Category: Mind & Body

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Grapes are great for your eyes and could reduce risk of blindness later in life

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Carrots? No, it’s grapes that are great for your eyes – and could reduce the risk of blindness later in life

  • Grapes are rich in antioxidants that protect healthy cells from DNA damage
  • Research shows adding them to the diet preserves retinal health
  • Another study shows that eating the fruit can help prevent weight gain

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Better Living Starts with You

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There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to living a better life, but most people agree — feeling your best is aligned with making healthier choices. The road to well-being starts with making informed decisions that will help you to shop, cook, eat and feel better. Read More

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Warning Signs You Have a Potassium Deficiency (+ Best Sources of Potassium)

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Without adequate potassium in your diet, your body cannot preserve the health of your blood, heart, muscles, nerves, skin or kidneys. Read More

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Fruit and veg ‘could reduce breast cancer risk by one quarter’

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Teenage girls who eat the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day could reduce their risk of breast cancer in later life by up to one quarter, a major study has found. The research by Harvard University suggests that dietary habits in puberty and young adulthood could play a critical role affecting the chance of later developing cancer. Read More

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Researchers investigate why obesity can trigger bowel cancer

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“Excess calories ‘turn off a hormone in the intestine that blocks colon cancer’,” the Mail Online reports. This latest study, conducted in genetically engineered mice, found that obesity caused by a diet rich in fats or carbohydrates “silenced” a hormone called guanylin. This, in turn, led to the turning off of a receptor called guanylyl cyclase C (GUCY2C) found on cells that line the bowel. Receptors are specialised structures designed to respond to specific chemical signals. Read More

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Combat High Blood Pressure With These Simple Additions

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Having high blood pressure increases the threat of heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease. Though easily preventable with the right diet and regular exercise, one in three adults suffers from hypertension, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Heredity, weight gain, smoking, and diabetes, to name just a few, can make you an easy target. But there are a few things you can add to your daily diet to help minimize your risk. Read More

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Cancer Therapy: Are You Making the Right Choices?

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There’s more to cancer care than ridding the body of cancer cells. Equally important is the goal of maintaining quality of life while undergoing treatment. Staying strong enough to fight the disease and maintain work and family routines during treatment should be part of any cancer care program. That’s why patients should be offered integrative therapies to supplement conventional surgical, radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Read More

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How Breast Milk Protects Against Severe Intestinal Disease in Preemies

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The immune-boosting properties of breast milk have long been known. Now a team of scientists led by Johns Hopkins pediatric surgeon-in-chief David Hackam, M.D., Ph.D., says experiments in mice reveal how breast milk works to ward off the development of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a devastating intestinal disorder that affects 12 percent of premature babies and claims the lives of one in four of those who have it. Read More

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