Health OR Happiness

Here’s a surprise. Research has found evidence that those who are in poor health are often just as happy as those who are considered healthy. Conditions like cancer actually appear to have little impact on a person’s happiness, while others have a far different result. A recent study appearing in the Journal of Happiness Studies supports this idea, but makes an important point. Anyone whose daily life is disrupted because of their condition (urinary incontinence, severe, chronic pain) suffers a lasting negative impact on their sense of happiness.

Study lead author Erik Angner, Ph.D. from George Mason University points to this research as the first to measure the degree different health conditions disrupt daily activity. The interdisciplinary team, including researchers from the University of Chicago, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and UMass Medical School came up with a measure that was intended to assess limitations in physical activities due to the limitations of health conditions. It was dubbed the “freedom from debility score” and was based on four healthy questions designed to address restrictions to physical actions and usual role activities due to health problems.

When the team surveyed 383 older adults who had been recruited from 39 primary care practices in Alabama, they saw that health status was a key predictor of happiness. In fact, a one point increase in the freedom from debility score was associated with a 3% reduction in the odds the subject would report feelings of unhappiness.

But, after accounting for other factors related to happiness – poor health was closely associated with unhappiness only in those who also reported that their health issues interfered with their daily activities. For those who are ill, but without regular disruption of daily activity, such as cancer patients, most are able to adapt over time and come to accept even the most dangerous health problems or serious disability.

It seems that though we might fear a calamity, the evidence suggests human beings are highly adaptable when it comes to feelings of happiness.

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Expert Bryan Bruno, MD a psychiatrist and acting chairman of the department of psychiatry at Lenox Hill Hospital, agrees that many patients adapt remarkably well to a change in health status, just so long as the decline isn’t too fast. This isn’t likely to be the case for those who have a history of either depression or anxiety. The researchers from the current work are hoping that a better understanding of the relationship between our health status and feelings of well-being may have big implications for the treatment of patients going forward.

It’s hard not to worry about the inevitable declines that go along with aging. The good news is that more often than not the changes are slow and gradual, and most of us cope fairly well even in a youth focused culture that teaches older people to be wary, that aging is a threat to our self worth and quality of living. Even under the constant bombardment of ways to keep our youthful looks… hair colors, Viagra and all manner of cosmetic procedures… we can age with grace and style.

Perhaps it’s time to start thinking about aging differently. To consider added years making us better not worse. To accept what we can’t change, while working to change what we can – our attitude and lifestyle.

To your good health,

10 Spices For Weight Loss

While there is no magic pill or quick fix for weight loss… something you can take in the morning or at night and the pounds will magically melt off… there are natural substances you can add to your diet that will help promote weight loss. Even better, they taste good – herbs.

It might surprise you to learn that no only do each of the herbs listed here add flavor, they can help you with weight loss in some pretty surprising ways. As with anything, if you do decide to add herbs to your diet, learn all you can and be sure you speak to your own healthcare team before you make any significant changes.

The ten herbs that just might aid your weight loss efforts include…

1. Ginseng: Some forms of this herb are known to speed metabolism and boost energy. Research from the University of Maryland finds that panax ginseng in particular has weight-loss properties.

2. Cayenne pepper: It’s hot and spicy thanks to the capsaicin inside which also helps to burn fat and keep your appetite in check. It also speeds metabolism and this causes your body to burn more calories says a Purdue University study.

3. Cinnamon: A tasty topping that’s known to reduce blood sugar and LDL (bad) cholesterol. Research has found that this spice can help improve metabolism and increase insulin levels which brings down the chance of prediabetes.

4. Black pepper: It’s in your cabinet right now, and it help improve your metabolism due to the main component, piperine. Beyond aiding digestion, this spice also helps burn fat faster. Research from the University of Oklahoma finds that black pepper can burn as many calories as walking for 20 minutes.

