Fruit and chocolate. Sounds delicious, right? But did you know that when fruit is combined with dark chocolate, you actually get a double dose of healthy goodness? According to John Finley, the author of a new study, bugs in our gut devour fiber and antioxidants, which in turn ferment them into compounds that have anti-inflammatory effects on our hearts. Both fruit and dark chocolate have these same properties , so when you eat these two delicious treats together, you may get double the benefit!
Have you ever heard of having Hangry issues? Hangry is a slang term meaning Hungry+Angry. And according to a recent study by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), being Hangry might very well be what’s putting your relationships in jeopardy. The study followed over 100 married couples and documented their actions, behaviors, and interactions. According to the findings of the study, the lower a person’s blood sugar, the more stressful the interactions were with the person’s partner, regardless of gender. Low blood sugar levels tend to kick up adrenaline production and increase heart rate, which can cause a flood of stress hormones to be released into our system. As a result, we start to have headaches, anxiety, and maybe the shakes, which lead to hangry mood swings and aggression, which is never good for a relationship.
Here are some possible solutions that may help:
Being aware of how our blood sugar levels may be affecting our moods and our relationships is half the battle. Now, you can consider yourself half-cured! Now go eat something!
Wouldn’t it be nice to sleep like a baby again? Well, a recent study of insomniacs who drank a cup of tart cherry juice twice per day slept for an amazing 84 additional minutes than when they drank a placebo, instead. Cherries contain melatonin and may be the active element that helps with sleep. Juices made with Montmorency tart cherries seem to contain high levels of this melatonin, which is a natural hormone found in some plants, animals and microbes. Country Spoon Montmorency Red Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate is one of several great choices of tart cherry juice that taste great. (Source: Experimental Biology 2014 )
New research published in Phytotherapy Research indicates that 1,000 mg per day of Curcumin, which is the active compound in the Turmeric spice, was as effective at relieving depression as the popular prescription drug Prozac. Curcumin is also believed to significantly help relieve short-term mood problems, too. The unique properties of this potent spice has been shown to inhibit the production of an important enzyme linked to depression. Curcumin has significant anti-inflammatory properties, too, which make it a great supplement for anyone, regardless of mood. Always talk to your doctor before making any changes in prescribed prescriptions.
If you have high blood pressure, you may find it interesting that a recent study found garlic may reduce blood pressure as effectively as medication. That’s right. The study published in the Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Studies found that participants who took garlic supplements experienced improvements in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure very similar with participants on Atenolol, a popular hypertension drug. Recommendations are to take a daily 400 mg garlic supplement with 3-5 mg of garlic’s most active compound, allicin. Always talk with your doctor before making any changes in prescribed medications.
According to a new University College London study, it’s simple to live longer. All you have to do is to eat at least 7 fruit and vegetables servings each day. That’s right. The recent study found that people who live by this simple rule reduce their annual risk of death by a whopping 42%!
The main ingredient to keeping yourself, your home AND your food clean may be sitting in your pantry right this minute. It’s true. Baking Soda is the simple solution to so many household issues. Here are a few reasons to pick up a box or two next time you go to the store.
If you guessed pomegranate juice you would be right. A new study published in Nutrition Journal found drinking only a half cup of pomegranate juice three or more times per week for at least a year has the power to reduce blood pressure and lower triglycerides. Drinking this ‘magic juice’ was also found to boost HDL, which is considered our body’s “good” cholesterol, and reduce the rate of events for people at high risk with heart disease. Pomegranate juice is deliciously sweet and rich in antioxidants which can calm inflammation in the body’s system and improve endothelial function. Wouldn’t it be great if all medicines tasted this good!
Have you ever heard of MRSA (pronounced MERSA)? MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, which is a dreaded bacteria that people can pick up in hospitals and it is unfortunately drug-resistant. While it has long been protocol for doctors and healthcare professionals to wash their hands between patients, that is simply not enough to protect against MRSA. According to a recent study, the diaphragm portion of your doctor’s stethoscope that touches a patient’s skin is a breeding ground for bacteria and a hot spot for MRSA. Since there are no medical guidelines requiring stethoscopes be cleaned between patient visits, it’s an extremely wise idea to suggest the doctor disinfect his/her stethoscope before using it on you.
