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When your joints ache, you may chalk it up to an old injury or to osteoarthritis — the wearing away of cartilage that’s common in older age. But for two million people in the United States, aching joints are caused by rheumatoid arthritis (RA) — when the immune system mistakenly attacks the tissues lining the...

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest not only that we get a certain amount of vegetables each week, but also that we get a variety. The guidelines specifically recommend that adults aged 19 to 50 get 1 1/2 to 2 cups per week of dark green vegetables and 5 1/2 to 6 cups per week of red and orange vegetables....

It’s the perfect time of year to put Mother Nature back into our thoughts and actions. And one of the most important ways you can flex your green muscle is by making a few simple changes in your diet. Use these eat-eco ideas to boost the planet’s health, while staying well-fed. 1. Embrace Meatless Monday. According to a...

You don’t have to rely on cheap processed foods to save money at the grocery store. These ideas can help you get plenty of fresh, seasonal and healthy foods in your cart for less money — and can even help you figure out what to do with them when you get them home too! Buy seasonal produce to save money “Fresh...

Whether you fire up the grill regularly or have dust collecting on your grilling tongs, here are some tips to help you brush up on your grilling skills. Gas vs. charcoal. For many, it’s a matter of preference. Gas is often easier and faster to get going, while charcoal produces a smokier taste that many people...

Q: I react badly to milk products and thought I had a milk allergy. But my doctor said it was a type of food intolerance, not a true food allergy. What’s the difference? A: When you’re intolerant to a particular food, it’s often because your body lacks an enzyme needed to break down a component in that food. Or the food...

One of the pleasures (and perils) of travel is depending on your meals being prepared by someone else, and a pretty unavoidable change in your exercise routine. That can be part of the joy of the experience — you never know what’s next, so it’s always a surprise! — but it can also derail the healthy habits you’ve...

Experts agree: Staying active is one of the best things you can do for your health. Healthy adults ages 18 to 65 should aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise (such as brisk walking) five days a week. Not enough time to fit in 30 minutes at a time? Researchers say three 10-minute intervals of aerobic...

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Are there any special health benefits to fermented foods? ANSWER: The jury’s still out. In recent years, claims of possible health benefits of fermented dairy or plant foods, such as yogurt, kefir, aged cheese, tempeh, miso, sauerkraut and many others, have gained the spotlight. The digestive tract is...