Just 5 minutes of physical activity a day could lower your cancer risk
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(Clarissa Brincat/ Medical News Today) — Physical activity is an important facet of overall health and well-being

Research shows that regular exercise can lower the risk of chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer.

Indeed, the World Health Organization (WHO) states  …

17 ways to lower your blood pressure naturally
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(Mary Grace Taylor/ Prevention) — Having high blood pressure (a.k.a. hypertension) is a serious health risk—it boosts the likelihood for major health scares like heart attack and stroke, as well as aneurysms, cognitive decline, and kidney failure. What’s more, high blood pressure—which is any reading above   …

Heels or Birkenstock? Barbie feet challenge isn’t worth the pain
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(Caitlin Pagan/ Very Well Health) — The viral Barbie feet challenge on TikTok may look innocent enough, but it does pose a risk of discomfort or injury.

To recreate a now iconic scene in the Barbie movie, some TikTokers are attempting to step out of high heels, walk on tiptoes, and maintain their feet in an arched position.  …

How often should you poop? The answer might not be what you think
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(Kristen Rogers/ CNN News) — Everyone poops, but it turns out we don’t all need to poop every day.

That’s a misconception, said gastroenterologist Dr. Folasade May, an associate professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.

“I even have people who try and make appointments,  …

9 herbs and spices that fight inflammation
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(Ryan Raman/ Healthline) — Some herbs and spices, like ginger and black pepper, contain anti-inflammatory compounds that may reduce inflammation and benefit your overall health.

Inflammation is the body’s way of fighting infections and healing.

However, in some situations, inflammation can get out of hand and last  …

WHO to declare artificial sweetener aspartame a possible cancer risk
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(Thomas Reuters/ CBC News) — One of the world’s most common artificial sweeteners is set to be declared a possible carcinogen next month by a leading global health body, according to two sources with knowledge of the process, pitting it against the food industry and regulators.

Aspartame, used in products from Coca-Cola  …

Why looking at awe-inspiring art could lead to a happier, healthier life
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(Eva Rothenberg/ CNN News) — It may be a sunset, a stirring orchestral number or a striking painting — whatever gives you goosebumps or makes you shed a tear. Experts believe that consistently seeking out these awe-inspiring experiences could lead to a significantly happier and healthier life.

People find awe in nature,  …

How to exercise when you have a chronic condition or a disability
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Many people struggle to maintain a regular workout regimen. Add in a disability, chronic condition or injury, and it can be even more challenging to incorporate exercise into a weekly routine. Yet it’s important to do so.

Adults with disabilities are three times more likely to develop  …

You may have asthma and not even know. Here’s why
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(Isabelle Gallant/ BC News) — Asthma may be one of the most common chronic diseases in Canada, but experts say it can be tough to diagnose.

“The best way to make a diagnosis of asthma is to have a patient do breathing tests,” Dr. Shawn Aaron, a respirologist at the Ottawa Hospital, told Dr. Brian Goldman, host of  …

Why sleep is so important for a healthy immune system
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(Markham Heid/ Everyday Health) — Your immune system — the body’s key defense against germs and other things that could make you sick — suffers when you don’t get enough sleep.

If you doubt it, consider the findings of a study published in 2015 in the journal Sleep.

Researchers tracked the sleep of 164 volunteers  …

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