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Massive Study Yields Exciting Findings about Gut Health and the Microbiome

Massive Study Yields Exciting Findings about Gut Health and the Microbiome

Gut health could be the biggest trend in the health field right now. Everywhere I turn people are discussing the importance of their gut health and how it is linked to their overall health, as well as the benefits of probiotics. And, for good reason: a growing body of research shows that what happens in our gut expands well beyond the gut. Now new research shows that the health of your gut is significantly influenced by what you eat. A…

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Small Changes To Make That Can Have a MAJOR Impact on Health

Small Changes To Make That Can Have a MAJOR Impact on Health

Big changes like cutting out all carbs or training for a marathon are great—but you don’t have to remake yourself to have a dramatic impact on your health. Try a few of these baby steps to get you started in the right direction. Add a fruit or veggie to every meal Not ready to give up a bad habit yet? Start by creating an easy good-for-you habit instead. “Less than one in three individuals gets even two servings of fruits…

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Organic Food Provides Significant Environmental Benefits To Plant-Rich Diets

Organic Food Provides Significant Environmental Benefits To Plant-Rich Diets

The study of more than 34,000 people is the first to investigate the environmental impacts of both food choices and farm production systems A study of the diets of 34,000 people confirms that a diet high in fruit and vegetables is better for the planet than one high in animal products. The study also finds that organic food provides significant, additional climate benefits for plant-based diets, but not for diets with only moderate contribution from plant products. This is the…

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How to Stay Hydrated When You Don’t Like Water

How to Stay Hydrated When You Don’t Like Water

If a tall, cold glass of water is not really your thing, hitting your daily water needs can seem out of reach. Here are some healthy ways to stay hydrated, even if you don’t like plain old water. Whenever I write about staying hydrated, I hear from folks who just don’t like water. And honestly, plain water is not my favorite thing either. If I’m very thirsty, I crave a glass of water, but it’s hard to get jazzed about…

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Depression: This Tiny Change to Diet Has Protective Effect

Depression: This Tiny Change to Diet Has Protective Effect

This small change to your diet could be enough to reduce the risk of depression. A Mediterranean diet including fruits, vegetables and legumes can prevent depression, a large new study finds. People only had to make relatively small changes to see the benefits. The scientist think that depression could be partly down to a lack of essential nutrients. The study included 15,093 people who were followed over 10 years. People who reported eating more nuts, fruits and vegetables were considered…

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3 Tasty Foods That Protect The Brain From Ageing

3 Tasty Foods That Protect The Brain From Ageing

Some foods can keep your brain young. Blackberries, blueberries and strawberries all reduce cognitive decline related to age, research finds. All three fruits contain high levels of flavonoids. Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants that can also help reduce inflammation in the brain and body. The research was carried out on data from 121,700 women, who were followed up over decades. Dr Elizabeth Devore, the study’s first author, said: “As the U.S. population ages, understanding the health issues facing this group becomes…

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Five Foods That May Increase Your IQ

Five Foods That May Increase Your IQ

A healthy diet as you’re growing up may help you have a higher IQ, while a diet high in processed foods, fat and sugar may result in a lower IQ, according to a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health in February 2011. Many of the same foods typically recommended for a healthy diet may also be good for your IQ. Fish and Omega-3 Sources Omega-3 fats, found in many types of fish and seafood, walnuts and…

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Targeting Gut Bacteria May Be The Key To Preventing Alzheimer’s

Targeting Gut Bacteria May Be The Key To Preventing Alzheimer’s

Diet could be a powerful mode of prevention. A new study suggests that a gut-healthy diet may play a powerful role in preventing one of the most feared diseases in America. Mounting research continues to show the links between the health of the gut and that of the brain. Now, a new study from Lund University in Sweden finds that unhealthy intestinal flora can accelerate the development of Alzheimer’s disease. The report, published Feb. 8 in the journal Scientific Reports,…

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Strawberries Remain at Top of Pesticide List, Report Says

Strawberries Remain at Top of Pesticide List, Report Says

An annual report by the Environmental Working Group found that nearly 70% of samples of 48 types of conventionally grown produce were contaminated with pesticide residues. That’s down 6.6 percentage points from last year. The EWG Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, released Wednesday, ranks pesticide contamination of popular fruits and vegetables based on more than 36,000 samples of produce tested by the US Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. This year, strawberries remained at the top…

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Eating More of This Will Make You Live Longer

Eating More of This Will Make You Live Longer

By now we know that eating more fruits and vegetables is good for our health, but a new study suggests that eating even more produce can prevent millions of deaths each year. In the report, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, researchers from Imperial College London conducted a meta-analysis of 95 studies looking at fruit and vegetable intake. They estimated that 7.8 million premature global deaths could be avoided yearly if people ate 10 portions of fruits and vegetables…

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