While there’s no official definition of the term super food, the generally implied idea is a fruit or vegetable that is particularly nutritious and beneficial to your overall health and wellness, with high phytonutrient content. By that definition, kale should have a spot in the top ten. If you want to be healthy, there’s no avoiding the leafy green vegetables, and kale is one of the most nourishing. It Continue reading
When thinking about the preventable health epidemics of our generation, obesity and diabetes surely top the list. For most people, both obesity and type 2 diabetes can be managed and even eliminated by following a healthier lifestyle. And if this sounds complicated, it’s not. Adopting healthier eating habits and getting some exercise are not hard to do. The best approach is Continue reading
Black pepper is probably the most common culinary spice in the world. Pepper, either ground or as whole peppercorns, is found in cuisines across the globe and has a centuries-long history of use and cultivation.
If you’re like millions of other people, you probably consume pepper in your food every day, without realizing that it is also an important medicinal spice. Pepper can be used Continue reading
Nuts are usually considered a healthy snack (provided they aren’t loaded with salt!) compared to something like potato chips, let’s say, they really deserve much more credit than that. Nuts are one of those foods that definitely deserve a special place when it comes to healing foods. Continue reading
Though winter’s best known for colds and flu, it’s also a time to protect your heart. Dim, wintry sunlight means less vitamin D and more depression, risk factors for heart problems. Comfort food, holiday treats and less exercise can lead to heart-threatening body fat. So ’tis the season to melt your cold, cold heart and make simple but powerful lifestyle changes that boost cardio wellness and may save your life.
State of the Heart
National statistics show that an American suffers a heart attack every 25 seconds. That kind of danger means that taking measures to support your circulation and cardiovascular system is critical, especially during the cold months. Continue reading
One of the greatest food cures possible in our diet is the hidden element of fiber. This is nothing new to anyone who pays the slightest attention to nutrition news. But the message is not completely being heeded across society. A new health review shows that we should all, collectively, be eating more dietary fiber. Our health depends on it.
The research team looked at research conducted into dietary fiber over the past few decades — and this is not a small sample. Based on all these studies, they have identified the best and safest way to boost your fiber intake. Namely, to avoid initial problems such as intestinal gas and loose stool, it is best to increase your intake of fiber gradually. Also, spread high-fiber foods out throughout the day, at meals and snacks. Continue reading
Sometimes one of the compounds in bile — usually cholesterol — becomes so saturated that it forms a solid. This is called a gallstone. It is estimated that as many as one in 10 people have gallstones, though they might not know it. Gallstones may not necessarily cause you any problems, but sometimes when one is pushed out of the gallbladder, it gets stuck in your bile duct. This can cause a lot of pain and is what is known as a gallbladder attack.
Nobody wants to have a gallbladder attack. The best natural health advice is to avoid having one in the first place. With that in mind, here are 10 tips for avoiding stomach problems and painful attacks.
1. Get your doctor’s advice about testing for food allergies. Eliminate any food allergens you might have, such as dairy (milk, cheese, and ice cream), wheat (gluten), soy, corn, preservatives, and chemical food additives. Eggs, especially, Continue reading
These days there is a wide range of natural remedies to combat obesity. Which should you trust? Here are nine supplements that have the most proof behind them, or are generally the most popular options. Let’s take a look.
1. Conjugated linoleic acid: Known as CLA, it is claimed to help you slim your body and improve glucose control for diabetics. Several small studies have found that CLA could help promote reduced body fat. Research has found that 3.2 grams a day could lead to modest loss in body fat.
2. Psyllium: Fiber makes you feel full and takes up more room in the intestines. Continue reading
Teenagers who take daily multivitamins probably also do other things to make themselves healthier. A study reported in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association shows that teens who take vitamins weigh less, smoke less and exercise more than other teens. Their diets are likely to be healthier, too.
The vitamin-taking adolescents also more often take part in sports, eat more fiber and consume more fish. Plus, they watch a lot less television.