5. Dandelion: This enemy of lawns everywhere can be eaten raw. They cleanse the body and slow down digestion, so that you feel fuller longer. According to the USDA, dandelions rank in the top four vegetables in terms of nutrient value.

6. Dry mustard: We’re talking about the spice, not the mustard that comes out of a tube. Researchers from Oxford Polytechnic Institute in England found that one teaspoon of dry mustard can speed up the metabolic rate by nearly 25%.

7. Tumeric: It’s the vivid orange spice that’s found most in India. It is known to help break down fat and regulate your metabolism while also helping to lower the risk of diabetes according to a study from Columbia University.

8. Ginger: This spice can control appetite, help you digest and remove toxins from the body. Not only that, it even raises the body temperature, so it gives your metabolism a boost as well.

9. Cardamom: It has an unfamiliar name but is known to help improve metabolism and is also low in saturated fat. In the book by Kathleen Brown and Jeanine Pollak Herbal Teas: 101 Nourishing Blends for Daily Health and Vitality, this spice is described as helpful in promoting healthy digestion.

10. Cumin: This spice helps the digestive process and your production of energy while also boosting your immunity. It has also been shown by some recent research to help with conditions like asthma, arthritis, kidney disease and even colon cancer.

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We should also mention that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has linked the following items to some serious side effects (even death) so stay away, no matter what you read or what someone tells you.

- Herbal laxatives are often sold as a diet tea and include cascara, senna, buckthorn, aloe and rhubarb root. These can cause cramps, diarrhea and more serious bowel problems.

- Ephedra is also sold as ma huang and in high enough doses can bring up blood pressure and heart rate while also stimulating the central nervous system. The FDA lists more than 800 reports of side effects linked to the use of this herb. People have had heart palpitations, seizures, strokes, chest pain, heart attack as well as being associated with at least two deaths.

- Herbal fen-phen has Ephedra as the main ingredient and has not even been shown to work in clinical trials. It’s misuse has been associated with some pretty serious side effects, heartbeat irregularities to death from either heart attack or stroke.

To your good health,

More Flu Shot Facts

Flu shots are a vital part of preparing for the oncoming flu season. But no one likes to get them, and sometimes it’s hard to find the time, the nerve, to get yourself in to the pharmacy or healthcare facility to actually do it. Here’s some help. We’ve gathered the most often repeated myths about the flu vaccine (and the illness itself) and challenged them with medical facts so that we could de-bunk six more of the most popular myths.

Myth #1: If I haven’t gotten a flu shot by Christmas, there’s no point.

While it’s best to get the flu vaccine before the season peaks in February and early March, it’s still not too late to protect yourself. Full immunity comes in about two weeks, so you might be vulnerable at the start of the season, but you’ll have immunity soon enough, certainly before season peak.

Myth #2: You can get the flu by getting a chill or going out in the cold.

Getting chilled to the point of hypothermia can leave your immune system weaker, but going out in the cold with wet hair or sitting in a draft is not what we mean. While severe chills can make you more likely to get sick, you really have to come in contact with the flu to get a genuine case. A chill isn’t going to do that.

Myth #3: Taking vitamin C or Echinacea can prevent the flu.

Much as we might want to find other options, the data suggests large doses of vitamin C and Echinacea are not protecting us from influenza. While there’s some evidence they might help with the symptoms of a cold, in terms of the flu they have no impact.

Myth #4: Taking antibiotics can fight the flu

Antibiotics are used to control infection, like pneumonia that is a complication of serious bouts of the flu; but these medications can’t treat a viral illness like flu itself. There are antiviral drugs like Tamiflu and Relenza, but they only shorten the length of illness, not stop it altogether.

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Myth #5: You starve a fever… feed a cold…

There’s no science that proves this old adage works one bit. You need both food and liquids to fight a cold or flu. The fluids are the most important, and it’s usually best to keep foods simple and bland.

Myth #6: The flu is a natural illness, so just stay home and ride it out.

