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    How to calculate the calories a person burns while sleeping

    The body continues to burn calories during sleep to sustain life and essential bodily functions. A person can use a specific formula to estimate how many calories they burn at night. Even when resting and sleeping, the body requires a constant source of energy to maintain a wide range of metabolic processes. Many different factors influence metabolism, which can make it difficult to calculate accurately how many calories a person burns during sleep. However, by estimating a person’s basal metabolic rate (BMR), it is possible to come up with an approximate figure. In this article, we discuss what BMR is, how to calculate it, and how to use the result…

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    What to know about vitamin K-2

    Vitamin K is an essential vitamin that supports blood clotting and healthy bones. It occurs in two forms, K-1 and K-2. Vitamin K-1 is the primary form, and it mainly comes from leafy green vegetables. Vitamin K-2 occurs in animal proteins and fermented foods. The bacteria in the human gut also produce small quantities of K-2. In this article, we discuss vitamin K-2, its functions, and how it differs from K-1. We also describe dietary sources, health benefits, the recommended daily intake, deficiency symptoms, and supplements. What is it? Sauerkraut is a good dietary source of vitamin K-2. Vitamin K refers to a family of fat-soluble vitamins that the body…

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    For Obese People, Commuting by Car Can Be a Killer: Study

    Latest Diet & Weight Management News SUNDAY, April 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Being obese and commuting by car can be a deadly mix, a new study warns. Researchers analyzed data on more than 163,000 adults, aged 37 to 73, in the United Kingdom. The participants were followed for an average of five years. Compared to people of normal weight who walked or cycled to work (active commuters), those who were obese and commuted by car had a 32% higher risk of early death from any cause; twice the risk of dying from heart disease; and a 59% higher risk for non-fatal heart disease. Obesity was defined by the researchers…

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    How elderberries can help you fight the flu

    If you have ever eaten ripe elderberries or made elderberry jam, syrup, or wine, then you will be familiar with their sharp, tart, yet refreshing taste. According to tradition, these dark, purple berries can fortify a person’s immune system. New evidence suggests this is correct — and research explain how. Elderberries really do have antiviral properties, and a new study explains why. Sambucus nigra, the black elder, is a common shrub spread widely across regions of Europe and North America. Traditionally, people use both the elder’s flowers and its fruit to make seasonal drinks or jam. In late spring or early summer, many people collect elderflowers to make flavorsome cordials,…

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    Which meals are low in carbs?

    A low-carb meal contains very few carbohydrates and is instead made up mostly of protein and fats. A low-carb diet can help people with diabetes manage their condition or help people lose or maintain weight more effectively. Examples of low-carb foods include: meat and poultry fish nonstarchy vegetables, including leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables, such as cabbage eggs cheese nuts seeds fats, including oils, butter, and avocado If a diet provides fewer than 50 grams (g) of carbohydrates per day, it can cause ketosis. Ketosis is a regular metabolic process that the body performs when it does not have enough carbohydrates to use for energy, so it starts burning fat…

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    What are the health benefits of buckwheat?

    Buckwheat is a highly nutritious whole grain that many people consider to be a superfood. Among its health benefits, buckwheat may improve heart health, promote weight loss, and help manage diabetes. Buckwheat is a good source of protein, fiber, and energy. Buckwheat does not contain gluten, so for people with celiac disease or gluten intolerances, buckwheat and buckwheat flour are excellent dietary alternatives. This article will discuss the nutrition, health benefits, and side effects of buckwheat. What is buckwheat? Buckwheat is a whole grain that is similar to quinoa. Buckwheat is a wheat crop that grows throughout the United States. It is a pseudocereal as it shares many similar properties…

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    Is drinking cold water bad for a person?

    Staying hydrated is vital for our health, but there is some debate about the best temperature for water to be when people drink it. Some advocates believe that drinking cold water can be bad for you. Consuming enough water every day is essential for supporting all bodily functions, including digestion and metabolism, getting rid of waste, maintaining a normal body temperature, and keeping organs and tissues healthy. In this article, we examine whether drinking cold water is bad for people. We also cover the potential risks and benefits of drinking cold water and whether it is better to drink warm or cold water. Is drinking cold water bad for you?…

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    Could Common Food Preservative Make People Fat?

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter Latest Diet & Weight Management News WEDNESDAY, April 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) — If you’re watching your weight, you probably know to avoid sugary and fatty foods. But what about preservatives? Eating a preservative widely used in breads, baked goods and cheese may trigger metabolic responses that are linked to obesity and diabetes, an early study suggests. The additive, called propionate, is actually a naturally occurring fatty acid produced in the gut. When it’s used as an additive in processed foods, it helps prevent mold. But in the new study, researchers found that feeding mice low doses of propionate gradually caused weight gain and resistance to…

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    Can Obesity Shrink Your Brain?

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter Latest Diet & Weight Management News TUESDAY, April 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Obese people may show some shrinkage in their brain tissue as early as middle age, a large new study confirms. The study, based on brain scans of thousands of adults in the United Kingdom, found that those with higher body fat levels tended to show differences in brain structure compared to thinner people. Those differences included a lower volume of gray matter. Gray matter contains most of the brain’s nerve cells, while another type of brain tissue — white matter — contains the fibers that connect different parts of the brain. The new…

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    Don’t Assume Pot Will Make You Fat

    Latest Diet & Weight Management News WEDNESDAY, April 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Even though marijuana triggers the “munchies” in many people, adults who use the drug tend to weigh less than nonusers, a new study finds. The finding stems from data on the weight of 33,000 Americans, 18 and older. Researchers found that all gained weight over three years. However, those who used pot bulked up less than those who did not. The study also found that new and persistent marijuana users were less likely to be overweight or obese than nonusers. “We found that users, even those who just started, were more likely to be at a normal,…