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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

Serotonin Deficiency Symptoms You Can Identify Yourself

What is serotonin? It's is a powerful brain chemical that profoundly affects your mood, so knowing whether you're deficient is a key first step to overcoming troubling mood and impulse control problems. Having one or more of the eight serotonin deficiency symptoms discussed here will be a strong clue that … Read More

9 Chia Seed Benefits (and 1 Misconception)

For some reason, I almost never have all of the ingredients for whatever I’m cooking, so I’ve become a master of substitutions. One of my favorite tricks is to use chia seeds when I’ve run out of eggs. It takes just 1 tablespoon of chia to 3 tablespoons of water … Read More

How Plaque Harms Heart Health

Let’s hear it for your heart. Weighing around 8 ounces (if you’re a woman) to 10 ounces (men), this vital muscle pumps blood to every cell in the body in less than a minute—impressive for an organ the size of your fist. If, however, the heart’s job becomes impeded by … Read More

Bristol Stool Chart: What It Can Tell You About Your Health

Do you use the Bristol Stool Chart?’ The Bristol Stool Chart is a human-poop evaluation guide developed at the British Royal Infirmary in 1997. It can help you determine if your feces are normal. The Bristol Stool Chart—also called the Bristol Stool Scale—s widely used in clinical settings, especially with … Read More

Is Peanut Butter Healthy?

Many of us can recall the excitement of opening our lunch box at school and discovering that Mom packed our favorite sandwich—peanut butter and jelly. That classic combination of creamy, sweet, and sometimes crunchy flavor is an American childhood favorite. And even if you’re no longer eating PB&J sandwiches for … Read More

Refined Carbs: Are They Our Worst Enemy?

You’ve heard it before—food is fuel. The energy we get from food comes from three “macronutrients”—protein, fat and carbohydrates. Food also provides us with about 40 micronutrients: vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients (plant chemicals). Nutrients work together (nutrient synergism) and a diet rich in a variety of whole food fruits … Read More

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