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Vitamins a waste of money?One in two adults takes a daily vitamin pill, and Americans spend nearly $12 billion annually on vitamins and supplements. Now, an editorial published in this week's Annals of Internal Medicine says that using supplements and multivitamins to prevent chronic conditions such as heart disease and cancer is a waste of money.

More than half of all adults in the United States take some sort of multivitamin; many do so in hopes of preventing heart disease and cancer or even to aid with memory, but "The (vitamin and supplement) industry is based on anecdote, people saying 'I take this, and it makes me feel better,' said Dr. Edgar Miller, professor of medicine and epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and co-author of the editorial.

"It's perpetuated. But when you put it to the test, there's no evidence of benefit in the long term. It can't prevent mortality, stroke or heart attack."

The editorial, "Enough is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements," is based on three studies looking at the effects of multivitamins on preventing heart attacks and cancer, as well as improving cognitive function in men older than 65. All three studies were also published in this week's Annals of Internal Medicine.

The first study was a meta-analysis of 27 studies that covered more than 450,000 participants and found that multivitamins had no beneficial effect on preventing cardiovascular disease or cancer.

In addition, taking vitamins didn't prevent mortality in any way. However, the analysis did confirm that smokers who took only beta carotene supplements increased their risk of lung cancer.

When taking multivitamins to prevent a second heart attack, authors again found no beneficial evidence.

The second study looked at 1,700 patients who previously had heart attacks. They were assigned to take three multivitamins or placebos twice a day for five years. However, with more than 50% of patients stopping their medications, it was difficult for authors to come to any real conclusions about the vitamins' effectiveness.

With such a high drop-out rate, "interpretation is very difficult," said Miller.

The final study followed nearly 6,000 men older than 65, who took either a multivitamin or a placebo for 12 years. The men were administered cognitive functioning tests, and test results found no differences between the two groups.

However, Gladys Block, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at University of California Berkeley, pointed out that the group of men followed in the cognitive study were all physicians with no health problems.

"These are very well-nourished, very health-conscious people," she said.

In fact, she says none of the studies accurately represents the American population.

Block has spent her life studying the role of Vitamin C, in particular, on disease risk factors and says that most Americans are undernourished. She says that most Americans don't have a healthy diet, and therefore don't get the vitamins and minerals they need.

"Two-thirds of us are overweight, a quarter over 50 have two or more chronic conditions, so there's a substantial population that one would hesitate to call healthy."

Block went on to say, "There's always a nontrivial minority that's actually getting a questionable level of some micronutrients. So multivitamins are a backstop against our poor diet."

Cara Welch, senior vice president of the Natural Products Association, the largest trade organization representing the manufacturers and retailers of the natural products industry, including vitamins, agreed with Block.

"It is pretty common that in this day and age with the lifestyle many of us lead that we don't always take the time to have a balanced diet, and even if you do have a balanced diet, you can still have nutritional deficiencies."

"Multivitamins address the nutritional deficiencies in people," Welch said. "We don't believe they are the answer to all life's ailments, as the editorial suggests."

Miller, however, disagreed that the studies didn't represent the general public.

"They didn't select people who eat good diets or bad diets," he said. "You assume that these people selected are the typical American diet. Taking a supplement in place of a poor diet doesn't work."

Some groups, however, do need supplements, Miller said.

"For people with deficiencies, malabsorption issues, and to prevent neural tube defects in pregnancy -- there are a small number of conditions where we prescribe supplements"

The authors made an exception for supplemental vitamin D, which they said needed further research. Even so, widespread use of vitamin D pills “is not based on solid evidence that benefits outweigh harms,” the authors wrote. For other vitamins and supplements, “the case is closed.”

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    west@hotmail.com (Jeff Behar) Top Stories Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0700
    Top Fitness Trends for 2014 Announced http://www.mybesthealthportal.net/features/top-stories/top-fitness-trends-for-2014-announced.html http://www.mybesthealthportal.net/features/top-stories/top-fitness-trends-for-2014-announced.html

    fitness trends 2014Here are the top predicted fitness trends for 2014 from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). 

    More than 3,800 fitness professionals completed an American College of Sports Medicine survey to determine the top fitness trends for 2014. The survey results were released in the “Now Trending: Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2014” article published in the November/December issue of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®.

    The top fitness trends according to the ACSM survey,  “Now Trending: Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2014”:

    1. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), involves short bursts of activity followed by a short period of rest or recovery, are usually performed in less than 30 minutes and favored by educated fitness professionals to get people into shapeand to reach their goals quicker, in a more effective way. High Intensity Interval Training has topped the list of the 10 trends in its debut year.

    2. Body Weight Training: Body weight training uses minimal equipment making it more affordable. Not limited to just push-ups and pull-ups, this trend allows people to get “back to the basics” with fitness. This is the first appearance of this trend in the survey.

    3. Educated and Experienced Fitness Professionals. More people are expected to turn to educated fitness professionals," even though educated and certified personal trainers cost more. The ACSM says in a news release that an increasing number of organizations are offering health and fitness certifications, which is a positive development. One reason people want pros is reach their goals quicker, in a more effective way.

    4. Strength Training. Strength training remains a central emphasis for many health clubs and is central for a complete health and fitness training program.

    5. Exercise and Weight loss. More people are likely to look for exercise programs that include nutritional advice for weight loss and firming up.

    6. Personal Training. Education and credentialing for personal trainers have become more important over time to health and fitness facilities. The survey says personal trainers are becoming more accessible to the public. More people are getting certified and more people want to learn how to exercise from fitness professionals.

    7. Fitness Programs for Older Adults. Many aging baby boomers have more discretionary money than younger folks, are less price conscious and will be seeking certified trainers to design "age appropriate fitness programs," Thompson says.

    8. Functional fitness. Functional fitness may be among the latest buzzwords in gyms these days, but for good reason. Functional fitness is a trend toward using strength training to improve balance, and train your body to handle real-life situations. Functional fitness can help improve balance, strength, and flexibility. Functional fitness focuses on building a body capable of doing real-life activities in real-life positions, not just lifting a certain amount of weight in an idealized posture created by a gym machine. Functional fitness and special fitness programs for older adults are closely related.

    9. Group Personal Training. Group personal training allows personal trainers to provide personalized advice and programs. Training two or three people at one time makes good economic sense for trainers and can also reduce the cost to people seeking professional fitness training.

    10. Yoga. Another new trend is the popularity of yoga among men and women. Various forms of yoga can be done in groups or at home because many books and instructional tapes on the various types of yoga have become popular and are available online, and in many different types of stores.

    11. Children and Exercise for the Treatment/Prevention of Obesity. Dropping from the top 5 in every previous survey since 2007 are exercise programs aimed specifically at the problem of childhood obesity. Childhood and adolescent obesity continues to be a major health issue in most developed and developing nations and is becoming increasingly important to address because of its association with other medical problems such as diabetes and hypertension. With obesity at epidemic levels for children and adults, more people are looking for exercise and fitness programs to help them or their children lose weight.

    12. Worksite health promotion. Designed to improve the health of workers, this is a trend for a range of programs and services that incorporate systems to evaluate health, health care costs, and worker productivity. Employers have recognized that having healthier workers will result in lower health care costs and less absenteeism and are offering various types of fitness programs, from supervised classes to onsite fitness centers.Some of these programs are physically housed within the company or corporation building or on their campus, whereas other programs contract with independent commercial or community-based programs. Within the context of health care reform in the United States and rising health care costs, health promotion programs may take on additional importance in the future, especially with the train wreck OBAMACARE.

    13. Core Training. Core training emphasizes conditioning of the middle-body muscles, including the pelvis, lower back, hips, and abdomen. From 2007 to 2010, Core Training was in the top 5 of the fitness trends. Since 2010, it has been dropping to now occupy the 13th spot in 2014.

    14. Outdoor Activities. Outdoor activities for health and fitness often include walking, hiking, or other sports. Outdoor Activities can be done with family, with friends, with a group, or by yourself. In 2010, Outdoor Activities ranked no. 25 in the annual survey, and in 2011, it ranked no. 27. In 2012, Outdoor Activities ranked no. 14, and in 2013, Outdoor Activities ranked no. 13.

    15. Circuit Training. Circuit Training appeared in 2013 (no. 18) for the first time in the top 20 trends and now occupies the no. 15 position. Circuit Training is a group of 6 to 10 exercises that are completed one after another and in a predetermined sequence. Each exercise is performed for a specified number of repetitions or for a set period before having a quick rest and moving on to the next exercise. Some respondents pointed out that Circuit Training is similar to high-intensity interval training but at a naturally lower intensity.

    16. Outcome Measurements.  A trend that addresses accountability, these are efforts to define and track outcomes to prove a selected program actually works. This trend did not appear in the top 20 for the past few years but reappeared in 2013 at no. 17.Measurements are necessary to determine the benefits of health and fitness programs in disease management and to document success in changing negative lifestyle habits. The proliferation of technology has aided in data collection to support these efforts. Accountability to owners and operators of health andfitness facilities provide important metrics to determine ifnew programs are cost-effective and if old programs are actually working.

    17. Wellness Coaching. Falling from no. 13 in 2010 but remaining in the top 20 trends for 2011, 2012, and 2013 is Wellness Coaching. This fitness trend incorporates behavioral change science into health promotion,  disease prevention and rehabilitation programs. Wellness Coaching often uses a one-on-one approach, similar to a personal trainer, with the coach providing support, guidance, and encouragement. T According to this trends survey (and results from past surveys), it appears as though Wellness Coaching and its principled techniques of behavior change are being adopted by personal trainers and other health and fitness professionals.

    18. Sport-Specific Training. Falling from a top 10 spot (no. 8) in 2010, Sport-Specific Training dropped to no. 16 for 2011 and no. 17 for 2012 and dropped out of the top 20 in 2013. This trend incorporates sport-specific training for sports such as baseball and tennis, designed especially for young athletes. For example, a high school athlete might join a commercial or community-based fitness organization to help develop skills during the off-season and to increase strength and endurance specific to that sport.

    19.  Worker Incentive Programs. Appearing for the first time in the survey top 20 in 2011, Worker Incentive Programs stayed in the top 20 for 2012 and 2013. This is a trend that creates incentive programs to stimulate positive healthy behavior change as part of employer-based health promotion programming and health care benefits. This trend represents a resurgence of corporate health promotion programs as a result of rising health care costs experienced by both small and large companies and corporations. 

