Planning Your Meals to Reach Your Goals

Planning Your Meals to Reach Your Goals

Feb 16

Sue Kiefner

I struggle with eating healthy. I often eat for convenience, which means I DO NOT plan!  Since February 3, I have been making conscious decisions on everything I put in my mouth.  I went away with the family for a couple of days and we had dinner at a buffet.…

How Santa Helped Me Believe in Jesus

How Santa Helped Me Believe in Jesus

Dec 22

Sue Kiefner

I think we are born wanting to believe in something… it’s innate.  Our soul has a yearning to be connected to something greater than ourselves.  I was brought up in a home that did not go to church very often. We were a Christmas and Easter family.  My mom grew…

It may be snowing, but you can still workout!

It may be snowing, but you can still workout!

Feb 13

The northeast is in the middle of a blizzard and people aren’t able to get to the gym.  Here’s a great workout you can do from your living room that will only take 10 minutes and will be worth it!

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Happy New Year- What's Your Change?

Happy New Year- What's Your Change?

Jan 01

Sue Kiefner

Here we are! The new year has finally arrive. It’s a perfect time to look back over the accomplishments of 2013.  For me, I lost 17 pounds and 20 inches since February 2013. Although I could have lost a lot more weight with more aggressive measures, this year I focused…

Have You Ever Been on a Diet?

Have You Ever Been on a Diet?

Dec 27

Wendy Strohl, Personal Trainer/Group Fitness Instructor/Nutrition Coach

Have you ever been on a diet? Just to give up a few days in. Maybe you had that piece of cake you were wanting and oh well the diet is over. Diets can work however they don’t last. We want to follow a diet of healthy eating and have…

Know your Body and Modify!

Know your Body and Modify!

Oct 26

Sue Kiefner

In my mind, I thought people who went to the gym were perfect. They didn’t have any pain, they didn’t need any motivation, it was simply, time to go to the gym and they went.  The more often I go, the more I realize that exercise isn’t easy for anyone.…

Up and Down Scale- How to Cope

Up and Down Scale- How to Cope

Oct 07

Sue Kiefner

I hate looking at the scale. It is never consistent and always makes me feel bad. I think one of my biggest hurdles for trying to lose weight is how I feel when I look at the scale. There’s nothing worse than seeing the number go up and…

MOTIVATION!, What's Yours?

MOTIVATION!, What's Yours?

Oct 01

Sue Kiefner

M.O.T.I.V.A.T.I.O.N. is such a big word and is different for everyone!  Since becoming a mom, this word is more important to me now than during any other time in my life. I want active kids,and they are! They love to run, ride bikes, swim, play tag, go sledding and all…

No Complements Necessary (butt thank you!!!)

No Complements Necessary (butt thank you!!!)

Sep 18

Sue Kiefner

I was walking into my daughter’s preschool this morning and a mom who was following me into the building said “Are you losing weight?”  I said, “yes, I’m trying.” And she said “I can tell!”  We all know what that means… my butt is looking smaller!  I’m still a big…

Space Between My Thighs!

Space Between My Thighs!

Sep 14

Sue Kiefner

The other morning I got dressed and as I was walking out of my room, I found something I hadn’t seen in a long time. Something almost foreign to me… it was space between my thighs! It has been so many years since this has happened to me that I…

"It's in Your Mind!"

"It's in Your Mind!"

Apr 15

Anna Negoescu, RN, BA

Almost 40 years ago Herbert Benson began describing the Relaxation Response. The Relaxation Response, which quiets the breathing, relaxes the muscles, calms the mind, and is a key to healing in the highest sense. For centuries physicians have been practicing under the assumption that there is a split, a disconnect…

Yoga Helps Us "Be the Change"

Yoga Helps Us "Be the Change"

Mar 12

Jessie Thompson, The Yoga Loft

“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world towards him.” – Mahatma Gandhi.

Getting the Most out of Your Website

Getting the Most out of Your Website

Feb 16

You may wonder “How can I build more traffic to my website?” It is important that you are listed on websites that offer provider databases, such as Live Well for All, and search websites like Yelp and Google +. Click the link to each of the listed…

To Eat or Not to Eat Steel Cut Oats

To Eat or Not to Eat Steel Cut Oats

Nov 08

Sue Kiefner

If you do research on-line you will see differing opinions on whether or not there are health benefits to eating steel cut oats. Some will say you get the same nutritional value from rolled oats verses the steel cut versions, so it doesn’t matter which one you choose.

Others will mention…

Mind/Body Medicine

Mind/Body Medicine

Aug 30

Anna Negoescu, RN

Mind/Body Medicine is a contemporary exploration of human health and healing that weaves a rich tapestry of global traditions and contemporary medicine to fully integrate the mind, body, and spirit. It recognizes the difference between curing and healing. Contemporary Western Medicine may not be able to cure your disease, but…

Creating Compost for the Garden

Creating Compost for the Garden

Aug 01

Sue Kiefner, amateur gardener

When I was a child we had a very large garden. My mom grew everything from root and vine vegetables
to asparagus. She would send me out to weed the garden in the morning and it was something I hated
to do. I got dirty and it was always so hot. The…

Is Yoga Right for You?

Is Yoga Right for You?

Jul 18

Jessie Thompson, owner, The Yoga Loft

In yoga, we work for a balance of strength and flexibility, practicing postures and sequences that help us attain this balance. The result is both a quality of stability in the body, as well as a quality of openness and freedom of movement. We aim to move all of the…

01/19/2018 12:04

Missouri Faces Costly Dilemma: How To Treat Inmates With Hepatitis C?

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Civil liberties groups in Missouri and at least five other states are suing to get more inmates treated with hepatitis drugs that are highly effective but quite expensive.

01/19/2018 06:00

What you should know about alopecia universalis

Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine News From Medical News Today

A look at alopecia universalis, a condition resulting in hair loss across the entire body. Included is detail on diagnosis and the relationship to stress.

01/19/2018 05:00

Coconut oil: Healthful or unhealthful?

Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine News From Medical News Today

Coconut oil is shrouded in controversy. While health organizations advise a limited intake, it is seen by many as a superfood. What is the latest?

01/18/2018 15:00

Pop This Compact "Energy Lamp" On Your Desk To Beat The Winter Blues

Prevention

By now, you’ve read countless articles confirming that seasonal affective disorder—aptly called SAD—is a real condition. The lack of sunlight during the winter months truly can trigger fatigue, weight gain, and feelings of depression. Even if your low energy and bad mood aren’t officially diagnosed as SAD by your doctor, the dark days are likely taking their toll.

(Boost your energy and slim down in just 8 weeks with the 20-minute workouts in Prevention’s Toning Transformation!)

Though the exact causes of SAD aren’t clear, research suggests those who have the condition may overproduce the sleep-regulating hormone melatonin, thus making them feel more sluggish. Other theories point to a lack of vitamin D (aka “the sunshine vitamin”) or low levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which helps to regulate your mood. (Try these 15 surprising ways to get more vitamin D.) But one thing is certain: Light therapy can help stabilize your hormones and do wonders for your mood this time of year.

