The Four Foods You Must Avoid if you’re Stressed

One of the more popular ways we cope with stress is to reach for a snack. Sugary or salty treats like chocolate and chips are regular fixtures of “stress eating.” The truth is, most of the things we reach for when we’re feeling stressed actually exacerbate the problem.

When you’re feeling stressed, the body releases a hormone called cortisone, Continue reading

Four Dangers of Mixing Drugs and Supplements

Any items you might take — herbs, dietary supplements, other natural products, or functional foods such as energy drinks and nutritional bars — can interact with each other and with medications. Doctors Health Press devotes its pages to natural remedies, but this is a reminder that you still must be aware of the risks of interactions. Or, at the very least, your doctor should always know what you are taking. Continue reading

Dangerous Energy Drinks Can Leave Children Hospitalized

LONDON – Doctors have warned that energy drinks such as Red Bull should be as closely regulated as alcohol, tobacco and prescription medicines.

A study claimed high-caffeine drinks could cause seizures, strokes or even sudden death in children, and those with diabetes or behavioral disorders were most at risk.

Researchers found some beverages claiming to boost energy levels contained three to five times as much caffeine as an eight-ounce fizzy drink.

They said energy drinks, often overused by teenagers targeted in glossy marketing campaigns, frequently contained ingredients that could enhance the effects of caffeine and should be stringently regulated. Energy drinks have no therapeutic benefit and many ingredients are under-studied and not regulated,” the Daily Mail quoted Dr Steven Lipshultz, of the University of Miami’s school of medicine, who co-authored the study, as saying.

“A lot of young people don’t realize what’s in these drinks and the combinations could be serious, even deadly,” Lipshultz added.