Archive for: May, 2013

Deliciously Healthy Summer Drinks for Kids

It’s never too soon to start teaching kids healthy eating habits. In fact, a new study published in the journal Pediatrics Obesity reports that the way parents feed their baby can strongly influence risk for early childhood obesity. Researchers from Brigham Young University analyzed health data from 8,030 kids and found that formula-fed babies were 2.5 times more likely to become obese by age two than breast-fed babies. Kids who … Continue reading “Study: Overeating Is Learned During Infancy”

Four Ways Family Dinners Make Kids Healthier

You’ve probably heard of disease “hotspots” (places where certain diseases are more common), but did you know that scientists have also discovered “cold spots” where chronic disorders like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease are rare? What’s particularly surprising is that these exceptionally healthy people often have genetic or environmental factors that should increase–not lower–their risk for these ailments. Researchers have studied the world’s healthiest people to find out why they … Continue reading “Good Health is Contagious”

Flax: A Superseed with Bountiful Health Benefits

New research shows that the old saying is true: breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Be sure to eat within one hour of waking up. Data from the National Weight Control Registry–an ongoing study of successful dieters who have shed an average of 66 pounds and kept it off for five years–shows that nearly 80 percent of them eat breakfast every day. A morning meal that … Continue reading “The Breakfast of Health Champions”

Mushrooms: A Marvelous Potent Source of Vitamin D

Probiotics don’t just benefit digestive health. Scientists have also discovered that the “good” bacteria found in fermented foods and supplements can aid weight loss and may help ward off colds, skin rashes, allergies, diabetes, and heart disease. Most remarkably, the “good” bacteria found in fermented foods and supplements may also be powerful natural antidepressants, with effects akin to those of drugs like Prozac, according to groundbreaking new research. How can … Continue reading “Surprising Health Perks of Probiotics”