Blood Test Identifies Changes in Gene which Are Linked to Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors

btAfter analyzing three sets of different blood samples from 325 patients, a Johns Hopkins Center for Prevention Research Study determined that there are links between lowered levels of a gene called SKA2, plus a higher level of chemical changes that alter its function, Continue reading

Can Food Affect Your Mood?

moodStory at-a-glance

Individual food choices may make a difference in how you feel mentally and emotionally from day to day

Mood-boosting foods include dark chocolate, purple berries, Continue reading

Magnesium’s Importance Far Greater Than Previously Imagined

magneCalcium deficiency is a common nutritional concern, but how many folks consider the vital importance of magnesium in human health and disease?  

New research published in the journal BMC Bioinformatics indicates that magnesium’s role in human health and disease is far more significant and complicated than previously imagined. Continue reading

Miracle Mineral Slashes Stroke Risk 24%

potassiumIf you’re like most folks, the word “diet” sends a cold shiver up your spine — and I don’t blame you one bit.

For years we’ve associated dieting with giving up our favorite foods and consuming bland, tasteless meals with all the texture and excitement of cardboard.

Well, no more, friend. Because I have one… that’s right, just ONE … Continue reading

The Trouble Seniors Face Today with Their Health

healthy seniorsToday I’ll finish off this three-part series on the troubles seniors face with nutrition. I’ll be covering what your primary needs are, how your nutrition needs change as you age, and where you can go for assistance.

Seniors have different nutritional needs than other people. Even if you’re in great shape, it’s still important Continue reading

How to Eat Healthier Without Breaking the Bank

healthy eatingYesterday we started looking at some of the challenges seniors face when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet. Today we’ll continue with tips on eating healthy and getting all the nutrients you need while on a tight budget. We’ll also show you how to make your grocery shopping experience a little easier. Continue reading

Magnesium’s Importance Far Greater Than Previously Imagined

kaleCalcium deficiency is a common nutritional concern, but how many folks consider the vital importance of magnesium in human health and disease?  

New research published in the journal BMC Bioinformatics indicates that magnesium’s role in Continue reading

Fact or Myth: Can Food Combinations Supercharge Your Health?

food combosThis is a FACT.

Some foods are simply known for their nutritional benefits. As stand-alone items, certain fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes have proven time and again to be excellent choices for total body wellness as they boost immunity, burn fat and help your body operate at peak.

It makes sense that certain super food combinations would increase the benefits many times over. Some food combinations seem like they are meant to work together.

By adding these duos to your diet a couple of times each week, Continue reading

Anemia Reversed

Anemia is a symptom caused by a myriad of conditions. These conditions include iron deficiency, vitamin B12 deficiency, vitamin C deficiency, Vitamin E deficiency, vitamin B6 deficiency, and thyroid disorders, for openers.

Since the most significant and common forms of anemia are related to diet, it is this area that I will address. Continue reading

Foods to Put You in the Mood

Looking to bring more romance into your relationship? Here are 10 aphrodisiacs to add some spice to your life.

Aphrodisiacs have a long history in our kitchens and our bedrooms. From raw oysters on the half shell to salty pearls of caviar, certain foods are thought to inspire romance through their smell, taste and even appearance. Continue reading

Thirteen Sensual Aphrodisiac Foods to Improve your Sex Life

Almost everyone wants to improve their love life, find the perfect partner and have better sex. Some of the biggest pharmaceutical sales in history come from performance-enhancing drugs. What about using natural inducements for romance such as chocolate-dipped strawberries, grapes or truffles? Add some of these delectable delights to your arsenal of temptations and woo your lover into bliss.

Sensual foods

Chocolate — Chocolate works like no other food to stimulate human sexuality. It’s delicious, melts on the tongue and has an erotic quality even when not thinking of sex. According to Amy Reiley in her book, “Romancing the Stove: The Unabridged Guide to Aphrodisiac Foods,” chocolate helps thin the blood, Continue reading

The Right Way to Get your Chocolate Fix

One can always cringe when we read a news report on the health benefits of cocoa — the takeaway is almost always “eat more chocolate.”

Sure, go ahead and eat more chocolate — if you want to kill yourself.

But if you want the health benefits, you’ll need to stick to pure cocoa and get it the same way I do: so raw you have to steal it from a monkey.

What’s the difference? Glad you asked.

Chocolate is a candy loaded with sugar, soy, and an alphabet soup of chemicals — and if that’s not bad enough, the cocoa used to make it has been treated, Continue reading

How Potassium Affects Your Health

Potassium is an essential dietary mineral that plays an important role in muscle contraction. This includes the heart, nerves, acid-base balance, kidney function, and your digestion of carbohydrates.

If you don’t get enough potassium, you can develop high blood pressure, stroke, and other heart diseases. A dietary survey showed that daily intake in adult women was 2,300 milligrams (mg) and 2,100 mg for men.

In 2004, the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine published the daily adequate intake levels for potassium. It went like so:

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Treating Wrinkles the Natural Way

Though wrinkles may be an inevitable effect of aging, there are many things we can do to hold off wrinkles as well as lessen and eliminate existing ones. Here are some natural suggestions for preventing and getting rid of wrinkles:

Wrinkle Prevention

Excessive sun exposure leads to wrinkles, though it may take years. Thus one should avoid getting too much sun. However, don’t avoid sunshine entirely. Regular sunshine and the resulting vitamin D3 is actually beneficial for the skin, and it is hugely important for overall health. The best advice is to get out of the sun when you first notice your skin beginning to turn pink.  Continue reading

Banana Plantations Threatened by Fungal Disease

About four million tons of bananas are imported into the EU each year. A fungal disease is now threatening banana plantations, and plant breeders have not yet succeeded in developing resistant cultivars. Many hope that genetic engineering can offer a solution. At this point, such projects are still only in the greenhouse.

Monocultures offer the perfect conditions for the spreading of pests and diseases. In this respect, bananas are no different from any other crop.

Back in the 50s, the most common banana variety, Gros Michel, was completely wiped-out by what was known as Panama disease. This disease was caused by the fungus Fusarium oxysporum, also called fusarium wilt. Gros Michel was replaced by a resistant southern Chinese variety called Cavendish. Continue reading