Extra-virgin olive oil prevents dementia by clearing brain of debris

Extra-virgin olive oil prevents dementia by prompting the brain to clear out harmful debris, reveal scientists as they hail ‘exciting’ breakthrough

  • Oil is a key ingredient of a Mediterranean diet, which has many health benefits
  • Study found olive oil prompts the brain to remove harmful clutter in the brain
  • Olive oil reduces the amount of amyloid-beta plaques and neurofibrillary tangles
  • These structures increase a person’s likelihood of getting Alzheimer’s disease

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Why a vegetarian diet can help you lose more weight than just cutting calories

Eating more greens, grains, legumes, fruits, and nuts can rev your metabolism, melt fat around your muscles, and help you drop more pounds.

We’ll bet that, like a lot of guys, you count yourself among the Fred Flintstones of the world: a carnivorous caveman who’d rather gnaw on a T-bone than spear lettuce leaves. Vegetarianism is foreign to you—unappealing and nonsensical for your muscle-building aspirations.

But guess what? You can build just as much lean muscle on plants. And you won’t starve either: Vegetarian staples like beans and peas are more filling than meat.

 

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A Functional Medicine Expert’s Top Strategy For Calming Inflammation & Food Cravings

Most of the health problems plaguing our modern world have one thing in common: inflammation. Heart disease, autoimmune conditions, arthritis, diabetes, cancer, digestive problems, anxiety, depression, brain fog, and hormonal problems can all be traced back to the inflammatory response—in one way or another. And as a functional medicine doctor, I see the impact inflammation has on the health of people around the world every single day.

In the past, I’ve shared my favourite foods, elixirs, mind tricks, and science-based tools to balance out inflammation, and now I want to share with you another powerful tool to drive inflammation levels down. I personally use this tool on a weekly basis and have seen it work for countless patients. That tool is intermittent fasting (IF), and it has the health blogosphere all abuzz. Here’s what you need to know.

 

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Exercise: The secret to aging slowly

You have all heard the benefits of regular exercise. It will lower your blood pressure, strengthen your heart, and reduce stress in your life, but there is another great benefit. Exercise actually slows the ageing process, preserving your youth right down to your DNA.

Slows Biological Aging

In one study conducted recently by Brigham Young University, researchers found that people who exercise regularly at a moderate to high intensity actually have longer telomeres in their DNA.

 

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Rising Obesity Now Affects 1 In 10 People Worldwide, Fueling Illness, Death

Obesity is a “rising pandemic” afflicting one in 10 people around the world, causing health problems and premature deaths, according to a new study.

Obesity rates have risen over the last three decades in the 195 countries examined by the sweeping study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Monday. In more than 70 countries, including the United States, obesity rates at least doubled from 1980 to 2015. The world’s population of 7.5 billion now includes more than 2 billion people who are overweight or obese, according to the study.

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What is ‘Social Jet Lag’? And How Does it Affect Health?

 

Do you go to bed later and sleep in on the weekends? If so, you may have what some researchers call “social jet lag.”

While it appears to be a harmless problem, a new study has associated it with poorer health, worse mood, and a greater feeling of sleepiness and fatigue. The research team also associated it with long-term health effects, such as an increased risk of heart disease.

 

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Global Health Consequences of Eating Too Much Sugar

Story at-a-glance

  • Our evolutionary history doesn’t support a high-carb diet, yet the majority of foods we eat are loaded with added sugar
  • On average, Americans consume about 23 teaspoons of sugar per day
  • Sugar threatens to wipe out some of the oldest communities on Earth

There is increasingly compelling research showing your biology is not optimized for a high carb diet. Consuming excessive sugar just doesn’t bode well for you. Yet the majority of foods eaten in the U.S. and around the world (including in some previously unaffected aborigine communities) contain significant amounts of sugar.

However, this has not always been the case. Historically — and as recently as the 20th century — sugar was viewed as a treat. It was a delicacy enjoyed only on occasion, such as with a cup of coffee or tea. Fast-forward to the 21st century and added sugar is found in just about everything we eat, including many non-junk food items such as pasta sauce, salad dressing, crackers, fruit juices, yogurt, energy drinks and many other foods.

 

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