    20. Fitness Boot camps. After first appearing in the 2008 survey at no. 26, Boot Camp was no. 23 in 2009, no. 16 in 2010, no. 8 in 2011, but fell to no. 13 in 2012, and no. 16 for 2013. Boot Camp is a high-intensity structured activity patterned after military-style training and includes cardiovascular, strength, endurance, and flexibility drills. Fitness boot camps usually involves both indoor and outdoor exercises typically led by an enthusiastic instructor.  Because of its climb in the survey rankings from 2008 to 2011, with a decrease in the trend analysis the past 3 years, it will be interesting to see if Fitness Boot Camp programs continue as a trend in the fitness industry. 

    Falling off the Top 20 Fitness Trends

    Dropping out of the top 20 for 2014 is Zumba. Zumba combines Latin rhythms with interval-type exercise and resistance training and first appeared on the list of potential trends in 2010 and ranked no. 31 of 37 potential trends; in 2011, it was ranked no. 24 out of a possible 31 choices. In 2012, it jumped into the top 10 (no. 9) and then fell to no. 12 in 2013. It appears as though the popularity of Zumba, which was growing, with a rapid escalation between 2010 and 2013, can now be called a fad and not a trend. Falling out of the top 20 fitness trends last year was Spinning (indoor cycling), Sport-Specific Training, and Physician Referrals. Spinning was no. 16 in the survey for 2012, dropped out of the top 20 in 2012, and stayed out of the top 20 in 2014. Falling from a top 10 spot (no. 8) in 2010, Sport-Specific Training dropped to no. 16 for 2011 and no. 17 for 2012. Breaking into the top 10 for the first time in the survey in 2009 (no. 9), Sport-Specific Training jumped from no. 13 in 2008 after falling from no. 11 in 2007. After falling to no. 17 for 2012 from its relative popularity in 2010, Sport-Specific Training made the top 20 in 2014, appearing at no. 18. Jumping from no. 17 in 2010 and rounding out the top 10 for 2011 was Physician Referrals. In the 2012 survey, Physician Referrals fell to no. 20 and was out of the top 20 trends in 2013. For 2014, Physician Referrals remain out of the top 20. It is always interesting to see what fell out of the top 20 list on this survey for the next year and what seems to be supported by this year’s survey. Balance balls and stability ball training has also fallen off the top 20 fitness trends list.

    SOURCES:

    • Thompson WR .“Now Trending: Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2014”, 12/13  ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®.
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      west@hotmail.com (Jeff Behar) Top Stories Fri, 07 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800
      The Super Anti-Aging Foods that Do More than Make you Look Good http://www.mybesthealthportal.net/features/top-stories/anti-aging-foods-foods-you-should-be-eating-to-slow-aging-and-improve-your-health.html http://www.mybesthealthportal.net/features/top-stories/anti-aging-foods-foods-you-should-be-eating-to-slow-aging-and-improve-your-health.html

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      The key to anti-aging is living a healthy lifestyle, which includes avoiding unhalthy food, unhealthy activities, exercising, and  including healthy foods that promote your health rather than detract from it. Besides avoiding foods that are heavily processed, heavy with sugars, saturated fat and trans fat, eat foods with a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and protein. Here are some foods that will help you age gracefully.

      Avocado –  Avocado is a good source of vitamin E and can help to maintain healthy skin and prevent skin aging (vitamin E may also help alleviate menopausal hot flushes). It is rich in potassium which helps prevent fluid retention and high blood pressure. Avocado is also a good source of healthy monounsaturated fat that may help to reduce level of a bad type of cholesterol in body.

      Berries – Ever heard the saying the darker the berry the sweeter the fruit? Not only are the darker berries sweeter tating, but they are better for your health. Dark berries such as blackberries, blueberries,  blackcurrants and black grapes and raspberries are rich an antioxidants called anthocyanins which have been shown to slow the growth of certain cancers and improve brain function.

      Broccoli – There is a compound in broccoli called sulforaphane that increases the activity of protective enzymes in our cells. There are also recent studies showing other positive halth effects:   Broccoli has a strong, positive impact on our body's detoxification system, due to glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiian, and glucobrassicin; 3 glucosinolate phytonutrients found in a special combination in broccoli that supports all steps in body's detox process, including activation, neutralization, and elimination of unwanted contaminants.   Broccoli is a particularly rich source of a flavonoid called kaempferol which recent research has shown the ability of kaempferol to lessen the impact of allergy-related substances on our body which helps explain the unique anti-inflammatory benefits of broccoli. 

      Cucumber – The skin of a cucumber is made from silica, which helps to build collagen in the skin. Cucumbers also n to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol—three lignans that have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease as well as several cancer types, including breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate cancers.

      Ginger – Ginger can boost the digestive and circulatory systems, which can help stave off problems that often develop as we age.  Ginger may also have anti-inflammatory effects, alleviating aches and pains.

