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Smart Pre-Exercise Snacks

Smart Pre-Exercise Snacks

Make sure you're properly fueled for a workout, but avoid mindless snacking.

March 2017 - If you start exercise low on fuel, you could end up feeling weak and run out of steam. Or, you may simply feel hungry, making it hard to focus on your exercise. However, unnecessary snacking before a workout may make exercise uncomfortable and add calories you don’t need, counteracting the calorie burn of your physical activity.

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Foods to Soothe Digestive Woes

Foods to Soothe Digestive Woes

Strategic diet changes may help chronic gut pain, diarrhea and belly bloat.

Approximately 35 million Americans are afflicted with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), marked by chronic abdominal pain, diarrhea and/or constipation, and often nausea, bloating and excess gas, too. IBS is the most common gut condition diagnosed by gastroenterologists (specialists in digestive tract diseases). There isn't a test for IBS per se, but tests can help rule out other causes.

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Fighting Unwanted Weight Loss

Fighting Unwanted Weight Loss

Get to the bottom of unintentional weight loss and back to a healthy weight.

Seeing you're down several pounds or finding your clothes are fitting looser may sound like a good thing - but not when you aren't trying to lose weight. Unwanted weight loss is of special concern in aging since it could point to an undiagnosed illness, leave you prone to infections or decrease your independence.

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Beyond Olive: Oils for Heart Health

Beyond Olive: Oils for Heart Health

You don't have to buy pricey products to get the benefits of vegetable oils.

Should you buy the big 2-quart bottle of vegetable oil for $2.50 or spend $12 on a 1-quart bottle of extra-virgin olive oil? "Olive oil has been regarded by many as a unique oil for cardiovascular health, but the data don’t really support it as being superior to common vegetable oils," says Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc, director of Tufts' HNRCA Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory.

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Health Claims On Your Food

Health Claims On Your Food

Find out what the health messages on packaged foods really mean, so you can make well-informed choices at the supermarket.

Have you read your groceries lately? Many of them tout reasons why health-minded shoppers should buy them, such as to lower cholesterol, reduce risk of osteoporosis or prevent cancer.

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Eat Well to Keep Mind Sharp

What you eat could have a big impact on memory and thinking.

Increasingly needing to write yourself reminder notes or repeatedly bumping into furniture after rearranging your living room (spatial memory) is frustrating, to say the least.

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