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Why Water is Vital to Your Health

There is nothing you can consume that is more important for helping to keep your body functioning properly than water. After all, head to toe, you are 45 to 60 percent water. And, every part of your anatomy—including your brain, heart, lungs, muscles, bones, and digestive tract—depends on water to

Are Added Fibers Good for Our Health?

It is recommended that adults consume between 25 and 30 grams of dietary fiber a day. The average American currently gets about half that amount. According to the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans, dietary fiber is a “nutrient of public health concern,” meaning this low level of intake could actually

Health Benefits of Legumes

Eat more plant foods…increase dietary fiber…choose natural foods over processed…get your nutrients from whole foods, not supplements. For an easy way to follow all of this sound dietary advice at the same time, simply up your intake of foods from the legume family. Legumes, which include beans, lentils, split peas,

Alcohol Abuse: When Drinking Becomes a Problem

Alcohol Abuse: When Drinking Becomes a Problem

Full-blown alcohol addiction, commonly known as alcoholism, doesn’t happen all at once. Typically, alcohol abuse—a pattern of harmful drinking—begins the process. Abuse then progresses to dependency and addiction. The danger signs are well understood: They can provide a chance at early intervention, although problem drinkers face many challenges in overcoming

Get More Protein from Plants

How can you get enough protein once you’ve cut back on the amount of meat you eat? Add more protein from plant sources, including beans, nuts, soy, and whole grains. Plant-based protein picks also deliver dietary fiber and phytonutrients that animal foods lack.

Getting plenty of protein is key to maintaining

Dairy Fat: Newfound Friend or (Still) a Foe?

For decades we’ve believed it’s a no-brainer when it comes to choosing lower fat dairy options like skim milk over their full-fat counterparts. And even the most recent dietary guidelines for Americans still emphasizes people choose fat-free or low-fat dairy as part of a healthy eating pattern. Do so and

5. Change Your Lifestyle and Lower Your Risks

Regardless of what your test results indicate or what your risk category is, one fact is inescapable: Following a heart-healthy lifestyle can help you minimize your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other adverse cardiovascular outcomes, as well as improve your overall health and quality of life.
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Daily Sodium Intake: Here’s How to Cut the Salt

Daily Sodium Intake: Here’s How to Cut the Salt

We know it’s important go light on sodium: Too much salt has been proven to raise blood pressure, leading to a host of potential health issues. Today, Americans are consuming substantially more sodium than in the 1970s, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). “About 90 percent

What’s the Healthiest Oil? The Winner Is…

What’s the Healthiest Oil? The Winner Is…

Liquid vegetables oils—for example, olive oil and soybean oil—are celebrated as healthy unsaturated fats. Unsaturated fatty acids, when substituted for saturated fats, support general heart health. But for cooking, baking, or dressing salads, what is the healthiest oil?

Many people would probably answer “olive oil.” This cornerstone of the Mediterranean eating

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