Do Grapefruit Have “fat-burning” Powers?

No, grapefruit won’t burn off the fat or melt the pounds report researchers who looked at the evidence for the effectiveness of consuming grapefruits on body weight.

Grapefruit is a relative newcomer to the fruit bowl. Our hunter-gather forebears would not have bumped into it in the forest. But they may have met its parents, the pummelo and the orange because it’s a shining example of citrus doing what comes naturally – cross pollinating. The deed was probably done in Barbados sometime in the eighteenth century (the parents were immigrants from Asia). Now fast forward a hundred years to 1823 …

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How to Bounce Back from Winter With a Healthier Lifestyle

Now that the long awaited spring has finally arrived, here are some tips that will help you bounce back from winter with a healthier lifestyle.

Winter can be a difficult time to get through for many people; between the dreary weather and the extreme cold in a lot of areas, it can be hard to find motivation to get up and work out, leaving us feeling tired, irritable, and unhealthy. When spring comes, many of us feel the need to get outside as much as possible to make up for all those months stuck indoors, and it’s a great time …

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Second-Hand Smoke

There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke, also called passive, involuntary or environmental tobacco smoke.

 

Facts:
* Nicotine, carcinogens and toxic chemicals found in tobacco smoke are inhaled when people breathe in second-hand smoke.

* Similar to smokers, non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke have an increased risk of lung cancer, coronary heart disease and respiratory illnesses.

* Infants whose mothers smoked during pregnancy and those exposed to second-hand smoke after birth have an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

*Infants and children exposed to second-hand smoke have a higher risk of developing severe acute …

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Women’s Health is Catching Up – Women and Men Have Different Symptoms and Treatments

Information about women’s health and aging is catching up, but there is still much more research to be done in that area.

With the busy lifestyles that many of us lead, it can be difficult to maintain healthy habits and active lives. In addition, it is important to stay informed about changing health needs throughout aging. This is especially important for women, whose bodies experience more physiological stresses and changes during their lifetime.

In general, women are vastly underrepresented in medical studies and clinical trials. The effects of menstrual cycles, pregnancy, and menopause are important to consider during medical evaluations …

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Some Alternatives to Liposuction

Liposuction used to be the only alternative for people who wanted to get rid of belly fat. Liposuction works, but like all surgical procedures it has its risks.

By: Dr. Debra Jaliman, M.D.

For most people, January is a time for good resolutions that will make up for the dietary excesses of the holidays. It’s hard to say no to all those delicious cookies and treats, which is why after New Year’s Day, waistbands seem tighter than they were in November. Going on a diet and getting more exercise are excellent ideas for getting in shape, but why stop there? …

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How to Deal With Modern Stress

Under stress, the brain’s blood flow to the hemispheres is unequal, and this makes you have more worry thoughts.

By: Dr. Carol Kershaw and Dr. Bill Wade

We live in a world of information overload.  The words “breaking news” flash across the screen of your smart phone multiple times a day telling your brain that you are in immediate danger and to Pay Attention.  Add to this reality the fact that the country is seriously divided politically and that more people are frightened about their immediate and long-term security, physically, economically, and emotionally than for generations.  When you hit overload, …

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5 Tips for Staying Active in Winter

Our five tips for staying active and healthy in winter will get you up and moving even when the thermometer doesn’t.

By: Helen Carter

It’s tempting to curl up on the couch with a blanket and read books, drink hot cocoa, and watch movies when the weather turns cold, but hibernation is not something we need to pursue, especially if we want to stay healthy during the winter and throughout the rest of the year. It is much better for our health if we maintain an exercise routine and healthy lifestyle year-round, and our five tips for staying active and …

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5 Ways to Find Rest This Holiday

With all the holiday activity that comes with this season knocking on our door—what’s a person to do?  I challenge you to take the road less traveled.

