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Did You Know… Cutting Healthy Carbs May Put Your Heart Health at Risk

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The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that healthy carbohydrates—which include fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, and whole grains—make up between 45 and 65 percent of adults’ daily diet. And a recent study conducted in China and released in March 2019 by the American College of Cardiology suggests that people who consumed … Read More

Ask Dr. Etingin: Barley Water’s Benefits; Chocolate and Your Mood

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Q. I’ve heard that barley water can cure eczema. Is this true? A: Barley, wheat, and rye naturally contain azelaic acid, which has both antimicrobial (which kills organisms or stops their growth) and anti-inflammatory (which reduces swelling) properties. Azelaic acid is used as an exfoliator and cleanser to wash the skin, and … Read More

Protect and Strengthen Your Psoas Muscle

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The psoas muscle is the largest and strongest muscle in your “hip flexor” group. Hip flexors pull your thigh and torso together and move them apart. They also faciliate lateral flexion of the lumbar spine—the ability for your body to bend to the right or left side. “The psoas muscles originate … Read More

Spread a Little Heart Health on Your Bread

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Conflicting information exists today about whether butter or margarine is healthier for your diet. However, as a full-fat dairy product and an animal fat, butter is solid at room temperature. Animal fats can increase your risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis (clogged arteries) and heart disease. Margarine, which … Read More

The Truth About Eggs and Dietary Cholesterol

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A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on March 19, 2019, made headlines with its finding that consuming two eggs a day was associated with a 27 percent increased risk of developing heart disease. This contradicted the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which states there is … Read More

Small But Nutritionally Mighty Seeds

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Like nuts, seeds have enjoyed a recent reputation makeover from snacking indulgence to nutritional “superfood.” Seeds contain a dense mix of nutrients and healthy fats to feed young plants when they germinate. We eat many foods that are technically seeds—legumes, nuts, grains—but the seeds now in the spotlight are familiar … Read More

Tips for a Healthy Summer Cookout

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Summer brings a season of outdoor cooking. But traditional barbecue fare—hamburgers, hot dogs, and ribs—isn’t healthy. Plus, grilled food is subject to health risks from heat and smoke. Before you fire up the barbecue, take proper precautions for safe and delicious summer meals that are good for you, too.

Foods to … Read More

Help Reduce Inflammation with Diet

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Food is important for your body’s growth and development, but certain foods also play a role in reducing your risk and symptoms of inflammatory diseases. Here are some common illnesses and how you can help ease symptoms by watching what you eat. Osteoarthritis. This affects the joints—especially knees, hips, and hands—of … Read More

Autoimmune Diseases Take a Toll on Far More Women Than Men

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What do rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and psoriasis have in common? They’re all autoimmune diseases—conditions in which a person’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. Autoimmune diseases can produce symptoms that include everything from itchy, scaly skin and fatigue to joint pain and digestive problems. “Autoimmune diseases are those in … Read More

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