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The MSN Healthcare Health Blog offers news and analysis on weight loss, fatigue, personal health, and health news. It includes contributions from Dr. Mark Neumann and others. Click now.

 

Starting Small With Weight Loss: Easy Tips to Start Eating Better

Mark Neumann

Starting a new diet plan all at once can be extremely difficult for many people, and often it’s a better idea to start small with a few easy changes to your diet instead of pursuing a complete overhaul all at once. This is difficult in some cases when dieters expect to see immediate results after changing their eating habits; small changes are easier to work into a nutrition plan, but the dieter sees much slower results.

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Anti-Aging Doctors Specialize in Hormone Therapy for Aging Baby Boomers

Mark Neumann

Baby Boomers are the largest generational population in the United States, and they’re living longer than any generation before them. With many of the 77 million Boomers expecting to live and work well beyond the age of 65, multiple considerations regarding aging gracefully have arisen. Could anti-aging therapies like hormone therapy help Baby Boomers address the additional concerns longer life expectancy has added? Click for more.

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HCG Injections and Your Weight Loss Plan

Mark Neumann

Have you tried (and failed at) many of the mainstream, popular diets that seem to work for everyone else? Chances are, it’s because they weren’t tailored to fit your body’s unique needs and your specific lifestyle. Mainstream diets don’t work all that well; at least not long term. Why? They’re just not sustainable. Click now for more…

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Anti-Aging Doctors – Aiming to Turn Back Time with Advancements of the Future

Mark Neumann

When you think of anti-aging doctors, what comes to mind? Chances are, you’re thinking of wrinkle reducing, line filling, and eye lifting. While those techniques are certainly popular and can be effective when performed by a licensed dermatologist or plastic surgeon, actual anti-aging doctors provide treatments that address a much different effect of aging – the effects aging has on your health.

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What to (And What Not to) Look for in a Functional Medicine Doctor

Mark Neumann

Functional medicine helps you find the root causes of your ailments and illnesses, instead of diagnosing symptoms and sending you away with a prescription that deals with them. As functional medicine grows, a wide range of conventional MD’s, DO’s, nurse practitioners, and naturopaths all continue the practice of functional medical methods. However, due to the holistic nature of the medicine, you might find incompetent or unprofessional practitioners.

Learn the differences between the qualities of a great functional medicine doctor and the red flags of a sub-par doctor.

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6 Diet-Friendly Foods with Unique Health Benefits

Mark Neumann

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Achieving weight loss goals can be a difficult task, but what many of us find the most challenging is sacrificing our favorite foods. Good news – this list is full of diet-friendly foods tasty enough to be guilty pleasures – and they have some unique health benefits too.

Strange But True

Pancakes with syrup, coffee and pizza are all foods commonly surrendered at the beginning of a diet. You may think twice after reading these:

●     Maple Syrup could help inhibit cancer growth. Due to the antioxidant properties of certain phytochemicals it contains, maple syrup could reduce cell damage and slow cancerous growth. Two caveats – you must use real maple syrup instead of artificial pancake syrup, and since maple syrup is high in sugar, very little goes a long way.

●     Coffee could lower risk for Type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Not only does coffee actually contain nutrients such as potassium, niacin, and riboflavin, but it could also help combat Type 2 diabetes. Its memory-boosting effects have even been linked to a significantly lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s – as much as 65% lower risk in women compared to non-coffee drinkers.

●     Tomatoes help wounds heal faster and prevent scarring. Tomatoes are rich in Vitamins A and C, which help with cellular growth and skin tissue growth and repair.  In addition, tomatoes boast healthy amounts of lycopene, an antioxidant known for boosting the immune system and improving blood flow, both of which aid in healing. Bonus – tomato sauce, soup, ketchup and other tomato products still provide these same benefits. Pizza, anyone?

Dense in the Best Sense

Other foods are surprising in the sheer density of the nutrients they provide. Try one of these tasty, nutrient-dense foods next time you’re looking for a weight loss friendly snack or meal:

●     Potatoes. Potatoes contain a ton of nutrients, including potassium, magnesium, copper, iron, Vitamin C and many B vitamins. They get a bad rap due to their starch content, but often, it’s the toppings that get you. Try a small baked potato with a dab of skim cottage cheese for a filling snack.

●     Blueberries. Blueberries are a well-known antioxidant and are higher in vitamins and minerals than other fruits. Try a handful on cereal, Greek yogurt, or simply by themselves.  

●     Dark Chocolate. Real dark – read: high in cocoa content – chocolate contains fiber, magnesium, iron, and manganese, as well as being a prime source of antioxidants. Chocolate is also linked to a lower risk of heart disease. Keep your portions reasonable, but do we really need to give you snack suggestions for this one? Enjoy!

If you’re concerned about maintaining a healthy body weight, Dr. Mark Neumann can help. Develop an individualized weight loss program for maximum success when you contact MSN Healthcare today.