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Colitis

What Can You Do to Control Microscopic Colitis?

Diarrhea due to microscopic colitis can be debilitating. One step might be to restore balance to the microbiota in the digestive tract.

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Diabetes

Can You Reduce Your Chance of Getting Diabetes?

You may be able to lower your chance of getting diabetes if you concentrate on eating lots of vegetables and fruits rather than processed foods.

many types of beans to eat are sources of plant protein
Home Remedies

What Are the Benefits of Consuming Plant Protein?

The NIH-AARP Health and Diet Study demonstrates that people who eat more plant protein rather than animals have a small but significant advantage.

grilled fish and vegetables are part of best diet for arthritis
Cognitive Dysfunction

Does Eating Fish Protect the Brain from Pollution?

A study finds that, for older women, eating fish a couple of times a week can provide protection against brain shrinkage caused by air pollution.

A low-carb mixed leaf salad with smoked salmon, spinach, cucumber and onions; eat to lower cholesterol
High Cholesterol

How You Should Eat to Lower Cholesterol Is Controversial

An international panel says there's little evidence that LDL cholesterol is an important risk factor for heart disease. A low-fat diet might not be helpful.

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High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

Snacking on Almonds Improves Your Blood Vessels

British researchers found that snacking on almonds instead of mini-muffins boosts blood vessel flexibility and lowers LDL cholesterol levels.

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Heart Attack

What Is the Best Diet to Lower Cholesterol?

If you focus on vegetables, fruits and whole grains and avoid processed foods, you're on a good diet to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease.

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Acne (pimples)

Diet Makes a Difference for Clear Skin

Eating patterns without processed foods seem to promote clear skin better than a typical American diet.

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Heart Attack

Healthy Eating Can Help Prevent Heart Disease

Adopting a healthy eating pattern over the years reduces your chance of a heart attack or stroke by about 20 percent.

oranges and juice, a great source of immunity-boosting nutrients
Coronavirus

What Immunity-Boosting Nutrients Are You Missing?

An analysis of dietary intakes show that many Americans fall short on important immunity-boosting nutrients such as vitamin D or vitamin A.

whole grain farro to lower the risk for diabetes
Diabetes

What Do You Eat to Reduce Your Risk for Diabetes?

A long-term study of health professionals suggests that eating fewer processed foods and more whole grains and vegetables can lower the risk for diabetes.

almonds and almond milk on table as part of dairy-free diet
Acne (pimples)

Could Dairy-Free Diet Help Clear Your Complexion?

According to research, people following a dairy-free diet are less prone to acne. Could this approach benefit your complexion?

cooking with olive oil
High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

Do You Take Olive Oil for Your Blood Pressure?

Could extra virgin olive oil rich in plant phenols be a key to the benefits of the Mediterranean diet? One reader suggests we should all take olive oil.

A large pile of cranberries
Aging

What Should You Eat to Reduce Your Risk of Dementia?

A study from Framingham suggests berries, apples, pears, oranges and tea are among the foods you should eat to reduce your risk for Alzheimer disease.

latte in a cup with foam art
Heart Attack

Is Coffee Really Bad for You?

Studies show that coffee drinkers are less likely to die of heart disease, unless they drink a lot of boiled coffee. Unfiltered coffee is bad for you.

Dr. Low Dog, expert on essential oils, herbs and supplements
Podcasts

Show 1210: What Are the Health Benefits of Tea, Coffee and Chocolate?

If you think of them as just tasty beverages, you could be surprised to learn about the health benefits of tea, coffee and chocolate. Listen May 2, 2020.

scissors cut rosemary plant to make rosemary water
Cognitive Dysfunction

How Can You Make Your Own Rosemary Water?

If you want to keep your brain healthy over the years, don't smoke, do exercise, get enough sleep and sip rosemary water. You can make it yourself.

Blackstrap molasses for baking drizzling from a teaspoon
Diarrhea

Will You Have Better Poop With Blackstrap Molasses?

A reader reports that taking two tablespoons of blackstrap molasses daily eased symptoms of urgency and frequency of bathroom visits.

blood pressure remedy–bottles of beet juice, Biotta and Brownwood Acres brands
High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

Will Blood Pressure Remedy Lead to Kidney Stones?

Scientists confirm that drinking beet juice could be a helpful blood pressure remedy. However, it might increase the risk of kidney stones for some people.

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