      Garlic – Studies show Eating a clove of garlic a day (row or cooked) helps protect the body against certain cancers and heart disease. The cardioprotective effects of garlic are well recorded. One 1994 study in Iowa, USA, of 41,837 women between the age of 55 and 69 suggested that women who ate a clove of garlic at least once a week were 50 percent less likely to develop colon cancer. Another study at Tasgore Medical college in India suggested that garlic reduced cholesterol levels and assisted blood thinning more effectively than aspirin, thus helping to reduce the risk of heart disease.

      Legumes – Legumes are a class of vegetables that includes beans, peas and lentils that are among the most versatile and nutritious foods available. Legumeshave no cholesterol, and are packed with antioxidants and protein. Legumes are full of complex carbohydrates and fiber that stablilize blood insulin level and increase satiety (keep you full longer).This can help prevent metabolic syndrome, diabetes and prevent premature aging. 

      Nuts and seeds – Nuts and seeds are full of vitamin E, which helps to moisturize the skin by protecting cells against free radical attacks. Nuts and seeds can also help reduce LDL cholesterol, or bad cholesterol and triglycerides, another risk factor in heart disease. The omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to help the heart avoid risky rhythms that can lead to heart attacks as well as prevent the formation of blood clots. The antioxidant properties found in the nuts may prevent the loss of memory and degenerative diseases of the brain such as Alzheimer’s disease.

      Olive Oil – Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats (good fats) which actually lower your LDL cholesterol. It is high in antioxidants, which improves skin’s elasticity.

      Salmon – The omega 3 fatty acids found in salmon help to reduce hypertension, lower triglycerides, and decrease your risk of heart attack, and also may prevent the loss of memory and degenerative diseases of the brain such as Alzheimer’s disease.

      Tomatoes – Tomatoes contain the antioxidant lycopene. Lycopene is a vital anti-oxidant that helps in the fight against cancerous cell formation as well as other kinds of health complications and diseases, and keep the skin looking youthful. . Lycopene neutralizes free radicals, stops damage to our cells and lowers the incidence to many diseases; including cancers such as prostate cancer, cervical cancer, colon cancer, rectal cancer, and cancers of the stomach, mouth, pharynx, and esophagus. cancer. Lycopene also enables the body  to oxidize cholesterol, making it stick to blood vessel walls and thicken them which can lead to hearty attack or stroke.

      Watermelon – The flesh contain vitamin A, B and C ; the seeds contain selenium, essential fats, zinc and vitamin E, all of which help against free radical damage and aging. The antioxidants found in watermelon help repair the sun damage in skin cells.  Watermelon is also a source of the potent carotene antioxidant lycopene.

      Water – Drink at least 8 - 12 glasses of water every day in order to remain healthy and slow down aging. Water helps us to get rid of the toxins and unwanted waste materials from your body. Don’t rely on thirst; this sensation does not work well, and also diminishes with age.

      Whole grains – Most people know that fruits and vegetables contain beneficial phytochemicals and antioxidants, but many do not realize that whole grains are often an even better source of these key nutrients. In fact, whole grains are a good source of B vitamins, Vitamin E, iron, magnesium and fiber,, as well as other valuable antioxidants not found in some fruits and vegetables. Whole grains have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease by decreasing cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and blood coagulation. Whole grains have also been found to reduce the risks of many types of cancer and .The fiber in whole grains help reduce the risk of diabetes because of they take longer to digest and do not cause spikes in blood sugar, reducing the risk for obesity, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. Studies have also shown that people who consume more whole grains consistently weigh less than those who consumed less whole grain products.

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        west@hotmail.com (Jeff Behar) Top Stories Wed, 29 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0800
        Anti-Aging Foods: Foods you Should be Eating to Slow Aging and Improve your Health http://www.mybesthealthportal.net/anti-aging/anti-aging-tips/anti-aging-foods-foods-you-should-be-eating-to-slow-aging-and-improve-your-health.html http://www.mybesthealthportal.net/anti-aging/anti-aging-tips/anti-aging-foods-foods-you-should-be-eating-to-slow-aging-and-improve-your-health.html

        anti-aging-foodsThe principles of eating for longevity are useful at any age. Whether you are young or old, you can take preventative measures in order to safeguard your health for the future and to slow down aging. Here are some anti-aging food tips to slow down the biological clock.

        The key to anti-aging is living a healthy lifestyle, which includes avoiding unhalthy food, unhealthy activities, exercising, and  including healthy foods that promote your health rather than detract from it. Besides avoiding foods that are heavily processed, heavy with sugars, saturated fat and trans fat, eat foods with a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and protein. Here are some foods that will help you age gracefully.

        Avocado –  Avocado is a good source of vitamin E and can help to maintain healthy skin and prevent skin aging (vitamin E may also help alleviate menopausal hot flushes). It is rich in potassium which helps prevent fluid retention and high blood pressure. Avocado is also a good source of healthy monounsaturated fat that may help to reduce level of a bad type of cholesterol in body.

        Berries – Ever heard the saying the darker the berry the sweeter the fruit? Not only are the darker berries sweeter tating, but they are better for your health. Dark berries such as blackberries, blueberries,  blackcurrants and black grapes and raspberries are rich an antioxidants called anthocyanins which have been shown to slow the growth of certain cancers and improve brain function.

