Surprise Super Protein Shake

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Don’t be scared off by the ingredients in this shake. The combination of flavors may be like nothing you’ve tried before, but will be something you will want to make again and again. Sip on this shake for a boost of protein and vitamins. Get the recipe.

5 Ways to Get Your Daily Dose of Dark Chocolate

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Dark chocolate is a delicious indulgence that may even be good for some aspects of our health. A number of studies indicate that this bittersweet treat can be rich in several healthy compounds. Among these are flavonoids, which are a certain type of antioxidant found in plants. Unfortunately, the processing cacao goes through can reduce and destroy these compounds, making it important to stick to minimally processed dark chocolate containing at least 65% cacao. Because chocolate can also be high in sugar and saturated fats, it’s best to stick to one ounce a day.

Here are my favorite ways to enjoy dark chocolate. Read more  »

What You Need to Know About Your Saliva

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When you think about oral health, you probably picture a few things: a toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, floss and the myriad of instruments used by your dentist. But the most important factor in the health of your mouth can’t be found on the shelves of your local drug store.

The one ingredient keeping your mouth clean, healthy and bacteria-free is your own saliva. Read more  »

Today’s Headlines: Knuckle Cracking, Divorce and Gut Bacteria

Cause of knuckle cracking sound figured out. There’s been a long debate in the scientific community about the popping sound your joints make when you crack them, with some saying it was the formation of a bubble in the joint that made the noise and others claiming it was the collapse of the bubble. “In a study published Wednesday, researchers report that they believe the sound that we hear when cracking knuckle joints is caused by the formation of a bubble in joint fluid, not the collapse.” The team put a knuckle popper’s hand into an MRI and slowly pulled his finger until it popped. “In every single test crack, the formation of a cavity in the joint fluid was seen at the exact moment the sound was heard. Furthermore, the researchers didn’t observe any collapse of the cavity at all — at least not in the immediate aftermath of the knuckle cracking — so they don’t see how it could cause the noise.” The team hopes to shed light on why some people can crack their joints while others can’t and wonder whether that might have implications for joint health. (Washington Post)

Getting divorced ups heart attack risk, remarriage doesn’t help. We’ve long known that divorce is a stressful, emotionally turbulent time in a person’s life. New research has now found that life event can up someone’s heart attack risk, but that getting remarried doesn’t necessarily help. “An analysis of 15,827 people showed women were worst affected, and barely reduced the risk if they remarried. During the course of the study, between 1992 and 2010, roughly one in three people divorced at least once. Women who divorced once were 24% more likely to have had a heart attack in the study than women who were continuously married. The figure was 77% for those having multiple divorces. In men, there was a modest 10% extra risk for one divorce and 30% increase after multiple divorces. The study argued that chronic stress, linked to divorce, had a long-term impact on the body, but couldn’t figure out why there were gender differences.” The authors point out that gender differences also exist in mental illnesses like depression, but can’t say for sure if the underlying mechanism is the same. (BBC)

Snoring can have serious effects on brain health. Snoring might seem like more of an annoyance for those who share a bed with snorers. But more and more research is indicating snoring, which is often a sign of sleep apnea or breathing issues during sleep, can lead to serious health side effects. New research out this week indicates that those who snore may have worse brain health than those who don’t. “Researchers reviewed the medical histories of almost 2,500 people ages 55 to 90 who were enrolled in a previous Alzheimer’s disease study and reevaluated every six months. Participants self-reported a diagnosis of sleep apnea or obstructive sleep apnea, and whether they used a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine at night. People who would go on to have mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease tended to first show signs of memory decline years earlier if they had sleep-disordered breathing that was untreated. Those without sleep-disordered breathing and those with the disorder who used a CPAP machine all began to experience mental decline at the same age.” The age difference was large, with those who went untreated experiencing cognitive decline 13 years earlier on average than their normal or treated counterparts. The researchers hope this emphasizes the importance of seeking medical advice for sleep apnea, which is treatable. (Reuters)

New Blood Test May Help Predict Who Will Get Breast Cancer

Blood SamplesThe challenge of treating cancer is often to try and catch it early. In the beginning stages, cancer is growing rapidly, but often hasn’t spread to other locations. That makes removing the cancer much easier and makes the likelihood low that the cancer will come back. The trouble is, catching cancer early can be tricky and by the time you find it, it might already be too late. To help with this problem, a group of researchers has come up with a way to predict who’s likely to get cancer two to five years before they would normally be diagnosed.

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Why Visiting the Doctor Is Worth Your While

doctor-patientI know how busy life can get. Between the patients I see and the guests on my show, I’m constantly amazed with how much people are squeezing out of their lives. But too often I meet people who fill their days with things that seem important while neglecting their health in a way that undermines the work they’re putting into their future and their families.

