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Low-Carb Diet May Aid Your Metabolism

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2016 – Eating low-carbohydrate meals may lead to healthy changes in a woman's metabolism that don't occur when consuming higher-carbohydrate meals, a small study suggests. The researchers also found that the timing of exercise may play a role in how beneficial it is for your metabolism. The study's senior author, Katarina Borer, said the study illustrates that small changes can make a difference, such as watching the kinds of foods you eat and not exercising at an inappropriate time. "It's an empowering message," said Borer, a professor at the University of Michigan's School of Kinesiology. The study reported that when people ate three meals containing just 30 percent carbohydrates over a 24-hour period, they had a 30 percent reduction in their after-meal insulin resistance and insulin levels. Insulin is a hormone that helps the body use carbohydrates from food to fuel ... Read more

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Americans Divided Over Organic, GM Foods: Poll

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THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 – Americans are split on the value of organic foods and concerns about genetically modified (GM) foods, a new poll reveals. The Pew Research Center poll of 1,480 adults nationwide found that 55 percent said organically grown produce is healthier than conventionally grown produce, while 41 percent said there's no difference. Nearly four out of 10 respondents said GM foods are worse for health than other foods, while almost half said there is no difference. Ten percent said GM foods are healthier, the researchers found. Genetically modified foods come from plants, animals or microorganisms in which their DNA has been altered by technology. "The data suggest that people's divisions are linked to their interest in food issues and how they think food consumption ties to their well-being," said Cary Funk, lead author and associate director of research at Pew. "Their ... Read more

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Health Tip: Using a Fitness Tracker

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

-- A fitness tracker can help you realize how much exercise you're really getting and push you to move more. Here's how to get the most from a fitness tracker, courtesy of Johns Hopkins University Medicine: Wear your tracker every day. Create a realistic goal. While a common milestone is 10,000 steps per day, talk to your doctor about what's healthy and realistic for you. Choose fun activities that you will enjoy doing long-term. Encourage friends and family members to wear a tracker, too. Check your stats each day, and discuss them with your doctor. Read more

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Vegetarian Diets Called Good for People and the Planet

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THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 – Vegetarian diets are healthy for people of all ages, as well as the environment, according to a new update of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' (AND) position on vegetarian diets. Studies show that vegetarians generally have lower risks of obesity and chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers, according to the AND. That includes vegans – who eschew not only meat and fish, but all animal products, including dairy. On top of that, the new report said the diets are kinder to the environment. It takes far fewer resources – land, water, fuel and fertilizer – to produce a pound of kidney beans than a pound of beef, for example. "Vegetarian diets leave a lighter carbon footprint," said Susan Levin, one of the report authors and director of nutrition education at the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in ... Read more

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Americans' Cholesterol Levels Keep Falling

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 – Healthier diets may be a factor in the ongoing decline in levels of unhealthy blood fats for Americans, new research suggests. According to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, blood levels of total cholesterol, LDL ("bad") cholesterol, and the blood fats known as triglycerides have continued to fall among adults through 2014. All of that may be adding up to improved heart health nationwide, with death rates from heart disease also on the decline, the CDC noted. "Removal of trans-fatty acids in foods has been suggested as an explanation for the observed trends of triglycerides, LDL-cholesterol levels, and [total cholesterol] levels," wrote a team led by CDC researcher Asher Rosinger. These trends "may be contributing to declining death rates owing to coronary heart disease since 1999," the study authors suggested. One ... Read more

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Health Tip: Build Your Child's Healthy Plate

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-- What better way to ensure that your child eats nutritious foods than to build a healthy plate? The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests: Serve brightly-colored veggies next to something plain, such as rice. Or serve vegetables or salad as an appetizer before the main course. Offer a variety of lean proteins, such as lean beef, poultry or fish. If you offer something new, serve it alongside a familiar favorite. Include whole-grain bread, pasta or cereal. Offer water or low-fat milk with meals, instead of soda or juice. Set a good example by eating healthy yourself. Read more

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Fast-Food Calorie Labeling Not Working, Study Finds

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MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 – Does it help to know that a double quarter-pounder with cheese delivers 740 calories? Probably not, a new study suggests. Starting next May, fast-food chains with more than 20 locations in the United States must display calorie counts on menus. But this study questions whether the well-intended regulations will actually steer customers to less-fattening foods. Research in Philadelphia, where such rules already exist, indicate as few as 8 percent of fast-food eaters make healthy choices based on menu calorie counts, the study found. "I believe menu labeling has been an important policy effort to combat a public health problem for which we have few solutions," said study author Andrew Breck. "The success of such a calorie-labeling campaign, however, requires that target consumers simultaneously see the calorie labels, are motivated to eat healthfully, and ... Read more

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Health Tip: Cold-Weather Workouts

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

-- As the weather turns colder, you don't have to abandon your exercise program. The American Heart Association says: Exercise can help boost your immunity during the winter months. Working out during colder weather may burn more calories. Wear layers of clothing that you can peel off as your body temperature rises. Talk to your doctor about how you could benefit from cold-weather exercise. Read more

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U.S. Kids Are Eating Healthier Now, But . . .

