We’ve all heard about the benefits of recycling – and it turns out it’s good for your body too! Autophagy is often described as the body’s recycling process and is linked with reduced risk of many diseases as well as longer lifespan. It’s a hot topic in medical research and may help prevent and even cure many serious health disorders. But what is autophagy? And how can we benefit from it? In this post we answer these questions and take a look at the health benefits of autophagy.
There are more microorganisms living on and in you than the total number of cells in your body. And a growing body of evidence suggests they are not just along for the ride. More and more studies are revealing the importance of the symbiotic relationship between your gut bacteria and you. Poor microbiome is increasingly associated with health problems such as diabetes, cancer and even depression. Probiotic supplements contain live bacteria that survive digestion to take up residence in the gut. So does this mean they can be used to improve your microbiome?
It’s not just what we eat or even how much. New research is shedding light on the importance of when we eat. Studies have shown fasting and time-restricted eating reduce the risk of many diet-related diseases. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is one such diet-related disease and affects millions of people worldwide. In the US, it’s estimated that as many as 40% of people suffer from this disorder – many of whom may not even realize. In this article we take a look at whether fasting is an effective way to reverse fatty liver disease.
Bodybuilding and fitness forums have gone crazy for a study which looked at the effects of onion juice in rats. We already knew eating vegetables is healthy, but apparently they can also boost testosterone levels – dramatically. The study in question reports that giving rats onion juice increased testosterone levels by more than 300%. But can these results be replicated in humans? Do onions increase testosterone?
We typically think eating too much salt is a bad thing. And while there is such a thing as too much, new research suggests eating too little salt may be a greater cause for concern. Studies have shown a low sodium diet can increase the risk of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. In fact, there are many biological similarities between low sodium and high sugar diets. In this post we look at the links between low salt diet, insulin resistance and diabetes.
Just looking at chamomile is enough to make you feel relaxed! But there’s more to this daisy-like plant than just a pleasant appearance. Chamomile has long been believed to have calming effects – and there’s a significant body of evidence backing this up. In this post we take a look at the scientific research supporting chamomile for anxiety.
Vitamin D plays a vital role in fetal development. Worryingly, though, research suggests pregnant women are at higher risk of deficiency – especially in regions that don’t get much sunlight. And vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy is linked with premature birth, low birthweight and gestational diabetes. Current health guidelines recommend pregnant women get 600 IU of vitamin D per day. But is this dose enough?