Enter the HappyLight Liberty 5K Energy Lamp by Verilux. This sleek device mimics the full-spectrum light of the sun, emitting 5,000 LUX intensity, and comes with an energy-efficient, cool-burning bulb. The lamp’s slight size (just 6” x 7” x 3”) makes it perfect for placing on an end table or desktop, whether at home or the office. Just switch it on first thing in the morning or when you get to work to lighten up your mood. (You may also want to check out these 7 user-recommended light therapy lamps.)

Speaking of your mood, here's how to tell if your stress level is unhealthy:

If you suffer from the winter blues, the National Institute of Mental Health recommends sitting in front of a light device for 20-60 minutes every morning from fall until spring. Because the HappyLight Liberty 5K produces 5,000 LUX rather than the 10,000 LUX of stronger, pricier light therapy devices, you may benefit from a longer session, or two shorter AM sessions. (Avoid using your lamp in the evening, as it could mess with your sleep.)

MORE: 9 Natural Remedies For Seasonal Affective Disorder

One satisfied reviewer of this lamp says its compact size makes it stand out: "It is not too big to fit in an office, but not too small [so] that if it is three feet or so away from you, you can still feel the effects of it." Not only is this HappyLight more portable than many other light therapy devices, but it's a lot less expensive, too. Though the lamp's 5,000 LUX may not help people with severe cases of SAD, for just $40, "you can see if you feel any positive effects from it before deciding whether to move on to a 10,000 LUX SAD light," the reviewer suggests.

If you're in a funk as the winter days drag on, this little device may be just what you need to perk back up and boost your productivity. If not, Verilux offers a risk-free guarantee, so you can return the lamp within 30 days for a full refund. Buy it now on Jet.com.

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01/18/2018 14:28

Scientists Edge Closer To A Blood Test To Detect Cancers

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This blood test detected signs of cancer in 70 percent of people with eight common forms of the disease. But it was much less good at identifying cancer in people in the early stages.

01/18/2018 12:44

How To Organize Your Kitchen For Weight Loss Success, According To Science

Prevention

Declutter Your Life is a month-long initiative to help you manage stress and boost your health by learning the principles of banishing clutter and restoring a sense of order to your world.

If you’re trying to slim down, consider this very important fact: How you store the food in your kitchen matters almost as much as which foods are there in the first place.

It’s a good idea to stock up on healthy staples like fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean proteins, of course. But if you don’t put them—and those tempting, junky snacks that your family members insist on having around—in the right place, they might not do you much good.

(Lose weight and stop your sugar cravings with Prevention's Sugar Detox Made Easy!)

Don’t believe it? More and more, science is uncovering that what we see in our kitchens can have a significant impact on our food choices. Which means that if you want to lose weight, you need to make the good stuff easy to access—and keep the diet derailers out of your line of vision. That’s the basic principle anyway, but there are lots of small, specific ways to put this idea into practice.

Here, the expert-approved tips to help you organize every corner of your kitchen—and start losing weight.

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01/18/2018 10:53

Trump Admin Will Protect Health Workers Who Refuse Services On Religious Grounds

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The Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom is being established to aid health workers with objections rooted in conscience or religion to treating certain people and performing some procedures.

01/18/2018 10:01

Repeated Head Hits, Not Just Concussions, May Lead To A Type Of Chronic Brain Damage

Shots - Health News : NPR

Scientists believe they have solid evidence that repeated direct hits to the head can cause the degenerative brain disease seen in some athletes, even if there are no signs of concussion.

01/18/2018 10:00

Turmeric for IBS: Does it work?

Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine News From Medical News Today

We look at the claims that turmeric can help symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), discuss how it may be used, and if there are risks.

01/18/2018 09:39

I'm Obsessed With Orangetheory Fitness Classes. Here's Why You Should Be, Too.

Prevention

Americans are going crazy for orange—theory, that is. Everyone seems to be canceling their big box gym memberships to sweat it out at a boutique studio called Orangetheory Fitness. The nationwide franchise was America’s fastest-growing woman-owned company for 2017, and it looks to be just as hot this year.

Nearly four years ago, in March 2014, I decided to see what makes this 60-minute, full-body workout class so popular. What I thought was just market research ended up being love from the get-go. Here's a recollection of my first experience, and why I'm still sweating at Orangetheory, to date!

(Boost your energy and slim down in just 8 weeks with the 20-minute workouts in Prevention’s Toning Transformation!)

From the moment I walked in the doors of my local Orangetheory Fitness boutique in Round Rock, Texas, I was greeted by my first name. That made me feel a sense of belonging. Because this was my very first class, I arrived 30 minutes early for a complimentary tutorial, where I learned how to operate the three stations used in class: treadmills, rowing machines, and weight room. (Call a local studio to sign up for your first class, and it will be free. You just need to bring your ID for proof of residence.)

MORE: Over 40? These Exercise Classes Are Perfect For You

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Orange Theory high five with trainer
Photograph courtesy of Brook Benten Jimenez

Before class, I gathered outside the studio door with the other participants. Then, about two minutes before “go” time, an enthusiastic coach named Megan (who moved away in 2016 to franchise her own Orangetheory Fitness studio!) explained the outline of the day’s workout. (That's one of my new coaches in the pic above.) Each Orangetheory Fitness class follows one of four profiles: Endurance, Strength, Power, or an “ESP” mix of all three. Once the overview was complete, the coach asked us if anyone needed to use a strider or stationary bike. If you prefer these alternatives to walking or jogging on a treadmill, don't be afraid to speak up!

New to working out? Here's how to start walking if you have 50+ pounds to lose:

Now, it was “go” time. With hands raised for a high-five from Coach Megan, we walked into the studio, which was softly lit with an orange glow (fitting). Music was already booming through the speakers. Each coach can create their own playlist, but many use an app called RockMyRun, which creates mashup DJ mixes with seamless transitions.

To start, half of us went to the treadmills and the other half to the rowing machines. There is a number on each unit/machine. When you switch stations, you're supposed to go to the equipment with that same number to keep transitions smooth and maintain the flow of class—not to mention avoid the workout equivalent of stealing somebody’s parking spot. (Prefer working out alone? Here are the only 9 things you really need for strength training at home.)

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Orange Theory results screen
Photograph courtesy of Brook Benten Jimenez

We spent about half of class working on the treadmill and the other half divided between the rowing machine and weight room. During this time, my performance was tracked with color-coded heart rate monitoring technology. My name and heart rate (+ zone color) appeared on a big screen television, along with every other class participant. The color-coding made intensity tracking pretty straightforward. I can adequately describe the color-coded zones and coinciding intensity like this:

  • Blue zone: the living is easy
  • Green zone: trying but not dying
  • Orange zone challenging and uncomfortable
  • Red zone: all-out max!

It's not like I was competing against other people, yet I knew if they were blowing up the screen with tons of orange and I was still poking around in the blue, I better quit poking around and get to work! The “theory” behind Orangetheory Fitness is that if you spend 12 collective minutes in orange or red zones during class, you’ll reach the threshold for an afterburn effect, where you “keep burning” additional calories for a day after the workout. ("Keep Burning" is the company slogan.)

MORE: 10 Exercises That Burn More Calories Than Running

The environment at Orangetheory Fitness is oozing with positivity. I felt encouraged to work at my personal best as my coach told me, "Beautiful, Brook! Awesome effort on that treadmill!" Other participants fist-dapped each other and me after we completed intense intervals. It is the most cohesive environment I have exercised in, and I’ve been in the fitness industry for two decades!

