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Immune System Boosters: 3 Supplements To Support Your Immune System

In a society where illnesses go rampant, boosting your immune system will surely add an extra line of defense against common ailments. And while a healthy and balanced lifestyle provide the necessary factors to stay in good health, supplementation can be a good alternative for people seeking health in a busy environment. Here are 3 compounds that will give a boost to your immune system:   1) Bioactive Mushrooms For decades mushrooms have been a subject of interest among scientists. Their immune-boosting properties has earned them a reputation for enhancing the immune system to fight off cancer cells. As a matter of fact, their bioactive compounds were used in studies across Asia as adjunctive components of chemotherapy for gastric, breast, lung, and colorectal cancer. But the facts don’t just end there. Mushrooms are seen to provide 126 medicinal properties, including antitumor, immunomodulating, cardiovascular, antioxidant, radical scavenging, antiviral, anti-hypercholesterolemia, antibacterial, hepatoprotective, anti-parasitic, detoxification, antifungal, and anti-diabetic...

Five Things Science Can Tell Us About Coffee

Coffee is one of the most known beverages around the world. It’s warm and comfy smell makes us want to relax and rest, especially on a rainy day. But aside from its surging popularity, coffee is also one common subject of medical research. And since a lot of people like coffee, here are 5 interesting facts scientists discovered about this drink: Note: the following facts pertain to pure coffee without any form of sugar or creamer.1) It can help in lowering the risk of developing Parkinson's Disease and similar neuropathologies (Herden et al., 2018) Parkinson's and Alzeihmer's are neuropathologies that affect millions of adults globally, causing not only ugly symptoms, but sadness and sorrow for family members as well. A study done in 2018 showed that coffee drinkers had a decreased risk of developing neuropathologies such as Parkinsons, Alzheimer's Disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.2) It lowers the Risk of developing diabetes Mellitus (Yarmolinsky,...

The Effects of Lack of Sleep

Written by: Bianca Mastromatteo, MLIS  [lwptoc]Sleep. We all do it. Not just humans. Our cats, dogs, rabbits, fish, all need to sleep. Ideally, humans are supposed to spend about 1/3 of our day sleeping. While some of us may wish we could forgo sleep in the pursuit of other activities, sleep is as vital to our survival as eating, breathing, or exercise. “But why?” Well, that’s going to take some explaining. So put on your PJs, grab your thinking cap, slip on your slippers and let’s start this adventure into sleep, sleep deprivation, and how to become super sleepers.   Why Should I Care?  Sleep is a big deal for something we pay next to no attention to. There are so many physiological changes that occur during sleep that it’s easy to see how short-term and long-term deprivation can have measurable effects on your health and wellbeing. Throughout the 4 stages of sleep...

How to Stay Motivated On A Diet

[lwptoc] The thrill of a new dietary venture can’t be more exciting. You finish your last meal holding a strong resolve for tomorrow’s first low-calorie meal. The phone is ready, Facebook page all set up and hash tags lined up by your side. You can’t wait to upload the full course meal from start to finish. But fast forward months later and the exhilaration seems to disappear. Meals are uninteresting; the images you once longed to upload look boring and monotonous. And your regular workouts seem more like a draggy ritual than a habit.     You might be facing a similar situation. Perhaps your spouse isn’t as supportive as way back. A family member screws over your diet. Or a co-worker slips few donuts on the desk. No matter the reason, intrinsic or extrinsic, there will come a time when motivation slumps and positive affirmations won’t do the trick. But don’t fret....

Intermittent Fasting Pros and Cons

[lwptoc] Intermittent fasting is a weight loss tool that has proven to be effective over the last few years. But for anyone who is just getting started, learning about its advantages and disadvantages can help in making the right choice, especially when picking a suitable variation. After all, just like anything else in life, a little time investment at the beginning will always pay dividends in the long term.So here are common pros and cons of intermittent fasting that every beginner should know: Advantages 1. It's an effective tool for weight loss Even though a normal dietary approach of 3 to 5 meals a day may work for losing weight, IF can help you achieve the same results in less time and better food quantity for each meal. This is because normal food intake is condensed into 1 or 2 big meals a day. Giving you more satiation everytime you eat. 2. You'll get to...

Diverticulitis: What Might Happen When You Skip Your Veggies

[lwptoc] It was a Monday morning when I took time off to look at a few medical cases. And as I sat down in the medical library marveling at the paradoxical scenery of bamboo trees and cruddy water stream beyond the glass wall, I realized how life would be if I did not establish certain dietary habits. “What would they  possibly be?” you might wonder. Well...

Basic Nutrition 101: Fat

Written by: Sarah Brown As the last part of our nutritional series (see carbohydrates and protein), we’re going to dwell on dietary fat, a topic most people are aware of but have probably been misguided by mainstream ideas on certain points. Fact is, fat is healthy. Your body needs it for growth and repair just like any other nutrient. But the problem lies in the type, processing, and cooking which makes it either a friend or foe. So to make sure everything is geared towards healthy weight loss, here’s what you need to know.What is fat? [lwptoc] Fat is another macronutrient that is also known as triglyceride (TGA). This molecule is composed of four constituents: 3 fatty acids and 1 glycerol. The focus of this article will be on fatty acids since are often cited in nutritional regimens, plus are basic to every intelligent dieter. For simplicity’s sake I’ll use fat and fatty acids...