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Trying to lose weight often means dropping beloved high calorie foods from your diet. Sometimes a swap is barely noticeable – skim milk for whole, low fat cheese for full fat – but when trying to drop ice cream, you may not be pleased with your choices. Low fat or no fat ice creams are indeed lower in calories and fat, but many times have a different mouth feel or slightly bitter aftertaste. One of the most popular lower fat frozen desserts is frozen yogurt.
Drive through your city, and you’ll see an overwhelming number of businesses offering frozen desserts. Ice creams, custards, Italian ices, and the newest fad – frozen yogurt. From scoop shops to dispense your own, and many with massive topping choices, these dessert bars are popular for the ability to create a dessert that is exactly what you want – Continue reading
Your body’s many systems all work together to create a peaceful flow, so when one system goes off balance it can trigger a domino effect, creating a cascade of health problems that follow. One system particularly responsible for optimal well-being is your digestive system — a strong, yet delicate ecosystem that relies on the presence of good bacteria and specialized immune cells to control the presence of bad bacteria or other harmful invaders. In fact, your digestive health directly impacts your immune health, and vice versa, since 70 to 80 percent of your immune system is actually located in your digestive system.
When your digestive system malfunctions, it can result in poor nutrient absorption and malnourishment, leading to a number of chronic problems and symptoms like acid reflux, indigestion and irritable bowel disease. In order to avoid these complications, it’s important to understand exactly what happens in your digestive system and how it is connected to other vital systems within your body that influence immunity, energy, mood and even behavior. Continue reading
Have you ever experienced sciatica pain? It usually crops up when you irritate your sciatic nerve. The pain can typically radiate from your lower back, down the back of your thigh. Sometimes the shooting pain can even reach as far as your knees. Prescribed treatments run the gamut from painkillers to surgery.
Here’s an alternative remedy for those of you who want to avoid prescription side effects and resorting to something as invasive as surgery: swimming. Researchers in Brazil have conducted a clinical trial to assess the effect of swimming on nerve injury to the sciatica.
For their animal study, the researchers wanted to find out not only if swimming could help heal a sciatic nerve injury, but also how soon exercise should be started again after an injury. Continue reading
Into the annals of food cures steps a new innovation in the pasta department. Researchers have created pasta made with barley, which could significantly improve the health benefits of this Italian cuisine staple.
File this one under health breakthroughs for whole grains, a group that includes barley. The health news, reported in the “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry,” highlights how barley is gaining interest as an ingredient in functional foods. These are the supermarket items that actually exert functions in the human body due to the nutrients and natural chemicals they contain.
Thus, we might soon see packages of pasta labeled “good source of dietary fiber” and “may reduce the risk of heart disease” thanks to the development of this barley pasta. Famous for giving beer its characteristic strength and flavor, barley could transform the spaghetti aisle.
Barley is an excellent source of fiber and antioxidants, which are natural chemicals believed to prevent the kind of cellular damage that can lead to chronic disease (starting with cancer) naturally.
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The outdated apple a day keeps the doctor away adage has been replaced with fresh apple juice three times a week. This new routine was discovered after a ten-year study determined it helped Alzheimer’s patients by greatly reducing the chance of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) from even occurring. Another study uncovered heart health benefits.
Dr. Thomas Shea, a neurobiologist, and his research team at the University of Massachusetts topped off years of studying apples’ effects on brain health. They used test tubes, Petri dishes, and mice for years. Then recently, they confirmed their findings with a human clinical trial.
Twenty-one AD patients from ages 72 to 93 were fed four ounces of apple juice twice daily for thirty days. There were improvements with memory Continue reading
When people think of foods that add to excess inches around the waist, pasta is often one of the foremost offenders that come to mind. This is because noodles are often made with flour that has been processed to contain little more than simple carbohydrates.
In search of a healthier type of pasta, officials from the Italian Ministry of Instruction, University and Scientific Research and the Spanish Ministry of Education funded a study to determine whether spaghetti made from whole barley flour could be a tasty vehicle for heart-healthy nutrients and fiber.
When comparing their proprietary pasta to a traditional semolina variety, researchers discovered that the barley-based spaghetti had higher antioxidant and fiber content. Interestingly, these healthful benefits appeared to diminish when gluten was added to the barley flour.
Barley contains about 6 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein and 190 calories per serving. Continue reading