You leap from a plane and plummet toward the earth at 120 miles per hour, waiting for your parachute to open. You surf aggressive waves with abandon. Or… you tense up at the creaking sound near your front door at 3 in the morning. Whether you’re a skydiver or surfer
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If you don’t smoke, you may think you’re safe from the health complications that can accompany a smoking habit. But secondhand smoke also raises your risk of smoking-related diseases—and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 58 million Americans are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke.
What is secondhand
“Your vitamin D levels are in the toilet,” said my primary care physician, a naturopathic doctor who’s not one to mince words. Sure enough, my level of 25-hydroxyvitamin D—abbreviated 25[OH]D)—which is the compound that’s measured in the blood to check vitamin D status—turned out to be low. The lab (LabCorp)
How Your Heart Functions
Think of your heart as a pump, about the size of a fist. It consists of two upper chambers (the left and right atria) and two lower chambers (the left and right ventricles) that work in synchrony. Overall, the average heart contracts and relaxes—what we know as
Eating moderate amounts of dark chocolate benefits health in many ways. In fact, chocolate is now considered an anti-aging, anti-inflammatory “superfood” for the brain and body.
Studies examining the health benefits of chocolate continue to reveal new and exciting chocolate benefits, particularly in the realms of cognitive function, mood, and heart/
The number of Americans who smoke has fallen to 14.9 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—a big drop from 1997, when 25 percent of Americans smoked.
Sadly, however, smoking still kills about half a million Americans annually, and it isn’t just the obvious smoking diseases (like
In some ways, your blood vessels are akin to that problematic plumbing in your kitchen. Just as the drain pipes are obstructed by what you deposit into them, so your arteries can become gradually blocked as a result of the fatty foods you’ve ingested over the years. Every burger or
The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans holds up three U.S. Food & Drug Administration–approved models of healthy eating:
Healthy U.S.-Style Eating Pattern
Healthy Vegetarian Eating Pattern
Healthy Mediterranean-Style Eating Pattern
The Healthy U.S.-Style Eating Pattern is based on foods Americans typically consume: vegetables, fruits, grains, dairy, and protein.
The Healthy Mediterranean-Style Eating Pattern is similar