 
By:  Renée Peterson Trudeau

Does the thought of hanging Christmas lights and attending holiday work parties make you want to grab your sleeping bag and run for the nearest cave? 2013 has been intense for many of us.  We felt overscheduled, overworked and we rarely got the chance to unplug.  We navigated big career and life transitions—and had little time to integrate these changes.  Frankly, we’re exhausted. We’re ready for rest. Not …

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Tips for Restorative Sleep

The effects of little sleep can affect our lives in many negative ways, from stress to poor judgment, to heart disease and obesity.

Restorative sleep is crucial for our overall health and wellness. The effects of little sleep can affect our lives in many negative ways, from stress to poor judgment, to heart disease and obesity. But by tweaking our daily habits and routine, we can take control of our sleep and enjoy an energized and happy life.

The Virginia Spine Institute has put together an infographic to guide you to new sleeping habits and a revised routine. Follow these …

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Why Does Chocolate Have a Low GI

If you have diabetes or pre-diabetes, you don’t need to eat low, or reduced-sugar chocolate to avoid high blood glucose levels.

By: Professor Jennie Brand-Miller

Although most chocolate has a relatively high added sugar content, it doesn’t have a big impact on your blood glucose levels. In fact, the average GI is around 45 because the high fat content slows the rate that the sugars are released from the stomach into the intestine, and absorbed into the blood. If you have diabetes or pre-diabetes, you don’t need to eat low, or reduced-sugar chocolate to avoid high blood glucose levels. Two …

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A Little Known Sugar Substiture – Xylitol

Xylitol differs from other sugar substitutes in that it is natural and not chemically produced and it looks and tastes like sugar.

By: Anita Oksa

One of the best sugar substitute products is xylitol which is essentially a sugar alcohol found in many fruits and vegetables as well as some hardwood trees. It is used as a natural sweetener for many confectionary items, baked goods, jams sauces and just as a sugar replacement for example in your coffee. It differs from other sugar substitutes in that it is natural and not chemically produced and it looks and tastes like sugar.…

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Rx drugs

How to Streamline Your Rx Mess

Sorting the RX bottles in alphabetical order will make your inventorying much easier when it comes time for renewals later.

 
By: Stefania Shaffer

There are many compelling reasons that surround my move back home to live with my elderly mother—none the least of which is the near accidental overdose from the many Rx prescriptions whose labels she can no longer read.

Ask yourself these 4 questions to determine if you might need a little help in sorting out your own Rx mess:

1. Does your eyesight still allow you to easily read the Rx labels so you know the …

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self improvement

National Self Improvement Month

Traditionally, “self improvement” is focused on changing physical and personal aspects of yourself that you’re unhappy with.

 
Let’s spread the word on being comfortable in your own skin for Self Improvement Month. It’s so important in this day and age to be a part of a strong, confident community of women!

Traditionally, “self improvement” is focused on changing physical and personal aspects of yourself that you’re unhappy with. Well, let’s change the game! Instead of focusing on “fixing” ourselves, let’s highlight the importance of loving and respecting ourselves just the way we are.

With constant media surrounding body image

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dry skin

Home Remedies for Treating Dry Skin

If you suffer from severe skin dryness, massage your skin regularly with castor, avocado or almond oil. Regular oil massage will keep your skin moist.

 
By: Dr Marina Gafanovich

Everybody wants to have soft, smooth and plump skin but not all people are blessed with it. Dry skin problems are usually more troublesome during the winter season and hence need to be cared for properly.

An effective remedy for keeping skin dryness under control during the winter season is the use of plenty of moisturizer. If you suffer from dry skin, apply some of the natural remedies given below …

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stress management

Understanding Stress

Once you have lowered your stress level, there are techniques you might want to try that will help prevent it from building up again.

 
Stress is a fact of daily life and is the result of both the good and bad things that happen. Too much stress can cause serious health concerns, but there are many ways of dealing with stress that can reduce your risk.

Because everyone is different, there is no single way to cope with stress. However, there are a number of approaches you can try to deal with short and long term stress.

* Identify

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