From the May 2015 Issue
Your gut is home to trillions of friendly microbes, which are primarily bacteria, but also include some yeasts, which support health. You acquire these probiotics naturally, at birth, but many factors can affect the composition and number of your gut microbes over time, such as diet, antibiotic use, and stress. Thus, many people benefit from supplemental probiotics.\n
Are milks from other animals, such as goat and camel, healthy?
Whole grains are essential for good health. That you know. But in what form should you eat these grains? Does it make a difference if you consume them in their intact, whole kernel form, as with wheat berries, for example, or as a ground whole grain flour, such as whole wheat flour? The answer is both simple and complex.
More than half of Americans use dietary supplements, including multivitamins and botanical supplements, in tablet, capsule, liquid and powder form, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While dietary supplementsproducts intended to add further nutritional value to the dietmay seem like a natural solution to health protection, as well as an insurance policy to guard against nutrient deficiencies, you should make sure you use them safely and appropriately.
With experts cautioning that sugar is a cause of obesity and chronic disease, combined with the trend towards all things natural, its no surprise that consumers are turning to plant waters, such as coconut, maple, and birch water. These waters appeal to our desire for healthier, less-processed alternatives to overly sweetened ready-to-drink beverages. But are they as healthy as they sound? \n
While headlines often sound the alarm on the dangers of being overweight, less attention is given to the two percent of U.S. adults who are underweight. Their ranks may be smaller, but the health risks that affect many people who are underweighta body mass index (BMI) below 18.5are significant.
When it comes to making sound nutrition choices, many would like it to be black and white. This food is good; this food is bad. This fruit is the worst; this vegetable is the best. However, healthy eating isnt all black and white. Eating nutritiously is all about selecting a variety of wholesome foods. When it comes to vegetables, certainly all are good for you, but some are stronger in specific nutritional contributions, for example, vitamin A, potassium, fiber, and phytochemicalsplant compounds with health benefits. A nutrient-rich diet that protects against disease is packed with a variety of different vegetables.
Healthy skin reflects overall health, which means it can be influenced, for better or for worse, by the nutrients in your diet. A poor diet can contribute to inflammation, oxidative stress, and glycation (bonding of a protein to a sugar molecule), three factors that contribute to skin aging as well as age-related diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Your kidneys work hard every day to filter out wastes from your bloodstream. Unfortunately, an estimated twenty million Americans have impaired kidney function, and many dont even know it. Most people wont progress to complete kidney failure, but kidneys that dont work well raise the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, osteoporosis and anemia. Kidney disease is the 9th leading cause of death in America. But if we take care of our kidneys, theyll take care of us, and diet can help.
Snow peas were developed in Holland in the 16th century despite their enormous popularity in Asian cuisineseven being referred to as Chinese peas in some cookbooks. They traveled from Holland to England, and then on to China and other countries. Deceptively delicate in appearance, snow peas are sturdy and thrive in many climates during spring and fall, even surviving light snow, which contributed to their name. In France, snow and sugar snap peasboth edible pod peasare collectively called mange tout or eat all, because their pods lack the inedible fiber found in most other pea pods.
Previous studies have shown that the nutritional content of organically grown produce may not differ significantly from conventionally grown produce, but data have suggested that organic produce may have lower pesticide residues, findings which are confirmed in a new study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives.
Lifestyle approaches, such as reducing salt intake and saturated fat consumption, and increasing physical activity may be more effective than taking blood pressure-lowering medication, according to researchers from the University of Liverpool.