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The Numbers That Matter Most for Staying Healthy

The Numbers That Matter Most for Staying Healthy

Health often seems like a numbers game. What’s your blood-sugar level? How many calories are you eating? And are you getting the right percentage of macros (or macronutrients)? The problem is that sometimes we track, count and obsess over numbers that don’t matter very much for our overall health. Or worse, we ignore numbers that do matter. I was curious about which numbers my fellow dietitians consider the most important. I sought feedback from 20 experts who work in either…

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Small Changes To Make That Can Have a MAJOR Impact on Health

Small Changes To Make That Can Have a MAJOR Impact on Health

Big changes like cutting out all carbs or training for a marathon are great—but you don’t have to remake yourself to have a dramatic impact on your health. Try a few of these baby steps to get you started in the right direction. Add a fruit or veggie to every meal Not ready to give up a bad habit yet? Start by creating an easy good-for-you habit instead. “Less than one in three individuals gets even two servings of fruits…

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Fun Fact Friday

Fun Fact Friday

Dark chocolate and cheese have antibacterial properties that inhibit tooth decay, according to experts. Your body is actually designed to get 4 hours of sleep twice per day instead of 8 hours once.   Studies have found that smiling is 69% more attractive than wearing makeup. Onions have been proven to lower cholesterol, reduce chances of a stroke, and reduce chances of various types of cancer.   Happy Friday! source: @Fact

Why ‘get A Good Sleep’ Should Be Your Top New Year’s Resolution

Why ‘get A Good Sleep’ Should Be Your Top New Year’s Resolution

If getting a good night’s sleep is not on your list of New Year’s resolutions, you might be setting yourself up for failure with the other goals on your list, including health-related ones, according to a sleep specialist from Ryerson University. “If you’re having poor quality sleep it can actually interfere with some of your weight loss and weight maintenance goals,” said Colleen Carney, director of the Sleep and Depression Laboratory at Ryerson University. “It actually affects your metabolism, your…

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This Food May Help You Sleep Better

This Food May Help You Sleep Better

Forget warm milk. A new study from the University of Pennsylvania says that fish may be the key to a good night’s sleep. The paper, published Thursday in Scientific Reports, found an association between regular fish consumption and high sleep quality among Chinese schoolchildren, likely thanks to the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish. Largely as a result of that improved sleep, the researchers found, the children also scored higher on IQ tests. “There’s a relationship between fish consumption and…

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Lack Of Sleep May Mess With Your Health On A Molecular Level

Lack Of Sleep May Mess With Your Health On A Molecular Level

The impact goes far beyond grogginess and irritability. In many cases, sleep loss can give certain diseases the upper hand. You no doubt have heard about the need to get a proper amount of sleep. Public health authorities continually declare we all need on average seven hours of slumber every night to be at our best. Yet while these recommendations come with a warning about the troubles stemming from a lack of sleep, when it comes to what happens inside…

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Fun Fact Friday

Fun Fact Friday

Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed. 1 out of every 100 people are psychopaths and they look just like everybody else.   Dancing often increases happiness. A condition called “False Awakening” occurs when you’re dreaming that you’ve woken up, but still are in deep sleep. ~ Happy Friday!~ source: @Fact twitter.com/Fact

8 Sleep Mistakes You Can Fix Tonight

8 Sleep Mistakes You Can Fix Tonight

How to ditch bad habits and start prioritizing sleep today. If you’d like to get more sleep or think there is room for improvement, try avoiding the habits you may have slipped into.  You’ve done it every night of your life (more or less). Yet when it comes to hitting our pillow, practice doesn’t necessarily make perfect for all of us. As many as 50 to 70 million adults in the U.S. have some type of sleep or wakefulness disorder,…

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Poor Sleep Associated With Higher Risk Of Chronic Pain

Poor Sleep Associated With Higher Risk Of Chronic Pain

(Reuters Health) – People who sleep poorly may be more likely to develop a chronic pain condition and have worse physical health, a study from the UK suggests. A general decline in both the quantity and quality of hours slept led to a two- to three-fold increase in pain problems over time, researchers found. “Sleep and pain problems are two of the biggest health problems in today’s society,” said lead study author Esther Afolalu of the University of Warwick in…

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Fun Fact Friday

Fun Fact Friday

Women are twice as likely to suffer from insomnia than men. This is mostly due to the hormonal changes that women often experience. 40% of people who are rejected in a romantic relationship slip into clinical depression. Dogs can see sadness in humans and often attempt to make their owners happy by initiating cuddling. Having sex only 3 times a week, has proven to make you look 5-7 years younger. ~ Happy Friday!~ source @Fact twitter.com/Fact

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