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Track What You're Eating

Many of us have said that we can't understand why we're putting on weight, that we don't eat very much. Well one sure way to find out is to start keeping track of what you're actually eating and how much. "If you bite it, write it." As well, adding notes about how you feel while eating is benefici...

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"D" For Defense - Take Vit D To Combat The Flu!

RealAge.com advises that a study carried out over the Fall and Winter of 2009-2010 revealed that those that took Vitamin D supplements and thus had higher levels of D in their systems were half as likely to catch the flu bug or any other viral infection of the respiratory tract. And if any in the h...

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Drink 3 Cups Green or Oolong Tea/Day - Get 5 Years Younger

A recent Chinese study found that people who had 3 or more cups of green or oolong tea/day had 5 years less wear & tear on their cells. Specifically telomeres were studied - they're the protective end caps on DNA strands & they shorten everytime a cell divides - the shorter the telomeres the more a...

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The Best Time To Take Your Vitamin D Supplement

according to recent research is with your largest meal of the day as it is better absorbed into your system and higher serum levels of 25(OH)D are achieved which you want since the many benefits of Vit. D include lower blood pressure, stronger bones, better immunity, and possibly even a lower risk ...

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Drink Pipe-Cleaning Orange Juice

Orange juice helps keep your arteries squeaky clean. In a study of men, those with a high intake of vitamin C -- as well as berries and other fresh fruit -- experienced significantly less thickening of their carotid arteries compared with the low fruit-and-C group. From RealAge.com.

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Take Vitamin D For Heart Health

In a recent study, older adults who had the highest levels of Vit. D had a 33% lower risk of developing heart disease.
Good sources: Supplements, sunshine (without sunscreen) and Vit. D fortified dairy products.

(RealAge.com)

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Attitude Adjustment

Think of being overweight as a health problem that needs treatment rather than as a condition for which you are to blame!!!

(Food & Fitness Advisor/Weill Cornell Medical College/Vol 9G)

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"Greener" Teeth

Turning off the water while brushing your teeth saves up to 3 gallons of water per minute so wet your toothbrush, turn the faucet off, brush & then turn water back on only to rinse!
(Consumer Reports on Heath - Feb/2010)

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The 80% Rule

Stop eating before you feel completely full.
This is a common practice on the Japanese Island of Okinawa which has one of the highest concentrations of people living to 100 in the world!
(Consumer Reports on Health - March 2010)

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Foods To Naturally Help Lower LDL

2 to 3 servings/day of soy protein; 2 servings/day of plant stanols or sterols found in products such as Benecol & Take Control margarine and lots of fiber especially from oat bran, psyllium & barley - can each lower LDL by up to 10%.

(Consumer Reports on Health - May 2010)

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