Blue lights from electronics disturb sleep, mood, cause fatigue, and poor performance

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HealthLine

Sleep is highly underrated.

It is one of the “pillars” of optimal health… just as important as diet and exercise.

Poor sleep is linked to heart disease, type 2 diabetes and depression. It is also one of the strongest risk factors for obesity (1234).

The problem is that humans are sleeping much less than they did in the past.

But that’s not the end of it, unfortunately… the quality of our sleep has suffered as well.

It turns out that perhaps the single biggest contributor to our collective sleep problems, is the use of artificial lighting and electronics at night.

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Written by Kris Gunnars

These devices emit light of a blue wavelength, which tricks our brains into thinking that it is daytime (5).

Numerous studies suggest that blue light in the evening disrupts the brain’s natural sleep-wake cycles, which are crucial for optimal function of the body (67).

Fortunately, this problem has a simple solution and there are a few actionable steps you can take to get rid of that blue light in the evening, potentially improving your health at the same time.

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7 Home Remedies to Prevent Kidney Stones

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HealthLine

Kidney stones are hard mineral deposits that form inside your kidneys. They cause excruciating pain when they pass through your urinary tract.

Making small adjustments to your current diet and nutrition plan may go a long way toward preventing kidney stones.

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What Do You Want to Know About Cancer?

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HealthLine

Cancer is an umbrella term for a large group of diseases caused when abnormal cells divide rapidly, and spread to other tissue and organs. Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the world.   Read more

Chicory and Coffee: A Flavor Revolution

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Metrosource

MAY 2018

 

It’s known as one of NOLA’s distinctive flavors, but can chicory also be a key to good health?

A trip to the legendary Cafe du Monde in New Orleans will have you craving beignets and guzzling chicory. Let’s save you the trouble of doing the latter.

Photo credit Sergey Kolesnikov

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10 Teas That Keep You Fit

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MAY 2018

Looking to shed a few pounds? Get ready to drink plenty of tea. Humans have been drinking tea since the days of emperor Shen Nung in China around 2737 B.C. In the recent book For All the Tea in China, author Sarah Rose recounts the daring and dramatic story about how England actually stole the world’s favorite drink by deploying Robert Fortune to steal China’s tea secrets in 1848 — an act that would change history. Nowadays, there are so many varieties available, it might be hard to know which ones will help you pare down a paunch. So we gathered ten teas to consider when it’s time to trim:

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How to Lower Your Blood Pressure Without Medication

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HealthLine

A new program developed by a research team focuses on diet, exercise, and sleep as the keys to lowering your blood pressure without using drugs.

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Acid Reflux and GERD Overview

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Health-Line 

Acid reflux occurs when stomach contents moves backward into the esophagus. It’s also called acid regurgitation or gastroesophageal reflux (GERD). Acid reflux is a common digestive condition. According to the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), more than 60 million Americans experience acid reflux at least once a month. More than 15 million Americans experience it every day.

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Everything you need to know about hepatitis B

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MedicalNewsToday

HBV is a major global health problem. Worldwide, some 887,000 people died from HBV-related liver disease in 2015. Between 850,000 and 2.2 million people in the United States (U.S.) are thought to be living with chronic HBV infection.

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What Is Intermittent Fasting?

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A phenomenon called intermittent fasting is currently one of the world’s most popular health and fitness trends.

It involves alternating cycles of fasting and eating.

Many studies show that this can cause weight loss, improve metabolic health, protect against disease and perhaps help you live longer (12).

This article explains what intermittent fasting is, and why you should care.

 

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Change Your Ways, Reduce Your Risk: 7 Tips for Preventing Diabetes

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EVERY DAY HEALTH

Piggybacking the obesity epidemic, diabetes rates continue to surge. On June 10, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new and alarming statistics on diabetes. An estimated 29 million Americans have the disease, a nearly 12 percent increase from the 26 million diabetics in 2010.

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