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Want to Increase Your Water Intake? Add Sliced Cucumbers (Video)

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Cucumbers add a fresh, light flavor to chilled water. The vegetable also is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin K and potassium. Wash the cucumber, cut it into thin slices and add a few pieces to your water.


Diet and Exercise

Exercise, Healthy Diet Can Give Your Immune System a Boost

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A new study shows how you can benefit from increased exercise and a nutritious, high-protein diet to improve the quality of your gut microbiota.


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Increase Your Daily Veggie Intake with Lettuce (Video)

Tags: fruits and vegetables, healthy diet, hydrate, hydration, nutrients, videos, water

Incorporating lettuce into your meals can be a great way to add nutrients and water to your diet. Furthermore, the fiber in lettuce helps to fill you up, and it does so at just 20 calories per serving.


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Can Brown Fat Fuel Your Fat-Fighting Furnace?

Tags: diet, fat, healthy diet, metabolism, obesity

For body fat, color matters. Find out why researchers are studying brown fat — and why it might help fight obesity in the future.


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Should You Take Low-Dose Aspirin to Lower Pancreatic Cancer Risk?

Tags: acute pancreatitis, aspirin, pancreas, pancreas transplant, pancreatic cancer, pancreatic disease, pancreatic transplant

A recent study links low-dose aspirin use to a reduced risk of pancreatic cancer, but overall study results are mixed. Find out why daily aspirin could be appropriate for some patients.


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How You Can Deal With Anal Fissures

Tags: anal fissure, digestive health, hemorrhoids

There’s a common culprit behind pain, bleeding and itching in the rear: anal fissures. Find out how to prevent and treat this condition.


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Eat Your Beets to Fight Inflammation (Video)

Tags: farmer's market, fruits and vegetables, healthy diet, Spinach, video

Beets are a great source of healthful, naturally occurring nitrates, which may help to support healthy blood pressure. They are delicious roasted or steamed. You also can slice them thin and bake them into crunchy chips.


Acid Reflux could be causing more Esophageal Cancer

What You Need to Know About a Cancer on the Rise (Video)

Tags: acid reflux, Barrett’s esophagus, dr. raja, esophageal cancer, esophagus, heart and vascular institute, heartburn, videos

When it comes to cancer of the esophagus, there’s a trend in the U.S., and it’s not a good one. This disease of the “food tube” is on the rise. Know your risk factors, including acid reflux.


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Top Nutritional Pick for Fall: Apples

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Apples are a simple and nutritious choice for a snack or dessert. One apple has about five grams of fiber, which supplies about 20 percent of the daily fiber recommendation that most health experts recommend.


Help for Achalasia

Help for Achalasia: What to Do if You’re Diagnosed (Video)

Tags: achalasia, digestive disease, digestive health, dr. raja, esophagus, heart and vascular institute, myotomy, poem, swallowing disorders, videos

The diagnosis of achalasia, a rare swallowing disorder, can be scary — but treatment doesn’t have to be. Many options are available, including medication and newer surgical approaches.