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Trying to Lose Weight? Watch Out for Aspartame

Trying to Lose Weight? Watch Out for Aspartame

Many dieters often turn to sugar substitutes when trying to lose weight, often switching to sugar-free diet sodas and chewing gum to avoid snacking and eating more calorie-laden foods. However, aspartame is found in many of these products, and can cause many undesirable side effects, and is involved in 75% of reported complaints received by the Adverse Reaction Monitoring System (ARMS) of the US Food and Drug Administration.

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Beware: It’s Not Too Late to Catch the Flu

Beware: It’s Not Too Late to Catch the Flu

According to the CDC, flu season is officially under way, marked by three consecutive weeks in a row that at least 10% of patients tested positive for the flu at the doctor, with flu virus reports from all 50 states.

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Beyond Bread – Top 3 Foods to Avoid if You’re Gluten Intolerant

Beyond Bread – Top 3 Foods to Avoid if You’re Gluten Intolerant

Gluten, an ingredient that causes flours to rise during baking, has been under scrutiny for years now, and if you’re intolerant to it, the first food you’ve likely been advised to avoid is bread, among other wheat and grain-based foods. Unfortunately, gluten is an allergen for some, leading to symptoms such as skin rashes, headaches and irritable bowel syndrome, and has even been linked to rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease.

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Get Control of Overeating

Get Control of Overeating

If you have a hard time resisting sugar, fat and salt, you’re not alone – and the food industry may be partly to blame. Dr. David Kessler, former head of the FDA, recently released a new book, The End of Overeating – Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite, which offers an inside look at the commercial food industry.

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Allergy-Prone? Foods to Avoid

Allergy-Prone? Foods to Avoid

Spring weather has hit parts of the US already, and if you’re sensitive to pollen and other allergens, your eyes and sinuses may already be feeling the change in season and responding with unpleasant watering, itching, and sneezing. However, for people sensitive to food allergies, “season” could be any time you indulge in certain foods.

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Own a Pet? You May Have a Healthier Heart!

Own a Pet? You May Have a Healthier Heart!

It’s well known that owning a pet has many health benefits. However, a new study reported in the American Journal of Cardiology shows that pet owners with chronic ailments may even have healthier, more adaptable hearts. The study followed people with conditions such as diabetes and high cholesterol and found that they had more changes in heart rate than people without pets during the same period of time, indicating that they were more adaptable and would therefore less likely to be less taxed under certain circumstances; for instance, high-stress situations.

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Childhood Obesity Reaches New Problems in the Classroom & Beyond

Childhood Obesity Reaches New Problems in the Classroom & Beyond

With rates of childhood obesity steadily on the rise, pediatricians are now saying once-standard growth charts are no longer applicable. Approximately 17% of youths are obese, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Resveratrol May Improve Insulin Sensitivity

Resveratrol May Improve Insulin Sensitivity

The results from a month-long pilot study presented in The Journals of Gerontology: Series A, conducted by researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, suggest that daily supplements of resveratrol may improve sensitivity to insulin in older people with age-related glucose intolerance, and may also reduce the spike in blood sugar after a meal.

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Is Depression a Normal Part of Aging?

Is Depression a Normal Part of Aging?

Maybe you’ve noticed a change in one of your parents, an elderly friend, or even your spouse. Once-loved activities now elicit sighs of boredom or have become shunned altogether. He or she may seem always “on edge”, restless, or conversely, unusually fatigued. These symptoms could all be subtle signs of depression, a condition becoming more common in older adults, affecting an estimated 1 in 5 Americans 65 and up.

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Better-Looking Skin in 6 Weeks or Less!

Better-Looking Skin in 6 Weeks or Less!

Whether you’re stuck in a skincare rut (or lack a routine altogether), it’s never too late to begin anew or enhance your current regimen. With the start of a new year, what better time than the present is there to get started?

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