Are there really any unhealthy fruits? After all, the food pyramid suggests two to four servings of fruit per day as part of a healthy diet. All fruits provide nutrients our bodies need, but what are the healthiest fruits, the ‘superfruits’? Read on to find out. What is a Superfruit? The term superfruit is more for marketing purposes than identifying a fruit as exceptional. However, these fruits when eaten whole, are the best mix of nutrients and phytochemicals. They’ve been through the clinical research process and have been identified for their potential to improve your health and lower the risk
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Can you imagine what it would feel like to have an elephant standing on your chest as you try to take a breath? That is the comparison one child gave to describe an asthma attack she experienced. Now think about English professional footballer star David Beckham racing up and down the field or pop star Pink in the middle of very physical choreography on stage. They could have let asthma keep them from realizing their dreams, but they didn’t. What is Asthma? It is a chronic lung disease that causes a person’s airways to become constricted and fill with mucus.
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For reasons that doctors and researchers don’t seem to fully understand yet, autoimmune diseases seem to be on the rise these days. Whether or not more people are affected or whether medical science is just better at diagnosing more people is not known. Celiac disease is just one autoimmune disease on the list that is getting a lot more press in recent years. It’s a condition that may not sound terribly serious at first glance since many people may just assume it’s some kind of wheat allergy that doesn’t do any serious harm, but celiac disease can do significant damage
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Lupus may be a rather funny name for a disease, but the reality of it is that it is certainly no laughing matter. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack its own cells and tissues. For reasons that are not fully understood, women are about 90 percent more likely to develop lupus than men. There is also a hereditary component to it that increases risk by between 5 and 15 percent if someone has a relative or relatives that have lupus. Although there is no cure for lupus, it can be managed with medication,
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Kale is a super food. This leafy green cruciferous powerhouse vegetable is all the talk on TV health shows and many health related blogs and websites. Kale is something you can incorporate into almost any meal you make, making it easy to get a good amount of its benefits on a daily basis. There are all kinds of recipes around that include kale such as smoothies, soups and stews, and even a frittata! So, if you don’t like kale prepared one way, there’s probably another way you could incorporate it into your diet that you would like. The following are
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Chia seeds are tiny black seeds from the plant Salvia Hispanica and are native to South America. These seeds were an important food for the Aztecs and Mayans to sustain energy. “Chia” actually is the ancient Mayan word for “strength”. Only recently has chia seed has become widely known as a super food. Chia seeds can easily be incorporated into your daily diet. They don’t have much taste, so you can put them into pretty much anything! Adding chia seeds will dramatically boost the nutrition in any food you use it with. You can sprinkle them on cereal, oatmeal, yogurts
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Carbon monoxide is a particularly dangerous substance since this deadly gas is both colorless and odorless. Most of us hear horror stories every year and most of these tragedies are very avoidable. Whole families have been killed when a faulty furnace or some other device leaks carbon monoxide into their home. In other instances, people in parked cars lose their lives because of malfunctioning exhaust systems that leak and fill the car with the deadly gas. Every home should have functioning carbon monoxide detectors and any suspicions about faulty exhaust systems on cars should be checked out without delay. Anyone
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Nobody wants to eat an egg that has gone bad. If you’ve ever experienced symptoms of a Salmonella infection (diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, chills, fever, and headache) it’s understandable you would be hesitant to eat an expired egg. The good news is an expired egg doesn’t necessary mean a bad egg. Eggs are often still good to eat for a few weeks after the sell by date. Many people assume the ‘sell by’ date is an expiration date, but that’s not the case. The sell by date just means that’s the last date the eggs should be sold, and
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If you’re about to enjoy a nice meal as you read this you may want to bookmark it for later and just get on with your meal. Admittedly, these kinds of things are rare, but they do happen. It’s the worst kind of publicity for the companies involved, and just like gawking at a bad auto accident, human nature renders many of us unable to turn away from something we may not really want to see. 1. Frozen Custard Gives Man The Finger In 2005 a North Carolina man enjoying a pint of frozen custard had his experience ruined when
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Bipolar disease was once known primarily as manic depression, and it is a serious mental illness that can interfere with a person’s mood, energy level, and routine daily activities. The name bipolar comes from the fact that this disease results in drastic mood swings that cycle between feelings of extreme happiness (mania) and deep sadness (depression). This is a disease that often affects people even before they reach 25 years of age, and it can cause major disruptions in life, including strains on personal relationships and difficulty performing on the job or at school. The following symptoms may be an
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