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Is coffee good for you?

Is coffee good for you?

Caffeine effects: Caffeine is a stimulant to the central nervous system. It is most commonly used to improve mental alertness. People who are more sensitive may have nervousness gastrointestinal upset, insomnia and temporary rise in heart rate and blood pressure. Some research stated- Caffeine may harm voice quality Women consuming higher amounts of caffeine had an increased risk for miscarriage. ...Read more

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What is a good alternative to coffee?

What is a good alternative to coffee?

For what?: Not sure what you are asking. What is it you don't like about coffee and what effects of coffee do you wish to achieve? Coffee has caffeine and many people use it to increase alertness and some people just like the taste and for others it is simply a habit. There is some suggesstive evidence of positive effects, but there are also some negative consequences such as withdrawal headaches. ...Read more

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Is decaf coffee good for your health?

Who knows: I don't know of any studies that look into decaf coffee and whether it can help improve certain indicators of good health. ...Read more

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Is ginger good for a diabetic or good for anything? I use it with tea and coffee. They taste good with it.

Is ginger good for a diabetic or good for anything? I use it with tea and coffee.  They taste good with it.

YES- many benefits: Yes, ginger improves Insulin sensitivity ; lowers cholesterol ; inflammation so it is very good for diabetics- see http://bit.Ly/15zcnkz. In fact ginger is very good for everyone- it has a wide range of health benefits. See http://www.Whfoods.Com/genpage.Php?Tname=foodspice;dbid=72 for details. ...Read more

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What is a good meal to have for breakfast that will give me a good start for the day?

What is a good meal to have for breakfast that will give me a good start for the day?

Balanced...: Good balanced meal with adequate protein. Protein will help keep you satisfied, and prevent quick return of hunger. Some carb is good to help fuel brain, and fat is necessary, but not excessive. I like a small omelet made from egg whites + one egg for a little yolk (fat), with whole grain toast, maybe a little fruit. About 400-500 cal. Quick stuff (donuts, pastries etc) will have you craving more. ...Read more

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I heard coffee is good for asthma, is this true? Will iced coffee help too?

I heard coffee is good for asthma, is this true? Will iced coffee help too?

Caffeine: Caffeine is a mild bronchodilator and can stimulate improved breathing. This is not a good long term solution for treating asthma and not the best short-term approach, but in a pinch and you are without your albuterol, drinking caffeinated coffee may help a little. Iced coffee (with caffeine) will work but the cold if inhaled may aggravate twitchy inflammed airways. ...Read more

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Is it true that honey really good for you, or is it just a healthy, natural alternative to sugar?

Is it true that honey really good for you, or is it just a healthy, natural alternative to sugar?

Sugar substitute: Honey is higher in glucose than cane sugar and therefore has less fructose. It has a different taste which many prefer. It is a useful alternative and probably is slightly healthier on a calorie equivalent basis than regular sugar. ...Read more

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Is tea good for you if it contains caffeine?

Is tea good for you if it contains caffeine?

Green tea: Tea is derived from the camellia sinensis tree. The leaves contain antioxidant polyphenols. The linus pauling institute reported a study that suggested green tea can assist w glycemic control. Studies show that the polyphenols in green tea have an anti-carcinogenic effect as well as leading to a reduced heart disease death rate. Try decaffeinated tea because too much caffeine can cause problems. ...Read more

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As a pharmacist i want to know pharmacologically why coffee is not a healthy source of antioxidants?

It certainly is : A source. However, for many people its benefit is overwhelmed by caffeine. There are therefore better antioxidant sources. The "feeling of having more energy" from caffeine is misleading for many people that take it to overcome fatigue. They are actually consuming energy that they can ill afford. ...Read more

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What is better for you to drink, water or gatorade? I heard the sodium in sports drink is not good for you! Thanks

What is better for you to drink, water or gatorade?  I heard the sodium in sports drink is not good for you!  Thanks

Sports drinks: You are better off w/water. Sports drinks can contain sugar, artificial colors, sodium, etc. An alternative to water would be lemonade or iced tea you make yourself. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to take chamomile tea for constipation?

Is it a good idea to take chamomile tea for constipation?

Not very effective: Camomile tea is not a very effective treatment for constipation. If you want to use some sort of tea, the best option is senna tea - senna is a plant alkaloid that softens the stool and 'irritates' the colon a bit making it contract. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to drink more milk for my sweet craving?

Is it a good idea to drink more milk for my sweet craving?

Yes: Milk continues to be one of the best beverages for average consumption. Not only does it contain healthy nutrients and vitamins, it also replaces the other beverages high in high fructose corn syrup. So by all means drink up. Obviously it's best to stick with the low fat variety. ...Read more

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Is coconut oil safe for someone with a peanut allergy thank you very much for your time?

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Is coconut oil safe for someone with a peanut allergy thank you very much for your time?

Yes: Oil usually contains very little protein and thus even peanut-allergic people may tolerate peanut oil in most but not all instances. As for coconut, it is totally different from peanuts-- so don't worry be happy ...Read more

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Hi. I just finished eating chocolate and drinking cola. Would it be a good idea to use mouthwash straight after? Thanks

Hi. 
I just finished eating chocolate and drinking cola. Would it be a good idea to use mouthwash straight after?

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Of course: After taking an acid food or drink, rinsing your mouth with water or a fluoride mouthwash can help clear up the acid quicker. It helps protect both the teeth and gums. ...Read more

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I usually stock up with chobani for breakfast. I figure it is still having some sugar which is not good. Any healthier options please?

I usually stock up with chobani for breakfast. I figure it is still having some sugar which is not good. Any healthier options please?

Eggs have no sugar: Eggs have no sugar and are a healthy choice. Try to get cage free organic as these will be higher in omega 3 fats (healthy as opposed to omega 6 which are not healthy) ...Read more

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I read online that chamomile tea is good for sinuses and is a good decongestant. Is this true?

I read online that chamomile tea is good for sinuses and is a good decongestant. Is this true?

Xylitol: Xylitol is a natural sugar and breaks up biofilm in the body. That's where germs multiply. It is found in a nasal spray called xlear (pronounced "clear") and in chewing gum called spry. Coughing is a way the body gets rid of mucus. Please see your doc to get a proper diagnosis. Peace and good health. Chamomile is used to relax, often good prior to sleep. ...Read more

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Is all chocolate good for you, or is it only bittersweet chocolate?

Is all chocolate good for you, or is it only bittersweet chocolate?

Dark is healthy: Dark chocolate over 75% is the only healthy chocolate. Do not let the advertisers get to you. Most commercial dark chocolate is only 40% so look for the label of at least 75% before buying. Its healthy because its low in sugar and loaded with antioxidants to help nourish the body. ...Read more