I was reminded of this by Taylor Swift’s recent post on her unusual Christmas present request from her mother and her mother’s subsequent cancer diagnosis. I’ve always been floored by the strong relationship Taylor obviously has with her mom and I can only imagine how hard her mom has worked over the last few decades to ensure the health and success of her family. But it also sounds like all of that work may have caused her to neglect her own well-being. So I want to take some time to talk about why a visit to the doctor is worth your time, even when it seems like you’re too busy to make an appointment. Read more  »

Detoxification: How It Works and Why It’s Important

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Written by Sue Ward, MS, CCN, nutritionist and health educator at Sanoviv Medical Institute

Do you want to feel as energetic and alive as possible each day? Most would answer “yes,” however, many of us are in poor health and don’t even realize it. We often accept low energy, unwanted body fat, constipation, a weakened immune system, and an unhealthy physical appearance as “part of life.” If you are ready to improve your health and longevity, it’s important to first understand how toxins affect us and then learn some simple things you can do to help your body reduce and eliminate them. Read more  »

Today’s Headlines: Rita Wilson, Cheese and Long Work Days

Rita Wilson removes dangerous breast cancer with double mastectomy. Actress Rita Wilson has spoken out about the details of her breast cancer treatment. “Wilson revealed in a statement that she underwent a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with invasive lobular carcinoma, a form of breast cancer. ‘I have taken a leave from the play Fish in the Dark to deal with a personal health issue,’ Wilson said in the statement. ‘Last week, with my husband by my side, and with the love and support of family and friends, I underwent a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction for breast cancer after a diagnosis of invasive lobular carcinoma. I am recovering and, most importantly, expected to make a full recovery. Why? Because I caught this early, have excellent doctors and because I got a second opinion.’” Initial biopsies of a suspicious area of Wilson’s breast had shown no cancer. But Wilson decided to get a second pathologist’s opinion on the biopsy, which turned out to be crucial in discovering a potentially dangerous cancer. According to Wilson, “a second opinion is necessary and vital. Not just by another doctor but by another pathologist.” Click here to read the fully story.  (CNN)

Cheese may encourage certain kinds of healthy gut bacteria. You’ve probably heard that cheese is not so good for you, but the French are well known both for eating lots of cheese and for being healthier than their diet would suggest. Research out this week brings us one step closer to understanding why that might be the case. “The research—funded in part by Arla Foods (a Danish food company that produces dairy products) and the Danish Dairy Research Foundation—analyzed data from 15 healthy young men who ate three diets for two weeks. All diets had the same amount of calories and fat, but one was rich in 1.5% fat milk, another required eating 1.7 grams of cow cheese per day, and the third was a control diet. The researchers analyzed the men’s urine and feces to figure out how dairy is metabolized and what effect it had on markers of blood cholesterol levels.” Researchers saw more metabolites like short-chain fatty acids like butyrate and propionate that they know are related to the metabolism of the microflora in the dairy eaters. “They also had lower levels than the control group of TMAO, a metabolite produced when the body metabolizes choline, which is found in many animal-derived foods like red meat.” More short chain fatty acids and lower levels of TMAO have been associated with lower levels of cholesterol, which may help stave off heart disease. (TIME)

Long days at work can lead to more boozy evenings. While a beer or glass of wine might seem like a great way to unwind at the end of a long day, too many long work days might be causing you to overdo it. “A review of 61 studies across 14 countries (for a total of more than 330,000 subjects) linked working more than 48 hours a week with ‘risky’ alcohol use. Researchers found that when subjects worked those longer hours they were 11% more likely to be heavy drinkers than those who punched in for no more than the typical 40-hour workweek. For the purposes of this study, the team defined ‘risky’ drinking as more than 14 alcoholic drinks per week for women and more than 21 for men. The CDC defines heavy drinking as more than eight drinks a week for women, 15 drinks if you’re a guy. The researchers warn the study is observational and more studies are needed. But the team did find that switching to longer hours also changed your drinking habits. Over a six-year period, 12% of normal drinkers evolved into heavy drinkers after they started working longer hours.” (Fox)

Tango Helps Those With Parkinson’s

older couple dancing on the beachLearning to tango might seem like a challenge for even the most coordinated of enthusiasts, let alone for people who struggle with everyday movement. But new research released this week has found that learning a few dance moves can have a wide range of benefits for those with Parkinson’s disease. The findings open up a new approach to treating the disease that is both enjoyable and addresses many of the problems sufferers commonly encounter. Read more  »