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Eating for smoother, healthier summer skin

Long summer days are made for backyard barbecues, poolside picnics, and rosé all day. But all of that sunshine can have real consequences for your skin. The good news is that there are tons of delicious foods you can eat to help your skin recover from all of the summer excess — and also keep your complexion glowing long after the warm-weather has faded.  “There’s a big impact on how much your diet can effect the health of your skin,” said Dr. Ivy Lee, M.D., a dermatologist in private practice in Pasadena, California and clinical assistant professor at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. “What we’ve learned is that whatever is good for your heart health is good for your skin as well.”  That means farm-fresh fruits and veggies, healthy fats and plenty of water. But it’s just as much of what you don’t eat as what you do.…

Adopting these 5 habits can add years to your life, study shows

Everyone wants a long, healthy life, but are we doing what is necessary to actually get there? A new study conducted by Harvard suggests that if American adults integrate five specific habits into their daily lives, their life expectancy will be increased by more than a decade. The recommended five habits are:  1. Don’t smoke 2. Eat a healthy diet 3. Get at least 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise, daily 4. Maintain a healthy weight 5. Consume alcohol only in moderation The research, published last month in the journal Circulation, says that adopting these five healthy-habits could prolong your life expectancy at age 50 by a little more than 14 years of woman and a little more than 12 years for men. “The general population just needs to adopt a small step forward toward a healthier lifestyle,” says the lead researcher, Yanping, Li, MD, PhD, a scientists at the Harvard T.H. Chan School…

Drinking two cans of soda per day might double your chance of dying from heart disease

More bad news for carbonated corn syrup lovers. The American Heart Association released new research results showing a link between consuming sugary drinks — like soda, fruit juice, and other artificially sweetened beverages — and an increased risk of death from heart disease. The study, led by Jean Welsh, professor at Emory University, looked at data from 17,930 adults aged 45 and older over a six year time period. Participants had no previous history of heart disease, stroke or diabetes. What they found was alarming. Study participants who drank 24 ounces or more — that’s about two cans of soda — had twice the risk of dying from coronary artery disease than those who averaged less than one ounce per day. Even when controlling for other factors such as race, income, education, activity levels and smoking habits, the risk of death by coronary disease was still double that of non-sugary beverage drinkers. The…

Heart-Healthy February: Timing of meals might help reduce heart risks

It’s unfair that heart-healthy February falls right when we’re reaching for cold weather comfort food. But this inconvenience reminds us that we need to stay vigilant all year long — not just when it’s convenient. According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. About 1 in every 4 deaths in the United States is the result of heart disease. But it’s not just what you eat that affects your heart health. It’s also when you eat. A scientific statement released by the American Heart Association says that there is reason to believe, that the timing of our meals matters a lot when it comes to cardiovascular disease. The conclusion: Eating earlier is better. The body maintains its own internal clock, so eating later can reset that rhythm and alter metabolism. “Meal timing may affect health due to its impact on the body’s internal…