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Eating more red meat tied to higher diabetes risk

Increasing the number of hamburgers and other red meat people eat on a daily basis is linked to a higher risk of developing diabetes down the road, according to a new study. "I think the difference is enough to encourage people at least not to increase red meat consumption, and then think about ways to reduce the consumption," said the study's lead author An Pan, a professor at the National University of Singapore, in an email to Reuters Health.

Plateau! How to get over the flatline

Every dieter's experienced it: The dreaded weight loss plateau. You've been cruising along smoothly for months, and suddenly, your weight loss stops. Plateaus can be incredibly frustrating. You may not feel as though you've made any changes to your diet and fitness routine, but you've stopped dropping the weight. If you've hit a plateau, it's time to check and recheck your behavior so you can jump-start your weight loss and get back in the game. Let's look at some ways you can increase the effectiveness of your diet plan, so that you can continue to drop weight.

Seven ways to get more super-healing turmeric in your diet

You probably know by now that turmeric has been acknowledged as a potent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-cancer substance. Turmeric is a rhizome with edible roots that grow underground horizontally. It's actually related to ginger and somewhat resembles it outwardly.

The World's Healthiest Diets

As a college student living in the international dorm, I should have been studying my Parisian roomie's eating habits instead of just coveting her style. In nations with low obesity rates, women know how to eat right and enjoy every bite. "The diets they follow often place an emphasis on whole grains and legumes and use meat sparingly," says Daphne Miller, MD, the author of The Jungle Effect: The Healthiest Diets from Around the World. They're a far cry from the typical U.S. diet, a processed, produce-deficient carb-fest. Although I can no longer use the excuse that I'm a broke college student, I still live on lattes, burgers, and apple cobbler. So I embarked on a 30-day culinary experiment, borrowing secrets from some of the world's healthiest places to slim my 170-pound frame.

Banish gluten from your diet with the help of these nutrient-packed foods

Whether you already suffer from known intolerances and toxic reactions to gluten or you're proactively looking to improve your overall health, avoiding the infamous grain protein altogether may seem a bit daunting at first -- but only at first. As greater numbers of consumers begin to educate themselves and take responsibility for their own health, rather than trusting in the failing patterns of conventional Western medicine, alternatives not only abound, but are becoming increasingly creative in approach.

Fish oil fats protect brain against damage caused by a junk food diet

Medical nutrition scientists have written volumes that show how the nutrients from the foods we eat daily alter our genetic structure as well as the metabolism of every one of the trillions of cells in our body. Neurons in the brain are particularly susceptible to an accurately-delivered array of nutrients and critical omega-3 fats to help maintain memory, spatial learning and cognitive function.

Change diet, exercise habits at same time for best results, Stanford study says

Now, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have discovered that focusing on changing exercise and diet at the same time gives a bigger boost than tackling them sequentially. They also found that focusing on changing diet first — an approach that many weight-loss programs advocate — may actually interfere with establishing a consistent exercise routine.

Mediterranean diet lowers cardiovascular events in randomized trial

The results of a trial described online on February 25, 2013 in the New England Journal of Medicine indicate a protective effect for a Mediterranean diet against the risk of experiencing heart attack, stroke or death from cardiovascular causes among older adults at high cardiovascular risk. A Mediterranean diet, which is high in fruit, vegetables, fish, legumes, nuts and olive oil, has been associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and premature death in several studies of its adherents.