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The B Vitamins: Put Them on Your A List

The B Vitamins: Put Them on Your A ListTHURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- B vitamins. These powerhouse nutrients help your cells function at their best, protect your brain and heart, support your immune system and can even improve your mood and energy levels.This critical class of vitamins needs to be part of a healthy diet.According to Harvard Health, B vitamins help enzymes do their jobs, including releasing energy from carbohydrates and fat to breaking down amino acids and carrying oxygen and nutrients around the body.Two of the most essential ones are B6 and B12.Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is found in many foods, but it is also added to foods and supplements. B6 is a coenzyme that helps more than 100 enzymes perform various functions, including the breakdown of proteins, carbohydrates and fats, according to Harvard...

Do Fasting Diets Work? Study Finds Meal Size, Not...

18 January 2023
Do Fasting Diets Work? Study Finds Meal Size, Not Timing, Key to Weight LossWEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to weight loss, what seems to matter most is how often and how much you eat, rather than when you eat. That’s the conclusion of a new study that focused on the eating habits of about 550 adults. For six months, all were asked to use a phone app to report both the timing and size of all their meals.“What we found is that, on average, the more meals people ate throughout the day, or the more large meals they ate throughout the day, the more likely they were to gain weight over time,” said study author Dr. Wendy Bennett.By contrast, “eating more small meals during the day was associated with more weight loss,” added Bennett, an associate professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, in Baltimore.They found...

How Many Calories a Day Can Safely Spur Weight Loss?

18 January 2023
How Many Calories a Day Can Safely Spur Weight Loss?WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The key to losing weight sounds simple — eat less.Regardless of the diet you follow, dropping the pounds means burning more calories than you eat. That begs the question, how many calories should I eat to lose weight?According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, for most people, cutting about 500 calories a day is a good place to start. If you can eat 500 fewer calories every day, you should lose about a pound a week.Another easy way to figure out how many calories you should eat is to multiply your weight by 15, Harvard Health advises. That number will give you the number of calories you need to maintain your current weight. To lose weight, simply cut that number. But counting calories isn't enough, says Samantha Heller, a...

Herbal Remedies & You: 6 Tips to Safeguard Your Health

18 January 2023
Herbal Remedies & You: 6 Tips to Safeguard Your HealthWEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Not all prescription drugs and dietary herbal supplements work well together. It’s important to be aware of possible drug/supplement interactions that could be harmful, according to the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), a part of the National Institutes of Health.The organization offered tips on six potential issues. The supplement St. John’s wort interacts with many types of drugs, according to the NCCIH. Most often, it speeds up the processes that would change the drug into an inactive substance, meaning a person taking a certain medication would have less of that drug in the body. It can also interact with certain types of antidepressants, causing harmful side effects. Concentrated garlic extracts...

Why Is American Food So Unhealthy?

17 January 2023
Why Is American Food So Unhealthy?TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- It's no secret: The standard American diet is at the root of the obesity epidemic and many of its associated diseases. But why is American food so unhealthy? It's not just that Americans eat too much, which they do, but it's also what they eat that's unhealthy: fat, sugar, salt and ultra-processed foods. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the average American diet consists of excess salt, saturated fat, refined grains, calories from solid fats and added sugars.Americans also eat fewer vegetables, fruits, whole grains, dairy products and oils than recommended. Nearly 42% of American adults are obese, statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show.One reason may be that healthy foods are often more...
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