(Tijana Simic/iStock via Getty Images) A visit to the dentist’s office could provide a glimpse into your heart and brain health. More than an estimated 100 diseases can show symptoms in the mouth. For instance, periodontal disease, which results from infections and inflammation of the gums and bone that support and surround the teeth, is…

(Svetlana Monyakova/iStock via Getty Images) Lea en español Caffeine jump-starts your day and puts a bounce in your step. It can help you focus, improve your mood and maybe even help you live longer. But how much is too much? Caffeine, a natural stimulant, can be found in a variety of foods, such as coffee…

(tommaso79/iStock via Getty Images) Lea en español Social isolation and loneliness may increase the risk of having or dying from a heart attack or stroke, according to a new report summarizing research on the topic. The scientific statement from the American Heart Association highlights the need for more data on strategies to improve cardiovascular health…

(5second/iStock via Getty Images) Let’s not beat around the bush: Blueberries are good for you. This will come as no surprise to many Americans, who have found their thrill with blueberries in ever-rising numbers. It’s easy to understand why. Not only do they taste great, but studies keep suggesting more reasons to embrace them. “They’re…

(Frederic Cirou/PhotoAlto Agency RF Collections via Getty Images) Doubling to quadrupling the minimum amount of weekly physical activity recommended for U.S. adults may substantially lower the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and other causes, new research finds. The study, published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, found people who followed the minimum…

(LauriPatterson/E+ via Getty Images) Eating a modified version of traditional Chinese food containing half the amount of sodium may significantly lower blood pressure for Chinese adults in just a few weeks, new research shows. Published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, the study found that altering traditional Chinese cuisine to also reduce fat…

(Thomas Barwick/DigitalVision via Getty Images) The smells of summer have returned: sunscreen, freshly cut grass and burgers sizzling on the grill. For many families, backyard barbecues are a staple of summer dining. But often the foods people associate with summer grilling – including ribs, sausages, hot dogs and hamburgers – are processed or high in…

(Maskot via Getty Images) In honor of Father’s Day, here’s a health quiz: ‒ If asked whether you just got a haircut, have you ever said, “No, I got them all cut.” ‒ If your son said, “I’m hungry!” Would you reply, “Hello, Hungry – I’m Dad.” ‒ If your daughter asked you to make…

(Brenda Sangi Arruda/E+ via Getty Images) Lea en español You’ve spent the past couple of years staying fit and healthy despite the unusual circumstances of mostly staying home. Now you’re packing the car for a well-deserved summer road trip, fraught with fast food, convenience stores and hours of sitting around with unhealthy snacks within arm’s…

(Nataliya Kushnir/iStock via Getty Images) Move over baby carrots and petite peas. Even tinier vegetables are catching on as go-to healthy foods. Microscale vegetables, a growing food category that includes sprouted seeds, are miniature in size yet big in nutrition. Eating sprouts well before they become full-blown plants can crank up certain nutrient levels considerably,…