The Myth of the ‘Low-Fat’ Diet, and Why Consuming Healthy Fats Is Vital to Your Health

Many people today still adhere to the misguided belief that nearly all fats are bad, and that the best way to stay slim and healthy is to cut fats, whenever possible, from your diet. On the contrary, fats are an absolutely vital component of any healthy diet as they aid in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and minerals, as well as feed the brain, heart, liver, lungs, bones, cells and nervous system the nutrients they need to function properly.

It is widely assumed that, because they are called “fats,” these substances must contribute to obesity and obesity-related illnesses like heart disease that afflict millions of people today. This is true for trans fats and certain other unhealthy fats, of course, but there are all kinds of healthy fats as well, such as coconut oil, for instance, or even animal-based fats like grass-fed butter Continue reading

Protect Your Brain with These Fruits

Meet the new brain food — citrus fruit! This latest health news comes on the heels of a new study that says citrus fruits contain special nutrients that could protect your brain from damage. It all has to do with citrus’ ability to act as an antioxidant.

Why are healing foods that have a high antioxidant rating so important to your health? Antioxidants help to combat oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is that process in which free radicals build up in your cells. This usually happens just as your cells are converting nutrients into energy. The free radicals damage different parts of your cells just like rust will attack and slowly spread through the metal on your car.

The good news in all of this is that free radicals can be counteracted by antioxidants. Continue reading

Research Says Eating Walnuts Improves Critical Thinking

Walnuts have long been known to influence the brain and in the natural health world, they’re known as a key brain food. Now, according to research published in the British Journal of Nutrition, eating walnuts regularly can significantly increase critical thinking and especially what’s called inferential reasoning.

Inferential reasoning is the ability to infer truth from other known truth and it is also the ability to deduce information based on prior experience and context. It’s sometimes thought that there are two fundamental types of reasoning. So dramatically improving one is an enormous step in the right direction, and it’s nice that it can be done by an easy dietary addition. Continue reading