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As you get older, your bones are getting more brittle. Are you doing All You Can?

The increasing rate of osteoporosis, not only among women but also in older men, has many people concerned about getting enough calcium in their diet. Calcium is important for many body functions -- including nervous system activity, muscle development, metabolism, blood clotting, and hormonal balance -- but it plays a particularly critical role in bone strength. If you do not take in enough calcium, your body will draw this necessary nutrient from your bones, which can lead to osteoporosis and the risk of fracture.
That's why most health experts now recommend that you consume 1,000-1,200 mg. of calcium a day, either from your diet or from supplements. Because dairy products contain relatively high levels of calcium, the USDA Healthy Eating Guidelines suggests three servings of dairy products a day for adults.

What do you and Stoners have in Common?

You both have a tough time avoiding the munchies.

Have you been trying to eat healthy or lose weight? You probably have no trouble controlling your eating habits during the daytime, but when you get home from work, you might find self-discipline is a great deal harder. For some people, their weakest time is when they walk in the front door. Others do all right until after dinner, but as soon as they sit down in front of the TV, the chips or cookies in the cupboard start calling.
If you struggle with the evening munchies, even after having dinner, it may be time to consider what you eat for breakfast and lunch...

360Health | High-protein or complex carbs? Which is healthier?

Over the past few years, popular diet programs have largely sorted themselves into two camps that seem to oppose each other. One approach, sometimes referred to as the “Paleolithic”-style diet, emphasizes high protein intake along with eating fewer carbohydrates. The other approach, often referred to as a “Mediterranean” diet, includes more complex carbs and less protein.

It’s not difficult to find supporters and detractors of both of these trends. For instance, the American Heart Association advises people to steer clear of high-protein diets. They point out that such diets often restrict carbohydrates like grains, fruits, and vegetables, which can lead to serious vitamin deficiencies. Moreover, increasing one’s intake of protein sources like red meat, cheese, and butter can raise the risk of heart disease and cancer. Instead, the American Heart Association recommends a diet high in complex carbohydrates and low in saturated fat.

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