Consuming soy could make you an aggressive loner, reveals surprising study

Research published in the journal Hormones and Behaviour reveals that soy consumption can lead to aggressive anti-social behavior. For their study, experts in the field evaluated adult macaques fed soy products over the course of 15 months. The primates were separated into nine stable social groups, some receiving soy-free protein and others receiving soy-based protein. One of the … Continue reading Consuming soy could make you an aggressive loner, reveals surprising study

Americans are still consuming too many carbs and fats, warn researchers

Despite some dietary improvements over the years, Americans are still eating too many low-quality carbohydrates and fats, according to a recent study published in the journal JAMA Network. An international team of researchers examined adult dietary habits and found that Americans are cutting back on low-quality carbohydrates. However, intake remains high at over 40 percent, while the consumption of … Continue reading Americans are still consuming too many carbs and fats, warn researchers

4 Nights of sleep deprivation can change how your body metabolizes fat, causing weight gain

Lack of sleep is thought to cause weight gain. This new research shows how. Published in the Journal of Lipid Research, it showed that participants who slept no more than five hours each night for four consecutive nights reported feeling less satisfied after eating a high-fat, calorie-dense meal. Blood samples showed that sleep restriction led to higher … Continue reading 4 Nights of sleep deprivation can change how your body metabolizes fat, causing weight gain

Shedding the pounds and KEEPING the weight off helps improve cardiometabolic factors, say researchers

It’s no secret that shedding a healthy number of pounds is good for you. Keeping the weight off, however, is equally important to sustain the health benefits of weight loss, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers from Tufts University and the University of Connecticut found that cardiometabolic improvements as a result of weight loss get reverted among people who regained … Continue reading Shedding the pounds and KEEPING the weight off helps improve cardiometabolic factors, say researchers

Can cinnamon extracts help with diabetes and obesity?

Cinnamon is a well-known spice used to flavor savory and sweet foods. It is also widely used as a traditional medicine. Two varieties of cinnamon are used for these purposes, cinnamon cassia (Cinnamomum cassia) and ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum). Although the former is the more common of the two, the latter is scientifically known for … Continue reading Can cinnamon extracts help with diabetes and obesity?

Diets rich in fats not only affect your physical appearance — they also affect your brain

A study published in the journal Cell Metabolism found that a high-fat diet can affect the brain by promoting inflammation in the hypothalamus — the part of the brain responsible for regulating appetite and metabolism. To date, only a few studies have linked an unhealthy diet to neurological irregularities. But in their study, researchers at Yale University School of Medicine established a link between the two and highlighted … Continue reading Diets rich in fats not only affect your physical appearance — they also affect your brain

Could Poor Sleep and Histone Modification Degrade Your Memory?

Impaired sleep is a common issue that plagues many people. Not getting enough rest can lead to moodiness, cognitive decline, increased anxiety, and difficulty concentrating or remembering things. It’s estimated that 50-70 million adults in the US have sleep or wakefulness disorder, according to the CDC. But, for something so crucial to our lives, sleep is … Continue reading Could Poor Sleep and Histone Modification Degrade Your Memory?

Skipping Sleep Lowers the Body’s Protective Antioxidant Levels and Induces Epigenetic Changes

Sleep is something that nearly all species need to survive. On a daily basis, humans need about 8 hours, dogs and cats recharge with around 12 hours, and the koala takes nearly the entire day — napping a whopping 22 hours. But unlike dogs, koalas, or most other animals, we humans don’t always get enough … Continue reading Skipping Sleep Lowers the Body’s Protective Antioxidant Levels and Induces Epigenetic Changes

Proper sleep hygiene is a must, since your body burns calories even in sleep

Exercise isn’t the only way to burn calories – sleeping is another. The body continues to perform the most basic functions to sustain life, even during sleep. To fuel these functions, the body burns calories for energy. Sleeping and the body Sleeping is a crucial part of a person’s day. As you sleep, the body performs maintenance, … Continue reading Proper sleep hygiene is a must, since your body burns calories even in sleep

Don’t make these 7 mistakes when it comes to intermittent fasting

Intermittent fasting is popular among the health-conscious because it offers many benefits: It promotes fat and weight loss, improves insulin sensitivity, and boosts immunity. But before you try intermittent fasting, avoid these 7 common mistakes like not tracking your calorie intake so your efforts don’t go to waste. Intermittent fasting 101 Your body uses glucose as its fuel source. Glucose … Continue reading Don’t make these 7 mistakes when it comes to intermittent fasting