Tag: foods

Diverse Gut Bacteria Linked to Better Estrogen Metabolite Levels

The diversity of your gut bacteria refers to the abundance of different types of microbes. As a rule, the more diverse your gut microbes, the healthier you are. A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism further supports this idea. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute discovered that gut bacterial diversity may…

Organic Diet Significantly Reduces Pesticide Levels

America’s toxic burden may not be getting any lighter, but that doesn’t mean we’re defenseless in the war against toxins. There are simple steps we can take every day to protect our bodies, such as investing in household air and water filters, choosing natural cleaners and personal care products, and opting for organically grown foods whenever possible. A recent study…

Healthy Food, Healthy Mood

Can diet affect your mood? You betcha! A recent study published in the Journal of Health Psychology evaluated the link between emotions and foods, and found that people who eat more fruits and veggies are also happier and more energetic than those who eat very little of these foods. The study involved 281 young adults who recorded their food intake…

Antibiotic Resistance—Down to the Last Straw

Antibiotic resistance, which I blog about often, is one of the major problems facing the medical world today. Earlier this year, you may have heard about a pathogenic bacteria that struck at University of Virginia Medical Center, a National Institutes of Health hospital, killing seven people. This bacteria was found to be resistant to carbapenem antibiotics—the last antibiotic left to…

Is Your Diet AGE-ing You?

The term advanced glycation end products (AGEs) is a mouthful for a group of compounds that are formed both in the body and in food by the reaction between sugars with proteins and lipids (fats). The sugars literally coat proteins and lipids, which causes them to not function well. In addition, these adulterated, now “new to nature” molecules are not…

Home-Cooked Meals Make Healthy Families

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!  Over 40 percent of a typical American’s budget is spent on eating…

Fungicides in Orange Juice

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!  You may have heard about the recent discovery of a fungicide,…

Broccoli and Blueberries for Bowel Health

A recent study, published in the journal Nutrition, demonstrated the effect of broccoli and blueberries on bowel inflammation in an animal model of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).1 Researchers fed IBD mice either a control diet, or a diet with 10 percent broccoli or ten percent blueberries. Both the broccoli- and blueberry-fed mice exhibited similar changes in gut microbiota with one…

Change Your Habits

  Many of the foods we eat, and the ways in which we eat those foods, are the result of formed habits—that is, when you eat a certain snack at a certain time (say, chips in the afternoon); or when you eat a particular dessert each night in front of the television; or even when you choose a healthy salad…