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Symptoms of common vitamin deficiencies

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Degenerative diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer are commonly attributed to risk factors like genetics, overeating, and lack of exercise. While these factors can definitely lead to serious illness, sometimes the true underlying culprit is poor nutrition. Vitamin deficiencies are linked to more health problems than you might suspect, which is why eating plenty of nutrient-dense foods is crucial to maintaining a healthy weight and good overall health. The following are some symptoms …

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10 benefits of gardening

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Gardening is more than just a hobby, and offers a number of lifelong health benefits. This highly therapeutic activity involves lots of movement and exercise, and works all your major muscle groups as you perform tasks such as raking, digging, and planting. Better yet, gardening allows you to produce fresh, healthy foods that drive weight loss and improve overall health. National Gardening Exercise Day is observed every year on June 6. In honor of this …

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Are fat-free foods making you fat?

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If you have a choice between two foods — one that’s “regular” and one that’s low-fat — it’s better to choose the low-fat version, right? Not necessarily. There’s a lot more to a food’s overall health value than whether it can be considered low fat. The low-fat mentality is so ingrained in our culture that most of us reach for these products without even thinking, but in some cases, they could be worse for you …

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Do vitamins and supplements actually work?

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Vitamins and supplements make a lot of health claims: boost your energy, lose weight, combat stress. But do they really work? And how effective are they? Health experts say that vitamins and supplements definitely play a role in our diets, but it’s important to understand what they can and cannot do. Supplements — as the name suggests — should add to and complement your diet, but should not be expected to take the place of …

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Skin cancer symptoms — what to look for

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Florida has one of the highest rates of melanoma in the United States. When you’re in the sun often, it’s important to keep yourself protected. It’s also important to conduct regular self-exams so you can identify anything suspicious before it can turn into something worse. Skin cancer is highly curable if caught and treated early. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends doing a monthly self-exam to check for signs of skin cancer. Here’s tips on how …

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From the doc: Are you getting enough vitamin D?

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Vitamin D is important for regulating numerous functions in the body and preventing disease, but most people don’t get enough of it. Typically referred to as the “sunshine vitamin,” this vitamin actually acts more like a hormone. Your body produces vitamin D when you skin is exposed to sunlight, and it interacts with enzymes in the body to promote many important processes, including calcium absorption and bone remodeling (which is the process in which new …