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Feb 24, 2017 • By Karin Lillis

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSweet potatoes are nature’s nutritional powerhouse, packed full of vitamins and minerals. They have high levels of vitamins A, C and B6, which promote healthy eyes and improve metabolism and the immune and nervous systems. You’ll also get important minerals such as iron, potassium, magnesium and manganese, which help […]

Audio Less sleep may make you pack on pounds

Feb 23, 2017 • By Doug Bennett

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you don’t sleep well, you may end up eating more. New research has found that sleep-deprived people eat an average of 385 more calories a day than those who get a good night’s rest. Scientists at King’s College in England analyzed 11 earlier studies involving 172 participants whose […]

Audio Making sense of multivitamin myths

Feb 22, 2017 • By Melanie Ross

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCan a multivitamin a day keep ailments away? Many people think so. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than one-third of Americans take a multivitamin or mineral supplement every day. These products promise to improve health in various ways, including boosting energy, strengthening the immune system and […]

Audio Martial arts and kids not always a good mix

Feb 21, 2017 • By Shayna Brouker

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’s practically a rite of passage for American kids to don a white robe and belt and karate chop a board. Martial arts are known to improve muscle strength, flexibility, cognition, confidence and self-awareness. But new research from the American Academy of Pediatrics warns that the 6.5 million kids […]

Audio Excess iron a cause of gestational diabetes?

Feb 20, 2017 • By Laura Mize

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOh, the scourge of gestational diabetes. Doesn’t pregnancy inflict enough hardships on a woman’s body, with its aches, swelling, nausea, cravings, heartburn and sleepless nights? Must it also alter blood sugar and deny an expectant momma the solace of sweets and carbs to get her through those trying nine […]

Audio Stay hydrated for optimal health

Feb 17, 2017 • By Melanie Ross

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadImagine a magical elixir that could help energize muscles, detoxify the body and ward off weight gain. This fluid exists. It’s water. While a study by University of Pennsylvania researchers suggested there is little science to support the longstanding recommendation to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water […]

Audio Diet high in protein may raise heart failure risk in older women

Feb 16, 2017 • By Rebecca Burton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMany fad diets lurking around the internet today suggest eating sufficient amounts of “lean protein.” Protein shakes are a common staple among fitness buffs. In fact, previous research has shown that protein-rich diets can boost metabolism and weight loss efforts. However, a new study suggests that one diet does […]

Audio Heart disease risk might be linked to cooking temperatures

Feb 15, 2017 • By Karin Lillis

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadNumerous studies have linked fried food to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Trans fatty acids — a type of “unhealthy” fat — are usually to blame. A new study suggests that cooking food at high temperatures — like roasting or deep-frying — might cause the release of toxic […]

Audio Sweet benefits of dark chocolate

Feb 14, 2017 • By Melanie Ross

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadEying a heart-shaped box of chocolate? Along with symbolizing affection, your Valentine’s Day sweet treat may also benefit your health. If it’s dark chocolate, that is. Research has long shown dark chocolate is good for the body. But why? Cacao, the beanlike seed from which chocolate is made, is […]

Audio Protect Your Healthy Heart

Feb 13, 2017 • By Melanie Ross

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAlong with Valentine’s Day, February marks American Heart Month — a perfect time to protect your heart from disease. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the United States, causing 1 in 4 deaths every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Developing five healthy […]

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