For most people who get the flu, staying home on the couch and getting rest and plenty of fluids is fine. But if your fever doesn’t break or your symptoms get worse, you’ll need medical attention. It doesn’t matter how young you are… how you never (until now) get sick… the complications of flu are serious and need either medication or time in the hospital to resolve them. This is especially true if you start having a severe headache and stiffness in your neck – this is a sign of bacterial meningitis, not the flu.

This illness starts out with flu like symptoms (fever and achiness) and quickly progresses to a serious state. Bacterial meningitis can cause brain damage, coma and even death if not treated in time. When in doubt, a ride to the hospital can supply the answer, possibly saving a life.

To your good health,

Celebrate Celery

It’s not just a crunchy, low calorie dash of green added to a soup, a tuna sandwich or another dish… celery is showing itself to be a fantastic health food that everyone can enjoy. Each stalk, along with the seeds and leaves, is loaded with nutrients like vitamins A, C and K, folate, potassium and molybdenum as well as a unique compound known as 3-n-butylphthalide that’s been shown to enhance cognitive function in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. And that’s just the beginning.

Celery didn’t become a common part of the diet until the 1800s in Europe, the 1900s for the U.S. Two flavonoids that are a natural part of this tasty veggie, apigenin and luteolin, have been highlighted for their ability to protect against some forms of cancer. In one study appearing in the International Journal of Cancer the intake of five flavonoids in women with, and without, ovarian cancer was measured. After adjusting for other factors (tubal ligation, physical activity, duration of oral contraceptive use) the team saw that only apigenin was linked with a reduced risk of ovarian cancer, with the highest intakes associated with a drop of 21% in risk of disease. Luteolin also has powerful cancer fighting activity, especially in regards to cancers of the colon and has been seen to suppress the secretion of insulin like growth factor as well as halting the progression of disease.

As you might expect, celery has heart healthy properties as well. In a study conducted at the Ulleval University Hospital in Norway, higher vitamin C intakes brought less thickening of the carotid artery. This ensures the best possible blood flow and prevents atherosclerosis and the heart disease that comes with it.

When it comes to cholesterol, celery has some pretty impressive benefits. In research recently published in the journal Pharmacology Magazine, experts found rats fed celery seed extract each day for 2 months significantly cut triglycerides by 22%, LDL (bad) cholesterol by 27% and had a 28% rise in good, HDL cholesterol.

Celery even shows promise in lowering blood pressure. In the lab, celery seeds demonstrated potent inhibition of angiotensin converting enzyme (known as ACE) a protein that constricts blood vessels, raising blood pressure. Some new work also shows that eating more vitamin K (present in celery) can lower the risk of developing this disease.

In a study out of the Netherlands, researchers from the University Medical Center Utrecht, examined the relationship between vitamin intake and the risk of type 2 diabetes in over 38,000 Dutch men and women who were between 20 and 70 years old. The work lasted for ten years and after accounting other diabetes risks like age, waist circumference, smoking and inactivity, the team found that those with the higher intake of vitamins were almost 20% less likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes compared to those who had the lowest intakes.

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Lies such as…

-> You need to eat “low calorie” to lose fat
-> You should do long, slow cardio to put your body in the “fat burning zone”
-> You should eat plenty of whole grains to stay healthy and lean
-> Losing fat is a slow & steady process

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Celery added to the diet isn’t just tasty… colorful… pleasantly flavorful, you see how it may also help protect against heart disease, cancer, diabetes and more. Now may well be the time to make this crisp, leafy veggie a key part of your healthy diet. How?

- Spread peanut butter or low-fat dip on cut stalks

- Use as a main part of soups, salads or stews – versatile and easy to cook with

- Steam without worrying about losing antioxidants

- Store a maximum 5 to 7 days in the fridge

To your good health,

Flu Shot Facts

No one wants to get the flu… it’s an awful, lingering illness that will have you flat out sick for a good 10 to 14 days. People who say they had “the flu” and recovered in a few days are using the wrong name to describe their illness. This is just one of the many flu myths out there… repeated knowingly but alas not true

So let’s de-bunk six of the most popular about the annual flu shot.

