Healthy Behaviors

For Many, Fizz Has Gone Out of Soda

A strong majority of Americans now say they try to avoid drinking soda — and significantly more than said so a decade ago, according to a new Gallup poll. The poll found that 63 percent of Americans surveyed in 2014 avoid soda consumption, compared to 41 percent in 2002 and 51 percent in 2004. Americans […]

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Sanitary Greeting: Fist Bump Beats Handshake

Fist-bumping your friends not only can make you seem a little bit cool, it also may prevent you from getting sick. NBC News reported July 28 that British researchers who studied germ transmission in typical touch greetings found that fist bumps were the least germy, followed by high fives and handshakes. “Nearly twice as many bacteria […]

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Fluid Facts: What You Need to Know About Water

You probably realize that it’s especially important to stay hydrated during hot weather, but Health.com has some other advice to soak in about water: You need to get about nine cups (2.2 liters) of water daily from food and drink. Food accounts for about 20 percent of water in the typical diet. Aim for urine […]

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Little Support for Lower Drinking Age

Three-quarters of Americans oppose lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18, according to a poll from Gallup. A return to a legal limit of age 18 — the norm prior to 1984 — was opposed by 74 percent of those polled, little changed in recent years. What support there is for a lower drinking […]

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How to Make ‘Yucky’ Vegetables Delicious

Some of the healthiest vegetables out there are also among the least popular, but the reason we turn up our nose at things like broccoli often has more to do with how they’re prepared than taste or texture. Health magazine reported July 22 on some delicious ways to prepare some healthy veg, including: Brussels sprouts: slice […]

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Lower Blood Pressure Another Benefit of Probiotics

Probiotics are primarily used for digestive health, but a new research review concluded that the bacteria found in food like yogurt may also moderately reduce your blood pressure, Reuters reported July 22. The study of about 550 people found that probiotics reduced systolic blood pressure by 3.56 mm Hg and diastolic blood pressure by 2.38 mm […]

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Survey Says Healthy Lunches Growing on Kids

Researchers say that while elementary-school children initially complained about healthy changes in their school lunches, most now seem to like what they’re being served, the Wall Street Journal reported July 21. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago who have been surveying school administrators about reactions to the nutritional standards put into place in […]

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How Cutting Dietary Fat Can Actually Make You Less Healthy

Research linking saturated fat to heart disease had led to some misguided dietary advice and practices, Fox News reported July 18. A recent study found that people on a low-fat, high-carb diet saw no reduction in heart disease, while those eating a high-fat, low-carb diet did. Experts say that’s not a license to go out […]

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Is Sleep Behind Your Summer Stress?

Summer is supposed to be the time to relax and recharge, but many of us feel more stressed out in summertime, and the reason may be related to sleep — or lack thereof. Today reported July 20 that a recent survey by SleepRate found that one in three Americans find summer to be more stressful […]

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Is Your Drinking Becoming a Problem?

Worrying that your alcohol use is getting excessive? Asking the question is one of the signs that it just might be, Health.com reported July 19. Other warning signs of a drinking problem include: You try to set limits on your drinking, but fail to adhere to them. Your friends comment on how much you drink. […]

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