In the end, it was that total package of great coaching, "everybody lifts everybody" support, and a solid workout that had me wrapping my first class with a smile on my face and sweat trickling down my brow. On my way out of the studio, a front desk worker asked, "Are you interested in a membership?" I responded, "I'm interested in a franchise!" (Somewhat joking. I opted for the membership.)

Do Orangetheory members tend to "look" a certain way? Nope. There are overweight, deconditioned people in class. There are “weekend warriors.” There are men who never dreamed they’d be the “aerobics class” type (it took me three years of prodding my husband to try an OTF class. After just one he joined, and now goes two or three times a week!) There are athletes. There are people in baggy old clothes. There are people in sports bras. All of these folks come together, as they are, and lift each other up to achieve their highest potential. No comparison. No shaming. But, in this workout, no mercy either. (If you don't have time for an hourlong class, try this 10-minute total-body HIIT workout that will rev your metabolism.)

Try this Orangetheory Fitness-inspired circuit:

Here’s a 60-minute session similar to one you would experience at Orangetheory Fitness. You may need to head to a gym, as you'll need a treadmill, rowing machine, and TRX suspension trainer.

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treadmill warmup
Photograph courtesy of Brook Benten Jimenez

Part 1: Warm-Up on Treadmill (8 minutes)

  1. Set incline to 1.0 and power walk for 3 minutes (for the average person, a “power walk” is between 3.5-4.2 MPH).
  2. Raise your speed to a light jog for 5 minutes. Or, if you prefer low impact, maintain initial (power walking) pace, but raise incline to 5.0. (Psst! This is the best treadmill workout for weight loss if you're over 50.)

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treadmill hill run
Photograph courtesy of Brook Benten Jimenez

Part 2: Treadmill Progressive Hill (20 minutes)

  1. Maintain your jog pace, but raise your incline by 1.0 every minute for 7 minutes. (so, 1 minute at 1.0 incline, 1 minute at 2.0 incline, 1 minute at 3.0… all the way until 7.0). Or, if you prefer low impact, walk and raise your incline by 2.0 every minute (so, 1 minute at 1.0 incline, 1 minute at 3.0, 1 minute at 5.0… all the way to 13.0).
  2. Return to 1.0 incline (this will take 15 seconds) then raise your speed to a sprint for 45 seconds!
  3. Walk comfortably for 2 minutes.
  4. Repeat.

MORE: How Running For 250 Days (And Counting) Has Changed My Life

Part 3: Rower and TRX Circuit (25-30 minutes)

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rowing machine workout
Photograph courtesy of Brook Benten Jimenez

1. Row 500 meters on a rowing machine. (Here’s how to row properly).

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TRX chest fly
Photograph courtesy of Brook Benten Jimenez

2. Perform 15 TRX Chest Flys. To do a Chest Fly (as shown above), stand upright and grasp a handle in each hand with your body facing away from the anchor. Step your feet in about 2 feet, where your body is angled. Take your arms out wide, then, with slightly bent elbows, pull your arms in towards each other.

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TRX low row
Photograph courtesy of Brook Benten Jimenez

3. Perform 15 TRX Low Rows. To do a Low Row (as shown above), stand upright and grasp a handle in each hand with your body facing toward the anchor. Step your feet in 2 feet (or more to make it harder), so your body is angled. Reach your arms out long, then pull your elbows straight past your body, taking the handles toward your ribcage.

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TRX jump squats
Photograph courtesy of Brook Benten Jimenez

4. Perform 45-seconds of TRX Jump Squats. To do a Jump Squat (as shown above), stand upright and grasp a handle in each hand with your body facing toward the anchor. Step your feet in about a foot, so your body is slightly angled. Reach your arms out long, and squat down. Now jump up and out at a slight diagonal, where you feel the support of the TRX straps. Land lightly. (If you prefer low impact, omit the jump and just rise to your toes).

5. Repeat. Complete 4 rounds like this.

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01/17/2018 19:26

Pioneering HIV Researcher Mathilde Krim Remembered For Her Activism

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Mathilde Krim, who died this week, was a vocal pioneer in HIV treatment and research at a time when discrimination against people with AIDS in the U.S. was rampant, even in medical care.

01/17/2018 17:15

Aetna Agrees To Pay $17 Million In HIV Privacy Breach

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Health insurer Aetna has reached a settlement with people whose privacy was compromised when their HIV status was visible through the clear address windows on envelopes sent to them.

01/17/2018 13:15

8 Ways Hilary Swank Stays Fit At 43—And Why We're Obsessed With Her Instagram

Prevention

Ask most celebrities about how they stay in such great shape, and they give some lame answer like running after their kids or walking their dog. (Yeah, right.) But not Hilary Swank.

The 43-year-old actress has a strong, sculpted physique that would probably make an American Ninja Warrior jealous. And no, she didn’t earn it from chasing a toddler at the playground. How do we know this? Because Swank documents all the hard work that goes into staying in shape after 40 on her wildly popular Instagram account. What’s more, she does it with an upbeat, no-nonsense attitude that’s both infectious and inspiring.

(Sculpt your belly, butt, and thighs with the 20-minute workouts in the all-new Prevention Toning Transformation!)

Here’s a look at the no-fail tenets she stands by—and encourages her fans to remember on their fitness journeys. Spoiler alert: You’re 100% going to start following her before you finish reading this.

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01/17/2018 12:15

3 ​Things That Happen When You Stop Eating Dairy

Prevention

When Dina Cheney went for her annual checkup, her doctor made a suggestion that, at the time, seemed devastating: She told her to give up cheese.

Cheney, then in her late 30s, noticed that her weight was starting to creep up. Though her blood pressure and cholesterol levels were still normal, cutting cheese out of her diet would be an easy way to slash her calories and lose a few pounds, her doctor said.

(Lose weight and stop your sugar cravings with Prevention's Sugar Detox Made Easy!)

She was pretty resistant to her doctor’s recommendation at first. Cheney adored cheese and ate it almost daily. Plus, she was a food writer who made part of her living by writing cookbooks. She couldn’t imagine breaking up with one of the foods she loved most—and worried that doing so could have a negative impact on her career.

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how to cut dairy out of your diet
Photograph courtesy of Dina Cheney

But for the sake of her health, the mom of two decided to give it a try anyway. Though going without her favorites was tough at first (she loved pizza), she quickly found that she felt better without them. So a few months later, she also stopped eating cow’s milk and ice cream—two other things she enjoyed on a near-daily basis. Before long, she was totally dairy-free. Instead of cooking with milk or cream, she’d substitute plant milks. To get cheese’s rich, umami flavor, she started relying on savory vegan staples like miso, nutritional yeast, and tomato paste.

MORE: Healthy Pizza Toppings You Haven't Tried—But Totally Need To

That was four years ago, and she hasn’t looked back. For Cheney, ditching dairy yielded so many positive changes that she decided to (mostly) stay that way for good. She was even inspired to write a dairy-free cookbook, The New Milks. Here’s a look at the three biggest benefits she reaped.

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01/17/2018 12:00

Do any weight loss pills really work?

Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine News From Medical News Today

In this article, we take a look at nine types of pills and supplements that are proposed to help support weight loss, examining the evidence for each one.

