By now you may realize—because all of the body’s systems are interconnected—that there is usually more than one cause con-tributing to your fatigue. When one of your body’s systems is out of balance (if, for example, your HPA axis is malfunctioning be-cause of chronic stress), then other systems (like your
A good night’s rest actually may start hours before your bedtime by choosing foods that promote high-quality sleep and avoiding those that can interfere with your shut-eye. Two components of foods that are shown to be most helpful in improving sleep quality are melatonin and tryptophan.
Melatonin. Melatonin is a well-known sleep
Reduced blood flow to the brain, loss of gray matter, and buildup of sticky tangles and plaques of certain proteins can all lead to loss of cognitive ability. A large body of strong evidence supports the idea that physical activity and healthy eating can help keep your brain sharp by
If you’ve discovered that you have high triglycerides, it’s important to learn how to lower your levels. How to lower triglycerides? A number of ways are available, but you almost always should begin by using three of the most-researched natural therapies: omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and niacin, each of which
Whenever I have considered going vegetarian or vegan, I have always decided against it for one simple reason: I enjoy meat, from roasted chicken to the occasional steak to fresh salmon. I already avoid many animal products like dairy and eggs, and much of my diet already is plant-based, but
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
There are numerous reasons why the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggests that you make half your daily grain servings whole grains. Quinoa, brown rice, barley, oats, and other whole grains deliver more nutrients than refined grains, and because of their nutrient density, studies have linked whole-grain consumption to better
Many risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes, can be improved with changes in diet. Accompanied by a healthy exercise regimen, the suggestions below may even help some people reduce the number and/or dosage of medications they take.
Choose Good Fats
Q: Does taking omega-3 fish oil help reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer?
A: Melissa Townsend, a Frances Stern Nutrition Center Dietetic Intern at Tufts Medical Center, answers: “Research has traditionally shown that omega-3 fatty acids are integral to anti-inflammatory processes that support cardiovascular health, brain health, growth, and development.
Along-held belief is that calories are calories no matter if they hail from bacon or broccoli. Take in fewer calories than you burn and it’s your ticket to winning the battle of the bulge. It’s true that any calorie from a food supplies a set amount of energy, but once