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Month: December 2013

Think Food Doesn’t Affect Behavior? You’ve Got to Read This.

Think Food Doesn’t Affect Behavior? You’ve Got to Read This.

November 7, 2013    By Adrienne {Today I have the pleasure of introducing to you Ruth Almon, of Paleo Diet Basics.  Ruth is sharing with us some fascinating information about how food affects behavior.  I was amazed when I read this–check it out and make sure to share it to get the word out.  So many behavioral issues can be traced to the gut. We need to all inform and empower parents to make a difference in their children’s (and…

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Dr. Bill Sears weighs in on the benefits of probiotics

Dr. Bill Sears weighs in on the benefits of probiotics

By Anna Lazowski, CBC News Posted: Dec 11, 2013 A Canadian-trained pediatrician says all doctors should be prescribing probiotics alongside antibiotics. Dr. Bill Sears has been a pediatrician in private practice for 42 years and did most of his medical training at the University of Toronto. He’s also the father of eight kids, has written 42 books, and runs a popular website full of tips for parents. He says probiotics are a valuable asset to his medical practice. “I particularly…

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Don’t Fall Victim to the Holiday Heart Attack

Don’t Fall Victim to the Holiday Heart Attack

Heart and Stroke Foundation    December 4, 2013 It’s a sobering reality amid the holiday cheer: More people die from a heart attack or stroke in the winter months than during warmer weather, with mortality rates averaging 10 per cent higher. For older Canadians, the danger is even greater. Plus, cold weather is associated with increased blood pressure, which in turn raises your risk of heart disease and stroke.  Maintaining healthy habits will help reduce your risk through the festive…

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10 Healthy Holiday Party Tips

10 Healthy Holiday Party Tips

By Suz Redfearn   WebMD Feature    Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy, MD, MPHMove over, Martha Stewart! Ready to cement your status as a legendary host or hostess? Here are 10 surefire ways to have folks vying for an invite to your holiday party.1. Offer a signature drink with a small amount of alcohol and a lot of low- or no-calorie mixer. Alcohol, the center of many a holiday party, can derail your guests’ efforts to stay healthy. Not only is it…

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15 Reasons to Love Sweet Potatoes

15 Reasons to Love Sweet Potatoes

Michelle Schoffro Cook    December 12, 2013 The holidays are not the only time to break out the sweet potato recipes. Now there are 16 reasons to enjoy these terrific tubers all year round. 1.  Sweet potatoes are readily available, although stores often confuse sweet potatoes and yams and mislabel the two. Orange-colored sweet potatoes are often confused with yams although they are not even from the same family of plants or grown in the same locations. Sweet potatoes can have…

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Many techniques may slightly reduce sitting time at work

Many techniques may slightly reduce sitting time at work

BY KATHRYN DOYLE    NEW YORK    Fri Dec 6, 2013(Reuters Health) – Three different strategies to reduce the amount of time people spend sitting at work seemed effective, in a new study. But in jobs without flexible schedules, they only reduced sitting time by about eight minutes per day.“We were surprised by how difficult it was to reduce sedentary time and that no one approach seemed better than the other approaches,” Leon Straker said. He worked on the study…

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Gut Bacteria Shift Quickly After Changes in Diet, Study Shows

Gut Bacteria Shift Quickly After Changes in Diet, Study Shows

December 11, 2013    By Brenda Goodman   HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 11, 2013 (HealthDay News) — If you were to switch from vegetarianism to meat-eating, or vice-versa, chances are the composition of your gut bacteria would also undergo a big change, a new study suggests. The research, published Dec. 11 in the journal Nature, showed that the number and kinds of bacteria — and even the way the bacteria behaved — changed within a day of switching from a normal diet…

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4 Worst December Diet Mistakes

4 Worst December Diet Mistakes

December 9, 2013 | By Tina Haupert It’s that time of year again when holiday calories lurk around every corner. Family parties, office get-togethers, Saturday night soirees… you get the picture. But even if you try to be “good” around the holidays and stick to your healthy habits, you could still be committing diet mistakes that leave you a few pounds heavier come New Year’s. Avoid these December diet blunders! Skipping meals to save calories for laterYou might think “saving”…

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Yelling, threatening parents harm teens’ mental health

Yelling, threatening parents harm teens’ mental health

By Allison Bond      NEW YORK      Tue Dec 10, 2013 (Reuters Health) – Threatening or screaming at teenagers may put them at higher risk for depression and disruptive behaviors such as rule-breaking, a new study suggests. “The take home point is that the verbal behaviors matter,” Annette Mahoney, who worked on the study, said. She’s a professor of psychology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. “It can be easy to overlook that, but our study shows that the verbal…

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Seven ways to avoid weight gain over the holidays

Seven ways to avoid weight gain over the holidays

Relaxnews  Published Monday, December 9, 2013 ‘Tis the season for holiday eating. And that means that most of us will pack on about one to two pounds this time of year. While that might not sound like much, annual weight gain adds up year after year. But rather than put down the eggnog and fruit cake altogether, Dr. Amy Moore, assistant professor of nutrition and dietetics at Saint Louis University in the US, offers a few sensible approaches to enjoying…

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