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Are you flexor-ble?

Around 1900, circus folk used the word "hip" to describe a person who was on to something -- hip to the news. During Prohibition, "hipsters" carried illicit liquor in a hip flask. Today, while "hip" and "hipster" are still part of everyday slang, we're more interested in helping you get hip to your hip flexors! They're a group of muscles near ...Read more

Using intermittent fasting to vanquish diabetes, heart conditions

On-again, off-again romances may seem hard on the heart, but sometimes an intermittent affair ends up fueling a healthy relationship. Take Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin, who dated off and on from 2015 to 2016, then happily tied the knot in September 2018.

Intermittent fasting turns out to deliver happy endings, too -- especially for folks ...Read more

Turns out strength training burns fat, too

"Great ideas," declared Thomas Edison, "originate in the muscles." He meant that inspiration actually comes from hard work. Well, researchers from the University of New South Wales have a great idea -- about how fat loss can originate in the muscles, too.

For years, the myth has been that you do aerobics to burn fat, resistance training to ...Read more

Tip top swaps

Swap meets were originally places where folks could exchange unwanted household items for someone else's unwanted stuff! But today, lots of such bartering is online -- there are sites that swap clothes, games, books, even houses (temporarily) and cars! However the transactions take place, the benefit is the same: Out with the old and in with the...Read more

Getting your picky eater to pick those peas

Alton Brown, the Food Network's chief food grump and chef extraordinaire, says the reason kids don't eat their peas -- or other vegetables -- is because parents cook them into "gray, lifeless orbs." That seems unfair to the millions of good home cooks who know how to steam, season and sneak well-prepared veggies onto their child's dinner plate. ...Read more

Appealing peels

Banana peels are a mainstay of slapstick comedy. Why? Well, Danny DeVito says it's because "you have to give people permission to laugh. That's why they would always cut to the banana peel in the Laurel and Hardy movies."

Turns out that there are a lot more uses for fruit and vegetable peels than finding amusement in another person's minor ...Read more

Pomegranates -- pros and cons

When the French writer Anais Nin said, "The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery ... there is always more mystery," she could have been talking about pomegranates. No matter how many times you tackle that red orb, it's always a bit of a challenge to figure out how to extract the seeds.

There are scores of videos...Read more

You really are what you eat

In 1826, the French epicure Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote, "Tell me what you eat and I'll tell you what you are." A couple decades later, a German philosopher penned, "Man is what he eats." And in the U.S. in the 1940s, nutritionist Victor Lindlahr published "You Are What You Eat: How to Win and Keep Health with Diet."

Now, researchers ...Read more

The magic powers of exercise

Fairy tales and old epics are loaded with magic objects that empower lost, endangered and bewildered characters. Magic boots, apples, even cups of tea all are credited with helping heroes overcome difficulties and slay dragons.

You could add exercise to that list, because it has magic powers too. Exercise can increase your longevity, keep ...Read more

Protect your smile -- and your health

In the 1200s, Viking children were paid for their first lost tooth. Today the Tooth Fairy's under-the-pillow donation makes the transition from baby to permanent teeth less scary. But if you're an adult and you're losing a tooth -- or teeth -- there's nothing rewarding about it.

Around 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and ...Read more

The 3-minute glucose and cholesterol control trick

The two-minute warning sounds in NFL games at the end of the second and fourth quarters -- ostensibly to alert teams to how much time they have left to execute a series of plays before the clock runs out. It's a tradition left over from when the stadium clock wasn't the "official" timekeeper -- it is these days. But that doesn't make a short ...Read more

Advocating avocados

What is: a berry, loaded with fat and fiber, is sometimes called an alligator pear and, according to researchers, offers far-ranging health benefits, including banishing belly fat? An avocado. All that and guacamole, too!

A recent study in the Journal of Nutrition found that when women who are overweight or have obesity eat an avocado a day for...Read more

For managing diabetes, there's no substitute for proven therapies

There are only 11 positions available for starters on a pro soccer team -- and no one wants to be left on the bench when he's worked so hard to make it to the Premier League. But some second-stringers have managed to become major substitute players. James Milner played for five teams and made 161 substitute appearances, the most of anyone in the...Read more

Meet the newest meatless meat

Hard to believe, but in one recent year, Americans ordered 2.3 billion restaurant servings of chicken nuggets. So, when meatless nuggets were launched onto menus and put in grocery stores, it caused quite a commotion.

What are these concoctions made of? Impossible Chicken Nuggets contain 28 ingredients -- never a good sign when a "food" is ...Read more

Don't paint yourself into a corner: foods to stay younger longer

In "The Picture of Dorian Gray," by Oscar Wilde, Dorian was able to avoid (for a while, at least) the tribulations of aging by making a deal with the devil to have his portrait get old and wrinkly as he stayed young and smooth-skinned. A masterpiece of self-deception for sure.

Chances are you are making an opposite -- but just as deadly -- deal...Read more

Exercise and the brain

Myron Rolle played football at Florida State University (and graduated in two and a half years) and was headed for the NFL when he became a Rhodes Scholar. So he postponed his football career a year to attend Oxford University. Afterward, he was picked by the Tennessee Titans in the 2010 draft. An outstanding safety, nonetheless, he headed back ...Read more

Everyday activities that count as exercise

Jamal Crawford is basketball's all-time high scorer of four-point plays -- he totaled 60 in his career with nine teams. That rarity happens when a player makes a three-point field goal while simultaneously being fouled by a defensive player -- and makes the resulting free throw.

You gotta love the unusual ways athletes find to get a little ...Read more

Be bold, feel 'yold' (Psst! That's feeling young when you are old)

In 1900, only 12% of white men and women born then would live past 65. For people of color, it was even worse: Only 11% of African American women and 10% of African American men would make it to what we now call retirement age. Only 4% of any group reached age 85.

According to Dr. Mike's new book, "The Great Age Reboot," by 2050, life ...Read more

A good theory about how to get yourself off the couch

Theories come and go. For example, 18th-century chemists thought phlogiston was a substance that was released when something burned ... and breathing removed it from your body so you wouldn't spontaneously ignite. And it's long been said that the best way to get into a new exercise routine is to start slowly. But a study published in JAMA ...Read more

Gut instincts? Now that's using your brain

The 1975 movie "Muhammad Ali: Skill, Brains and Guts" sums up the artful relationship that exists between the mind and the digestive system -- and how, when they're working together, you're likely looking at a champion performance, whether you're the greatest athlete and boxer of all time or an ordinary Joe or Jane simply trying to stay healthy....Read more

 

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