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Why Rooting for Your Team Makes Your Brain Feel Good

We’re all guilty of watching our favorite sports team and shouting out, “We won!” — when in fact, all “we” did was watch. So why do we identify with our favorite teams so much that we ride an emotional roller coaster with them, especially during playoff time? The reason is pretty fascinating: We have neurons in our brains that “play along” with the players, says clinical psychologist Scott Bea, PsyD. “It’s pretty wild and it actually happens a little bit more in men, but we can actually go on the same hormonal ride that the players are going on with one important exception: We…

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How to Tell Which Foods Are In Season this Fall

Winter, spring, summer, fall…each new season brings with it a multitude of unique tastes and smells. Squash, pumpkin, chestnuts, and freshly picked apples signify that fall has come. Colorful bell peppers, cherries, and watermelon taste like summer. It’s comforting knowing that everything has its place, isn’t it? That you can count on fresh apricots and corn on the cob when warm weather comes around. But the benefits of eating in-season produce go far beyond those daily comforts. Seasonal food is produce that is “purchased and consumed around the time that it is harvested.” As such, eating seasonally means greater access to a more…

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Cauliflower’s Remarkable Health Benefits

Don’t be fooled: cauliflower may be a white vegetable, but that certainly doesn’t indicate a lack of nutritional value. Discover the health benefits of cauliflower, plus how to buy, store, and prepare it. Cauliflower is actually considered one of the top 30 power food vegetables. This is because it has many health benefits such as preventing cancer, protecting the eyes, and even helps with weight loss. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Aggregate Nutrient Density Index have verified cauliflower’s health benefits. 8 HEALTH BENEFITS OF CAULIFLOWER 1. Prevents Breast Cancer A number of studies have shown that cauliflower is very helpful in preventing breast cancer. 2. Prevents other Types of Cancer Brassica vegetables reduce the risk of lung,…

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Is Your Gut Health Thwarting Your Best Weight Loss Efforts?

Have you been trying to lose weight, counting calories, exercising, but neither the scale or the pounds budge? One of the common problems of weight loss programs that don’t work or work for the short-term but don’t offer any lasting results is their failure to explore the link between gut health and weight loss.  One of the keys to permanent weight loss is a healthy gut with plentiful amounts of and a wide variety of strains of beneficial probiotics. Simply adding more fermented foods to your daily diet can make the difference. Fermented foods add beneficial bacteria known as probiotics to…

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8 Powerful Lifestyle Tweaks to Help Beat Anxiety

Close to one in every five American adults are living with anxiety disorders. If you’re among them, these simple lifestyle changes can help give you some relief. We all experience times of profound anxiety, and it can be pretty debilitating. An anxiety attack has the power to completely derail the mind and body and turn life on its head. Anxiety disorders affect almost 20 percent of Americans over the age of 18–that’s 1 out of 5 people. And for years, anti-anxiety medications have been the most popular form of treatment. But now more than ever, many Americans are starting to favor holistic lifestyle changes and natural remedies…

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Get Fit After 50: 5 Tips for Men

If you’re a man over 50, it’s probably more difficult for you to rebound from a bucket of wings, a doughnut binge or a six-pack of beer than in your younger days. Bad habits take more of a toll as you age. Don’t wait until you have high blood pressure or gain 50 pounds to make a change. Healthy habits and smart lifestyle choices can make you look and feel years younger — and, more important, live longer. 1. Cut the salt for heart health Here’s a shocker: According to a 2013 study, one in 10 deaths in U.S. adults are connected…

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9 Food Pairings that Fight Disease

Over the last few decades, there has been a mountain of research on the healing powers of individual compounds in foods, such as lycopene, vitamin D and essential fatty acids. Yet, scientists are now realizing that while an antioxidant like sulforaphane in broccoli can be a potent cancer fighter on its own, combining it with another compound such as selenium found in chicken, fish and Brazil nuts, will give you even more impressive disease-fighting results. “Food synergy ties into the prevention of so many of our chronic illnesses, including heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes,” says California-based dietitian Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, author…

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These Are the Abs Exercises You Should Skip if You Have Lower-Back Pain

If you’ve ever tried to do a core workout and realized midway through that your back is feeling things it shouldn’t be feeling, you’re not alone. For me, it’s any abs move that asks me to sit up on my tailbone and move my legs, like rolling up and out of Boat pose in yoga. After a couple of reps, my back always hurts and I don’t even feel any of that burning goodness in my abs. What gives? Am I doing it wrong? Is my lower back just too weak? Should I be modifying the movement, or…

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How to Decide if a Flu Shot is Right for You

October is the beginning of the flu season. Are you going to get a flu shot? This seems to become a more controversial question every year. Here are some considerations you can take into account to help make your decision. WHAT IS THE FLU SHOT? The flu shot is a vaccine intended to protect you against influenza viruses. Influenza, or “the flu” for short, is a contagious respiratory infection that can affect your nose, throat and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness and possibly even death. Over 200 viruses cause influenza, and every year researchers predict which strains will be the…