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Month: October 2011

Forecasting Myopia: Why Exercise is More Fun Than We Predict

Forecasting Myopia: Why Exercise is More Fun Than We Predict

When thinking about exercise we focus on the unpleasant start rather than the fun middle. A strange thing happens when we imagine doing some exercise. That’s what Ruby et al. (2011) found when they had people think about an upcoming session of exercise. Each person tried to predict how much they would enjoy their workout—whether it was Pilates, yoga, weight training, running or something else. Then after the workout they rated it again. On average people’s predictions were too pessimistic:…

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How to Avoid Being Distracted From Your Goals

How to Avoid Being Distracted From Your Goals

New research shows that making specific plans creates mental space, allowing us to avoid distraction. On average each of us has 15 personal projects ongoing at any one time. It might include planning a trip to Europe, spring cleaning the house, getting a new job or any number of other goals. Plus there’s all the stuff we’re doing right at the moment like working, shopping or reading. But, to what extent do all these thoughts about goals interfere with one…

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The upside of allergies

The upside of allergies

Many of us suffer from allergies. The pharmaceutical industry makes millions of dollars marketing products to consumers who are are looking for relief from runny noses, itchiness, and various other unpleasant symptoms. The silver lining in this cloud: People suffering from allergies may be less likely to contract cancer than others. Scientists believe that adverse reactions stimulate the immune system, helping to ward off other potentially fatal conditions. One study found that asthmatics were 30 percent less likely to get…

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10 Facts About Food That Might Surprise You

10 Facts About Food That Might Surprise You

You’ll raise your eyebrows and say “Really!” when you learn these food facts. But they’ll also help you eat healthier. Do you know your way around a kitchen, supermarket, or mini-fridge? When you’re well acquainted with food, you can whip up a healthy meal out of a few ingredients. But if you’re mindless about what you feed yourself and your family, you might be missing out on key nutrients and the many ways that food can surprise you. Stash these…

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Eating Green Veggies Improves Immune Defenses

Eating Green Veggies Improves Immune Defenses

ScienceDaily (Oct. 13, 2011) — Researchers reporting online in the journal Cell, a Cell Press publication, on October 13th have found another good reason to eat your green vegetables, although it may or may not win any arguments with kids at the dinner table. It turns out that green vegetables – from bok choy to broccoli – are the source of a chemical signal that is important to a fully functioning immune system. They do this by ensuring that immune…

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All-Natural Almond Milk Recipe

All-Natural Almond Milk Recipe

Looking for a delicious, creamy milk that you can be confident is healthy for you?One that is free of harmful vegetable oil, concentrated sweeteners, and the problems associated with cow’s milk and soy?1 1/2 cups of raw organic almonds, soaked in water overnight4 cups of filtered or spring water3-5 organic dates (optional) Blend 1 ½ cups of almonds that have been soaked overnight in 4 cups of water. Blend with dates if you like your milk with a hint of…

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Vitamin E tied to higher risk of prostate cancer

Vitamin E tied to higher risk of prostate cancer

NEW YORK Tue Oct 11, 2011 5:21pm EDT By Genevra Pittman (Reuters Health) – Men taking daily vitamin E were more likely to get prostate cancer than those not taking the dietary supplement in a new study of close to 35,000 North Americans. Over a decade, an additional one or two men out of 100 taking vitamin E would be expected to get prostate cancer, researchers found. “If you have enough of these vitamins in your system… extra doesn’t help…

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Make Tiny Changes to Your Eating Habits for Big Results

Make Tiny Changes to Your Eating Habits for Big Results

Can cutting just ten calories a day make a big difference in your health? The Food Network writes that easy, small changes like cutting out a packet of sugar in your coffee that you do consistently can help you achieve big goals. Many small steps you can take to improve your health can be done in only a few minutes. As an example, if you have only 1 minute: Order salad dressings or gravies on the side and rather than…

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Good things are worth sharing

Good things are worth sharing

They say knowledge is power … it’s true. As time passes, we learn more & more. Through the years we become smarter. These days, it’s in our best interest to read labels,research nutrition & aim for a healthier lifestyle. We owe it to ourselves, the people we care for and the people who care for us. Life is a wonderful journey … we all deserve to enjoy health & happiness.

You are what you eat

You are what you eat

If you were to think of your body as a car, all of what we consume becomes the fuel for our engine. What we eat and drink gives us energy to do the things we want to do. Our diet provides our bodies nutrients to fend off disease and illness, and to repair parts of ourselves that may be damaged. Unfortunately, many of us take better care of the vehicles we drive than our own bodies. We owe it to…

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