Maximizing Meal Time


Our internal clock gets thrown off when we wake at the wrong time. That results in feeling lethargic and a decrease in mental focus. Morning is a critical time of the day for various systems in our body.

A 2016 study in the American Journal Of Clinical Nutrition found that obese individuals lost more weight when they switched to eating lunch earlier in the day. Research also shows that skipping breakfast leads to weight gain.

What does this all mean? Eating early in the day helps for weight loss/management!

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Do Frequent Small Meals Boost Metabolism?


We are all familiar with the notion that breaking up your meals into smaller, more frequent meals helps boost metabolism. It is true that going long stretches without eating is proven to slow one's metabolism. However, a recent study from the University of Ottawa yielded different results. In fact, sometimes eating more often makes people hungrier.

Dietitians from the Cleveland Clinic agree that it all comes down to total daily calories for weight loss/control. Generally speaking, eating the proper amount of calories throughout the day is more important than being concerned with timing and splitting portions.

Is Coconut Oil Really Good For You?


Is coconut oil better for you than beef fat and butter? Not according to the American Heart Association. Coconut oil is loaded with saturated fat, which can increase one's level of LDL (bad) cholesterol.

Recently, health food forums have been saying that the saturated fat in coconut oil is better for us than other fats, and that coconut oil is actually a health food. The American Heart Association says there is no evidence to support this claim. It recommends lowering one's overall saturated fat intake.

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Cutting Dairy & "Clean Eating" Health Consequences


In the last decade, high-profile celebrities have touted the benefits of "clean eating" on blogs. This often refers to the elimination of refined sugars and starches. However, it is also becoming more common for "clean eating" proponents to cut gluten, grains and dairy from their diet as well. This has many health professionals worried.

Dairy is a major source of calcium, and is important for building strong bones. This is especially important for young adults as any damage done before reaching the late 20's cannot be reversed.

A recent Food Standards Agency survey found that nearly half of 16-24 year olds said they had an intolerance to cow's milk and dairy products, compared to just 8% of o...

New Study Sheds Light On Obesity Trends


"A recent study by the London School of Economics (LSE), which looked at 26 countries between 1989 and 2005 when globalisation dramatically expanded conclude that social globalization - changes in the way we work and live - was what was making us fat, rather than the wider availability of cheaper and more calorific foods driven by global trade.

Basically, the fact that we are are now increasingly able to work, shop and socialise whilst barely moving a muscle is to blame, says study author Dr Joan Costa-Font. The moral of this story again seems to point to the importance of physical activity and exercise to staying slim and healthy.

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The Benefits Of Vitamin D


Your body produces vitamin D naturally in your skin while out in the sun. Many people don't get enough outdoor sunshine, while others avoid the damaging effects the sun can cause. Your doctor may suggest taking a vitamin D supplement.

In addition to maintaining bone and muscle health, a recent study gave some interesting results on vitamin D supplementation. The study published in the British Medical Journal suggests that the vitamin helped prevent respiratory infections like the cold, flu or even pneumonia. In fact, vitamin D proved even more effective than flu vaccinations.

More studies are needed, and you should talk to your doctor before beginning any sort of vitamin supplementation.

Body Shape Can Be Taking Years Off Your Life


New research suggests that one's body shape can be a major health factor despite one having a Body Mass Index within acceptable levels. An apple-shaped figure with the most fat distribution in the midsection can be taking years off your life. Fat deposits in the stomach area is also linked to diabetes.

"If the waist is larger than your hips, you're at increased risk for disease," said Dr. Samuel Klein, an obesity specialist at Washington University School of Medicine at St. Louis.

Kefir Found To Be More Effective Than Probiotics


Probiotics help keep the friendly bacteria in your digestive system strong. A healthy gut benefits include:

  • boosting immune system.

  • preventing and treating urinary tract infections.

  • improving digestive function.

  • healing inflammatory bowel conditions like IBS (4)

  • managing and preventing eczema in children.

  • fighting food-borne illnesses.

Walk into your local market, and you will find an array of products containing probiotics. However, a new study conducted at Inverness found that many of these products provided minimal results.

The study did show that ingesting prebiotics was much more beneficial. Prebiotics can be found in foods like chicory, miso, sauerkraut and kombucha. They also found that addi...

Carbs And Exercise


Carbohydrates are the main fuel source for your body's functions, including exercise. Carbohydrates should comprise the greatest percentage of calories in your diet. In fact, the USDA states that carbs should equal 45-65% of your daily caloric intake. Proper carbohydrate intake also makes for more effective workouts.

While it's true that cutting carbs from your diet can be a quick fix to weight loss, it is not a long-term solution to weight-gain. A carb-free diet isn't a sustainable eating plan, nor is it recommended by most reputable healthcare professionals. In addition, most carb-free diets are high in saturated fats, which can contribute to heart disease.

Exercise and Anemia


More than 3 million Americans suffer from anemia. It is a condition in which one's blood doesn't have enough healthy blood cells. Dr. Carol Otis says that iron-deficiency anemia, or tired blood, is the most common form of the disease. While heavy exercise can increase the demand for more iron, it is important to stay on top of your eating strategy if you are diagnosed with anemia.

Treating anemia caused by dietary deficiencies is possible through supplementation with iron or vitamin B-12 and by making changes to the diet. It is important to talk to your healthcare provider about implementing a proper eating strategy.