Mother Nature has delivered a tough concoction of weather this winter – from unrelenting snowstorms to bitter cold temperatures, surely many of us, myself included, are ready for sunshine and warmer temperatures. Thankfully, spring is just over a month away and we’ll be purchasing sunscreen instead of snow shovels before we know it. Exposure to sunlight is something I welcome as an oral health specialist, because of the proven benefits from vitamin D for the health of the mouth and overall health. Read more »
This dish packs a double punch of health. The cod will fill you up with protein while the kale will give you tons of vitamins and iron. Plus, this recipe takes no time to whip up for a tasty lunch or dinner. Get the recipe here.
How many nights do you stare at the ceiling hoping to fall asleep – or wake up at 3 a.m. and can’t fall back asleep? If this happens often, you’re one of millions of Americans who suffer sleep problems. And as Daylight Saving Time begins and you lose that precious hour of sleep, your sleep woes can get even worse. Fortunately, we’ve got five natural sleep remedies that can help.
1. Try valerian Can’t get your eyes to shut when your head hits the pillow? Sip some valerian tea. It contains natural sedative compounds that may reduce that time it takes for you to fall asleep. If you’re not much of a tea drinker, Dr. Oz recommends taking a 300 mg of valerian root instead. Watch this video with “Medicine Hunter” Chris Kilham to find out three other herbs that are proven to help you catch some zzz’s.
There are few medical problems more painful than a kidney stone – in fact, some have likened it to the pain of childbirth. While kidney stones usually don’t cause lasting damage, I guarantee you don’t want to get one. One of our viewers, Steven, asked me what he can do to minimize his chances of getting a kidney stone.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued new draft guidelines that would halve the amount of added sugars Americans should eat in a day. The new recommendation is that sugar should ideally make up no more than 5% of total daily calories.
Alzheimer’s toll may rank with cancer, heart disease: A new study suggests that Alzheimer’s disease may cause as many deaths as heart disease or cancer. Alzheimer’s currently falls sixth on the list of leading causes of death. However, the study suggests that Alzheimer’s deaths exceed prior estimates, which are based on death certificates. The study tracked dementia and deaths in more than 2,500 people over 65. “Of those, nearly a quarter developed Alzheimer’s, and the disease was the cause of death in about 400 people.” Extrapolated to the larger population, this means that Alzheimer’s could be responsible for more than half a million American deaths a year. “By comparison, heart disease was blamed for nearly 600,000 deaths in 2010 and cancer about 575,000 – but those numbers are going down, while deaths from Alzheimer’s are going up.” (CNN)
Take blood pressure in both arms: The next time you’re at the doctor’s office, you may want to have your blood pressure taken in both arms instead of just one. A new study suggests that a difference in readings between arms may be an independent risk factor for heart disease. Researchers followed 3,390 people over 40 who did not have cardiovascular disease for an average of over 13 years. Of those who had a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular problem during this period, over a quarter of people had a significantly elevated difference in systolic blood pressure readings. “The study, in the March issue of The American Journal of Medicine, found that a difference of 10 or more between the two readings increased the risk for a cardiac event by about 38 percent.” (The New York Times)
Two reports point to possible future AIDS ‘cure’: Two new studies are giving hope for new and easier ways to manage the incurable HIV/AIDS virus. “In one approach, doctors have treated two infected newborns with strong cocktails of drugs, driving their virus into near invisibility. In the second, they have ‘edited’ patients’ immune systems to resist the virus.” Though neither study amounts to a ‘cure’ quite yet, they both promise better future treatment options for people infected with the dangerous virus. “There is no vaccine and no cure for HIV, which infects 1.1 million Americans and 35 million people worldwide.” (NBC News)
You won’t often hear me say good things about cancer, but this Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, I will tell you the best thing about colon cancer: We can beat it. More and more research is emerging that is showing us how to prevent and catch many, if not most, cases of colorectal cancer. Based on the latest data, here’s what you can do to avoid becoming a victim of the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.
Healthy vegetarian food just got taken to a whole new level of flavor and excitement. This simple salad is so delicious that it will have meat eaters in line for seconds. In addition to getting a five-star rating for flavor, this dish also contains important sources of plant-based protein, found in the cannellini beans and edamame. For just 110 calories, this vegetarian paradise provides 6 grams of protein, in addition to 3 grams of fiber.
Researchers have long been aware of the benefits of eating a vegetarian diet and a meta-analysis, released this past week, further mounted on that evidence. The researchers evaluated findings from seven clinical trials (strongest evidence) and 32 observational studies. Findings from the clinical trials and observational suggest an association with a vegetarian lifestyle and lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure. For people trying to improve their heart health and reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, this Edamame, Cannellini and Pepper Salad might just be the perfect fit for your new vegetarian lifestyle. Get the recipe here!
The cause of your problem, like so many that we women face, is probably gravity. What you’re seeing is not flaking, which is a common problem when the polymers that form a film around your eyelashes breaks down and flakes off onto your cheeks. It’s also not the same as smudging, which is, well, usually your own fault. You rub your eyes and move the mascara from on your lashes to…not on them. Read more »