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Can the health of the lining of your intestines affect the size of your waist?

How big your waist is can tell you something about your risk for cardiovascular disease, the bigger the waist, the more of a risk.

Most people would also prefer to have a slim look.

Why do some people have a big waist? Is it just because they eat too much of the wrong food, [...]

What can an avocado a day do for you?

Avocados contain a lot of fat, including a certain type of fat called monounsaturated fatty acids, which are beneficial. How beneficial are they?

The reviewed research compared a low fat diet (24% fat) with two moderate fat diets (34% fat) (Wang L, et al. 2015). The difference between the two moderate fat diets was [...]

Ingredient in spice you can use to improve cognition

In the referenced study the researchers investigated if curcumin, an ingredient of the spice turmeric, would have an effect on cognitive function(Cox KH, et Al. 2014).

The participants were healthy adults between the age of 60 and 85 years, and the research was double blinded.

A special formulation of curcumin was used since regular [...]

This is how you can quickly improve your memory performance

Did you know that exercise can improve your memory?

Maybe you have heard that before, but how long do you think it takes? Not very long depending on how you exercise.

You may not think of exercise as stress, but exercise is putting stress on your body, that’s why it works. The body responds [...]

How dangerous is sitting?

It is important that the endothelium is healthy, which is the inner lining of the blood vessel wall, and it is also important to have good circulation through those blood vessels.

If these factors are compromised the risk for atherosclerosis (clogging of the arteries) will also increase, and you don’t want that. The reviewed [...]

Magnesium lowered triglycerides by 47.4 percent

The reviewed research is interesting because it shows results from taking magnesium that most people would find surprising(Rodriguez-Moran M, Guerrero-Romero F, 2014).

Participants in this study had metabolic syndrome and low levels of magnesium. They were given magnesium or a placebo once a day for 4 months. At the end of the study period, [...]

What’s better, whole eggs or egg substitutes?

You have probably been warned at one time against eating eggs, because eating eggs could raise your cholesterol and in turn increase your risk for cardiovascular disease.

The reviewed research should shed some light on this issue(Blesso CN, et al. 2013).

In this study the participants were either consuming 3 whole eggs per day [...]

Surprising way artificial sweeteners induce glucose intolerance

Artificial sweeteners are used as an additive in both beverages, as well as food, to improve taste since most people prefer a sweet taste.

Since these sweeteners contain very few calories, they are also popular in diet beverages and diet foods. They are even used in products marketed to people with diabetes and promoted [...]

Taking this vitamin regularly could reduce your risk for dementia

The reviewed research included 1658 elderly participants who were free from dementia at the start of the study(Littlejohns TJ et al. 2014).

The vitamin they were tested for was vitamin D.

During the average follow-up of 5.6 years, 171 participants developed dementia including 102 cases of Alzheimer’s disease.

The researchers concluded that the results [...]

What you drink could increase your blood pressure

A lot has been written about the effect salt may have on your blood pressure, but not much has been mentioned about the topic of the reviewed research.

In this research the results of several studies which included 409,707 participants were included (Malik AH, et.al.,2014). The researchers investigated how a common habit many people [...]

What effects brain loss as you get older?

As we get older we gradually experience a certain degree of brain atrophy. The rate of which the brain volume is changing is, however, not the same for everyone. The good news is that there is something you can do to slow down this process.

An Austrian study of 201 participants evaluated brain volume [...]

Too little or too much sleep can affect your memory

The reviewed study is interesting, not only because it investigated how very little sleep may affect your memory, but also how a lot of sleep can influence it(Devore EE,et.al.,2014).

The participants were 15,385 female nurses and 4 repeated assessments were performed over 6 years.

Women sleeping 5 hours or less had worse cognition than [...]

How healthy is green tea?

Green tea seems to be one of the best things you can drink for your health. One of the reasons is that it contains a lot of antioxidants.

One of the most important things we can do to stay healthy is to be sure we stay insulin sensitive. When we are insulin sensitive the [...]

Can exercise be dangerous?

We have all heard that exercise is healthy and it is, but is it healthy for everybody and are all types of exercises healthy?

This is what you need to know.

When lifelong competitive endurance veteran athletes were compared with younger endurance athletes and control age-matched participants, they were found to have myocardial fibrosis [...]

Reduce your blood glucose with short breaks of physical activity

Elevated blood glucose causes damage to tissue and can increase low grade inflammation which increases the risk for chronic diseases. We have known for a long time that exercise helps to transfer the blood glucose into the cells, that way lowering the blood glucose.

