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The Bottle & The Belly

A few years back, manufacturers of vodka, gin and clear rum were promoting the idea that drinking clear alcohol would keep you trim as long as you counted the calories (calculated at about 7 cal per gram). What they didn’t tell you was that your body can discriminate (and prefer) one type of calorie source over another.

According to some research from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, alcohol can literally put a halt to fat metabolism.

Participants in this study were given two servings of clear alcohol administered 30 minutes apart. Fat metabolism was monitored before, and after each serving. What they discovered was that even hours after drinking both drinks, fat metabolism had decreased by over 70%.

This means that while your body might be busy processing alcohol as fuel, it will also be simultaneously suppressing you're fat burning abilities. Basically: the more your drink, the less your body burns fat.

They also found test subjects to have decreased levels of the h…

Red Alert

This year it is estimated that over 315,000 women died from heart disease. The sad note is that most of them won’t even know they have heart problems until it's too late. Unfortunately, heart disease is the leading cause of death in women across all ethnic and age groups.

Commonly thought of as a “mans” disease, many women feel that they are not susceptible to heart disease. In fact, heart disease affects as many women as it does men. In no way is it gender-specific.

Because women who die from heart disease don’t usually exhibit the common symptoms (chest pain, chest tightness, numbness in the left arm) associated with heart attacks in men, it is important that women, regardless of age or ethnicity be regularly screened and tested for heart disease.

To help get you started, here are a few ways to reduce your risk; just don't forget to discuss them with your doctor:

• Screenings for blockages associated with strokes or heart disease
• Lowering your LDL cholesterol and raising …

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