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  • The right foods can free you from your medications

    Though I'm very active, doing both cycling and weight training and maintaining a fairly healthful diet, I still need to take medication for low-level high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I've heard that pomegranate juice is a good natural way to lower blood pressure. Are there other foods...

  • Keep active while treating knee pain

    My husband has severe osteo-arthritis in one of his knees. (His other knee was replaced several years ago.) He is in his 70s and doesn't want to undergo another surgery. His doctor has him on a pain-pill regimen. Should he walk for the sake of exercise, or in his case is it best to stay off the...

  • Weightlifting does a whole body good

    I often read that resistance training is good for your bones. I'm wondering if that means it's good for the limbs that you exercise, or if in a more general way it's somehow good for the whole body. If you work the muscles of your arms, for example, do bones elsewhere in your body benefit?

  • Jacuzzi or couch? Calories burned are about the same

    How many calories are burned sitting in a Jacuzzi? Does the temperature of the water have a bearing? Lyn Manhattan Beach There aren't a lot of researchers sitting around in Jacuzzis researching this burning topic, but it is possible to guesstimate the answer, says John Porcari, an exercise and...

  • Many factors can cause blood pressure fluctuations

    My blood pressure readings vary throughout the day. Sometimes they're high and sometimes they're low. So I'm not sure if I have high blood pressure or not. Moshi Santa Monica Blood pressure varies throughout the day and is influenced by a number of factors, says Dr. Joshua Penn, a cardiologist...

  • What can nitric oxide do for me?

    What are the advantages and disadvantages of using the supplement nitric oxide? Richard Sunland Nitric oxide is a gas naturally found in the body; its function is conveying information between cells. One of its main jobs is increasing blood flow by dilating blood vessels, and that's why it's sometimes...

  • Don't go nuts over coconut oil

    What are the latest research findings on the health benefits of virgin coconut oil, whether positive or negative?

  • Sweating increases as you train

    I run on my treadmill for 45 minutes at a quick pace (eight minutes or less per mile) every morning. I am always dripping (and I mean dripping) with sweat, often after only three miles. Is it unhealthy or unusual to perspire so much? Or is it a sign of some kind of condition I should be concerned...

  • Weight training

    If you are working out with free weights doing a series of exercises (for example, six sets of six repetitions of bench presses, bicep curls, triceps extensions and pullovers), is there any disadvantage to completing half of the workout, then going back two hours later and completing the other...

  • A runner asks: What's wrong with sugar?

    If I don't need to lose weight, is there some reason I shouldn't be using sugar? I do watch what I eat to get the best nutrition because I am training to run a marathon. I have sugar in my coffee in the morning. I think it helps during long runs. Lanie Mammoth Lakes Don't stress about those few...

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