        Broccoli – There is a compound in broccoli called sulforaphane that increases the activity of protective enzymes in our cells. There are also recent studies showing other positive halth effects:   Broccoli has a strong, positive impact on our body's detoxification system, due to glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiian, and glucobrassicin; 3 glucosinolate phytonutrients found in a special combination in broccoli that supports all steps in body's detox process, including activation, neutralization, and elimination of unwanted contaminants.   Broccoli is a particularly rich source of a flavonoid called kaempferol which recent research has shown the ability of kaempferol to lessen the impact of allergy-related substances on our body which helps explain the unique anti-inflammatory benefits of broccoli. 

        Cucumber – The skin of a cucumber is made from silica, which helps to build collagen in the skin. Cucumbers also n to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol—three lignans that have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease as well as several cancer types, including breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate cancers.

        Ginger – Ginger can boost the digestive and circulatory systems, which can help stave off problems that often develop as we age.  Ginger may also have anti-inflammatory effects, alleviating aches and pains.

        Garlic – Studies show Eating a clove of garlic a day (row or cooked) helps protect the body against certain cancers and heart disease. The cardioprotective effects of garlic are well recorded. One 1994 study in Iowa, USA, of 41,837 women between the age of 55 and 69 suggested that women who ate a clove of garlic at least once a week were 50 percent less likely to develop colon cancer. Another study at Tasgore Medical college in India suggested that garlic reduced cholesterol levels and assisted blood thinning more effectively than aspirin, thus helping to reduce the risk of heart disease.

        Legumes – Legumes are a class of vegetables that includes beans, peas and lentils that are among the most versatile and nutritious foods available. Legumeshave no cholesterol, and are packed with antioxidants and protein. Legumes are full of complex carbohydrates and fiber that stablilize blood insulin level and increase satiety (keep you full longer).This can help prevent metabolic syndrome, diabetes and prevent premature aging. 

        Nuts and seeds – Nuts and seeds are full of vitamin E, which helps to moisturize the skin by protecting cells against free radical attacks. Nuts and seeds can also help reduce LDL cholesterol, or bad cholesterol and triglycerides, another risk factor in heart disease. The omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to help the heart avoid risky rhythms that can lead to heart attacks as well as prevent the formation of blood clots. The antioxidant properties found in the nuts may prevent the loss of memory and degenerative diseases of the brain such as Alzheimer’s disease.

        Olive Oil – Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats (good fats) which actually lower your LDL cholesterol. It is high in antioxidants, which improves skin’s elasticity.

        Salmon – The omega 3 fatty acids found in salmon help to reduce hypertension, lower triglycerides, and decrease your risk of heart attack, and also may prevent the loss of memory and degenerative diseases of the brain such as Alzheimer’s disease.

        Tomatoes – Tomatoes contain the antioxidant lycopene. Lycopene is a vital anti-oxidant that helps in the fight against cancerous cell formation as well as other kinds of health complications and diseases, and keep the skin looking youthful. . Lycopene neutralizes free radicals, stops damage to our cells and lowers the incidence to many diseases; including cancers such as prostate cancer, cervical cancer, colon cancer, rectal cancer, and cancers of the stomach, mouth, pharynx, and esophagus. cancer. Lycopene also enables the body  to oxidize cholesterol, making it stick to blood vessel walls and thicken them which can lead to hearty attack or stroke.

        Watermelon – The flesh contain vitamin A, B and C ; the seeds contain selenium, essential fats, zinc and vitamin E, all of which help against free radical damage and aging. The antioxidants found in watermelon help repair the sun damage in skin cells.  Watermelon is also a source of the potent carotene antioxidant lycopene.

        Water – Drink at least 8 - 12 glasses of water every day in order to remain healthy and slow down aging. Water helps us to get rid of the toxins and unwanted waste materials from your body. Don’t rely on thirst; this sensation does not work well, and also diminishes with age.

        Whole grains – Most people know that fruits and vegetables contain beneficial phytochemicals and antioxidants, but many do not realize that whole grains are often an even better source of these key nutrients. In fact, whole grains are a good source of B vitamins, Vitamin E, iron, magnesium and fiber,, as well as other valuable antioxidants not found in some fruits and vegetables. Whole grains have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease by decreasing cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and blood coagulation. Whole grains have also been found to reduce the risks of many types of cancer and .The fiber in whole grains help reduce the risk of diabetes because of they take longer to digest and do not cause spikes in blood sugar, reducing the risk for obesity, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. Studies have also shown that people who consume more whole grains consistently weigh less than those who consumed less whole grain products.

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          west@hotmail.com (Jeff Behar) Anti-Aging Tips Fri, 07 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800
          Breast Cancer Risk Increases when Working Night Shifts http://www.mybesthealthportal.net/health/disease-and-conditions/cancer/breast-cancer/breast-cancer-risk-increases-when-working-night-shifts.html http://www.mybesthealthportal.net/health/disease-and-conditions/cancer/breast-cancer/breast-cancer-risk-increases-when-working-night-shifts.html

          breast cancer risk ribbonWomen who regularly work into the early hours can be nearly four times as likely to develop breast cancer, according to the findings published online in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

          The risk is highest among women who are naturally early risers. But even night owls are in danger.

          The threat rose with the more night shifts they did, the study found.

