As you forge through all of life’s challenges big and small (all the while taking control of your work, your health, your family, and your relationships), consider this: You may be neglecting to take charge of one of the most important facets of your overall well-being and happiness—your microbiome.
I’ve written before about how many men are experiencing both low testosterone levels (low T) and increased estrogen levels. This combination of hormone imbalances can result in a man packing on the belly fat—and even developing breast tissue! It can also result in decreased mental ability and energy levels, depression, and issues with sexual function like loss of libido and erectile dysfunction. Low testosterone is also a risk factor for heart disease, obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, osteoporosis, and other health issues.
It may surprise you but inflammation is the connection between your good health and many terrible illnesses.
One super-powerful antioxidant can help you gain control over the silent killer of inflammation.
Just like fashion and music trends, health fads wax and wane, and the latest word from the American Heart Association is that coconut oil isn’t as health-conscious as it has been made out to be.
In the recent Presidential Advisory from the AHA, which has caused a firestorm in the health community, a case is built around the adverse effects of saturated fat, how coconut oil is primarily composed of saturated fat, and thus, it’s concluded that we should cut coconut oil from our diets.
So, what’s a coconut oil lover to do?
Well, before you go raiding your pantry, let’s take a look at more of the underlying facts because there’s a lot more than meets the eye in this proclaimed health debacle.
A hot lesson in nutritional studies.
“Tears in Eyes” is a Sichuan dish of soft rice noodles covered in a spicy sauce made of dried, fresh, and pickled chili peppers, chili oil, and, of course, the iconic Sichuan peppercorn. It more than lives up to its name. The dish’s capsaicin content (capsaicin is what gives chilis their bite) is so intense that as tears stream down your face, you start to believe that you’re doing irreversible damage to your tongue.
It is also delicious. But could Tears in Eyes actually be healthy?
Their findings reveal that our bones have the capacity to retain ‘memory’ and the energy generated even after you stop exercising. This bone memory continues to change the way your body digests a high-fat and high-calorie diet.
Just as there is no magic pill to prevent cognitive decline, no single food can ensure a sharp brain as you age.
Nutritionists emphasize that the most important strategy is to follow a healthy dietary pattern that includes a lot of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains.
Try to get protein from plant sources and fish and choose healthy fats, such as olive oil or canola, rather than saturated fats.
That said, certain foods in this overall scheme are particularly rich in healthful components like omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, and antioxidants, which are known to support brain health.
Incorporating many of these foods into a healthy diet on a regular basis can improve the health of your brain, which could translate into better mental function.
Research shows that the best foods for your brain are the same one that protects your heart and blood vessels, including the following:
The risk of heart disease and diabetes may be lowered by a diet higher in a lipid found in grapeseed and other oils, but not olive oil, a recent study suggests.
Researchers at The Ohio State University found that men and women with higher linoleic acid levels tended to have less heart- threatening fat nestled between their vital organs, more lean body mass and less inflammation. And higher linoleic acid levels also meant a lower likelihood of insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes.
This finding could have obvious implications in preventing heart disease and diabetes, but also could be important for older adults because higher lean body mass can contribute to a longer life with more independence, said Ohio State’s Martha Belury, a professor of human nutrition who led the research.
But there’s a catch. Low-cost cooking oils rich in linoleic acid have been disappearing from grocery shelves, fueled by industry’s push for plants that have been modified to produce oils higher in oleic acid.