Health Advice



Countering constipation

If you struggle to "go" even three times a week, you're a member of a constipation club that has more than 4 million members in the U.S. The causes are many, from chronic stress and an unhappy gut biome to lack of physical activity, and taking medications for blood pressure and depression and NSAIDs like ibuprofen.

Whatever the cause, it's ...Read more

The sleep sweet spot -- do you hit it?

Remember Goldilocks? When she wandered into the Three Bears' house, she sampled their morning porridge and declared: "This porridge is too salty!" "This porridge is too sweet!" And "This porridge is just right."

Well, you've got the same kind of choices when it comes to getting your sleep just right. Research published in the Journal of the ...Read more

What sleep type are you?

Sleep is a restful escape from the tensions of the day ... well, that's a myth for many people who struggle with sleep. A Gallup poll found that a third of you rate your nightly snooze as fair or poor.

Now, new research has identified common sleep patterns and tracked how people shift from one to another, depending on what acute or chronic ...Read more

Protect yourself from exercise-related injuries

You've devoted a lot of time and mental energy to getting yourself into a workout routine that provides you with 150 to 300 minutes of aerobic and strength-training exercise every week. And then in a flash, "Ow!" You're benched because of a strain, sprain, tear, fall, or (please, no!) a break.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says...Read more

Fish tales -- and tails

What do whole anchovies, sardines, smelt and herring offer you that you can't get from a filet of sole? Bones, head, organs and other inside treasures that contain micronutrients like zinc, selenium, and magnesium and a good dose of calcium, and vitamins B12, D and niacin. Sardines, for example, also deliver almost 25 grams of protein in every 3...Read more

Don't just sit there -- drink coffee!

Between work, commuting, running errands (the car is running, not you) and watching screens, a quarter of Americans are sitting down eight or more hours a day, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey. The good news is that recent research shows "activity snacks" of moderate to high-intensity motion for one to five ...Read more

Become a non-meat protein pro

Feel like you get contradictory advice on protein? On one hand, "they" say "Eat more protein as you age to protect your muscle mass." Some evidence shows an older 185-pound adult needs 84 to 101 grams or more of protein a day! And you're told that at any age to make sure you get enough to build and repair muscle and bones and produce the ...Read more

Tattoo risks

Tattoos are no longer an act of outrageous rebellion. Fully 32% of U.S. adults have one, and that number rises to 40% of folks 18-34 years old. But it turns out all that ink is lighting up more than folks' appearance.

It can trigger an increased risk of heart failure, as well as allergic dermatitis, according to a study in the Journal of the ...Read more

Protecting yourself from wildfire pollution's health risks

Last year's wildfire season was truly wild -- there were more than 6,500 fires in Canada from May to October. Air quality in Alberta, Canada, was nine times worse than usual, and it had far-reaching effects on air quality in the lower 48 states and parts of Alaska. The more than 7,000 wildfires in California just added to the dangerous air ...Read more

Taking a bite out of poor nutrition

Don't you hate it when good news is also bad news? Take the latest findings about Americans' nutritional quality. Analysis of info on over 51,000 adults shows that since 2000, the number of folks who have a very lousy diet has decreased from 49% to around 38% of the population. But almost four of every 10 folks still have poor nutrition -- and ...Read more

Straining to understand new flu strain?

"No strain, no gain" may be the mantra of fitness buffs (better than "no pain, no gain"), but when it comes to understanding what happens to the flu virus year to year -- there's a lot of strain to gain solid data, even for researchers. Relax. We (and the flu vaccine) have got you covered!

Fact 1: There are new mutant strains of the H1N1 flu ...Read more

Longing for a definition of long COVID-19? We may have one now

Despite the dramatic reduction in the number of COVID-19 cases, the number of folks in the U.S. contending with long COVID-19 remains steady, at around 17 million people in March 2024. And overall, it affects about 30% of folks who contract COVID-19, whether it's mild or severe.

According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and ...Read more

Circling around curcumin's amazing benefits

Turmeric root is everywhere these days -- getting grated into curries, added to smoothies, even showing up in marinades and salads. It's loved for its color, flavor and remarkable health benefits. They are powered by curcumin, a polyphenolic compound that is the active ingredient in turmeric. Unfortunately, curcumin is not well absorbed in the ...Read more

Eat away at anxiety -- instead of letting it eating away at you

"You are what you eat" first appeared in the writings of the French gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin as the phrase, "Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are." That turns out to be especially true if you contend with anxiety and stress.

A new study in the journal Nutrients found that people over age 60 who stick to a ...Read more



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