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  1. Little Known Ways to Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease

    Little Known Ways to Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease
    Almost everyone knows that the eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and not smoking are extremely important to lower your risk of heart disease. But, there are many other lesser known ways to protect your heart health. In this week's video you learned about the cardiovascular benefits of regular saunas, meditation and 3 nutritional supplements: nattokinase...
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  2. Signs and Symptoms of Vitamin K Deficiency

    Signs and Symptoms of Vitamin K Deficiency
    When it comes to nutrients that help ensure good health, people remember vitamins A through E, but many forget about vitamin K.  Named after the German word, "koagulation," vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin important to the process of blood clotting.  This essential nutrient also helps build strong bones and contributes to heart health.  Because certain bacteria in the intestines...
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  3. Do You Have a Vitamin A Deficiency?

    Do You Have a Vitamin A Deficiency?
    It takes an entire alphabet of nutrients to keep the body healthy, and the list begins with vitamin A.  This important vitamin helps ensure that photoreceptors, or light-sensitive nerve cells in the eye's retina, function properly.  Vitamin A is also important to the health of the skin, lungs, intestine, and urinary tract, and it helps prevent infection.  Most people around...
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  4. Diseases Caused by Poor Diet and How to Prevent Them

    Diseases Caused by Poor Diet and How to Prevent Them
    According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the number of Americans who follow federal nutrition recommendations when it comes to their daily diet amounts to a mere 10 percent.  Most Americans consume too much sodium, sugar, and unhealthy fats; and too little fruits, vegetables, and fiber.  Over time, eating this way can take a toll on the body.  The...
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  5. Are You Suffering from Vitamin C Deficiency?

    Are You Suffering from Vitamin C Deficiency?
    Vitamins and minerals play a significant role when it comes to obtaining adequate nutrition and staying healthy.  Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, contributes to cell growth and repair, circulation, and iron absorption.  It is also important for the production of collagen, a protein found in blood vessels, skin, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons.  In most parts of the world...
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  6. Six Little-Known Signs of Iron Deficiency

    Six Little-Known Signs of Iron Deficiency
    To function properly, the human body relies on a variety of nutrients, and iron plays an important role.  This essential mineral is important to the production of hemoglobin, a protein responsible for the transport of oxygen to cells and tissues.  People who don't get enough iron in their diet may develop an iron deficiency, which can lead to anemia.  Iron-deficient...
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  7. 5 Signs and Symptoms You May Have a Vitamin D Deficiency

    5 Signs and Symptoms You May Have a Vitamin D Deficiency
    When it comes to good health, people depend on vitamins.  Dubbed the "sunshine vitamin" because it is made by the body when exposed to the sun, vitamin D is important to the health in many ways.  It aids in the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, it helps maintain healthy bones and teeth, and it offers protection against the development of...
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  8. Have Fun Protecting Your Heart Health

    Have Fun Protecting Your Heart Health
    You might think that the diet and lifestyle you need to follow to protect your heart health would be anything but fun. But, research shows there are a lot of extremely enjoyable activities that are particularly good for your heart. In this week's video you learned about the heart health benefits of vacations, hugs, and good friends. Here are 5...
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  9. 5 Signs and Symptoms You May Have a Vitamin B12 Deficiency

    5 Signs and Symptoms You May Have a Vitamin B12 Deficiency
    Vitamin B12 is one of the B-complex vitamins that are essential for good health.  The body uses it to manufacture red blood cells, nerve cells, and DNA, and vitamin B12 is important to metabolism and cardiovascular health.  Like many other vitamins, B12 is not manufactured by the body, which means people must get it from food or supplements.  Consuming inadequate...
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  10. How Heart Disease Affects Women

    How Heart Disease Affects Women
    In the United States one in four women will die from complications due to heart disease. The most common type of heart disease is called coronary heart disease or CHD and is the number one killer of men and women in this country.  However, there are heart problems in women that are more common than in men. Coronary Microvascular Disease...
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