10 Healthy Eating Habits That Will Change Your Life

Boost your energy, drop pounds, and feel happier than ever with these diet tweaks.

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by Jessica Migala

Nutrition experts dole out a ton of advice about how to eat well—and, most importantly, not lose your mind doing it. But there are some tips that stand the test of time, and that experts themselves follow. (Because yes, they’re human, too.) Here are 10 habits they live by—and that will change the way you eat.

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How to Treat 8 Common Injuries at Home

Paging Dr. You! Here’s how to treat burns, cuts, sprains, and more.

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by Kate Rockwood

From Health magazine

Quick—what’s the best way to treat a burn? Or a sliced finger? Or a bad blow to the head?

The immediate steps you take in an emergency—whether you’re miles deep in the wilderness or just a few blocks from a hospital—can be crucial. “If you’re not prepared, you’ll feel stressed, and stress leads to poor decisions,” says Reggie Bennett, founder of the Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School in Catawba, Va. But that doesn’t mean you need to scour a medical text. Just focus now on learning what’s most important. Here’s our guide to treating 8 common injuries.

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9 Best Fitness Trackers

Keep tabs on your movement—and push through plateaus—with one of these smart wearables.

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by Rozalynn S. Frazier

From Health magazine

Need some fitness motivation? These smart wearables will help you keep tabs on your progress, and push through plateaus. To help you choose your arm (or leg) candy, here is our review of nine of the best fitness trackers on the market.

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18 Health Benefits of Whole Grains

You’ve heard whole grains are healthy. But why? Here’s the lowdown on why you should be eating them.

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by Amanda Gardner

Some popular diet books say you should ditch wheat or gluten to shed pounds. But the USDA recommends eating grains daily, and at least half of those should be whole grains. Unless you have celiac disease, gluten intolerance, or another reason to cut back, you don’t want to miss out on the health benefits of whole grains. “You’re getting fiber, a healthy plant-based protein, vitamins, minerals, and a variety of phytochemicals that will improve your health,” says Lilian Cheung, DSc, RD, a lecturer in nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. So read on to find out what exactly is considered a whole grain, how to find them, and why you should eat them.

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10 Things You Should Never Do When You’re Angry

When you’re mad, everyday tasks like driving and using Facebook may later prove regrettable.

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by Linda Melone

Getting into a heated argument doesn’t just put you in a bad mood. It can also compromise your ability to perform everyday tasks—like driving—in ways that could be dangerous for you or the people around you. Here, top experts discuss what you should never do when under the influence of anger, with tips for regaining your composure.

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FDA Considering Statin Use for Those With Normal Cholesterol

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2009 (Health.com) — Should people who dont have high cholesterol take a cholesterol-lowering statin? Maybe, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is considering an advisory panels recent recommendation to do just that.

If the FDA adopts the panel’s recommendation—the agency isn’t required to do so, but typically does in such cases—it would mark the first time that a statin was approved for heart-disease-free people with healthy cholesterol levels but other risk factors, including high levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammation.

It would also mean that roughly 6 million new patients would be eligible to take a statin—in this case, Crestor (rosuvastatin).

The recommendation “changes medical practice dramatically [and] will work its way into the guidelines,” says Steven E. Nissen, MD, the chairman of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic.

Cardiologists are divided over the expanded use of the drug. Some say it will help fight heart disease; others are concerned about the data used by the panel and the potential side effects of statins. Adding to the debate is a new study, published this week in The Lancet, that calls into question the strength of the connection between CRP and heart disease.

The panel’s decision was based almost entirely on the Jupiter trial, a study funded by Crestors maker, AstraZeneca, that compared a daily dose of Crestor to placebo in nearly 18,000 people who fit the description used by the panel (and who would not be eligible for a statin under the current guidelines).

“There was a 44% reduction in death, heart attack, and stroke among people taking Crestor,” says Dr. Nissen. “The benefit was very large and happened very quickly.”

“I dont think the new labeling recommendation is really controversial,” he adds. “The decision was very straightforward and among the people who treat lipids, this is a no-brainer.”

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11 Exercises That Build Muscle Without Bulk

A metabolism-boosting workout that builds strength and tones your abdominals, back, thighs, butt and arms.

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by Amy O’Connor

Eager to achieve long, lean, sculpted muscles, but you’re really not the type to spend hours pumping iron or pushing a metal weight machine at the gym? We hear you! Even though the fear of “bulking up” with weight training is not based in reality, especially for women over 40, building muscle is a must, both for strong bones and to boost metabolism. Here are our picks for the most effective “bulk-free” ways to get longer, leaner and stronger from head to toe.

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17 Ways to Burn More Calories All Day

Looking to zap more calories? Here are 17 stealth ways to crank up your potential.

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If you can get to the gym every day and blast off 500 calories, then that’s awesome—but if you follow up a morning workout by sitting at a desk for 8 hours, then you may not be too pleased with how long it takes you to start noticing weight falling off. Luckily, there are stealth ways you can turn up your calorie burn all day long. Lose more weight in less time with these expert tips.

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Running With Your Dog: 17 Dos and Don’ts

Health, safety, and behavioral tips for logging miles with your four-legged fitness partner.

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by Amanda MacMillan

Your dog may be the ultimate exercise partner. Think about it: dogs are always eager to spend more time with you, they have plenty of excess energy to burn, and temptation to skip a scheduled sweat session melts away when your furry friend stands at the front door, leash in mouth, ready to log a few miles with you.

Before you hit the pavement, though, you’ll need to train your pooch to run with you. Here’s how to make your run enjoyable and rewarding for both you and your best (furry) friend.

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