Top News: #Health

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960x0How Diet May Be Linked To The Quality Of Our Sleep

As more and more studies are showing, the old saying “you are what you eat” may need an addendum: “you sleep how you eat.” A small new study from Columbia University Medical Center finds that over just a few nights, diet can make a difference in sleep quality: People who ate higher-fat, lower fiber diets were more likely to sleep poorly that night than when they ate a healthier diet. They were in a sleep lab, of course, and not in their natural habitats. But if the results are applicable to us at home, too – and it’s likely that they are – then a new tenet of sleep hygiene might be not to have a lot of fatty food before we go to sleep. Read more

imrsMy little diet turned into a full-fledged eating disorder: ‘I wanted to see how far I could push my body.’

For years, food was my friend. As a competitive swimmer for 13 years, including at the collegiate level, I ate anything and everything I wanted. Toasted white bread with butter in the morning. Eighteen-inch sub sandwiches. Cans of sugar-laden soda. Peanut butter Twix bars for dessert and between-meal snacks. Given that I was training 4-6 hours a day, I didn’t worry about calories, trans fats, or high fructose corn syrup. There was no such thing as a “good” food or “bad” food, just a love of food. Guilt didn’t factor into the equation. Read more

AX055045The Sound That Comes From Nowhere

Melanie West, 63, has had a ringing in her ears as long as she can remember. When she was a kid in the ‘50s and ‘60s, it was a high-pitched sound in both ears that her doctors did not believe existed. “I would go from doctor to doctor explaining, ‘I hear this sound inside of my head, and it won’t let me sleep.’ I was having a hard time concentrating, and they would tell me that I don’t have it,” she says. When West was stressed, or hadn’t had enough sleep, it would get worse and her grades would plummet. Once, the noise made her so tense that she broke a hairbrush she was holding. Read more

960x220Staying Safe And Healthy During The Snow Storm

Ready for the snow? The Winter Storm Jonas (not a member of the Jonas Brothers) has been making its way to the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. The storm has the potential of dropping a record amount of snowfall on some location. According to the National Weather Service, anywhere between a foot and half and two feet of snow will blanket the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., region this weekend. This is your opportunity to build not only snowmen or snowwomen, but snowkids, snowfamilies, snowteams, snowflashmobs, etc. Just take some of the following precautions so that the snowstorm does not adversely affect your health: Read more

wwChoose Better Fats To Reduce Heart Risk, Study Says

In the latest development in the ongoing fat debacle, a massive new study in the Journal of the American Heart Association, finds that replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats would do our heart health a world of good. In fact, eating more healthy fats, like omega-6 fatty acids, and fewer saturated fats and refined carbs could save up to a million deaths from heart disease per year, the authors calculate. In our scramble to de-vilify fats after they were cast away, en masse, back in the 80s, this new study makes a convincing case–not for putting fat back in the diet indiscriminately, but putting the good ones back, taking out the bad, and continuing to cut down on refined carbs and sugars. Read more

9w60x0Why Breaking Habits Is Even Harder Than We Think

We tend to think that habits like eating junk food are a matter of willpower–too little willpower, too much sugar and fat in our diets. But the more we learn about the malleability of the brain, the more we know that “willpower” is a far too easy explanation for what’s really going on. The truth is that habits change how our brains work. What begins as a behavior morphs into changes in brain circuitry, and with repetition and time those changes strengthen and endure. Read more

26BRODY-tmagArticleThe Health Benefits of Knitting

About 15 years ago, I was invited to join a knitting group. My reluctant response — “When would I do that?” — was rejoined with “Monday afternoons at 4,” at a friend’s home not three minutes’ walk from my own. I agreed to give it a try. Read more