01/17/2018 05:00

Home Care Agencies Often Wrongly Deny Medicare Help To The Chronically Ill

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Home health firms sometimes turn away Medicare beneficiaries who have chronic health problems by incorrectly claiming Medicare won't pay for their services, say advocates for patients.

01/17/2018 03:00

What are phytoestrogens? Benefits and foods

Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine News From Medical News Today

Phytoestrogens are a natural compound found in plants. When eaten, they may affect a person in the same way as estrogen produced by the body.

01/16/2018 14:51

The Mediterranean Diet Might Improve Acid Reflux Better Than Drugs

Prevention

Since the 1950s, tons of research on the Mediterranean diet—which emphasizes fresh fruits and vegetables, olive oil, and whole grains while limiting red meat and refined carbohydrates—has suggested that this eating plan is good for everything from your heart to your brain. Now there's reason to believe that it also helps with acid reflux, and it might even work better than medication.

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The study, published in JAMA Otalaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, examined data from patients with a type of reflux (laryngopharyngeal reflux, or LPR) in which stomach acid travels up the esophagus to the throat. One group of 85 patients was treated with traditional drugs, while another group of 99 patients followed a Mediterranean-style diet and drank alkaline water. Both groups avoided common reflux triggers such as coffee, fatty and spicy foods, and alcohol.

MORE: 6 Weird Signs You Have Acid Reflux

After six weeks, the drug group saw a 27% reduction in symptoms, while the Mediterranean diet group saw a 40% decrease.

“Patients with reflux disease will benefit from improving their diet, period,” says study author Craig Zalvan, MD, chief of otolaryngology at The Institute for Voice and Swallowing Disorders at Phelps Hospital and associate professor of clinical otolaryngology at New York Medical College. “After about six weeks, if you’re feeling better, you can start experimenting with slowly reintroducing some ‘trigger’ foods such as coffee or chocolate, within reason.”

Animal-based foods increase the amount of amino acids in your stomach, eventually leading to higher levels of an enzyme called pepsin, which triggers acid reflux. A plant-based diet results in fewer amino acids, decreasing pepsin levels. The alkaline water offsets any acid that does arise, since pepsin is deactivated in a low-acid environment.

MORE: 4 Things Your Burps Are Trying To Tell You

While the results of this study are impressive, the research did have some limitations. For starters, it was a retrospective study, which means it used data from past patient records instead of recruiting patients and randomly assigning them to the diet or drug group. So while there's clearly a link between the Mediterranean diet and an improvement in reflux symptoms, we don't know whether dietary changes actually caused that improvement. We also don’t know how large a role the alkaline water played. Perhaps most importantly, the study didn’t take weight loss into account.

“The vast majority of patients with GERD are overweight or obese,” says Nancee Jaffe, RDN, a registered dietitian specializing in gastrointestinal disorders at UCLA Health. “Even slight weight gain in a healthy individual can cause acid reflux, and we don’t know whether or not the patients put on a dietary intervention in this study lost weight. A significant weight loss could have been achieved in six weeks.”

Here's what 1,200 calories looks like on 3 different diets:

Still, the fact that diet may work as well, if not better than, standard treatment is significant. Currently, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are used to treat acid reflux, but more than 5 out of 10 people who use them still have symptoms. And these drugs sometimes cause side effects such as low magnesium levels and heart palpitations; they've also been tied to serious infections that cause chronic diarrhea. Some research has even found an association between PPI and higher risk of chronic kidney disease.

Before you toss your reflux meds in the garbage, talk to your doctor. While dietary changes alone may work for some patients, "there are some people for whom you would never stop their acid medicine and just treat with diet, such as patients who develop complications" like Barrett's esophagus, says John Pandolfino, MD, chief of gastroenterology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Whether or not you experience acid reflux, the Mediterranean diet is something most dietitians are eager to recommend.

MORE: Yet One More Reason To Follow The Mediterranean Diet

“The Mediterranean diet is beneficial for most individuals and we’re very supportive of it here at the Mayo Clinic,” says Mary Wirtz, RDN, a wellness dietitian at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. “I wasn’t overwhelmingly surprised by this study because I think there are still a lot of benefits of the Mediterranean Diet we haven’t learned about yet.”

Other research has found that the Mediterranean diet is associated with reduced incidence of cardiovascular mortality, cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, and overall mortality. If you’re looking to shift your current diet to a Mediterranean-style approach, Wirtz suggests starting with small changes. (These 4 recipes make the Mediterranean diet look easy!) 

“Most people have good intentions and know how they should be eating, but it’s a matter of following through and planning regularly,” she says. “Start realistically. Take one evening a week to spend an hour chopping fruit and vegetables, or preparing whole grains in a big batch, so you can utilize these foods throughout the week.”

If you do, your food may just act as your medicine—if not better.

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01/16/2018 14:20

8 Things Your Nails Are Trying To Tell You

Prevention

Your finger and toenails are fun to paint, but they can also clue you in to undiagnosed medical problems. Just like with your skin, changes in the nails can reveal health issues ranging from nutrients lacking in your diet to early stages of more serious problems, such as cardiovascular disease. In fact, examining the nails and the nail beds is a standard part of a visit to the dermatologist.

“What you look at is the shape of the nails, the surface of the nails, and their color,” says Ella Toombs, MD, a dermatologist based in Washington D.C. Discoloration and thickening could reveal deeper issues such as liver and kidney disease, anemia, or diabetes, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

(Fight diabetes and lower your cholesterol with the affordable, effective health hacks in The Doctors Book of Natural Healing Remedies!)

Here are eight things your nails may say about your health. Remember: If you're worried about any changes you've noticed, schedule an appointment with your doctor.

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01/16/2018 12:18

​​7 Things Doctors Want You To Know About Alzheimer’s

Prevention

Every 66 seconds someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia. Despite how prevalent this condition is, many misconceptions persist. We asked leading doctors to help set the record straight. Here are 7 facts they want you to know:

(Discover the 5 best foods for your brain and other cutting-edge natural tips in Prevention’s Ageless Brain!)

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01/16/2018 10:51

When You Need A Mammogram, Should You Get One In '3-D'?

Shots - Health News : NPR

A newer type of breast imaging costs more. It's not yet clear if the three-dimensional approach is more effective at catching cancers that will kill.

01/16/2018 10:47

Women Who've Embraced Their Gray Hair Swear By These 8 Products

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It’s inevitable: As you age, gray strands pop up, and before you know it, your head is full of them. You might be thinking—I’m old—but really, you should seize this moment and embrace your silver side. (When these 7 women finally embraced their gray hair, it changed their lives.) With the right set of products, those newfound gray locks can look absolutely stunning, and require much less upkeep than they do when you color them.

(Find relief from allergies, joint pain, and more common conditions with the affordable, effective health hacks in The Doctors Book of Natural Healing Remedies!)

Ready to rock your gray hair? Here are 8 amazing beauty products that hairstylists and other bold, silver-haired ladies swear by:

​The Best Products And Shampoos For Gray Hair

01/16/2018 09:52

Are You Hitting Your 10,000 Steps Without Knowing It?

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It seems like a no-brainer: You use your smartphone for texting, photography, email, and social media, so why not tap into its fitness capability as well? Most people carry their phone everywhere, and devices like the iPhone have a step tracker already loaded as a standard feature.

