If cravings for snacks are sabotaging your efforts to lose weight, here’s a new trick that may help. Researchers at Cornell University and in the Netherlands have shown that while eating for pleasure – not for hunger – is driven primarily by the availability of tempting treats, it doesn’t take much food to satisfy those cravings.
A recent Q&A discussed the Mediterranean Diet and its health benefits: Mediterranean Diet: Best For Your Heart? Check out the article and tell us what type of diet you enjoy following!
Need something to brighten your day and pep you up? New research from New Zealand’s University of Otago suggests that eating plenty of fruits and vegetables may do the trick. The study included 281 young people – mean age 20 – who recorded their daily food intake in an internet diary and rated how they felt for 21 days.
Matcha is a special variety of green tea in which the whole, powdered leaf is consumed rather than just an infusion of the leaves. Matcha is an especially rich source of antioxidants and phytochemicals that have been associated with improved cholesterol ratios, increased metabolism, and even lowered cancer risk. One important polyphenol found in matcha is EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), a potent antioxidant that is probably responsible for a good deal of matcha's health-protective benefit. Dr. Weil's colleague, Dr. Jim Nicolai, shows how to enjoy a delicious cup of matcha green tea.
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If you want to feel good about yourself, give some money away. That’s the gist of a new study from Harvard Business School presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Researcher Michael Norton’s findings suggest that the act of giving away money makes people who aren’t rich feel wealthier and, therefore, happier and more satisfied with their lives.
Here’s another good reason to avoid secondhand smoke: it can increase the risk of dementia. This link was revealed in a newly published joint study from British and Chinese researchers who looked at 5,921 Chinese men and women over age 60. The data gathered included information on the participants’ smoking history, exposure to secondhand smoke and mental status.
A recent Q&A discussed the "core" and "core muscles" of the body: Concerned About Your Core? Check out the article and tell us what type of exercise you enjoy the most!
The younger a woman is when she has her ovaries removed during a hysterectomy or some other type of surgery, the higher her risk of declining memory and thinking skills, but this doesn’t happen when women reach menopause naturally. These findings, from the Rush Memory and Aging Project at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, are scheduled to be presented in March 2013 at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology.