Monthly Archives: May 2012

Omega-3 DHA Counteracts the Harmful Effects of Sugar

  It is no secret that sugar is unhealthy. From high blood sugar to diabetes and heart disease, a diet high in sugar has far-reaching effects. But did you know that sugar is also bad for your brain? A recent study published in the Journal of Physiology found an interesting connection between a diet low in omega-3s and high in…

Probiotics Reviewed for Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea

  One of the most, well-studied benefits of probiotics is the prevention of diarrhea in people taking antibiotics (a condition known as antibiotic-associated diarrhea, or AAD). A recent meta-analysis of 82 randomized controlled trials published in the Journal of the American Medical Association evaluated the effects of probiotics on AAD and found that probiotics use is associated with a 42…

Low Omega-3 Equals Smaller Brain and Less Memory

A recent study published in the February 2012 issue of Neurology is now actually showing that people with a diet lacking in omega-3 fatty acids have lower brain volume and reduced brain function.1 We have known for some time that taking a fish oil supplement is good for your brain but now we are seeing that a lack of these…

Obesity Rate Slows, Yet the Problem Persists

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right! Here is your newest weekly challenge (I mean opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar. Join us!   The US rate of obesity is currently 35 percent, up from 15…

Omega-3s and Irregular Heart Beat

  Omega-3 fatty acids are known for their heart-health benefits. From the reduction of triglyceride levels, balance of inflammation, and prevention of coronary events in people with heart disease to the improvement of abnormal cholesterol, omega-3 fatty acids found in fish affect the heart in many ways. A recent study published in the journal Circulation adds to the support of…

Madonna’s Digestion

  Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Did you hear about Madonna’s diet? It’s full of fermented foods rich in probiotic bacteria to which her personal chef attributes Madonna’s excellent health. “The diet that Madonna is following is very sensible,” stated David Topping, chief food-nutrition researcher at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Adelaide, Australia, “The bacteria that live…

Hold the Plastic

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right! Here is your newest weekly challenge (I mean opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar. Join us!  Plastic is almost ubiquitous. To go through an entire day without using…

Fish Oil for Muscles

  When omega-3 fish oil comes to mind, heart health is usually the first benefit attributed to it. Brain health and joint health are a close second and third. Did you know that omega-3s may also be helpful for your muscles? According to a recent study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, regular fish oil consumption, in conjunction…

Fish Oil and Your Gums

  A recent review of studies presented at the Experimental Biology 2012 meeting in San Diego, CA evaluated whether fish oil supplementation could be a beneficial additional therapy for periodontitis, or gum disease. Researchers from Australia reviewed eight human studies and found improvements in clinical measures in all studies, but the two studies that used a combination of fish oil…

Eat More Berries to Protect Your Brain

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right! Here is your newest weekly challenge (I mean opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar. Join us!  Blueberries and strawberries are high in flavonoids, anti-inflammatory compounds found in certain…