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What The Western Diet Does To The Immune System

What The Western Diet Does To The Immune System

Diets rich in two nutrients harm immune cells in the gut, putting people at high risk of intestinal infections. A diet rich in fat and sugar damages particular immune cells named Paneth cells that produce antimicrobial molecules keeping inflammation and microbes under control. Highly specialised Paneth cells are located in the small intestine where nutrients from food are absorbed and sent to the bloodstream. Western diets are high in processed foods and fat and sugar, which cause Paneth cells to…

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10 Science-Backed Ways To Avoid Depression

10 Science-Backed Ways To Avoid Depression

Depression is an extremely common experience, which can be hard to escape from once an episode has begun. Psychological research has found all sorts of ways that the chances of developing depression can be reduced. From social connection, through building resilience to taking up a hobby, there are many science-backed methods for lowering depression risk. 1. Social connection Social connection is the strongest protective factor against depression. People who feel able to tell others about their problems and who visit…

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2 Portions Of Mushrooms Halve Risk Of Memory Loss

2 Portions Of Mushrooms Halve Risk Of Memory Loss

Any variety of mushrooms may well have the beneficial effect as they all contain an antioxidant called ergothioneine. Two portions of mushrooms a week halve the risk of memory loss, research finds. Mild cognitive impairment, as it is known, is frequently a precursor to dementia. It involves forgetfulness, along with problems with language and attention. However, the problems are normally subtle — certainly more so than dementia. Older people eating around half a plate of mushrooms per week, though, were…

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One Portion Of These Foods Boosts Mental Health

One Portion Of These Foods Boosts Mental Health

People who eat more fruit and vegetables have better mental health, research finds. Indeed, the more fruit and vegetables people eat, the better their state of mind. Eating just one extra portion of fruit and vegetables per day is enough to measurably improve mental well-being. Just one portion has the same positive effect as going for a walk on 8 extra days a month. Only around one-in-ten people in the US eat the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables. The…

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Foods That Can Reduce Stress

Foods That Can Reduce Stress

Stress levels may be high these days, but did you know that what we choose to eat can help to reduce stress, ultimately allowing us to take charge of our mental health? “Instead of thinking of food as ‘stress eating’ or ‘guilty pleasures,’ we can think of using food to shape the lens in how we experience stress,” said psychiatrist Dr. Drew Ramsey, an assistant clinical professor at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and author of the…

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The Weight Loss Diet That Automatically Stops Overeating

The Weight Loss Diet That Automatically Stops Overeating

Unlike the Western diet, this diet naturally puts you off overeating.   No matter how much you like to eat, a Mediterranean-style diet can protect you from overeating.   According to a study, a Mediterranean diet stops the feeling of hunger and over-consumption, unlike the Western diet that causes prediabetes, obesity, and liver disease.   However, a Mediterranean diet can have similar amounts of carbohydrates, fat, and protein to other types of diets because what we eat is important.  …

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How Anxiety and Your Diet are Connected, According to Experts

How Anxiety and Your Diet are Connected, According to Experts

The baseline existential dread of the pandemic has made me more attuned than ever to my generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) symptoms. These days, I’m especially mindful about not only checking in with my therapist and refilling my medication on time, but also about my intake of caffeine, booze, and foods I have trouble digesting, all of which seem to worsen my anxiety. For the past several years, researchers have also been interested in the connection between what we eat and…

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8 Everyday Tools For Fighting Depression

8 Everyday Tools For Fighting Depression

Eight exercise for developing serenity and calm. Teaching people to focus on positive emotions helps them deal with stress, new research finds. People were taught classic positive psychology exercises such as keeping a gratitude journal, recognising positive events each day and doing small acts of kindness. Together, the training helped reduce people’s anxiety and depression over the six weeks of the study. The researchers focused on 170 caregivers for people with dementia. Half were put in a control group, while…

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This Simple Exercise Triples Weight Loss

This Simple Exercise Triples Weight Loss

Around one-third of people over 65 are overweight or obese. Bursts of short, high-intensity exercise can triple weight loss, research finds. Known as ‘interval training’, or HIIT, the exercise can burn off more calories in a shorter period of time. The exercises involved do not require any special equipment and can all be done at home in less than half an hour. They include things like ‘jumping jacks’, squats, step ups and push ups. Common types of interval training involve…

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Using Food To Ward Off Anxiety

Using Food To Ward Off Anxiety

It’s normal to feel anxious or worried from time to time. Work deadlines, writing an exam or giving a presentation, for example, can trigger short-lived anxiety. People with an anxiety disorder, however, experience persistent and intense anxiety, worry or fear that’s out of proportion to everyday occurrences. Symptoms interfere with daily life, impacting thoughts, emotions, behaviour and physical health. Anxiety disorders include panic disorder, phobias, social anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety disorder (excessive worry about ordinary, everyday situations). Anxiety often…

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