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So Long Salt

Reduce salt intake for better health

The time has come. After years of hearing about how unhealthy high-fat and high-sugar foods are, this year we will hopefully hear the same about high-salt foods. For the past few years some controversy has stirred about salt, which provides the body with sodium. One of the major messages was that you only needed to reduce sodium intake if you already had high blood pressure (hypertension) or heart disease. For healthy people, it didn’t matter as long as you were eating healthy. Also, a 2011 study indicated that low salt intake could be just as

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Chocolate Makes the Heart Healthier

Chocolate and Wine - Heart Healthy Valentine's Day treats

Everyone knows the old saying: Absence makes the heart grow fonder. But this year, let’s replace it with our own saying: Chocolate makes the heart healthier! February is Heart Health Month, and as everyone knows, this Thursday, February 14th is Valentine’s Day. Along with love, chocolate could be the best gift you get your significant other this year! Study after study has shown protective effects from eating dark chocolate made of at least 60-70% cocoa. Some of the benefits include reducing the risk of diabetes, preventing heart disease, managing cravings and hunger, reducing blood pressure,

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Asthma, Ozone, and AQI

While we talk a lot about indoor air quality, the health benefits that come from breathing clean air inside can be undone by breathing low quality air outdoors. Asthma, Ozone,  AQI Explained The biggest contributor to air quality is ozone. Ground-level ozone that we breathe mostly comes from reactions of man-made VOCs (volatile organic compounds), most commonly from chemical plants, gas pumps, and print shops. When you inhale ozone, it reacts with molecules in your lungs and can cause coughing, irritation, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and even pain and burning sensations. Breathing in air

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The Skinny on Good Fat and Bad Fat

Fat. Good fat, bad fat. Good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. Full fat. Low fat. Non-fat. Some people say eating fat will make you gain weight; others say it can help you lose weight. It can be hard to keep all of it straight! What does all of it really mean for you? When people say good fat and bad fat, they may be referring to two different things. The first, and most common, is the notion of dietary fat that we should or should not eat. Good fat can increase our good cholesterol, HDL (high-density

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Amazing New Technology for the New Year!

As we ring in 2013, many of us have made resolutions to eat healthier, lose weight, or quit smoking. For people with chronic conditions, it may be a resolution to have fewer asthma attacks, take care of bodily aches and pains early, or to lower cholesterol or blood pressure. For health professionals, it may be a more social goal to help protect populations from environmental pollutants, or at the government level, to reduce obesity and diabetes. And technology is here to help you! Just last month, a team at UCLA revealed the newest in allergy-testing

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Six Facts about Successful New Year’s Resolutions

Every year, millions of people resolve to eat healthier or work out more or start a weight-loss plan. And every year, nearly 90% of these resolutions go unresolved. Several studies have been done on why people keep or break their New Year’s resolutions, and the reasons involved are a little more complicated than one might think. One of the biggest influences on keeping a resolution is willpower. But it may not be in the way you think. Our brain’s ability to maintain our willpower can be hampered by several outside factors. The first is our

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Good Night and Good Health

In the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s easy to forget the point of time off: to relax! Between traveling, meeting up with friends and family, and eating delicious food, the holidays can sometimes be more stressful than the rest of the year and eventually wreak havoc on your health. For people who decide to forgo sleep in favor of celebrating, beware that the effects may be worse than just grogginess. While you may already know that everyone has an internal clock (called the Circadian rhythm) that tells us when to sleep and wake,

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