Fasting diet lowers disease risk and biological age, new research finds

Cycles of a fasting-mimicking diet (FMD) may reduce insulin resistance, liver fat, immune system aging, and biological aging, according to new research conducted at the University of Southern California (USC), US. The FMD, developed by Valter Longo, professor of gerontology and biological sciences at USC, is a five-day diet high in unsaturated fat and low […]

What’s My Ideal Running Heart Rate?

Your target running heart rate may vary depending on your age and fitness level. Other factors like heat, humidity, and stress levels can also affect your heart rate. Your heart rate, or pulse, is measured in beats per minute (bpm). During aerobic exercise like running, your heart rate increases. As your pace and work rate […]

The Rise of Functional Beverages

Functional beverages are among the fastest-growing functional food segments. This is partly due to their perceived benefits for overall health and chronic disease prevention. Introduction to functional beverages A functional beverage can be defined as “any non-alcoholic drink that provides additional health benefits due to the inclusion of any bioactive component from a plant, animal, […]

Gluten: dietary villain or innocent bystander?

Gluten is a complex mix of proteins, mainly gliadin and glutenin, found in wheat, and collectively refers to similar proteins that also exist in barley, rye, and wheat-contaminated oats. Widespread application of a gluten-free diet has been fuelled by celebrity and media endorsements and presumed benefits for cognitive function and weight loss. The term non-coeliac […]

Flaxseeds Influence Gut Microbiome and May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

Flaxseeds and other foods rich in lignans may reduce the risk of developing breast cancer, suggest preliminary results from an animal study. More research is needed, though, including clinical trials in people. In the study, published Dec. 7 in Microbiology Spectrum, researchers focused on how lignans influenced the relationship between the gut microbiome — bacteria and other microbes living […]

Hygge and Healthy Eating for a Nourishing Winter

Hygge is a Danish word that means feeling warm and comfortable. It refers to simple actions that bring comfort, coziness, and warmth. So hygge and healthy eating requires a balanced diet consisting of nourishing and comforting meals perfect in winter. In this article, you’ll learn the basics of hygge and healthy eating for a nourishing […]

What Are Common Symptoms of Stress in Women?

Stress symptoms in women can manifest as both physical and psychological problems, including anxiety, sleep disturbances, and changes in menstrual patterns. Women may experience stress differently from men due to a combination of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors. Hormonal fluctuations, social and cultural roles, and biological vulnerabilities can influence these responses. It’s important to be […]

How to Avoid Cholesterol Spikes During the Holidays

The holiday season might bring much joy to your year, but it can also reap havoc on your heart health. In fact, research shows that bad cholesterol levels spike the most during this time of year, by nearly 20%. “[We] notice around the holidays that there’s a pretty consistent 3, 4, 5-pound weight gain as people start […]

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