Eating processed food decreases gut bacteria diversity by 40% in just 10 days

You know that eating processed food is horrible for your health, but have you ever stopped to think about what it is exactly that makes it so bad for you? Of course, preservatives like nitrates are linked to a higher risk of cancer, and all the sugar in these foods can raise your risk of diabetes. However, one aspect of health and is often overlooked is gut bacteria – and eating processed foods essentially destroy it.

The human gut is directly responsible for the health of your immune system, and by extension, your risk of disease and degree of overall health. A British professor, Tim Spector, decided to take a closer look at how consuming processed foods can impact our all-important gut bacteria. His son, Tom, a college student studying genetics, volunteered to eat a diet consisting solely of food from McDonald’s for 10 days in order to determine how the microbiome and gut bacteria in his digestive system were affected.

During the study, he was allowed to eat either chicken nuggets or a Big Mac, along with French fries and a Coke. Beer and potato chips were also permitted. They took fecal samples throughout the study, from the beginning until after it concluded, to examine bacterial composition.

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Reduce your risk of breast cancer by 21% by simply eating one more serving of veggies a day

According to research, eating more vegetables daily can help lower your risk of developing breast cancer by as much as 21 percent.

The paper, which was published in the European Journal of Cancer, analyzed various studies via meta-analysis to confirm if women who followed diets high in fruit and vegetables did have a lower risk of developing breast cancer. The analysis also studied how micronutrients, like carotenoids and vitamin C, can protect against breast cancer given their role in antioxidant defense.

The researchers noted that according to several studies, “[eating] fruit and vegetables reduces risk of breast cancer and the more consumed, the greater the protection.” Even simply eating a single serving of vegetables every day can help lower the risk of breast cancer by as much as 21 percent while a daily serving of fruit can minimize the risk by at least 17 percent.

“What’s especially noteworthy about this research is that the U.S. Food an

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Brain farts or something else? Telltale signs of inflammation in the brain, and 4 foods to fight it

Inflammation is known to play a role in the development of a lot of ailments and long-term health conditions — and the brain is not immune to it. Inflammation in the brain, whether acute or chronic, can cause serious health problems. Because brain inflammation is a silent killer, you must be aware of its telltale signs. You may have inflammation in the brain if you experience one or more of the following:

  • Slow mental processing or a foggy feeling in the brain;
  • Over fatigue or constantly needing caffeine to feel awake;
  • Inability to focus or a short attention span; or
  • Strong reactions to environmental allergens or toxins, such as artificial perfume, secondhand smoke, pollution, or other chemical smells.

Furthermore, chronic inflammation in the brain is also associated with one or more other health conditions. These include:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Anxiety
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome or pre-diabetes
  • Mood disorders
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Stroke
  • Schizophrenia

Meanwhile, the exact cause of brain inflammation or encephalitis remains unknown. However, it is most commonly associated with a viral infection. The common viruses that can cause brain inflammation include herpes simplex virus, enteroviruses, mosquito-borne viruses, tick-borne viruses, rabies virus, and childhood infections. In addition, bacterial infections and noninfectious inflammatory conditions can also cause brain inflammation. This condition can occur in anyone, but an increased risk can be seen in young children and older adults and people with HIV/AIDS or those with a weakened immune system. The possibility of developing the condition also depend on geographical regions and season of the year.

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Four foods to fight brain inflammation

Fortunately, inflammation in the brain can be prevented with four foods by nourishing the brain and reducing inflammation. (Related: Pomegranates reduce brain inflammation, helping protect against Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and neurological disease.)

  1. Grass-fed butter – Grass-fed butter is a type of butter that is rich in fats and butyric acid — a nutrient that can help to decrease glucose and reverse inflammatory damage from high levels. However, you must be careful when selecting butter. Make sure that it is grass-fed and of high quality because conventional butter does not have the same fatty acid contents.
  2. AvocadoAvocado is a known superfood because it is not only rich in healthy fats, but also in various vitamins and minerals. It has monounsaturated fats that can help restrain and balance oxidized cholesterol, which is an inflammatory marker that can be linked with brain inflammation and other health risks such as stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.
  3. Coconut oil Coconut oil is another superfood that contains medium chain fatty acid that can be transformed by the liver into ketones for fuel. Consuming coconut oil can be beneficial to the brain as it can lessen inflammation. Moreover, it can help lower insulin and reduce body fat as well as aid in weight loss.
  4. SalmonSalmon has the greatest levels of omega-3 fatty acids compared to other fish varieties. Omega-3 fatty acids are known to contain strong anti-inflammatory properties. Thus, the consumption of high quality salmon and other fatty fish can slow down cognitive decline and decrease the signs of aging. In turn, these can make or keep the brain healthy.

Read more stories about the brain and how to keep it healthy at Brain.news.

