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Healthiest Plants for Your Home | Yahoo! Health

Healthiest Plants for Your Home | Yahoo! Health | Food & Health 311 | Scoop.it
Chemicals from building materials, furniture, and even air fresheners can make indoor air toxic, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Plants can help combat that problem.
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CDC - Coronavirus - Novel Coronavirus

In all, 14 people in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, and the United Kingdom have been confirmed as having an infection caused by the novel coronavirus. Investigations are being done to figure out the source of the novel coronavirus and how it spreads.

    

So far, there are no reports of anyone in U.S. getting infected and sick with the novel coronavirus.

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Natural remedies for constipation - by Eileen Eva - Helium

Constipation as most of us know is said to happen when one has less than three bowels per week. To some, constipation is when they have that uncomfortable feeling in the intestines or pass hard stools and they care less about the number of bowel movements. Constipation is not an ailment but an alert something is amiss in your diet or body. Constipation arises as a result of very slow bowel movements, ignoring the urge to pass bowels or when the body absorbs a lot of water from the intestines in case of dehydration. Other causes of constipation include and are not limited to;

 

• Colon and rectum conditions e.g. Hirschsprung disease, tumors, colorectal stricture

 

• Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

 

• Low fiber diets

 

• Over use of laxatives

 

• Some foods e.g. Milk

 

• Some medications e.g. Antidepressants, iron supplements, diuretics

 

• Too much fiber in diets

 

• Specific diseases e.g. Lupus, diabetes, multiple sclerosis

 

Most nutritionists will tell you to include fiber in your diet but will fail to tell you the recommended intake.  As an adult, you should consume around 20 - 35g of fiber daily and if you happen to surpass, you require lots of water to steer clear of constipation. One of the effects of eating too much fiber is severe constipation or blockage. If you happen to get blocked, you will be forced into surgery.

 

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Health Food of the Week: Chili Peppers: Flash

Health Food of the Week: Chili Peppers: Flash | Food & Health 311 | Scoop.it

This week's health food can really turn on the heat. From Italy to India, chili peppers have been spicy superstars in cultures around the globe for thousands of years, but flavor isn't all they add: Did you know that capsaicin, the compound that gives these peppers their kick, can actually boost your metabolism? But wait, there's more: Capsaicin is known to have anti-inflammatory properties, help soothe sinus issues and possibly help with headaches, too.

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In the Public Interest: Meat Indsutry Admits We Need Food Inspectors

In the Public Interest: Meat Indsutry Admits We Need Food Inspectors | Food & Health 311 | Scoop.it
In truth, the meat industry is scared of the legal implications of sequestration -- without the necessary food safety inspectors, meat and poultry plants may have to close temporarily, and closing means losing profits.
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Could junk food increase your risk of MS, asthma and eczema? Scientists link SALT to autoimmune diseases for first time

Could junk food increase your risk of MS, asthma and eczema? Scientists link SALT to autoimmune diseases for first time | Food & Health 311 | Scoop.it

The modern diet of takeaways and microwave meals could be to blame for a sharp increase in conditions such as multiple sclerosis, say scientists.

 

Multiple sclerosis is one of a host of autoimmune diseases, including alopecia, asthma and eczema, where a person's immune system attacks itself in error.

 

Now a team of scientists from Yale University in the U.S and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, in Germany, say salty diets could be partly to blame.

 

'This study is the first to indicate that excess salt may be one of the environmental factors driving the increased incidence of autoimmune diseases,' they said.

 

The team studied the role of T helper cells in the body. These activate and 'help' other cells to fight dangerous pathogens such as bacteria or viruses and battle infections.

 

Previous research suggests that a subset of these cells - known as Th17 cells - also play an important role in the development of autoimmune diseases.

 

In the latest study, scientists discovered that exposing these cells in a lab to a salt solution made them act more 'aggressively.'

 

They found that mice fed a high-salt diet saw a dramatic increase in the number of Th17 cells in their nervous systems that promoted inflammation.

