Imagine two co-workers: one slim, the type who can seem to eat anything without gaining a pound — and therefore does not feel the need to exercise; the other one overweight, but who works out regularly. In spite of your latter colleague’s efforts, he has found it very difficult to lose weight. Which one is at greater risk for health problems down the road?
Behavioral problems in children often start during the preschool years. Making sure that kids have a healthy, balanced diet, as well as plenty of physical activity, can make a big difference in kids’ behavior. One “supplement” that is becoming more overlooked these days is one of the foundations of health in naturopathic medicine: sleep.
Recent research from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City (1) examined almost 9000 preschool aged children,
As you might expect, it depends on the kind of fat. As I wrote about a few weeks ago, the standard advice from the 1970s and 80s about following a low-fat diet turned out to be less healthy than including “good” fats from foods like nuts and olive oil. Another recent scientific paper from Australia,
If you’re a patient or a regular reader of my articles, you know that one supplement that I often recommend is fish oil — a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. These fats are essential to our health, because our bodies cannot make them from any other type of fat. The many benefits of omega-3 fats include:
- Cardiovascular health benefits
- Anti-inflammatory effects
- Psychological and behavioral health improvement
- Improved bone density
For years, the standard nutritional advice for cardiovascular disease prevention has been to follow a low-fat diet. This is still the official recommendation of the American Heart Association. However, more and more evidence is pointing to the fact that it may be the quality, not quantity, of the fats we consume that is good for our hearts.
a beneficial effect for the cardiovascular system. The most common example of this is
nitroglycerin, a drug that is used for angina (chest pain due to spasm of blood
vessels). Nitrates are transformed by
bacteria in the mouth to nitrites,
There’s been a lot of debate over the years as to whether or not red meat consumption increases our risk of developing heart disease. In the past, much of the research has focused on the high levels of saturated fat and red meat, and their impact on blood cholesterol levels. A new study just published this month in Nature Medicine suggests a new mechanism: the difference in the type of gut bacteria between meat eaters and non-meat eaters.