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Author: Poliana V. Vale, M.D.

The Anti-inflammatory Diet for a New You

Do you have it? You do if you have allergies, asthma, arthritis, gum disease, peptic ulcers, atherosclerosis, diabetes, cancer, obesity, or an auto-immune condition. Have what? Inflammation. Inflammation initially starts as a protective mechanism that prevents the spread of disease, persistent inflammation fuels practically all chronic diseases and acute ones, too.

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Does Coffee Safely Reduce Your Risk for Diabetes?

You might have heard about studies suggesting coffee consumption may decrease one’s risk for developing diabetes. “So nothing is wrong with my caffeine buzz! Bring on the coffee!” But not so fast! What is strange is that while both caffeinated and decaf coffee reduce the risk, both types have been demonstrated to elevate the blood glucose after a meal. Both types can raise cholesterol levels. Confusing, isn’t it?

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Easy Strategies for Taming the Appetite

Taming the appetite can be challenging for many of us. Without doing so, weight management or successful weight loss are impossible. Learn eight practical, reasonable tips that can help you tame your appetite!

Go Green!

Eat plant-based whole foods. When it goes to fat loss, a calorie does not always equal a calorie. Consider this interesting study. Dieters who adopted a low-calorie vegetarian diet not only lost weight more efficiently than those on conventional low-calorie diets, but they also improved their metabolism by reducing muscle fat. Both groups in this study had reduced fat under the skin. When compared to a standard low-calorie diet, the vegetarians, however, experienced more reduction in the fat that lines the muscles and a considerable reduction of stored fat inside the muscles.

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Natural Remedies for Osteoarthritis

Arthritis affects nearly 21 million Americans. It is one of the most common health problems of the elderly, and a significant problem for younger adults. Arthritis pain can come and go for many years. It may cause the joints of the fingers, hands, feet, wrists, knees, and hips to twist, bend, swell, and become stiff, greatly limiting the activities of its sufferers. Owing to the nature of this disease, osteoarthritis (OA) has been listed as one of the ten most crippling diseases in industrialized countries. It affects 70% of the population between the ages of 55 and 70.

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Overcoming Fear & Anxiety

Fear! Anxiety! Most of Us Have Experienced

these emotions at one time or another. They are not all bad. There are times when they can actually be beneficial in that they can motivate us, increase our productivity, and even enable us to protect ourselves when faced with danger.

For many, however, fear and anxiety are a problem. Some health experts report that fear and anxiety have increased in the United States since 9/11 and heightened even more with the economic downturn in our world.

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Twelve Lifestyle Tips for Vibrant Skin

The skin is a vital organ. Indeed, with a total area of about 20 square feet, it is the largest organ of our bodies. We cannot live without it. One square inch of  skin is composed of 19 million cells, 625 sweat glands, 90 oil glands, 65 hair follicles, 19,000 sensory cells, and 4 meters of blood vessels. The skin protects, provides immunity, excretes, breathes, and is involved in thermal balance. The outer part of the epidermis helps maintain fluid balance. How can we keep it healthy and slow down its aging?

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Living Free: Finding Freedom from the Habits that Hurt

Habits—we all have them. American author Elbert Hubbard said: “Habit is the great economizer of energy.” He was exactly right.

Habits are our friends—when they’re good ones. Habits are routines that help us perform multiple tasks with minimal mental effort. They help us repeat safe and effective behaviors, and build consistency and security into our lives.

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Plant Foods Improve Your Heart’s Health

Higher consumption of fruit and vegetables was significantly associated with a lower risk of death from all causes, particularly from cardiovascular diseases. The average risk of death from all causes was reduced by 5% for each additional daily serving of fruit and vegetables. The risk of cardiovascular death was reduced by 4 percent for each additional daily serving of fruit and vegetables. Researchers in this particular study of more than 83,000 participants identified a threshold around five servings per day, after which the risk of death did not reduce(( BMJ-British Medical Journal.

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