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Pick Peaches for Healthy Nutrients

Pick Peaches for Healthy Nutrients

Study finds peaches canned in juice pack as much nutrition as fresh.

August 2014 - Fresh peach season provides a fuzzy-skinned, sweet and juicy invitation to enjoy the nutritional goodness of these favorite fruits. Peaches are low in calories and glycemic index, a good source of vitamins, phytonutrients and fiber, and may even help fight cancer.

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Summer Time Bubble Tea

Summer Time Bubble Tea

Ah summer…time to relax on the porch with a cool beverage. But after reading the Special Report in this newsletter, you are certainly aware that sodas and prepared ice tea drinks are loaded with sugar and calories. To help you to kick the soda and sugar habit, here are some refreshing low-calorie drink recipes. They have all been designed to taste good with very little or no added sweetener. Cheers!

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Aerobic Activity Helps Build Bigger Brains

Aerobic Activity Helps Build Bigger Brains

Another study has shown that aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, boosts your brain—actually increasing the size of the hippocampus, a key part of the inner brain involved in forming, storing and processing memory. When compared to an earlier study of cognitively healthy older adults, moreover, the findings suggest that aerobic exercise offers greatest benefits to those who need it most: people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), often a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease.

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Daily Serving of Beans, Lentils or Dried Peas Linked to Lower LDL Cholesterol

Daily Serving of Beans, Lentils or Dried Peas Linked to Lower LDL Cholesterol

Adding pulses to your diet pays off for heart health.

If you think only of your heartbeat when you hear the term “pulse,” you may need to broaden your vocabulary—although this less-familiar dietary meaning of “pulse” also relates to a healthy heart. “Pulses” (from the Latin puls meaning thick soup) are the edible seeds of plants in the legume family. They include beans, lentils, chickpeas and dried peas.

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Green Tea May Enhance Working Memory

Green Tea May Enhance Working Memory

Extracts improve connectivity between key parts of the brain.

A small clinical trial suggests that green tea could improve the connectivity between parts of the brain involved in tasks of “working memory.” You might think of working memory as the brain’s sticky notes, where bits of information are temporarily held for manipulation before forgetting or transferring to long-term memory.

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How Much Water Do You Really Need?

How Much Water Do You Really Need?

If these thirsty, sweaty summer days have you worrying whether you’re getting eight glasses of water a day—as conventional wisdom says you should—you need to take a closer look at the facts versus the fictions about hydration. \n

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New Evidence Links Fruits and Vegetables to Longevity

New Evidence Links Fruits and Vegetables to Longevity

Eating even more than five a day might be better.

If you’ve been trying to follow the advice to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, two new studies might inspire you to try harder—and to aim for even more daily produce. Both studies found even greater benefits from consuming more than five daily servings of fruits and vegetables.\n

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