We’re all familiar with them — foods that we think are healthy because we heard about them on the news or from a health-conscious friend. And no matter how much we may dislike them, we keep buying them because we think they’re good for us. Take swapping dairy milk for almond milk. Is liquid from nuts really nutritionally superior to milk from a cow? Or splurging on Himalayan sea salt. Healthy habit or a bit of nonsense? Based on the expert advice of registered dietitians, here are 15 “health foods” that are actually not worth eating.
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It’s the time of year again when you have to give back that extra hour of sleep you gained last fall. Yes, Daylight Saving Time is upon us again. Starting Sunday, March 12 at 2 a.m., our days will be longer, our evenings brighter and we will be reminded that spring and warmer weather are within reach. However, Daylight Saving comes with the potential to wreak havoc on your sleep routine and overall health. But a few simple steps might help smooth the transition, and prevent one night’s bad sleep from escalating into longer lasting problem. Here are a few tips from experts on how to ease into your new schedule without wanting to break your alarm clock.
In a fast-paced world where convenience trumps healthy home cooking, the battle is on to protect your heart. The food choices you make can drastically affect your heart health, energy and appetite control. Keep your heart in tip-top shape with choices that are tasty, healthy and convenient for the entire family. From berries and nuts, to fish and leafy greens, here are 14 foods that are best for your heart.
Most of us go about our busy lives, grabbing food on the go without thinking much about what’s in it. We mistakenly assume because it’s sold on a shelf, it’s regulated with healthy and consumable ingredients. Unfortunately, in reality you may be surprised at what kinds of additives and chemicals are legally allowed in some of the food you eat regularly. If you wish to be more health conscious, you should start by educating yourself on what goes into much of the food you consume. Acquainting yourself with what chemicals are found in everyday foods and drinks is the first step on the path to purer food and better health.
It is simply taken as fact that swimming after eating will cause you to cramp up. And everyone knows that sitting too close to the TV ruins your eyesight. Superstitious in nature, old wives’ tales like these get passed down through generations of family and friends, sometimes becoming so rooted that nobody questions their validity. These legends, which often concern health and nutrition, vary from completely absurd to somewhat plausible and valid. Here are 8 old wives’ tales and the truths behind them.
We know the the brain is one of the most amazing and important organs in the human body, yet we surprisingly know very little about it. Even after thousands of years of studying and treating every aspect of the brain, there are still many facets of it that remain mysterious. And because the brain is so complex, we tend to simplify information about how it works in order to make it more understandable. Both our lack of understanding and our tendency to oversimplify the unknown have resulted in the development of many common myths about the brain. Here are 10 of the most common brain myths — and the surprising science to counter them.
The weekend is finally upon us! But after a long and busy workweek, it may be tempting to let your healthy habits slide on the weekend. However, studies show that changes in lifestyle behaviors over the weekend can lead to worse sleep and weight gain. So don’t let the weekend ruin your 2017 health goals and resolutions — here are ten ways to have a healthier weekend.
Terrified of flying? Scared of slithering snakes? Well, you’re not alone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, phobias affect approximately 10% of American adults. Phobias are distressing emotions initiated by out-of-proportion-fears, both real and imaginary. To the sufferer, a phobia can seem unbearable or even life-threatening, while others might find these strange and bizarre phobias quite fascinating. Phobias are surprisingly common, but what exactly do people fear the most? Are there any phobias that tend to be more common than others? Here are the ten most common phobias, so sit back and be prepared to be equally terrified, amazed, surprised and entertained.
In a year of birth defects from the Zika virus, lead contamination of the water of Flint, Mich., a startling decline in life expectancy and the ever-rising death toll from opioid overdoses, there was, in fact, some good news about health. In keeping with the spirit of the New Year, and in recognition of the vast sums of money devoted to our well-being, please consider some of the bright spots in the health and medical fields from 2016.
We all have them — habits we think are healthy because we heard them somewhere on the news or from a health-conscious friend. And no matter how much we hate them, we just keep doing them because we think they’re good for us. For example, take using BMI to tell whether you’re a healthy weight. Is it really the best measure of fitness? What about only eating fruits and veggies to lose weight? Is that really the best way to drop pounds? Or taking a daily multivitamin. Healthy habit or a little bit of nonsense? The answers to these questions might surprise you! Here are 10 “healthy” habits you should give up this year.
The holiday season is an extremely difficult time to stay focused on eating healthfully, exercising regularly and improving wellness. Trust me, I understand. Even if you have superhuman willpower, the holiday season is challenging for everyone. It is indeed a tricky time. But despite the difficulties, with some thought, strategy and determination, it’s possible to survive the holidays with your wellness intact. To help you start 2017 with good health and momentum, rather than a long list of resolutions, here are some strategies for a successful—and healthy— holiday season.
A new poll shows how older Americans fare in terms of their well-being in all 50 states. According to the poll from Gallup-Healthways, older adults living in Hawaii have the best well-being, with an average score of 67 out of 100 on the “Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index in 2015.” Here are the top 20 best states for residents ages 55 and older, ranked according to each state’s well-being score. The rankings of all 50 states are listed at the end.