As the obesity crisis in the U.S. rises, the USDA food pyramid has been at the forefront of controversy, under fire from nutrition experts and physicians who deem it "wrong." Health researcher Dr. Walter Willett is one of these people who believe the pyramid actually does more harm than good.
It appears that the medical profession the world over are all too quick to prescribe drugs rather than to suggest natural methods of lowering high blood pressure (hypertension). Most of these medicines can have undesirable side effects, so it is a good idea to look for natural methods.
It has been shown that a healthy diet containing high levels of potassium, magnesium and calcium can lower and help control high... Read More
For years, vitamins and other supplements were viewed as a "one size fits all." However, many recent studies have differentiated between men and women and have discovered supplements that are especially beneficial for women. Here are the top 10 nutrients for women:
Folic acid or folate
Folate, or synthetic folic acid, is a B vitamin that's especially important for women. Pregnant women whose diets do not include... Read More
As if the appendicitis, brain hemorrhage and stroke weren't enough to contend with, rocker Bret Michaels is facing yet another hurdle with his health. The Life As I Know It reality star has to have a hole in his heart repaired. The damage, which has been there his entire life, was discovered by physicians after he suffered his stroke this past spring. The former Poison singer has been doing the "Roses & Thorns" solo tour... Read More
by Gregg Hall
Vitamins (combination of two words: Vital Amines) are the complex organic substance essential in small quantities to the metabolism (nutrition) in most animals. These are found in minute quantities in food, in some cases are produced by the body, and are also produced synthetically. The human body needs... Read More
Avocados are an ideal source for healthy fats and one of the most versatile fruits both in and out of the kitchen. High in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, they slow digestion, provide you with vitamins, and can be used for beauty treatments.
Avocados and Your Diet
In terms of dietary needs, you should get 5 servings a day of healthy oils and spreads. For avocados, this amounts to 1/5 of... Read More
Cholesterol is one of the most familiar medical words today. Everyone knows "something" about it, but mostly cholesterol is associated in our mind with something "bad" and "unwanted" that happens to old and overweight people. The facts show that about 20 percent of the U.S. population has high blood cholesterol levels.
Actually cholesterol is a waxy, fatlike substance (lipid) that your body needs for many important functions, such as... Read More
Whether you need to lose 20 pounds or 100, hopping on that scale and discovering that you've lost 10 percent of your total goal can have powerful benefits, both mentally and physically. Here are 10 reasons why:
1. Ten percent is an achievable first goal. Instead of fretting about all the weight you want to lose, which can make your task seem insurmountable, try focusing on a small chunk at first. According to many life coaches, setting short-term... Read More
by Richard van Beek
Researchers are actually telling us to eat dark chocolate for heart health. How is this possible? Up until now, we've always thought chocolate was bad for us!
It turns out that dark chocolate made from unprocessed cocoa contains high amounts of flavonoids and... Read More
It's tea time. Green tea, to be more specific. Oprah swears by it, and so do plenty of other dieters. Although it's only in the last decade that green tea has been making headlines, green tea has actually been a popular staple in a Chinese medicine for almost 4,000 years. Numerous studies have found that the components in green tea benefit overall wellness, as well as weight loss. Green tea is made from unfermented leaves and has the... Read More