junk food

Parents, junk food can damage your child’s immune system!

  Junk and fried food Eating junk and processed food causes our immune system to respond with an inflammatory reaction, to provide protection to our tissues and cells. Chronic inflammation then hinders our ability to fight infections. Too much salt, sugar and fat cause’s harmful bacteria to grow in the digestive system thereby compromising your […]

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Simple and effective tips to fight chronic inflammation

It’s true that scientists are uncovering new complexities and expanding their knowledge of factors that may contribute to inflammation or help counter it. But much of the heavily hyped guidance for an anti-inflammation lifestyle boils down to the same no-nonsense health advice your grandmother might have given you. Make healthy food choices Our diets play […]

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Five health boosting benefits of bananas

Do bananas work in treating constipation?

No one can argue that bananas are a healthy fruit loaded with foliate, fibre, potassium and magnesium. But the question remains about whether the nutritious fruit causes or relieves constipation. In an article on Everyday Health, Tammy Lakatos, registered dietician, nutritionist and personal trainer said that unripened green bananas are constipating, but ripe bananas with […]

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Artificial sugar sweeteners offer no verifiable health benefits

Researchers reveal why artificial sweeteners are bad for your health

For decades, scientists have had a tough time figuring out what artificial sweeteners are really doing to our bodies. To date, researchers have conducted over 210,000 different studies on the sugar substitutes. But despite all the research, we still know remarkably little about the health effects of the powdery substances, which are often used to […]

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Pomegranates can help treat inflammatory bowel disease, suggest study

Urolithin A, derived from pomegranates, and its synthetic equivalent could help treat inflammatory bowel disease Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) refers to two different conditions,  Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis,  that are characterised by the long-term inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, which includes the oesophagus, stomach, and intestines. In a new study, researchers from the University […]

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Regulating gut bacteria might help manage anxiety, finds 11 of 21 studies

People who experience anxiety symptoms might be helped by taking steps to regulate the microorganisms in their gut using probiotic and non-probiotic food and supplements, suggests a review of studies published today in the journal General Psychiatry. Anxiety symptoms are common in people with mental diseases and a variety of physical disorders, especially in disorders […]

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Exercise boosts well-being by improving gut health, finds US study

Exercise boosts well-being by improving gut health, finds US study

Both bacterial diversity in the gut and regular exercise are important when it comes to health. But how are the two related? Though this may seem strange, human bodies are actually made, according to recent estimates, of about as many bacteria and other microorganisms as regular human cells. In the colon alone, the tract that […]

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Researchers reveal: People with depression less likely to have certain gut bacteria

Researchers reveal: People with depression less likely to have certain gut bacteria

People who lack certain gut bacteria are more likely to experience depression, according to the largest study yet to find a link between our microbiota and mental health. Jeroen Raes of KU Leuven University in Belgium and colleagues examined over 1000 volunteers in Belgium who’d had the bacteria living in their gut genetically sequenced as […]

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