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Elementary School Kids Get Healthier When Gardening Is on Curriculum

Elementary School Kids Get Healthier When Gardening Is on CurriculumMONDAY, Jan. 16, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A Texas-based education initiative has found that enrolling children in poor communities in gardening and cooking classes may help boost their long-term health.Called “Texas Sprouts," the program covered one full academic year and exposed elementary school children in 16 low-income schools access to outdoor gardening instruction, nutrition information and cooking lessons. Parents were offered similar classes.The end result? Among the kids, there was a notable post-class drop in the risk for becoming pre-diabetic and diabetic, as measured by lower blood sugar levels, and lower "bad" cholesterol levels.“We know that diets high in added sugar, specifically sugar-sweetened beverages, are linked to higher risk of type 2 diabetes in children,...

What Is the Heart-Healthy DASH Diet?

16 January 2023
What Is the Heart-Healthy DASH Diet?MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A common eating plan with a catchy acronym — the DASH diet — is designed to help you lower your blood pressure, but exactly what can you eat while on it?The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet has been around for almost 25 years and it’s still one of the top diets recommended for overall good health and heart disease prevention. One recent study of the DASH diet published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found "some of the strongest evidence that diet directly impacts cardiac damage, and our findings show that dietary interventions can improve cardiovascular risk factors in a relatively short time period," study author Dr. Stephen Juraschek, an assistant professor of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess...

Plant-Based Diets: What Are They, and How Do You Start?

13 January 2023
Plant-Based Diets: What Are They, and How Do You Start?FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- As Americans struggle to eat better, plant-based diets have become the rage, but exactly what are those and how hard are they to follow?A growing number of people have turned to plant-based eating, as evidenced by the fact that the plant-based foods market increased by 29% in recent years, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Still, even though the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine says there are many health benefits to plant-based eating patterns, making the switch from consuming a diet rich in meat to one that centers on plants can be a challenge.What is a plant-based diet?“When we talk about a whole foods, plant-based diet, we mean the majority (at least 80% to 90%) of the food should be unprocessed plant-based...

Water Weight: How to Lose It for Good

13 January 2023
Water Weight: How to Lose It for GoodFRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Water weight. It's the bane of dieters looking to lose pounds, causing bloating, puffiness and disappointment when stepping on a scale.While a full 60% of your body is water, sometimes too much water is retained. That can make losing weight frustrating because it may seem like you aren't actually losing weight. Varying water levels can make a person’s weight fluctuate by 2 to 4 pounds in just one day.The amount of water your body contains is a function of your body's composition, sex and age, but eating can cause you to retain a few extra pounds of water. This extra water is fluid the kidneys would normally purge from the body."Most of our weight is water," said Dr. Gabe Neal, a family medicine physician and clinical assistant professor at...

Fast Food May Be Toxic to Your Liver

12 January 2023
Fast Food May Be Toxic to Your LiverTHURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Do your liver a favor and steer clear of fast food, new research urges.People with obesity or diabetes who consumed 20% or more of their daily calories from fast food had severely elevated levels of fat in their liver compared to those who ate less fast food or none.Even the general U.S. population had moderate increases in liver fat when fast food made up one-fifth or more of their diet, the study found.“Healthy livers contain a small amount of fat, usually less than 5%, and even a moderate increase in fat can lead to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease,” said lead study author Dr. Ani Kardashian. She is a hepatologist with University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, in Los Angeles. “The severe rise in liver fat in...

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