13Apr, 2018

How Food Affects Your Mood

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There is a reason why you reach for chocolate when you feel depressed. Scientists have studied the connection between food and mood for years. As a result, they have found that the foods we eat influence  the state of our mood. After all, foods are essentially chemicals broken down by the body’s digestive processes. These chemicals all influence the brain, as well as our neurotransmitters responsible for mood. This includes serotonin, dopamine, and acetylcholine. Foods affect our feelings in other ways as well. Something as simple as fluctuations in the level of […]
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15Mar, 2018

The Role of Sodium in Your Diet

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Most people get far too much sodium in their diet. In fact, according to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average adult consumes 3,466 mg per day. In addition, children intake an average of 3,387 mg each day. Both numbers have become cause for concern in the healthcare community, as the government’s recommended daily dose is 2,300 mg. Those who exceed these levels can experience high blood pressure and have an increased risk of suffering a stroke or heart attack. Nevertheless, eating too little salt can […]
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21Dec, 2017

What Are Food Cravings? Is Your Body Really Trying to Tell You Something?

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For many years, researchers believed that a food craving was a signal that your body was missing a particular nutrient. For example, if you crave red meat then you may have an iron deficiency. Studies have shown, however, that cravings have nothing to do with a nutritional deficiency. So what are food cravings? They are caused by chemical signals in the brain. According to Karen Ansel, “if cravings were an indicator of nutritional deficiency, we’d all crave fruits and vegetables. The fact that we all want high carb, high fat comfort foods, […]
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28Nov, 2017

The Benefits of Calcium

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Most people already understand the importance of calcium in maintaining strong bones and teeth. In fact, our bones store 99 percent of the body’s calcium. However, did you know the remaining one percent is located in our blood and cells? This means calcium not only gives us strength, but also a wide range of health benefits. These benefits include facilitating steady heart rhythm, muscle contractions, wound healing, blood clot prevention and the transmission of messages between nerves and cells. In addition to helping prevent osteoporosis, calcium may also reduce the […]
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18Oct, 2017

Obesity Facts and Figures

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Obesity is quickly becoming the number one health problem in the world. Not only does obesity put individuals at a higher risk ofobtaining other diseases, but also puts a strain on national health budgets. The following list introduces some interesting obesity facts and figures: Treating obesity and its related diseases consumes about 17% of the United States’ total medical costs. In other words, the nation spends an estimated $168 billion each year on obesity-related health issues. Obesity adds roughly $2,800 to a person’s medical bills annually. Obesity causes about 300,000 […]
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21Sep, 2017

How Coffee Affects Your Health

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Throughout the past few years, the medical community has discussed the diverse effects of coffee on our health. Although many advise us to avoid this form of caffeine, others argue that coffee is actually beneficial to our bodies. So what is the latest news? Is coffee good or bad for your health? The answer, in short, is that it’s a little of both. Basically, the downside of coffee is that it can lead to high blood pressure, anxiety, and an upset stomach. Not to mention it is highly addictive. The extent […]
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