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September 26, 2011 - 11:38am

Very recently someone near and dear to me had a breast cancer scare. My entire family rejoiced when her biopsy results came back benign—but had she not been so fortunate this would have been her second battle with breast cancer.

As the buzz of the good news subsided I began to think of my own breast health. I’m still a ways off from the age when the majority of breast cancer cases occur (50+)—and there are factors that up my risk of breast cancer that I can’t control, like family history, getting older and (ahem!) being a woman—but there are lifestyle changes I can make now to tip the odds in my favor in the years ahead.

Staying lean and moving more are at the top of my list,...

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September 13, 2011 - 11:58am

Most people have experienced heartburn, a burning feeling in the chest or throat, at some point. (I'll never forget the first time I had heartburn—the hypochondriac in me thought I was having a heart attack.) This common problem—also called "gastroesophageal reflux disease" (GERD) when it occurs on a regular basis—is caused by regurgitation or reflux of gastric acid into the esophagus, which connects the mouth and the stomach.

What triggers heartburn varies from one person to the next, but common causes include fatty foods, caffeine, chocolate and peppermint.

Related: Have other digestive issues? Get tips to improve your digestive health here.

Your drink choices can bring on heartburn too. Drinking too...

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September 7, 2011 - 11:04am

For health reasons, many people—me included—have traded butter for oil. But there are lots of oil options out there and some are healthier than others. So which ones are best? Here are two to pick and two to skip:

Butter or Margarine: Which Is Healthier?

Top oils to buy

If you have limited pantry space and a limited budget, these two oils will cover your basic cooking and baking needs.

1. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Why buy extra-virgin olive oil: Olive oil is a monounsaturated fat and research shows that monounsaturated fats help keep “bad” LDL cholesterol low and boost levels of...

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August 31, 2011 - 9:49am

I’m a big water drinker—always have been, in part because it’s so important for my health. But depending on where I’m living—and what the tap water tastes like—I haven’t always filtered my tap water.

Related: Why Drink Water? How Water Affects 7 Surprising Parts of Your Body
Do I Really Need 8 Glasses of Water a Day? And 8 More Questions About Water Answered...

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August 19, 2011 - 9:16am
By Brierley Wright in EatingWell Blogs

Save money & brown bag your lunch.

Let's face it: constantly shelling out money for lunch that someone else makes can really add up. Making your own lunch is almost always cheaper. What's more, your lunch will be healthier and you'll know exactly what's in it (no mystery meat or "how much mayonnaise is really in this chicken salad?"). Get inspired with these healthy, delicious lunch ideas that'll cost you $3 or less.

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