FAQ on that foul smell, hey! Halitosis. That is the medical term for bad breath. Most of us at one time or another have quite literally zipped our mouth shut because of that foul smell that even we ourselves cannot stand. How can the mouth, the organ that keeps us alive and that we associate with … Read More

If your parents have ever nagged at you to get out of bed and do something productive on a Saturday morning, you can now tell them that sleeping in on weekends is a good practice, especially for those who regularly do not get enough sleep during the week. A recent study conducted by researchers at the … Read More

Soybeans were first domesticated in Northern China, where they were used as a staple food source. Soy can be processed from soy beans into a variety of forms including soy milk and soy protein.  Recently, soy has been appearing in various diets and healthy dietary regiments. Its many health benefits include the alleviation of diarrhea and the … Read More

Often known as “lady fingers” in the Southern states, okra is a star-shaped vegetable that has a unique texture and taste. The outside feels firm and crisp; however, one bite of the vegetable brings a sensation of chewiness and goo. In fact, it is often used in soups as a thickening agent. However, it’s known … Read More

In 2010, diabetes was determined to be the seventh leading cause of death for individuals in the United States. With the prevalence of obesity due to overconsumption of fast food and sugary diets, diabetes has become a growing problem for people of all ages. For those individuals with type II diabetes, setting limits and guidelines … Read More

Lifestyle, dietary choices, and time dedicated to exercise are many of the contributing factors towards obesity. However, researchers have determined a new suspect that may play a role in the development of what is a called the “metabolic syndrome“. Individuals with metabolic syndrome suffer from three or more of the following conditions: obesity, type II diabetes, high blood … Read More

Almonds, which are often found in desserts and breakfast cereals, make delicious snacks on their own. They are a nutrient powerhouse, packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein! In addition, they have a high unsaturated fat content and a low saturated fat content, and they are cholesterol free. Daily consumption of almonds may provide major health benefits … Read More

Approximately 29.1 million people in the US suffer from diabetes, a group of metabolic diseases in which those affected have high blood sugar. Depending on the type of diabetes, type 1 or type 2, those suffering from the disease may need to perform blood sugar testing up to eight times a day. This is approximately … Read More

Each day, millions of people around the world use plastic products, especially for food and drink, but new research suggests that not just the food and drink make their way into our bodies. In 2004, a chemical called di-2-ethylhexylphlatate (DHEP) was banned in Europe when research confirmed that it had negative human health effects. DHEP was used as … Read More

Trying to improve or maintain your heart health requires vigilance about the levels of different types of fat in your body. Triglycerides are just one of these fats. They are present in the blood. Any unused calories from food are immediately converted into triglycerides, which are stored in fat cells. Hormones later release the triglycerides for energy … Read More

Is there risk of cognitive decline for those who suffer from both depression and diabetes? The stress of managing diabetes every day and the effects of diabetes on the brain may contribute to depression. In the US, according to the NIMH, people with diabetes are twice as likely to develop depression. Conversely, depression may affect physical … Read More

Beautiful and resilient skin is what many women strive for as they age. A lot of the beauty products that promote anti-aging effects often contain vitamin E, but what exactly is vitamin E? What are its potential benefits and harms? Vitamin E is an antioxidant, a compound that primarily protects cell membranes from damage. It is used in many hair, skin … Read More

With the recent natural food boom, demand for natural yet non-caloric sweeteners is on a steady rise. Among such natural sweeteners on the market, Stevia is the most widely known and used by food manufacturers. In the U.S., we find highly refined forms of Stevia sold under brands like Truvia. Stevia sweeteners are extracted from the … Read More

Do you worry about your sugar intake? Research shows that there might be an herbal fix for high blood sugar levels. Ginseng has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years and refers to any of the 11 plant species of the genus Panax. While many plants share the name “ginseng” in their common names, … Read More

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