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Microbes that live in the gut don't just digest food. They also have far-reaching effects on the immune system. Now, a new study shows that a particular gut microbe can prevent severe flu infections, likely by breaking down naturally occurring compounds -- called flavonoids -- commonly found in foods such as black tea, red wine and blueberries. Strong evidence from several studies
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Growing older may not have to mean growing frail. A preclinical study has revealed that brief periods of intense physical activity can be safely administered at advanced age, and that this kind of activity has the potential to reverse frailty. High intensity workouts strengthen the body to not only decrease the risk of developing diseases such as heart disease and diabetes,
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Our soils are in trouble. Over the past century, we've abused them with plowing, tilling and too much fertilizer. What many think of as "just dirt" is actually an incredibly complex mixture of rock-derived minerals, plant-derived organic matter, dissolved nutrients, gases and a rich food web of interacting organisms. Minerals in soil play a critical role in our bodies and
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A recent study conducted at Baycrest Health Sciences has uncovered a crucial piece into why playing a musical instrument can help older adults retain their listening skills and ward off age-related cognitive declines. This finding could lead to the development of brain rehabilitation interventions through musical training. 400 published scientific papers have proven the
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Age is a peculiar concept. We tend to think of it as the number of birthdays we have celebrated -- our chronological age. But this is just one indicator of the passage of time. We also have a biological age, a measure of how quickly the cells in our body are deteriorating compared with the general population. And these two figures don't always match up. Just take a look
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There is a growing trend to home garden or be able to 'live off grid' in an emergency.  As gardeners we know the easy to grow veggies from the hard ones so here is your Emergency Garden Plan.    This tubs are large.  You can use oneshalf this size GOAL:  Plant to have food in 30 days. Day 1. Grab 2 dozen plastic 2 foot by 18 inch by 10 inch totes.    Drill holes in the bottom.   Fill
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Tart cherries have powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. According to new research from Oregon Health & Science University presented at the American College of Sports Medicine Conference (ACSM) in San Francisco, tart cherries have the "highest anti-inflammatory content of any food" and can help people with arthritis manage their disease long-term without pain medications. Michigan
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A wave of highly informed seekers of clean and healthy food is taking over the information highway and leaving yo-yo and fad dieting methods in the dust. They are representing a new generation of educated consumers who seek not only to maintain a healthy body, but supercharge their longevity and well-being with foods which are free of toxins and genetically modified organisms. They do not
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Are children scheduled to the max these days? Are there any waking moments that give children the freedom to express themselves in unstructured environments? Children should be allowed to get bored so they can develop their innate ability to be creative, an education expert says. Deschoolers maintain that a child's learning should be curiosity-driven rather than
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Fruit juice has been marketed (and in some cases, recommended by physicians) as a healthy, natural source of vitamins and calcium. Kids like the way it tastes -- in fact, children and adolescents continue to be the highest consumers of fruit juice and juice drinks, but nutritional benefits are very questionable. There is no reason to include them in the diets of
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