Microwave Ovens and Health: To Nuke, or Not to Nuke?

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Cooking with a microwave oven is highly convenient. It's simple, doesn't require stirring or flipping things, and is incredibly fast. However, many people believe that this convenience must come at a cost. They believe that microwaves produce harmful radiation and cause damage to healthy … [Read more...]

Coffee and Caffeine – How Much Can You Safely Drink?

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Coffee is controversial. Depending on who you ask, it is either a wonderful beverage or addictive poison. I've looked at the science, and it seems pretty clear that coffee has been unfairly demonized. Coffee is actually a complex beverage, with hundreds of bioactive compounds. In fact, it is the … [Read more...]

7 Evidence-Based Ways to Prevent Hangovers

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Drinking alcohol has its pros and cons. One of the worst things about it, is getting a hangover the morning after. As you may know, hangovers are the unpleasant after effects of alcohol intoxication. They strike hardest when alcohol has left the body, and are characterized by various dreadful … [Read more...]

Alcohol and Health: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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We've been getting a lot of mixed messages about alcohol. On one hand, moderate amounts have been linked to health benefits. On the other hand, it is addictive and highly toxic when we drink too much of it. The truth is that the health effects of alcohol are actually quite complex. They vary … [Read more...]

10 Reasons Why Good Sleep is Important

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A good night's sleep is incredibly important for health. In fact, it is just as important as eating healthy and exercising. Unfortunately, the Western environment is interfering with natural sleep patterns. People are now sleeping less than they did in the past, and sleep quality has decreased as … [Read more...]

11 Proven Ways to Reduce or Eliminate Bloating

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Bloating is the condition of your belly feeling swollen after eating (1). It is usually caused by excess gas production, and/or disturbances in the movement of the muscles of the digestive system (2). This can cause increased pressure and discomfort, and can sometimes make the stomach look bigger … [Read more...]

Antioxidants Explained in Human Terms

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Antioxidants are frequently mentioned in everyday conversations. This applies to both scholars and laymen alike. You can find antioxidant supplements in store shelves, and their health benefits are beloved by both marketers and media. However, very few people actually know what they are and how they … [Read more...]

Whey Protein 101: Surprising Benefits of Powders and Shakes

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Not all protein is created equal. Some forms of protein, such as whey, are better than others. Whey protein contains an incredible range of essential amino acids, which are absorbed quickly (1). Numerous studies show that it can help you increase strength, gain muscle and lose significant amounts of … [Read more...]

12 Graphs That Show Why People Get Fat

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People are fatter and sicker than ever before. Obesity rates have tripled since 1980 and have increased particularly fast in children. The reason why this has happened is still debated among scientists, but it must be due to changes in the environment because our genes don't change this … [Read more...]

Why Junk Food Makes You Fat, NOT Fat or Carbs

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The true causes of obesity are complicated and diverse. There is no single thing that causes it... various factors contribute, both internal (our biology) and external (our environment). Not only that, but the combination of contributing factors may vary greatly between individuals. What causes obesity … [Read more...]