Myth #1: The flu shot will give me the flu.

Nobody likes shots, so vaccines start out as cringe worthy moments. The idea that a flu shot can give you the flu dates back to 1979, when live virus vaccines were used and people did get sick from an injection. Today’s varieties of vaccine use dead virus, and only the most necessary parts of the virus at that, so you absolutely, positively cannot get the flu because of the shot.

Myth #2: The flu shot is dangerous for pregnant women.

Not true. In fact the flu vaccine is given to hundreds of millions of people every year and is considered “extraordinarily safe”. The concern stems from generations past, when women were told not to get any vaccine while pregnant, which made sense when these injections were live viruses. Today’s flu shot is made from pieces of protein from dead organisms. Getting a case of the flu, and the high fiver that often comes with it, is much more of a concern for a woman and her baby than the shot.

Myth #3: Young, healthy people don’t need a flu shot.

Sadly, this is not the case. Even though flu is more dangerous for the very young and very old, influenza has the strength to put even the healthy and strong into bed, or into the hospital, pretty quickly. What’s more, the flu vaccine has not killed anyone, yet cases of the flu take the lives of just about 40,000 people in the U.S. each year. There’s no way of telling who can handle the flu and who might get sick enough to be hospitalized, vaccination is the best way to protect everyone. Not just yourself, but those around you as well.

Myth #4: The flu shot is complete, fool proof protection.

Not exactly. The flu vaccine developed each year is only about 59% effective at holding off influenza according to the findings of a 2011 review that appeared in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Even so, the flu shot is the best defense we have against getting and spreading the flu. Current vaccines aren’t perfect, but they are good enough to prevent many cases of flu and the resulting complications.

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Myth #5: I already got a case of flu this year, so why get a shot now?

It’s not too late… even after you’ve had what your doctor tells you is true influenza, to get a flu shot. Having a case of the flu doesn’t provide season long, or life long immunity. This is because there’s more than just a single strain of flu circulating in any given year. There are hundreds of different flu viruses that go around at any time, so a case of the flu is only protection from that particular strain.

Myth #6: I got a flu shot last year, I don’t need another this year.

Not so, there are many different strains of flu viruses, and these strains change all the time. Each year the flu vaccine is created by selecting the three most common organisms circulating at the time. That’s why there’s a need for a new vaccine each season – the flu virus circulating in 2011 won’t be the ones out this year.

To your good health,

Walk To A Longer Life

Exercise is surely the way to a longer, healthier life, and recently a new study was released that supports the idea that regular exercise can add years to your life. Researchers at the U.S. National Cancer Institute found that saying active after you turn 40 appears to up your lifespan from two to as many as seven years. And the more you workout, the longer you’re expected to live – and get this – no matter what you weigh.

The research, appearing in a recent issue of PLoS Medicine pooled data from six studies that had already been published and included over 650,000 subjects. Using that information, the team was able to figure out the years of life gained after age 40 from different types of activity.

- Brisk walking, about 75 minutes/week added 1.8 years of life.

- Walk 150 to 299 minutes/week and gain 3.4 years in life expectancy. This is the level of activity that’s recommended by the U.S. government.

- Walking up to 450 minutes a week added 4.5 years of life.

What’s more, the gains were seen in everyone, at any weight – normal, overweight or obese. The biggest gains in life expectancy, as you might expect, came to the normal weight subjects who exercises at the levels called for by the U.S. government when compared to an obese subject who didn’t exercise.

The researchers call this a “dose response relationship” between exercise and how long you will live according to lead study author Steven Moore, a research fellow at the National Cancer Institute. Even if you’re not doing anything physical right now, adding just a few minutes a day can bring a notable increase in how long you might expect to live.

