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5. Sleep Apnea Affects Your Health

With obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) you may awaken suddenly, with a loud gasp for air, because your upper airway is blocked by the collapse of excess soft tissue in the back of the mouth. It’s like trying to drink through a wet paper straw—you keep sucking on it, but nothing

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

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

Get the Facts on Vitamin D Supplements

Nearly one-third of persons over the age of one in the U.S. are at risk of inadequate vitamin D intake or vitamin D deficiency, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is concerning, given insufficient vitamin D can lead to brittle, soft, thin bones, resulting in rickets in

Strategy #1: Hormone Function Problems

Stress is clearly a major contributor for most people who experience depression. And guess which system in your body controls how you react to stress? Your adrenal glands and the stress hormone it releases—cortisol.
But there is much more to the depression/hormone connection than just that. Other hormones, such as thyroid,

5. Nutrition For Your Brain From Pills

Insurance from Multivitamins
Americans have been taking multivitamin/mineral supplements since the early 1940s, and an estimated one-third of all U.S. consumers take them regularly as insurance against nutritional shortfalls. Multivitamins account for almost one-sixth of all purchases of dietary supplements and 40 percent of all sales of vitamin and mineral supplements—nearly

4. Essential Nutrients For Heart and Brain

Through observational studies and randomized clinical trials, scientists have pieced together much of the puzzle of how individual vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients affect human health (see Box 4-1, “Making Sense of Nutrition Studies”). You can go a long way toward making sure you obtain the nutrients essential for a

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,

The Disease-Fighting Vitamin D

Vitamin D, affectionately known as the “sunshine vitamin,” is not actually a vitamin at all. It is what’s known as a “pro-hormone”—it can be manufactured by the body and, in addition to being a critical factor for bone health, it is involved in cell growth, immune function, and fighting inflammation,

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