15 Secrets Around the World About Health and Nutrition

Why is it that populations from specific geographical locations around the world thrive in terms of health and wellness while others do so poorly? Here are 15 secrets across the globe that may make you reconsider your approach to your daily routine.

1. THAILAND
Thai food is among the spiciest in the world. Past research suggested that spicing food with chilies can lower blood pressure in people with that condition, reduce blood cholesterol and ease the tendency for dangerous blood clots to form. Hot peppers raise your metabolism, and spicing up your daily diet with some red pepper can also curb appetite, especially for those who don’t normally eat the popular spice, according to research from Purdue University. The real benefit of food with a little zing is that it slows your eating, says James Hill, PhD, past president of the American Society for Nutrition. “Americans eat too fast,” he says. “By the time your body signals that it’s full, you’ve overeaten. Eating slower is a good weight-loss strategy, and making food spicier is an easy way to do it.”

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5 Anti-Disease Properties Of Essential Spices In Your Diet

With changing lifestyles, we have become increasingly vulnerable to diseases like hypertension, high cholesterol and blood pressure that have long term effects. We choose to depend on antibiotics to battle these diseases. However, small changes in our diet can help reduce risks of common lifestyle diseases. In the west, we are unaccustomed to include a lot of spices in our food, but here’s why it is advisable that we start doing that.

Spices have been found to have the potential to reduce chronic inflammation that result in the long term lifestyle diseases. Here is a list of five such spices that have the anti-disease properties.

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15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy

15 Things You Should Give Up To Be HappyHere is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and much, much happier. We hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress and suffering – and instead of letting them all go, instead of allowing ourselves to be stress free and happy – we cling on to them. Not anymore. Starting today we will give up on all those things that no longer serve us, and we will embrace change. Ready? Here we go:

1. Give up your need to always be right

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The Top 24 Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Researchers at the University of South Carolina, including James Hebert, ScD, and Philip Cavicchia, PhD, scored foods and food components thought to positively or negatively affect levels of inflammation, based on a review of peer-reviewed studies relating to diet and inflammation that were published between 1950 and 2007. Since then, new research is bringing the index closer to “prime time”–ready to be used in epidemiological and clinical studies.

While each plan has its own twist, all are based on the general concept that constant or out-of-control inflammation in the body leads to ill health, and that eating to avoid constant inflammation promotes better health and can ward off disease, says Russell Greenfield, MD, a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (more…)

Science Confirms: The More Coffee You Drink, The Longer You Will Live

 credit: http://p-fst1.pixstatic.com/5354f520dbfa3f584800fd08._w.540_s.fit_.jpgAccording to the National Coffee Association (NCA) coffee consumption in the U.S. is increasing. More than three-quarters of Americans are confirmed coffee drinkers with 59% reporting they drink a cup of Joe each and every day, while 71% drink it at least once per week. In fact, it ranks as America’s second most popular beverage after water. Americans consume around 400 millions cups of coffee every day. Most coffee beans are imported.

 

 

But is it a Healthy Habit?

“Overall, the research shows that coffee is far more healthful than it is harmful; for most people, very little bad comes from drinking it, but a lot of good.”
Tomas DePaulis, PhD, research scientist at Vanderbilt University’s Institute for Coffee Studies.

 

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6 Hidden Health Benefits of Melatonin

While your body is asleep, it’s raging an internal war. Melatonin, which we often refer to as the “sleep hormone”, serves as a useful ally.

The multi-faceted nature of melatonin is for the most part unknown. Currently, there is research suggesting it may protect, and even treat, certain diseases.

Below we’ve described some of the lesser-known benefits of this widely used supplement.

Melatonin is a Powerful Antioxidant

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This supplement may protect every organ in your body

supplement store 2(Health Secrets) Can you imagine a supplement that protects every organ in the human body and has no significant side effects? This is the kind of claim that gets the FDA after the supplement industry, but in the case of lipoic acid, there’s plenty of research showing this claim may be true. What makes lipoic acid so special? Unlike drugs which possess a singularly defined molecular mechanism of action, lipoic acid is capable of producing multiple effects from its influence on a single gene.

Lipoic acid is a naturally occurring substance, essential for the function of different enzymes that take part in the mitochondria’s oxidative metabolism. (The mitochondria is the tiny furnace contained in each cell, in which food is burned and energy is produced – it is at the very core of life.) The excess production of free radicals occurring in this process results in oxidative stress being a big factor in the development of degenerative diseases. Lipoic acid has many biochemical functions in the human body to turn this process around:

  • Functioning as antioxidants
  • Chelating active metal ions
  • Protecting against oxidized forms of other antioxidants such as vitamins C and E
  • Modulating signaling transduction in several pathways

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High Salt Diet Protects Against Infection, Boosts Immunity

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The dietary tides are once again turning for salt.

You may remember a landmark JAMA study in 2011 that showed that contrary to what the medical community espoused for years – salt actually lengthens your life; it doesn’t cut your life or raise the risk of hypertension. That study found that people actually lived longer if they consumed salt. Notably, they were not studying pink Himalayan salt, but regular old, processed table salt. (more…)

Why getting by on little to no sleep spells trouble for cells, organs

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Many people are aware that they should try their best to get proper amounts of sleep. At the very least, lack of it makes them groggy the following day. In other, more serious instances, drowsy driving has been found to be responsible for 1,550 fatalities and 40,000 nonfatal injuries every year in the United States. So serious is the issue that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers lack of shut-eye a public health epidemic.(1) (more…)

5 Superfoods That Actually Live Up to the Hype

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These five superfoods won’t break the bank, but they will provide great health benefits.
Last week we talked about five superfoods that are more hype than substance. (Check it out here in case you missed it.)

Though they were healthy foods, they didn’t necessarily deserve the moniker “superfood.” On top of that, they tended to be expensive, and not really worth the money when other, more economical foods provide similar benefits.

So this week, we thought it would be fitting to turn the tables. What five foods do live up to the hype, and truly deserve to be called superfoods?

What is a Superfood?

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