We all lead busy lives these days. Frequently, our eating patterns reflect that, as we unconsciously reach for snacks that may not be the ideal fuel. Too often we choose foods that not only fail to provide solid nourishment; they also have a negative effect on our mood.
You may have noticed people who practice yoga regularly tend to look much younger than their chronological age. A new study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine offers an explanation. Researchers found twelve weeks of yoga increased the body’s natural defenses against toxins by raising the level of antioxidants and making the immune system stronger.
The Huffington Post recently invited readers to submit their most vexing health questions to be answered by the site’s team of doctors. Here are some of the questions most often asked:
A new study conducted by British scientists has confirmed what many doctors, nurses and patients have long believed: Listening to music during surgery improves outcomes. The research team based their conclusions on evidence from approximately 7,000 patients.
Between two to 18 percent of pregnant women develop gestational diabetes, a condition that dangerous for both mothers and babies. Also, many women who are diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy develop type 2 diabetes within ten years. Now a new study from Finland proves that diet, exercise and weight control counseling during early pregnancy can reduce the risk of gestational diabetes.
A new study published in the U.K. shows that, despite advances in health education, too many people still overlook the warning signs of cancer. While Britain offers universal health care, and focuses on campaigns to heighten cancer awareness, the researchers say more education and encouragement is needed. In fact, the lead author of the study, Maja Niksic of King’s College London, said her own father did not recognize his symptoms and did not seek care until her mother, herself a physician, insisted.
Research has now proven beyond doubt that the food you eat affects your mental health. To maintain a state of optimal mental and emotional balance, you must factor in the decisions you make around food. That is true of depression as well as other mental health issues.
Five different artificial sweeteners are currently on the market, but the most commonly used is aspartame. Aspartame and the other products are marketed to diabetics and people trying to lose weight. Yet research shows they actually cause the problems they claim to solve. Research has proven aspartame increases insulin sensitivity more than sugar. It has also been proven that artificial sweeteners promote weight gain.
Mind/body medicine, often called holistic medicine, is a philosophy of healing that looks at the total human being, rather than just focusing on a specific disease. Mind/body medicine examines the interaction among the mind, body and spirit, and the ways in which our health is affected by emotional, mental, social and spiritual issues, as well as physical factors. Throughout history, until the advent of modern medicine and pharmacology, mind/body medicine was the way healers approached healing. Now the culture of healing is shifting again, to a more integrated view of health.
Most of us would be hard pressed to imagine what similarities the human body would have to a hard-shell clam. Scientists, however, know that aquatic invertebrate animals such as clams, oysters, and mussels have a bi-valve heart that functions very much like the human heart. Unlike humans, some clams live centuries. Now researchers are studying clams to see if they have something to teach us about heart health.