Garlic for Your Heart

Garlic for Your Heart

Heart disease patients were randomized to receive either garlic powder or placebo tablets twice daily for three months. The results were astounding in those that took the garlic powder. Their arterial function increased by 50 percent and their arteries’ structure...
Hydrate to Lose Weight

Hydrate to Lose Weight

When you drink enough water you don’t only replace calorie laden drinks, but you also avoid dehydration which causes a decrease in your blood volume. According to a recent study, when the kidneys detect a drop in fluids they release an enzyme that causes a rise in...
Smile! It Doesn’t Cost You Anything

Smile! It Doesn’t Cost You Anything

Of the 230,000 people followed for an average of 14 years in a study, those who were optimistic had a 35% lower risk for cardiovascular events and a 14% lower risk for early death compared with their pessimistic peers. “A merry heart does good like a medicine, and a...
Coconut Oil—Friend or Foe?

Coconut Oil—Friend or Foe?

In recent years we have heard about the possible beneficial effects of coconut oil. It’s stable, doesn’t go rancid easily, and has a high smoke point. Besides that, coconut fat is pretty much neutral in taste, has a  good mouthfeel, and it is all-natural. But coconut...
Should You Skip a Meal to Lose Weight?

Should You Skip a Meal to Lose Weight?

Until recently, the medical world has taught a calorie to be a calorie and thus in order to shed some pounds, we need to have fewer calories going in than we are using during the day. But is that still valid? Recent findings in the study of our body’s natural...
Obesity on the Rise in Millennials, Fueling Cancer

Obesity on the Rise in Millennials, Fueling Cancer

Cancers fueled by obesity are on the rise among young adults in the United States and appearing at increasingly younger ages, according to an analysis released Monday by the American Cancer Society. The study, published in The Lancet Public Health, examined data on 12...
Cardiovascular deaths on the rise in the US

Cardiovascular deaths on the rise in the US

According to the American Heart Association’s (AHA) recently published 2019 updated Heart and Stroke statistics in the journal Circulation, nearly half of all adults in the United States have cardiovascular disease. It caused more deaths in 2016 than previous...
Alcohol Use While Breastfeeding

Alcohol Use While Breastfeeding

An Australian observational study followed more than 5000 children from infancy to 11 years old–approximately 4700 were ever breast fed. Infants whose mothers drank alcohol while breast-feeding had lower cognitive scores by age 6. These differences were no...
No Safe Level of Cigarette Smoking

No Safe Level of Cigarette Smoking

Many smokers believe very light smoking or not smoking every day may reduce their health risks. In a study of 290,000 middle-aged and older smokers, researchers found long-time, low-volume smokers had significantly higher mortality risks compared with those who had...
Multivitamins Not Effective for Reducing Heart Disease

Multivitamins Not Effective for Reducing Heart Disease

A large meta-analysis of over 2 million adults with a mean follow-up of 12 years found taking a daily multivitamin supplement was not associated with lower risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke, or heart disease. LifeTip: Eating a healthy diet that varies from...
Obesity Risk Tied to Mother’s Lifestyle Choices

Obesity Risk Tied to Mother’s Lifestyle Choices

An observational study of nearly 25,000 children whose mothers adhered to five healthy lifestyle factors were found to have a 75% lower risk for obesity when compared to children of mothers who did not adhere to any of these habits.  The beneficial lifestyle comprised...
Cancer Risks Higher for Flight Attendants

Cancer Risks Higher for Flight Attendants

The glamour of being a flight attendant may wear thin as more research uncovers health risks. Scientists compared the self-reported cancer diagnosis from a group of over 4000 flight attendants with a similar contemporary control group. The flight attendants had a...

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