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Health News and Tips from Around the Web

Herbs for Hot Flashes

Hot flashes suck. Doctors don’t know for certain exactly what causes them, but women who get them know they hate them. They hate the heat, the sweat and the fact that hot flashes affect mood, concentration and sleep.

Until recently doctors often recommended  hormonal therapy, but now that this has been linked to increased risk for breast cancer, many women are turning to natural remedies like herbs instead. We recently found a good article describing some of the best herbs to treat hot flashes. The article list 10 herbs that help.

Good Carbs Vs. Bad Carbs

Did you know that a serving of white rice has almost the same effect as eating pure table sugar — a quick, high spike in blood sugar? Picking the right carbs can help you control your blood sugar and your weight. According to an article by Harvard Health Publications, the glycemic index (GI) can help you choose better carbs. This tool measures how much a food boosts blood sugar. A serving of lentils, for example, has a slower, smaller effect. Learn the GI of other common foods here.

Staying Motivated 

Have you ever started a fitness program and then quit? If you answered yes, you’re not alone. Many people start fitness programs but stop when they get bored or results come too slowly. Here are seven tips to help you stay motivated from the Mayo Clinic.

Mediterranean Meals

Almost a third of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease can be prevented in people at high risk if they switch to a Mediterranean diet, according to a study published by the New England Journal of Medicine in February 2013.  The good news is that this kind of food is tasty!  It is rich in olive oil, nuts, beans, fish, fruits and vegetables, and you can even even drink wine with meals. About.com has some great tips for eating the Mediterranean way.

 

 

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