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  • 5 New Ways to Add Whole Grains to Your Diet

    Mix up your next meal with these unique, healthy grains.

    Whole grains took center stage a few years ago when the government recommended that Americans fill half of their plates with whole grain sources. It was an exciting win for dietitians who are constantly trying to dispel the fear that all carbohydrates are bad.

    COLUMN: The Best Bread for Your Health

    Many consumers, however, were left packing their plates with brown rice and whole grain bread. While those options are great ones, many people don't know what other grains to turn to. Let's start first with the "why" behind the benefits of consuming whole grains-in other words, grains that have kept all of their pieces and parts.

    Whole grain kernels consist of three parts: the bran, the endosperm and the germ. Each part offers a wide variety of health benefits along with nutrients. The bran is the outermost layer that contains fiber, antioxidants, B vitamins and phytochemicals. Next comes the endosperm, which is the middle layer that contains mostly carbohydrates, some protein and

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  • Is There a Cure for Dandruff?

    Find out what's causing your flake and how to fix it.

    We Asked: Paradi Mirmirani, M.D., is a practicing dermatologist in Vallejo, Calif. who specializes in hair disorders.

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    The Answer: First, let's explore where the flakes come from. Doctors aren't sure why some people get dandruff-itchy, dry, scaly scalp-and others don't. It's something of a headscratcher (pardon the pun) but is most likely a combination of genetics and colonies of mites that live on your skin.

    MORE: The DIY Dandruff Solution

    These mites, called Demodex , aren't something you need to worry about in and of themselves. Most, if not all, people have them on their skin, especially in areas that have large oil glands, like around your hair follicles. It's thought that some people are more sensitive to Demodex , or host a larger population of mites, resulting in inflammation that causes seborrheic dermatitis. That's science-speak for redness, itching and scaly skin that flakes off your head and onto your black sweater.

    MORE: The Connection

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  • Is Bigger Really Always Better?

    To say that we are a Supersized nation is an understatement. We all know that most things food-related-from our serving sizes to our farm animals-have grown over the years. It turns out everything from houses, to dinnerware, to wine glasses seem to be part of the idea that "Bigger is Better," and that's having an impact on our health and the way we live. Take a look at how much things have changed over the years…

    - by Melissa Walker

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  • New Study: Why You Should Follow a Nordic Diet

    A healthier heart and brighter skin? Sign us up!

    There's been a lot of hype lately around the Mediterranean diet. And for good reason: Studies have shown that a diet rich in olive oil, fish and nuts, like that of the cultures surrounding the Mediterranean sea, can significantly lower the risk of heart disease compared to following a traditional Western diet.

    But new research shows that our friends in the Mediterranean aren't the only enlightened ones when it comes to nutrition. A pan-Nordic study in which Lund University participated has found that following a healthy Nordic diet lowers LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) and increases HDL (the good kind), which ultimately means a healthier heart and a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

    MORE: Heart Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet

    So, what exactly does a "healthy Nordic diet" consist of? The study was based off a diet rich in produce local to the region, such as berries, root vegetables, legumes and cabbage, in addition to nuts, game (free-range and wild animals as opposed

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  • Are Your Kids Getting Unhealthy Sun Exposure at School?

    Make sure their outdoor playtime is safe.

    Here's an eye-opening statistic: Just one blistering childhood sunburn more than doubles a person's risk for melanoma over a lifetime, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

    And while you may try to protect your family by diligently applying sunscreen before trips to the beach, pool or lake this season, experts say that one of the most common places children absorb ultraviolet (UV) rays is at school.

    "When kids participate in field day, practice sports, play at recess, and even sit next to a window all day, they can absorb a damaging amount of UV rays-especially over time," says dermatologist Ana M. Duarte, M.D., division director of dermatology at Miami Children's Hospital. "As low as 25 percent and as high as 80 percent cumulative sun exposure occurs during childhood years."

    QUIZ: Assess Your Skin Cancer Risk

    Compounding the problem is that most schools lack policies for sunscreen usage, and some even go so far as to forbid it. Just last year, a school ban on sunscreen left two

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  • What Angelina Jolie's Op-Ed Didn't Tell You

    With only one company allowed to give the test, no wonder prices are sky high.

    When Angelina Jolie announced in The New York Times that she had undergone a double mastectomy because she carries a gene, BRCA1, that increases her risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers, it brought many issues to light. She talked about her decision, the procedure and what it meant for her family.

    MORE: Should You Get the Breast Cancer Gene Test?

    Jolie also noted that more women ought to have access to gene testing, regardless of their income, and she acknowledged, "The cost of testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2, at more than $3,000 in the United States, remains an obstacle for many women." Jolie did not mention, however, why the price of this important test is so prohibitive.

    Myriad Genetics owns the patent for BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes-not a patent for the test, but a patent for the actual human genes . That means Myriad can prevent anyone from testing, studying or even looking at these genes, and it also holds exclusive rights to mutations along these genes. "Other

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  • The World's Easiest Workout Plan - from Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen

    It's easier than you think to fit in some physical activity.It's easier than you think to fit in some physical activity.

    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently released a report that only one in five adults are meeting the government's physical activity recommendations. Those recommendations, by the way, aren't even high enough to be optimal for health. That means that 80 percent of people aren't getting even some ofthe exercise they need to keep their bodies in tip-top shape!

    If you're feeling overwhelmed trying to figure out what the guidelines mean and whether or not you're meeting them, we understand. It's a lot of numbers and it can be hard to keep track. But don't sweat (at least not until you get moving)! We're here to break it down for you. We promise, it's not hard at all.

    MORE: Everyday Activities Are Just as Good as Hitting the Gym

    First, why is this important?
    Physical activity isn't just about losing weight or building muscle (though those are two key benefits). It also helps you maintain your weight; keeps your arteries strong to prevent heart attack and stroke;

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  • Big Batch Cooking: Prepare Lots of Food with Minimal Work

    Prepare your meals for the entire week—it's easier than you think.

    Are you that person who frantically runs to the grocery store every afternoon because you have nothing for dinner? "Planning is the key to a balanced lifestyle, particularly when it comes to meals," explains Sharon Richter, registered dietician and FITiST expert based in New York City. "When you don't plan, you gravitate towards high fat, processed items," she says.

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    But if you commit to making your own food-and cook a lot at once-you'll know exactly what ingredients are in your dish, you'll save money and you won't find yourself hard-pressed for a meal at the last minute. Not sure where to start? All you need is a little how-to instruction on big batch cooking. And that's where we come in:

    1. Choose One Day a Week To Work
    Designate two or three hours on a weekend or a non-busy week day or night to grocery shop and cook your staples for the week's meals, suggests Devin Alexander, celebrity chef of NBC's "The Biggest

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  • Eat This to Burn Fat & Boost Your Immune System

    Seems like mushrooms truly are magical.

    Mushrooms may not be a fruit or a vegetable, but science says they are a boon to your health. You may already have a hunch that they pack a pretty nutritious punch: "They're a good source of fiber, they also are low in calories, and they offer unsaturated fatty acids," says registered dietitian Heather Bauer, founder of the nutrition subscription service Bestowed. But recent studies have shown that mushrooms have even more benefits than we previously realized.

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    Not a fan of mushrooms? You may change your mind after we walk you through these fungi findings and the myriad of ways mushrooms boost your health:

    Lose Weight
    Researchers at Johns Hopkins University studied a group of adults who were trying to lose weight. Over the course of a year, half of these dieters substituted mushrooms for meat in their meals. The researchers found that these mushroom-eaters lost more weight than those on the meat diet, and they were able to keep

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  • 5 Easy Ways to Get in Touch with (And Love!) Yourself

    Getting in tune with your body is the best way to appreciate it.

    Listen to your heart may sound like just another cliché catchphrase, but researchers have discovered that taking it literally may actually boost your self-image.

    A 2013 study from the Department of Psychology at the University of London found that women who were closely in tune with the beating of their hearts had a healthier body image than women who weren't as accurate.

    QUIZ: How Healthy Is Your Body Image?

    Researchers had 50 volunteers try to listen to and count their heartbeats for a set period of time while a data unit recorded the actual number of beats. Then, the volunteers completed questionnaires designed to determine the extent to which they objectify themselves (that is, value their bodies based on attractiveness), a tendency that reflects poor self-image. The researchers found that women who rated highly for self-objectification were the ones who least accurately estimated their heartbeats.

    While more research is needed to determine how much inner body

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