Turmeric: The Golden Spice of Life and Happiness

Used as both a food and medicine for nearly 4,000 years, turmeric–the spice that gives curry its golden hue–may have mood-boosting effects comparable to those of prescription medication–without the adverse effects, a new study published in Phytotherapy Research suggests. Sixty patients suffering from major depressive mood disorder were randomly divided into three groups. One group received the antidepressant fluoxetine (a generic form of Prozac), the second group was given curcumin … Continue reading “Turmeric: The Golden Spice of Life and Happiness”

Foods That Help You Beat the Heat

As temperatures soar, certain foods offer a delicious way to cool down from the inside out. From succulent fruits and veggies that keep you well hydrated to spicy dishes that jumpstart your body’s natural cooling system, here are some of the tastiest, healthiest eats to beat the heat. Cucumbers. There’s a good reason for the saying, “cool as a cucumber.” This crisp, water-rich vegetable is remarkably low in calories (only … Continue reading “Foods That Help You Beat the Heat”

Study: Poor Eating Habits–Not Just Diet–Jeopardize Kids’ Health

Certain eating habits, including meals served in front of the TV, can lead to higher cholesterol levels in preschoolers, potentially putting them at risk for cardiovascular disease as adults, according to a new study published in Canadian Medical Association Journal. The researchers analyzed the eating behaviors and lipid levels of 1,076 kids, ages 3 to 5, and found that the less healthy the youngsters’ eating habits were, the higher their … Continue reading “Study: Poor Eating Habits–Not Just Diet–Jeopardize Kids’ Health”

Are Tart Cherries the Ultimate Antioxidant?

Instead of popping a pill for joint aches, consider drinking tart cherry juice. A recent study reported that the tangy fruit has the “highest anti-inflammatory content of any food,” and may help arthritis sufferers manage their disease. The scientists reported that when women with inflammatory osteoarthritis sipped tart cherry juice twice daily for three weeks, their levels of important inflammatory markers fell significantly. In an earlier study, researcher Kerry Kuehl, … Continue reading “Are Tart Cherries the Ultimate Antioxidant?”

Delicious Foods That Fight Pain

With a scary new study linking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)–pain relievers like ibuprofen–to higher risk of heart attacks, strokes, and death from cardiovascular causes–as well as GI problems–you are probably wondering if there’s a safer way to sooth your aches. The wonderful news is that some scrumptious, healthy foods actually pack as much pain-fighting power as some pain relieving drugs–without the worrisome side effects, according to recent studies. Here’s a … Continue reading “Delicious Foods That Fight Pain”

Celebrate Summer with Farmers’ Market Feasts

A shocking new study shows that fewer than 1 in 3 US adolescents eat fruits and vegetables every day. And not surprisingly, the kids with the unhealthiest eating habits were most likely to be overweight or obese and unhappy with the appearance of their bodies. Like adults, kids should eat a diet that’s high in produce, such as my 70% plant + 30% protein Omni Diet, for optimal health. One … Continue reading “Celebrate Summer with Farmers’ Market Feasts”

Why Exercise Puts a Smile on Your Face

What would it take to motivate you to work out regularly–even when you don’t feel like it? For years, medical providers and public health experts have been trying to entice people to move more by listing such benefits as weight loss, a sexier figure, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and reduced risk for heart attacks, diabetes and cancer. Yet 80 percent of American adults don’t get the recommended amount of … Continue reading “Why Exercise Puts a Smile on Your Face”

4 Seemingly Healthy Foods That Are Bad For You

Food marketers have discovered that when they use certain buzzwords on food packaging, the food acquires an often misleading “health halo” that can prompt consumers to eat twice as much–or more–of it than they would otherwise. The most dangerous, but alluring buzzwords are “fat-free” and “sugar-free,” both of which signal foods that can make you fat and sick. Here are four other nutrition imposters to avoid: Vitamin water. Most of … Continue reading “4 Seemingly Healthy Foods That Are Bad For You”