Understanding Our Bodies: Leptin (The Fullness Hormone)

Monday, June 15, 2009

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Understanding Our Bodies: Leptin (The Fullness Hormone)

Here is part one of a new series I call "Understanding Our Bodies" - nutrition based on how our bodies work. And to kick it off is a little explanation of the fullness hormone: Leptin.

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Brain Food: Berries and Greens! (Part 2)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

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Brain Food: Berries and Greens! (Part 2)

We all know that we should be eating our 5-7 servings a day of fruits and vegetables. But there's good reason to make quite a few of those servings berries and greens.

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Brain Food: Nuts! (Part 1)

Thursday, June 4, 2009

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Brain Food: Nuts! (Part 1)

Many foods are packed with compounds that help boost memory, concentration, motor skills, and mental clarity but nuts are special. All kinds of nuts have been shown to be great brain boosters and here we review the science behind those claims. Thanks to flickr user Noël Zia Lee for the great shot.

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One Fat, Two Fat, Is Any Fat a Good Fat?

Thursday, May 28, 2009

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One Fat, Two Fat, Is Any Fat a Good Fat?

One of the most confusing things when it comes to proper nutrition is the role of fats. We're constantly told that fats are evil things which will expand our bellies to the size of hot air balloons. Recent research has found that the low-fat diet trend is simply wrong for us- we're not supposed to have no fat in our diets. you just have to know which is which.

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Sports Drinks: More Harm Than Good?

Friday, May 22, 2009

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Sports Drinks: More Harm Than Good?

Whether it be the perfect number of reps or which exercises burn the most fat, we're always looking for a way to get more bang for our buck when it comes to exercise. But do sports drinks really live up to their claims?

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Are Chicken Sandwiches More Nutritious Than Burgers?

Friday, May 15, 2009

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Are Chicken Sandwiches More Nutritious Than Burgers?

Many of us buy prepackaged meals in the hopes of eating healthier without having to cook. We assume that a chicken salad sandwich, for example, is better for us than a Big Mac. But what do we really get when we eat ready-made meals? Which?, a consumer advocate organization in the UK, decided to find out.

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A Little Wine Might Lengthen Your Life

Thursday, May 7, 2009

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A Little Wine Might Lengthen Your Life

A new 40-year study, published online this week in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, is lending strong support to the idea that wine is good for you - at least if you're a guy. It adds to the mounting evidence that consistent but small levels of alcohol actually are healthier for you than no alcohol at all. Image thanks to Flickr User Batega

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A Nutritional Defense Against Swine Flu (and other diseases)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

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A Nutritional Defense Against Swine Flu (and other diseases)

A doctor suggests that supplements can help fight swine flu and other similar types of pandemics. Here we provide an easy how-to guide on nutritional supplementation in the face of panic and disease.

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Lose Weight – Eat Breakfast!

Friday, April 24, 2009

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Lose Weight – Eat Breakfast!

Let's be honest - a lot of us are interested in nutrition for the purposes of weight loss. Here we discuss the scientifically proven benefits behind eating a good breakfast. (Image thanks to Flickr User oosp)

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Is what you drink more important than what you eat?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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Is what you drink more important than what you eat?

Scientists from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD have found that the liquid calories we drink, in everything from sports drinks to soda, have more of an effect on our weight than the solid ones. It's not that you are what you eat - you are what you drink.

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