ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS HAVE TOXIC EFFECTS ON GUT MICROBES

An Israeli collaborative study indicated relative toxicity of six artificial sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose, saccharine, neotame, advantame, and acesulfame potassium-k) and 10 sport supplements containing these artificial sweeteners. The bacteria found in the digestive system became toxic when exposed to concentrations of only one mg./ml. of the artificial sweeteners. This is further evidence that consumption of.. read more →

SOIL CAN HELP REDUCE DEPRESSION

HOW YOU CAN BENEFIT FROM ANTIDEPRESSANT MICROBES IN SOIL Most gardeners will attest that the act of gardening can reduce stress and improve your mood. There are obvious benefits from tending a garden. You’re outside in the fresh air and Vitamin D producing sunshine (which helps regulate your serotonin levels). But now science is proving through.. read more →

NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT BEFORE SUMMER?

NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT BEFORE SUMMER? MINDSET DURING MEAL PLANNING CHANGES FOOD CHOICES AND BRAIN RESPONSES TO FOOD  A simple instruction to change your thinking as mealtime approaches can help cut calories, according to new research from the University of Tübingen, Germany. By encouraging study participants to concentrate on different types of information when planning.. read more →

FOOD PACKAGING COULD BE NEGATIVELY AFFECTING NUTRIENT ABSORPTION IN YOUR BODY

Food packaging could be negatively affecting the way in which your digestive tract operates, according to new research by faculty and students at Binghamton University, State University at New York. Researchers found that zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles at doses that are relevant to what you might normally eat in a meal or a day can.. read more →

PRECONCEPTION ZINC DEFICIENCY COULD SPELL BAD NEWS FOR FERTILITY

Micronutrient availability can have early and long-lasting effects on egg quality. A new study from Pennsylvania State University shows that zinc deficiency can negatively affect the early stages of egg development, reducing the ability of the egg cells to divide and be fertilized. This may affect fertility months in the future. While a variety of.. read more →

LARGER WAISTLINES ARE LINKED TO HIGHER RISK OF VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY

Higher levels of belly fat are associated with lower vitamin D levels in overweight individuals, according to data presented in Barcelona at the European Society of Endocrinology annual meeting, ECE 2018 Higher levels of belly fat are associated with lower vitamin D levels in obese individuals, according to data presented in Barcelona at the European.. read more →

LACK OF DIVERSITY IN GUT MICROBIOME LINKED TO OVARIAN CYSTS

Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, affects between 7 and 10 per cent of women of childbearing age, and new research shows that they have less diverse bacteria populating their gut microbiome than their  condition-free peers, which could exacerbate or lead to other health conditions. Researchers compared the microbiomes of 73 PCOS-diagnosed women with 48 PCOS-free women.. read more →

LIGHT EXPOSURE DURING SLEEP MAY INCREASE INSULIN RESISTANCE

Chronic overnight light exposure could have long-term effects on metabolic function According to preliminary results from a new study, nighttime light exposure during sleep may affect metabolic function. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that light exposure at night during sleep adversely impacts metabolic outcomes. According to preliminary results from a.. read more →

WITHANIA SOMNIFERA – A HERB FOR STRESS RELIEF, AND IMPROVED COGNITIVE FUNCTION

  Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is an herb that’s been an important part of Ayurvedic medicine since ancient times A 2017 study published in the Journal of Dietary Supplements showed that: Withania led to significant improvements in memory and cognitive function in people with mild cognitive impairment Compared to placebo, those who took Ashwagandha had greater improvements.. read more →

IRON DEFICIENCY MAY INCREASE RISK OF MATERNAL DEPRESSION IN PREGNANCY

Pregnant women who were iron-deficient were more likely to have higher levels of perinatal depression, according to Canadian researchers from the University of Toronto and McMaster University. A constant supply of vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids, and other micronutrients is very important for both the developing foetus and the expectant mother. Given that pregnancy increases.. read more →