Posted on: August 17, 2022 Posted by: Michele Lee Comments: 0

The truth about exercise and dying early

Study after study has shown that regular physical activity helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and premature death. In fact, running was found to increase lifespan by reducing death risk by 40 percent. But there are many ways to exercise and many levels as well. For optimal health benefits, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) currently recommends people get 150 to 300 minutes of moderate…

Posted on: August 16, 2022 Posted by: Michele Lee Comments: 0

The diet that boosts men’s happiness hormone

Close to one in three men will experience a period of depression in their lifetime. For men in their young adult years, this is a statistic that has risen dramatically since the beginning of the pandemic. Sadly, this not only compromises men’s mental health — it also leaves them far more vulnerable to chronic diseases that can reduce their lifespan. Even worse, depression is a significant risk factor for suicide,…

Posted on: August 16, 2022 Posted by: Michele Lee Comments: 0

Only one type of plant-based diet decreases breast cancer risk

Switching to a plant-based diet is one of the best things you can do for your health. It’s been found to be effective at everything from overcoming weight problems to reducing the risk of diabetes. A plant-based diet has even been found to help guard against cancer. So if you’re a woman, wanting to prevent breast cancer, taking your diet plant-based is the way to go, right? Well, not so…

Posted on: August 16, 2022 Posted by: Michele Lee Comments: 0

How a gout flare-up signals a countdown to stroke

Gout is a fairly common but rather odd condition. Even though it’s painful, it’s not always something that’s taken very seriously… probably because gout brings to mind images of a red, swollen and painful big toe. How much trouble could that cause? Apparently, a lot… Odds are if you’re troubled with gout and experience a flare-up, the connection is so strong, a countdown to when you might suffer a stroke…

Posted on: August 13, 2022 Posted by: Michele Lee Comments: 0

Cocoa’s leg up on healthy blood pressure

Us chocoholics have been thrilled by the avalanche of studies in recent years proving the health benefits of cocoa, the fundamental ingredient in our favorite treat. In fact, there are a ton of maladies that may be resolved by adding chocolate to your daily diet. Have anxiety? Eat some chocolate. Need to reduce inflammation, balance your blood sugar, ease leg pain, suppress a cough, improve your vision or boost your…

Posted on: August 13, 2022 Posted by: Michele Lee Comments: 0

The ‘youth protein’ that age-proofs your vision

As our age goes up, our vision all too often goes down. In fact, the older we get, the more likely we are to suffer from vision loss due to diseases of the retina, such as age-related macular degeneration or AMD. But what if it was possible to age-proof our eyes with the help of a protein that keeps them young in the same way the protein collagen can help…

Posted on: August 12, 2022 Posted by: Michele Lee Comments: 0

Sourdough: The ‘better digestion, blood sugar and heart health’ bread

About a year ago, I began eating sourdough bread, and I haven’t eaten any other kind of bread since. It’s chewy, light, and has a distinctive, earthy flavor that I really enjoy. But even better, I made a great choice because sourdough bread is infinitely healthier and more nutritious than your average store-bought loaf, either white or wheat. Recently, I’ve learned more about what makes sourdough bread a natural choice,…

Posted on: August 12, 2022 Posted by: Michele Lee Comments: 0

This thyroid condition could raise dementia risk 80 percent

Your thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland in your neck. But small as it is — it has a very big role in your health… Your thyroid gland helps regulate many functions in the body by working to keep a steady flow of thyroid hormones circulating in your bloodstream. One very important job those hormones manage is your metabolism. That’s why often if someone just can lose weight no matter…

Posted on: August 12, 2022 Posted by: Michele Lee Comments: 0

Metastatic memory: Another reason to avoid palm oil

The popularity of palm oil has exploded in recent decades. And while it’s not used much for cooking in the U.S., you’ll find it in a host of packaged foods, including baked goods, cereal, peanut butter, margarine, chocolate and ice cream. It’s also used in household and personal care products like soap, laundry detergent and cosmetics. Unfortunately, the widespread use of palm oil hasn’t been kind to the environment.  Thousands…

Posted on: August 12, 2022 Posted by: Michele Lee Comments: 0

When frequent napping may be a stroke warning

Is there anything more enjoyable than curling up on a rainy afternoon with a blanket and a book and falling asleep? You wouldn’t think there’d be any health risks in that! Yet over the past twenty years or so, scientists have been examining the health implications for people who nap during the day. Most recently, a team of researchers dug a little deeper. Their findings may have you rethinking how…