Proven Benefits of Intermittent Fasting.

For Care Education and Research notes the following benefits of intermittent fasting (restricting eating to a limited window each day or not eating one or two days a week, for example): weight loss, less inflammation in the body, slows cellular aging, increases fat burning, improves insulin sensitivity, improves mental concentration, increases brain function and health,…

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Risk Factors for Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma.

Nasopharyngeal carcinoma is a rare form of cancer that occurs when a tumor grows at the rear of the nose. A literature review found that a high intake of processed meat, salted fish, and processed vegetables are each associated with an elevated risk for the disease. European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, May 2022

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Simple Ways to Lower Sodium Intake.

Since high intake of sodium is associated with cardiovascular disease, experts note that it’s important to limit one’s salt consumption. Tufts University lists these simple ways to help reduce salt in your diet: cook at home more often, limit prepared foods, and read nutritional food labels. Tufts University, March 2022

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Sulfur Amino Acids Are Bad for the Heart.

The American Heart Association reports that a high intake of sulfur amino acids—most commonly found in beef, chicken, and milk—may be associated with a 12% increased risk of cardiovascular disease over a three-decade time period. American Heart Association, March 2022

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Nordic Diet Helps Lower Cholesterol & Blood Sugar.

Among a group of 200 overweight, middle-aged adults, researchers observed that those who adopted the Nordic diet—an eating pattern rich in berries, veggies, fish, whole grains, and rapeseed oil—experienced greater improvements in their cholesterol levels and glucose regulation than participants who maintained their usual diet. Clinical Nutrition, December 2021

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Stay Hydrated.

Healthline reports the following benefits for remaining hydrated: helps maximize physical performance, significantly affects energy levels and brain function, may prevent headaches, may help relieve constipation, may help treat kidney stones, helps prevent hangovers, and can aid weight loss. Healthline, February 2022

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Foods That Can Help Lower Your Cholesterol.

Harvard Health notes that the following foods can help reduce one’s low-density lipoprotein (the “bad” cholesterol) levels: oats; barley and other whole grains; beans; eggplant and okra; nuts; vegetable oils; apples, grapes, strawberries, and citrus fruits; foods fortified with sterols and stanols; soy; fatty fish; and fiber supplements. Harvard Health, February 2022

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Soft Drink Consumption During Pregnancy Linked to ADHD in Offspring.

Based on data from the Norwegian Mother, Father and Child Cohort Study and Medical Birth Registry of Norway, researchers report that daily maternal intake of sweetened carbonated beverages during pregnancy is linked to a small increase in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms in offspring at eight years of age. European Journal of Nutrition, January 2022

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