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Women's Health

Women's health: Prevent the top threats
The biggest threats to women's health are often preventable. Here's what you need to know to live a longer, healthier life.

Weight loss after pregnancy: Reclaiming your body
Weight loss after pregnancy takes time, but it's possible. Concentrate on eating a healthy diet and including physical activity in your daily routine.

Weight Management

Getting past a weight-loss plateau
Just because your weight loss has stalled, don't revert back to your old bad habits. These tips can help you restart your weight-loss plan.

Belly fat in women: Taking — and keeping — it off
What does your waistline say about your health? Find out why belly fat is more common after menopause, what dangers it poses — and what to do about it.

What is brown fat? How is it different from other body fat?
Brown fat, also called brown adipose tissue, is a special type of body fat that is turned on, or activated, when you get cold.

Metabolism and weight loss: How you burn calories
You've probably heard people blame their weight on a slow metabolism, but what does that mean? Is metabolism really the culprit? And if so, is it possible to rev up your metabolism to burn more calories?

Boiling down the dietary guidelines
Dietary guidelines call for reductions in salt, fat and sugar. Here's what that means for you.

Be smart about weight loss
When setting goals, think about process and outcome. Process goals are most important because changing your habits (processes) is key to success.

Wellness

Dietary fiber: Essential for a healthy diet
Eat more fiber. You've probably heard it before. But do you know why fiber is so good for your health?

Bone health: Tips to keep your bones healthy
Bones play many roles in the body — providing structure, protecting organs, anchoring muscles and storing calcium. While it's particularly important to take steps to build strong and healthy bones during childhood and adolescence, you can take steps during adulthood to protect bone health, too.

Calcium and calcium supplements: Achieving the right balance
Calcium is important for optimal bone health throughout your life. Although diet is the best way to get calcium, calcium supplements may be an option if your diet falls short.

Complementary and alternative medicine.
What's considered an alternative therapy is a moving target. Get the facts about what CAM means and its changing role in health care.

Gout diet: What's allowed, what's not
Gout, a painful form of arthritis, has long been associated with diet, particularly overindulgence in meat, seafood and alcohol. As a result, gout treatment used to include severe dietary restrictions, which made the gout diet hard to stick to. Fortunately, newer medications to treat gout have reduced the need for such a strict diet.

Chocolate: Does it impair calcium absorption
Chocolate contains oxalate — a naturally occurring compound in cocoa beans — which can inhibit the absorption of calcium. The jury is still out, however, on whether chocolate causes problems for healthy people who eat calcium-rich diets.

Water after meals: Does it disturb digestion
There's no concern that water will dilute the digestive juices or interfere with digestion. In fact, drinking water during or after a meal actually aids digestion. Water and other liquids help break down food so that your body can absorb the nutrients. Water also softens stools, which helps prevent constipation.

Bloating, belching and intestinal gas: How to avoid them
Bloating, belching, gas and gas pains can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Here's what causes these signs and symptoms — and how you can prevent them.

Hand-washing: Do's and don'ts
Hand-washing is an easy way to prevent infection. Understand when to wash your hands, how to properly use hand sanitizer and how to get your children into the habit.

Top 5 lifestyle changes to reduce cholesterol
Lifestyle changes can help reduce cholesterol, keep you off cholesterol-lowering medications or enhance the effect of your medications. Here are five lifestyle changes to get you started.

Senior health: How to prevent and detect malnutrition
Malnutrition is a serious senior health issue. Know the warning signs and how to help an older loved one avoid poor nutrition.

Cancer prevention: 7 tips to reduce your risk
Concerned about cancer prevention? Take charge by making changes such as eating a healthy diet and getting regular screenings.

What are the risks of vitamin D deficiency?
Vitamin D deficiency — when the level of vitamin D in your body is too low — can cause your bones to become thin, brittle or misshapen. The role of vitamin D and insulin resistance, high blood pressure, and immune function — and how these relate to heart disease and cancer — is under investigation.

What's the relationship between vitamin B-12 and depression?
Vitamin B-12 and other B vitamins play a role in producing brain chemicals that affect mood and other brain functions. Low levels of B-12 and other B vitamins such as vitamin B-6 and folate may be linked to depression.

Healthy Eating

Water: How much should you drink every day?
Water is essential to good health, yet needs vary by individual. These guidelines can help ensure you drink enough fluids.

Cholesterol: Top 5 foods to lower your numbers
Diet can play an important role in lowering your cholesterol. Here are five foods that can lower your cholesterol and protect your heart.

Healthy eating: Jazz it up with these tips
Try these fun and easy tips for freshening up your healthy eating plan.

How meat and poultry fit in your healthy diet
When you follow these methods to cut the fat, meat and poultry can be both a tasty and healthy part of your diet.

Meatless meals: The benefits of eating less meat
You can eat healthfully without spending a lot. One way to achieve healthy savings is to serve meat less often.

Gluten-free diet
A gluten-free diet is a diet that excludes the protein gluten. Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye, and a cross between wheat and rye called triticale.

Nutrition Facts: An interactive guide to food labels
Use this interactive guide to the Nutrition Facts label to help understand what you're eating so that you can make healthier choices.

Sodium: How to tame your salt habit
Find out how much sodium you really need, what high-sodium foods to avoid, and ways to prepare and serve foods without adding sodium.

Artificial sweeteners and other sugar substitutes
Whether your goal is cutting calories or eating healthier, sugar substitutes abound. Understand the pros and cons to make an informed choice.

Trans fat is double trouble for your heart health
Trans fat raises your LDL ("bad") cholesterol and lowers your HDL ("good") (HDL) cholesterol. Find out more about trans fat and how to avoid it.

Vegetarian diet: How to get the best nutrition
A well-planned vegetarian diet is a healthy way to meet your nutritional needs. Find out what you need to know about a plant-based diet.

Nuts and your heart: Eating nuts for heart health
Eating nuts helps your heart. Discover how walnuts, almonds and other nuts help lower your cholesterol when eaten as part of a balanced diet.

Snacks: How they fit into your weight-loss plan
Well-planned, healthy snacks can complement your weight-loss plan. Here are creative and healthy ways to satisfy your hunger.

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