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Stroke & Red Meat

Red meat may raise the risk of strokes caused by artery blockages.Researchers tracked nearly 35,000 Swedish women for roughly 10 years. Those who ate an average of at least three ounces of red meat a day had a 22 percent higher risk of stroke caused by blocked arteries in the brain than those who averaged less than an ounce of red meat a day. Women who ate the most processed meat ( at least 1.5 ounces a day) had a 24 percent higher risk than those who ate little or none. 

Muscles In a Bottle?

BOOST CALORIE SMARTClaim: High-quality protein to help build muscles, bnes and skin tissue. What is it: Largely water, sugar, milk protein, and vegetable oil, with 16 grams of protein and 190 calories per bottle. (Regular Boost has 15 grams of protein and 240 calories.)  Cost: Around $1.25 for an 8 oz. bottle. 

I Love Leucine

It's not just the amount, but the kind of protein that may  matter for muscle building.

Getting Enough Protein

Strength training builds muscle. So may eating enough of the right kind of protein as we get older, say researchers in the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands.Measuring changes in how the body builds proteins over minutes and hours, they have discovered that as we age, we appear to need more protein-- especially the kind that's rich in the amino acid leucine -- than younger people.

Staying Strong

Muscle is the absolute centerpiece for being healthy, vital, and independent as we grow older.  Muscle keeps us strong and mobiel. It's where most of our calories are burned, so having more muscle means burning more calories, which makes it easier to stay trim. And muscle helps us appear younger. What makes us look older, more than anything else, is losing muscle and gaining body fat as we age.  But starting in their late 30s or early 40s, most people lose about a quarter pound of muscle every year.

How to Trick Yourself into Eating Healthy Food

 

Appetite-Suppressing Foods

 

Stretching 2.0

Watch a group of elite runners warming up and you won't see any of them bending over trying to reach their toes. Instead, you'll see athletes moving their bodies to improve their range of motion, increase flexibility, and guard against injury. "Stretching has progressed to a more functional, dynamic method," says physical therapist Christ Frederick, codirector of the sTretch to Win Institute in Tempe, Arizona. "It helps runners of all levels perform better." You may be familiar with dynamic warmup moves like butt kicks and high-knee marches.

Exercise = Reduced Risk of Colon Cancer Death

Here's another addition to the long list of the benefits of exercise. Researchers at the Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis have found that colon cancer patients who exercised regularly were less likely to die from the disease. The date, gleaned from the American Cancer Society Prevention Study II, involved more than 150,000 men and women. "We examined the association of 10 and 15 year change in physical activity with risk of colon cancer incidence and mortality in the Cancer Prevention STudy II," the author said.

April Picks

April is a bit of a tease when it comes to seasonal foods. The sun is shining longer and more intensely, the snow is melting and it feels like we're coming out of hibernation, which should mean more fresh eats. But April serves as the bridge month between winter and spring. In locavore speak, that means there's still not more going on in most of the country when it comes to fresh produce. But take heart!
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