But a new study suggests that your smartphone might not be so smart when it comes to tracking how many steps you take per day. Researchers found that the iPhone’s built-in pedometer missed about 1,340 steps during a typical day compared to a pedometer-type device worn on the waist. That’s about half a mile for most people.

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Knowing your accurate step count can be important when you’re trying to get the recommended amount of 10,000 per day, says Aaron Leventhal, NSCA-CPT, owner of Fit Studios in Minneapolis.

“That amount is a great baseline for most people, because it often drives healthier, more active behaviors, especially if you have a sedentary job,” he says. “To get your steps in, you might take the stairs instead of the elevator, for example, or park further away from a store. The 10,000-steps goal is motivating.” (Try these 15 ways to get 10,000 steps a day without exercising more.)

Studies have noted that more walking can also reduce blood pressure, improve glucose levels, help cardiovascular markers, and boost mental health, among other benefits.

See why you should make an effort to walk outside every day:

Investing in a fitness tracker that counts your steps can be a strong start toward understanding your activity level during the day, and many trackers have other features that complement your step-count data. Here’s a handful of good buys, with health experts chiming in about what sets each tracker apart:

Accurate Fitness Trackers

01/16/2018 05:00

Food Stamp Program Makes Fresh Produce More Affordable

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A federally funded experimental program is partnering with a Latino grocery chain to reward people who use their food stamps to put more fresh produce on their tables.

01/15/2018 05:00

Aphrodisiacs: Where is the evidence?

Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine News From Medical News Today

Natural aphrodisiacs promise to enhance our sex lives — but what does the science behind the claims say? More evidence is slowly emerging.

01/15/2018 04:44

For Now, Sequencing Cancer Tumors Holds More Promise Than Proof

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Sequencing the DNA of cancer tumors to help pinpoint treatment is an emerging element of precision medicine. While patients and doctors alike want these tests, they often don't benefit patients.

01/14/2018 06:00

Mapping How The Opioid Epidemic Sparked An HIV Outbreak

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Researchers knew the HIV outbreak in the small town of Austin, Ind., was related to IV drug use. Mapping how the virus mutated over time revealed its path — and how it might have been stopped.

01/13/2018 07:01

Helping Strangers May Help Teens' Self-Esteem

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Adolescents are under more pressure than ever, and many suffer from depression and anxiety. But new research suggests that volunteering to help strangers makes them feel better about themselves.

01/12/2018 17:12

New Rules May Make Getting And Staying On Medicaid More Difficult

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Indiana is one of the states poised to get permission to require Medicaid recipients to work. Advocates say work requirements may be good politics but they're bad policy.

01/12/2018 13:57

Kentucky Gets OK To Require Work From Medicaid Recipients

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The move comes one day after the Trump administration said it would let states add work requirements to their Medicaid programs, which provide health coverage for people with low incomes.

01/12/2018 13:21

Flu Season Is Shaping Up To Be A Nasty One, CDC Says

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The flu season started early this year and is already widespread throughout the country and intense in dozens of states. But it's not too late to get that flu shot, officials say.

01/08/2018 10:00

What to know about ginger for diarrhea

Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine News From Medical News Today

A look at ginger for diarrhea, a remedy that has been used for a long time. Included is detail on how much ginger is too much, as how much to eat a day.

01/08/2018 06:00

Does green tea help weight loss?

Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine News From Medical News Today

Green tea has been associated with a range of health benefits, including weight loss, due to its rich nutritional and antioxidant make-up. Does it work?

01/07/2018 12:00

Is Aloe vera juice good for IBS?

Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine News From Medical News Today

In this article, learn about whether Aloe vera juice can be used to reduce the symptoms of IBS, as well as if it causes adverse side effects.

01/07/2018 08:00

Is apple cider vinegar good for losing weight?

Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine News From Medical News Today

In this article, we look at the evidence behind the claims that apple cider vinegar could help with weight loss. We also examine the other possible health

01/06/2018 12:00

Can apple cider vinegar cure a headache?

Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine News From Medical News Today

Headaches are a common complaint for many people. There are many natural remedies available, including apple cider vinegar. Does it work?

01/05/2018 11:00

How can we overcome loneliness?

Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine News From Medical News Today

Loneliness is an epidemic and a major risk factor for premature death, recent research suggests. So what can we do to prevent and overcome it?

01/02/2018 09:00

What are the home remedies for vertigo?

Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine News From Medical News Today

A look at home remedies for vertigo, a feeling of spinning and dizziness. Included are details on the symptoms and when to see a doctor for the condition.

12/29/2017 08:00

All you should know about biotin deficiency

Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine News From Medical News Today

A look at deficiency in biotin, the B vitamin that helps the body convert carbohydrates. Included is detail on how it affects pregnancy and treatment.

12/27/2017 12:00

Can watermelon help with erectile dysfunction?

Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine News From Medical News Today

Could watermelon work as a natural remedy for erectile dysfunction in the same way as Viagra? We look at the science and evidence behind this claim.

12/26/2017 12:00

What to know about yoga for erectile dysfunction

Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine News From Medical News Today

A look at yoga for erectile dysfunction. Included is detail on what the research shows about the effectiveness of yoga and the poses that work the best.

12/26/2017 11:00

Can playing 'shoot-em-up' style video games boost cognition?

Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine News From Medical News Today

Researchers in Switzerland have revealed that a specific type of video game may help to boost cognition. Perhaps games could be tailored for this purpose.

12/26/2017 03:00

What are the possible benefits of clary sage oil?

Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine News From Medical News Today

Learn about some of the supposed health benefits of clary sage essential oil. We look at the current evidence, along with how this oil can be used.

12/23/2017 03:00

Gua sha: What you need to know

Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine News From Medical News Today

Gua sha is a technique used in traditional East Asian medicine that is often used to treat muscle pain and tension. We look at the benefits and risks.

12/22/2017 10:00

What is the best type of meditation?

Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine News From Medical News Today

A look at different types of meditation and the benefits of each. Included are tips for better meditation and information on how long it takes to work.

12/22/2017 03:00

What to know about mastectomy scars

Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine News From Medical News Today

Learn more about treatments for mastectomy scars. We run through the options for women and provide details on types of mastectomy procedures.

12/21/2017 03:00

Do liver cleanses work? Evidence and risks

Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine News From Medical News Today

Liver cleanses promise to rid the body of toxins and impurities, but are controversial because there is little science to support their use. Learn more.

12/20/2017 10:00

What is NLP and what is it used for?

Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine News From Medical News Today

In this article, we examine neuro-linguistic programming, which aims to alter thoughts and behaviors, and has been used for psychological conditions.

12/20/2017 08:00

What are the benefits of milk thistle?

Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine News From Medical News Today

Milk thistle is used as natural remedy to treat several health conditions, including liver conditions and diabetes. Does it work? We look at the evidence.

12/19/2017 12:00

Stroke: This herbal extract could improve brain function

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Those who have experienced ischemic stroke may benefit from taking a combination of ginkgo biloba extract and aspirin, a new study suggests.

06/06/2017 09:37

5 Father's Day Gift Ideas for Food-Loving Dads Everywhere

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5 Father's Day Gift Ideas for Food-Loving Dads Everywhere Blog Post

A good bottle of red wine, a perfectly cooked steak and a lot of laughter—this is my dad's request for Father's Day gift ideas. In addition, I've found a few other Father's Day gift ideas any food-loving dad would be happy to receive.