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It may be that exercise prevents some of the fatal diseases that plague us. Other earlier research has linked regular physical activity with lower risk of heart disease and cancers of the colon and breast as well as of the endometrium, lung and prostate. Another key message that can be taken from the study is the importance of maintaining a healthy body weight, as the subjects who did, and were regularly active; saw the biggest benefits to lifespan.

The take home message. Some activity is good. More is better. And walking is a great exercise to try, especially for those who haven’t been active in a while. Walking is low impact, a safe, gentle exercise that’s easy to do and calls for no special equipment beyond a good, comfortable pair of shoes. Anyone, of any fitness level, can do it. And don’t worry that you’re not “feeling the burn”; a brisk walk done regularly reaps plenty of benefits.

Once you decide to start walking, be sure that you’re allowing time for a warm up – 5 minutes at a slow, steady pace should be enough to have you feeling warm and ready to go. Then allow time for some stretching, and don’t forget the cool down period when the walk is over, to reduce the stress on both your heart and muscles. Remember, walk only as far (or as fast) as you can, don’t push, let today be a starting point that you can build upon.

To your good health,

Is Fiber Really That Good?

You’ve probably heard a lot about fiber… mostly that you should be getting more of it as part of an overall healthy, balanced diet. So it’s good for you… but just what is this stuff, and how does it work in the body?

Fiber is a carb that is a natural part of plants that we eat but can’t digest, which means this material passes through your digestive system pretty much intact, and having no calorie value. There are two types – soluble and insoluble and both are equal in importance for your body. They help with overall health, your digestion as well as working to keep things like diabetes, obesity, heart disease diverticulitis and constipation at bay.

Experts tell us that women should take in about 25 grams of fiber daily, men about 38 grams. As you might imagine, most Americans get far less – only half the daily recommended amount.

Soluble fiber dissolves in water to form a sort of gel. This slows digestion and many types act as prebiotics that nourish the good bacteria in your digestive system. It also improves blood sugar control by slowing down the rate at which food moves from your stomach, avoiding the rise in blood sugar that often comes after meals. The delay in the emptying of the stomach may also be helpful in weight loss by keeping you feeling full and satisfied for longer.

Some sources of soluble fiber… oatmeal, lentils, apples, oranges, pears, nuts, cucumbers, celery and carrots. There are many others.

Insoluble fiber won’t dissolve in water so adds bulk to the diet and helps prevent constipation. This type of fiber speeds the passage of food and waste through your digestive system. Insoluble fiber is found mainly in veggies and whole grains – wheat bran, seeds, barley, brown rice, zucchini, celery, broccoli, cabbage, onions, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, green beans, dark leafy greens, raisins and grapes. There are many other natural sources as well.

For the gluten sensitive/intolerant, you might consider quinoa, brown rice, oats or corn as gluten free grains that taste great too.

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Since both soluble and insoluble fiber are important for keeping the body healthy, nature often puts the two types together in the same food. Some examples? Whole grains. Fruits. Vegetables. Beans. Nuts. Seeds. The natural fiber is always a good bet and comes with many other nutrients besides. You may have noticed products like cookies, drinks, sugared cereals and even ice cream with fiber added. Don’t be fooled, this is not the same as getting your fiber from natural sources.

Whole foods are always the choice for optimal health. Refined grains, highly processed foods and juices have been stripped of the natural fiber, as well as many other nutrients, and don’t offer the same benefit to the body.

If you have bowel problems or even high cholesterol numbers, it might be a good idea to talk to your health care provider about a fiber supplement. A registered dietician can also be helpful. If you do increase fiber intake, do it slowly so you don’t suffer gas or bloating and always drink plenty of water.

If you’re still not convinced that adding fiber to your diet is a smart move – consider this. Research from 2011 found that those with the highest intakes of fiber have a far lower risk of dying of any cause. The study included nearly 400,000 subjects and saw that for every 10-gram increase in intake of fiber, risk of death went down 12% in men, 15% in women. Hard to argue with those numbers.

