Tag: health and nutrition

Alcohol Abuse: When Drinking Becomes a Problem

Alcohol Abuse: When Drinking Becomes a Problem

Full-blown alcohol addiction, commonly known as alcoholism, doesn’t happen all at once. Typically, alcohol abuse—a pattern of harmful drinking—begins the process. Abuse then progresses to dependency and addiction. The danger signs are well understood: They can provide a chance at early intervention, although problem drinkers face many challenges in overcoming

Food Supplements: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Americans love dietary supplements—more than half of American adults take at least one—and this love has grown to include “food supplements,” foods enhanced with extra vitamins, minerals, fiber, phytochemicals or probiotics.

Food supplements are a type of “functional food,” or foods that offer health benefits beyond basic nutrition. According to the

More Weight Loss, Better Health Benefits

Losing more than a fifth of one’s body weight may significantly increase the chances of good metabolic health compared to losing just a little weight, researchers say. In the study, which used data from over 7,600 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, those who lost between five

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BODYWORKS/MOVES OF THE MONTH

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1. Inside the Brain

If you were to look only at the record of pharmaceutical interventions against Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, the picture would be bleak. “’The history of the results of clinical trials has been a history of disappointment,” says Keith Fargo, PhD, director of scientific programs and outreach for

Stevia: Get the Scoop on This Popular Alternative to Sugar

Stevia: Get the Scoop on This Popular Alternative to Sugar

Legions of people today are using sugar alternatives that have few or no calories to cut back on their sugar intake. One of the most popular alternative sweeteners on the market today is stevia. But what exactly is stevia? Where does it comes from, how sweet is it, and in

Healthy Snacks on the Go: How to Make Smart Convenience Store Food Choices

Healthy Snacks on the Go: How to Make Smart Convenience Store Food Choices

Eating on the run can be dangerous to your health—particularly when it comes to your heart. A few bad junk food choices—salty chips, a sugar-filled pastries, high-sodium beef jerky—can undo the strides you’ve been making with smart eating and exercising. Fortunately, convenience stores actually offer healthy snacks on the go.

Here,

This Just In: Coffee & Longevity; Type 2 Diabetes; Metabolic Syndrome

People Who Drink Coffee May Live Longer
After studying data on more than a half-million people in the UK Biobank, a team of researchers, led by the National Cancer Institute, found that people who drank coffee—any quantity, any kind—had a lower incidence of death over the 10-year follow-up period than people

Confused About How Much Water to Drink? A Myth-vs.-Reality Check

Confused About How Much Water to Drink? A Myth-vs.-Reality Check

“Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day.” You’ve likely been hearing that mantra forever, and it’s worthy advice for staying hydrated. But is “eight glasses per day” a science-based recommendation—or one of those old axioms repeated so often that it’s become known as fact? The truth is, there are

1. Food for Life

There are many reasons to eat healthfully. For some people, it may be about preventing chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, while for others, it may be about maintaining an ideal body weight or even just feeling more energized. Fundamentally, though, a healthy diet is critical to providing your

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