leptin

What Is Leptin?

Leptin is a hormone that was only discovered in 1994. A hormone is a chemical messenger that carries instructions from one part of your body to another. Leptin is produced in fat cells. Fat cells release leptin when they have gathered enough energy from calories in your diet. Leptin then … Read More

Is It Bad To Eat At Night?

Late-night meals and midnight snacks aren’t uncommon. Whether you get home late from work and have to eat dinner when you're usually going to bed, watch a movie late and snack on popcorn, or feel the need to graze on food to stay awake on a late study night, there's … Read More

What Is Leptin? It May Be the Key to Unlocking Fat Loss

Officially discovered in 1994, leptin is a hormone that has quickly become known as a central player in controlling body fatness. Soon after, pharmaceutical companies rushed to get leptin-like drugs to market, thinking they finally had the miracle weight loss pill that could end the obesity epidemic (and make them … Read More

Can’t Sleep? Here’s What May Help Beat Your Insomnia

Insomnia is now at epidemic levels. Up to half of Americans are wondering how to beat insomnia and suffer from at least one of the four cardinal insomnia symptoms: Difficulty falling asleep Inability to stay asleep Waking up in the early morning Experiencing nonrestorative sleep Almost a quarter of the … Read More

5 Possible Sources of BPA Exposure

Bisphenol A—commonly known simply as BPA—exposure is widespread. This harmful chemical leaches out of certain plastics, cans, and food packaging materials and has now been found in our dust, our water, our food, and in our bodies. It has become notorious as one of the more harmful toxins we find … Read More

MSG Side Effects and How to Avoid Them

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a brain stimulant that was originally extracted from seaweed in 1908. Most commonly associated with restaurant Chinese food, it is used pervasively as a flavor enhancer in fast foods, frozen meals, canned soups, and potato chips. This additive can be extremely harmful: MSG side effects range … Read More

Fight Memory Loss by Watching Your Waistline

While a definitive link between body weight and memory loss has not yet been established, a number of studies suggest that controlling your weight may be a good way to protect your brain. A high body mass index (BMI, a ratio of height to weight that is used to measure … Read More

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