To your good health,

Surprisingly Salty Foods

It’s not just the chips and saltshaker to blame for the stunningly high amounts of sodium most Americans are eating. In fact, we get the bulk of our daily salt intake from everyday foods that are packed with extra sodium according to a new report out of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association that identifies the “salty six” foods – things like cold cuts, pizza, chicken and even bread.

It’s true, more than 75% of our salt is coming from processed foods or meals ordered at restaurants according to experts like research nutritionist Linda Van Horn, Ph.D. RD, from Northwestern University who is also spokesperson for the American Heart Association. Here are the surprising foods that have been identified as sources of so much of our sodium…

1. Bread and rolls – one piece of bread might have 230 mg (15% of your daily total) and though this doesn’t seem like all that much, small amounts add up. Toast at breakfast, a sandwich at lunch, rolls for dinner…

2. Cold cuts/cured meats – salt is an age old preservative and is used today to most cooked and processed meats to keep them fresh. Even lunch meat “good guy” turkey can have as much as 1,050 mg of sodium in a serving.

3. Pizza – one slice brings up to 760 mg. of sodium… two slices bring you to the AHA recommendation for sodium intake.

4. Chicken – raw chicken is often packaged with an added salt solution. What’s more, depending on how you make it, the level of sodium can add up quickly – 3 ounces of frozen/breaded chicken nuggets have almost 600 mg of salt.

5. Soup – is a diet and cold weather staple, but it can also bring a whole day’s worth of salt in that steaming bowl. One cup of canned chicken soup can have almost 940 mg of sodium along with its delicious taste.

6. Sandwiches – the makings, bread and cured meats are already high in salt, then add condiments like mustard and ketchup and that lunchtime must brings you a full 1,500 mg of sodium as well.

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You can see how easy it is for people to take in almost 3,400 milligrams of sodium each day – more than two times the amount (1,500 mg) recommended for healthy adults by the American Heart Association.

This isn’t a universally held number, the USDA limit is 2,300 mg of sodium a day for a healthy adult, calling for the lower level only for African Americans, those who are over 51 years old and those with high blood pressure. The American Heart Association defended its position in a recent paper that suggests research on lower sodium diets and poor health have some serious flaws and that cutting salt intake is a vital public health measure.

We know that eating too much salt brings risk for health problems like high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. It can also affect your looks, causing you to be puffier, swollen and have bags under your eyes. If you want to keep your salt intake in line, keep those “salty six” in mind as you shop or order at a restaurant, look at the sodium levels in what you buy, remember that sodium content is based on a single serving, and look for the AHA red heart with the white check mark on foods to identify heart healthy options.

To your good health,

Lower Heart Disease Risk Today

If you want to keep your health as you age, and who doesn’t, here’s some important news. You need to keep your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers in the healthy range while still in your middle years.

A large study appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds the overall risk of getting any type of heart disease (heart disease, stroke or dying from either) in your lifetime was 60% for men; 55% for women. By having an optimal risk factor profile at the age of 45, subjects held off heart disease for almost 14 years compared to those who had at least two of the major risks for heart disease in middle age.

The researchers, led by John T. Wilkins, MD, of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, pooled information from five National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute funded studies that included 50,000 subjects, both men and women. All were free of cardiovascular disease at the start of the study. Two key findings from the study…

· Women had lower lifetime risks of disease than men at all ages.

· After a heart attack or stroke, men and women no matter what age, died within one to four years on average.

The study findings show plainly the value of living a healthy lifestyle. Eating a healthy, balanced diet, exercising regularly, keeping your body at an ideal weight, avoiding tobacco and addressing conditions like high blood pressure or high cholesterol are all so important. What you’ll be aiming for is to reach that optimal level used in the study, have blood pressure that reads under 120 over 80, a total cholesterol number of 180 and be free of diabetes and not be a smoker.

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You’ve been lied to. Lied to by the fitness magazines, lied to by the government and lied to by the food industry.

