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News You Should Use: Night Owl vs. Early Riser – What it Means for Health

News You Should Use: Night Owl vs. Early Riser – What it Means for Health

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Overview: Researchers from Northumbria University conducted an international review of studies appearing in the journal Advances in Nutrition analyzed whether being an early riser or a night owl can influence your health. The researchers’ main finding is that erratic eating patterns and consumption of unhealthy foods from staying awake later lead to an increased risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Bottomline is it’s better to be an early riser and go to bed early. From the Research (News Release):  “People who go to bed later tend to have unhealthier diets, consuming more alcohol, sugars, caffeinated drinks and fast food than early risers. They consistently report more erratic eating patterns as they miss breakfast and eat later
News You Can Use: Night Owl vs. Early Riser – What it Means for Health

News You Can Use: Night Owl vs. Early Riser – What it Means for Health

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Overview: Researchers from Northumbria University conducted an international review of studies appearing in the journal Advances in Nutrition analyzed whether being an early riser or a night owl can influence your health. The researchers’ main finding is that erratic eating patterns and consumption of unhealthy foods from staying awake later lead to an increased risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Bottomline is it’s better to be an early riser and go to bed early. From the Research (News Release):  “People who go to bed later tend to have unhealthier diets, consuming more alcohol, sugars, caffeinated drinks and fast food than early risers. They consistently report more erratic eating patterns as they miss breakfast and eat later
Diet Detective's Strategies to Help You Spring Clean Your Life and Lose Weight

Diet Detective's Strategies to Help You Spring Clean Your Life and Lose Weight

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#Diet Detective’s Strategies to Help You Spring Clean Your Life and Lose #Weight While there haven’t been any studies I know of linking clutter to obesity, I do know that being disorganized doesn’t help. Think about the factors that facilitate weight loss: increased physical activity, eating healthier foods, good sleeping habits, and a balanced emotional life — all related to an organized, clutter-free life. And the fact is that most failed dieters complain that maintaining a diet is just too much work. The amount of information and control required can be extremely difficult for the average person to sustain. This becomes especially important when your control systems are weakened — like when you’re disorganized or s
Deciphering Health Information on the Internet

Deciphering Health Information on the Internet

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You wake up one morning and see that you have an unidentified rash on your hand.  What’s one of the first things you do?  Probably, if you’re like most Americans, you go to your smartphone or computer and start searching for what disease you have.  The statistics are staggering – nearly 75 percent of Americans are looking online for health information.  As Mark Twain said: “Be careful about reading health books.”  The reality is you can’t always trust what you read.  Here are a few tips from a variety of sources (e.g. the Medical Library Association, NIH’s US National Library of Medicine, Medline Plus and a few other reliable sources) to help make sure your future health searches yield more accurate results. Who Owns or is Responsible
News You Should Use!

News You Should Use!

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Breakfast Helps You Exercise More The reality is that there is mixed research coming out these days on whether or not breakfast helps you lose weight. However, new research from the University of Bath (UK) appearing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that obese individuals who eat breakfast have more physical activity during the day. The researchers found that eating a breakfast of at least 700 calories before 11am, as compared to not eating breakfast at all (not even water) did not make obese individuals lose weight but did result in more physical activity in the morning and reduced food intake later in the day so that both groups ate similar amounts overall. Protein Makes The “Right” Breakfast for Kids Research condu
14 Tips for Your Family to Eat Healthier

14 Tips for Your Family to Eat Healthier

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Keeping yourself and your #family healthy is an important goal, but not always an easy one to achieve. Here are a few tips, suggestions and observations to help you in your pursuit of a healthy and happy family. 1.    Photographs and Images of Healthy Foods Help! You like art? Try hanging images of fruits and vegetables in your kitchen. Perhaps change them often. Experts say that exposure is key to getting someone to recognize a brand and encourage usage. The same goes for healthy living. A recent study appearing in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association showed that putting photographs of carrots and green beans on kids’ school lunch trays increased the quantities of vegetables they ate at lunch. 2.    Keep Fruits
Cold Weather / Winter Health Tips

Cold Weather / Winter Health Tips

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It’s cold almost everywhere in the country. It’s hard enough to exercise and eat right even in the best of circumstances, and the cold just adds an extra layer of difficulty. The truth is that exercising in the cold can burn a few more calories because your body needs to use more energy to stay warm; however, that’s not enough to combat additional eating while also doing less exercise because it’s so cold. Add the issue of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) along with the shorter days and longer nights and it really becomes harder to stay healthy. Here are a few tips and ideas to keep you healthier during this very cold #winter  1.    You’re Sick If you’re a bit under the weather and feel that you’re “coming down with
Avoiding Office Body Pain

Avoiding Office Body Pain

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Diet Detective: So many of us are spending a good part of our day sitting in front of a computer.  I’m sure there are precautions we can take; what are some of those? Mieke Scripps: The goal while at your desk is to keep your body in alignment and out of #pain. We always come back to finding the neutral spinal alignment and positioning ourselves so the skeleton ­not our ligaments and muscles ­takes our weight. Your positioning in relation to the keyboard and screen are crucial. Here is a checklist of factors that will keep you comfortable while working those long, grueling hours at the computer. 1. Spine:  You should be sitting on or slightly on the front edge of your sit bones.  Maintain a small curve in the lower back, the sternum
Spring Health Tips 2014

Spring Health Tips 2014

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The #spring is in the air, it’s getting warmer, and it’s beautiful. Here a few healthy living tips that will help you have a better spring. 1.         Avoid Stress and Reduce Allergies According to a study published in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, allergy sufferers with persistent stress experience more allergy flare-ups. According to the researchers, “While alleviating stress won’t cure allergies, it may help decrease episodes of intense symptoms.”  You can reduce stress with meditation and/or deep breathing exercises. Go for a walk or a run; take a bike ride or a spin class. Eat right, get enough sleep, and take care of other #health conditions.   2.         Be Aware of the “Allergy C
11 Excuses We Make To Avoid Living a Healthy Life (Pt.2)

11 Excuses We Make To Avoid Living a Healthy Life (Pt.2)

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Here is part 2 (and here is part 1,  in case you don’t find one of yours below). Famous Last Words: I’m on vacation; we all need to take a break from life. The Fix: When youre on vacation and you don’t eat right or exercise youre bound to have a worse time. Yes, thats right. Think about it: Eating poorly and lack of exercise create poor sleeping habits, increase gastrointestinal issues, and lead to overall malaise. Get out there and walk every morning; do some bike riding (if youre in a warm climate); basically, move more.  Also, try eating healthy meals with just a few carefully chosen indulgences. Famous Last Words: “I’ll do it tomorrow …” The Fix: Start right now. Do not put this off. You d