Gut Health and Skin: 5 Skin Conditions Related to Your Gut

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Your gut health is linked to your overall health—and that includes the health of your skin. This idea isn’t new. Researchers as far back as the 1930s suspected a link between your gut health and skin—and, of course, they were right. (1)

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Metabolic Inflexibility Is Key Risk Factor for COVID-19

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  • While SARS-CoV-2 is a rampant virus that can cause severe problems in vulnerable individuals, the real pandemic — the underlying cause that makes people susceptible to complications from the infection in the first place — is poor metabolic health
  • Aside from old age, obesity has been identified as one of the primary risk factors for being hospitalized with COVID-19 — doubling the risk of hospitalization in patients under the age of 60 in one study
  • One hypothesis for why obesity is worsening COVID-19 has to do with the fact that obesity causes chronic inflammation. Having more proinflammatory cytokines in circulation increases your risk of experiencing a cytokine storm
  • Insulin resistance is another top risk factor for COVID-19 that worsens outcomes and increases your risk of death
  • There are five primary parameters of metabolic health: waist circumference, insulin sensitivity, blood pressure, and triglyceride and HDL levels. Having three or more abnormal parameters is indicative of metabolic syndrome

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Sweet salvation: Using sugar for treating wounds

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When SHTF, sugar may just save you. While it may often get the flak for its link to diabetes, it has medicinal uses too as a recent study shows that sugar can help treat wounds and ward off infection. Continue reading

A date with dates: Here are 7 reasons to include dates in your diet

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Dark, delectable dates are a staple food for people in Middle Eastern countries. The date fruit itself has been around for millennia, and ancient people had consumed these fruits as both food and natural medicine. Continue reading

COVID-19 Pandemic Has Decimated Mental Health

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  • Statistics show rates of depression, anxiety and suicide are currently at an all-time high due to COVID-19 pandemic responses
  • According to poll results published in late August, 53% of American adults said their mental health “has been negatively impacted due to worry and stress over the coronavirus”
  • 36% report having trouble sleeping, 32% have trouble eating, 12% report increased alcohol consumption and/or substance use and 12% report worsening of chronic health conditions due to worry and stress. Those faring the worst are people sheltering in place, 47% of whom report negative health effects, compared to 37% of those not sheltering in place
  • A CDC study found 40.9% of respondents reported anxiety, depression or symptoms of trauma- and stressor-related disorder relating to the pandemic; 13.3% of American adults reported new or increased substance use as a way to manage stress, and 10.7% of adults said they’d seriously contemplated suicide in the past 30 days
  • Unpaid caregivers for adults had the highest rate of suicidal ideation at 30.7%, followed by young adults, age 18 to 24 (25.5%) and essential workers (21.7%)

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Want to boost your immune system? Eat organic, protein-rich foods and avoid sugary treats

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Flu season is just around the corner, but it should be nothing to fear if one’s immune health is in tiptop shape. If it isn’t, don’t fret. Numerous studies and past research confirm that it’s possible to boost the immune system for better protection against infection and disease. Continue reading

Mangiferin: The Health-Boosting Antioxidant in Mangos

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Mangiferin, a polyphenol found in mango fruit and plant extracts, possesses potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Mangiferin has been shown to have beneficial effects on gastrointestinal health, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular health, and may have anticancer properties Continue reading

The Role of Metabolic Health in Better COVID-19 Outcomes

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  • Your metabolic health has a significant impact on COVID-19 severity, and at least 9 in 10 Americans are metabolically unhealthy
  • One of the classic changes associated with insulin resistance, obesity and metabolic syndrome is overactivation of the innate immune system, with decreasing activity in the adaptive immune system
  • When it comes to healthy aging, it’s not your biological age that matters but, rather, your immune and metabolic age, both of which are malleable and can be improved through simple lifestyle changes
  • Research shows that when blood sugar is well-controlled and there’s less glycemic variability, people do better when contracting COVID-19. When they have high levels of glycemic variability, which is indicative of insulin resistance, they fare much worse

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Sugar detoxing: Recover from too much sugar in just under a month

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Strange, spiral bee combs look like fantastical crystal palaces. Now we know why.

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In a world of bland hexagonal honeycombs, a small group of rebellious Australian bees has chosen to build spiral staircases. Continue reading

Can Aging Be Slowed by Diluting Blood?

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  • In a recent study involving mice, a single plasma exchange helped with muscle repair, liver fat and liver fibrosis measurements
  • Researchers believe the data help identify factors in blood products that influence health and aging
  • Many causes of death in the U.S. are influenced by nutrition and lifestyle choices, over which we have more control than we might believe
  • An important key to longevity is intermittent fasting combined with healthy eating. Additionally, quality sleep, hydration, exercise and being outdoors have an impact on health

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Naturally occurring molecule shows potential to treat patients with Parkinson’s

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According to the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (GBD) published in 2019, neurodegenerative diseases, which affect the structure and function of the central nervous system (CNS), are the largest cause of disability globally. Parkinson’s disease, the most common of these diseases next to Alzheimer’s, is a progressive movement disorder that remains without a cure.

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Top Five Best and Worst Anti-Aging Substances

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Americans are obsessed with reducing the effects of aging on their hair, skin, muscles and brain. Here are five substances that can improve the aging process and five more that dramatically worsen the effects of time on your body Continue reading