Alcohol

Are Beverages Busting Your Diet?

…and has been demonstrated to support healthy blood pressure levels. If you choose to drink alcohol, make it one drink per day. The calories in beer, wine, and mixers can add up, plus, the benefits of alcohol only apply to moderate drinking. 4th of July "Scavenger Hunt" Clue: N, N, N (you will need three…

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Beware of Liver Disease

Contrary to popular belief, the leading liver problem in the United States is not alcoholic cirrhosis or hepatitis, but nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Afflicting roughly one in four Americans, it is not caused by alcohol or a virus, but by obesity and insulin resistance—and at least half of all…

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Naturally Treating IBS

…affect the severity of IBS. Try eliminating common trigger foods one at a time to see if your symptoms improve. The usual suspects include caffeine, alcohol, sugar substitutes, dairy products, corn, citrus foods, eggs and peanuts. You should also incorporate more fiber (at least 30 g) into your daily diet…

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Can People Living With Diabetes Drink Alcohol?

…is, “Sometimes.” Because alcoholic drinks contain a fair amount of calories derived from sugars, conventional wisdom has long held that people with diabetes should avoid alcohol. We now know that rather than worsening the diabetic condition, judicious use of alcohol actually improves it by enhancing…

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New Year’s Eve Survival Tips

…preventing and treating heartburn. * Escape a hangover. I don’t advocate overindulgence in alcohol, but I do want you to know that there are some natural ways to minimize alcohol’s destructive effects. Alcohol is neutralized into carbon dioxide and water in the liver, your body’s primary organ for…

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5 Ways to Prevent Falls

…sugar on an even keel. 4. Check your blood pressure. Another common cause of falls is low blood pressure, or hypotension. Sometimes brought on by alcohol or prescription drugs, hypotension can cause dizziness, light-headedness, confusion, or blurred vision. If you notice any of these symptoms, be extra…

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Can Alcohol Really Increase Risk of Breast Cancer?

The recent media frenzy about alcohol being linked to an increased risk of breast cancer may have alarmed you—especially if you drink a glass of wine daily for its reputed health benefits. But don’t panic. As is usually the case, the headlines are much scarier than the actual facts. These reports…

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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Drink Sensibly This New Year's Eve

alcoholic alternatives will allow you to be a part of the festivities—without the extra calories or the hangover. * Try mineral water or club soda with a splash of cranberry juice or a lemon or lime twist. * Have alcohol-free versions of your favorite drink, such as a “Virgin Mary" (an alcohol-…

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Be Aware of Grapefruit-Drug Interactions

…discovered when Canadian researchers were exploring a possible interaction between alcohol and the blood pressure drug felodipine (Plendil), and grapefruit juice was used to disguise the flavor of the alcohol. Combining alcohol with the drug did not result in the predicted effects. Inexplicably, however,…

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Six Habits of the Sleep Deprived

…that “bed” equals “sleep.” * Drink alcohol and caffeine late in the day. Both alcohol and caffeine can keep you sleep deprived. If you’re especially sensitive to caffeine, you want to avoid caffeinated beverages any time after noon. As for alcohol, one glass might relax you—but any more can…

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TGIF: A Healthy Reason to Enjoy a Beer

…enjoy an occasional cold one this summer, but don’t forget that the positive effects of alcohol end after one or two daily drinks. Bottoms up! Now it’s your turn: Do you enjoy an occasional beer or other alcoholic beverage? Can People Living with Diabetes Drink Alcohol? Tea: Yet Another Weapon Against…

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10 Easy Prevention Tips That Can Keep You Healthy

…microorganisms. Purify your drinking water using reverse osmosis or carbon filtration. * Drink alcohol in moderation. One or two drinks a day helps protect against a number of conditions. Moderation is key. Excess alcohol consumption is devastating to health—and for some one drink is too many. * Breathe the…

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Solving the Sugar Wars

…or drink. Stevia is the sweetener of choice at the Whitaker Wellness Institute and it should be your go-to sweetener as well. * Xylitol is a sugar alcohol, in the same category as sorbitol and mannitol. This sweetener looks and tastes like sucrose, so it’s a “comfortable” sugar substitute and can…

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The Scary Truth About Halloween--and 5 Guilt-Free Treats

…preventative for a multitude of health conditions including osteoporosis, heart attacks, and stroke. But don’t forget that the positive effects of alcohol end after one or two drinks. Now it’s your turn: What is your favorite holiday indulgence? You may also be interested in: Chill Out with GABA this…

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The Best Foods for Health

…to eat plenty of these foods for health. * An easy and tasty way to increase your intake of DHA is to eat DHA-enriched eggs. * Drinking a little alcohol lowers risk of heart attack in men with hypertension. * Flavonoid-rich foods for health (apples, pears, strawberries, dark chocolate, and red wine…

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You Need More Than Calcium for Healthy Bones

…soy, are particularly protective. Factors that contribute to bone breakdown include excessive intake of carbonated soft drinks, sodium, caffeine, alcohol and high-fat animal protein. Tips for Maintaining Healthy Bones * Eat lots of nutrient-dense plant foods. Eat moderate, not excessive, amounts of protein…

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Preventing and Treating GERD Naturally

…and canker sores, can be found in most health-food stores. * Avoid foods and beverages known to trigger esophageal sphincter relaxation, such as alcohol, caffeine, fatty and spicy foods, tomatoes, peppermint, citrus and chocolate. Obesity, lying down after meals, pregnancy, tight-fitting clothes and…

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How to Treat Allergies Without Big Pharma

…foods and drinks can aggravate your allergy symptoms. Avoid mucous-producing foods such as milk, cheese, ice cream and yogurt. And stay away from alcohol, especially wine that contains sulfites. * Drink plenty of water. I recommend you drink three quarts of filtered water each day during allergy season…

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Vitamin B, Vitamin C, and Diabetes

…boosts overall immunity. Perhaps most important to people managing diabetes, however, is vitamin C’s ability to lower levels of sorbitol, a sugar alcohol that can collect in the cells and damage the eyes, kidneys, and nerves. This, plus its ability to put the brakes on free radicals, makes vitamin C…

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