Lies such as…

-> You need to eat “low calorie” to lose fat
-> You should do long, slow cardio to put your body in the “fat burning zone”
-> You should eat plenty of whole grains to stay healthy and lean
-> Losing fat is a slow & steady process

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Lower Heart Disease Risk Today Continued…

Today about one in three U.S. adults has high blood pressure, a condition without signs or symptoms that can damage your heart, blood vessels, kidneys and other systems of the body slowly and silently. Cholesterol is a waxy substance that’s found in fats, also called lipids, in the blood. Although your body needs cholesterol to keep building healthy cells, too much can up your risk of dangerous heart disease.

It’s important to understand there are no guarantees. Even if you’re careful about all the risk factors at midlife you may still end up having heart disease later on. The research found that even if you have that “optimal” profile for risk factors, the lifetime risk of heart disease held at 30% or higher for both men and women. But so long as your risk factors are in hand your chances of living healthier, longer are far better.

Earlier studies in this area have shown that your health in midlife does influence your future risk of some types of heart disease. The more risk factors you have at this age, the bigger the risk of disease in your later years. What sets this new study apart is that it’s the first to examine the risk of all types of heart disease, including heart attacks, other coronary heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure and death because of any of these.

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These Superfoods To Weigh Less

When you’re caught in the diet trap… denying yourself every delicious treat you can imagine, it’s no wonder losing weight is such a challenge. But rather than focusing on what you “can’t” have, triathlete Lucy Danziger an author and editor-in-chief of SELF magazine, decided to focus on eating foods that would pay her back… give her body the proper fuel to do the things she wanted, like swim, run and bike faster. She started eating so called “superfoods” – nuts, berries, whole grains that are naturally loaded with protein, fiber and other nutrients.

Danziger lost 25 pounds in the next 6 months.

There’s nothing magic in what she did. She avoided processed foods and desserts, ate more veggies and fruits, replaced white bread with the wheat variety… putting her focus on what you should be eating, not what you shouldn’t. It’s the opposite of what we’ve all been doing – a very different, and perhaps far more effective, approach.

You can do this too. Rather than a traditional “diet” add superfoods to what you eat and see how you feel. With lots of choices of superfoods that taste delicious, you won’t be thinking about being denied, about starvation. You’ll be thinking instead of how you’re feeding the body… the engine that keeps you going. This is food that you can eat for the rest of your life… and enjoy it.

Superfoods are part of that. The term was first coined by Dr. Steven Pratt in 1994 and became part of the title of his book SuperFoods Rx: Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life. He’s been excited about these foods since the mid 1990s and has three recognized parameters each superfood must meet.

· Be readily available to the public.

· Have nutrients that are known to enhance longevity.

· Have health benefits that are backed by peer-reviewed, scientific research.

A few of the foods Pratt considers true superfoods are… salmon, broccoli, spinach, berries (not just blueberries but raspberries, strawberries and blackberries) and green tea. The superfoods website lists more. All the foods on Pratt’s list have high concentrations of crucial nutrients, and they’re low in calories as well.

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These Superfoods To Weigh Less Continued…

Pratt was not all about weight loss when he started enjoying superfoods. Of course that was all that anyone who heard about them was interested in – weight loss. How much weight people who ate this way lost, without even trying.

What’s more, it seems these superfoods bring some pretty spectacular benefits to your health… lower cholesterol, reduced risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and deadly cancer. Some of these tasty superfoods might even help your mood.

Other experts caution that while superfoods do have lots of fiber, water and protein, so they leave you feeling satisfied, to say they help burn fat is taking things a bit too far. Danziger is in agreement on this – these foods aren’t a free pass to eat all you want, when you want, but it is pretty hard to put on weight when eating a lot of them.

More than the weight loss aspect for Danziger is the energy she gets from eating this way. She feels good, wants to work out, and this helps her sleep better. A win-win for sure. Also to be considered, you invest in your wardrobe, your hair and your car, why not invest in your body… the body you’ll be using for the next 100 years.

To your good health,