Health Advice



Try these ways to burn belly fat

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 59% of U.S. adults carry around "abdominal obesity." In other words, belly fat -- the kind that's found in the spaces between your organs, such as the stomach, liver and kidneys. Excess belly fat is particularly bad for your health because it is biologically active and secretes ...Read more

One more heart-healthy benefit of coffee

With all the coffee shops and specialty coffee stores in the U.S., you'd think we would rank at the top globally for coffee drinking -- but, no. A new survey finds that we're 25th in the world in per capita consumption of coffee. Nonetheless, Americans consume 3.3 billion pounds of coffee a year -- or 517 million cups a day.

For coffee-drinking...Read more

Kimchi does more than spice up your life

Kimchi is a Korean dish made from fermented vegetables -- usually cabbage and radishes along with garlic and hot chilies -- although one online kimchi site says there are 180 varieties. It's been a favorite complement to breakfast, lunch and dinner since 935 B.C.

But it delivers more than flavor. It's loaded with gut-friendly pre- and ...Read more

Keep smiling

"When you're smiling/the whole world smiles with you" are lyrics from a 1928 song that's never lost its popularity -- it was recently sung by Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret in Season 3 of "The Crown."

Smiles are good for your physical and mental health, no matter your age. Unfortunately, they're increasingly difficult for many older ...Read more

Foods you probably aren't washing, but should

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 48 million people get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from foodborne diseases annually in the U.S. Produce accounts for 46% of those cases and germs on fresh produce, such as listeria, salmonella and E. coli, are frequent sources of infection.

One potential source of ...Read more

Are your kids undernourished? Most are

Good nutrition is the fuel for happiness, intelligence, accomplishment and enduring health. But American kids are being deprived of those remarkable benefits in record numbers and to a degree that is hard to wrap your head around.

New information released in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report ...Read more

To sleep, perchance to dream

Enough quality sleep helps the brain clear out its trash, triggers hormonal shifts that restore energy and revive weary muscles and organ systems. It even bolsters your cardiovascular and immune systems and helps regulate metabolism, including glucose levels.

Unfortunately, we're a nation of sleep-challenged people, contending with insomnia, ...Read more

Diabetes prevention and control update

If you are searching for more ways to avoid or reverse Type 2 diabetes and avoid its consequences, here are four quick tricks.

1. Enjoy four cups of black coffee a day. That decreases Type 2 diabetes risk by over 20%.

2. Taking vitamin D may lower the risk of progressing from prediabetes to diabetes by 15%, according to researchers from Tufts ...Read more

Salt's assault on your immune system

Ocean water is between 33% and 37% salt. The human body contains a variety of salts -- including plain ol' table salt, amounting to about 200 grams of sodium chloride in a 100-pound person. You want to keep it at that level because it's important for nerve impulse transmission and the quality of your blood. Unfortunately, most Americans take in ...Read more

How to boost your youthful longevity

The ancient Greeks said there were five ages of man: the Golden Age, the Silver Age, the Bronze Age, the Age of Heroes and Iron Age. I want to add to that: The Younger Age -- because now we have discovered so many ways that you can live younger longer.

A study out of Columbia University's School of Public Health put 220 healthy men and women on...Read more

Tamp down inflammation and spark up your life

It's obvious how much destruction is done by the flames that lay waste to forests and homes in California's all-too-frequent wildfires. But it's harder to see what chronic inflammation does in your body.

Your body is designed to have temporary, life-enhancing inflammatory immune responses that help heal an injury or defeat an infection. But ...Read more

How to overcome feeling lonely in a crowd

Ever since the famous 1965 survey of adults in Alameda County, California, and the Whitehall study started in 1967 in Great Britain, we've known that having a posse (friends who support you) was one of the two most important factors in determining how long and well you'll live. And we keep finding evidence.

A recent study in JACC: Heart Failure...Read more

Ultraprocessed foods and cancer

You could say that in her heyday, Ultra Violet, a member of Andy Warhol's Factory known for her purple hair was ultraprocessed -- full of added ingredients that were quite unhealthy. Rather like ultraprocessed foods.

Those nutritionally stripped edibles come packed with processed grains, added sugars and syrups, unhealthy fats and toxic, added ...Read more

Keeping your bones strong is essential for good health

"Boning up on a topic." "Gotta bone to pick!" "It's a bone of contention." No bones about it, bones are something we rely on -- in our conversations and our body. In fact, there are around 206 bones in an adult body and they help propel us forward, keep us upright and balanced, and protect our organs.

Unfortunately, annually in the U.S., 6.3 ...Read more

Your picky eater may be picky about the dish you serve food on!

The animated character Boss Baby (voiced by Alec Baldwin) takes fussy eating to a whole new level, declaring: "You think I'm a fussy eater? ... You want to get me to eat, you'll have to wait and buy my book -- 'Here Comes the Plane, There Goes Your Mind -- A Guide to Mealtime Negotiation.'"

Thirty percent to 50% of parents contend with a fussy...Read more

The new low-down on high-density lipoprotein (HDL)

Vernon Davis, a notable NFL tight end who went on to surprise fans -- and himself -- by acting in major movies ("Gasoline Alley" and "A Day to Die") and producing them as well, says, "Life is all about the unexpected."

The news that HDL cholesterol (at least, a very high level) may not be heart-healthy is another example of life's unexpected ...Read more

Aspirin and your risk of taking a serious fall

In 2016, Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes dislocated a shoulder after spilling to the ground while attempting to reach first base safely. The same year, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo hit the ground hard and suffered a back injury during a preseason game. Pro athletes take bad falls all the time -- and resulting injuries often bench ...Read more

Flavorful flavonols protect your brain

Celebrities have to contend with fame's fickle nature. George Clooney once declared, "I'm the flavor of the month." Kiefer Sutherland, star of the series "24," struggled when his flavor lost favor: "When I wasn't the flavor of the week or month or day, those were hard times."

Vegetables face a similar challenge -- their acclaim as "flavonols of...Read more



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