk of death from all causes compared to those who sleep normally.1<br><br>Sleep is also intricately tied to important hormone levels, including melatonin, production of which is disturbed by lack of sleep. This is extremely problematic, as melatonin inhibits the proliferation of a ... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:09:00 EST Best Herbs to Help With Insomnia http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48319_best_herbs_to_help_with_insomnia Best Herbs to Help With Insomnia<br><br><br>Nearly 60 million Americans struggle with insomnia. Doctors are still not sure how to treat this disorder that may have devastating effects on your daily routines.1<br><br>Chronic lack of quality sleep has been associated with reduced memory and learning, increased risk of dementia and type 2 diabetes and an increased risk of accidents. Losing just one night of sleep may impair your physical and mental status comparable to having a blood alcohol lev... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 08:44:00 EST What You Can Do To Prevent A Stroke http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48313_what_you_can_do_to_prevent_a_stroke Simple steps can have a major impact on reducing your risk.<br><br>Do you plan to start exercising to lose those 20 extra pounds? Have you resolved to get a handle on your blood pressure, high cholesterol, or smoking?<br><br>Start now!!! Taking control of these modifiable risk factors will lower your risk for stroke.<br><br>"Risk factor modification is essential for stroke prevention. And, while it's great to treat any risk factor, it's best to treat them all. We don't want you to take me... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 19:45:00 EST Water, Water, Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48308_water_water_water I can't really claim this as a secret, everyone knows you should drink plenty of water, but it is often easier said than done. I only drink water and it makes a huge difference. I used to drink a lot of carbonated beverages and dropped them when I started getting healthy. Now I can't remember why I couldn't live without them. When I try some now it's to sweet and I cringe at the extra calories. You can't beat water, it keeps you hydrated for zero calories. It also has more health effects... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 11:08:00 EST Change your MIND, Find your JOY - Not a Diet, but a Lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48289_change_your_mind_find_your_joy_not_a_diet_but_a_lifestyle I started to see success when I realized that this was a lifestyle change, not a diet. <br><br>If you have the "diet" mindset, everything is temporary... you do this for a while, then you can stop. But that's only a temporary fix. You have to change your lifestyle. You have to switch gears in your head. You have to realize that you are worthy of being healthy, of being happy.<br><br>I started Whole 30 on September 1, 2016. In these 30 days I am freeing my body of refined sugars, grains, proc... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 11:31:00 EST What’s the Real Cause of Heart Attacks? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48271_whats_the_real_cause_of_heart_attacks What’s the Real Cause of Heart Attacks?<br><br><br>"What Causes Heart Attacks," Fall 2007), I presented the case that the spectrum of heart disease, which includes angina, unstable angina, and myocardial infarction (heart attack), is better understood from the perspective of events happening in the myocardium (heart) as opposed to events happening in the coronary arteries (the arteries that supply the heart).<br><br>As we all know, the conventional view holds that the central event of heart d... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 10:46:00 EST The Top 5 Facts Women Need To Know About Heart Attacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48235_the_top_5_facts_women_need_to_know_about_heart_attacks Top 5 Facts:<br><br>5. Problems in pregnancy raise the risk of a future heart attack.<br><br>Multiple conditions increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, including auto-immune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. But women are also uniquely affected by certain problems that occur during pregnancy---preeclampsia in particular, but gestational diabetes and pregnancy-induced hypertension, as well. Preeclampsia doubles the risk of a heart attack or stroke between five and fif... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 18:59:00 EST What you need to know about cholesterol http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48221_what_you_need_to_know_about_cholesterol Cholesterol is a fat-like substance found in all cells of the body. We actually need cholesterol to function. There are different types of cholesterol, some food, some bad. <br><br>HDL is the "good " cholesterol and occurs naturally in our bodies. It helps move cholesterol out of the bloodstream. H-happy!<br><br>LDL is the "lousy" cholesterol and comes mostly from the food we eat. This cholesterol can build up in the walls of our blood vessels. L-lousy!<br><br>Triglycerides are another ... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 07:08:00 EST The Top 5 Facts Women Need To Know About Heart Attacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48214_the_top_5_facts_women_need_to_know_about_heart_attacks Women are more likely than men to have "atypical" symptoms. These often include:<br><br>4. Poor lifestyle choices are responsible for the lion's share of heart attacks. <br><br>Risk factors you can change to lower your risk include smoking, physical inactivity, obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar. An estimated 70 percent of women between the ages of 50 and 79 have at least one of these risk factors.<br><br>According to the American Heart Association, a wom... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 21:47:00 EST Sticking to a Healthy Lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48211_sticking_to_a_healthy_lifestyle I am not what you would call a consistent person especially when it comes to working out. But let me tell you when I am on a working out kick I do till I fall out because soon enough I get off the beaten path. The path to which my success therein lies... So I know I don’t have to be an expert to figure out that consistency is pretty essential or the KEY to successfully change my life, health, and weight. But it’s also pretty clear that building a consistent routine of regular exercise and hea... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 17:45:00 EST Allergic to UV rays? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48202_allergic_to_uv_rays Have you ever broken out with mysterious rashes several minutes or even hours after having exposed to bright sunlight? You may actually be sensitive to UV rays! Even if you're wearing clothing the UV rays can pass through and you may erupt in bright red splotches.<br><br>It has a name! Polymorphous light eruption, also known as polymorphic light eruption, is an itchy rash caused by sun exposure in people who have developed a sensitivity to sunlight (photosensitivity). The rash usually appea... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 06:49:00 EST Have More Confidence, Look and Feel 10 lbs. Lighter http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48197_have_more_confidence_look_and_feel_10_lbs_lighter <br><br>I copied this from a recent post by SP member KELLIEBEAN. She thinks she may have seen it on blog.fitbit.com. but she's not sure. <br><br>I teach yoga <em>414</em> and find myself saying similar things over and over but never as clearly as this.<br><br><br>Align Your Spine: Sit up Straight <br><br>Freeze! Before you move, notice how you are sitting: are your shoulders slumped over? Is your back curled? Are your shoulders hiked up toward your ears? <br><br>Take a minute right now t... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 23:07:00 EST The Top 5 Facts Women Need To Know About Heart Attacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48196_the_top_5_facts_women_need_to_know_about_heart_attacks 1. Women do not always have the "typical" symptoms of a heart attack. <br><br>A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart muscle stops. Although women can experience the classic symptom---severe, clutching pain in the chest---they are more likely than men to have "atypical" symptoms. These often include:<br><br>***Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, or a feeling of fullness in the center of the chest that may last a few minutes, or disappear and return<br><br>***Pain or discomfort i... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 22:44:00 EST 11 Most Common Nutrient Deficiencies http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48189_11_most_common_nutrient_deficiencies 11 Most Common Nutrient Deficiencies<br><br><br>If you eat a balanced, whole-food diet like the one described in my nutrition plan, you’re probably getting adequate amounts of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to function.<br><br>If not (and this applies to the majority of the U.S. population), there’s a good chance you may be lacking important nutrients.<br><br>Even if you do eat well, how and where your food was grown can also influence your nutritional intake. Soil quality, storage... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 10:52:00 EST What Lack of Sleep Does to Your Brain http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48187_what_lack_of_sleep_does_to_your_brain What Lack of Sleep Does to Your Brain<br><br><br>Science may still be discovering the mechanisms behind why sleep is so important to your health, but you have probably experienced waking up after a poor night's sleep, feeling cranky, over-tired and mentally foggy.<br><br>This is only a small fraction of the mental and physical health issues you may suffer from sleep deprivation.<br><br>Sleep is one of the important pillars of good health; equally important as healthy foods, pure water and exe... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 09:35:00 EST The Top 5 Facts Women Need To Know About Heart Attacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48176_the_top_5_facts_women_need_to_know_about_heart_attacks Heart disease kills more women every year than diseases perceived as more threatening, such as breast and lung cancers.<br><br>When it comes to the fear factor, breast cancer has a clear edge. Most women are terrified of the disease---and rightly so, since it kills 41,000 U.S. women every year. Lung cancer---another feared disease---claims more than 70,000 women every year. Yet heart disease kills 292,000 women a year, which makes the likelihood of dying from heart disease far greater than... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 22:22:00 EST My secret to success is to exercise daily, eat right and sleep peacefully! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48169_my_secret_to_success_is_to_exercise_daily_eat_right_and_sleep_peacefully I typically walk in the evening and always after a meal and at least 2 hours prior to bedtime.<br>I do a set aside deliberate walk everyday. When the weather is crumby, I dance. Prior to exercising I do light stretches to help loosen up. While I am dancing/walking a pay attention to my arms/legs and core. I focus on my breath as I tighten my core muscles. After my exercise is complete I stretch all the muscles I used.<br>Dancing for me is the best way to lose inches, and also heart healthy ... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 18:05:00 EST Keep It Simple and Forgive Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48163_keep_it_simple_and_forgive_myself The most important thing about any weight loss or exercise program for me has to be simplicity. If it makes life too hard I won't keep it up. I try not to worry about scales and regimes. <br><br>I have come to realise that I don't have to punish myself for anything. Just letting go of the self-blame has helped a lot. It's all a natural progression. Not feeling bad because of overweight, or desperation to lose it, allows me to make the decision that this is what I want, not what I have to do. ... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 10:53:00 EST What You Need to Know About Vitamin K2, D and Calcium http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48156_what_you_need_to_know_about_vitamin_k2_d_and_calcium What You Need to Know About Vitamin K2, D and Calcium<br><br>Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin most well known for the important role it plays in blood clotting. However, many do not realize that there are different kinds of vitamin K, and they are completely different.<br><br>The health benefits of vitamin K2 go far beyond blood clotting, which is done by vitamin K1, and vitamin K2 also works synergistically with a number of other nutrients, including calcium and vitamin D.<br><br>Dr. Kate ... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 09:05:00 EST Get into gardening! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48154_get_into_gardening Gardening is a great way to get exercise! According to the University of Virginia, gardening rates up there with other moderate to strenuous forms of exercise, like walking and bicycling. It all depends on what gardening task you are doing and for how long. Like any other form of exercise, you have to be active for at least 30 minutes for there to be a benefit.<br><br>Gardening is great because you are also working all the major muscle groups: legs, buttocks, arms, shoulders, neck, back and ... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 08:37:00 EST Tips for Staying Slim Through Summer BBQ Season http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48144_tips_for_staying_slim_through_summer_bbq_season When the weather is fab and the days are long, the thing to do is this: fire up the grill, round up your family and friends, and feast. Everybody loves a barbecue. But if you’re trying to watch your weight, big food spreads may actually induce stress—and that’s a problem. Fortunately, we’ve got fixes.<br><br>So you can enjoy the delicious spread—without letting the grazing get out of hand—it’s helpful to follow a few simple rules for smart eating at summer barbecues.<br><br>1. Contribute some... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 20:20:00 EST A Few Ways to Get More Calcium http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48139_a_few_ways_to_get_more_calcium Well I am a huge milk drinker but especially with cookies. This comes from my childhood. I didn't really eat alot of the healthy stuff. Nah, no tomatoes, veggies or much fruit. My menu was white bread, a small piece of chicken, a bite or two of nana, a plate filled with sweet corn and possibly grapes. Water and salads and even protein never really entered my mind. I never ate a lot but these days trying to get the ying and yang of nutrition on a daily basis is mind blowing. <br><br>Calcium is... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 16:05:00 EST A Few Ways to Get More Calcium http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48138_a_few_ways_to_get_more_calcium Well I am a huge milk drinker but especially with cookies. This comes from my childhood. I didn't really eat alot of the healthy stuff. Nah, no tomatoes, veggies or much fruit. My menu was white bread, a small piece of chicken, a bite or two of nana, a plate filled with sweet corn and possibly grapes. Water and salads and even protein never really entered my mind. I never ate a lot but these days trying to get the ying and yang of nutrition on a daily basis is mind blowing. <br><br>Calcium is... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 16:05:00 EST Water Fluoridation Linked to Diabetes and Low IQ http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48130_water_fluoridation_linked_to_diabetes_and_low_iq Water Fluoridation Linked to Diabetes and Low IQ<br>.<br><br>This debate was 12 years in the making; it's taken that long to find someone willing to debate Connett and defend the controversial practice of water fluoridation. It's a pressing issue in the U.S. as well as in New Zealand, one of the few countries in the world where water fluoridation is still practiced.<br><br>At present, only about 52 percent of New Zealand's population receives fluoridated water, but proposed legislation could ... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 11:16:00 EST Beet Juice, Measuring Artery Stiffness In The Brain, and Alzheimer's Disease http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48119_beet_juice_measuring_artery_stiffness_in_the_brain_and_alzheimers_disease New method to measure artery stiffness in the brain can help with stroke prevention: The technique magnetically "labeled" the blood in arteries without the use of an external agent. "Few methods are available for estimating the stiffness of arteries in the brain, which is more relevant to neurological disorders," says senior author Danny J.J. Wang, Ph.D. The MRI method is also able to generate a map of the stiffness of different arteries in the brain, and therefore provide more detailed in... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 22:12:00 EST Staying healthy as the seasons change http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48118_staying_healthy_as_the_seasons_change What’s the secret to staying healthy throughout the year? The secret lies in our ability to be flexible and willing to change…just like the seasons.