          Night owls were twice as likely to have breast cancer, and overall there was a 40 percent bigger risk compared to women who worked days.

          The results were based on 692 responses, of which 141 were from women with breast cancer. The risk almost quadrupled if they were early bird types possibly because they are more susceptible to body clock disruption.

          Disturbing normal sleep patterns is thought to curb the cancer-protecting hormone melatonin, which is produced by the brain in the day.

          The results indicate frequent night shift work increases the risk for breast cancer and suggest a higher risk with longer duration of night shift according to Dr Johnni Hansen, of the Danish Cancer Society that did the study.

          "Those with morning preference tended to have a higher risk than those with evening preference," Dr Hansen stated.

          The study also indicated working up to two night shifts a week had no impact as it may not be long enough to disrupt the body clock.

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            west@hotmail.com (Jeff Behar) Breast Cancer Sun, 16 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0700
            Money Talks When It Comes to Sticking to Weight Loss Programs http://www.mybesthealthportal.net/nutrition/latest-nutrition-studies/money-talks-when-it-comes-to-sticking-to-weight-loss-programs.html http://www.mybesthealthportal.net/nutrition/latest-nutrition-studies/money-talks-when-it-comes-to-sticking-to-weight-loss-programs.html

            money-on-a-plateEver heard the saying money talks and BS walks? Well apparently the old adage still rings true when it comes to weight loss.

            Financial incentives help weight loss study participants drop pounds, and stick with their weight loss program according to Mayo Clinic research presented at the 2013 American College of Cardiology’s 62nd Annual Scientific Session.

            People who receive financial incentives are more likely to stick with a weight loss program and lose more weight than dieters who do not have financial incentives to lose weight according to a new Mayo Clinic study on weight loss program effectiveness.

            Previous studies have shown that financial incentives help people lose weight, but this weight loss study examined a larger group of participants (100) over a longer period (one year), says lead author Steven Driver, M.D., an internal medicine resident at Mayo Clinic. One hundred healthy adult Mayo employees or their dependents, ages 18–63 with a body mass index of 30 to 39.9 kg/m2, were assigned to one of four weight loss groups: two with financial incentives and two without. An adult who has a body mass index -- a calculation determined by using weight and height -- of 30 or higher is considered obese, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

            All participants were given of goal of losing 4 pounds per month up to a predetermined goal weight. Participants were weighed monthly for one year; previous financial incentive studies followed patients for 12 and 36 weeks. Participants in the incentive groups who met their goals received $20 per month, while those who failed to meet their targets paid $20 each month into a bonus pool. Participants in both incentive groups who completed the study were eligible to win the pool by lottery.

            Study completion rates for the incentive groups were significant compared with the non-incentive groups: 62 percent versus 26 percent. In the incentive groups, participants’ mean weight loss was 9.08 pounds, compared with 2.34 pounds for the non-incentive groups.

            Researchers found that even participants in the incentive group who paid penalties were more likely to continue their participation in the weight loss study than those in the non-incentive groups, Dr. Driver says.

            “The take-home message is that sustained weight loss can be achieved by financial incentives,” Dr. Driver says. “The financial incentives can improve weight loss results, and improveweight loss program compliance and adherence.”

            Senior study author Donald Hensrud, M.D., preventive medicine expert at Mayo Clinic and medical editor of The Mayo Clinic Diet, says obesity continues to be a major concern in the United States because extra weight contributes to many conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes.

            “Traditional weight loss therapies are not working for a lot of people, so people are looking for creative ways to help people lose weight and keep weight off,” Dr. Hensrud says. “The results of this study show the potential of financial incentives for weight loss.

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              west@hotmail.com (Jeff Behar) Latest Nutrition Studies Mon, 03 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0700
              Does Saying ‘I Love You’ Mean Your Relationship Is in Trouble? http://www.mybesthealthportal.net/mind-and-motivation/does-saying-i-love-you-mean-your-relationship-is-in-trouble.html http://www.mybesthealthportal.net/mind-and-motivation/does-saying-i-love-you-mean-your-relationship-is-in-trouble.html

              Relationship-TroubleCuddling, kissing and holding hands are the kinds of behavior you might expect to see this time of year. So why do the days that follow Valentine’s Day mark the largest spike on the calendar for breakups?

              Affectionate behavior is not all that it seems, according to relational communication expert Sean Horan, an assistant professor at DePaul University in the College of Communication.

              “Gestures such as hand holding, kissing and cuddling could be indicators that your partner is mad at you,” explained Horan.

              In the study “Understanding the Routine Expression of Deceptive Affection in Romantic Relationships,” forthcoming in Communication Quarterly, co-author Horan examined how and why deceptive affectionate behavior occurs.

              Deceptive affection means that an individual in a romantic relationship chooses to express affection he or she does not actually feel, according to the findings.

              Horan, along with co-author Melanie Booth-Butterfield, a professor at West Virginia University, discovered that non-married individuals expressed deceptive affection about three times a week to romantic partners.

              “Couples use deceptive affection because they feel negatively about their partner and want to save face, avoid embarrassing their partner or sidestep a situation that may land them in hot water,” said Horan.

              Examples of this kind of deception include lying about one’s own feelings or feelings about a partner and expressing affection instead of negative feelings, he noted.

