2016 Health Studies

Exercise could help your brain stay young and lower your chances of cancer. In a study involving about 900 adults, those who did little or no regular physical activity experienced cognitive decline equivalent to 10 more years of aging compared with their more active peers. Early take-up was important: Exercise didn’t appear to help people who were already showing signs of cognitive decline. Another study found that people who do the equivalent of about two and a half hours of walking a week have a lower risk for 13 different forms of cancer. “If people understand that physical activity can influence their risk for cancer,” says lead author Steven Moore, “then that might provide yet one more motivating factor to become active.”

Carbs may not be so bad after all. While it is widely assumed that a high-carb diet leads to weight gain, researchers who looked into the eating habits of more than 23,000 Italians found that those who ate more pasta actually tended to have a lower body mass index. They speculated that pasta eaters were more likely to follow the Mediterranean diet, which is heavy on fruit, vegetables, and other healthy foods. Separate research concluded that carb-rich whole grains like oats and quinoa also have significant health benefits: Adults who ate three or more daily servings had a 20 percent lower risk of dying early. “Multiple individual studies consistently revealed a reduced risk of early death among people who consumed more whole grains,” says senior author Qi Sun.

Cutting calories may improve your entire quality of life, not just your waistline. In a small study, a group of healthy, non-obese adults reduced their daily calorie intake by 12 percent for two years. Not only did they lose an average of 17 pounds, they also enjoyed improved sleep, better moods, and an enhanced sex drive. Once people “get over the hump” and start dropping pounds, says co-author Corby Martin, “their hunger levels subside a bit and they start to feel the benefits of the weight loss.”

Friends and family can be as important to your health as diet and exercise. A University of North Carolina study found that social isolation increases risk of high blood pressure more than diabetes, and that lonely people are 30 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke than those who are socially active. Friends can “buffer some of the effects of stress, and/or help with coping,” says lead author Kathleen Mullan Harris. Separate research suggested that older people tend to live longer when they count a family member other than their spouse among their closest confidants.


Calcium supplement risks—

People who take calcium supplements to strengthen their bones may be increasing their risk of heart disease. Researchers analyzed the heart health and calcium intake of more than 1,500 adults between ages 45 and 84. At the start of the study, none of the participants showed signs of coronary artery calcification (CAC), a risk factor for hardened arteries. Overall, those who routinely consumed the most calcium had a lower risk for heart disease, but the opposite was true for participants whose calcium intake mostly came from supplements. In fact, taking a daily calcium supplement was associated with a 22 percent greater risk for CAC, reports The Washington Post. Unlike supplements, calcium-rich foods were not linked to heart disease. “We think the body metabolizes supplements and dietary calcium differently,” says the study’s leader, Erin Michos. “If you are worried about your bones, then get your calcium through food.”

Source: The WEEK– 11/10/16

Top Foods For Healthy Hair

salmon-012The food you eat plays a critical role in a number of bodily functions, including your hair. People who consume empty-calorie foods (foods with calories but no real nutritional value) are more likely to experience weak/frail hair, split-ends, poor coloring, and other problems with their hair. So, which foods should you  consume for a healthy head of hair? continue reading »

Are You Drinking Enough Water? Hydration and Your Health

glass-of-water-01According to a report published by CBS, 75% of Americans don’t drink the 10 daily cups of water recommended by the Institute of Medicine. Going through the day in a state of mild dehydration may not cause any immediate concerns, but it will eventually take its toll on your body and health. If you fall into the majority and don’t drink enough water, consider the following:

Water is essential for every living organism on Earth, and humans are no exception. Our bodies are comprised of 60-70% water; it’s in our muscles, tissue, fat, ligaments, and even our brains. Without H2O, our organs would fail and our bodies would shut down. Studies have shown that water is primary ingredient in blood plasma, at about 90%. continue reading »

Top Protein Sources For Vegans

protein-01Becoming a vegan is a life-changing decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Yet there are a few pitfalls that come from lack of meat in your diet, one of which is the possibility of becoming protein-deficient. After all, aren’t we taught that all of our protein comes from meat and animal by-products? Thankfully, that’s just a myth as there are plenty of non-animal protein sources for vegans to choose from – you just have to know where to look. continue reading »

Top 5 Fat-Burning Foods

Still struggling to shed those unwanted pounds? The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than a third of U.S. adults are overweight, resulting in approximately $140 billion in related medical expenses. Whether you are looking to lose 5 pounds or 50, eating the right foods may help you accomplish these goals. There are certain foods which may hinder your weight loss progress, but there are also foods that can encourage it. For a list 5 of the top fat-burning foods, keep reading. continue reading »

5 Powerful Health Effects of Olive Oil

Derived from the fatty liquid of pressed olives, olive oil is a versatile substance that’s loaded in nutritional value. Just a single tablespoon has 10 grams of monounsaturated fat, 1.4 grams of polyunsaturated fat, vitamin E, and other other key nutrients. While most people consume it for its delicious flavor and smooth characteristics, olive oil has surprising health benefits when consumed on a regular basis.

#1) Protects Against Heart Disease

Consumption of olive oil on a regular basis may lower your risk of heart disease. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately 600,000 people die each year from heart disease, making it the leading cause of death among men and women. Olive oil, however, can reduce your risk of heart disease by lowering levels of LDL (the bad kind) cholesterol while raising levels of HDL cholesterol (the good kind). continue reading »

Apple Cider Vinegar as Health Potion?

bragg-acv-01I know what you’re probably thinking: why on earth would I want to drink vinegar? After all, its strong odor can turn your stomach before you even place the stuff to your mouth. Well, apple cider vinegar is a powerful ingredient with some surprising benefits. So if you’re willing to get past the smell, you’ll find this beverage to be a powerful health drink.

#1) Prescribed By Hippocrates

Hippocrates, who many consider to be one of the leading pioneers of western medicine, often prescribed apple cider vinegar to his patients to treat a broad range of ailments including fever, nausea, insomnia and vomiting. Patients were amazed to discover the healing and rejuvenating effects this natural substance offered. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” said Hippocrates. continue reading »

Beat Work Stress: 6 Tips To Feel Better and Work Better

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The workplace is one of the top sources of stress in the average person’s life. According to a 2009 study conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA), a staggering 69% of employees in the U.S. say work is a “significant source of stress,” and 41% say they are tense throughout the workday. If you constantly feel stressed at work, try some of the following tips to create a more tranquil and relaxing work environment.

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5 Tips To Help Kick Your Sugar Addiction

sugar-cubes01-smAre you addicted to sugar? If so, you aren’t alone. According to the American Heart Association  (AHA), the average American consumes a whopping 89 teaspoons of sugar per day – about 3-4 times more than the recommended daily allowance.

Sugar adversely affects the body in a number of different ways. It increases a person’s chance of developing diabetes, promotes tooth decay, contributes to fat accumulation and subsequently obesity, and weakens the immune system. continue reading »