As it turns out it does not take a lot [...]

Could gluten cause problems for everybody?

There is more and more information published every day on adverse reactions to gluten.

We used to believe that if you did not have celiac disease, you would not have any issues with gluten. This does not seem to be true since there are different degrees of gluten intolerance. People who have celiac disease [...]

Interesting reason why you may gain fat around your waist

When you notice that you have gained fat around your waist, it usually also means that you have gained visceral fat.

Visceral fat is fat deposited around your inner organs, and is contributing to metabolic dysfunction and inflammation.

The reviewed research is very interesting because it investigated if there was a connection between an [...]

Not all omega-3 fatty acids will improve your memory

We know that fat is important for the brain, and more specifically omega 3 fat. Active ingredients of omega 3 fats are EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), but which one of these two ingredients are the most important for memory?

The reviewed research investigated just that. The study was a double blind [...]

Improve your odds of not getting sick

For your immune system to keep you healthy, the white blood cells need to effectively engulf and kill bacterias and viruses. This process is called phagocytosis.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could improve the ability of your white blood cells to kill bacterias and viruses, in other words improve phagocytosis. If you could [...]

A benefit of exercise you may not be aware of

As we get older inflammation usually increases. You don’t necessarily have to get increased inflammation as you age, but that’s what’s been observed in a lot of people. You probably know that inflammation is a risk factor for most chronic diseases, it can also make you more uncomfortable because it can contribute to pain.

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Can this be the reason why your mood is not good?

You want to be happy and not feel depressed, and while we don’t understand all the reasons for depression, new research suggests that low-grade systemic inflammation may be involved(Wium-Andersen MK, et.al., 2013).

This is exactly what the reviewed research investigated by measuring plasma levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), an inflammatory marker. 73131 participants both [...]

High intensity exercise is best – but what kind?

I have written about high-intensity short-interval training several times, because more and more research is teaching us how to maximize our exercise benefits. Research has proven that it’s a very effective way of exercising. So how can you use this principle when exercising to get the best results?

The secret is revealed [...]

Your risk for dementia is related to the glucose level in your blood.

More and more research is documenting how the risk for dementia is affected by the level of glucose in the blood. The reviewed study used 35,264 measurements of glucose levels and also 10,208 measurements of glycated hemoglobin from 2067 participants(Crane PK, et.al.,2013). Glycated hemoglobin is a measurement of long-term glucose control. The average follow [...]

Easy way to reduce the risk of fracture

Free radicals and oxidative stress may increase the risk of bone loss and muscle wasting. The reviewed research investigated if alpha tocopherol (vitamin E) intake would influence fracture risk since vitamin E is known to reduce free radical damage.

61.433 women and 1138 men were included in the study and the participants were followed [...]

Are high glucose levels shrinking your brain?

As research pours in, we continue to see more and more evidence of the detrimental effects of high blood glucose levels. This study evaluated glucose levels and it’s association to memory and hippocampal volume, an area of the brain (Kerti L, et.al.,2013).

The participant were 141 non diabetic men and women [...]

Improve Your Glucose Control with Green Tea

Don’t risk poor health! Increased inflammation is a risk factor for all chronic diseases. Poor glucose control is tissue destructive and will increase low grade inflammation. You need to improve your insulin sensitivity to increase glucose control.

If you want to feel great and function well, you need to do all [...]

Depression, inflammation and oxidative stress

Research has indicated that inflammation is one of the reasons for depression. The reviewed study is especially interesting since biomarkers of both inflammation and oxidative stress were measured in the 80 participants diagnosed with depression and also in the control group (Baek D., Park Y., 2013).

Prevent strokes the easy way

 

You don’t want to experience a stroke: you may not survive it, or it may leave you disabled. There are several things you can implement to help prevent strokes, but the research reviewed here investigated one very simple prevention technique.

Walk fast to get help with with weight loss

 

Walking has been promoted as an easy way to lose weight and stay in shape, but is it really effective? That is exactly what the reviewed researched investigated.

The participants a total of 4511 adults aged 18-64 years were included in the study(Fan JX, et.al.2013). [...]

Reduce breast cancer risk with omega 3 fat from a fish source

The health benefits of taking omega 3 fatty acids coming from fish is collecting more and more documented evidence. The reviewed research investigated a huge number of articles including approximately 50,000 breast cancer cases involving more than 2 million participants (Zheng JS, et.al., 2013).

The researchers concluded that higher consumption of omega 3 [...]