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23, 2016 – U.S. kids are eating healthier these days, but their daily diet is still nowhere near perfect, a new study reports. Kids today are eating more food that's good for them: whole grains, whole fruits, dairy, and protein from seafood and plants. And, just as important, they are more likely to avoid sugar-laden foods and drinks full of empty calories, according to a review of children's diet trends between 1999 and 2012. The reduction in empty calories was so steep that it "contributed to one-third of the total improvement in children's diets," said lead researcher Xiao Gu, a master's student in epidemiology at Brown University School of Public Health in Providence, R.I. The picture isn't completely rosy, however. Kids' salt intake has increased in recent years, and they aren't eating more vegetables than they had been, the researchers found. Senior researcher ... Read more

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New Skin Patch Analyzes Your Sweat During Exercise

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23, 2016 – How much are you really sweating when you exercise? You may not need to wring yourself dry to find out. Researchers say they've developed a flexible device that sticks to the skin, analyzes your sweat and sends the results to your smartphone. That's not all. Researchers say the device – about the size of a quarter – offers insight into whether you need to drink more water or down an energy drink to boost electrolyte levels. "The intimate skin interface created by this wearable, skin-like ... system enables new measurement capabilities not possible with the kinds of absorbent pads and sponges currently used in sweat collection," said John Rogers, lead author of a study reporting development of the "lab on the skin." Rogers is a professor of materials science and engineering, biomedical engineering and neurological surgery at Northwestern University's ... Read more

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Don't Get Stuffed on Thanksgiving

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23, 2016 – Weight gain is a common problem during the holiday season, but it can be avoided if you have a plan and a bit of self-discipline, a nutrition specialist says. "Lack of sleep, an abundance of decadent food and the stress of the holidays are the perfect storm for weight gain," Kristen Kizer, a registered dietitian at Houston Methodist Hospital, said in a hospital news release. "Remind yourself how it feels to overeat and implement a personal wellness plan to get you through the holiday season without adding to your waistline," she advised. Reduce the amount of food you prepare. Instead of 14 dishes, limit it to seven or eight dishes. Doing so will save time and money and spare you from eating leftovers for the next several days, she added. "Holiday meals are typically heavy in carbohydrates, so try reducing your carb consumption for the day by replacing mashed ... Read more

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Health Tip: Exercise Can Be a Brain-Booster

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Exercise does more than keep your body healthier. It also affects chemicals in your brain that help you think and focus. The American Council on Exercise says: Exercise improves alertness and focus, and helps you feel calmer. Exercise promotes neuron growth, improving your brain's ability to understand, process, retain and use information. Exercise also improves your mood and helps you be more efficient, and may help you be more optimistic about your work. The council says you should exercise before attempting an important task. But don't work or study during exercise, as blood flow moves away from the brain, and it's more difficult to learn. Read more

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Your Recipe for a Healthy, Delicious Holiday Season

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23, 2016 – The holidays can become one big pig out, but experts say it's possible to maintain healthy eating habits while you celebrate. "It's important to not look at holiday events as if they are an all-you-can-eat situation. Listen to your body. Serve yourself smaller portions and only go back for seconds if you are still hungry. Don't plan to eat everything at the table, and instead, only serve yourself your favorites," suggested Jessica Caricato and Jackie Goulet, of Columbia University's Tisch Center for Food, Education and Policy in New York City. Caricato and Goulet offered more tips: If you're the host, offering healthy fruit and vegetable dishes is something many of your guests would appreciate. If you're visiting others, take along one of your favorite vegetable dishes for everyone to enjoy. Replacing heavier veggie side dishes with lightly steamed ... Read more

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Health Tip: Don't Overeat During the Holidays

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

-- It's easy to eat large portions and indulgent dishes during holiday feasts. But you can still enjoy the holidays without stuffing yourself. The University of California Los Angeles offers these suggestions: Focus on friends, family, fun and conversation, instead of food. Find out which foods will be available, and plan what you will eat. Bring a healthy dish to share. Include small tastes of your favorite goodies. Don't skip meals. Eat a healthy snack before the big feast so you're not starving. Don't fill up on appetizers and alcohol. When you feel full after the meal, leave the table. Have small portions, and savor each bite by eating slowly. Read more

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Health Tip: Don't Nullify Your Workout

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

-- The wrong meals and snacks can thwart your attempts to exercise, burn calories and tone up. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests: Don't overestimate how many calories you are using through exercise. Remember that walking or running a mile only burns around 100 calories. Don't consume too many calories before a morning workout. Instead, make sure you're hydrated and opt for a small snack that's rich in carbohydrates. Eat a post-workout meal with protein and healthy carbs, such as an egg and whole wheat toast or oatmeal with berries. If you're an evening exerciser, schedule a healthy lunch about four hours prior. Eat a healthy carb, such as fruit, about 30 minutes before your workout. If you'll eat dinner a few hours after your workout, there's no need for a snack. But if it will be a while longer, opt for a small snack that combines protein and carbs, such as string cheese ... Read more

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