Tag: healthy habits

Mediterranean-Style Diet May Be Best to Help Fight Depression

Recommendations to follow a healthy diet have usually been extended to help reduce the risk of obesity and its accompanying complications, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. But recent research finds that your emotional health depends on eating the right kinds of foods and reducing your intake of

Ask the Experts: Organic Foods & Cancer; Acupuncture for Pain Relief

Q: Does eating organic foods protect you from cancer?

A: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 85 percent of Americans have pesticides and other chemicals in their bodies. Studies have shown that when people eat organic food, which is grown without the use of conventional pesticides,

Editor’s Note: Holidays That Are Happy and Healthy

Holidays can be a very challenging time to stick with a healthy lifestyle. With all of the special foods and celebratory beverages, and less time for exercise and sleep, it’s easy to get off track. The stress factor plays in as well; for most people, the extra events and responsibilities

1. Invest in Your Health

Many things affect our health. A few, such as age and genetics, we can’t control. However, lifestyle plays a major role, and we do have a say in that. Our diet—what we eat, not necessarily a weight-loss “diet”—along with stress, sleep, and physical activity, all affect how we feel today

Body Weight and Heart Health

Excess body weight increases risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD), as well as type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, and many other illnesses. However, not everyone who is overweight or obese develops these illnesses; and simply having a “normal” body weight or body mass index (BMI)–a measure of body weight relative to

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

Sleep Training—Not Just For Babies

According to the National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep in America 2018 poll, a majority of adults acknowledge the connection between sleep and personal effectiveness (65%). Surprisingly, only 10% prioritize sleep over other aspects of daily living (hobbies/interests, work, exercise). The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) declared insufficient sleep as an under-recognized

5. Can You Reduce Your Risk for Dementia?

There’s still no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. But as more is learned about factors that increase risk as well as factors that decrease risk, many experts in the field believe that one key to tackling Alzheimer’s may lie in prevention.
While there is no sure-fire recipe for preventing Alzheimer’s disease, research

Health Hazards of Long Work Hours

In 1940, the 40-hour work week was born, ending a battle that had been raging between workers and employers since 1866. Americans in a wide variety of industries began working eight-hour days and enjoying previously unheard-of leisure time. But business analysts are now sounding an alarm that the 40-hour work

5. Reducing the Risk of Common Conditions

Chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes represent a major health problem in the United States. They account for approximately 86 percent of all healthcare costs and are frequently associated with a significant reduc-tion in quality of life. The CDC reports that roughly half of

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