Smoking Is Major Factor in Alzheimer’s Disease



You can’t go wrong by ditching this habit that boosts Alzheimer’s risk by 45%. Besides dementia, it can cause heart attacks and stroke. Do you or a loved…

09 Apr 2015

Gut Bacteria Offer New Hope for People with Celiac Disease


5.27digestive-diseaseProbiotics and/or prebiotics may help alleviate the severity of celiac disease. According to a new research study, intestinal bacteria in celiac patients could influence inflammation to varying degrees.

This means that altering intestinal microbiota could improve the quality of life for celiac patients, and also patients with diseases such as type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune disorders…

08 Apr 2015

6 Ways to Shrink Your Belly (And 5 Don’t Include Exercise!)


belly-fatIf you’re looking to shrink and tone your belly, there’s a better way to do it than trying to do crunches. In fact, research has shown that doing abdominal exercises alone—even when performed five days a week for six weeks—has no effect at all on subcutaneous fat stores and abdominal circumferencei.

In an op-ed piece for Forbes Magazine, Jennifer Cohen suggests using strategies that burn up cortisol instead…

08 Apr 2015

Benefits Of Cacao


cacao-nutrition-factsOne of the most wildly popular trees on the planet is the cacao, the plant species from which cocoa – and chocolate – is derived. While some might think cacao and cocoa are one in the same, they’re not, exactly. Cacao is the tree, while cocoa is the product made from it (not to be confused with coca, an evergreen shrub from which cocaine is concocted). Edible parts of cacao pods and the beans inside them can be processed to make cocoa powder, cocoa butter, or chocolate after being dried and fermented…

08 Apr 2015

Banting or low-carbing? Watch what meat you eat!


d610eb2aa72c4cdda42db014b37562b3The Banting diet has a cult following for those wanting to drop kilos or cut their risk of lifestyle diseases. But contrary to popular belief, this way of eating is supposed to be high in fat, not protein. Misguided dieters end up eating more red meat, and sometimes even processed meat!

For decades we’ve heard red and processed meats are bad for us. Saturated fats, a component of red and processed meats, have taken the blame for heart disease and many other ailments…

08 Apr 2015

Slouching Makes You Sad


bad-postureTake a moment to think about your posture right now. Are you slouching in your chair with your shoulders rounded and your head leaning forward? This is one of the most common poor postures that people assume while sitting, and aside from giving you tight neck and shoulder muscles and tension headaches, this posture may bring down your mood.

08 Apr 2015

Resveratrol Boosts Brain Blood Flow



A new study shows that high doses of resveratrol may improve brain blood flow and could potentially boost brain health.

Resveratrol is a bioactive compound found in grapes and red wine. Interest in the compound began in 2003 when research showed that resveratrol was able to increase the lifespan of yeast cells…

07 Apr 2015

Are These the Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Belly Fat?


hqdefault (3)Many find that their abdominal area is particularly difficult to firm and tone and contrary to popular belief, solely doing standard sit ups is not likely to be of much help. Learning effective methods for shrinking your waistline is worth the effort however, as the benefits extend far beyond mere aesthetics.

Abdominal fat actually produces inflammatory molecules, and high inflammation levels in your body can trigger a wide range of systemic diseases linked with metabolic syndrome. This is why carrying extra weight…

07 Apr 2015

Cabbage Benefits


cabbageDescended from cabbage grown wild in Mediterranean regions thousands of years ago, the leaves in today’s varieties sometimes have interesting dissimilarities. Some appear wide-spread and waffled, while others are smooth and tightly bunched. The colors vary as well, presenting pale green, blue green, red, reddish purple, and nearly white. All have very short stems which, other than garden dirt on the very end, are just as delicious and nutritious as the leaves…

07 Apr 2015

Fad diets are hard work but can deliver


6c62e13f1b834442a2ee7263cf067e6fWith summer on the horizon, the pressure to lose weight is fast creeping in, making “fad” diets cross the minds of many overweight South African women. These diets demand fasting, virtually no carbs or liquid food shakes and is notoriously hard to stick to.

But even “fad” diets can lead to a slimmer, lighter New Year for those whose resolve remains robust, according to doctors and nutritionists analysing them…

07 Apr 2015