              One participant confessed she didn’t want to hug or cuddle her boyfriend because she was in a bad mood but did so anyway. Another told his girlfriend he loved her to get off the phone faster so he could watch a basketball game. And when one woman’s boyfriend asked if she liked his new haircut, she lied and said she did, in order to spare his feelings.

              According to the study’s findings, couples use verbal and non-verbal affection in hopes that a sweet caress or profession of love will mask their true feelings.

              However, don’t let paranoia kick in and assume your love will wilt faster than Valentine’s Day roses. Horan noted that this isn’t necessarily negative behavior.

              “Using affection to lie appears to be a regular activity in romantic relationships that most people don’t seem to mind,” he said. “In fact, deceptive affection might actually help maintain a relationship.”

              Horan and Booth-Butterfield’s related study, “Is It Worth Lying For? Physiological and Emotional Implications of Recalling Deceptive Affection,” published in 2010 in Human Communication Research, examined the risks of deceptive affection. The research indicated that those using deceptive affection are minimally bothered by their lies.

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                west@hotmail.com (Jeff Behar) Mind and Motivation Mon, 27 May 2013 23:31:57 -0700
                Green Calorie Food Labels Misleading People Into Thinking Bad Foods are Health Foods http://www.mybesthealthportal.net/nutrition/latest-nutrition-studies/green-calorie-food-labels-misleading-people-into-thinking-bad-foods-are-health-foods.html http://www.mybesthealthportal.net/nutrition/latest-nutrition-studies/green-calorie-food-labels-misleading-people-into-thinking-bad-foods-are-health-foods.html

                snicker green calorie labelThose all to familair green calorie food labels appear to mislead people to see nutrition-poor foods as healthy food according to a new nutrition study appearing in the current issue of the journal Health Communication.

                A Cornell researcher says that consumers are more likely to perceive a candy bar as more healthful when it has a green calorie label compared with when it had a red one – even though the number of calories are the same. And green labels increase perceived healthfulness of foods, especially among consumers who place high importance on healthy eating.

                "More and more, green calorie labels are popping up on the front of food packaging, including the wrappers of sugary snacks like candy bars. And currently, there's little oversight of these labels," said Jonathon Schuldt, assistant professor of communication and director of Cornell's Social Cognition and Communication Lab. "Our research suggests that the color of calorie labels may have an effect on whether people perceive the food as healthy, over and above the actual nutritional information conveyed by the label, such as calorie content.”

                Schuldt asked 93 university students to imagine that they were hungry and see a candy bar while waiting in a grocery checkout lane. The students were then shown an image of a candy bar with either a red or a green calorie label. Schuldt asked them whether the candy bar, compared to others, contains more or fewer calories and how healthy it is. The students perceived the green-labeled bar as more healthful than the red one, even though the calorie content was the same.

                Schuldt repeated the experiment with 39 online participants who were shown candy with either green or white labels. The participants were asked to what extent the healthiness of food is an important factor in their decision about which foods to buy and eat, on a scale of 1 (not at all important) to 7 (very important).

                The more importance the participants placed on healthy eating, the more they perceived the white-labeled candy bar as less healthful – a pattern that was eliminated when the candy bar had a green calorie label.

                "The green calorie labels buffer relatively poor nutrition foods from appearing less healthful among those especially concerned with healthy eating," Schuldt said.
                The green calorie label study has implications for nutrition labeling, given that front-of-package calorie labels have become increasingly common in the food marketplace in the United States and Europe. For example, Snickers and M&Ms have green front-of-package calorie flags that are particularly conspicuous to consumers at points-of-purchase.

                "As government organizations including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration consider developing a uniform front-of-package labeling system for the U.S. marketplace, these findings suggest that the design and color of the labels may deserve as much attention as the nutritional information they convey," Schuldt said.

                The article, "Does Green Mean Healthy? Nutrition Label Color Affects Perceptions of Healthfulness,” is available online at http://alturl.com/j6vez.

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                  west@hotmail.com (Jeff Behar) Latest Nutrition Studies Fri, 25 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0700
                  Are these Everyday Items Linked to Increase Cancer Risk in your Everyday Life? http://www.mybesthealthportal.net/health/disease-and-conditions/cancer/10-everyday-items-that-increase-your-risk-for-cancer.html http://www.mybesthealthportal.net/health/disease-and-conditions/cancer/10-everyday-items-that-increase-your-risk-for-cancer.html

                  cancer-causing-productsCancer remains to be at the top of the list of the most common causes of death across the world, and studies show there are many everyday items being used by most of the population contributing to this increased risk of cancer. Are these everyday cancer risks in your daily life?

                  Alcohol. While a glass of wine a day may help your health, excessively indulging in alcoholic drinks can make you become more prone not only to one but different kinds of cancer, such as liver cancer, esophagus cancer, mouth cancer, colon cancer, and breast cancer. Alcohol can increase the chances of getting breast cancer among women by as much as 30 percent.

                  Cellular phones. There is still an ongoing debate over this matter. But the World Health Organization has already concluded that the radio frequency electromagnetic fields emitted by these gadgets can possibly cause cancer in the brain. As of this moment, there is still limited evidence to prove the relation between cell phone and cancer. But it would not hurt to do take precautions. Something as simple as using headsets instead putting the phone directly to your ears can help.

