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5 Surprising Ways Stress Messes With Your Health

Yesterday
More than 40 percent of adults say their stress level has increased over the past five years. (C.J. Burton/Corbis) Most people get that stress contributes to the most common —and most threatening —health problems, including biggies such as cardiovascular disease and Type 2 Diabetes. Related: How Stress Messes With Your Workout 4) It lowers your sperm count A study released last year in the journal Fertility and Sterility examined the sperm of about 180 men, half of whom were going through in vitro fertilization for the first time.

The Truth About Women and Alcoholism

Yesterday
Photo by By Gabrielle Glaser for The Daily Beast When Elizabeth Peña died last week, her family said she died after a brief illness. We now know that the Cuban-American actress’s untimely demise was the result of cirrhosis of the liver due to alcohol abuse, in addition to acute gastrointestinal bleeding, cardiopulmonary arrest, and cardiogenic shock.

5 “Health” Foods That Are Worse Than a Donut

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The American supermarket is like a Halloween parade in reverse. To go trick or treating, neighborhood kids dress up as goblins and try to take sugar out of your hands. But at the supermarket, gruesome creatures dress up as kindly benefactors and try to put sugar into your hands. At Eat This, Not That! , we’re pulling the mask off of seemingly healthy products seemingly healthy products that are secretly packed with truly unhealthy levels of sweetener.

The 10 Saltiest Foods in America

Yesterday
Most of us have heard that it’s a good idea to “cut down on sodium,” but besides making sure the top to the salt shaker is screwed on properly, what does that really mean? Well, first, realize that salt is an essential mineral that our body can’t function without. Current dietary guidelines for Americans recommend that adults in general should consume no more than 2,300 milligrams (mg) ofsodium per day (1500 if you have high blood pressure, are African American, or are over age 51.) If 2300 mg sounds like a lot, it is.

When Kids Are Depressed, Music Can Help

2 days ago
A new study has found that music therapy can reduce depression and raise self-esteem in young people. 

8 Health Tips From The Morgue

2 days ago
Tony Weinhaus, PhD (director of anatomy at the University of Minnesota) and Jennifer Wright (embalmer and director of Sunset Funeral Care) say that working with dead bodies allows them to provide knowledge and comfort to students and the deceased person’s family members, respectively. Wright and Dr. Weinhaus also see firsthand how people’s lifestyles and habits factor into their overall health.  “Working with the body, you realize to some degree that it’s a machine,” Dr. Weinhaus says.

Seniors, Rejoice: Drinking Alcohol May Preserve Your Memory

2 days ago
In the study, published in the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, the researchers tracked the alcohol intake of 664 people, assessed their cognitive functioning with a handful of tests, and performed scans of their brains. What they found: Imbibing later in life — as long as it was at a light to moderate level — was associated with better episodic memory, or the ability to remember specific events, compared to abstaining. This is a significant finding, since episodic memory is the type of recall that usually disappears with dementia. “Over time, you don’t necessarily ...

3 Flu Vaccine Myths —Busted!

2 days ago
Misery loves misconception: Learn the truth about flu protection to stay healthy this season. If you’re planning to get a flu shot, now is the time: the vaccine offers the best protection before flu season kicks into high gear in late fall. “The flu vaccine is the number one way to prevent influenza unless you live in a bubble,” said Susan Rehm, MD, vice chair for Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Infectious Disease. Still, myths about the flu vaccine persist. Myth #1: The protection lasts for more than a year For the flu shot to be effective, you ...

5 Foods That May Hurt Male Fertility

2 days ago
“Most guys have never even heard that anything in their diet could impact sperm count.”  But the truth is, an emerging body of research suggests that the foods you pile on your plate may play a role in the number of sperm you have (count), whether they’re normally shaped (morphology), and how well they move (motility).  Related: 6 Ways to Boost Your Odds of IVF Success How that does that play out in the bedroom? “Sperm count is, of course, important, because if it’s not there, you’re not going to [biologically] father a kid,” said Dr. Paul Turek, president of ...

The One Thing Americans Fear the Most

3 days ago
What are you most afraid of? It's a personal question that brings to mind a number of unsettling thoughts: spiders, ghosts, heights, public speaking. A new survey asked the question to a random sample of 1,500 people across the nation.

6 Decadent (But Healthy!) Chia Seed Dessert Recipes

3 days ago
Chia seeds are a powerhouse of nutrients. They’re loaded with protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber. Plus they’re packed with calcium, magnesium and manganese. They’re also gluten-free! 

5 Ways to Lower Your Risk for Alzheimer's Disease

4 days ago
New research suggests aluminum exposure contributes to dementia, but there is plenty you can do to lower your risk. 

8 Foods You Should Eat Every Day

4 days ago
Spinach It may be green and leafy, but spinach is no nutritional wallflower, and you know from reading Eat This, Not That! . This noted muscle builder  is a rich source of plant-based omega-3s and folate , which help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and osteoporosis. Bonus: Folate  also increases blood flow to the nether regions, helping to protect you against age-related sexual issues. And spinach is packed with lutein , a compound that fights macular degeneration (and may help your sex drive).

8 Foods You Should Eat Every Day

4 days ago
Spinach It may be green and leafy, but spinach is no nutritional wallflower, and you know from reading Eat This, Not That! . This noted muscle builder  is a rich source of plant-based omega-3s and folate , which help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and osteoporosis. Bonus: Folate  also increases blood flow to the nether regions, helping to protect you against age-related sexual issues. And spinach is packed with lutein , a compound that fights macular degeneration (and may help your sex drive).

Your Brain is Wired to Favor Junk Food — 4 Ways to Override It

4 days ago
“Obesity is a problem of choice,” said neurologist Alain Dagher. “We need to think of the brain as being central to obesity.”  (Photo by Renée Comet/Stockfood) Tempted to munch on potato chips instead of carrot sticks?

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