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7. Brain Power Habits

Although smart dietary choices can help protect your brain against age-related decline, the evidence that physical activity contributes to cognitive health is even stronger than the associations between nutrition and cognition. That’s why the most important lifestyle change you can make for your brain happens between meals—increasing your level of

9. Coping with Chronic Health Conditions

If you are living with a chronic health condition, you may feel some of the information on diet and exercise presented in this book is not for you. The fact is, eating well and moving your body is good for nearly every condition, appropriately adapted, of course. This chapter will

4. Fluids

Your body is mostly water. Water is essential to life: It transports nutrients, lubricates your joints, keeps body tissues moist, helps digest food, enables the kidneys to remove waste products from the body in urine, and maintains normal blood pressure and circulation. During exercise, water helps keep your body temperature

Shopper’s Guide: Coffee Accoutrements (Creamers)

If you like your coffee a bit on the lighter side, it used to be that your choices included milk, cream, half & half, or the occasional non-dairy creamer. These days, you can still choose from those, but the list has grown. Not only can you decide if you want

The Best Probiotics for Resolving Digestive Distress

Probiotics are considered “good” bacteria because they support digestive function and limit the growth of “bad” bacteria. In addition to yogurt and other fermented foods, they are available in supplement form, but it can be daunting to choose from the numerous products at most pharmacies and health food stores. Before

Supplements for Inflammation: Guide for Natural Pain Management

Supplements for Inflammation: Guide for Natural Pain Management

Whether you’re suffering from tendinitis or bronchitis, inflammation can make you feel awful. You pop an NSAID (like ibuprofen or aspirin), but it doesn’t seem to touch your pain. Plus, now you’re suffering from its side effects—nausea, vomiting, constipation, and headaches. If only there was something you could do (or

2. What Causes Stress?

As we mentioned in Chapter 1, stress differs for everyone. What someone might see as a non-event (kids arguing over a toy, for instance), another might view as a heart-pounding, tension-inducing annoyance. The one thing we can agree on: Stress exists, and it doesn’t always feel good. While its causes

Don’t Overlook Symptoms of Thyroid Disease

Typically, thyroid disorders aren’t on most women’s lists of top health concerns. However, women are five to eight times more likely than men to have thyroid conditions, and about 20 million Americans have some type of thyroid disorder, according to the American Thyroid Association.

The thyroid gland, which is located in

8. Expand Your Protein Options

Despite what you might hear from food companies, most Americans get plenty of protein. The picture may be somewhat different for older individuals, however. An emerging scientific consensus says some older adults could benefit from increasing their protein intake beyond the current dietary recommendations. Evidence also is mounting that the

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