Could Music Beat Drugs For Anxiety and Mood?

music_anxiety_greenmedinfoWe use music – like coffee and alcohol – every day for pleasure and to boost our mood.  But we may not understand how deeply music affects our brain chemistry.  Continue reading

Tips for Preventing Post-Workout Insomnia

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Some people struggle with falling asleep if they exercise at night, but studies show exercise actually improves sleep for most, regardless of time of day

One cause of post-workout insomnia is over exercising, Continue reading

Why I Kicked My Keurig to the Curb

photo-4-e1411137282584-480x450What busy person doesn’t love the idea of having a personal cup of coffee instantly with the push of a button. Many people are delighted when the Keurig machines show up in the workplace or doctor’s waiting room. I loved the idea. I bought one from Costco along with the handy unit to store those awkward K Cups.  I, of course, insisted on the Newman’s Organic K Cups for my coffee choice. Continue reading

Coffee, Tea, Tumeric and Beyond:Zero-In on Essential Polyphenols

turmeric_coffee_benefitsArticles appear daily touting the benefits of blueberries, chocolate, red wine, olives, grape seeds/skin and thousands of other herbs, oils, extracts, spices and ferments. These are usually accompanied by strange words like quercetin, anthocyanins, flavonoids and tongue twisters like epigallocatechin that fly over the head of average people just trying to improve their health. Few look any further, much less review the actual chemistry involved.
Science is finally beginning to recognize the role of oxidative stress in all disease (yes, that includes cancers, heart, joint, diabetic and other conditions). Continue reading

Pre-Workout Nutrition: How to Maximize (or Jeopardize) Your Chance to Burn Fat

ccStory at-a-glance  Research indicates that nature selects underfed species for extended life-span and vice versa – it shortens the life expectancy of overfed species. Humans are no exception Continue reading

ConsumerLab, Natural News Labs both Confirm High Levels of Toxic Cadmium in Popular Cacao Powders

cocoaBoth ConsumerLab.com and the Natural News Forensic Food Lab have simultaneously confirmed high levels of the toxic heavy metal cadmium in cacao powder products. High levels of lead have also been found by Natural News in one brand of cacao powder. Takeaway points from this research:  Continue reading

Strategies to Prevent Hypertension

what-is-hypertension-2About one in three American adults have hypertension (high blood pressure), and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),1,2 hypertension is “the second greatest public health threat” in the US.

About half of all with hypertension have uncontrolled high blood pressure, which increases your risk for a number Continue reading

Regular and Decaf Coffee Both Lower Diabetes Risk

diabetes_coffee_reduces_riskLots of studies have looked at the question of whether coffee drinkers are less likely to develop diabetes.  The short answer is yes they are. 

But the question remains, why does coffee seem to lower diabetes risk?  Is it the caffeine? 

Researchers from Harvard Continue reading

Can Food Affect Your Mood?

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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

Prostate Cancer Patients Leave Normal behind

If you’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer you can probably tell me the exact date and time when you received the news. And all you want is the same thing that any cancer sufferer wants — for life to return to normal.

Well, new research has revealed a sad and sobering truth — Continue reading

ATTENTION WOMEN: Exhausted? Tummy Spreading Out? Hair Thinning Out?

“Maybe You Need A Super Iodine Boost!”

It’s a quiet scourge affecting millions of women. No matter how much you sleep, you’re always waking up exhausted. You’ve been watching your diet, cutting out the junk food, exercising… and not only haven’t you lost anything – Continue reading

Coffee is Exactly What You Need for Healthy Blood Pressure.

If your blood pressure is not where you want it to be.

If you’ve done everything right, but haven’t gotten the results you want.

Then please take five minutes to read this report. I believe I’ve found the solution you’ve been hoping for. Continue reading

The Drink That Could Shield against Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease is sure making the health news rounds lately. What’s promising about this scary illness is how much we are able to help shield our minds from it. A brand new health breakthrough proposes that coffee could help older adults avoid dementia.

A new study monitoring the memory and thinking processes of people older than 65 found that those Continue reading

Which Foods Are Best for the Brain?

Diet is inextricably linked to conditions such as heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. However, what we consume also seems to have significant implications for the brain: Unhealthy diets may increase risk for psychiatric and neurologic conditions, such as depression and dementia, whereas healthy diets may be protective.

Make for Malta in Depression, Stroke, and Dementia

A 2009 study published in Archives of General Psychiatry found that people who follow Mediterranean dietary patterns — that is, a diet high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fish, and unsaturated fat (common in olive and other plant oils) — are up to 30% less likely to develop depression than those who typically consume meatier, dairy-heavy fare.[1] The olive oil-inclined also show a lower risk for ischemic stroke[2,3] and are less likely to develop mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer disease, particularly when they engage in higher levels of physical activity.[4,5] Continue reading

Surprisingly Healthy Foods

Although the best diets contain a large amount of vegetarian, raw foods, several commonly eaten foods have remarkably robust health benefits. Even if your busy life makes it hard to eat right, simply adding chocolate, coffee and orange juice to your menus can offer a distinct boost to your well-being.

Chocolaty Health

I’ve heard and laughed at the health claims for chocolate over the years. The chocolate you buy and eat has been processed and formulated with refined sugar. However, even though many of the potent antioxidant flavonoids in raw cacao (the original source of chocolate) are depleted, the processed chocolate you buy still shows clear health benefits.

The August 2011 British Medical Journal includes a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials and observational studies with a total of 114,009 participants that demonstrated a 37 percent reduction in cardiovascular disease and a 29 percent reduction in stroke for people who consumed the highest levels of chocolate compared to those who consumed the least.1 Continue reading