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Which Drink Is Best for Hydration? (Hint: It Isn’t Water)

In All Health Watch, Diet and Nutrition, Featured Article, Fitness and Exercise, General Health by Garry Messick0 Comments

Water… Sports drinks… Electrolyte drinks… Everybody seems to have a different idea as to what best quenches your body’s thirst. 

New research set out to determine what drinks work best to keep you hydrated. And the results were surprising.

The study was published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers investigated a variety of popular drinks. They had 72 subjects drink one liter (about a quart) of the beverages they were testing over half an hour.

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The Superfood You Already Eat (But Need More Of)

In All Health Watch, Cognitive Health, Diet and Nutrition, Featured Article, General Health, Heart and Cardiovascular, Heart Attacks, Weight Loss by Garry Messick0 Comments

Health websites are full of information about “superfoods.”

Often they come from strange plants grown in exotic places. Goji berries from China, maca root from the Andes Mountains, and spirulina from Mexico are three examples. 

But the most powerful superfood is one that you are familiar with.

You probably eat it regularly. But recent studies show that more is better.

Researchers have found that it prevents heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and extends lifespan. 

We’re talking about nuts

A new Harvard study may be the largest ever that examined the health effects of eating tree nuts.

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Hand Sanitizer Doesn’t Work Against the Flu

In All Health Watch, Featured Article, General Health, Health Warning, Immune Health by Garry Messick0 Comments

With cold and flu season starting, you can be sure that you’ll be given this advice: The best defense is washing your hands. 

That’s because you typically get infected with viruses by touching a germy surface. Then, when you touch your face, the virus enters your body through the eyes, nose, mouth, or ears. You likely touch your face a lot more than you think.

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The Great Plastic Water Bottle Scam

In All Health Watch, Featured Article, General Health, Health Warning by Garry Messick1 Comment

For years, we were told that BPA (bisphenol A) was the harmful ingredient in plastic bottles.

BPA and its chemical cousins, BPS (bisphenol S) and BPF (bisphenol F), are linked to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, hormone problems, and migraines.[1]

Get rid of BPA, and plastic food and beverage containers would be perfectly safe, the plastics industry and the FDA said.

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Here’s What Happens When You Read Every Day

In All Health Watch, Dementia, Featured Article, General Health by Garry Messick0 Comments

People read for all kinds of reasons.

We pick up a newspaper because we want to stay informed. We look at a magazine to be entertained. Or we read a book to get knowledge and insights we can’t get anywhere else. 

But studies show that reading has other benefits that are less obvious but just as profound: 

  • Sharper mind. Regular reading increases your vocabulary.
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The Surprising Cause of Arthritis

In All Health Watch, Arthritis, Big Pharma, Featured Article, General Health, Health Warning by Garry Messick0 Comments

Doctors have always been mystified about the cause of rheumatoid arthritis. 

About 1.3 million Americans suffer with the joint condition. It’s an autoimmune disease in which your body’s own immune system attacks your joints. 

Doctors have always suspected that genetics were the main cause. But new research points to a different culprit: antibiotics

The study was published in the journal BMC Medicine.

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