Top 17 ​Health Problems That Improved in People Who Switched From GMO to Organic Diets

By Jeffrey M. Smith A peer-reviewed article released Tuesday in the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine and conducted by the Institute for Responsible Technology revealed that the health of all of the participants improved after switching to a non-GMO diet or simply reducing the amount of GMO foods they ate. The results, from more than 3,250 people, mostly in the U.S., closely matched reports by physicians around the nation who

What Is the GAPS Diet and Does it Work?

By Helen West, RD The GAPS diet is a strict elimination diet that requires its followers to cut out grains, pasteurized dairy, starchy vegetables and refined carbs. It’s promoted as a natural treatment for people with conditions that affect the brain, such as autism. However, it’s a controversial therapy and has been widely criticized by doctors, scientists and nutrition professionals for its restrictive regimen. This article explores the features of the GAPS dietary protocol and examines whether there is any evidence behind its purported health benefits. What Is the GAPS Diet and Who Is It For? GAPS stands for

12 Mistakes to Avoid on a Vegetarian or Vegan Diet

Unfortunately, just because a food product is labeled “vegetarian” or “vegan” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthier than the regular alternative. For example, almond milk is a popular, plant-based milk that’s often a staple in vegan diets. However, while almond milk is low in calories and enriched with several important vitamins and minerals, it is not

4 Health Benefits of Chai Tea

By Alina Petre, MS, RD In many parts of the world, “chai” is simply the word for tea. However, in the Western world, the word chai has become synonymous with a type of fragrant, spicy Indian tea more accurately referred to as masala chai. What’s more, this beverage may have benefits for heart health, digestion, controlling blood sugar levels and more. This article explains what you need to know about chai tea and its potential benefits. What Is Chai Tea? Chai tea is

7 Best Vegan Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Chia seeds are known for their many health benefits , bringing a hefty dose of fiber and protein with each serving. They’re also a great plant-based source of ALA omega-3 fatty acids. Thanks to their omega-3, fiber and protein, studies have found chia seeds could decrease the risk of chronic disease when consumed as part of a healthy diet. One study found that consuming a diet with chia seeds, nopal, soy protein and oats decreased blood triglycerides, glucose intolerance and inflammatory markers ( 7 ). A 2007 animal study also found that eating chia seeds decreased blood triglycerides and increased both “good” HDL cholesterol and omega-3 levels in the blood ( 8 )

7 Reasons Why Getting Enough Sleep May Help You Lose Weight

Poor sleep has repeatedly been linked to a higher body mass index (BMI) and weight gain ( 2 ). People’s sleep requirements vary, but, generally speaking, research has observed changes in weight when people get fewer than seven hours of sleep a night ( 3 ). A major review found that short sleep duration increased the likelihood of obesity by 89 percent in children and 55 percent in adults ( 3 ). Another study followed about 60,000 non-obese nurses for 16 years. At the end of the study, the nurses who slept five or fewer hours per night were 15 percent more likely to be obese than those who slept at least seven hours a night ( 4 ). While these studies

9 Health Benefits of Cod Liver Oil

Most cod liver oil is extracted from the liver of Atlantic cod. Cod liver oil has been used for centuries to relieve joint pain and treat rickets, a disease that causes fragile bones in children ( 3 ). Although cod liver oil is a fish oil supplement, it’s quite different than regular fish oil . Regular fish oil is extracted from the tissue of oily fish like tuna, herring, anchovies and mackerel, while cod liver

How to Increase the Absorption of Iron From Foods

By Dr. Verena Iron is an essential mineral your body needs to function properly. Thus, it’s vitally important to consume adequate amounts of it in your daily diet. Interestingly, the foods you eat influence not only how much iron you consume, but also how well it is absorbed into your body ( 1 ). Once it’s absorbed by your body, it’s used as a building block for hemoglobin, a protein found in

Want to Cut Sugar Out of Your Diet? Here’s How

By Alexandra Rowles Consuming too much added sugar is one of the worst things you can do to your body. It can have many negative effects on your health. It has been shown to contribute to obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer and tooth decay ( 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 ). While sugar is

Want to Lose Weight? Go Vegan

By Alina Petre People may choose a vegan diet for a variety of reasons, be it for the environment, animal ethics or health. However, some people give the vegan diet a try purely to lose excess weight—and perhaps for good reason. Vegans tend to have lower body mass indexes (BMIs) than the general population and several studies acknowledge that a vegan diet can promote weight loss ( 1 , 2 ). Not to mention, a well-planned vegan diet is nutritious, can lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels and may even decrease your risk of certain diseases ( 3 , 4 ). This article

14 Healthiest Vegetables on Earth

By Rachael Link Vegetables are well-known for being good for your health. Most vegetables are low in calories but high in vitamins, minerals and fiber. However, some vegetables stand out from the rest with additional proven health benefits, such as the ability to fight inflammation or reduce the risk of disease. This article takes a look at 14 of the healthiest vegetables and why you should include them in your diet. 1. Spinach This leafy green tops the chart as

Can Eating Nuts Help You Lose Weight?

