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#22 Oct 22, 2013
Eat a low-fat, high-fiber diet. Include five servings of fruits and vegetables daily from the following list - a medium sized fruit, ¾ cup of fruit juice, ¼ cup dry fruits, ½ cup vegetables, 1 cup raw leafy vegetable like spinach/lettuce, ½ cup cooked mung dahl or beans or peas.

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#23 Oct 23, 2013
Find out your family history. You need to know if there are any inherited diseases prowling your gene pool. According to the Mayo Clinic, USA, finding out what your grandparents died of can provide useful – even lifesaving – information about what’s in store for you. And be candid, not coy: 25 percent of the children of alcoholics become alcoholics themselves.

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#24 Oct 24, 2013
Wash vegetables before cutting or chopping them to avoid the loss of water-soluble vitamins.

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#25 Oct 25, 2013
Everyone knows that exercise is important; however, most people still don’t quite get just how important. Also, there are perhaps as many different approaches to exercise as there are diets, so it can be hard to know what is best. My first recommendation for all patients is to move your body in some way, enough that you feel energized afterward, almost every day. If you feel exhausted, sore or injured afterward, you did too much or did something too aggressively.

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#26 Oct 28, 2013
Reduce your coffee intake - too much caffeine can kill your nervous system. To keep you awake, try drinking hot water or juice. If caffeine is absolutely necessary as a wake-upper, try sipping slowly to lessen your consumption and maximize the effect of the caffeine.

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#27 Oct 29, 2013
Keep cooked food piping hot (more than 70°C) prior to serving

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#28 Oct 30, 2013
Folic acid should be taken regularly by all pregnant mums and people with a low immunity to disease. Folic acid prevents spina bifida in unborn babies and can play a role in cancer prevention. It is found in green leafy vegetables, liver, fruit and bran.

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#30 Nov 1, 2013
Use safe water and wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly

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#31 Nov 4, 2013
Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables daily to get lots of vitamins, minerals and health protective phyto-nutrients that strengthen the immune system and reduce your risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, age-related blindness and even Alzheimer's disease.

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#32 Nov 5, 2013
Exercising makes u sweat a lot. Sweat takes out dirt & grease from the skin pores. Thus exercising helps clean ur skin

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#33 Nov 6, 2013
A daily breathing practice, which can be as simple as five minutes a day, or 10 breaths every hour, is the fastest way I know of to re-pattern the nervous system.

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#34 Jan 20, 2014
Don’t skip breakfast. Studies show that eating a proper breakfast is one of the most positive things you can do if you are trying to lose weight. Breakfast skippers tend to gain weight. A balanced breakfast includes fresh fruit or fruit juice, a high-fibre breakfast cereal, low-fat milk or yoghurt, wholewheat toast, and a boiled egg.

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#35 Jan 21, 2014
We know that flavonols - the antioxidants in chocolate - have anti-inflammatory effects that can help prevent heart disease. Now Spanish researchers have discovered that eating a moderate amount of chocolate is associated with lower body fat and less abdominal fat, no matter how much (or little) you exercise and regardless of the rest of your diet. The investigators from the University of Granada looked at nearly 1,500 European adolescents (between ages 12 and 17) and found that the more chocolate they ate (without overindulging), the lower their body mass index and waist circumference. Meanwhile, a team of British and Australian researchers found that the more flavonols a cocoa drink contained, the faster their study subjects could perform on a timed mental test requiring them to count down by threes and sevens. The researchers described their findings as the first evidence of acute cognitive improvements following consumption of cocoa flavonols by healthy adults. Earlier studies have shown that consumption of flavonols can help relax blood vessels and increase blood flow in the brain.

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#36 Jan 22, 2014
Drop your panties. Going commando once in a while (say, overnight) couldn't hurt, especially if you're prone to urinary tract infections.
"Wearing no undergarments -- or just cotton ones -- allows the external genitals to dry and reduces bacteria growth that could otherwise make its way into your urethra and cause a bladder infection," says Dr. Sherry Thomas, an OB-GYN and surgeon at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, California.

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#37 Jan 23, 2014
Did you take music lessons in your youth? Can you speak a second language? New research suggests that being bilingual can stave off dementia for more than four years, and that childhood music lessons pay off much later in life by speeding brain responses to speech sounds. Scottish and Indian researchers reviewed the case histories of 684 seniors with dementia. Of this group, 391 spoke more than one language. The investigators found that that being bilingual delayed the progression of dementia, even in study subjects who were illiterate, a finding that demonstrated for the first time that education levels alone don’t explain the delay. However, the study found no additional advantage to knowing three or more languages. Researchers at Northwestern University in Illinois found that taking music lessons for four to 14 years early in life paid off later by making possible recognition of a speech sound a millisecond faster than seniors who had no musical training. A millisecond may not seem like a big deal, but it is significant in terms of brain function. For the Northwestern study 44 healthy adults, ages 55-76, listened to a synthesized speech syllable (“da”) while researchers clocked electrical activity in the auditory brainstem, the brain region that processes sound. Childhood music lessons were related to faster brain responses, even in study participants who hadn’t played music in nearly 40 years, the researchers found.

My take? Mental exercise is vital to keeping sharp as we age. In general, the more education you have, the less likely you are to develop Alzheimer’s disease or to experience age-related cognitive decline; if you do experience them, they will appear later in life than in less educated people. Both of these new studies demonstrate again that using the brain is protective against age-related mental decline. The more learning you have had, the more connections you have in your brain, even if that learning took place during music lessons early in life or if you managed to master two languages, even without formal education or the ability to read.

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Suvarna Alladi, et al,“Bilingualism delays age at onset of dementia, independent of education and immigration status.” Neurology, 10.1212/01.wnl.0000436620.3315 5.a4; published ahead of print November 6, 2013

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#38 Jan 24, 2014
"Eat your fruits and vegetables." You've likely heard this statement since childhood. Research shows why it is good advice:

Healthy diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. Fruits and vegetables also provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are important for good health. Most fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories and are filling.

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#40 Jan 28, 2014
Believe you can and you're halfway there.
Theodore Roosevelt

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#41 Jan 29, 2014
It's a myth that sweating more during a workout causes faster weight loss. Any immediate effect is because of losing more water.

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#42 Jan 30, 2014
Blackheads & whiteheads are caused by clogged pores. Applying a retinol containing cream can help clear them off.

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#43 Jan 31, 2014
Being active during pregnancy may speed development of your baby’s brain. A study from Canada showed that jogging, swimming or cycling for as little as 20 minutes three times a week starting at the beginning of the second trimester made a measurable difference in the activity of the babies’ brains, according to researchers from the University of Montreal. The investigators divided 60 women into exercise and non-exercise groups. To check the effect of the exercise on the infants’ brains, the researchers measured the babies’ brain activity while they slept on their mothers’ laps when they were eight to 12 days old. The EEGs used for the test showed that the babies of the active mothers had a “more mature cerebral activation,” which suggests that their brains developed more rapidly than the offspring of women who didn’t exercise. This was the first study of the effect of exercise on human brain development. Earlier research has shown that exercise during pregnancy can ease post-partum recovery, make pregnancy more comfortable and reduce the risk of obesity in the children. The results of the brain study were presented on November 10, 2013 at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.

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