 

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Junk food is more expensive than healthy food: study, says Dept. of Agriculture study 

Junk food is more expensive than healthy food: study, says Dept. of Agriculture study  | Food & Health 311 | Scoop.it
An Agriculture Department study released Wednesday found that most fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods cost less than foods high in fat, sugar and salt.
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Egg Protein

Egg Protein | Food & Health 311 | Scoop.it

Eggs contain 6-7 grams of protein. The protein from eggs is what is known as a complete protein because it contains all nine essential amino acids.

 

Protein is essential for:

Healthy metabolism
Muscle development
Maintaining healthy skin and nails

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Big Food Is Making Us Sick | The Big Picture

Big Food Is Making Us Sick | The Big Picture | Food & Health 311 | Scoop.it

Giant Food Corporations Work Hand-In-Glove With Corrupt Government Agencies To Dish Up Cheap, Unhealthy Food   The Independent reports that small farmers are being challenged by food companies are becoming insanely concentrated:

 

Increasingly, a handful of multinationals are tightening their grip on the commodity markets, with potentially dramatic effects for consumers and food producers alike.

 

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Three companies now account for more than 40 per cent of global coffee sales, eight companies control the supply of cocoa and chocolate, seven control 85 per cent of tea production, five account for 75 per cent of the world banana trade, and the largest six sugar traders account for about two-thirds of world trade, according to the new publication from the Fairtrade Foundation.

 

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This is the year “to put the politics of food on the public agenda and find better solutions to the insanity of our broken food system”.

More people may be shopping ethically – sales of Fairtrade cocoa grew by more than 20 per cent last year to £153m – but, according to the report, the world’s food system is “dangerously out of control”.

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Forget Horse Meat: South Africans Are Eating Mislabeled Buffalo, Donkey and Goat | TIME.com

Forget Horse Meat: South Africans Are Eating Mislabeled Buffalo, Donkey and Goat | TIME.com | Food & Health 311 | Scoop.it

Europe is being rattled daily by the discovery of horse meat mislabeled as beef products — first in Ireland last month, then in Britain, and eventually across the continent. Yesterday, Swedish furniture-and-hors d’oeuvre giant IKEA recalled meatballs from stores in 14 European countries after Czech Republic authorities found traces of horse in frozen meatballs manufactured by a Swedish supplier.

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The Doctors Links Food to Brain Health

The Doctors Links Food to Brain Health | Food & Health 311 | Scoop.it

it appears, as seen from brain scans, that brains actually shrink as you become obese.

 

It's also interesting that our brains compel us to eat more when we eat sugar and foods containing sugar, including fructose. They stimulate the pleasure center of the brain. That stimulation drives the brain to want more. Your brain then sends you a signal that it's not satiated, so eat more! In contrast, when you eat a low sugar meal the pleasure center of the brain calms down.

 

Here's the list of what foods may help benefit what ailments:

 

Cold Sores: For prevention, try oil from the lemon balm plant. To slow the viral growth, honey and yogurt both may help.

 

Bruising: Beans, kale and pineapple can help speed healing due to their anti-inflammatory properties.

 

Macular Degeneration: While most fruits and vegetables support eye health, kiwi and fatty fish like salmon and tuna can help slow the progression of macular degeneration.

 

Sinus Infection: Eat foods high in zinc, particularly oysters, lean meats and whole grains. They can help prevent colds and flu, which can lead to sinus infections.

 

Sex: To fuel your libido, reach for nuts, oysters and garlic.

 

Dry Flaky Skin: Mangoes help act as an internal moisturizer.

 

Fine Lines, Wrinkles, Age Spots: Cottage cheese for its antioxidant properties.


Acne/Rosacea: Mushrooms for their riboflavin and anti-inflammatory properties.

 

Psychiatrist Dr. Drew Ramsey, co-author of The Happiness Diet, cited these top five foods as brain-boosters and mood-enhancers:

 

1. Mesclun greens 
2. Walnuts 
3. Red beans 
4. Blue and red skin potatoes 
5. Coffee and chocolate

 

Dr. Ramsey also stated, "Food choices may affect your brain more than anything else," and cited studies that link poor diet to depression. Those who eat more processed foods seem to have an increase in depression. Ramsey recommended wild salmon and shrimp and cherry tomatoes as mood-enhancers.

