Body Sense

Spring 2011

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BO DY SH OP CO M P ILED B Y S E A N EA DS Simple Steps to Avoid Don’t Heart Chocolate? This Might Change Your Mind More evidence is in that chocolate actually improves heart health. A recent study in Archives of Internal Medicine tracked the chocolate consumption of more than 1,200 women for 10 years to examine its possible influence on health. They found that women over 70 who ate chocolate at least once a week were 35 percent less likely to suffer from heart disease during the survey period. While the researchers didn’t establish an absolute cause and effect relationship between chocolate consumption and improved heart health, they concluded that the flavonoids found in chocolate, which are known to reduce blood pressure, likely improve cardiovascular health overall. Most Cancers The American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund have released a report that says 340,000 annual cases of cancer in the United States can be avoided by simple changes in behavior, diet, and exercise. Among the recommended cancer- preventing steps are avoiding sugary drinks, being physically active for at least 30 minutes a day, and eating a greater variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. More recommendations can be found at Need to know how to decode food labels or establish a good self-care routine? Then, visit This website is dedicated to providing information on a range of natural health topics. It contains hundreds of articles on subjects such as weight loss, mindful living, eco-friendliness, and family life. The site also hosts community blogs and message boards aimed at promoting social interaction and exchanges on the topic of natural living. 12 Body Sense spring 2011

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