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Understanding Our Bodies: Insulin

Thursday, May 13, 2010

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Understanding Our Bodies: Insulin

Insulin is one of the most important hormones in the human body, and yet most people don't really understand why our bodies make it or how what we eat affects the levels of insulin we produce. More so than any other hormone, our diet is key in regulating insulin levels, and thus a number of biological processes. As you'll soon see, everyone should think about how what they eat impacts their body's insulin release to be at their happiest and healthiest.

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Understanding Our Bodies – Fiber!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

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Understanding Our Bodies – Fiber!

Most of us already know that we should be eating fiber - according to the Institute of Medicine, adults should be eating 20-35 grams of it per day. But why? What's so important about fiber anyway? What does it do for us physiologically? And does it matter what kind of fiber we eat? (Image Credit: Sami Taipale, flickr)

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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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Parasitic Worms: The Building Blocks Of Good Health?!?

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

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Parasitic Worms: The Building Blocks Of Good Health?!?

In countries like the USA and the UK, inflammatory diseases - like allergies, type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune disorders, and even some kinds of atherosclerosis, depression and cancer - are all on the rise. Meanwhile, these same developed nations have almost completely eradicated parasitic infections like they're the plague. Three papers published in the journal Immunology might have an unexpected answer that brings together these seemingly disconnected trends: it might be a lack of parasites that is aiding the increase of inflammatory diseases in our hygiene-obsessed, over-developed world.

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Obesity Caused by a Viral Infection

Monday, January 26, 2009

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Obesity Caused by a Viral Infection

It turns out that comparing weight gain to the flu might not be as far off as you might think. Obesity, like the flu, might be caused by a non-lethal infectious virus spreading through the United States.

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