Is Your Favorite Beverage Affecting Your Bone Health?

(PCM) Bone health isn’t just a concern of aging, it’s important to keep them strong and healthy now and as you age. Bones are continuously being broken down and built back in tiny amounts, but after the age of 30, the bone building balance in the body shifts and more bone is lost than gained…by age 30!

Most people know the essentials for proper development and strength of bones: Make sure you’re getting enough calcium and vitamin D, don’t smoke, and exercise. But did you know that certain beverages can also affect bone health? Believe it or not, coffee and alcohol can either hurt or help your bone mass.… Full Story

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Get Involved!

(PCM) In the time it takes you to read this, at least one woman in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and it could be someone you know. Almost every one of us has a mother, sister or friend who is affected by this disease, a disease that more than 300,000 women were diagnosed with in the United States in 2011 alone.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – a perfect time to get involved and join the ranks in the fight against breast cancer. Join a race, help out with a fundraiser, donate, or even get your company involved in the cause!… Full Story

Not Losing Weight? You Might Be a Victim of This

(PCM) One of the most common misconceptions when it comes to exercise is overcompensating when it comes to calorie burn. Gym-goers often overestimate the amount of calorie they burn in a given workout, which isn’t so hard to do with all those generous cardio machine readouts; in fact, studies show these calorie counters can be off by up to 40 percent!

Unfortunately, most people also underestimate the amount of calories they consume. Put the two together and you’re looking at a very frustrating situation! It’s easier than people realize to quickly eat back all the calories – if not more – that you just burned off (think about how easy it is to eat 300 calories than it is to burn it off).… Full Story

Tomatoes Linked to Lower Stroke Risk in Men

(PCM) According to a new study published in the journal Neurology, tomatoes lower a man’s risk of suffering a stroke – the third leading cause of death in America.

Researchers examined more than 1,000 men, ages 46 to 65, and found that those whose blood contained the highest levels of lycopene – the powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes – had 55 percent less chance of having a stroke. Participants were followed for 12 years, and while researchers also checked levels of the antioxidants alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, alpha-tocopherol and retinol, lycopene was the only antioxidant associated with a lower risk. The results held true even after adjusting for other risk factors like age, health, and smoking.… Full Story

Guilt-Free Pumpkin Pancakes

(PCM) Halloween is just around the corner, and chances are, you have some pumpkin on hand – canned, frozen, pureed, or whole and ready to gut!

Pumpkin is a staple in the fall; the minute the leaves start changing colors and it starts to get chilly outside, the pumpkin cravings hit. I stop making my own coffee at home and head straight to Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks for those pumpkin lattes (but for a healthier option, try the new Coffee Mate Sugar Free Pumpkin Creamer). I put pumpkin in yogurt, breads, soup and stews…and even cottage cheese.

This weekend I tried a new recipe: Pumpkin Spice Protein Pancakes!… Full Story

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