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…)
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.
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.
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
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.
The topic of grilling carcinogens is probably the last thing you want to focus on while heading up for a summer cookout, especially with Memorial Day weekend coming up. The truth is when we’re playing softball, enjoying a family picnic or watching fireworks, there’s a good chance you’re in front of a grill firing up some hot dogs, burgers, shrimp, ribs or even veggie kabobs. Normally, we just write off this time as a once-per-year gorge fest, turning a blind eye to any health concerns as well. I’m not saying that your burger and bratwurst bonanza can’t pack on pounds and clog your arteries, but the good news is that Fourth of July cookouts don’t have to be bad for you in other aspects, such increasing your risk of cancer. With just a few simple steps, you can not only avoid grilling mistakes and drastically lower the amount of grilling carcinogens hiding out in your meals, but you can make them taste much better, too.
Mitochondria — the tiny energy factories within your cells — generate adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the energy currency your body needs to run its systems. Your mitochondria are also responsible for apoptosis (programmed cell death), and serve as important signaling molecules that help regulate your genetic expression. Hence, the state of your mitochondria plays a key role in health and disease.
Once your mitochondria become damaged and dysfunctional, your energy reserves decrease, leading to a wide variety of symptoms, some of the most common being headache and fatigue, and leaving you increasingly vulnerable to degenerative diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and neurodegenerative decay.
Unfortunately, mitochondrial damage is more the norm than the exception these days, thanks to the prevalence of processed food diets, inactivity, lack of sun exposure and excessive exposure to toxins and non-native electromagnetic fields from cellphones, routers, cellular towers and more. All of these factors contribute to mitochondrial dysfunction. On the upside, your body can regenerate and renew, regardless of your age — provided it has the proper fuel to do so. (more…)
If you have been visiting Health Impact News, you may have noticed the notion that arterial inflammation is what’s behind heart disease, not cholesterol from saturated fats.
A clinical human trial recently published in The New England Journal of Medicinein August of 2017 may tip a few more in the medical field into accepting the current awareness that inflammatory damage is a major cause of heart and cardiovascular disease, and cholesterol is trying to patch up the damage before the vessel begins to leak or rupture.
Cholesterol is actually a vitally useful “waxy” compound for many parts of our bodies, especially the brain. Lowering cholesterol is misguided, and usually causes terrible side effects.
Recent Novartis Pharmaceuticals Funded Study (more…)
These evidence-based botanical medicines proven to induce or maintain remission in the debilitating inflammatory bowel disease known as Crohn’s offer hope to those resigned to a fate of life-altering immunosuppressive drugs or surgery.
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which is subdivided into ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, afflicts 1.4 million Americans and typically first appears between the ages of 15 and 30 (1). Whereas ulcerative colitis is more distal, affecting the rectum and spreading upwards toward the descending and transverse colon in an uninterrupted fashion, Crohn’s disease typically involves the ileum and colon and can affect any part of the digestive tract, often in a discontinuous pattern characterized by skip lesions (2).
In ulcerative colitis, inflammation is generally circumscribed to the mucosa, whereas inflammation can navigate down intestinal crypts, becoming transmural or penetrating the entire depth of the intestinal wall in Crohn’s disease (2). Due to this disparity, Crohn’s disease can ulcerate through the layers of the bowel into the mesentery, leading to complications such fibrosis or scarring of tissue that leads to strictures or perforations, as well as intestinal granulomas and fistulas (2). Fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, and weight loss are hallmark symptoms.