Processed Foods Carry a Penalty

Do processed "diet" foods leave you with lingering hunger and a desire to nibble on other foods, thus leading you to consume more calories than if you had prepared a wholesome meal? Researchers have found we burn 50% more calories metabolizing whole foods (WF) than comparable processed food (PF) meals with the same number of calories. Diets with…

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Caffeine Use Disorder – It’s For Real

People often joke about their daily dependence on coffee, but new research is finding caffeine dependence is no laughing matter. A recent literature review cites population-based studies in which over 50% of regular caffeine users have serious trouble reducing or quitting their consumption, even if they have conditions negatively impacted by caffeine (pregnancy, heart condition,…

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For Your Liver’s Sake Avoid Supplements

A 28-year-old female bodybuilder with no risk factors for liver disease was hospitalized with acute liver failure after taking herbal supplements as recommended on the label for increased energy and burning fat. These uncontrolled supplements contained usnic acid, green tea, and guggul tree extracts. An immediate liver transplant saved her life. Dietary supplements are responsible…

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Volunteering Promotes Health in Older Adults

Seniors who volunteered in elementary schools teaching children to read for 15 hours a week for 9 months, were found to have better physical condition than before volunteering. Those in fair health prior to volunteering improved the greatest, with improved strength and energy, walking speed and stair-climbing.PositiveTip: Volunteering to help others improves both mental and physical vitality of seniors.

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Boost Your Energy Level with Exercise

Many humans today report they feel exhausted and tired most of the time. People who have well-defined medical conditions such as heart disease or cancer consistently report improved feelings of energy and less fatigue when they exercise regularly.A recent six week randomized controlled trial of healthy young adults who reported persistent fatigue found improvements in…

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Increase Your Performance by Getting Adequate Sleep

Adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night for optimal performance and health. Without adequate rest on a regular basis the risk increases for: Cardiovascular disease Obesity Diabetes Depression Inferior work performance Risk of injury Irritability Those who responded to the 2009 National Sleep Foundation poll indicated if they sleep less than 6 hours compared…

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