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  • How This Extreme Weather Messes with Your Health

    The fluctuations in temperature and weather conditions could skyrocket your disease risk.The fluctuations in temperature and weather conditions could skyrocket your disease risk.By Marygrace Taylor, Prevention

    The claim: Global warming isn't just bad for the planet--it could have a direct effect on your body. High daily temperature and humidity shifts are associated with an increased risk for stroke, finds new research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2014. (Weather shifts aren't always bad--see how lower temperatures can actually benefit your health.)

    The research:
    Yale University investigators cross-referenced local temperature and dew point data with 134,510 ischemic stroke hospitalizations taken from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample Database. They found that days with extreme temperature and dew point fluctuations yielded higher incidence of stroke hospitalization-regardless of region, season, or patient factors like high blood pressure or diabetes. Stroke occurs when blood flow to a part of the brain stops.

    RELATED: 6 Stroke Risk Factors Everyone Should Know

    What it means: Whether it's very cold or

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  • 12 Healthy Shortcuts for when You Don’t Have Time

    By Linda Melone, Prevention

    When perfection's out of reach You know the health rules: floss daily, get enough sleep, eat lots of fruits and veggies, etc. But you're busy. Really busy. And sometimes flossing before falling face-first into bed is about as realistic as Santa swinging by to fold all your laundry overnight. And iron it, too. But instead of giving up on those healthy ideals altogether, try these effective, second-best solutions.

    1. The ideal: Eat a healthy pre-workout snack

    The next best thing: You have three options, says Amy Goodson, MS, RD, the Dallas Cowboys' sports dietitian. If you can't squeeze in a full-blown snack before your workout, try:

    1. Grabbing a few bites of an energy bar or trail mix.
    2. Taking a few sips of a carb-protein shake (e.g. Ensure, Boost).
    3. Sipping a sports drink that provides carbs and electrolytes.

    Still not an option? "If you can't eat pre-workout, be sure to refuel post-workout," says Goodson.

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  • 4 Sketchy Food Additives to Avoid

    Wikimedia CommonsWikimedia CommonsBy Stephanie Eckelkamp, Prevention
    Big Food is ditching risky ingredients: Kraft removed Yellow Nos. 5 and 6 from some of its mac and cheeses, and Gatorade got rid of brominated vegetable oil (here's a list of the 10 most improved foods that have kicked sketchy ingredients to the curb). But there's still a ways to go. We'd love to see more food folks quit the following chemicals.

    Something else we'd like to see go away? Animal cruelty. Check your diet against the 8 Cruelest Foods You Eat.

    Artificial food dyes Petroleum-based dyes such as Blue No. 2 and Yellow No. 5 are banned elsewhere for their potential roles in hyperactivity and cancer. Pick foods naturally colored by beets and turmeric; organics are a safe bet. (What's not a safe bet: these 19 foods that aren't food. Gross.)

    Brominated vegetable oil BVO contains bromine--a compound found in flame retardants--and is linked to memory problems. It's used as an emulsifier in some sodas, sports drinks, and juices, so check

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  • 9 Power Foods that Boost Immunity

    add these superfoods to your diet for an extra flu-fighting punch.add these superfoods to your diet for an extra flu-fighting punch.You're washing your hands, using Purell like crazy, and sneezing into your elbow. Now add these superfoods to your diet for an extra flu-fighting punch.

    By Amanda MacMillan and Tamara Schryver, RD, Prevention

    Flu-fighting foods It takes more than an apple a day to keep the doctor away. It turns out that eating some pretty surprising nutrients will help keep your immune system on guard. You can ensure your body and immunity run smoothly by rounding out your plate with plenty of colorful servings of fruits and veggies, plus 8 to 10 glasses of water a day, at the very least. The following ingredients can add extra flu-fighting punch to your winter meal plan.

    Need more advice for staying healthy through the season? Check out Everything You Need To Know About Cold & Flu.

    1. Yogurt
    Probiotics, or the "live active cultures" found in yogurt, are healthy bacteria that keep the gut and intestinal tract free of disease-causing germs. Although they're available in supplement form, a

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  • 6 Eating Rules for Faster Weight Loss

    Follow these simple guidelines to stay full and speed weight lossFollow these simple guidelines to stay full and speed weight lossBy Michele Stanten, Prevention

    Reach for high-energy foods
    Your body needs fuel to exercise, and the source of that fuel is food. That's why some people report feeling hungrier when they start to work out. If you're trying to lose weight, this could be counterproductive--unless you find the right balance of healthy, filling foods.

    The typical American diet is loaded with refined or simple carbohydrates such as white flours, rice, and pasta, and pastries, soda, and other sugary foods and drinks. These carbs, which lack the fiber found in complex carbs (whole grains, fruits, and veggies), are metabolized by your body quickly. So while you may feel raring to go after eating them, that energy boost will soon be followed by a major energy slump, making it hard to give your all during your workouts.

