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Exercise for Your Brain Health

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It may take more than a simple walk around the block, but a new study finds that vigorous physical activity in midlife can help reduce the risk of cognitive decline.

A long-term study of twins reveals physical activity may reduce the risk of cognitive decline later in life. Following up with more than 3,000 twins 25 years after they provided ...Read more

Nutrition News: Should You Go Gluten-Free?

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We seem to fear gluten these days like we used to fear fat and carbs. At a recent women's conference I attended, the buffet line included four large signs declaring the salad, vegetables and chicken were all gluten-free. The people standing in line next to me wondered if that was a good thing?

Gluten-free diets seem to be the latest fad, yet ...Read more

The Truth About Carbs

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Most of the time, carbs get a bad rap. Some people claim carbs are fattening and others claim carbs trigger cravings. But lumping all carbs together -- like doughnuts and oatmeal -- simply isn't right.

The carbs in bread, cereal, pasta, potatoes, sweets and soda are considered "bad" while carbs in legumes, fruits, vegetables and dairy products ...Read more

Fiber to the Rescue

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For those of use trying to maintain or lose weight (and that covers most of us), there may be a simple answer that many of us overlook: getting more fiber in our diets.

The average American gets about 17 grams of fiber a day, but we need much more -- women need 25 grams a day and men need 38 grams.

If getting more fiber is the only dietary ...Read more

Little Steps

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One thing I've learned in the 25 years I've been a dietitian: Little steps/everyday decisions make a big difference in a healthy diet -- whether it's what you order at the fast food restaurant, or whether you choose to eat fruit instead of a sweet. Those little steps become the big thing that helps you maintain, gain or even lose weight.

Here's...Read more

Food for Olympians

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Most of us love watching the Olympics. To see the expertise, stamina and agility of the athletes is amazing.

Ever wonder what they eat? What does it take to fuel the strength, speed, endurance and grace of Olympic athletes?

It takes years of training and hard work, and sports dietitians are part of many Olympic hopefuls' team -- helping to ...Read more

Nutrition News: Lowering Cholesterol

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If your cholesterol numbers are high, you can blame your genes -- and perhaps a diet of eating too many higher fat animal products. Many of our bodies make more than enough cholesterol. When we eat foods high in cholesterol -- foods from an animal -- it's easy to boost our cholesterol levels. But what we choose to eat can also lower our ...Read more

Take a Walk, Lower your Risk of Heart Disease

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Even if you can't exercise for a long time every day, it's still worth doing when you can, especially when you are younger.

A new study, published in the journal Circulation, finds that younger women who exercise just 2.5 hours a week, or 30 minutes a day for five days a week, may cut their risk for heart disease by up to 25 percent.

"The ...Read more

Nutrition News: Aging Well

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Aging Well

The tough thing about getting older is changing our eating habits -- we just need as many calories, but we certainly need good nutrition in the calories we do eat.

Here are five tips for eating to age well from Environmental Nutrition newsletter.

--Consume more omega 3s. These healthy fats support heart health, brain function and ...Read more

Nutrition News: Magnesium for Lower Blood Pressure

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Fill your plate with whole grains, beans, nuts and leafy greens and you've got a good chance of lowering your blood pressure. That's the findings from new research published in the journal, Hypertension.

All those foods are high in magnesium, which dilates arteries and in turn, lowers blood pressure.

The new study was led by Dr. Yiqing Song, ...Read more

Eggs in Favor

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We seem to have a love/hate relationship with eggs. Currently, they are in vogue, so it's OK to love them, according to two recent studies. Both studies suggest that eggs don't increase the risk for type 2 diabetes or coronary artery disease. Consuming one or two eggs a day had little effect on health outcomes, according to Alice Lichtenstein, ...Read more

Nutrition News: Moving for Cancer

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Keeping active and eating healthy really does seem to reduce the odds of getting certain cancers and dying from them, according to a new study.

About half of US cancer deaths and a large proportion of cancer cases could be prevented if people were active, a healthy weight, avoid heavy drinking and adopt other healthy lifestyle habits, according...Read more

 

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