ABC US News | ABC Business News Soda consumption is now in “freefall,” having dropped to its lowest point since 1995, with diet sodas taking the greatest hit. Sales of carbonated beverages in general fell three percent in 2013. Diet Coke and diet Pepsi both dropped by nearly seven percent in 2013. Sales of Diet Mountain Dew also fell more sharply than regular Mountain Dew. One of the largest studies of its kind found that drinking just two diet drinks a day can increase your risk of an early death from heart disease by 50 percent. Previous research looking at […]

Exercise for Health and Longevity

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Researchers have stated that exercise is the best preventive strategy known for improving health and longevity. This is because exercise affects your entire body in beneficial ways. This includes changes in your muscles, lungs, heart, joints, bones, and brain. Compelling evidence also suggests that even if you exercise regularly, prolonged sitting is itself a risk factor for chronic disease and reduced longevity. Here are five forms of exercise that will allow you to effectively optimize your health and counteract the ill effects of sitting, even if you have a desk job. Stand Up Every 15 Minutes While not intuitively obvious, […]

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Fighting Alzheimer’s with Vitamin E

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At present, an estimated 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. In the next 20 years, it is projected that Alzheimer’s will affect one in four Americans. A recent study found that 2,000 IUs of vitamin E per day helped delay the loss of function, such as planning and organizing, in Alzheimer’s patients It’s important to realize that modern medicine has very little to offer in terms of treatment, so prevention is paramount. Research suggests the best hope is in prevention focusing on diet, exercise, and staying mentally active. Food Is Your Best Source of Vitamin E Your body can easily […]

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How to Overcome Afternoon Fatigue

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There are two fuels your body can use, sugar and fat. The sad reality is that our ancestors were adapted to using fat as their primary fuel and over 99 percent of us are now adapted to using sugar or glucose as our number one fuel source. Because most are primarily burning carbs as fuel, afternoon fatigue is typically related to post-lunch hypoglycemia. By switching your body from using carbs as its primary fuel to burning fats instead, you virtually eliminate such drops in energy levels. Adapting your body to burning fat instead of carbs has a number of benefits, […]

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How to Stay Strong and Healthy as You Age

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In a recent study, scientists were able to manipulate body chemistry linked to the aging of muscles, and were able to restore the ability of old human muscle to repair and rebuild itself. Importantly, the research also found evidence that aging muscles need to be kept in shape, because long periods of atrophy are more challenging to overcome. Older muscles do not respond as well to sudden bouts of exercise. And rather than building muscle, older people can instead generate scar tissue if they exercise after long periods of inactivity. The research cited in this study emphasized the need to […]

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3 Proven Steps for Preventing Cancer

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In the last 30 years the global cancer burden has doubled, and it will likely double again between 2000 and 2020, and nearly triple by 2030 – unless people begin to take cancer prevention seriously. We CAN turn this trend around, but to do so the medical community must stop overlooking the methods that can actually have a significant impact. Three cancer advancements in particular merit special mention. These advancements have not yet been accepted by conventional medicine, and they must be. 1. Vitamin D There’s overwhelming evidence pointing to the fact that vitamin D deficiency plays a crucial role […]

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Are Energy Drinks Making You Fat?

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I receive a ton of questions about all of these new “energy” drinks that have hit the market over the last few years. They seem to be all the rage, and they promise you the world with outrageous claims of all of the super energy that you are going to have, and how you’ll become the best athlete in the world, start lifting cars over your head, and get a perfect body. So a couple questions arise: Are these “energy” drinks really any good for you? Do they actually increase your energy? Do they really have some sort of magical […]

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How did So Many get So Fat, So Fast?

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There are so many different thoughts  and opinions with regard  to the current obesity epidemic. This 7-part video series from the researchers at UCTV Prime takes a serious, scientific look at this complex plague. I found it to be both fascinating and informative. The debut episode “An Epidemic for Every Body” debunks the theory that obesity only affects the “gluttons and sloths” among us and is, in fact, a public health problem that impacts everyone. The Skinny on Obesity: An Epidemic for Every Body How sweet is sweet? We all know that there is a strong correlation between sugar intake and […]

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Can’t Lose Weight, it’s Not in Your Imagination

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It is easy to convince yourself that getting rid of those unwanted excess pounds of fat is just not going to happen for you. Not because you have not tried. You have. But each time the result of going on a new diet or exercise program has been to end up where you started. That’s not only not much fun, it demoralizes you and makes it that much more likely you’ll give up the next time at an even earlier stage. Failure tends to follow on failure. It’s exactly the kind of spiral that sucks ships to the bottom of […]

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Exercise Helps Fight Aging

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Regular exercise, even initiated late in life, can help fight the effects of aging. Healthy older individuals can substantially increase both strength and endurance with exercise. Some of the physical declines associated with aging, including a gradual decrease in the number of muscle fibers, are thought to be genetic in origin and irreversible. However, others — including reductions in muscle fiber size due to inactivity — are reversible through exercise. The Texas team examined the results of dozens of studies assessing the benefits of exercise in elderly populations. Among their findings: – one 1989 study involving individuals in their 70s […]

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