<br><br>Different seasons mean different weather, wardrobes, different seasonal fruits available and even different sports to play. It also means that as the days grow shorter or longer, and as the weather gets warmer or colder, we need to stay flexible and adjust our eating habits, exercise routines and lifestyles so we can remain healthy year r... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 20:56:00 EST Five minute hand exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48116_five_minute_hand_exercise This 5 minute hand exercise will boost your energy and balance emotions.<br><br>Do you know about the Jin Shin Jyustu? It is an ancient Japanese art and philosophy as well as powerful alternative health practice that can help you find and maintain balance in your physical and emotional well-being. It is a form of touch therapy that can relieve pain and harmonize the vital energy of the whole body. It involves gentle application of hands on the body in circulation pathways in a consistent, seq... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 16:36:00 EST The Remarkable Health Benefits of Broccoli, and How to Maximize Its Cancer-Fighting Potential http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48110_the_remarkable_health_benefits_of_broccoli_and_how_to_maximize_its_cancerfighting_potential The Remarkable Health Benefits of Broccoli, and How to Maximize Its Cancer-Fighting Potential<br><br><br>Vegetables offer a wide range of health benefits, but some seem to have greater potential to ward off disease than others. Broccoli falls into this category, having been widely studied for its many health effects.<br><br>Research shows this cruciferous veggie (in the same family as Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and more) may reduce your risk for many common diseases, including but... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 10:00:00 EST Beet Juice, Measuring Artery Stiffness In The Brain, and Alzheimer's Disease http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48100_beet_juice_measuring_artery_stiffness_in_the_brain_and_alzheimers_disease Beet Juice boosts muscle power in heart-failure patients. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that drinking concentrated beet juice increases muscle power in patients with heart failure. Heart failure often causes overall muscle weakness, which makes it difficult for patients to perform regular activities of daily living, like rising from chairs, carrying groceries, or climbing stairs. In the study, patients on standard heart-failure medications w... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 21:29:00 EST Plan and prepare http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48096_plan_and_prepare I can't describe how much better I do with the plan when I plan my meals ahead of time and package them for quick grabbing. Even for cooking main meals, if I have time, cooking goes much smoother if I pre- chop the veggies (usually the day I come home from the grocery store). I use my ninja for quick chopping. I try to plan for the entire week and "automate" my breakfasts and lunches. That way, I'm not spending a lot on groceries trying to eat something different every day. I generally eat th... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 19:29:00 EST Habits Trump Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48092_habits_trump_motivation Motivation comes and goes...but habits are there day in and day out. Make sure you are building healthy, daily habits that keep you on track...regardless of your circumstances or motivation. Examples: <br><br>*Never miss a Monday<br>*Eat a healthy breakfast<br>*Use the last 10 minutes of the day to set yourself up for success tomorrow (lay out your clothes, pack your lunch, etc<br>*Use the first 10 minutes of the day to drink a glass of water, build your faith (praying, memorizing scripture... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 12:50:00 EST Magnesium, Anxiety and Biologic Drugs http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48082_magnesium_anxiety_and_biologic_drugs Anxiety: Recently, I have become preoccupied with worries, even about the smallest things. Sometimes I feel so upset my heart pounds and my palms sweat. Is this normal?<br><br>Unless you have reasonable and specific reasons for your concerns (a traumatic event, money troubles, discord with family and/or friends, etc.) you should confer with your doctor as soon as possible. An accurate diagnosis would require more information, but what you describe sounds like an anxiety or panic disorder,... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 21:46:00 EST Drink ItWorks Greens Every morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48081_drink_itworks_greens_every_morning So I have started using It Works products about 4 months ago and love them. I use the Wraps, their confianza which is for stress, greens chews, thermofit, fat fighters and my favorite Greens. The greens are amazing. I drink it every day first thing in the morning after my coffee :) This stuff is amazing. I feel more energized and get my daily filling of fruits and veggies. I also relaly like the thermofit but the greens are my favorite! I can tell if I miss a day of taking these as I feel slu... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 21:36:00 EST Three Body Types http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48079_three_body_types My body type is between athletic to smooshy. I don't mind too much until it is time to put on something slimming. <br><br>So how exactly do you best take care of yourself? These quick tips work for everyone, no matter what your body shape is (or what you hope it becomes):<br><br>1. Eat real food 90% of the time. This means whole, unprocessed food that is as close to its natural state as possible. A healthy amount of real food can do wonders for your body.