By Dr. Mary Jane Brown Nuts are extremely healthy, as they’re packed full of nutrients and antioxidants ( 1 ). In fact, they have been linked to a wide range of health benefits , including protection against heart disease and diabetes ( 2 ). However, they’re also high in fat and calories, causing many people to avoid nuts out of fear that they are fattening. This article looks at the evidence to determine whether nuts are weight loss friendly or fattening. Nuts Are High in

7 Healthy Substitutes for Common Dairy Products

By Kerri-Ann Jennings Dairy foods play a key role in many people’s diets. A number of food products are made from the milk of cows, sheep and goats, including cheese, yogurt, milk, butter and ice cream. But if you can’t or don’t want to eat dairy, you can find nondairy alternatives to these and many other dairy foods. Why You Might Want Substitutes for Dairy There are several reasons people might be looking for substitutes for dairy. Here are some of the more common ones: Milk allergy: 2–3 percent of kids under three have a milk allergy . This can cause a range of symptoms from hives and stomach upset to

Is Coconut Oil Healthy for Your Skin?

By Rachael Link Coconut oil is a type of fat that has been touted for its health-promoting properties. From decreasing levels of LDL cholesterol to improving brain function in Alzheimer’s patients, coconut oil is associated with a multitude of health benefits ( 1 , 2 ). In fact, several studies have even found it might have benefits for skin health as well. This article looks at the evidence to examine whether coconut oil is good for skin. What Is Coconut Oil? Coconut oil is a highly saturated oil that is traditionally made by extracting the

Does Eating Fiber Help You Lose Belly Fat?

By Ryan Raman Belly fat is extremely unhealthy. In fact, it increases the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and other health conditions ( 1 ). Fortunately, belly fat can be lost and recent research shows that a higher fiber intake is linked to a lower risk of belly fat ( 2 ). But interestingly, it seems that this includes only one type of fiber—soluble fiber. This article explains how soluble fiber can help

9 Health Benefits of Goji Berries

By Dr. Mary Jane Brown Goji berries have gained popularity in recent years, often promoted as a ” superfood .” They’re thought to help prevent premature aging, boost the immune system, have benefits for diabetes and protect against heart disease and cancer ( 1 ). But do they really live up to the hype? This article explores nine benefits of goji berries that are actually backed by science. What Are Goji Berries? Goji berries, scientifically known as Lycium barbarum , are also known as wolfberries, fructus lycii and gougizi. These dried red berries have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for more than 2,000 years ( 2 ). They have a sweet

7 Weight Loss Diets That Don’t Work

By Franziska Spritzler Many people want to lose weight quickly. Not surprisingly, methods that promise fast results are tempting. Unfortunately, many of these are overly restrictive and simply ineffective in the long term ( 1 ). What’s more, some are downright dangerous. Here are seven weight loss “quick fixes” that just don’t work. 1. Liquid Diets Liquid weight loss diets have been around for several decades. They involve replacing all or a portion of your meals with a liquid meal or shake . Some liquid-based weight loss diets include: The

Why You Should Add Super Healthy, High Protein Skyr to Your Diet

By Rachael Link Skyr is a cultured Icelandic dairy product that’s becoming popular worldwide. With a high protein content and a wide range of vitamins and minerals, skyr is generally recognized as a nutritious addition to the diet. It’s commonly enjoyed as a high-protein breakfast, healthy dessert or sweet snack between meals. This article takes a deeper look at skyr, examining what it is and why it’s healthy. What Is Skyr? Skyr has been a staple food in Iceland for over a thousand years. It closely resembles yogurt

10 Ways to Tell if You’re Dehydrated

By Becky Bell Water is absolutely necessary for survival. It makes up approximately 60 percent of the human body, with every system depending on water to function properly. Thus, dehydration—or a lack of body water—has widespread repercussions. While mild dehydration is easily remedied, severe dehydration is a serious condition that can lead to loss of consciousness, organ failure or even death. This article discusses the common signs and symptoms of dehydration. What

6 Health Risks of Taking Too Much Vitamin D

By Franziska Spritzler Vitamin D is extremely important for good health. As a hormone, it plays several roles in keeping your body’s cells healthy and functioning the way they should. Most people don’t get enough vitamin D, so supplements are common. However, it’s also possible—although rare—for this vitamin to build up and reach toxic levels in the body. This article discusses six potential side effects of getting excessive amounts of this important vitamin. Deficiency and Toxicity Vitamin D is involved in calcium absorption, immune function and protecting bone, muscle

8 Natural Ways to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

By Kayla McDonell Added sugar is probably the single worst ingredient in the modern diet. It has been associated with many serious diseases, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer . What’s more, most people consume way too much sugar and often have no idea. Fortunately, there are many ways to sweeten foods without adding sugar. This article

Is Frozen Yogurt a Healthy Dessert?

By Helen West Frozen yogurt is a dessert that’s often promoted as a healthy alternative to ice cream. However, it isn’t just regular yogurt that’s been in the freezer. In fact, it can have a vastly different nutrient profile than regular yogurt. This article is a detailed review of frozen yogurt, exploring its nutritional content and health effects, particularly as a substitute for ice cream. What Is Frozen Yogurt and How Is It Made? Frozen yogurt is a popular dessert made with yogurt . It

Are Eggs Dairy Free?

By Adda Bjarnadottir For some reason, eggs and dairy are often grouped together. Therefore, many people speculate about whether they’re a dairy product. For those who are lactose intolerant or allergic to milk proteins, it’s an important distinction to make. This article answers the question whether eggs are a dairy product. Eggs Are Not a Dairy Product Eggs are not a dairy product . It’s as simple as that. The definition of dairy includes foods