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All articles by Margie King, Health Coach

Why does coffee seem to lower diabetes risk? Is it the caffeine?
Attention chocolate lovers. Here’s another good reason to indulge your chocolate addiction every day WITHOUT the guilt.
According to the ancient Greeks, the apple represented abundance and fertility. Brides ate an apple on the wedding night to ensure sexual desire and fertility. You might think that’s all a silly superstition. Science might disagree.
"Red meat is NOT bad for you. Now blue-green meat, THAT'S bad for you!” ~ Tommy Smothers
February is the federally declared “American Heart Month.” With that comes a barrage of advice about how to prevent heart disease, including putting down the salt shaker. But where is the science supporting that recommendation?
Folklore has always claimed an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Now we also know apples are fast-acting. Eating just one a day for a month can get you significant cardiovascular benefits.
Does your world appear completely unbearable until you’ve had that first cup of coffee in the morning? Do you need a java jolt just to deal with your day? Science now indicates you may actually need caffeine to ward off the blues.
Despite warnings about the risks of chemicals in diet sodas, many people still rely on their daily Coke Zero. They take the risk because their greater concern is weight control. The sad irony is that diet sodas may actually be adding inches to their waistlines.
Tangerines are a particularly popular orange and a handy treat. But research shows tangerines may also have potent health effects in a wide range of chronic conditions from obesity to cancer.
The more easily blood flows through your arteries and veins, the less your heart has to work. Now researchers have proven that less than a cup of wild blueberries can have an almost immediate and long lasting effect on how well your vascular system is circulating blood.
If you’re planning to ring in the New Year with a few celebratory drinks, here’s a tip for protecting yourself from paying the hangover price on New Year’s Day.
Aside from Christmas kissing lore, mistletoe has a long history of medicinal applications among ancient cultures. Some modern scientists are exploring its use as a treatment for colon cancer.
According to a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine, eating a daily handful of nuts may just reduce your risk of death by 20%. Without gaining weight.
People diagnosed with “metabolic syndrome” will likely be advised to lose weight. To many that means no more sweets, especially chocolate. But Australian researchers think a daily dose of dark chocolate may be just what the doctor should order. It might well reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke in these high risk patients.
You may know microgreens as the delicate, colorful garnish on your overpriced and undersized meal at an upscale restaurant. But science says microgreens aren’t just cuter lettuces – they may be more nutritious.
Tired of apologizing for your addiction to a morning mug (or two or three) of coffee? No more need for guilt – that java may be just what the doctor should order.
Green tea is one of the latest superfoods making its way into bottled waters and energy drinks. Research shows it aids in the prevention of osteoporosis. Especially when coupled with tai chi.
Modern cooks know rosemary as the perfect herb to pair with a good roast chicken or lamb. But it also has powerful and ancient medicinal properties. Now we know a compound in rosemary promotes eye health and may even protect against age-related macular degeneration.
Long associated with tea sandwiches and white gloves, watercress contains a powerful plant compound that may help fight breast cancer.
With extreme heat settling over vast areas this summer and temperatures stuck at 100 degrees or more for days on end in some places, it's time to adjust our diets for the duration. It’s natural that rich heavy foods just don’t appeal to us when the thermometer spikes, and we turn to lighter fare to cool us off.
You’ve heard of anorexia and bulimia, and even orthorexia. They're all serious eating disorders. Young women and college students are now combining eating disorders with binge drinking. It's called "drunkorexia."
Are you walking into rooms but can’t remember why? Staring into the refrigerator and wondering what you needed? Forgetting familiar phone numbers? Maybe an orange or a carrot would help.
Berries have long been known to pack big health benefits in their small size. Eating just three servings of blueberries and strawberries every week can save women from heart attacks.
Humble miso soup may have saved lives when the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. Science now confirms miso prevents radiation injury. It may also prevent cancer and hypertension. Here's why you need at least one cup a day.
For more than 2,000 years, a spiky purple plant known as the “liver herb,” has been used for healing conditions from mushroom poisoning to indigestion. Modern researchers have now added the prevention of photo-aging and skin cancer to the long list of milk thistle’s benefits.
If you are among the millions of Americans suffering from joint pain and arthritis, there’s good news about a favorite summer treat. Researchers have declared that tart cherries have the “highest anti-inflammatory content of any food.” They can help you manage the pain of osteoarthritis and more.
