Wed Jan 24 2018

Category: Foods / Drinks

Fast Food Is Contributing to Obesity

Posted in Diabetes / Blood Sugar, Diet / Weight Loss, Exercise / Fitness, Foods / Drinks, Health Conditions

Fast food restaurants.  For most Americans, you can't live without them, but can you live with them?  They dot the landscape of our country, city after city.  But with a Nation on the run with countless single parents, or couples trying to split time between work and the demands of a heavy family schedule, those [&hellip

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Study Looks at Health Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet

Posted in Diet / Weight Loss, Exercise / Fitness, Foods / Drinks, Heart Health, Mental Health, Research

Following the Mediterranean diet could be linked to health benefits.  What is the Mediterranean diet?  Basically, it's one with plenty of olive oil, grains, fruits, veggies, fish, and lean meats.  The Mediterranean diet has been shown to be linked to a reduced risk for many illnesses including heart disease, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's.  This has been [&hellip

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Vitamin D May Improve Athletic Performance

Posted in Exercise / Fitness, Foods / Drinks, Parenting & Pregnancy, Pediatrics, Research, Vitamins & Supplements

Vitamin D can be obtained through ultraviolet rays from sunlight as well as through foods and supplements, but can vitamin D improve your athletic performance?  Vitamin D was thought to be primarily involved in bone development, but a growing body of research suggests it's vital in multiple bodily functions including allowing muscle fibers to develop [&hellip

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Side-Effects of Flexeril

Posted in Foods / Drinks, Medications, Musculoskeletal, Sleep

Flexeril is a medication that I believe is very effective at releasing muscle problems and relaxing muscles, but Flexeril is not perfect.  It causes relaxation, but also sedation.  People who take Flexeril, especially if they mix it with alcohol, can run into big problems with drowsiness.  The medication is often prescribed three times a day, [&hellip

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A Spoonful of Sugar

Posted in Diet / Weight Loss, Exercise / Fitness, Foods / Drinks, Research

A spoonful of sugar.  Americans are swallowing 22 teaspoons each day.  It's time to cut back.  That's according to the American Heart Association.  Most of that added sugar actually comes from soft drinks and candy; three hundred and fifty-five calories, the equivalent of guzzling two cans of soda and eating a chocolate bar.  By comparison, [&hellip

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Treating Bladder Problems

Posted in Foods / Drinks, Infections, Medications, Urinary

Bladder problems are often a sign that there's an infection coming on.  But also, the irritability in the bladder could be a sign that the muscles that work in the bladder are being overstressed.  We often find people having what we call retention where there's a pressure and buildup back in the bladder.  That retention [&hellip

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Drinking Green Tea Can Expand Arteries

Posted in Alternative Medicine, Blood / Arteries, Foods / Drinks, Heart Health, Research

If you like green tea, I've got a good reason to keep drinking it.  Green tea can help your arteries.  A study from Greece suggests that drinking green tea can expand arteries.  Researchers tested volunteers on separate occasions after participants drank green tea, caffeine, and hot water.  They found that dilation, or expansion of the [&hellip

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Study Assesses Three Approaches to Diets

Posted in Diet / Weight Loss, Foods / Drinks, Research

It was a fascinating report in the New England Journal of Medicine looking at three approaches to diet; the low-carb diet, the low-fat diet, and the so-called Mediterranean diet.  They all achieve weight loss and improve cholesterol, but the low-carb diet improved cholesterol more than the other two.  The study lasted two years and 85% [&hellip

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Smoking, Drinking, and Exercise Can Interact with Genes

Posted in Blood Pressure, Drug / Alcohol Abuse, Exercise / Fitness, Foods / Drinks, Genetics, Research, Smoking

Smoking, drinking, and exercise can interact with genes.  That's according to a report from the journal Circulation.  They say that smoking, alcohol consumption, and a lack of exercise can cause a person's genes to influence their odds of developing high blood pressure.  Researchers analyzed the information from more than 3,600 people from 14 to 93 [&hellip

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Recreational Water Illness

Posted in Foods / Drinks, Hospital / Doctor Care, Parenting & Pregnancy, Pediatrics

It's called recreational water illness.  It's just another medical term and it's conjured up by physicians, but unlike a lot of medical terms, it makes a great deal of sense.  Recreational water illness is the term we use for kids getting infections from exposure to contaminated water.  How do you protect the kids?  Teach your [&hellip

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