157 Organisms form the “baseline biome” of a healthy gut, say researchers

In a paper published in the journal PLOS ONE, a group of researchers identified 157 microorganisms that may be essential for a healthy gut. These organisms form a “baseline biome” that may hint at what a normal human microbiome looks like. According to co-author Keith Crandall of George Washington University (GWU) this baseline microbial list, which they called GutFeelingKB, provides preliminary data that may be useful for future … Continue reading 157 Organisms form the “baseline biome” of a healthy gut, say researchers

Clean eating: Vegetarian weight loss tips

Following a balanced diet ensures that you eat delicious and nutritious foods that can boost your overall health and well-being. If you’re interested in going vegetarian to improve your eating habits and lose some weight, experts recommend trying different types of vegetarian diets to find the one that suits your health condition and lifestyle. Vegetarian diet basics Following … Continue reading Clean eating: Vegetarian weight loss tips

20-year sedentary lifestyle linked to TWICE the risk of premature DEATH: Being physically active is key to a longer life

It’s easy to fall into the habit of skipping exercise because you’re busy with work or chores. Yet according to a study, having a sedentary lifestyle for at least 20 years is linked to twice the risk of premature death, especially compared to those who exercise regularly. Results from the Trøndelag Health Study (the HUNT study) was … Continue reading 20-year sedentary lifestyle linked to TWICE the risk of premature DEATH: Being physically active is key to a longer life

Going bananas over losing weight? Why not try eating more bananas

Bananas are one of the most popular fruits in the world. They are rich in vitamins and fiber that are good for health. It is commonly known as the “happy fruit” not only for its curvy shape but because it increases levels of the “feel-good” hormone dopamine. Among its many benefits, bananas are said to be … Continue reading Going bananas over losing weight? Why not try eating more bananas

You are what you eat: 3 foods that look eerily similar to the organs they heal

Mysterious recurring patterns rule the universe. Natural foods and organs of the human body, for example, share these patterns and are said to be connected: Foods can, in some way, heal the organ it resembles. In ancient times, people used this idea and developed natural medicine to treat diseases. Herbs and other organics were their sources of … Continue reading You are what you eat: 3 foods that look eerily similar to the organs they heal

Phenolic-enriched raspberry extract can decrease weight gain – even when eating a high-fat diet

There are many health benefits associated with eating raspberries (Rubus idaeus). These brightly colored fruits from the rose family are rich in essential nutrients and compounds that boost brain, heart and eye health and help with various health problems, such as diabetes, cancer and digestive issues. Notable micronutrients that can be found in raspberries include vitamins B9 (folate), … Continue reading Phenolic-enriched raspberry extract can decrease weight gain – even when eating a high-fat diet

White mulberry can help with weight loss, study finds

White mulberry (Morus alba) is a tree native to China well-known for its use in traditional medicine. According to historical texts, Ancient Chinese healers made a tincture for toothache from the bark of the white mulberry tree and a remedy for colds and flu from white mulberry leaves. White mulberry fruits, on the other hand, served as a … Continue reading White mulberry can help with weight loss, study finds

Go nuts for nuts: Long-term nut consumption can reduce your risk of obesity and reduce weight gain

Nutritionists have been hyping the health benefits of eating nuts for years — and for good reason. Numerous studies have found strong evidence of the ability of nuts (and seeds) to lower the risk of chronic conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes. Besides disease prevention, nuts also provide plenty of nutrients which the body needs … Continue reading Go nuts for nuts: Long-term nut consumption can reduce your risk of obesity and reduce weight gain

Coronavirus lockdowns worsen childhood obesity, studies say

The lockdown measures implemented to slow the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) are worsening child obesity due to decreased physical activity and poorer diets. U.S. researchers have found that obese children in Italy participated in less physical activity while eating more junk food and watching more TV while social distancing measures to stop COVID-19 were in place. … Continue reading Coronavirus lockdowns worsen childhood obesity, studies say

Artificial sweetener could worsen symptoms of Crohn’s disease

“Sugar-free” artificial sweeteners might not be a healthier alternative to sugar after all. On the contrary, it can trigger inflammation and worsen symptoms of Crohn’s disease, a recent animal study showed. Published in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, it revealed that Splenda, a type of zero-calorie artificial sweetener, exacerbated gut inflammation in mice with Crohn’s disease. Splenda also increased … Continue reading Artificial sweetener could worsen symptoms of Crohn’s disease