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Calcium Is Key for Bone, Muscle, and Nerve Health

Americans, especially postmenopausal women, are encouraged to get enough calcium to build and maintain healthy bones, but some research suggests that too much calcium could compromise heart health by increasing calcification in coronary arteries.
However, no one argues the importance of calcium: Muscles, nerves, veins, arteries, enzymes, and hormones all depend

Exertion Headache? Consider the Causes and Try These Treatments

Exertion Headache? Consider the Causes and Try These Treatments

If you tend to develop a headache while exercising or start feeling a headache after you exercise, it’s likely that you’re suffering from the exertion headache phenomenon. You’re more likely to experience an exertion headache if you also suffer from migraine symptoms, which can also stem from vigorous exercise.

Exertion headache

Nutrition Facts: Changes in Labeling Coming Soon

Nutrition Facts: Changes in Labeling Coming Soon

For two years, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analyzed current ingredient labels on food products with the goal of making them more informative for consumers. In late 2016, the FDA announced its results and a roll-out plan. According to a release, “January 1, 2020 will be the uniform compliance

21 Calcium Deficiency Symptoms That Will Surprise You

21 Calcium Deficiency Symptoms That Will Surprise You

In addition to its key role in imparting strength to bones and teeth, calcium plays a critical role as a messenger in cell-signaling pathways throughout the body and is necessary for normal cell function, transmission of nerve signals, secretion of hormones, blood coagulation, muscle contraction, and muscle relaxation.

Brain Vitamins: Do They Work?

Brain Vitamins: Do They Work?

The statistics on vitamin and other dietary supplement use in the United States are staggering, and the numbers appear to be on the rise. A 2016 CRN Consumer Survey showed the percentage of Americans taking dietary supplements—everything from multi-vitamins to “brain vitamins” to calcium pills to weight-loss supplements—to be at

Coconut Water Disadvantages

Coconut Water Disadvantages

Editor’s note: When used safely, coconut water benefits can include lowering blood pressure and boosting hydration. Learn more about the benefits of drinking coconut water daily in this article.

One of the best-known coconut water benefits, an uncommonly high amount of potassium, is also the main reason that drinking too much

How to Tell if You’re Eating the Right Amount of Salt

The average American consumes more than 4,000 mg of salt each day—nearly twice the recommended safe amount for most people and almost three times the maximum amount people with hypertension should consume. Four grams of salt is the equivalent of about two teaspoons. The American Heart Association recommends consuming less

New Nutrition Facts Coming Soon

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analyzed the current food labels for two years, and is now ready to debut the results. They feel the new labels will better inform and guide America’s food choices. The deadline for switching over to the new label is July 2018, although some manufacturers

9. Hydration and Healthy Beverages

Meeting Your Water Needs
You’ve no doubt heard that everyone should drink eight glasses of water a day, but that’s mostly a myth. What is true is that there’s far more to hydration than counting glasses of water: In addition to water, other beverages, and even foods, can help you meet

8. Understanding Fats

Complex Chemistry
Making smart choices about fats and oils is not as simple as proponents of this product or that fad diet would have you believe. Common vegetable oils, as well as animal fats, such as butter, lard, and the fats in meat and dairy, contain a mix of different types

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