There’s nothing cleaner than the scent of freshly cut lemons. These citrusy sour beauties have been used for years for culinary and antiseptic purposes, and now the yellow fruit is being used for so much more than smell and taste, as they are increasingly becoming a natural remedy for many health and wellness benefits. For example, did you know that lemon oil is used in many countries to help treat infectious diseases, especially high feverish colds? They are good for circulation, used to help relieve the pain of migraine headaches and as a tonic for oily skin. Inhaling lemons is also known to help control nosebleeds. With all of these good benefits in mind, it makes sense to always have a few lemons in the house!
Before you pour that second cup of coffee, think about making it a cup of Tea instead. The newly discovered benefits of Tea seem to be never ending. Studies now suggests that an amino acid found in Tea called Theanine, does wonders for our brains. Theanine is found to stimulate our alpha brain waves, which are the same waves that are active when we meditate. The ‘ying-yang’ teamwork of Theanine and Caffeine seem to enhance our creative thoughts, improve our ability to multi-task, and increase our focusing skills. And it doesn’t seem to matter if you take your Tea hot or cold, the benefits seem to be the same. Sounds like a highly productive reason to take more breaks during your day!
A recent study published in the Journal of Ginseng Research found that when Korean Red Ginseng is combined with a potent enzyme found in black mold, the mixture could create miracles for the skin. Apparently, these two combined ingredients have the power to stop sun damage by preventing the skin to thicken AND may reduce wrinkles by restoring collagen! Both Korean Red Ginseng and Black Mold can be found in most drug stores or vitamin shops. The article also points out that while human trials still must be conducted, this hypothesis is expected to past with flying colors!
When it comes to personal wellness, it seems Yoga does it all. Yoga calms us down, helps us stress less and sleep better … both of which help to minimize inflammation in our bodies and increase our vitality. A recent study found that breast cancer patients who practiced Yoga for 90 minutes only twice per week for a period of 3 months decreased their levels of inflammation by 20% and reduced their fatigue by 57%! Other benefits of this ancient art of physical, mental, and spiritual practice aims at transforming both the mind and body for total well-being. So, the question is … is there anything Yoga can’t do?
Stress may sound like a bad thing when it comes to our health, but when it comes to our bone health, stress is a good thing. Our bones are living tissue and they adapt when stressed, which is good for them. New research indicates that most people don’t put the stress on their bones needed to stay healthy. Brisk walking simply isn’t enough to have the impact our bones need. But jumping 20 times each day, springing as high as possible with feet together, and resting 30 seconds between jumps , can make a huge difference. In a recent study, jumping helped premenopausal women increase their hip-bone density by 0.5% after only 4 months, while at the same time women who didn’t jump lost an average of 1.3%. What a great reason to jump for joy!
With so many luscious flavors to choose from, it seems everyone is eating delicious nutritious low-fat yogurt these days. And rightfully so. The health benefits of eating yogurt, especially low-fat greek yogurt, are endless. Not only does it provide our bodies with “good” bacteria to help with our digestive systems, but it also provides us with several other nutrients found in dairy foods, like calcium, vitamin B-2, B-12, potassium, and magnesium. However, the most astonishing health and wellness benefit to date of low-fat yogurt is that eating 4.5 servings per week will reduct your risk of type 2 Diabetes by a whopping 28%! This food is a no-brainer for people of all ages.
There are few things in life that a warm bubble bath can’t help. In addition to being extremely relaxing, there is now a scientific reason to indulge in a soothing bubble bath before bedtime. It seems the body’s sudden drop in temperature after getting out of the peaceful bath water can help you fall asleep much faster than usual. Just one more reason to pamper yourself every night!
We all know that eggs are nutritious, but did you know eggs are also nutritionists’ favorite recommended source of protein? With only 70 calories per egg, each one delivers more than 6 grams of filling protein that can help keep our weight in check and promote overall wellness. As with most foods, the fresher the eggs are the better the taste. One easy way to test the freshness of an egg is to place it in a bowl of cold water. If the egg rises to the top of the water, it’s old … so don’t eat it. If the egg sinks to the bottom of the cold water, get ready for a delicious and nutritious meal!
New research indicates sipping green tea can help with weight loss. Green tea has zero calories and includes catechins, which when combined with caffeine actually speeds up your metabolism. A faster metabolism increases then number of calories you burn from fat, according to a professor of nutrition at Tufts University. Sipping two or more cups of green tea per day that has been steeped for at least three minutes is the most effective drink to help with weight loss and promote wellness, since the longer the green tea steeps the more catechins you will consume. Enjoy!
