• Weight Loss

    How might obesity affect the brain?

    The link between obesity and the brain is a fascinating topic that scientists have only recently begun to explore. New research adds important pieces to the puzzle. Researchers have used MRI scans to examine the brains of people living with obesity. From the size and functionality of the brain to specific neuronal circuits, recent studies have brought to light important aspects of the connection between obesity and the brain. For instance, researchers published a study earlier this year that found a link between obesity around the stomach area and smaller brain size — specifically, lower gray matter volume. The findings of another recent study showed that the brain’s prefrontal cortex…

  • Diet

    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…

  • Diet

    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…

  • Weight Loss

    What is the GAPS diet? A complete overview

    The GAPS diet theory says that eliminating certain foods, such as grains and sugars, can help people treat conditions that affect the brain, such as autism and dyslexia. The term “GAPS” stands for “gut and psychology syndrome.” The GAPS diet follows the notion that gut health is linked with overall physical and mental health. In this theory, improving gut health can improve other health conditions. Researchers have not yet fully explored this diet. There is currently limited evidence to suggest that the diet can treat the health conditions it claims to, and there are several controversies around the premise of this diet. In this article, we look at the evidence…

  • Weight Loss

    Marijuana users less likely to be overweight, obese

    New research finds that, despite the common phenomenon of having “the munchies” after using marijuana, cannabis users tend to weigh less and are less likely to be obese. New research finds a surprising correlation between marijuana use and lower weight. Recent surveys estimate that over 22 million people in the United States ages 12 and above regularly use cannabis and that more and more adults and seniors are taking up the habit. Most of the adults who consume marijuana regularly do so for recreational purposes. Almost 90 percent of U.S. adult cannabis users say that they use it recreationally, while only the remaining 10 percent use it for medical purposes.…

  • Womens Health

    Patterns of antibiotic use may predict cardiovascular risk

    A new study that analyzed the health information of thousands of women found that prolonged antibiotic use is correlated with a higher risk of experiencing a cardiovascular event. Women may wish to consider limiting their use of antibiotics to prevent cardiovascular issues. Scientists at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, Harvard Medical School and Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, MA, and Fudan University in Shanghai, China investigated how antibiotic use is linked to women’s risk of experiencing cardiovascular problems. They were interested in the link between antibiotics and cardiovascular health because, they explain, antibiotics can have an important impact on gut microbiota, which, in turn,…

  • Diet

    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?…

  • Weight Loss

    This common food additive may fuel weight gain, diabetes

    Food additives are a mainstay of Western diets. New research shows how a commonly used anti-mold agent alters sugar metabolism and drives insulin resistance in mice and men. Does a common preservative in bread alter our metabolism? Obesity and type 2 diabetes have reached epidemic levels, with nearly 40 percent of adults in the United States classed as obese and, as of 2015, 9.4 percent living with diabetes. Eating a Western diet, high in processed foods, sugar, and fat, is a known risk factor for obesity and type 2 diabetes. Avoiding processed foods is actually not that easy. Preservatives, which keep our food fresh for longer, lurk in many places.…

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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…

  • Sports Medicine

    Exercises and stretches for hip pain

    There are many possible causes of hip pain, ranging from muscle strains and injuries to arthritis and inflammatory disorders. However, gently exercising the hips can often help relieve pain and restore mobility. In this article, we describe 14 exercises that can help strengthen the hips, improve joint mobility, and relieve hip pain. Considerations before starting Flexibility and strength exercises are key to relieving hip pain. Although these exercises may result in temporary discomfort, they should not cause or aggravate pain. If an exercise causes pain, stop doing it or try going at a slower or gentler pace. Individuals who have recently had a hip replacement should consult a doctor or…