 
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Measuring Your Health With Jawbone's Up

Measuring Your Health With Jawbone's Up | Food & Health 311 | Scoop.it

The Up band, made by Jawbone, is an electronic bracelet that helps you log your activities, eating and rest, and it can record an awful lot of data. But the more detailed the data you want, the more work you’ll have to do to get it.

 

Up, costing $130, is the technological cousin of devices like the Striiv, Fitbit, and Fit Link, among others, which range in list price from $70 to $150. The idea is that measuring your activities, what you eat and how much you sleep will help you develop a healthier lifestyle and stick to it.

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Opening Pandora's Lunchbox: Processed foods are even scarier than you thought

Opening Pandora's Lunchbox: Processed foods are even scarier than you thought | Food & Health 311 | Scoop.it

You’ve heard of pink slime. You know trans fats are cardiovascular atrocities. You’re well aware that store-bought orange juice isessentially a scam. But, no matter how great of a processed-food sleuth you are, chances are you’ve never set food inside a processing plant to see how many of these products are actually made.

 

Writer Melanie Warner spent a year and a half exploring the processed-food industry. Here are her unappetizing discoveries.

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Top 10 Ways to Protect Your Liver

Top 10 Ways to Protect Your Liver | Food & Health 311 | Scoop.it
Your liver's primary job is to filter the blood that comes from your digestive tract, thereby metabolizing nutrients, drugs, alcohol and other substances consumed while helping to detoxify.
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The CDC Is Now Concerned With New Mystery Virus

The CDC Is Now Concerned With New Mystery Virus | Food & Health 311 | Scoop.it

As we have reported before, a new virus to mankind popped up over the summer killing one patient in the UK and a total of five between Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Researchers rushed to decode the genome of the virus and have tools to track infected people and determine the cause and spread of the infection.

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Whole Foods vows to label genetically modified food

Whole Foods vows to label genetically modified food | Food & Health 311 | Scoop.it

Whole Foods (WFM) says all products in its North American stores will have labels disclosing whether they contain genetically modified ingredients by 2018.

 

The company says it's the first national grocery chain to set such a deadline for labeling foods that contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

 

Whole Foods Market notes that it has been working with suppliers for years to source products that don't have GMO ingredients. It says it currently sells more than 3,000 GMO-free products, more than any other retailer in North America.

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'World's Best Restaurant' Now World's Most Sickening Restaurant

'World's Best Restaurant' Now World's Most Sickening Restaurant | Food & Health 311 | Scoop.it
COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Danish food safety officials ordered a cleanup and better food handling at Noma, one of the world's top restaurants, after more than 60 people fell ill with viral gastroenteritis from eating at the two-star Michelin eatery...
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U.S. manages disease, not health

U.S. manages disease, not health | Food & Health 311 | Scoop.it
Andrew Weil says the health care system depends on ruinously expensive drugs and surgeries that treat health conditions after they show up. Prevention is key
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PLOS ONE: Chronic Exposure to the Herbicide, Atrazine, Causes Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Insulin Resistance

PLOS ONE: Chronic Exposure to the Herbicide, Atrazine, Causes Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Insulin Resistance | Food & Health 311 | Scoop.it
PLOS ONE: an inclusive, peer-reviewed, open-access resource from the PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE. Reports of well-performed scientific studies from all disciplines freely available to the whole world.
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Foods Might Serve Up High Levels of Chemicals Found in Plastics

Foods Might Serve Up High Levels of Chemicals Found in Plastics | Food & Health 311 | Scoop.it

Bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates, two types of chemicals in plastics that have been linked to a number of health effects, could still find their way into your body even if you avoid foods that are shipped, stored or cooked using plastic materials, new research suggests.

 

The findings are based on a small study that followed 10 families for five days. Half of the families got catered meals made with fresh, local ingredients that were not stored or prepared with plastics.

 

The other half got a handout on how to avoid BPA and phthalates in their diet, such as not microwaving foods and drinks in plastic containers and avoiding food in cans, which are often lined in BPA-containing material.

 

“We fully expected to see reductions in the catered-diet group, and hoped the other group would also have reductions” in their levels of these chemicals, said study author Dr. Sheela Sathyanarayana, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle.

