The REAL dangers of microwave ovens, ...and how to test if yours is leaking

Microwave radiation dangers
by Mia De Graaf

No matter how grand your culinary intentions, it is always tempting to just use the microwave.

It's easy, fast, and - for the eco-warriors - energy-efficient.

But that shortcut comes with a plethora of health risks.

From cataracts to cancer, radiation expert Professor Magda Havas of Trent University tells us the dangers of lazily popping our meals in the oven - and watching them cook.


The advantages and disadvantages of drinking coffee

Pros and Cons of drinking Coffee
So, is coffee good or bad for you?

There has long been debate over whether coffee is ultimately good or bad for the body.

A stream of studies have prodded its link with heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, obesity, the risk of stroke and more.

What morning coffee is really doing to your body throughout the day

  • Coffee can have a drastic effect on your body and mood
  • Caffeine increases alertness and stimulates the production of adrenaline
  • It also causes a spike in blood pressure and a tightening of the veins
  • Coffee gives your metabolism a kick but can also irritate your bladder
  • The jury is out on whether coffee is good or bad for you in the long run

by: Steven Trask

A cup or two of coffee is an early-morning ritual that many rely on to start the day.

Although people love to perk up with their morning cup, most are oblivious to the longer-term effects of coffee and caffeine.

With that in mind, lets lifts the lid on your coffee cup to discover what your wake-up brew really does to your body.


Proven Ways To Improve Your Relationship

Happy Couple
by: Farah Averill

Do you feel like your relationship isn’t quite what it used to be? To help you revive your relationship, we’ve reviewed a serious body of research to bring you the 10 most powerful, scientifically proven ways to improve virtually any relationship.

These tips also happen to be the key ingredients that go into making a good relationship work, so even if you think everything’s great, you can use this list as a diagnostic tool to make sure you and your partner are on the road to relationship bliss.


Pineapple and Broccoli can stop superbugs, cancers, heart disease and diabetes

Pineapple and Broccoli
Can the enzymes found in the stems and roots of pineapple fruit and broccoli help in the war against drug-resistant superbugs, coronary heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and several types of cancer?

Two separate reports suggest that pineapple and broccoli may provide the next novel drugs for superbugs and chronic diseases.

Keeping fit in middle age boosts health and cuts risk of stroke

Couple jogging
Being fit in your 40s could cut your risk of a stroke in your 60s.

Research has shown that men and women who are very fit in their mid to late 40s are a third less likely to suffer a stroke aged 65-plus than their couch-potato friends and colleagues.

The result is important because stroke is the fourth-biggest killer, claiming twice as many women’s lives as breast cancer and killing more men than prostate and testicular cancer combined.


Best High-Fiber Foods for Weight Loss

Fiber Diet
by: Dana Leigh Smith

The words "diet" and "fun" are rarely—if ever—used in the same sentence, likely because most people associate slashing calories with feelings of hunger and deprivation. But it doesn't have to be that way!

Believe it or not, it is possible to lose weight rapidly by eating delicious, filling foods that will keep you satisfied all day long. How? By ensuring your meals and snacks are rich in fiber. (Most Americans are only getting a fraction of the daily recommended 25-38 grams.) Yes, the same nutrient associated with keeping us “regular” is also a powerful hunger zapper. By filling you up for fewer calories and slowing the rate at which you digest, fiber-filled fare will keep you satiated longer, which can significantly aid weight loss efforts.

Not sure which foods are filled with the nutrient? Fear not! Below, you’ll find some of the best sources, ranked in order from the least nutrient-dense to the most potent. Head to the grocery store and stock up on these items to keep your bod healthy and trim.

How to help your hangover

by Jen Christensen

Here's the secret to avoiding a hangover.

Don't drink.

Or at least drink in moderation, doctors say.

OK, if you know yourself too well and can't help but over-enjoy, then you may want to read this carefully. Preferably in a dark room without a lot of noise if you just desperately did an Internet search for "hangover cure."

Easy Tips for Planning a Healthy Diet and Sticking to it

Healthy Diet
Healthy eating is not about strict dietary limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about feeling great, having more energy, improving your outlook, and stabilizing your mood.

If you feel overwhelmed by all the conflicting nutrition and diet advice out there, you’re not alone. It seems that for every expert who tells you a certain food is good for you, you’ll find another saying exactly the opposite. But by using these simple tips, you can cut through the confusion and learn how to create a tasty, varied, and healthy diet that is as good for your mind as it is for your body.


Coping with a Breakup or Divorce - Moving on After a Relationship Ends

Coping with a Breakup or Divorce
It’s never easy when a marriage or significant relationship ends. Whatever the reason for the split—and whether you wanted it or not—the breakup of a relationship can turn your whole world upside down and trigger all sorts of painful and unsettling feelings.

But there are plenty of things you can do to get through this difficult time and move on. You can even learn from the experience and grow into a stronger, wiser person.