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-- The average American boy drinks three cans of soda a day, and two glasses of milk. The average teen girl drinks two cans of soda and a cup and a half of milk. If teens, especially girls, don't do something about increasing their calcium intake, they may be suffering from osteoporosis in the coming years. You can build up peak bone mass only between the ages of 11 and 25.

Diets high in protein cause calcium loss. Vegetarians who eat less protein lose less calcium in their urine; therefore, they may need to consume less calcium. Teens who eat the typical American meat-based diet should be especially careful to get enough calcium, i.e., four or more serving of calcium-rich foods every day.


--  When you exercise heavily, you need additional antioxidants according to a leading researcher. Exercise stimulates your body's production of "free radicals" that attack cells, leading to long-term damage and a higher risk of cancer. To counteract the exercise hazard, experts suggest taking antioxidant supplements daily, notably vitamin E (400 IU) and vitamin C (1000 mg).


-- Before getting your, or your daughter's, ears pierced, wear clip-on, stainless-steel earrings for a few days. If itchiness or a rash develops, you have allergic tendencies and may have earlobe infections after piercing.


-- If you don't want to give up butter completely and don't want to use margarine (usually high in dangerous trans-fatty acids), combine 1/2 cup room temperature butter (1 stick) with 1/2 cup canola oil or olive oil. Put them in a blender or food processor and blend until thoroughly combined.

It will be the consistency of yogurt or thick cream. Spoon into a bowl, cover and refrigerate until firm. Herbs or fresh crushed (not powdered) garlic may be added for a unique taste. This butter has half the saturated fat of regular butter and, unlike most margarine's, negligible amounts of hazardous trans-fatty acids. It also spreads well at refrigerator temperature.


-- Vegetables and fruits with the deepest colors contain the highest levels of antioxidant nutrients.

Q Is orange juice really good for me?
A. It depends. Usually, the answer is yes. The only downside to drinking larger quantities of orange juice is that, like all fruit juices, it contains carbohydrates. If you are trying to restrict your carbohydrate intake, for weight or insulin management purposes, you may want to avoid it.

On the other hand, citrus juices contain lots of valuable nutrients, including, of course, vitamin C, calcium and other minerals. One benefit from orange juice is that it may boost the levels of HDL's (the good cholesterol) in your bloodstream. Studies have shown that drinking at least 3 cups per day is required to increase your HDL's by 21 %. So it's a trade off. Do what's best for you.

Q. How does anger increase my chance of heart attack?
A. New information now exists showing that anger tends to increase blood levels of homocysteine, an amino acid resulting from the metabolism of the essential amino acid methionine. Homocysteine is much more damaging to our arteries than cholesterol. So controlling anger, especially anger that you may tend to harbor, even unconsciously, can have an effect on your homocysteine levels.

This can ultimately effect the health of your cardiovascular system. In addition, the consumption of foods rich in folate and vitamin B - 12 such as orange juice, spinach and beans help to control homocysteine levels. It is a good idea to have your homocysteine levels checked periodically.

Q. What can I do to maintain good health all year long?
A. The most important step in keeping good health throughout the year is to maintain a healthy immune system. A healthy immune system fights off bacterial and viral infections and is essential for retaining good health. Therefore, make sure your daily diet contains plenty of the nutrients that help to support and retain a healthy immune system.

Another preventative measure is to minimize your exposure to the "bugs" that surround us each day. Because you are exposed to many things every day, washing your hands with soap and water is the number one way to protect yourself from bacterial and viral infection, as it has long been known that this helps inhibit the spread of viruses.

Q. How long do I have to work out to lose weight?
A. According to research headed by Dr. John Jakicic at the Brown University School of Medicine, overweight women who exercise more than 200 minutes per week dropped an average of 29 pounds. It also showed that those who exercise less than 150 minutes lost only 8 pounds over an 18 month -period.

The good news is that it did not make any difference if they exercised 40 minutes in one session or 10 minutes in 4 different sessions during the 5 days they exercised each week. If you don't have time for lengthy sessions try scheduling your exercise regimen around your day. Also it's easy to add a little bit of exercise to your normal routines by simply parking the car in the furthest parking spot or using the stairs instead of the escalator.

Office Noise Can Cause Stress

Results of a study headed by Gary Evans, Professor of Design and Environmental Analysis at Cornell University, were published in the Journal of Applied Psychology showed that low-level office noise such as the hum of office machines and human conversation can cause stress. The researchers also found low-level noise made workers less likely to make adjustments for their own comfort to their work area, which could lead to musculoskeletal problems.

The study also stated that noise could even put workers at higher risk for heart disease. The participants in the study were divided into two groups. One group worked in the quiet while the other group worked while typical office noise played in the background. The noise included phones ringing, people speaking, the sounds of typing and drawers being opened and closed.