A recent British study revealed that people who drank three cups of water with breakfast in the morning scored better on tests that measured reaction time than did the test takers who skipped drinking water. The researchers aren’t quite sure how hydration affects the brain, and think it may be simply that thirst distracts a person, which makes it difficult to focus. People who drink coffee and tea in the mornings seem to get the same benefit, since these drinks include water. So, if you are a parent of a child who doesn’t like to eat breakfast in the morning, you could do them a huge favor by insisting they at least drink some water before heading out to school. Chug-a-lug everybody!
With so much medical jargon out there today, it’s hard to decipher what it all means and what you need to do to keep yourself and your family healthy. This is especially true when it comes to Type 2 Diabetes. What is it exactly? What causes it exactly? What can be done to prevent it?
Well, here are the straight-up, easy to understand basic facts about this dreadful and nasty disease that many people need to be aware of:
Improving our insulin sensitivity is a good thing, and can result from eating fewer carbohydrates and moving our bodies more. This helps decrease blood sugar levels and can help to reverse insulin resistance. THE SINGLE BEST THING YOU CAN DO: According to leading medical Drs, one single session of resistance exercise, such as lifting weights, improves insulin sensitivity for 24 hours.
You may never even think about it, but a recent NSP study (a public health and environmental organization) found that our refrigerator’s ice and water dispensers are loaded with yeast and mold, which wreak havoc on allergies! It’s hard to believe, but our refrigerator’s ice dispensers should be cleaned each month to prevent bacterial growth. It’s recommended that we turn the ice maker off and take the bin out, dump the ice, and wash the bin in warm soapy water. After rinsing and drying off, put the bin back and turn the ice maker back on. Also, once per year (twice is better) pour 3-4 cups of distilled white vinegar into the water supply tube. Let the vinegar run through the system to sanitize it. Then, don’t forget to wipe the water spout down with a clean cloth or cotton swab. It may sound like a lot to do, but once you get into the habit it’s really not. It’s truly a simple thing that will certainly help keep everyone in the household healthy!
We all love to see our pets having fun with their favorite toys. But did you know that playing with your pet’s squeaky toys and ropes can expose you and your family to serious illness? It’s true. A study by NSF International (a public health and environmental organization) found that our pet’s toys are a huge source of both staph and antibiotic-resistant staph, as well as yeast, mold and coliform. It’s recommended that hard pet toys be cleaned once per month with hot, soapy water, rinsed thoroughly, then disinfected with a mild bleach rinse, and then thoroughly rinsed again with clean hot water. This should remove any bacteria and residue and keep everyone safe. Soft pet toys should be laundered in the washer on the hot water cycle. Better safe than sorry!
Fruits and vegetables don’t have to be organic to be healthy, but you do have to eat them to get their benefits! Did you know approximately 20,000 cancer cases may be prevented each year if only half of the USA population ate one additional serving of fruits or veggies each day? Worried about the pesticides sprayed on fruits and vegetables? Well, it might surprise you to know that only 10 new cancer cases per year may result from this controversial pesticide residue. Make sure you wash each item really good before eating and remember, the benefits far outweigh the risks!
Some people claim they can’t afford to eat healthy, implying that healthy food costs significantly more. However, a new study published in the BMJ Open journal says it only costs a little bit more to eat healthy. To be exact, the study implies it only costs $1.50 more per person per day to choose the healthiest choices available. This is definitely do-able. No more excuses.
There’s more to love about vending machines besides the convenient chocolate, chips and soda choices. Now there are healthy choices in vending machines like salads. Yes, salads! A Chicago based entrepreneur, Luke Saunders of Farmer’s Fridge says salads in vending machines isn’t a crazy idea at all. Luke told Entrepreneur Magazine, “We do Mason jar salads, so everything is perfectly layered. We keep ingredients like tomatoes on the bottom and lettuce at the top, and that keeps everything fresh in there,” says Saunders. In addition to an innovative product, Farmer’s Fridge vending machines don’t look like the typical office standby, thanks to woodsy paneling and “grass” features. Now there really are no more excuses for not eating healthier, thanks to Luke and Farmer’s Fridge!