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05/24/2017 11:29

Bobbi Brown's Top 10 Superfoods for Beauty and the Fun Way She Eats Them

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Bobbi Brown's Top 10 Superfoods for Beauty and the Fun Way She Eats Them Blog Post

Basic Beauty Bowl

Pictured: Basic Beauty Bowl

I have always believed that beauty starts from the inside out. Your health shows on your face, in your skin, in how you move your body and how your mind feels. When you feel good, you look good and are more confident in your own skin.

05/22/2017 15:55

4 Foolproof Tips to Make Healthy Veggie Chips at Home

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4 Foolproof Tips to Make Healthy Veggie Chips at Home Blog Post

Sweet Potato Chips

We've all been there: caught with our hand at the bottom of a chip bag that is somehow now empty. We promised ourselves just a few, but what happened?

05/22/2017 15:24

The Easy Frozen Yogurt Dessert You'll Be Eating All Summer Long

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The Easy Frozen Yogurt Dessert You'll Be Eating All Summer Long Blog Post

 

05/18/2017 10:44

These Coconut Fruit Bowls Are Trending on Pinterest and We're Obsessed

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These Coconut Fruit Bowls Are Trending on Pinterest and We're Obsessed Blog Post

Move over, pineapple bowls, there's a new (healthy) stuffed shell taking over and we're just as obsessed as everyone else on social media. Coconut fruit bowls—aka halved coconuts filled with yummy smoothies, fruit or a combo of both—are sweeping Pinterest and why wouldn't they be?

05/11/2017 13:27

4 Ideas for Using Herbs You Probably Haven't Thought Of

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4 Ideas for Using Herbs You Probably Haven't Thought Of Blog Post

Here's how I know I'm in the right place: The sun yawns across my back as I reach for another bouquet of aromatic mint, basil, rosemary, lavender. I bury my face in their leaves and buds. Scent envelops me, a suggestion of the soup, pesto, juice, body scrub to come.

05/11/2017 11:36

4 Tips for Building the Perfect Mason Jar Salad

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4 Tips for Building the Perfect Mason Jar Salad Blog Post

Mason Jar Salad

I'm always looking for healthy lunch ideas that I can make ahead and bring to work. I've gone through the sandwich phase, the soup phase and, of course, the not-so-healthy takeout phase. But lately, I've been on a new kick.

05/09/2017 15:55

We ❤ Vegetables—and We Want You To Love Them As Much As We Do!

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We ❤ Vegetables—and We Want You To Love Them As Much As We Do! Blog Post

Grilled Summer Vegetables

My no-fuss answer to cooking up the haul from the farmers' market: Toss vegetables with olive oil, salt and pepper. Grill until crisp-tender. Drizzle with vinaigrette made with minced shallot and plenty of fresh herbs. Pile leftovers on crusty baguette with melted fontina or fresh mozzarella for lunch the next day.

05/05/2017 15:22

A Food-Lover's Mother's Day Gift Guide

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A Food-Lover's Mother's Day Gift Guide Blog Post

Figuring out what to give my mom for a Mother's Day gift used to be easy. When I lived close to her, I'd always cook up one of her favorites—black-and-white cookies, a roast chicken and risotto, homemade cheese crackers—then grab a card, arrange some flowers and call it a day. But ever since moving 800 miles from home, I find I need to do a little more planning. Since she loves to cook and eat as much as I do, here are a few of my favorite food-related gifts that I think any mom will enjoy.

04/21/2017 15:02

The Salad Trend You Didn't Know You Needed

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The Salad Trend You Didn't Know You Needed Blog Post

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05/30/2013 19:03

Probiotics can prevent dangerous diarrhea

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Probiotics — those products that promise to replenish your gut’s 'healthy' microbes — do seem to help prevent dangerous diarrhea, researchers reported on Thursday.Probiotics — those products that promise to replenish your gut’s 'healthy' microbes — do seem to help prevent dangerous diarrhea, researchers reported on Thursday.


05/24/2013 15:30

People think they're eating less than they are

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People may realize that fast food isn’t health food, but they don’t realize just how fattening it really is, researchers report. They surveyed people eating at 10 burger, chicken, sandwich and doughnut chains and found they greatly underestimated just how much they were chowing down.People may realize that fast food isn’t health food, but they don’t realize just how fattening it really is, researchers report. They surveyed people eating at 10 burger, chicken, sandwich and doughnut chains and found they greatly underestimated just how much they were chowing down.


05/14/2013 12:07

Report questioning salt guidelines riles heart experts

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An unusual medical brawl erupted on Tuesday when the influential Institute of Medicine issued a report questioning the basis of years of advice for Americans to cut their salt intake in half.

05/07/2013 17:05

Chris Christie's weight-loss procedure doesn't always work

NBCNews.com: Diet and nutrition

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie revealed that he's had gastric-band weight-loss surgery, which experts say has the least amount of short-term risk but also yields the least amount of weight loss.New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie revealed that he's had gastric-band weight-loss surgery, which experts say has the least amount of short-term risk but also yields the least amount of weight loss.


04/29/2013 18:53

Caffeinated gum raises health buzz

NBCNews.com: Diet and nutrition

A new line of caffeinated chewing gum is causing jitters among health advocates and prompting federal officials to take a new look at the proliferation of jolt-infused foods, including those marketed to children and teens.A new line of caffeinated chewing gum is causing jitters among health advocates and prompting federal officials to take a new look at the proliferation of jolt-infused foods, including those marketed to children and teens.


03/11/2013 15:24

Dr. Oz's tips for losing those last 10 pounds

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Stress, the slowing of metabolism of middle age, and hormone changes after having a baby are three main reasons why many people see the numbers on the scale going up. Dr. Mehmet Oz shares tips on how to shed those final 10 pounds. Stress, the slowing of metabolism of middle age, and hormone changes after having a baby are three main reasons why many people see the numbers on the scale going up. Dr. Mehmet Oz shares tips on how to shed those final 10 pounds.


02/28/2013 19:43

How First Lady won over Miss. on school lunches

NBCNews.com: Diet and nutrition

Despite its deeply red political leanings, it was Mississippi that early on embraced the first lady’s ideas about healthy food, and was the site where Mrs. Obama kicked off a two day, three-city tour touting the three-year anniversary of her “Let’s Move” initiative, which encourages kids to get and stay fit.

02/22/2013 16:40

Why snacking at night is bad for you

NBCNews.com: Diet and nutrition

Eating that bowl of Cocoa Puffs at night may be much worse than having it in the morning. The body tends to turn more of that food into fat at night, while turning it into fuel during the day, new research suggests.

02/14/2013 17:47

High-glycemic foods tied to diabetes risk

NBCNews.com: Diet and nutrition

People who eat a lot of low-fiber and processed foods that quickly spike blood sugars may, not surprisingly, have a significantly higher risk of the most common form of diabetes, according to a new study.

02/01/2013 12:34

New rules would make school snacks healthier

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The government for the first time is proposing broad new standards to make school snacks healthier, a move that would ban the sale of almost all candy, high-calorie sports drinks and greasy foods on campus.

01/24/2013 18:48

Yogurt lovers have better diets

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People who like yogurt may enjoy a better-balanced diet and get more key nutrients than people who never eat the cultured dairy product, new research shows.

