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Pus: An Unmistakable Sign of Infection

Pus: An Unmistakable Sign of Infection

You had a fall and suffered the tell-tale scrape on your knee. Within a week, it’s filled in with green pus. Don’t worry, there’s no alien at play here. Pus is a sign that your body’s defense system has kicked in. All you need to do is figure out what

The Search for Healthy Hair Vitamins

The Search for Healthy Hair Vitamins

Hair vitamins in your diet are more important than any topical hair vitamins for a thick head of silky, shiny hair.  After all, the only part of your hair that is living is the follicle, and it gets required hair vitamins through the hemoglobin in your blood (Hint: adequate dietary

True Cushing’s Disease Is Rare, But Damaging

True Cushing’s Disease Is Rare, But Damaging

Cushing’s disease is caused by excess cortisol in the blood. It’s rare: According to the National Institutes of Health, only 40 to 70 people out of one million have Cushing’s disease. Most are women between the ages of 30 and 50, but men and even children also get Cushing’s disease.

Cortisol

Cold Extremities: Why Do I Have Cold Hands and Feet?

Cold Extremities: Why Do I Have Cold Hands and Feet?

If you’re starting to experience cold extremities more frequently these days, you may want to share those symptoms with your doctor at your next visit. Chances are there is nothing seriously wrong with your health to trigger chilly fingers and toes. But because circulation problems may be to blame, it’s

Cold vs. Allergies: What’s the Difference?

Cold vs. Allergies: What’s the Difference?

Ah-ah-ah-CHOO! You’re sneezing again. It’s that time of year when every other person seems to have the sniffles—nasal congestion, a runny nose, and frequent sneezing. These common symptoms most often are caused by two conditions that can be difficult to tell apart: allergies and the common cold. When it comes

7. Heart-Brain Diet Menus and Recipes

Now that you understand the dietary strategies that support cardiovascular and cognitive health, you can put these principles to work with the help of our 10-Day Heart-Brain Diet menus and recipes.
Using the Menus
Use the sample menus in this chapter and the recipes that follow as a general guide for foods

5. Essential Nutrients for Heart and Brain

So far, we’ve focused mostly on the big picture—dietary patterns that benefit your heart and brain, as well as foods that are the core components of these patterns. But, it’s also useful to know a little about specific nutrients—particularly those that many Americans may be lacking.
Common Deficiencies
In general, according to

4. Foods to Limit

You might already think of nutrition advice as mostly a lot of “don’ts.” Yes, it sometimes may seem that newspapers, magazines, television shows, and websites are full of dire warnings about what not to eat. As we saw in the previous chapter, however, scien-tific evidence supports plenty of healthful choices

1. Healthy Heart, Healthy Brain

Before you begin reading this book, you might be wondering if it’s worth making dietary and lifestyle changes to protect your heart and your brain—especially if cardiovascular disease or dementia runs in your family. Genetics certainly play a role, but your genes are not your destiny. Research suggests a healthy

Heel Pain: 8 Common Causes

Heel Pain: 8 Common Causes

The heel of the foot is sometimes called the “hindfoot,” and people understandably think of it first as a bone, also called the calcaneus. But there are actually many different types of tissue that make up the heel. Disorders of any of these tissues and the structures they form can

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