There are lots of healthy juices and smoothies on the market that claim to give beautiful glowing skin results. But they usually come at a healthy price point. But don’t worry. It’s easy to make your own Beauty Juice Smoothie at home in your own blender. The best balance is to use 80% vegetables to 20% fruit. Here’s a simple recipe to start with, then get creative and use your own favorite fruit or vegetable for flavor.
Combine all ingredients together in a blender and process until desired consistency. Enjoy!
Everybody knows that Heart Disease is the leading cause of death amongst both women and men. But did you know that the majority of women have at least one risk factor for heart disease and don’t even realize it? While some risk factors are uncontrollable, such as family history, the American Heart Association says 80% of all heart attacks and strokes can be prevented through simply lifestyle changes. One simple way to cut your risks is to MAKE SLEEP A PRIORITY! Research indicates that people who only sleep 6 hours or less per night are TWICE as likely to have a cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack or stroke! Getting at least 8 hours of shut-eye each night not only will help you feel and look better the next day, but will also help keep your heart healthy, regardless of your age! Now … go take a nap!
aaaahhhh … how wonderfully relaxing a good massage feels to our tired aching bodies. But did you know this revitalizing therapy does so much more for our health than just simply relax us? Massage therapy has been shown to slow down the release of stress hormones which are associated with anxiety, such as cortisol. Recent research out of the University of Miami School of Medicine found that as little as 20 minutes of massage per week for as little as one month can significantly reduce stress and anxiety by as much as 31%. Think you can’t afford to get a massage? Think again by checking out SpaFinder Wellness Last Minute (spafinder.com/lastminute) for 30%-80% off original prices on same-day and next-day spa services! Also, day spas found in malls and shopping centers provide massage therapy for approximately $1 per minute and most welcome walk-ins. What a healthy way to pamper yourself or someone you care about.
This delicious Banana-Mocha Smoothie recipe has so much to offer! It has potassium, fiber, antioxidants, and almost 4 grams of fat burning protein. The caffeine will help rev up your metabolism to burn even more fat, the banana adds a sweetness that will satisfy your cravings, and the unsweetened cocoa adds the antioxidants to help burn calories! And it’s so easy to make. Simply blend the following ingredients in your blender for about 1-minute. Adding a few ice cubes makes it extra thick and more like a milk shake.
Garnish with a couple slices of fresh banana and enjoy!
Although Popeye ate spinach to be healthy and strong, broccoli may be the best choice for the rest of us. Broccoli is amazing in that it has so many health benefits, such as helping to prevent heart disease, cancer, AND diabetes. A recent study from the U.K. found that broccoli contains a compound called glucoraphanin, which is found in cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cabbage, and brussel sprouts. This compound “retunes” our bodies cells so they are healthier to defend against disease. Other research indicates broccoli may also help our bodies to delay arthritis.
Are you considering (or maybe resisting) taking medication to reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke? If so, here are 6 easy steps that could help lower your blood pressure and subsequently reduce your risk of an event.
We all look forward to talking and catching up with our friends. However, the dynamics change whenever a friend becomes seriously ill. Sometimes it becomes hard to know what to say, and more importantly, what NOT to say. Here are a few good tips to consider that may help ease the anxiety when talking with a sick friend:
Sweatworking is a new term being used for business meetings or networking over exercise, instead of over drinks or dinner. Sweatworking can include any exercise activity, such as walking, running, or any group fitness class where you can talk to others. It’s a fun way to create a healthy bond without taking in all of those happy hour calories.
According to the Journal of Clinical Nutrition, there is a 50% reduction in strokes in people who eat 25gram or more per day of soluble fiber. Soluble fiber is most commonly found in legumes, oatmeal, fruits and vegetables. Another great reason to eat healthy!
Burrr …. it’s cold outside and that’s a great excuse to get out there and exercise. A recent study found that one type of fat cell, referred to as brown fat, can sense cold weather and revs up more heat energy, which torches the fat that’s hardest to burn off and melts it away. So, don’t let the cold weather stop you from getting your exercise outside. Let it be the reason to bundle up and get out there!
According to the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, two 500mg capsules per day of the tiny “black seed” may enhance your memory and increase both your attention and cognition. It seems “black seed” is emerging into an important brain food. Most health food stores carry it in capsule form and it can also be found in an oil form that can be added to food. Here are a few other foods that have been predicted to lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease by over 70%:
Research out of Brazil found that when individuals inhaled the scent of citrus before taking a test, their anxiety significantly lessened, as compared with individuals who only sniffed water and saw their tension increase by a whopping 21%. So, before your next test or job interview, slice open an orange and enjoy the aroma for a few minutes. It just might make a big difference.
