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Chocolate: Myth or Fact?

Myth: Chocolate causes acne
Fact: Chocolate does not cause acne

Myth: Carob bars are a more healthy choice than chocolate bars.
Fact: A carob bar usually has the same amount of calories and fat as a similar-size chocolate bar. Carob is a common substitute for chocolate. It is processed from the seeds of the carob tree.

Myth: Chocolate has a lot of caffeine.
Fact: Chocolate contains caffeine, but the amount of caffeine is typically small. Eight ounces of chocolate milk has about 5 milligrams of caffeine, compared with 3 milligrams in 5 ounces of decaffeinated coffee.

Myth: Some people are chocoholics.
Fact: Research has not proven that people can be addicted to chocolate. Some people have a stronger preference to chocolate than others. However, this preference may be more connected to its taste, aroma and texture and an addiction to a chemical substance in chocolate.

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Muffle traffic noise < stroke.

If you live near a busy intersection, consider soundproofing your home. Noises generated by road traffic may increase the risk of stroke in people age 65 and older. Danish research found that every 10-decible increase in noise, the risk of having a stroke increased 27% overall for those aged 65 and over.
Previous research had linked traffic noise with increased blood pressure and risk of heart attacks. The recent Danish study adds the accumulating evidence that traffic noise may cause a range of cardiovascular diseases.

Why traffic noise?

Noise is a stress and can disturb sleep which results in increases in blood pressure and heart rate. The older you get, the more fragmented sleep becomes, making you more susceptible to the sounds outside your bedroom.

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Alleviate Joint Pain by Focusing on your Quads.

The quadriceps, the muscles located in your upper thighs, are the are largest muscles of your body. When they are toned and strong, they relieve much of the stress on your knees. Stress and strain can injure the cells that help maintain normal cartilage, knowns as chondrocytes. Simple moves to strengthen quadriceps include squats, seated knee extensions, and step-ups. Step-ups should be used with a sturdy bench or stair.

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Too big or too small?

Keeping tabs on portion sizes will help limit the amount of calories and sugar you consume.

Portion size tips:
- Eat from plates, not packages. When you eat chips, cookies, or candy from bags, you are more likely to overeat.
- Plate food in the kitchen (not from serving bowls at the table). Use smaller bowls and dinner plates so small portions look like more.
- Replace large portions of higher-calorie foods such as sugary desserts, with lower-calorie foods such as fruit.

www.MamasHealth.com/healingfoods/

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Lower your risk of cancer with tomatoes.

Tomatoes and their powerful source of lycopene help lower risks of developing prostate, cervical, skin, breast and lung cancers. Cooked tomatoes contain two to eight times more lycopene than raw because the carotenoid is tightly bound with the cell walls; heat breaks down thos walls, releasign more lycopene for absorption and use by the body.

When you can, grow your own tomatoes or buy nonGMO tomatoes grown without pesticides.

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Sleep-Inducing Tea

Start your bedtime ritual with a calming tea. Passionflower and skullcap soothe agitated nervous systems and can help with mental chatter; oat seed strengthens the nervous system and helps people who are too tired to sleep; and chamomile provides a gently relaxing base.

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Vitamin B for Bloodshot Eyes

Bloodshot eyes occur when the small blood vessels on the surface of the eye become inflamed and congested with blood. This is usually in response to an insufficient supply of oxygen in the cornea or tissues covering the eyes. They are usually a consequence of eyestrain, fatigue and improper diet. Consumption of alcohol can worsen bloodshot eyes.

A deficiency in vitamin B2 can also cause bloodshot eyes. If this is the cause, once the body receives the nutrients it needs, the congestion in the blood vessels should disappear.

Vitamin B2, also called riboflavin alleviates eye fatigue and is important in the prevention and treatment of cataracts. High levels of vitamin B2 are found in cheese, egg yolks, fish, legumes, meat and poultry. Herbs that contain vitamin B include alfalfa, burdock root, and chamomile.

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Avoid Burnout when Caring for an Elderly Parent

You can only care for another person as well as you care for yourself. Many caregivers become so focused on the patient that they disregard their own needs. If you are stressed-out, anxious, not able to eat or sleep, it is time to give yourself some extra care.

Mediate
Substitute the time you spend worrying about your parent and use this time to meditate. Meditation is a proven way to stress.

Support Groups
One of the best supports for a caregiver is another caregiver, especially someone dealing with the same illness or condition. List of support groups in the U.S. http://mamashealth.com/supportgroups/anxietysupport/anxietysupport.asp

Give yourself a daily treat:
- Go for a walk outside.
- Putter in the garden.
- Read for 30 minutes undisturbed.
- Call a positive friend.
- Have coffee with a friend.
- Go window-shopping.
- Sit in the park and listen to the birds.
- Knit, scrapbook or some other arts and crafts.

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Beware of common chemical hazards

Carbon monoxide
Unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisonings account for about 15,000 visits to the emergency room each year. Everyone is susceptible to the odorless, colorless gas, but older adults are more vulnerable to CO poisoning because they are more likely to have a health condition that lowers their tolerance for it.

Carbon monoxide lurks in enclosed or semi-enclosed spaces around your stove and heating system.

How to avoid it carbon monoxide poisoning:
- Install carbon monoxide detectors near kitchen and sleeping areas.
- Have heating systems and stoves checked annually
- Avoid the use of nonvented combustion appliances.
- Never burn fuels indoors except in stoves or furnaces designed for that purpose.
- Know the symptoms: headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion

http://mamashealth.com/poison/copoison.asp

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Combat dust, especially in the bedrooms

If you wake up with a stuffy nose; itchy, watery, eyes; or are having difficulty breathing, it is likely that the dust in your house is out of control. Your bedroom is likely the culprit. More than 2 million microscopic dust mites live in the average bed. Dust will also gather on blinds, carpets, and around collectibles, filling shelves and nooks.

Keep dust at bay with these tips:
- Encase your mattress and pillows in standard protective allergy-proof covers.
- Wash all linens weekly in hot water.
- Wash pillows and duvet inserts every two weeks.
- Install forced-air filters.
- Keep fresh air circulating through the house as often as possible. Dust mites can survive into early winter,so even on cold days, it is worth it to turn off the heat and open the windows whenever you can.

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