There’s a lot we don’t know about the human gut microbiome. We know this collection of bacteria, viruses and other critters residing in our digestive tract have crucial roles in many areas of our health. For many of these, we’ve barely scratched the surface of research.
Avocados aren’t exactly every-day fare for most Americans. Most people think of guacamole and other Mexican or Southwestern dishes in relation to them. They’re far more versatile than that, however, and new research suggests that finding more ways to get them in our diets may benefit gut health.
Vitamin D is an essential micronutrient for humans. Called the “sunshine vitamin,” it’s a building block of strong bones and involved in a number of processes. Recent research has also identified it as important to the immune system, particularly in the fight against COVID-19 coronavirus.
Mental health is in the news right now. The isolation, fear and anxiety of COVID-19 shutdowns have spawned a society very much on edge, and not as mentally healthy as it could be. But there are three key things that can help us turn the corner on this problem.
Everyone loves Christmas cookies, unless you’re a total Scrooge! Scrumptious treats that only appear this time of year. However, most of us can live without the excess calories, fat and sugar. So here’s a few that won’t make you say “ho, ho, oh no!”
Science has already established a link between periodontal (gum) disease and metabolic syndrome. A group of Japanese researchers went looking for a more specific linkage. They wanted to know what the specific connection was between gum disease and metabolic syndrome. They believe they have found it.
The United States CDC says over 42 percent of adults and 18 percent of children are obese. Both numbers continue to rise. This epidemic costs the nation $147 billion (USD) annually. Change is needed to reverse the course of this dangerous trend. Could part of the solution involve restaurant menus?
We often hear about the health benefits of veganism, vegetarianism and other diets low in red and other meat. While those benefits are often legitimate, it seems that some diets may put you at a higher risk for bone fractures. What might cause this bone fracture risk?
Self-control has always been a key ingredient in successful weight loss. Overcoming temptation and keeping hunger in check play key roles in the weight loss journey. Research has now shown that specific brain regions, especially those involved with self-regulation and motivation have important roles as well.
We have long suspected a link between diet and depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses. A study out of Australia reinforces that belief. It also shines a light on the damage highly-processed fast food can do to human mental health.