Research has shown repeatedly that cruciferous vegetables like broccoli fight cancer. But how you cook broccoli and what you eat with it can make it much more powerful.
The American Heart Association and the federal government disagree on how much sugar is too much. Follow the government guidelines for just 2 weeks and you may increase your heart disease risk.
Is resveratrol the fountain of youth in supplement form? News stories tout resveratrol as a cure for various diseases as well as a preventative against aging. Is it true or just hype?
It might sound strange, but taking higher doses of vitamin D or sitting in the sun may not always be the best way to boost your vitamin D levels. For some people losing weight might do the trick.
Tea is the most popular beverage in the world and many people drink it for its pleasant taste, comfort, and general health benefits. But green tea can do much more. It can save lives.
Have you ever skipped your exercise routine because of lingering sore, stiff muscles from your last visit to the gym? A new study finds that two common kitchen spices help relieve that post-workout muscle pain.
Is coffee a health elixir or an addictive toxin? The evidence goes both ways. But one study finds that in addition to drinking that morning cup, you may even want to bathe in some coffee as a way of preventing harmful sun damage or skin cancer.
Women face a dilemma when it comes to alcohol. Some studies find benefits, some find risks. What's the bottom line?
Great news for potato lovers: they may be a health food after all. Research shows that just a couple of servings a day reduces blood pressure almost as much as oatmeal - without causing weight gain.
Milk is the best food for building strong bones, right? Not so fast. When it comes to bones, one researcher says prunes are exceptional.
Are toys, pacifiers and even shampoo driving the epidemic of childhood obesity? Here's how to protect your family.
You’ve heard the saying “Life is short. Eat dessert first.” So how about some chocolate cake at breakfast? If that sounds like a diet disaster, think again.
Olive oil has been a mainstay of the Mediterranean diet for thousands of years and is well known as a heart healthy fat. One study suggests that consuming olive oil may also help prevent strokes in older people.
Parsley is well known for decorating a plate, freshening your breath and getting stuck in your teeth. But did you know that it is also a cancer crusader?
Omega 3 fatty acids in the form of fish oil pills have become a popular supplement for their heart health benefits. But fish oil is also good for your head. Research shows that omega 3 fatty acids may be beneficial for treating serious mood disorders, stress, and even alcohol abuse.
Recent news from the American Heart Association claims that 1 out of every 10 Americans dies from eating too much salt. But is it true?
The diet food industry had great hopes for the idea of low-fat potato chips as a weight loss aid. But it turns out that the artificial fat substitutes used in low-fat foods may actually lead to weight gain and obesity.
From the paleolithic diet to the raw food diet, many health-conscious Americans want to eat the way our ancient ancestors ate because it's more "natural." But some of these back-to-our-roots dietary prescriptions make little sense for modern humans according to one expert.
Whether it's regular or decaf, drinking more coffee appears to lower a man's risk of developing a deadly form of prostate cancer according to Harvard researchers.
Are you really good at controlling your diet all day long but can't stop eating from dinner to bedtime? It may not be a question of willpower but poor planning. According to a new study, eating a really high protein breakfast can head off those evenings munchies.
While some of us jump for joy with the arrival of spring, others greet it with dread. The warmer weather brings torture for many allergy and asthma sufferers. But there's good news: simple diet changes can help relieve allergy and asthma symptoms.
Whether you suffer with a chronic illness, psychiatric disorder or psychological condition, the first thing to check is your belly. That's because “All diseases begin in the gut,” according to the GAPS Diet creator Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, M.D.
How many times have you heard a meal of red meat, butter, eggs or other saturated fat-laden foods called "artery clogging" or "a recipe for a heart attack?" What if we have it all wrong and those fatty meals are actually protecting our hearts in the event of an attack?
When you’re trying to eat a healthy diet, the simplest rule is to stick to whole, unprocessed foods. If it has a label, be cautious. If the label makes health claims, run the other way.
Since the early 1980’s the USDA Dietary Guidelines have urged Americans to eat a low-fat high-carbohydrate diet for their health and weight control. Since then, there has been an alarming increase in obesity, cancer and diabetes. Could the dietary guidelines be to blame?
Young children are most susceptible to the toxins in pesticides which increase their risk of ADHD. Protect them by buying organic foods.
When you know you're in for a stressful day, snacking on a few walnuts may be just the thing to help you handle the pressure.
Whether you're an elite athlete or struggling with a flight of stairs, beet juice can make a difference.

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