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Quit smoking for good.By Deborah A. Wilburn
When you want to quit smoking, you need all the help you can get. A new study in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research reveals that help may come from some unexpected sources.
1. Eat your fruits and veggies. In the study, 1,000 randomly chosen smokers asked about their smoking habits and their fruit and vegetable intake. In follow-up phone interviews 14 months later, they were asked if they'd abstained from smoking during the previous month. The study found that those who consumed the most fruits and veggies were three times more likely to be tobacco-free for at least 30 days at follow-up than those eating the fewest fruits and vegetables.
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The researchers also found that smokers who ate more fruits and vegetables smoked fewer cigarettes per day, waited longer to smoke their first cigarette of the day, and scored lower on a test of nicotine dependence.
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What's the truth about this innocent-looking cup of yogurt?By Joy Johnston, for Sharecare
As the temperatures rise, so does our desire for a refreshing, tasty treat. If you're trying to be health-conscious and opt for a serving of frozen yogurt instead of a scoop of ice cream, you may be surprised to learn the surprising truth about the health benefits of frozen yogurt.
1. Serving size matters. The American Diabetes Association recommends choosing a frozen dessert that contains 3 grams or less of fat per 4-ounce serving (1/2 cup). Some popular frozen yogurt shops offer cups in only one size -- large -- and charge by the ounce. Left to their own devices (and cravings), many people dish up a Read More »from The Junky Truth About Frozen Yogurt
Small steps can help prevent childhood obesity.By Maura Rhodes, for Sharecare
My daughter, who's 13, has started asking a lot of questions about food. She wanted to know, for example, if the mango smoothies she likes have a lot of calories (and was crestfallen to learn that one bottle is actually two sugar-laden servings), and if the bangers and mash she orders at our local gastropub is healthy (uh, no, honey, the sausage has lots of saturated fat, the potatoes are swimming in butter and there's nothing green on the plate).
I try to answer Eliza's questions without sounding judgmental and gently steer her toward healthier choices. I'm also lucky: Eliza is active, and despite what she puts in her mouth, she's a healthy weight -- unlike the nearly one-third of kids in the United States who are overweight or obese, which puts them on a path to a lifetime of potential health problems, from type 2 diabetes that can develop while they're still young to heart disease as adults.
Busy roads and drowsy drivings make summer roads especially dangerous.If you're hitting the road for your summer vacation this year, one thing you'll need to contend with is dangerous drivers. From tailgaters to clueless motorists who don't use signals to texting teens, being alert on the road is more important than ever. And yet many of us aren't as alert as we should be. This was brought home recently in a tragic accident on Cape Cod, Mass., in which a recent Yale University graduate was killed in the middle of the afternoon when her boyfriend fell asleep at the wheel.
As it turns out, drowsy driving is more common than you think. According to the most recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 100,000 police-reported crashes are the direct result of driver fatigue, causing 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries each year.
Perhaps the most surprising of the study's findings is that most fatigue-related accidents or near-accidents occur during daytime hours when roadsRead More »from Summer Vacation Hazard: Daytime Drowsy Drivers
Iced tea is a great anti-aging summertime drink.Sure, you've heard all about New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to ban supersize sugary drinks. But we'll bet you're not cooling off this summer with Big Gulps of Mountain Dew anyway. Here's some good news: Iced tea -- that beloved summertime sipper -- has some awesome anti-aging benefits. Any type of brew will do.
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If you want to whittle your waist this summer, pour a nice, tall glass of iced green tea. Researchers say the tea's caffeine and antioxidants called catechins help rev up the body's metabolism to melt belly fat. Some research suggests catechins also help curb appetite. You'll need to sip a lot, though -- roughly 7 cups a day -- to reap this benefit. But all that green tea is good for your brain, too. It contains the amino acid theanine, which helps fine-tune mental focus.
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Want to look younger this summer? Make a pitcher of iced white tea. It has anti-aging anti-inflammatory
Want to grow younger in 2012? Pump iron a few times a week.We all know what can happen as we get older: memory loss, aching bones, low libido, heart disease, diabetes . . . But the real culprits aren't the problems per se, but the biological mechanisms that cause them in the first place. Here are 10 major agers -- and what you can do to fight back and stay young.
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Responsible for: Memory Problems
Your genes are key in determining how you age -- and which conditions and diseases you're most vulnerable to getting. It's true, you can't change your genes, but you can help control the way they're expressed. How? Take telomeres -- the tips of your chromosomes. They're much like the tips of a shoelace, and with general wear and tear, they can shorten and fray, causing age-related health issues, such as memory loss.
Action Plan: Help keep your telomeres -- and memory -- sharp with stress reduction, brain games, and regular exercise.
- The Editors at Sharecare | Healthy Living – Thu, Jun 7, 2012 6:01 PM EDT
Don't let someone else's chronic whining get you down.By Julie Hanks, LCSW, for Sharecare
Whining children are difficult to tolerate, but whining adults can be even more challenging! Unlike your children, you can't send your neighbor, co-worker, or best friend to their room when they start sulking or complaining incessantly. Unfortunately, we live in a culture where whining adults are tolerated and often even glamorized on reality TV shows. Somebody else's chronic negativity can drain the joy out of your relationship with him or her -- and zap your own emotional energy.
I was recently interviewed for a story in The Wall Street Journal called "A Nation of Whiners: Therapists Try Tough Love." In it I talked about how I confront therapy clients who complain for weeks and months on end and help them get to their core problems. Chronic complaining isn't necessarily therapeutic or helpful in therapy -- or in relationships outside the therapy office.
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- The Editors at Sharecare | Healthy Living – Wed, Jun 6, 2012 6:20 PM EDT
Perimenopause symptoms can be subtle.By Deborah A. Wilburn
Hot flashes, vaginal dryness, irritability. These are all common signs of perimenopause -- the five- to 10-year period during which your estrogen levels fluctuate and egg production becomes erratic until your menstrual cycle stops completely. One year after your very last period, you're considered to be in menopause. The average woman enters menopause at age 52, so you could start developing symptoms anywhere from your early 40s to your late 50s.
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There are other perimenopause symptoms that many women overlook, says JoAnn Pinkerton, MD, ob/gyn professor and director of the Midlife Health Division at the University of Virginia. If any of these is familiar, you may be in perimenopause:
1. Your period stops for 3 to 6 months, then starts again. Some women may think they're pregnant, and when they turn out not to be, write it off as nothing in particular. But sporadic menstruation is aRead More »from "The Change" May Come Sooner Than You Think! 5 Surprising Signs You're in Perimenopause
Load up on watermelon to look younger this summer.Of course, you should slather on plenty of SPF 30+ sunscreen all summer long -- year-round, really -- to help prevent aging sun damage and skin cancer. But compounds in summer-fresh fruits and veggies also have anti-aging benefits to boost your skin's natural resilience against wrinkles and sun damage. Pick up these four goodies next time you're at the farmers' market:
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- Cherries: Eat a daily handful and you may enjoy fresher, less puffy skin. It's all thanks to the inflammation-fighting anthocyanins and melatonin in cherries, according to Allison Tannis, author of Feed Your Skin, Starve Your Wrinkles. Melatonin may boost UV protection and cell growth as well -- two great ways to keep wrinkles at bay. Tart cherries tend to be highest in melatonin.
- Nectarines: These smooth-skinned sisters of the peach provide a mini-spa's worth of nutrients that may help correct sun damage from the inside out, according to Tannis. They offer skin