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Interval Training Revs Up Metabolism

Fewer Reps, Less Time, More Results by Lisa Marlene Labels may vary, but results are what count. Whether called high-intensity intermittent exercise (HIIE), interval or burst-style training, recent research proves that this form of exercise improves insulin levels. This is promising news for the estimated 50 million American adults who have abdominal obesity and are on the path toward metabolic ... Read More »

Fall Harvest Foods Provide a Range of Health Benefits

by Trudy Pieper, ND Fruits and veggies are packed with powerful antioxidants which can lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes-related damage and even slow down the body’s natural aging process caused by free radical damage. Free radicals are unstable molecules that feed off healthy molecules in order to survive. Oxidation, caused by factors such as stress or chemicals, ... Read More »

Pre-K Education Linked to Better Health 26 Years Later

In addition to an increased likelihood of achieving academic success, children that participate in game-based educational training also have significantly lower risk of future cardiovascular disease, according to University of North Carolina researchers in a paper published this spring in Science magazine. Launched in the 1970s, the Carolina Abecedarian Project studied more than 100 children beginning when they were just ... Read More »

Yoga Boosts Hearts, Shrinks Waistlines

Two scientific reviews of human clinical research have found that hatha yoga significantly reduces heart disease risk factors. Researchers from Germany’s University of Duisburg-Essen reviewed 44 studies involving more than 3,000 people. Overall, the studies found that hatha yoga significantly reduced both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Yoga participants also showed lower respiratory and heartbeat rates, significantly reduced triglycerides and ... Read More »

Personal Bio-Tech

The Latest Devices to Aid Wellness by Linda Sechrist When President John F. Kennedy announced in 1961 that the U.S. could send a man to the moon and return him safely by the end of the decade, few suspected the bounty of technological spinoffs that such National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) space missions would yield. Today, many of NASA’s ... Read More »

Hit the Ground Walking

How to Make Walking Work for You by Lane Vail Hippocrates called walking “man’s best medicine,” and Americans agree: According to the U.S. Surgeon General, walking is America’s most popular form of fitness. It’s free, convenient and simple. Recent studies show that 10,000 daily steps helps lower blood pressure, shed pounds and reduce the risk of heart disease and Type ... Read More »

Beets Beat Down Blood Pressure

Two small studies have linked beets with lower blood pressure. A study from the University of Reading, in England, gave a beet-fortified bread or bread without beets to 23 healthy men. Those that ate the fortified bread experienced reduced diastolic blood pressure and less artery stiffness during the six hours afterwards. Australia’s Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute studied 15 ... Read More »

Yummy Berries Cut Heart Attack Risk by a Third

Eating three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries a week may help women reduce their risk of a heart attack, according to research from the University of East Anglia, in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health. The berries contain high levels of powerful flavonoids called anthocyanins, which may help dilate arteries, counter buildup of plaque and provide ... Read More »

Legumes Improve Blood Sugar, Blood Pressure

A cup of beans a day may keep the doctor away. In a randomized trial published in the Archives of Internal Medicine of 121 participants diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, daily consumption of approximately one cup of legumes (peas and beans) was found to improve glycemic control and reduce systolic blood pressure and heart rate, thereby reducing participants’ calculated risk score ... Read More »

Rethinking Heart Health

Pioneering Doctors and Patients Reinvent Cardiac Wellness by Linda Sechrist In 1977, Dr. Dean Ornish began to think beyond an allopathic medicine paradigm that defined the reversal of cardiovascular disease, including coronary heart disease (CHD) and the hypertensive diseases such as heart failure and stroke, as physiologically implausible. Undaunted by the challenge of funding his research, he pushed forward. Results ... Read More »

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