                  Antiperspirant products. Aluminum in particular has been found to be a main contributor to breast cancer. What the antiperspirant does is it stops perspiration. By doing so, it encourages toxin deposits in the lymph nodes which may lead to breast cancancercer.

                  Talc powder. Talc has been under close scrutiny for years. This is because it has been found to have some similarities with asbestos. Talc can cause lung cancer and promote the growth of tumors in the ovaries.

                  Burned meat. When meat is cooked until it becomes burned, it releases toxins. It particularly creates a carcinogen known as heterocyclic aromatic amines. Despite this fact being common knowledge though, some people still can't kick off the habit of eating charred meat.

                  Cured meat. These meats contain nitrates. It is common among hotdogs, bacon, sausages and lunch meat among others.

                  Fried treats. Fried food should be avoided not only because they increase the body's cholesterol levels. It is also because foods that have been fried using extremely high temperatures contain acrylamide which is a type of carcinogen.

                  Doughnuts. Because of their high sugar content and the deep fat frying process they go through, doughnuts are a carcinogenic filled treat.

                  Soft drinks and juices. Sweetened beverages in general are filled with refined sugar. It is also a fact that carcinogens feed on sugar. In which case, these beverages can help promote the growth and formation of tumors. Aside from the high sugar content, these drinks are also filled with certain additives that are not good for the health. As such, sweetened beverages should never take the place of vitamins and minerals, as well as other nutrients.

                  Bubble bath for children. Products that contain sodium lauryl sulfate are known to affect the skin's mucous lining. Prolonged usage increases the risk of cancer.

                  There are a number of other factors that may bring about cancer. What is more alarming is that these things have become part of people's lives and it will take a conscious effort to avoid them. But with proper information, we can all make a change and hopefully avoid cancer.

                  Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/039089_cancer_avoidance_items.html#ixzz2KsL1hyvF

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                  • cancer risks
                  • cancer
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                    west@hotmail.com (Jeff Behar) Cancer Fri, 07 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800
                    10 Everyday Items that increase your Risk for Cancer http://www.mybesthealthportal.net/health/disease-and-conditions/cancer/10-everyday-items-that-increase-your-risk-for-cancer.html http://www.mybesthealthportal.net/health/disease-and-conditions/cancer/10-everyday-items-that-increase-your-risk-for-cancer.html

                    cancerCancer remains to be at the top of the list of the most common causes of fatalities. This fatal disease can affect anyone. And there are everyday items that increase the risk of cancer. These items that can bump up your cancer risk include:

                    Cellular phones. There is still an ongoing debate over this matter. But the World Health Organization has already concluded that the radio frequency electromagnetic fields emitted by these gadgets can possibly cause cancer in the brain. As of this moment, there is still limited evidence to prove the relation between cell phone and cancer. But it would not hurt to do take precautions. Something as simple as using headsets instead putting the phone directly to your ears can help.

                    Fried treats. Fried food should be avoided not only because they increase the body's cholesterol levels. It is also because foods that have been fried using extremely high temperatures contain acrylamide which is a type of carcinogen.

                    Alcohol. Excessively indulging in alcoholic drinks can make you become more prone not only to one but different kinds of cancer which can affect the liver, esophagus, mouth, colon, and breasts. As a matter of fact, it can increase the chances of getting breast cancer among women by as much as 30 percent.

                    Burned meat. When meat is cooked until it becomes burned, it releases toxins. It particularly creates a carcinogen known as heterocyclic aromatic amines. Despite this fact being common knowledge though, some people still can't kick off the habit of eating charred meat.

                    Cured meat. These meats contain nitrates. It is common among hotdogs, bacon, sausages and lunch meat among others.

                    Soft drinks and juices. Sweetened beverages in general are filled with refined sugar. It is also a fact that carcinogens feed on sugar. In which case, these beverages can help promote the growth and formation of tumors. Aside from the high sugar content, these drinks are also filled with certain additives that are not good for the health. As such, sweetened beverages should never take the place of vitamins and minerals, as well as other nutrients.cancer-causing-products

                    Doughnuts. Because of their high sugar content and the deep fat frying process they go through, doughnuts are a carcinogenic filled treat.

                    Antiperspirant products. Aluminum in particular has been found to be a main contributor to breast cancer. What the antiperspirant does is it stops perspiration. By doing so, it encourages toxin deposits in the lymph nodes which may lead to breast cancer.

                    Talc powder. Talc has been under close scrutiny for years. This is because it has been found to have some similarities with asbestos. Talc can cause lung cancer and promote the growth of tumors in the ovaries.

                    Bubble bath for children. Products that contain sodium lauryl sulfate are known to affect the skin's mucous lining. Prolonged usage increases the risk of cancer.

                    There are a number of other factors that may bring about cancer. What is more alarming is that these things have become part of people's lives and it will take a conscious effort to avoid them. But with proper information, we can all make a change and hopefully avoid cancer.

                    Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/039089_cancer_avoidance_items.html#ixzz2KsL1hyvF

                    • cancer risk factors
                    • cancer risks
                    • cancer
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                      west@hotmail.com (Jeff Behar) Cancer Tue, 21 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0800