01/23/2013 19:40

Fat-shaming may curb obesity, bioethicist says

NBCNews.com: Diet and nutrition

Unhappy with the slow pace efforts to curb America’s obesity epidemic, a prominent bioethicist is proposing an “edgier strategy” to promote weight loss: more social stigma. But others disagree sharply with Daniel Callahan of the Hastings Center. Unhappy with the slow pace efforts to curb America’s obesity epidemic, a prominent bioethicist is proposing an “edgier strategy” to promote weight loss: more social stigma. But others disagree sharply with Daniel Callahan of the Hastings Center.


12/06/2012 19:16

Forget diets: Cutting fat keeps you slim

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Swapping fatty foods for low-fat alternatives will keep you slim - and now there's World Health Organization-backed research to prove it.

11/25/2012 12:49

8 sneaky ways to avoid holiday pounds

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Trying to lose those pesky 10 pounds you gained on summer vacation or wondering how to prevent packing them on over the holidays? New research shows it can be done, 100 calories at a time. Trying to lose those pesky 10 pounds you gained on summer vacation or wondering how to prevent packing them on over the holidays? New research shows it can be done, 100 calories at a time.


11/16/2012 15:47

Even top nutritionists mourn the end of Twinkies

NBCNews.com: Diet and nutrition

Ok, admit it. With the threat that Hostess Brands could really go out of business, you are seriously considering a run to the grocery store to stock up on Twinkies. And you are not alone; they evoke such sweet memories that even top nutritionists are defending our right to eat them. Ok, admit it. With the threat that Hostess Brands could really go out of business, you are seriously considering a run to the grocery store to stock up on Twinkies. And you are not alone; they evoke such sweet memories that even top nutritionists are defending our right to eat them.


11/10/2012 04:41

LA declares 'Meatless Mondays' in vegetarian campaign

NBCNews.com: Diet and nutrition

Los Angeles is hoping to persuade people to become vegetarian – at least one day per week.

10/21/2012 20:47

Extra pounds may put you in the hospital

NBCNews.com: Diet and nutrition

Regardless of lifestyle and other health-related factors, heavier people were more likely than lean ones to be hospitalized for a variety of conditions, according to an Australian study. What's more, this was the case not just for obese people but also for the merely overweight.

10/01/2012 18:09

Cow named Daisy makes reduced-allergy milk

NBCNews.com: Diet and nutrition

People allergic to whey may be able to drink newly engineered milk without the unpleasant digestive consequences, according to research released Monday.People allergic to whey may be able to drink newly engineered milk without the unpleasant digestive consequences, according to research released Monday.


09/13/2012 17:53

She lost nearly 80 pounds on a 'Starbucks diet'

NBCNews.com: Diet and nutrition

Christine Hall didn’t join an expensive weight-loss program or sign up for a meal-delivery service to help her lose nearly 80 pounds. In fact, she never even goes to the grocery store.Christine Hall didn’t join an expensive weight-loss program or sign up for a meal-delivery service to help her lose nearly 80 pounds. In fact, she never even goes to the grocery store.


09/12/2012 14:32

6 delicious ways to snack on superfood chia

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Chia is an ancient seed that dates back to the Aztecs, who used it as a source of energy and endurance. Now, it's all the rage as a healthy ingredient. From peanut butter to chips, here are tasty ways to incorporate chia in your snacking. Chia is an ancient seed that dates back to the Aztecs, who used it as a source of energy and endurance. Now, it's all the rage as a healthy ingredient. From peanut butter to chips, here are tasty ways to incorporate chia in your snacking.


09/12/2012 14:07

McDonald's adds calorie information to menus

NBCNews.com: Diet and nutrition

The world's biggest hamburger chain said Wednesday that it will post calorie information on restaurant and drive-thru menus nationwide starting Monday.

09/11/2012 04:54

Genetically modified 'golden rice' tested on kids?

NBCNews.com: Diet and nutrition

China's health authorities will investigate allegations that genetically modified rice was tested on Chinese children as part of a Sino-U.S. research project, state media said Tuesday.

09/10/2012 14:56

Study: Heavy teens eat fewer calories than peers

NBCNews.com: Diet and nutrition

The findings illustrate the difficulty of losing weight by cutting calories alone, especially when the weight is gained early in life, the researchers said.  

09/04/2012 13:29

Organic food no more nutritious than non-organic

NBCNews.com: Diet and nutrition

Organic produce and meat typically isn't any better for you than conventional varieties when it comes to vitamin and nutrient content, according to a new review of the evidence.

08/31/2012 08:28

Bagged lettuce or bulk? Experts offer food safety advice

NBCNews.com: Diet and nutrition

A new recall of Fresh Express Hearts of Romaine salad marks the sixth time since April that the nation’s top producers of bagged lettuce have pulled products because of worries about food safety. A new recall of Fresh Express Hearts of Romaine salad marks the sixth time since April that the nation’s top producers of bagged lettuce have pulled products because of worries about food safety.


08/22/2012 19:16

Weight loss surgery helps prevent diabetes

NBCNews.com: Diet and nutrition

Treating obese people with weight loss surgery dramatically delays or prevents the onset of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study.

08/22/2012 09:40

Diet supplements linked to bleeding, deaths

NBCNews.com: Diet and nutrition

The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use Reumofan dietary supplements, after receiving reports of bleeding, stroke and death among people taking the pills.

08/20/2012 15:38

School lunches: How to get kids to eat healthy

NBCNews.com: Diet and nutrition

Diane Wagner, with Schwan Food Co., hands out samples of food at a booth July 17 during the School Nutrition Association conference in Denver. There will be more whole grains on school lunch menus this year, along with a wider selection of fruits and vegetables and other healthy options. The challenge is getting children to eat them.


08/17/2012 14:02

Vitamin C may lessen effects of air pollution

NBCNews.com: Diet and nutrition

There's another reason to eat fruits and veggies: A diet rich in them may lessen the harmful effects of air pollution for people suffering from chronic lung diseases.There's another reason to eat fruits and veggies: A diet rich in them may lessen the harmful effects of air pollution for people suffering from chronic lung diseases.


08/12/2012 11:27

13 rules for dining out on a diet

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On average, Americans dine out four times a week, according to the National Restaurant Association. That could be enough to bust any diet. But these tips will help you dine out, have fun and navigate any menu to make smart choices.On average, Americans dine out four times a week, according to the National Restaurant Association. That could be enough to bust any diet. But these tips will help you dine out, have fun and navigate any menu to make smart choices.


08/03/2012 08:20

Key to dieting: Keep treats out of sight

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People who lose the most weight may be those who can overcome urges when they see, smell or dream about something tasty, researchers said this week. And their study adds to a growing body of evidence that another key to success is keeping a food diary.People who lose the most weight may be those who can overcome urges when they see, smell or dream about something tasty, researchers said this week. And their study adds to a growing body of evidence that another key to success is keeping a food diary.


08/01/2012 14:15

Americans in denial about weight gain, study says

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Researchers from the University of Washington found that people often think they are losing weight when they aren’t, according to research published in the August issue of the journal Preventive Medicine.Researchers from the University of Washington found that people often think they are losing weight when they aren’t, according to research published in the August issue of the journal Preventive Medicine.