    In addition, if many of the foods you eat are metabolized quickly, you'll find yourself feeling hungry more often, which could mean more snacking and a higher calorie intake. To keep

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  • The Eye Condition 70% of Adults Have Without Knowing

    How to spot digital eye strain...How to spot digital eye strain...

    By Markham Heid, Prevention

    The average American spends 6 to 9 hours every day staring at some type of computer screen, whether it's a tablet, a laptop, or a smartphone. And we're guessing you do, too.

    If so, you may join the ranks of the nearly 70% of adults who suffer from "digital eye strain"--a progressive condition that could eventually lead to serious eye diseases, concludes a new report from The Vision Council, a nonprofit organization that supports the optical industry.

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    Digital eye strain is an escalating health issue. Your eyes aren't made to stare at a fixed point for hours and hours on end, especially one that emits high-energy visible light, a.k.a., artificial "blue light." Overexposure to this type of light--and the fatigue of focusing on the same middle-distant point for a third or more of your day--can

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  • 11 Ways to Bounce Back from a Cold or Flu—Fast!

     11 best ways to soothe symptoms and speed up recovery 11 best ways to soothe symptoms and speed up recoveryBy the Editors of Prevention

    First, the bad news: There's no actual cure for cold or flu. But on the bright side, these viruses do tend to clear up pretty quickly--within 3 to 10 days, in most cases. While you can't kill the bugs with medications, you can treat the symptoms so you feel more comfortable and prevent complications, like bronchitis or pneumonia. Here, 11 things you should do at the first sign of sniffles and sneezes.

    *Excerpted from
    Don't Get Sick: A Panic-Free Pocket Guide to Living in a Germ-Filled World!

    Is it cold or flu?
    Cold symptoms are mostly respiratory--sore throat, coughing, sneezing, runny nose. The flu can have these symptoms too, but it's much more likely to produce fever and chills, along with headache, muscle aches, and fatigue. "It comes on more suddenly, and the symptoms tend to be much worse than with a cold," says Christopher Czaja, MD, an infection control officer for the National Jewish Health Hospital in Denver. Knowing the difference is Read More »from 11 Ways to Bounce Back from a Cold or Flu—Fast!
  • 6 Easy Solutions for Winter Skin Problems

    Answers to all your cold-weather beauty issuesAnswers to all your cold-weather beauty issuesBy Bobbi Brown for Prevention

    Face up to winter! Every winter, my husband and I pack our bags, bundle up the kids, and head to Telluride, CO, for our annual ski vacation. It's my favorite trip of the year because I get to indulge in all the things I love: quality family time, being active, and wearing cozy sweaters and Ugg boots.

    The only downside is the toll that the cold weather takes on my skin. Thankfully, I've found solutions for the most common winter beauty woes. I hope these winter skin care tips help you face up to the rest of the season beautifully.

    PLUS: Top 5 Vitamins For Perfect Skin

    Use a cleanser with alpha hydroxy acids every other day to help encourage cell turnover and remove the dead cells accumulating on the skin's surface. Unlike their predecessors, today's alpha hydroxy formulas are gentle enough to do their work without causing skin sensitivity.

    Use manual exfoliators (scrubs with beads or grains) no more than once or twice a

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  • 7 Foods for a Whiter Smile

    Strengthen your teeth naturally with these powerfully protective bitesStrengthen your teeth naturally with these powerfully protective bitesBy Jessica Chia, Prevention

    Show off those pearly whites! Can your smile give your diet away? It won't announce that extra piece of cake you had, but it can show more than you might think.

    First, the bad news: Bacteria love feeding on sugar as much as you do, fermenting the sweet stuff into acid that eats away at your tooth enamel, leading to unhappy side effects like discoloration and cavities. Starchy foods have a similar effect, as enzymes in your saliva break starch down into acid-producing simple sugars.

    Now the good: Instead of scrubbing after every bite and steering clear of sugar forever and ever (how sad would that be?), there are a number of foods that actually work wonders for your teeth. Check out these delicious ways to get a whiter, healthier smile.

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    Firm, crunchy produce like raw carrots force you to chew more than you would while eating a softer

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  • 14 New Superfoods Your Diet Needs This Year

    The new superfoods your diet needs in 2014The new superfoods your diet needs in 2014By Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, LD, Prevention

    Chia seeds? In our rearview mirror. Kale? So 2013! Make way for these new superfoods of the new year.

    Discover how to lose weight while still eating whatever you want--and as much as you want--with The 8-Hour Diet.

    Sesame seeds
    These overlooked little seeds should be making a comeback in your pantry this year due to their high levels of calcium and zinc (almost 20% of your daily dose of each). One small study found that sesame seed consumption helped with improving lipid and glucose profiles in pre-diabetic patients, and a 2010 study reported similar findings in an animal model.

    Beluga lentils
    Expect to see plenty of lentil dishes on the menu this year. What's so great about them? How about everything? Several studies have pointed out the benefits of legume consumption on prevention and management of chronic disease, but it's beluga lentils rich black color that give it an edge on other lentils. Any time we have a very rich

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