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Source: Cleveland Clinic

You may be eating a balanced diet, but some foods have more heart-healthy nutrients than others. Dietitians from the Heart & Vascular Institute’s Preventive Cardiology Nutrition Program list the best foods to power your heart into healthy old age…

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How tough is your workout?

September 16, 2014

Source: Harvard University

How can you judge the pace of your workout? The easiest way to see how hard you’re working is to describe your effort using broad categories, such as light, moderate, or vigorous called “perceived exertion,” it’s a good way to help you exercise safely. As you improve your fitness, you’ll find your perception of an activity’s intensity will change. For example, you might find that you are no longer short of breath when walking up a nearby hill or climbing the stairs.

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Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

Watercress, Chinese cabbage, chard and beet greens are among the most nutrient-dense “powerhouse” vegetables, packing a huge dose of vitamins and minerals into every calorie, a new study reports.

At the same time, don’t expect to receive huge amounts of nutrition from raspberries, tangerines, garlic or onions, the findings suggest….Cruciferous and dark green leafy vegetables dominate the top 10. They are, in order, watercress, Chinese cabbage, chard and beet greens, followed by spinach, chicory, leaf lettuce, parsley, romaine lettuce and collard greens.

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Source: University of California, Berkeley

Daily multivitamin/mineral pills are the most popular supplements in the U.S. Ask people why they take them, and most will say it’s to make up for poor eating habits, to help prevent a variety of diseases or just to stay healthy in general. However, there has been surprisingly little good clinical evidence to support the claims made for multis (the same is true of most individual vitamin or mineral supplements)…

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