Are you at risk for stroke? One way to reduce your risk of stroke is to drink one cup of coffee a day, according to a new study. It seems that one cup of coffee per day cut cut your odds of stoke by 20%. If you prefer tea over coffee, you’re in luck, too. The same study revealed that two to three cups of green tea per day will cut your risk of stroke by 14%!
Take a few minutes a day to sit quietly, legs crossed, back straight in peaceful mediation and focus on your the sound of your breathing. The University of California says that just two weeks of this practice can help you to de-stress, improve your memory and sharpen your focus.
According to the American Heart Association, nearly 360,000 people experience sudden cardiac arrest every year, and approximately 90% die because they do not receive CPR immediately. Here are 3 small steps you should know to help save a life:
A recent study indicates that Vitamin D levels approximately 20 ng/ml decreases the risk of painful fibroids in women by 32%. Fibroids are benign tumors that can grow in the muscle layer of the uterus and can be excruciating for some women.
New research out of the University of Michigan has recently determined the heart health benefit of grapes. It appears from the recent animal research that grapes turn on the genes that actually boost our defenses against heart-tissue damage. The study also indicates that grapes help combat the nasty effects of a diet high in salt, such as hardened arteries and hypertension, per the lead author E. Mitchell Seymour, Ph.D.
If you constantly feel too tired to exercise, DO IT ANYWAY! Research shows that doing a simple low to moderate intensity exercise 3 times per week helps fight fatigue and increases energy levels approximately 20%! It doesn’t matter what exercise you choose to do, just moving your body will boost your spirits and increase your energy levels!
Good news, girls! A recent study from the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, suggests that women who get approximately 30 minutes of moderate to high levels of aerobic exercise 5 days per week saw significant changes in the metabolism of the estrogen in their bodies, which is associated with a decreased risk in breast cancer. Another good reason to get up and get moving!
Are you trying to live healthier? Well, you would have to be living under a rock if you haven’t heard about the new craze “juicing,” which refers to fresh, delicious, cold-pressed juices. They are packed with nutritious vitamins and minerals, and most of them are much more slimming than fruit smoothies. But buying them at a juice bar can be expensive. Consider making your own fresh juices by investing in an electric juicer, like the Vitamix blender. This way, you and your family can have fresh juice whenever you want them, and you have full control of what goes into your favorite flavored juices!
Have you ever heard of earthing? Earthing is the practice of putting any part of the body directly in contact with the ground, like going barefoot. Recent provocative research indicates that since earthing helps your body to absorb the earth’s negatively charged electrons, this practice may also decrease any pain you may be experiencing and improve your overall heart health. Apparently, just practicing 20 minutes per day of earthing may ease pain and inflammation, while 40 minutes may actually reduce blood viscosity. So, don’t be so stuffy when you’re outside! Go barefoot in your yard or garden and make sure you wiggle your toes in the sand next time you’re at the beach!
Would you like to workout more often and maybe even have your very own personal trainer, but just not sure if you can afford it or if you have the time? Well, now there is a much easier and less expensive way to get the expertise of a personal trainer or a live organized exercise class right in your own home. Try Wello.com for half-hour or hour-long classes at an extremely reasonable price. These classes and training sessions work very well for people who just can’t make it to the gym …for whatever your reason.
Trying to get enoughVitamin D in your diet is a healthy choice. But when you simply can’t get enough, maybe because you don’t like fish or you don’t get outside in the sunshine enough, taking a Vitamin D supplement may seem like the next best thing. However, a recent study tested approximately 50 over-the-counter Vitamin D brands and what they found was alarming. It seems about 1/3 of those tested didn’t match up with that their labels stated as the amount of D vitamin included … and some by 91% less! And even as shocking was that some over-the-counter supplements had up to 46% more! It seems the brands that tended to do better were USP-verified, like Kirkland Signature and Nature Made. So next time you pick up your Vitamin D supplement, look for the USP stamp!
