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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

Walking intensely toward better health

In a 2019 NBA game against the Utah Jazz, LeBron James dribbled the ball past the half-court line and then just walked around a bit before remembering he should be dribbling. "That's the worst I've ever done," he admitted. But the refs didn't call traveling (they rarely do). Seems the NBA has decided a bit of a walk is good for the game.

We've ...Read more

Mood foods

In a parody of Frank Sinatra's song "I'm in the Mood for Love," Airfarcewon writes, "I'm in the mood for food/Simply because it's near me/Hungry, because it's near me/I'm in the mood for food." Food and mood do make for an amusing rhyme, but they do a whole lot more than that. Turns out food actually plays a big role in triggering -- and ...Read more

Going out for the long one -- and winning the game

"In any team sport, the best teams have consistency and chemistry," said quarterback Roger Staubach, who led the Dallas Cowboys to the Super Bowl five times, winning twice. That formula for victory applies to a successful pursuit of better health, too.

Folks who team up to get regular physical activity, over weeks, months and years, improve ...Read more

Finding relief for nonspecific back pain

Harrison Ford, Usain Bolt and Peyton Manning have all had to deal with back pain. And they're just some of the 31 million Americans who, on any given day, contend with that agony.

What causes all this discomfort? Sometimes it's a slipped disc, muscle spasm or congenital spine problem like scoliosis. Other times, however, the source of pain is ...Read more

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

 

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