Artificial and Non-sugar Sweeteners: the Good, the Bad, and the Science

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We like sweet things. We are born with a sweet tooth. For thousands of years we satisfied that sweet tooth as soon as we were able to. This was never a problem, since sugar was not something readily available. Today, sugar-sweetened products surround us in every grocery store, and advertisements for candy and soft drinks … Read more

Coconut Oil – A Healthier Choice?

Coconut oil has become more and more popular over the last decade, often being hailed as having a number of beneficial health effects. Claims that coconut oil can decrease cardiovascular disease risk, improve weight loss, and even protect against diseases like Alzheimer’s abound. A new meta-analysis takes a look at the scientific evidence behind these … Read more

Regular Exercise Can Prevent a Large Number of Falls in the Elderly

Preventing falls is a top priority to keep older people healthy and mobile. Over one-third of all community-dwelling people over the age of 65 fall every year, and that rate increases with age. At that age, falling isn’t just a matter of getting up again and going about your day. The older you are, the … Read more

Vitamin D: Effects, Benefits, and Safety

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Vitamin D is a fat-soluble and essential vitamin your body needs to be able to absorb calcium and keep your bones healthy. You get vitamin D from sunlight, food, or from supplements. Only a handful of foods provide vitamin D in sufficient amounts, and deficiency is fairly common. This makes vitamin D one of the … Read more

Omega-3 Supplements Have No Effects on Depression and Anxiety

Earlier this year, an expert panel organized by the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research concluded that omega-3 fatty acids should be recommended as adjuvant treatment for major depression in pregnant women, children, and the elderly, and as prevention in high-risk populations. In the light of a brand new and extensive meta-analysis, that recommendation might … Read more

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Effects, Benefits, and Safety

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Omega-3 fatty acids have numerous functions in your body. They help regulate your blood pressure, inflammatory processes, and your nervous system, just to mention a few vital functions. In addition, they are responsible for maintaining cell structure and signaling, as well as cell membrane fluidity. You wouldn’t survive without them. For the athlete, omega-3 fatty … Read more

Exercise Leads to Immediate Improvement of Chemotherapy-Related Side Effects

If you have to undergo chemotherapy, chances are you don’t feel well. The treatment can actually make you feel worse than the disease. If we are lucky, we won’t have to experience it ourselves. However, to say that you don’t feel very well during chemotherapy seems to be an understatement. At the same time, keeping … Read more

School-Based Resistance Training Strengthens Bones in Adolescent Girls

You’re never too old to exercise and start reaping the benefits of strength training. On the other side of the spectrum, you’re never too young, either. A recent study examined the effects of regular weight training on bone formation in young girls. Sixty-two girls, divided into two groups, participated in their school gym classes as … Read more

Butter and Biceps: All About the Ketogenic Diet for the Athlete

Keto and strength training

The ketogenic diet is a low-carbohydrate diet, but not any old low-carb diet. It’s not a diet where you just cut down on your carbs and let the rest take care of itself. Rather, it’s a diet with a low – very low – carb intake, but where you replace the carbs with fat. The … Read more

Lifting Weights to Relieve Depression: Scientific Evidence That Resistance Training Can Help

Depression and strength training

Your muscles are not the only things benefitting from a training session in the gym. Depression is something that is afflicting 300 million people all over the world at this very moment. They might not even be aware of it, but almost everyone has relatives or friends who at some point have been clinically depressed. … Read more