Eating moderate amounts of dark chocolate benefits health in many ways. In fact, chocolate is now considered an anti-aging, anti-inflammatory “superfood” for the brain and body. Studies examining the health benefits of chocolate continue to reveal new and exciting chocolate benefits, particularly in the realms of cognitive function, mood, and
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It happened just like that. You sat on the couch, spoon in hand, to enjoy a few spoonfuls of your favorite ice cream. Suddenly, you were staring down the barrel of an empty carton, with remnants of Rocky Road splattered on your chin. “Not again,” you cried. As you pondered
While the holiday season is typically a joyful time of year, it’s also full of enticements—cookies, candies, pies, and cakes. So it’s no surprise that the No. 1 New Year’s resolution involves losing weight. By the time the holidays are over, many people are left with deep feelings of guilt. One
Many of us are looking for ways to live a healthier life and reduce our risk of chronic illness. Can antioxidant foods help? First, it helps to know exactly what is meant by the often misunderstood term antioxidants—and, of course, it helps to know where we get antioxidants.
Wondering what a healthy dietary pattern looks like in real life? Need some inspiration to get you started? This seven-day menu, based on the principles of the dietary patterns outlined in Chapter 2, is here to help.
These meals are just a guide. The menus in this chapter supply approximately 1,600
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
Treating a dopamine deficiency can help you take back your health! How? First, you need to understand that depression is a disease that can be caused by a dopamine deficiency. In many cases, it is caused by actual physiologic changes in your brain.
Therefore, when you feel depressed, don’t think
Most of us crave sugar occasionally (or, perhaps, often), especially during the holidays or at parties with well-stocked dessert tables. Sugar is delicious, plain and simple—not to mention that when it comes from natural sources, it fuels our bodies with much-needed energy. But if you have a nagging sweet tooth