 

Instead, the researchers found that all but one person in the catered-diet group had a spike in phthalate levels in their urine during the five-day diet intervention, and a more modest increase in their BPA levels. In contrast, the group that got handouts had steady levels of these chemicals over the study period.

 

The researchers then tested the ingredients in the catered diet to track down the source of phthalate exposure and detected high levels in milk, butter and cream, and also in some of the spices, such as cinnamon and ground coriander.

 

“Several studies have found that high-fat dairy tends to contain high concentration of phthalates, maybe because of phthalates in the plastic tubing that milk goes through to get to the final containers, and it may be in animal products, such as feed,” Sathyanarayana said.

 

Overall, the more processed the food, the more likely it could come into contact with materials that contain phthalates, and phthalates can easily leach from these materials into food, Sathyanarayana explained. Spices could be one type of highly processed food, she added.

 

Unfortunately, consumers have no way of knowing which products or brands contain phthalates because manufacturers themselves don’t know whether their processing materials contain phthalates, Sathyanarayana added.

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It’s the Sugar, Folks

It’s the Sugar, Folks | Food & Health 311 | Scoop.it

Sugar is indeed toxic. It may not be the only problem with the Standard American Diet, but it’s fast becoming clear that it’s the major one.

 

A study published in the Feb. 27 issue of the journal PLoS One links increased consumption of sugar with increased rates of diabetes by examining the data on sugar availability and the rate of diabetes in 175 countries over the past decade. And after accounting for many other factors, the researchers found that increased sugar in a population’s food supply was linked to higher diabetes rates independent of rates of obesity.

 

In other words, according to this study, obesity doesn’t cause diabetes: sugar does.

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Medical Documentary on Genetically Modified Food - Genetic Roulette - The Gamble of Our Lives

Never-Before-Seen-Evidence points to genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to rising disease rates in the US population, especially among child...
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STATIN NATION - Film Synopsis

STATIN NATION - Film Synopsis | Food & Health 311 | Scoop.it

We are told that cholesterol is a major cause of heart disease. At least 40 million people are currently taking cholesterol-lowering medications, known as statins, and millions more people are avoiding foods that contain saturated fat and cholesterol.

 

The basic idea is that dietary saturated fat raises cholesterol levels, and these two substances somehow clog-up our arteries, causing a heart attack. This idea is often referred to as the diet-heart hypothesis.

However, a numbers of doctors and researchers have been challenging this hypothesis for decades, and the latest heart disease statistics reveal some alarming facts.

 

Such as:

 

● People with high cholesterol tend to live longer

● People with heart disease tend to have low levels of cholesterol

● Cholesterol-lowering of a population does not reduce the rate of heart disease 

 

In addition, despite their widespread use, and description as “wonder drugs” statin medications do not extend life for the majority of people who take them.

Cholesterol-lowering has become a huge global industry, generating at least $29 billion each year. Have the facts about heart disease, cholesterol and cholesterol medications been distorted by pharmaceutical companies  and food manufacturers keen to increase their profits?

 

If the focus on cholesterol has been a mistake, then the greatest cost is associated with the lost opportunity to tackle heart disease. 

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WATCH: Processed Foods Remain 'Fresh' After Several Months

WATCH: Processed Foods Remain 'Fresh' After Several Months | Food & Health 311 | Scoop.it

You know that store-bought guacamole that sat in the back of your fridge for months because you forgot about it? Melanie Warner, author of Pandora's Lunchbox: How Processed Foods Took Over the American Meal discovered such a tub, but found that it was strangely fresh, even after several months (Her mother even accidentally ate it -- and was fine!). In response, Warner took it upon herself to conduct some serious home science projects with foods aging over time. The results are a bit alarming -- preservatives are a powerful thing.

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Horsemeat scandal: Whitbread and M&B withdraw food supplied by Paragon

Horsemeat scandal: Whitbread and M&B withdraw food supplied by Paragon | Food & Health 311 | Scoop.it
Hospitality giants Whitbread and Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) have withdrawn products supplied by Paragon foods after they tested positive for horse DNA.
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