The 6 Best Fat-Burning Superfoods, and other Weekend Reads

Here are this weekend's reading diversions for your enjoyment and enlightenment. Have a fabulous weekend!

Gourmet Sandwiches for Guys

 The 25 sandwiches you're about to meet can be thrown together during the average basketball halftime or, with practice, during the seventh-inning stretch. (Who needs hot dogs, anyway?) Use each recipe as a basic road map, but bring your talent for finding creative routes. You'll easily reach your final destination: a full belly and a satisfied smile.

How Running Improves Brainpower :

For years, aerobic exercise has been touted for its many health benefits; it's no leap to suggest that it can reduce your risk of nearly every known disease. And this is especially true concerning heart health. But the effect of cardio reaches far beyond lipid profiles and blood-pressure readings. In fact, it may do as much for your brain as it does for your ticker; maybe more.

The Benefits of B Vitamins

The B vitamins are a chemically related family of nutrients that work as a team. Their mood-boosting and other health benefits (see chart below) result from intricate behind-the-scenes work in the body.

Pecan Pancakes - Healthy Recipes Foods for Your 40s and 50s - Healthy Aging -

As you age, you need to work harder to keep your body healthy. Increase your odds of staying illness-free by sticking with an anti-inflammatory, Mediterranean meal plan that includes fruits and vegetables, whole grains and legumes, and healthy omega-3 (wild salmon, walnuts, flax) and monounsaturated (olive oil) fats. Dark chocolate (in moderation) can reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and low-fat dairy and leafy greens maintain bone density. Here are 15 tasty recipes to get you started.

Michael Waterman, L.Ac.: How to Choose an Acupuncturist

As an acupuncturist, I am often asked if I can treat myself. Although the answer is technically yes, few acupuncturists regularly handle their own health care. So, this common question gets me thinking: What would I do if I needed an acupuncturist but couldn't ask my go-to network of needle-packing colleagues for a referral?

Endometriosis: When Painful Cramps aren't "Normal"

Endometriosis is a little known disease that affects an astonishing 176 million women worldwide. The cause of endometriosis is still up for debate and currently there is no cure.

6 Best Fat-Burning Superfoods |

People ask me all the time if there is a magic supplement they can take to look younger, shed body fat, boost their energy or improve their skin. In reality, the answer is food. The right food, at the right time and in the right quantities, can have a dramatic affect on your appearance and overall health

Blueberries with Maple Whipped Cream - Martha Stewart Recipes

This recipe is from Everyday Food reader Daniel Lee Mishkin, of South Portland, Maine.

Russell Bishop: Is Fear of Failure Holding You Back?

Just about everyone has hurdles in life, some more pronounced than others. Regardless of your situation or circumstance, the question remains: are you willing to do what it takes to overcome what challenges you? When confronted with a difficult challenge, do you let your fears about coming up short stop you from taking any action at all?

Manuel Villacorta: Eating in the Evening: Is it Healthy?

So start your day off right -- by eating breakfast within one hour of waking. If you exercise in the morning, consume a pre-workout snack, followed with breakfast after your workout. Then eat something sensible every three to four hours. I don't care what you call the meal, just eat!

What causes brain freeze?

The pain is not really in the brain. The cold temperature of the roof of the mouth is transmitted into some nerves in that area called the sphenopalatine ganglion -- a ganglion is a collection of nerves.

What Causes Hiccups? 

Some things that irritate the diaphragm are eating too quickly or too much, an irritation in the stomach or the throat, or feeling nervous or excited. Almost all cases of the hiccups last only a few minutes. Some cases of the hiccups can last for days or weeks, but this is very unusual and it's usually a sign of another medical problem

Study: The Foods Keeping You From Weight Loss

Potato chips and French fries -- and generally any potato products -- contribute to the biggest weight gain over time, according to a new Harvard study, which researchers say is the first to look at long-term weight gain pegged to specific foods.

Tracey Marks, M.D.: 3 Natural Ways To Fall Asleep Faster

The problem is this: Bedtime is not the time for intense mental processing, worrying or problem solving. The mind is powerful and you can actually think yourself awake.

Loren Fishman, MD: 6 Healing Tips for Back Pain

Back pain is a common condition that most of us will experience at some point in our lives. Here are a few tips that may relieve the pain.

What I need to know about Crohn's Disease

Blood tests can uncover anemia. Anemia can mean you have bleeding in your intestines. Blood tests can also show a high white blood cell count, a sign of inflammation in the body. A stool sample can be used to check if you have bleeding and rule out an infection.


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