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What Causes Age Spots?

What Causes Age Spots?

Age spots themselves are said to be caused by extensive exposure to the sun. They however become more and more common the older an individual gets, with the majority of sufferers being older than 50.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Volume I: Breast Cancer Prevention

Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Volume I: Breast Cancer Prevention

Stay lean  One of the most important ways to lower breast cancer risk is to avoid gaining weight. If you're already overweight, trimming down before age 45 will lower the chance of developing breast cancer post menopause. Exercise can help to lower the levels of hormones which are related to breast cancer. Studies involving more than 100,000 women showed that those who exercised regularly were at less risk for breast cancer. Moderation Even though the correlation between diet and breast cancer prevention has been inconclusive, there has been...
Food For Thought: What To Eat To Keep Your Mind Sharp

Food For Thought: What To Eat To Keep Your Mind Sharp

Purple Sweet Potatoes  Loaded with antioxidants just like orange and yellow sweet potatoes, the pigments in the purple variety give it some distinct advantages in promoting brain health. These pigments help preserve the integrity of blood vessels that transport oxygen to the brain that normally diminish as we age. Keeping these blood vessels in good working order will ensure a healthy supply of blood to the brain. The best results will come from eating one sweet potato twice a week with the nutrient rich skins intact. Coffee Though not the ...
Best Supplements For A Healthy Heart

Best Supplements For A Healthy Heart

Fish oil  Omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid are known primarily for lowering harmful blood fats called triglycerides. They can also help to mildly lower blood pressure. A daily dose of 1 gram can help with blood pressure, but 2-4 grams is recommended for lowering triglycerides. If you are already taking a blood thinner, talk to your doctor before starting to take fish oil as it can increase bleeding risk in these situations. CoQ10 Typically combined with niacin (vitamin B-3), CoQ10 can help to minimize side...
Fun In The Sun, Safely And Naturally

Fun In The Sun, Safely And Naturally

Sunburn  Not only your skin, but your entire body can be dried by a sunburn, so be sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. There are some great remedies in your kitchen for dealing with the pain. If your eyelids are burned, soak tea bags in cool water and apply them to decrease pain and swelling. Wrap some dry oatmeal in gauze and run water through it for a few minutes. Remove the oatmeal and soak a cloth in the liquid leftover and apply every few hours. Heat exhaustion Unlike the winter months, summer weather predictions are usuall...
More Kitchen Cures

More Kitchen Cures

Onion  Many ancient cultures believed in the healing and preventative powers of onions. Even ancient Greek athletes used them prior to competing. Over the years, a number of these age old theories have been put to the test, and more often than not they're proven true. The sulfur compounds in onions can reduce the symptoms of diabetes, and they're loaded with quercetin too, which prevents inflammation and helps prevent a number of different cancers. Cayenne Pepper Used for anything from pain relief to aphrodisiacs, cayenne peppers have been ...
Avoid Stress With These Tips

Avoid Stress With These Tips

Put your lifestyle in perspective  The way you live your life can affect the level of stress that you carry. Its much easier said than done, but finding a balance to your work, personal, and family life can be the key that unlocks the door to peace for many. Look at how you spend your time daily and find what really matters and what doesn't. Also be sure that you get enough sleep, because that's when your body recharges and recovers from daily stress. Change the way you think When you're under stress, its easy to feel bad about yourself. Th...
Kick These Bad Habits And Break The Mold

Kick These Bad Habits And Break The Mold

Nail biting  Nearly 30% of young adults bite their nails, and there are reasons beyond ugly hands for breaking this bad habit. Biting your nails can interfere with normal nail growth and damage your tooth enamel. Not only that, but there are plenty of harmful bacteria that live underneath your fingernails, which you certainly don't want to bite into. Keep your nails trimmed short and there will be less to chew on, and less space for bacteria to live as well. If that doesn't work, the same products used to stop thumb sucking in children will...
The Most Dangerous Foods In Your Fridge

The Most Dangerous Foods In Your Fridge

Mayonnaise  The problem that most people have with mayo is in the proportions. Truthfully, it isn't that bad when you're using a teaspoon or two as directed. However, the majority of mayo-niacs load it on much thicker than that. This can pile up the calories and fat in a hurry. Better options are lower calorie condiments like mustard, BBQ sauce, or even light mayonnaise. Lunch meat Processed meats may seem lean, but they often include loads of sodium and preservatives. There is also an increased risk of colon cancer now linked to the chemic...
Natural Ways To Save Our Sight

Natural Ways To Save Our Sight

A vision care diet  The most common eye diseases share a common link- oxidation, chemical process in which free radicals damage cells in the body, in this case, the eyes. A natural by-product of metabolism, these oxygen-based molecules are also produced in large amounts by smoking, air pollution, and excessive sunlight. A few of the best antioxidants to help protect your sight are vitamin A, zinc, lutein, and fish oil (which are high in omega 3 fatty acids). Water and exercise Drinking a lot of fluids improves the transport of antioxidant n...
Foods That Fight Allergies

Foods That Fight Allergies

Vitamin E  Nuts, especially almonds, hazelnuts, and peanuts, are a good source of vitamin E, which helps to minimize inflammation. Eat a single one ounce serving of any of these nuts daily year round to help prevent symptoms. If you do have symptoms, increase the servings or add a few tablespoons of peanut butter as well. Omega 3s Cold water fish like salmon, mackerel, trout, herring, and sardines as well as walnuts and flaxseed contain omega 3 fatty acids, which help fight inflammation. Eat at least two servings of cold water fish each wee...
Add Healthy Years To Your Life

Add Healthy Years To Your Life

Learn a word a day  Pick out a word from the newspaper or dictionary every day. Put it on an index card and quiz yourself occasionally. It may not sound like much, but this type of exercise keeps your brain sharp. The brain continues to regenerate nerve cells throughout your entire life, and this process called neurogenesis helps older adults to improve memory and cognitive function as they age. If learning a new word doesn't appeal to you, try something challenging that's more your style like reading history books or learning chess. People ...
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