Health Advice



Spice it up

A few years ago, a poll conducted by a hot sauce brand claimed to prove that people who like spicy food are spicier when it comes to romance. We're not sure that holds up, but we are sure that when it comes to enjoying spices -- and not just hot ones -- the more the merrier, and healthier.

Two studies on the effect of America's favorite spices ...Read more

One more reason to keep your heart healthy

Bobby Orr, the great NHL defenseman, had surgery on his knees more than a dozen times. Although docs could repair his aching joints, over time, his knees -- and career -- eroded even more. In his last three seasons with Chicago, he played in only 26 games.

The same kind of post-recovery hazards can plague survivors of a heart attack. These days...Read more

Six ways to slash your familial risk for dementia

Ron Prescott Reagan, 63, President Ronald Reagan's son, may be the political opposite of his conservative father, but one thing he and his dad may have in common is a familial risk for dementia. President Reagan had Alzheimer's for 10 years when he died in 2004 at age 93. And a new study says (if you don't adopt dementia-defeating habits) having...Read more

A super-tasty way to slash your risk for Type-2 diabetes

Carmen Miranda, the so-called "Brazilian Bombshell," once sported a "hat" topped with around 17 pieces of fruit and two bunches of grapes. Far more than you need to have every day! Turns out that enjoying two servings (that's an apple and eight large strawberries, for example) a day can slash your risk for Type-2 diabetes over the next five ...Read more

Tune in, turn on and drop out (of the race to the bottom)

"Our biological rhythms are the symphony of the cosmos, music embedded deep within us to which we dance, even when we can't name the tune." That's how Deepak Chopra sums up the amazing power within each person's being.

A new study in the journal Aging explains the power of biological rhythms in more specific, but just as powerful, terms: You ...Read more

Why exercise may help ease depression

Just like Selena Gomez said, "If I don't work out ... everything about me just feels a bit down," a lot of folks rely on exercise to banish the blues.

Now neuroscientists from the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research into Mental Illness have found out how exercise does that oh-so-welcome magic trick. They discovered that, in mice, ...Read more

How to wash your vegetables and fruit for max health and safety

When k.d. lang sang "Wash Me Clean" -- "Wash, wash me clean/mend my wounded seams/cleanse my tarnished dreams" -- she wasn't talking about sprucing up her salad greens or getting ready to stir-fry some broccoli, but she could have been. Figuring out the right way to make fresh produce truly fresh can be a challenge.

You may worry about ...Read more

Headed for surgery? Beware of caffeine withdrawal

Legendary quarterback Tom Brady says he's never had a cup of coffee "or anything like that." That's just as well. In early March of this year, he had knee surgery and is rehabbing it in order to be ready for summer training camp. Seems that an unrecognized issue that impacts surgery is caffeine withdrawal, which many patients go through leading ...Read more

A fast(ing) way to beat diabetes -- and high blood pressure

Usain Bolt holds the record for the fastest sprint at 27.78 mph. And while that might not seem so fast compared to the cheetah (75 mph), it's fast enough to defeat all challengers.

Fast enough is just what you want when it comes to defeating diabetes and its frequent companion, high blood pressure. You want to do it fast -- using semi-fasting ...Read more

Protecting your fetus from plastic pollution

In 1969, Yoko's Plastic Ono Band was called visionary and, frankly, hard to figure out. Membership in the group was plastic-elastic, including audience members and any musicians who were hanging around. But since then, the onslaught of plastic pollution that permeates the air we breathe, the food we eat and our oceans and streams has made it a ...Read more

Cholesterol intake vs. sat fat

Sat fat. That happened to a lot of folks during the sedentary days of the pandemic -- they sat and added fat. But today, we're looking at the often-confusing relationship between cholesterol and sat fat -- saturated fat, that is.

One recent meta-analysis of data on up to 1.9 million people found that consuming whole milk, which contains 5 grams...Read more

The benefits of even minimal weekly activity

Arnold Schwarzenegger got back to exercising regularly after his 2018 emergency open-heart surgery. The 72-year-old goes to Gold's Gym at 7 a.m. every day. Midday, he takes a 45-minute bike ride. In the evening, he does an at-home workout.

Be inspired! Set a goal of 150 minutes a week if you're a workout novice. Most folks are. Only 23% of U.S....Read more

Preventing diabetes adds years to your life

Chris Rock knows how to get to the point: "You know, some people say life is short and that you could get hit by a bus at any moment and that you have to live each day like it's your last. Bull****. Life is long. You're probably not gonna get hit by a bus. And you're gonna have to live with the choices you make for the next 50 years."

With the ...Read more

Protein amount, not source, key to increasing your muscle mass

"The Game Changers" is billed as a documentary about meat, protein and strength. The mission: to show folks that for many professional athletes, a vegan or vegetarian diet gives them an edge over their competition, and it can do the same for you in the gym, on the field, at work and at home. As the vegan strongman Patrik Baboumian says: "When ...Read more

Where there's smoke there's fire

Lady Gaga, Kate Winslet and even Gwyneth Paltrow have all admitted to smoking. Gwyneth goes for one cig a week on Saturday night; Winslet says she didn't do it around her kids -- which this tip proves is not good enough; and Gaga opts for smoking with a glass of whisky while she works, because, she says, "it just frees my mind a little bit."

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Who might need B12 supplements?

To B12 or not to B12 -- that's a question a lot of folks are asking. The answer? It depends. If you have a healthy blood level of B12, taking a supplement won't boost your energy, improve your mood or sharpen your concentration. However, if you're deficient -- and it's estimated that up to 15% of adults in the U.S. are -- you can get those ...Read more

How your attitude influences your health

When Frank Sinatra sang, "Don't you know that it's worth/Every treasure on earth to be young at heart?" he was declaring how beneficial it is to be able to ignore your chronological age and feel younger than you are. German researchers agree. Their study, in Psychology and Aging, looked at more than 5,000 folks ages 40 and older and found that ...Read more

Foods that chill you out

Our close relative, the orangutan, is a fruit lover -- the tasty treats make up around 90% of its diet. And overall, the big O feasts on more than 400 varieties of plants. Maybe that's why they look so chill as they amble through the rainforest.

An Australian study in the journal Clinical Nutrition found that for middle-aged humans (ages 45-65)...Read more

Don't let pain knock you off your game

When LeBron James twisted his ankle during a game with the Atlanta Hawks, even he couldn't dismiss the pain. Writhing on the floor in agony, the All-Star joined the ranks of the 54% of Americans who report troubling pain -- and the increasing number who report joint pain. (It went up 21% from 2002 to 2018).

According to a 17-year study in ...Read more

Putting a stop to prediabetes risks

People like to predict things -- and sometimes they are uncannily accurate. In 1909, Nikola Tesla, former right-hand man of Thomas Edison, told The New York Times: "It will soon be possible to transmit wireless messages all over the world so simply that any individual can carry and operate his own apparatus."

The new predictions about your ...Read more



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