08/01/2012 13:39

Study: Nearly half drop weight-loss programs

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High drop-out rates are in line with those seen in other studies and are a barrier to reducing obesity rates, the researchers said.

07/31/2012 14:41

Gluten-free: food fad or alternative remedy?

NBCNews.com: Diet and nutrition

A worker packages gluten-free bread July 14 at Pure Knead bakery in Decatur, Ga. A decade ago, virtually no one in the United States seemed to have a problem eating gluten in bread and other foods. Now, millions do and spend more than $7 billion on gluten-free products. It sounds like an unfolding epidemic: A decade ago, virtually no one in the U.S. seemed to have a problem eating gluten in bread and other foods. Now, millions do.


07/30/2012 12:56

Devices don't work to save kids in hot cars

NBCNews.com: Diet and nutrition

Special seats and other devices designed to help prevent parents from accidentally leaving babies and toddlers behind in cars don’t work, a team of experts said on Monday. They said parents shouldn’t rely on them to keep children safe.Special seats and other devices designed to help prevent parents from accidentally leaving babies and toddlers behind in cars don’t work, a team of experts said on Monday. They said parents shouldn’t rely on them to keep children safe.


07/24/2012 13:32

Poll: Half of Americans guzzle soda everyday

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For about half of U.S. adults, soda is a daily drink, according to a new Gallup poll.For about half of U.S. adults, soda is a daily drink, according to a new Gallup poll.


07/19/2012 10:57

New diet drugs? They won't be easy to get

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The Food and Drug Administration has approved two new diet drugs in a week. But don't expect to get either Qysmia or Belviq easily, health experts say.The Food and Drug Administration has approved two new diet drugs in a week. But don't expect to get either Qysmia or Belviq easily, health experts say.


07/18/2012 13:48

Poll: Obesity a bigger problem than smoking

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The percentage of people in the U.S. who say that obesity is an extremely serious problem for society is now higher than the percentage saying the same thing about cigarette-smoking, according to a new Gallup poll.

07/17/2012 19:56

FDA approves weight-loss drug Qsymia

NBCNews.com: Diet and nutrition

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the new weight loss drug Qsymia on Tuesday, adding to a very skimpy arsenal of drugs Americans can take to battle severe obesity.

07/13/2012 15:46

Want to lose weight? Adopt these 3 habits

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Women who were most successful at losing weight kept track of their food intake in a journal, didn't skip meals and avoided eating out, according to a new study.Women who were most successful at losing weight kept track of their food intake in a journal, didn't skip meals and avoided eating out, according to a new study.


06/27/2012 13:58

FDA OKs first new weight-loss pill in 13 years

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Federal Food and Drug Administration officials approved a new weight-loss pill Wednesday, giving the nod to Belviq used in combination with a reduced-calorie diet and exercise to combat obesity.

06/26/2012 17:41

Low-carb diets may burn the most calories

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Researchers found that overweight people burned 350 more calories a day, on average, when they ate a low-carbohydrate diet, than when they ate a low-fat diet.

06/26/2012 16:10

Study: Photos of treats may spark cravings

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Just glancing at a photo of a rich and gooey chocolate cake can set your brain circuits sparking, switching on cravings and revving up your appetite, a new study shows.Just glancing at a photo of a rich and gooey chocolate cake can set your brain circuits sparking, switching on cravings and revving up your appetite, a new study shows.


06/22/2012 12:58

An apple a day may help fight obesity

NBCNews.com: Diet and nutrition

A compound found in apple peels called ursolic acid may protect against obesity, a new study in mice suggests.A compound found in apple peels called ursolic acid may protect against obesity, a new study in mice suggests.


05/17/2012 14:47

Is healthy food really more expensive?

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Contrary to popular belief, it can actually cost more to eat badly. In fact, a new government report finds that nutritious foods – such as grains, vegetables, fruit and dairy – typically cost less than items high in saturated fat and added sugars.Contrary to popular belief, it can actually cost more to eat badly. In fact, a new government report finds that nutritious foods – such as grains, vegetables, fruit and dairy – typically cost less than items high in saturated fat and added sugars.


05/17/2012 14:06

How to avoid weight gain? Eat on a schedule

NBCNews.com: Diet and nutrition

A new study of  mice finds that when we eat may be an important factor in preventing weight gain.

05/16/2012 17:00

Coffee lovers lower death risk, study says

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Coffee drinkers who worry about the jolt of java it takes to get them going in the morning might just as well relax and pour another cup.Coffee drinkers who worry about the jolt of java it takes to get them going in the morning might just as well relax and pour another cup.


05/11/2012 13:35

America's hatred of fat hurts obesity fight

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It may be the nation's last, accepted form of prejudice. But the stigmatization of obesity has repercussions beyond the pain it inflicts on its targets: It threatens to impede efforts to fight the obesity epidemic.

05/10/2012 16:46

New weight loss drug a step closer to approval

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Advisers to government health regulators have recommended that that they approve sales of what would be the first new prescription weight-loss drug in the U.S. in more than a decade, despite concerns over cardiac risks.

05/08/2012 19:29

Report: Schools key to fighting America's obesity

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Fighting obesity will require changes everywhere Americans live, work, play and learn, says a major new report that outlines dozens of options — from building more walkable neighborhoods to zoning limits on fast-food restaurants to selling healthier snacks in sports arenas.

05/08/2012 09:37

Is healthy weight impossible for many Americans?

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America's obesity epidemic is so deeply rooted that it will take dramatic and systemic measures - from overhauling farm policies and zoning laws to, possibly, introducing a soda tax - to fix it, the influential Institute of Medicine said on Tuesday.

05/07/2012 19:20

No end to US obesity epidemic, forecast shows

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More bad news about Americans' waistlines: They're only going to get bigger.  Already, about a third of people are obese. By 2030, it is estimated 42 percent of the population will be.

04/27/2012 13:04

Berry good news: These may protect your brain

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Women who eat more berries may have a lower risk of cognitive decline in old age, a new study suggests. Researchers found that women who had a higher berry intake delayed cognitive aging by up to 2.5 years, as shown by their scores on memory and thinking tests.Women who eat more berries may have a lower risk of cognitive decline in old age, a new study suggests. Researchers found that women who had a higher berry intake delayed cognitive aging by up to 2.5 years, as shown by their scores on memory and thinking tests.


04/20/2012 06:54

Cola habit behind death of 30-year-old woman?

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Experts say a New Zealand woman's 2-gallon-a-day Coca-Cola habit probably contributed to her death, a conclusion that led the soft-drink giant to note that even water can be deadly in excessive amounts.

04/16/2012 13:32

Saltiness of fast food depends on where you buy it

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Saltier chicken McNuggets in the U.S.? Mais, oui. A new study suggests salt levels are 2.5 times higher in U.S. fast food, compared to other countries like France and the United Kingdom.Saltier chicken McNuggets in the U.S.? Mais, oui. A new study suggests salt levels are 2.5 times higher in U.S. fast food, compared to other countries like France and the United Kingdom.


01/27/2012 18:38

Weight-loss Challenge: It's the home stretch!

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With a few more days to go and a few more pounds to lose in the challenge, readers share their motivation and what's working for them.With a few more days to go and a few more pounds to lose in the challenge, readers share their motivation and what's working for them.