While both groups scored equally well on typing projects, researchers found the workers exposed to office noise were much more likely to give up on more difficult tasks. They also found they had higher levels of stress than workers from the quiet environment. Workers in the noisy environment also tended to sit still more, and made fewer adjustments to their chairs, footrests and document holders than those in the quiet group. However, none of the noise-exposed workers complained of feeling more stressed.

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Antioxidants and Free Radicals
Dietary Fiber and Colon Cleansing
Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes
Dealing With Anger & Stress
Exercise & Working Out
Information Just For Women
Diet and Eating Tips
Energy Tips
Beauty Tips and Skin Information
The Skin & Antioxidants
General Health and Nutrition Information

Migraine (Migrane) Headaches - Role of Stress
Top 10 Foods for Health & Longevity
Index of Other Articles
Additional Health and Nutrition Information

Index of Past Newsletters


Inspirational Story

Her name was Mrs. Thompson...

As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children a lie. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same.

But that was impossible, because there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard. Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy the year before and noticed that he didn't play well with the other children, that his clothes were messy and that he constantly needed a bath.

And Teddy could be unpleasant. It got to the point where Mrs. Thompson would actually take delight in marking his papers with a broad red pen, making bold X's and then putting a big "F" at the top of his papers.

At the school where Mrs. Thompson taught, she was required to review each child's past records and she put Teddy's off until last. However, when she reviewed his file, she was in for a surprise.

Teddy's first grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is a bright child with a ready laugh. He does his work neatly and has good manners...he is a joy to be around."

His second grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is an excellent student, well liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother has a terminal illness and life at home must be a struggle."

His third grade teacher wrote, "His mother's death had been hard on him. He tries to do his best, but his father doesn't show much interest and his home life will soon affect him if some steps aren't taken."

Teddy's fourth grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is withdrawn and doesn't show much interest in school. He doesn't have many friends and he sometimes sleeps in class". By now, Mrs. Thompson realized the problem and she was ashamed of herself.

She felt even worse when her students brought her Christmas presents, wrapped in beautiful ribbons and bright paper, except for Teddy's. His present was clumsily wrapped in the heavy, brown paper that he got from a grocery bag.

Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in the middle of the other presents. Some of the children started to laugh when she found a rhinestone bracelet with some of the stones missing, and a bottle that was one quarter full of perfume.

But she stifled the children's laughter when she exclaimed how,pretty the bracelet was, putting it on, and dabbing some of the perfume on her wrist. Teddy Stoddard stayed after school that day just long enough to say, "Mrs. Thompson, You looked just like my mom today and you smelled just like she used to."

After the children left she cried for at least an hour. On that very day, she quit teaching reading, and writing, and arithmetic. Instead, she began to teach children.

Mrs. Thompson paid particular attention to Teddy. As she worked with him, his mind seemed to come alive. The more she encouraged him, the faster he responded.

By the end of the year, Teddy had become one of the smartest children in the class and, despite her lie that she would love all the children the same, Teddy became one of her "teacher's pets."

A year later, she found a note under her door, from Teddy, telling her that she was still the best teacher he ever had in his whole life.

Six years went by before she got another note from Teddy. He then wrote that he had finished high school, third in his class, and she was still the best teacher he ever had in his whole life.

Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while things had been tough at times, he'd stayed in school, had stuck with it, and would soon graduate from college with the highest of honors.

He assured Mrs.Thompson that she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had in his whole life. Then four more years passed and yet another letter came. This time he explained that after he got his bachelor's degree, he decided to go a little further.

The letter explained that she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had. But now his name was a little longer-- the letter was signed, Theodore F. Stoddard, MD.

The story doesn't end there. You see, there was yet another letter that spring. Teddy said he'd met this girl and was going to be married. He explained that his father had died a couple of years ago and he was wondering if Mrs. Thompson might agree to sit in the place at the wedding that was usually reserved for the mother of the groom.

Of course, Mrs.Thompson did. And guess what? She wore that bracelet, the one with several rhinestones missing. And she made sure she was wearing the perfume that Teddy remembered his mother wearing on their last Christmas together.

They hugged each other, and Dr. Stoddard whispered in Mrs. Thompson's ear, "Thank you Mrs. Thompson for believing in me. Thank you so much for making me feel important and showing me that I could make a difference."

Mrs. Thompson, with tears in her eyes, whispered back. She said, "Teddy, you have it all wrong. You were the one who taught me that I could make a difference. I didn't know how to teach until I met you."

Please remember that wherever you go, and whatever you do, you will have the opportunity to touch and/or change a person's outlook. Please try to do it in a positive way. "Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble"


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