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https://www.food.news/2018-02-01-15-signs-of-inflammation-in-the-brain-and-4-foods-to-fight-it.html

 

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Does Full-Fat Dairy Promote Heart Disease? Research Says No

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Story at-a-glance

  • Saturated fats do not clog your arteries or promote heart disease. On the contrary, these fats are important for optimal health, and actually combat many of today’s chronic diseases, including heart disease
  • Analysis of the blood fats in more than 2,900 adults revealed the mortality rate during a 22-year period was identical regardless of levels — a finding that exonerates whole milk as a health wrecker
  • People with higher levels of heptadecanoic acid — a component of butterfat — had a 42 percent lower risk of stroke, the analysis found
  • A 2014 systematic review concluded current evidence does not support cardiovascular guidelines that discourage saturated fat consumption
  • Research has also shown eating high-fat cheese raises your high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, which is thought to be protective against metabolic diseases and heart disease

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Brain farts or something else? Telltale signs of inflammation in the brain, and 4 foods to fight it

Inflammation is known to play a role in the development of a lot of ailments and long-term health conditions — and the brain is not immune to it. Inflammation in the brain, whether acute or chronic, can cause serious health problems. Because brain inflammation is a silent killer, you must be aware of its telltale signs. You may have inflammation in the brain if you experience one or more of the following:

  • Slow mental processing or a foggy feeling in the brain;
  • Over fatigue or constantly needing caffeine to feel awake;
  • Inability to focus or a short attention span; or
  • Strong reactions to environmental allergens or toxins, such as artificial perfume, secondhand smoke, pollution, or other chemical smells. (more…)

Reduce your risk of breast cancer by 21% by simply eating one more serving of veggies a day

According to research, eating more vegetables daily can help lower your risk of developing breast cancer by as much as 21 percent.

The paper, which was published in the European Journal of Cancer, analyzed various studies via meta-analysis to confirm if women who followed diets high in fruit and vegetables did have a lower risk of developing breast cancer. The analysis also studied how micronutrients, like carotenoids and vitamin C, can protect against breast cancer given their role in antioxidant defense.

The researchers noted that according to several studies, “[eating] fruit and vegetables reduces risk of breast cancer and the more consumed, the greater the protection.” Even simply eating a single serving of vegetables every day can help lower the risk of breast cancer by as much as 21 percent while a daily serving of fruit can minimize the risk by at least 17 percent.

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Double whammy: Chemicals found in everyday products such as fast food wrappers found to sabotage metabolism, contribute to weight gain

Gains made from weight loss diets and regular exercise can be compromised by chemicals in the utensils and packaging used to prepare and store otherwise healthy food. This is the conclusion of a Harvard-led study that found a correlation between obesogens and weight increase among dieters.

The technical term for obesogens is “perfluoroalkyl substances” (PFAS). They are a class of chemicals that have been used in food wrappers, pots, pans, and other consumer and industrial products for the last 60 years. Called “obesogens” because of their disruptive effect on the body’s normal way of regulating weight, PFASs can lower the resting metabolic rate (RMR) of people, causing their bodies to burn fewer  calories while they are at rest. People with low RMR will gain weight more easily unless they adjust their food intake to account for the imbalance in their metabolism.

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6 More reasons NOT to drink diet soda

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(Natural News) Sodas are known to be harmful to health. Likewise, diet sodas are still bad for you.

“Diet” sodas and zero-calorie drinks are marketed as “healthier” alternatives to regular soda. But do not be fooled, they are made out of artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame, cyclamates, saccharin, sucralose, and acesulfame potassium. Artificial sweeteners are said to contain no calories but are at least 300 times as sweet as sugar. As a result, most people are deceived by the thought that products labeled as zero-calorie retain their sweetness without causing weight gain or diabetes. (Related: Is Diet Soda Bad for You? Here’s What Happen to Your Body When You Drink It.)

Here are six more reasons why you should not drink diet soda:

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Eggs Are Good for Your Cholesterol

 

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Story at-a-glance

  • Eggs are considered one of the world’s most perfect foods, but became a target based on the faulty premise of the medical establishment that eating too many yolks would drive up cholesterol
  • Chickens weren’t regarded as much beyond egg production until a new concept featuring chicken as a main course took flight in the late ’40s, based on the food industry’s initiative to find more uses for chickens
  • Dense, small-particle LDL cholesterol in your body is a risk factor for heart disease risk, while large, fluffy LDL particles constitute a lower risk, but here’s the kicker: Eggs convert small LDL particles to large particles
  • In the study, people with Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes ate 12, eight or two eggs per week for a year, after which a series of tests showed no negative health consequences whatsoever
  • The 113 milligrams of choline (nearly 25 percent of your Daily Reference Intake or DRI) is crucial for pregnant women, as it helps to prevent certain birth defects, including spina bifida, and support the brain development of unborn babies

By Dr. Mercola

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Mood-Boosting Foods: 7 Foods for Greater Happiness

Mood-boosting foods - Dr. Axe

The healthiest mood-boosting foods might not always be the first thing on your mind when you find yourself diving into a bowl of ultra-processed foods like greasy chips or crispy fried chicken. These foods may temporarily taste amazing but often leave you feeling less-than-awesome afterward. It’s our biology. Our brains are wired to turn to food to feel better. And the food industry knows how to play us. (At least it tries to by adding some of the worst ingredients into our foods.)

Our bodies actually respond to different types of foods in different ways. And some foods, like those full of “bad” carbohydrates — like white breads and pasta and deep-fried treats — can leave us feeling bloated and down in the dumps. Eating a poor diet is full of cascading effects that damage your mood. And to think that your mood plays no role in your health is a totally myth. A poor mood can actually damage your immune system, slow down weight loss and lead to tension headaches. Ouch.

Luckily, there are others that can actually improve our moods.

Feeling blue? Download my mood boosting food recipe guide here.

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