Pilates is a very popular workout that uses your own body weight in a series of floor-exercises to help build flexibility and core strength. If you haven’t tried it, you might find that it’s just what you need to get into the shape you’ve always wanted. And now, there are no more excuses not to try Pilates, since there are plenty of affordable routines to try right in your own home. Check out the following places to get your “downward dog” on!
Just approved by the FDA! OraQuick is an at-home HIV tester that takes swabs from your gums and provides your test results in 20 minutes! No pricking your finger or blood samples. Available at drugstores for approximately $40!
If you end up with a sunburn, it only takes a few seconds for BLACK TEA to soothe the sting. Black tea contains compounds called tannins which act as an anti-inflammatory. Put a black tea bag into a cup of boiling water, let it cool, then apply it directly to your burn or use a soft cloth. Leave it on your sunburn for 2-5 minutes, reapply throughout the day if necessary.
If you’re wondering what all the buzz is lately about the benefits of Coconut Water well here it is? It seems the liquid inside of young green coconuts has been found to be ultra-hydrating and packed with electrolytes. It’s a great alternative to coconut milk, which is found inside the riper brown coconuts, and many beauty companies are turning to coconut water because it is lighter-weight and fresher smelling and packed with electrolytes.
MEDICATION ALERT! A recent study indicates that ingesting any form of grapefruit with approximately 89 commonly prescribed drugs (i.e., birth control pills, blood pressure medicine, cholesterol-lowering drugs) may significantly increase the potency of the medication. So taking these meds with a glass of grapefruit juice could result in the equivalency of downing 5 tablets! Ask your pharmacist about your particular medications.
Ever wonder what the big deal is about PLANKING? It seems you can get into excellent shape by doing this one exercise every other day! Get into the push-up position, keeping your entire body as straight as a plank of wood, with a focus on your head, neck, back, and legs, while clenching your abs as you would if someone were punching you in the stomach. Hold this position until you start to shake. Do this 5 times in a row, trying to stay in the plank position each time the same amount of time as you did the first time. Repeat this process every other day and try to increase the amount of time by 15 seconds each time. Apparently, this will help you get that lean-all-over look, with this one simple move. Who knew!
Want a quick fix to immediately get rid of gas and bloating? Fill a tea ball with fennel seeds and steep in hot water. One cup can get rid of the gas and bloating in a snap!
A recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health indicates that cheerful people experience fewer heart attacks and strokes, have higher levels of HDL (good cholesterol) and lower levels of triglycerides than doom and gloom people.
Did you know stargazing is being used for much more than identifying constellations? It’s true. UK researchers are utilizing stargazing software to identify aggressive cancers. This is definitely a stellar approach to the fight against cancer. Find out more at cancerresearchuk.org.
Want an Easy Way to Help Slim Down? EAT MORE DAIRY! Yogurt and skim milk do more than strengthen your bones, and based on research from the University of Tennessee, your body’s fat cells will grow larger IF YOU DON’T GET ENOUGH CALCIUM! Try to get at least 3 servings per day.
Want to do more to outsmart skin cancer? Everyone knows the basics, such as wearing more clothing to protect your skin from sun rays, slather on the SPF, reapply as necessary, and step away from the suntan beds. But for even more protection, follow these 3 steps, too:
Another important step to outsmarting skin cancer is to do self-administered skin test. Remember your ABCDEUs! (see a Dr if you see a mole/spot with ANY of these unique traits):
A=Asymmetry – the spot is not a circle, so maybe one side is shaped differently from the other.
B=Border – jagged or blurred edges, not even.
C=Color – multiple shades of red, black, or brown
D=Diameter – most melanomas are approximately the size of a pencil eraser or bigger.
E=Evolving – the color has changed, the size has changed, or the shape has changed, regardless of the amount of time … week, month, year, or decade. See your Dr.
U=Ugly Duckling – if you have any moles/spots that look differently from the others on your body, see your Dr and get them checked out.
Adding blueberries and/or strawberries to your yogurt or cereal 3 times per week may reduce your risk of heart disease by 1/3. Researchers followed the diets of approximately 93,000 women and found that people who eat more than 3 servings of strawberries and blueberries per week reduced their risk of a heart attack by 32%!
Finally … a functional Sports Bra! The North Face has built a sports bra called The North Face Stow-N-Go High Impact for women who want a place to stash their keys, money, even your cell phone! It has inconspicuous pockets to hide your small items while you exercise! Check it out at TheNorthFace.com $40.