Health Advice



Reimagining Thanksgiving sugar traps

During Thanksgiving week, Americans spend around $90 million on pies! And most folks eat around 30 grams of added sugar (far beyond what you should have in a day) in their Thanksgiving dinner -- before they even get to dessert!

But you don't have to give up your favorite Turkey Day ingredients to eat healthfully. The trick is to prepare them so...Read more

7 essential amino acids build proteins, protect your brain

Psychologist and writer Timothy Leary almost got it right. Turn on (the stove); tune in (to amino acids); and drop out (of the 20% to 25% of folks 65 and older who have mild cognitive impairment and the 10% with outright dementia). A new lab study in Science Advances has identified the specific essential amino acids that protect the brain from ...Read more

One more reason to walk away from fast food -- fast

When Massimo Stano took the gold medal in race walking at the Tokyo Olympics last summer, he flat-footed his way across 12.4 miles in 81 minutes and 0.05 seconds -- that's walking an astounding 10 mph.

That's how fast you want to walk away from fast foods. (On your 10,000 steps a day, you probably hit 3-plus miles per hour.) A new study in the ...Read more

Kids eat more vegetables when you put more on their plate

Do you try to negotiate with your kids to get them to eat their vegetables? One Brussels sprout, 10 more minutes of TV time? (Don't let it go over one hour for toddlers, and keep it balanced with physical activity for older kids.) Or do you promise dessert if they eat their salad? That's hit or miss, at best, and then you have to fret about ...Read more

Beware of 'restorative' therapies for ED

"Feeling like a shockwave, shockwave, shockwave, shockwave ... Ooh yeah, babe, get 'em with the shockwave." Marshmello, AKA Christopher Comstock, sings that plaintive tune about a broken heart, but it just as well could be the over-the-top marketing slogan of a facility that offers "restorative therapy" for erectile dysfunction.

There's a ...Read more

Getting to the root of your heart health -- with root vegetables

What's soft, slightly sweet, old-fashioned-sounding and brimming with goodness? Well, yes, that could describe your grandmother. But it also describes winter's favorite root vegetables: sweet potatoes, rutabagas, turnips and beets. They give you unconditional love, too, because they're loaded with heart-happy nutrition, whether you roast or ...Read more

Vaping to stop smoking? You already know it doesn't really work

During the Victorian Era (1837-1901), it was common to say that a woman was having vapors -- a condescending and wildly inaccurate way of attributing everything from menstrual cramps to depression to the "Hysterick Fits" that women were said to suffer.

We've come a long way from those days. But vapers -- that's people who vape -- are still ...Read more

Enjoy flavors without adding sugar, salt or unhealthy fats

Not all substitutions are wise. Recently, when Major League Soccer's D.C. United was trailing Atlanta United 2-0, head coach Ben Olsen brought in Russell Canouse as a sub for Moses Nyeman. Problem was, Canuose wasn't on the game's player roster, making him an illegal substitution. He was banished to the locker room. That substitution was as ...Read more

Are you a sheet cheat?

Khloe Kardashian says she changes her bedsheets every two days -- making her downright un-American. A survey of 1,000 of folks revealed that, on average, people change their sheets every 24 days -- single guys only do it every 37 days, while married couples make the switch every 20.

Turns out, it's a good idea to be more Khloe than casual if ...Read more

How your diet can improve your breast cancer outcome

One day, as Abraham Lincoln was walking down the street with his two sons, both of whom were crying, a passerby asked, "What's the matter with your boys?" Lincoln replied: "Exactly what is wrong with the whole world. I have three walnuts, and each boy wants two."

Fortunately, there are plenty of nuts to go around these days (and that's not ...Read more

Preventing and managing arthritis

In 1959, funnyman Jack Benny was appointed Chief Justice of the "Ancient and Independent Province of Beverly Hills." He told the audience, "I don't deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don't deserve that either."

No one deserves arthritis, but it's a major cause of disability in the U.S., affecting more than 58 million people ages 18 ...Read more

Food choices and memory

In the 2011 movie "Bridesmaids," when the wedding party, played by Kristin Wiig, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper and Wendi McLendon-Covey, is hit with food poisoning while shopping for their dresses, McCarthy screams "What did we eat?"

If you find yourself wondering that, too -- the answer may be "highly processed foods." According ...Read more

You can walk away from cancer

Sylvester Stallone, age 75, works out relentlessly on weight machines, using hand weights and his own body weight. Serena Williams, 40, does an intense lineup of arm, glute and core/leg exercises, designed to increase her metabolism and endurance. Good for them. But, it turns out, such over-the-top routines aren't necessary to reap one of the ...Read more

Waist not, want not

The world's largest waist, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, was 119 inches -- the circumference of a 1,400-pound man named Walter Hudson. The average adult male American weighs almost 198 pounds, is just over 5 feet, 9 inches and has a 40.2-inch waist. The average American woman's waist size is 38.7 inches -- and she's not quite ...Read more

Salt and battery: Stop excess sodium from damaging your health

Buddha advised, "Let yourself be open, and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed." World Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Hope Solo, goalkeeper for the U.S. women's national soccer team from 2000 to 2016, gets to about the same conclusion...Read more

Fake sweetness hurts your body

Research says that you can tell a sincere smile from a fake one by checking the eyes. If the skin around them isn't crinkly, chances are you're looking at a false expression of affection. That make-believe sugariness can leave you vulnerable to dangerous deception and longing for some genuine (natural) sweetness.

The same is true of sucralose -...Read more

Big benefits from microgreens

In the animated movie "Up," the protagonist Carl Fredricksen (voiced by Ed Asner) says, "Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you'll look back and realize they were the big things." A wise sentiment about life -- and microgreens! Whether you live in an area without easy access to fresh veggies, are housebound or grocery-store reluctant ...Read more

Are you feeling gas-ly?

Movies from "Dumb and Dumber" to "Blazing Saddles" and "Caddyshack" have moments of humor that stink. Whether you find characters passing gas amusing is highly personal, but you cannot deny how common it is, on and off the screen.

Flatulence, stomach rumbling, belching, halitosis, difficult gas evacuation, abdominal distention, and bloating and...Read more

Have diabetes? Lifestyle changes are the healthiest option

In "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," Dumbledore says, "It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." You don't have to be a wizard to see how true that is when it comes to managing diabetes.

Each health-bestowing choice you make -- about food, activity, sleep and weight -- may challenge you, but ...Read more

Are you blowing things out of proportion?

Body-(over)builder Greg Mark Kovacs was 6-feet, 4-inches and weighed between 330 and 420 pounds. He easily bench-pressed 700 pounds, but he died at age 45 from heart failure. It's risky business to be such extreme proportions!

It's just as risky to opt for extreme portions -- especially of unhealthy foods. A Centers for Disease Control and ...Read more



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