Nutrition

Diet quality can affect many aspects of one’s physical health and psychological well-being. New research investigates whether or not these factors can also affect the effectiveness of treatments for mood disorders — particularly bipolar. How does diet impact response to treatment in bipolar disorder? A new clinical trial takes a closer look. The moods of
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People have used elderberry for its health benefits for hundreds of years. Elderberry contains antioxidants, and many believe it can relieve colds, fight the flu, and boost the immune system. There is little scientific research into the effects of elderberries on people’s health. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) state that more
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People with allergies may find relief by using natural plant extracts and foods that act as antihistamines. Antihistamines are substances that block histamine activity in the body. Histamine is a protein that triggers allergy symptoms, such as sneezing, itchy eyes, and a scratchy throat. Over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription antihistamine medications are effective for symptom relief,
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As part of a balanced diet, eggs can provide many health benefits. A growing body of research suggests that eating eggs can also support weight loss. Eggs are rich in protein, low in calories, and they may boost the metabolism. In this article, we describe how to use eggs to support weight loss, including when
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Lately, it has become common knowledge that eating foods that contain whole grains is good for our health. However, we are only now unraveling exactly why this is the case. Why are whole grains so healthful? Drink enough water, get enough sleep, eat fresh fruits and vegetables, and eat whole grains; the importance of these
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Probiotics are living microorganisms, including bacteria and yeast, that can benefit the body. Some people take probiotics to enhance the digestive bacteria in their gut. People with Crohn’s disease, which is an inflammatory disorder affecting the gastrointestinal tract, experience a variety of digestive problems. Probiotics may help reduce the symptoms of this condition. People can
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Bladder infections are extremely common among women. New research, however, shows that boosting water intake might reduce these infections by almost half. Drinking plenty of water can help keep UTIs at bay. A urinary tract infection (UTI) can affect any part of the urinary tract, including the urethra, bladder, ureters, or kidneys. A bladder infection
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Probiotics feed the good bacteria in the gut. Healthful microorganisms support the functioning of the immune system, which can help control symptoms of chronic conditions, such as psoriasis. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, which means that it causes the immune system to mistakenly attacks healthy cells. Probiotics help to maintain a good balance of healthful
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Arginine, or L-arginine, is an amino acid that occurs in foods such as dairy, fish, poultry, and other meats. It is a building block of protein. Some research suggests that arginine may benefit health, for example by relieving chest pain, improving erectile dysfunction, and reducing high blood pressure. The human body produces arginine, and children
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Yeast has played an important role in the human diet for thousands of years. This fungus is a vital ingredient in bread, beer, and a range of other foods. In recent years, many people have started consuming a specific type of yeast called nutritional yeast. Due to its nutritional content, yeast in this form may
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Enteritis is inflammation of the small intestine. Types include infectious enteritis, caused by bacteria or viruses, and radiation enteritis, which occurs as a result of radiation therapy. Enteritis may also include gastritis, where inflammation affects the stomach or, in some cases, colitis, which involves inflammation of the large intestine. Prevention methods for enteritis include proper
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Estrogen and testosterone are hormones that occur naturally in male and female bodies. Some research suggests that certain foods can influence the levels of these hormones. Hormones are the body’s chemical messengers. They play essential roles in libido, mood, health, fertility, and many other functions. Some people think of estrogen as a “female hormone,” but
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Prebiotics are fibers and natural sugars that stimulate the good bacteria in the gut. Many prebiotic foods are suitable for vegans and people on other diets to eat. These foods include almonds, chicory, garlic, and chickpeas. Prebiotics help beneficial bacteria grow in the gut. They work with probiotics, which are healthful bacteria or yeasts, to
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New research uses a “human gut simulator” to study the effects of two different diets on the composition of gut microbiota. Its findings illuminate the harms of having no carbs in the diet. The diet we adopt has complex effects on our intestines, gut bacterial composition, and overall health. Recently, there has been a lot
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V8 is a popular vegetable juice that claims to provide 2 servings of vegetables in an 8-ounce glass. Any 100 percent vegetable juice counts toward a person’s daily recommended vegetable intake. However, due to the importance of fiber, many nutritionists recommend eating whole vegetables and fruits. V8 may also contribute to a person’s salt intake.
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Gatorade is sold as an exercise enhancement drink. It contains rehydrating electrolytes but also has a high concentration of sugar. With this in mind, is drinking Gatorade good or bad for people’s health and sports performance? Gatorade is classified as a “sports drink.” Scientists at the University of Florida developed the drink in 1965 with
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A distinct autumn chill is in the air, and the trees are beginning to showcase their vibrant colors. For me, fall always invokes thoughts of change, prompting me to reflect on the transitions I’ve made over the past few months. As autumn settles in, there is a sense of change in the air. Be it
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