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Creating and Sustaining Strength for Life

Every serious exerciser eventually hits a wall. If you don’t vary what you do, muscles get used to it and no longer make improvements or strength gains. It’s called plateauing. You may be working as hard as ever but not getting any measurable benefit. That’s a clear signal to reevaluate … Read More

Choose Cholesterol-Friendly Foods

There are several reasons why certain foods are good for your cholesterol and your heart health. Some have direct effects on reducing LDL and/or triglycerides. Others are more filling and, if they’re low in calories, will help with weight loss. Plus, by filling up on these healthier options, you’re not … Read More

Dealing with Depression

Dealing with depression can be very difficult, but you can lessen the blow by recognizing when you have symptoms and getting professional help. Follow the treatment plan your doctor prescribes. Contact your doctor right away if you are having bothersome or worrisome side effects from your medication. Keep in mind … Read More

Anti-Inflammatory Foods: Do They Work?

Inflammation is a hot topic these days. With so many people suffering from chronic diseases, we are all looking for ways to reduce our risk. It turns out that diet is a major risk factor for inflammation and chronic disease. This fact has many people asking, “What anti-inflammatory foods should … Read More

HDL vs. LDL: Which Cholesterol Number Is More Important?

You’ve probably heard high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol described as the “good” cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) as the “bad” cholesterol. But when it comes to which type of cholesterol is most important to control, who wins the HDL vs. LDL matchup? If only it were that simple. There's considerable debate … Read More

What Does a Gallbladder Attack Feel Like?

What does a gallbladder attack feel like? And, exactly what is a gallbladder attack? If you experience sudden pain in the middle or upper right section of your abdomen, you may be having one. The gallbladder pain may last a few minutes to a few hours, and it may lessen … Read More

Seasonal Allergies: How to Fight Them With Food

Spring arrived early this year in my hometown, and so did allergy season. The sounds of sneezing and sniffling are everywhere, and allergy medicines are flying off the drugstore shelves. Fortunately, I no longer suffer from seasonal allergies as an adult the way I did as a child, and even … Read More

What You Need to Know About Carbohydrates

Despite all the hype about “low-carb” diets, many people have an incomplete understanding of carbohydrates. It helps to look at a Nutrition Facts label, which lists quantities per serving of total carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and sugars. The amount of starch isn’t listed, but that’s the third component of carbohydrates: Subtract … Read More

Metabolic Syndrome Raises Your Risk of Heart Disease, Stroke

Your metabolism encompasses all the chemical processes through which cells produce energy and compounds (like hormones) needed to keep your body running. A cluster of metabolic risk factors raises your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. They may occur independently, but once you present with three, your doctor may … Read More

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