<br><br>2. Lift heavy things 2-3 times... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 16:25:00 EST Don't deprive yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48076_dont_deprive_yourself Treat yourself in moderation so that the cravings don't continue - you can even replace the craving with a healthier substitute. Check how many calories you've consumed for the day and allow yourself to eat if the requirement isn't met. When your body begins to starve cravings intensify which is why it's important to fuel up. <br>I've found that if you try and starve yourself all day you just end up twice as hungry and eat twice as much, with less convenient timing. <br>If you don't sit down ... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 12:03:00 EST Magnesium, Anxiety and Biologic Drugs http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48066_magnesium_anxiety_and_biologic_drugs Magnesium is about as critical as a nutrient can be, with roles played in hundreds of chemical processes in the body. It serves in nerve, muscle, and bone function, protein synthesis, energy production, and blood pressure, to name only a few. After age 50, women need approximately 320 milligrams (mg) and men 420 mg every day. Unfortunately, our ability to fully absorb dietary magnesium decreases as we age. Also, medications such as antibiotics, diuretics, proton pump inhibitors, and osteo... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 21:43:00 EST Questions To Ask At Your Next Doctor's Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48053_questions_to_ask_at_your_next_doctors_visit Food Intolerance---Or Allergy?<br><br>Severe reactions to something you've eaten may be a sign of a food intolerance or even an allergy. Here's how to tell the difference and what to do about it.<br><br>Food Intolerance<br><br>The body may lack a specific enzyme needed to properly digest a specific ingredient in certain foods. Examples are lactose in dairy and gluten in wheat. Common symptoms include:<br><br>*****Nausea<br><br>*****Ga<BR>s, cramps, or bloating<br><br>*****Stomach pain<br><... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 22:01:00 EST Getting to a Healthy State of Mind.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48048_getting_to_a_healthy_state_of_mind Getting healthy isn't just about dropping those unwanted love handles or pounds. It means gaining confidence in yourself (myself), and moving through life with a poise and purpose you never knew you possessed. Even though I look in the mirror and I see that I lost a bite of weight, I can't help some times feel self conscious that people are eyeing me curiously? I know I need to get over myself but according to psychologists, healthy living involves five key elements: Getting proper nutrition ... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 15:47:00 EST The wonders of micronutrients http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48036_the_wonders_of_micronutrients Our poor health and growing waistlines can be traced back to the hidden crisis of a micronutrient deficiency. More than 90 percent of all Americans are deficient in at least one of these health-promoting vitamins and minerals and don't even know it.<br><br>Micronutrients is a term for vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and amino acids that our bodies need every day to stay healthy. Much of these items have been stripped away from the processed foods we consume, are lacking in the alcohol and c... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 08:06:00 EST Questions To Ask At Your Next Doctor's Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48028_questions_to_ask_at_your_next_doctors_visit See your doctor if you have any of these sometimes serious symptoms!<br><br>1. Cracked Lips: Cold weather or a cold can cause your lips to get dry, but sometimes cracked lips are a sign of a vitamin B12 deficiency that could lead to anemia.<br><br>2. Swollen ankles: It could just be hot weather---but if the swelling is part of other symptoms such as shortness of breath it could be a sign of congestive heart failure. And swelling in one leg can even signal DVT.<br><br>3. Bloated abdomen:... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 22:17:00 EST What Happens to Your Body When You're Sleep Deprived? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48019_what_happens_to_your_body_when_youre_sleep_deprived What Happens to Your Body When You're Sleep Deprived?<br><br><br>According to the documentary, Sleepless in America, coproduced by the National Geographic Channel, 40 percent of Americans are sleep deprived. Many get less than five hours of sleep per night. Percentage-wise, adolescents are among the most sleep deprived.<br><br>The consequences are dire, not just for the individual who isn’t getting enough rest, but for those around them as well. While most people don’t give lack of sleep much... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 10:51:00 EST What Happens to Your Body When You Eat Trans Fat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48018_what_happens_to_your_body_when_you_eat_trans_fat What Happens to Your Body When You Eat Trans Fat?<br><br><br>There are a number of dietary links between dementia and heart disease. Excessive sugar/processed fructose, grains, and trans fat consumption are three factors that promote both.<br><br>Not surprisingly, recent research1 has pointed out that heart disease also increases your odds of developing Alzheimer's disease, which is a serious and deadly form of dementia.<br><br>According to the authors, vascular damage may predispose your bra... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 10:08:00 EST 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 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... 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