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Month: January 2013

7 Ways to Boost Your Mood with Food

7 Ways to Boost Your Mood with Food

A new study shows that eating certain foods can make you both healthy AND happy BY ALEXANDRA DURON Fruits and veggies are obviously good for your physical health. But it turns out that filling up on these superfoods can also make you happier. Researchers discovered that happiness and mental health are highest among people who eat seven portions of fruits and vegetables per day, according to the new report that will be published in the journal Social Indicators Research. To gain this insight, researchers and…

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Tips for dealing with post-holiday stress

Tips for dealing with post-holiday stress

Dr. Katy Kamkar, Special to CTVNews.ca  Published Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 6:00AM EST  Feeling stressed or exhausted post-holidays is not uncommon. Although, on the one hand, there might have been happy gatherings, delicious food and time off work/school, on the other hand, all the pressures, obligations, overindulgence, unmet expectations, financial strains, family disagreements – all make it difficult for people to relax. Following the holiday season, we often hear people talking about financial debts, their overindulgence of food, sweets or…

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BHA and BHT

BHA and BHT

Use in Cosmetics BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT(butylated hydroxytoluene) are closely related synthetic antioxidants used as preservatives in lipsticks and moisturizers, among other cosmetics. They are also widely used as food preservatives. Health and Environmental Hazards BHA and BHT can induce allergic reactions in the skin [1]. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies BHA as a possible human carcinogen [2]. The European Commission on Endocrine Disruption has also listed BHA as a Category 1 priority substance, based on evidence that it interferes with hormone function [3]. Long-term…

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Study: Fructose Can Lead to Overeating

Study: Fructose Can Lead to Overeating

Delia Quigley     January 8, 2013 In the quest to discover the cause for obesity in America, medical scientists are turning to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to better understand how the brain reacts to certain sugars. In a recent study published in the January issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), a team of scientists at the Yale University School of Medicine enlisted 20 adults who were each given 75g of pure glucose and another time…

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Deepak Chopra: Secrets to a better brain

Deepak Chopra: Secrets to a better brain

By Deepak Chopra, Special to CNN     January 4, 2013 Editor’s note: Deepak Chopra is a mind-body expert, founder of the Chopra Foundation and a best-selling author.  (CNN) – There are many books on the market that focus on treating the brain like any other organ of the body. To improve the brain, they advise eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep and avoiding toxins like alcohol and nicotine. These are sound bits of advice, but in my own…

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Our Personalities Are Constantly Changing, Even if We Think They’re Not

Our Personalities Are Constantly Changing, Even if We Think They’re Not

By Laura Blue and John Cloud    Jan. 04, 2013It’s rare that scientific journals explicitly engage philosophical conundrums, but a paper in this week’s Science magazine begins with the question: “Why do people so often make decisions that their future selves regret?” At age 18, that skull-and-crossbones tattoo seems like an unimpeachably cool idea; at 28, it’s mortifying. You meet the man of your dreams at 25 — except that your dreams have become so different by 35 that you…

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Family meals boost children’s fruit and vegetable intake

Family meals boost children’s fruit and vegetable intake

Parental role models important for child nutrition  CBC News     Posted: Dec 20, 2012 3:08 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 21, 2012 5:50 AM ET Children eat more fruits and vegetables when families sit down to dine together, British researchers have found. Health authorities such as the World Health Organization recommend the eating of five 80-gram portions of fruits and vegetables a day to promote health and prevent disease. England’s Health Department has a $128-million campaign to promote eating…

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6 Simple Steps to Keep Your Heart Healthy

6 Simple Steps to Keep Your Heart Healthy

A healthy heart – and a healthier you – starts today with these quick tips. By Wendy C. Fries WebMD  Feature Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD  Keeping your heart healthy is simple when you look at the big picture: Get exercise. Eat right. Stress less. Watch your weight. Don’t smoke. Putting those goals into action, of course, isn’t so simple. Which matter most? How can you put them into daily practice? Here are practical hints for a way of…

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Stevia is sweet – but is it safe?

Stevia is sweet – but is it safe?

CARLY WEEKS The Globe and Mail Published Thursday, Oct. 22 2009, 12:00 AM EDT Last updated Wednesday, Mar. 16 2011 Forget sugar. And aspartame. And sucralose. Although it’s not yet authorized for use as an additive in food, a low-calorie, all-natural sweetener is making its way into Canadian products, with environmentally-themed marketing strategies that could change the way consumers view alternatives to sugar. The sweetener is derived from a plant called stevia, which grows in Paraguay and Brazil and has been used…

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6 Foods for Better Sleep

6 Foods for Better Sleep

by Maren Kasselik  Instead of downing a glass of vino or popping a sedative, try fighting insomnia au naturale next time—through melatonin. There’s been a lot of buzz concerning the antioxidant lately, and for a good reason: It controls your internal clock. Like an electric alarm clock that can be set and reset, your body’s is adjustable as well. In a recent study, for example, people who drank an ounce of cherry juice twice a day for a week enjoyed an extra…

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