When I was a kid, I had the unfortunate experience of stepping on a yellow jacket nest while scavenging the woods looking for teepee poles. In seconds, it seemed, a cloud of the flying things swarmed my body from head to foot, stinging me all over many times. My parents ran to my aid when they heard me screaming, and though they swatted at the yellow jackets with their bare hands, neither of them got stung even once. I, on the other hand, ended up with dozens of stings and a cortisone shot.
We know we need to drink plenty of water each day to hydrate ourselves. Our bodies, when we’re born, are about 90% water, and as adults, they are closer to 70%. When we die, that amount has dipped to 50% or even lower. Chronic low-level dehydration is a keystone of degenerative disease, in contrast with vibrant, healthful, hydrated bodies. Hydrated, plump cells and plenty in fluids in the body help cells to communicate better with each other, remove waste, produce energy, and heal themselves.
A Japanese study of broccoli sprouts and liver function has found the sulforaphane-rich food to be highly beneficial. An extract from broccoli sprouts given to male participants was shown to improve hepatic abnormalities and overall liver function significantly.
For the study, the researchers conducted a double blind, randomized placebo-controlled trial of males with fatty liver disease. The subjects received either extract of broccoli sprouts in capsule form, or a placebo. The capsules contained glucoraphanin, a precursor for the sulforaphane in broccoli sprouts.
You’re certainly well aware by now that being overweight or obese can put you at risk for developing many diseases including diabetes, heart problems, and cancer. But what you might not think about is how it can impact your life in other ways, from shortness of breath just trying to climb a flight of stairs to experiencing joint pain on a regular basis. And now there is research that suggests another negative outcome for heavier men, which is lower sperm quality that could affect fertility significantly.
With so much information circulating out there about nutrition, it can be challenging to make sure you’re getting the nutrients you need each day. In fact, with some sources listing as many as 90 essential nutrients, following a balanced diet can quickly become overwhelming.
However, getting all the nutrients you need doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, by just being mindful about a few specific nutrients, eating a healthy diet full of nutrient-dense foods can be pretty simple.
For Diabetes, Brain Health, & Ailments
If you’re looking for a flavorful way to help fight and prevent cancer, add red onion to your shopping list. It will be worth the effort … as you will soon see why. In the first study of its kind, University of Guelph researchers looked at how the Ontario-grown red onion and several others affected the growth and proliferation of cancer cells. Their findings indicate that all onions are not created equal.
Stress, unfortunately, is part of our everyday lives. Sometimes it’s just the little daily aggravations such as traffic jams that cause us to be late, and other times it is more serious occurrences like the loss of a job or medical problems that put us under extreme pressure. But have you noticed that some people seem to fall apart over the slightest stressful event, while others are literally the definition of “grace under pressure”? Well, it turns out there may be some reasons.
Type 2 diabetes is an all-too-common condition. These days, more than 30 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes, and many millions more have prediabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We know that certain risk factors for diabetes are within our control, such as being overweight or obese and lack of physical activity. The foods we eat are important too, and it’s best to avoid items that are high in sugar. But new research suggests that there may be another, less expected culprit to watch out for on our plates.
The health benefits of olives— and associated natural products such as olive oil—have long been recognized and touted by proponents of the Mediterranean diet.
However, little was previously known about what specific compounds and biochemical interactions in the fruit contribute to its medical and nutritional benefits such as weight loss and prevention of type 2 diabetes.