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Just because a weight-loss product or supplement claims to be "natural" does not mean that it is healthy, or even safe. There have been serious health problems and even deaths caused by "herbal" and "natural" products. Before using any weight-loss products, check with your doctor.

Trying to eat healthier? Try to keep to the outer perimeter of the grocery store; this tends to be where the fresh produce, meats, dairy products, and other natural foods are. These foods typically have the highest amount of nutrients and lowest amount of preservatives.

If you're thinking of treating yourself to a Peppermint White Hot Chocolate this holiday season, keep in mind that a Venti sized cup has 690 calories; in comparison a BigMac has 540.

Vitamin K, found in foods such as broccoli, cauliflower, egg yolk, and cheese, is important because it produces proteins for the bones and kidneys, and that help blood clot when bleeding.

Isothiocyanates, found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower, have been found to potentially eliminate carcinogens (cancer causing substances) from the body, as well as aid in the development of tumor suppressing proteins.

A study done by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle found that moderate exercise can lower the risk of breast cancer by reducing estrogen (a hormone that contributes to breast cancer) levels.

Green tea has been shown to protect against both heart disease and a variety of cancers, as well as help to lower high blood pressure and cholesterol. Its anti inflammatory properties may also help arthritis.

Current research has proven garlic to have cardiovascular benefits including lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. It has also been shown to reduce the risk of several types of cancers, and act as an immune booster.

Steam your vegetables rather than cooking them in the microwave. One study found that up to 97% of the cancer-protective flavonoids in broccoli were destroyed by microwaving it.

A single can of pop contains about 150 calories and between 10 and 12 teaspoons of sugar.

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