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Healthy habits and tips that prevent disease and keep your mind and body running in tip-top shape.

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Cooking Methods May Affect Diabetes Risk Factors

Cooking Methods May Affect Diabetes Risk Factors.

If you have diabetes risk factors, such as elevated insulin levels and obesity, changing the way you cook may benefit your health, according to a study in the October 2016 issue of Diabetologia. Researchers focused on substances called advanc...

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Sources Of Potassium

For all women and men over age 19 (except those who are pregnant or lactating), the recommended daily intake for potassium is 4,700 milligrams per day. However, studies have shown that fewer than 10 percent of American women meet that recommendation. You can get the recommended amount by consuming...

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Help Prevent Hypertension with a Potassium-Rich Diet

Balanced potassium and sodium levels help control blood pressure.

A diet that is high in potassium has been associated with a reduced chance of developing high blood pressure (hyper-tension), which, in turn, lowers the risk of stroke, heart attack, and heart failure.

Potassium Balances...

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Why should I get a flu shot?

Getting an annual flu vaccine is a safe, effective way to prevent the flu. The vaccine causes your body to develop antibodies to several strains of influenza virus. These antibodies help protect your body against infection.

Influenza, or the flu, is not just a simple cold. The following sympt...

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A Healthy Brain Requires B Vitamins

A Healthy Brain Requires B Vitamins

"Consuming whole foods, from peanut butter and salmon to whole grains and dark leafy greens, not only provides more antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals than processed foods, but are also excellent sources of B vitamins. A wide variety of wh...

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Plant based Lifestyle

Learning more about going meatless before i make the switch to a plant based diet.

Based on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes; and it excludes or minimizes meat (including chicken and fish), dairy products, and eggs, as well as highly refined foods like bleached flour, ref...

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Vitamin D Prevents Infections and Slashes Cancer Risk

Vitamin D Prevents Infections and Slashes Cancer Risk


Vitamin D has some pretty extraordinary achievements under its proverbial belt, not the least of which is disease prevention. Skin exposed to the sun produces this "sunshine vitamin," which helps prevent osteoporosis and promotes stron...

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A Healthy Brain Requires B Vitamins

The vitamins help reduce risk factors for inflammation, brain injury.

Folate, B12 and B6 (pyridoxine) are the nutrients that receive the most attention for improving brain health, due to their well-studied role in reducing homocysteine. Homocysteine is an amino acid that, in high levels, is ...

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A lesson I learned: Healthy Living Requires Consistency

What do I mean by using the word consistency? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, consistency is "agreement or harmony of parts or features to one another or a whole."

We are members of the SparkPeople community. I believe we all have goals of becoming healthier and staying healthy. ...

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Adult Asthma Linked To Higher Risk of Heart Disease and The Boozy Business Meal: Costly For Your Heart?

Adult Asthma Linked To Higher Risk Of Heart Disease:

People with late-onset asthma were 57% more likely to suffer a heart-related event than those without asthma. In contrast, people whose asthma began during childhood had similar rates of heart-related events as those without the lung disea...

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