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Study: Eat healthy, be happy

Healthier food choices may lead to mood improvements within just a few weeks. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Kids have long heard the refrain: Eat your vegetables to grow up big and strong.But a healthy diet may make you happier, too, according to Australian researchers. That was the effect eating healthier had in a small study of...

Eat your way to brain health

A diet rich in vegetables, nuts, whole grains and berries could lower your risk of Alzheimer’s by up 50% or more, according to researchers. (For Spectrum Health Beat) When you hear the word diet, you might think only of weight loss.But a lifestyle diet can bring even greater benefits. One option that belongs on your radar...

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Got a finicky eater? Give ’em variety

Giving picky eaters a variety of vegetables to choose from can improve the odds they’ll actually eat some type of veggie that day. (For Spectrum Health Beat) When it comes to convincing your kids that vegetables taste good, variety might be the key to success.New research suggests that offering children more than one type of...

Eat your way to a better brain

A great breakfast to jumpstart the brain? Berries and yogurt are celebrated brain foods. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Want to keep your mind as sharp as possible? Tend to your belly. Here’s some food for thought: Research has shown that what you eat plays a role in how efficient your brain is, and that certain foods...

Fats and carbs—a balancing act

Your heart health can benefit by shifting toward a diet rich in polyunsaturated fats, which includes walnuts, sunflower, flax seeds and fatty fish. (For Spectrum Health Beat) What is the perfect amount of fats and carbohydrates for a healthy diet?Scientists from McMaster University in Canada analyzed food diaries from more than 135,000 people in 18...

It’s time to energize

If it’s long-lasting fuel you’re after, steel-cut oats with berries is the ideal way to start your day. (For Spectrum Health Beat) In today’s sleep-deprived, over-caffeinated, under-exercised society, there is a relentless demand for more energy. The energy drink sales in the U.S. are evidence of that. And yet, we’re still tired. So where do we go from...

Meals on the run

Whole wheat pita crusts and fresh ingredients can turn an otherwise average pizza into a variety that’s healthier and tastier, especially when it’s made at home. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Everyone seems to be adding more and more items to their weekly schedules. Work, picking up kids, sports games and practices, PTA—the list goes on.Who...

Artificially sweet? A genuine problem

Studies have found associations between artificially sweetened beverages and increased risk of stroke and heart disease. (For Spectrum Health Beat) The health risks of sugary drinks, from juice to soda, are well known.They can lead to overweight and diabetes, stroke and other problems in the brain, including poorer memory and smaller brain volume. But diet sodas...

Red flags to watch for in young athletes

A fixation on weight or dieting could indicate your young athlete is grappling with issues that could harm her health. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Exercise is essential for girls, but problems can occur if they take in too few calories.Young females who eat too little risk menstrual irregularity, weak bones and eating disorders. Among high...

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