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

Dr. Mark Hyman: Are You Still Consuming Dairy?

In this week’s House Call, a reader asked, “If one is lactose intolerant, but has no other intolerance to dairy , (e.g. casein and whey) is it ok to consume dairy products while having Hashimoto’s?” By now, most of my readers probably know how I feel about dairy—it’s nature’s perfect food—but only if you’re a calf. We have no biological requirement for this food, and yet, we’ve been told over and over again that dairy is a great source of calcium, milk makes healthy bones

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

How Running Can Help You Shed Unwanted Pounds

By Ryan Raman Running is an incredibly popular way to exercise. In fact, it’s estimated that in the U.S. alone, more than 64 million people have run at least once in the past year ( 1 ). Running is also linked to many health benefits, and is one of the best types of exercise to help you lose weight . This article explains how running can help you shed unwanted pounds. There Are Many Types of Running There are many different styles of running, each with their own unique purpose and benefits. These are the most popular

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

What Are the Health Benefits of Echinacea?

By Joe Leech Echinacea is a popular herbal supplement. It’s used as a natural remedy for preventing and treating the common cold … but does it work? This article reviews the known benefits of echinacea. What Is Echinacea? Echinacea, also called purple coneflower, is a flowering plant from the Asteraceae family. It’s native to North America and was first used as

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

Eat Your Algae: 9 Health Benefits of Chlorella

By Kerri-Ann Jennings Move over spirulina, there’s a new algae in town—chlorella. This nutrient-dense algae has been receiving a lot of buzz for its health benefits. Furthermore, as a supplement, it has shown promise in improving cholesterol levels and ridding the body of toxins. This article tells you all you need to know about chlorella, including what it is, the research behind its health claims and how to take it as a supplement. What Is Chlorella? Chlorella is a single-celled, green freshwater algae ( 1 ). There are more than 30 different species, but two types— Chlorella vulgaris

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

Health Benefits of Prebiotics and Probiotics

Scott, a 10-Day Detox participant wants to know, what are the best prebiotics and probiotics to take and how to keep his gut healthy. The health of the trillions of bugs in our gut (which outnumber your cells 10 to 1) is one of the biggest things that impacts our wellbeing. We have to learn how to tend the flora of our internal gardens (our gut) by being selective of what we eat and how we live. We must feed the good bugs and avoid gut-busting habits—like eating too much sugar and starch or consuming too much alcohol or allowing stress to wreak havoc (yes, your gut bacteria are eavesdropping on your thoughts)

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

6 Vegan Alternatives to Honey

By Becky Striepe Honey is not vegan , but luckily there are delicious alternatives to replace it in any recipe. Try these vegan alternatives to honey! The honey question is surprisingly contentious in the vegan world, but honey is an animal product and definitely not vegan. Bees do not create honey for humans

Is Rice Part of a Healthy Diet?

By Adda Bjarnadottir Rice is one of the most widely consumed grains in the world. It’s mostly comprised of simple carbs, which have consistently been linked to obesity and chronic disease. However, countries with a high rice intake have low levels of these exact diseases. So what’s the deal with rice? Is it weight loss friendly or fattening? This article gets to the bottom of this question. What Is Rice? Rice is a cereal grain that has been grown for thousands of years. It’s a staple food in many countries and one

Low-Carbon Meals: A Triple Win for One of California’s Largest School Districts

By Kari Hamerschlag and Christopher D. Cook What do meat-centric, cheesy-rich school lunches and climate change have in common? Both pose risks for our kids’ health and our planet’s future. In short, too much meat and dairy in our diets contributes to both chronic health problems and climate change. Research shows that we cannot avoid the worst impacts of climate change unless we dramatically scale back our consumption of animal foods. That’s because producing meat and cheese generates large amounts of greenhouse gas emissions and guzzles huge amounts of water. What

Can Eating Too Few Calories Lower Your Metabolism?

By Alina Petre People trying to lose weight often restrict the number of calories they eat. However, restricting calories too severely can lead to a variety of health problems, including reduced fertility and weaker bones. This article describes five potentially harmful effects of calorie restriction and helps you determine the calorie deficit that’s right for you. Your

Are Eggs a Good Source of Protein?

By Adda Bjarnadottir Most people know that eggs are very healthy . Not only that—they’re also a great source of high-quality protein . Getting enough protein is very important for building bones and muscle, as well as maintaining good overall health. But how much protein can you expect to get from eggs? How Much Protein Does One Egg Contain? The average egg contains about 6–7 grams

How to Cure Constipation

“I have been dealing with constipation for years now and I’m so tired of it. It’s making me cranky, bloated and it’s messing with my appetite,” a social media follower recently wrote. “I feel like I’m doing everything right, but I can’t poop. Help!” Unfortunately, I see many patients who struggle with constipation and other bathroom issues. Sometimes they are too embarrassed to admit their problem until it

8 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

By Dr. Atli Arnarson Your metabolism is the chemical engine that keeps you alive. The speed at which it runs varies by individual. Those with a slow metabolism tend to have more leftover fuel (calories), which gets stored as fat. On the other hand, those with a fast metabolism burn more calories and are less likely to accumulate a lot of fat. This is a review of why some people have a fast metabolism and how you can speed up your metabolism to burn more calories . What Is Metabolism? Metabolism is a term

Are Bananas a Healthy, Low-Calorie Snack?

By Adda Bjarnadottir Bananas are one of the most popular fruits in the world. They are extremely healthy and contain several important nutrients. People generally know that bananas are very nutritious, but many wonder how many calories and carbs they actually contain. This article answers those questions. How Many Calories Are in Various Sizes of Bananas? A medium-sized banana contains 105 calories, on average. However, different sizes of bananas contain varying amounts of calories . Below are the calorie contents of standard banana

8 Natural Remedies to Prevent Kidney Stones

By Hrefna Palsdottir Kidney stones are a common health problem for many people. Passing these stones can be incredibly painful. And, unfortunately, people who have experienced kidney stones are more likely to get them again ( 1 ). However, there are a few things you can do to reduce this risk. This article explains what kidney stones are and outlines eight dietary ways to fight them. What Are Kidney Stones? Also known as renal

5 Trends in 2017 That Are Going to Be Huge

For health-minded folks, 2016 will probably go down as the year of acai bowls, mindfulness and yoga festivals. Kale and lemon water also had their moments in the spotlight, as did raw vegan recipes. With the year coming to a close, wellness experts are starting to predict what trends we can look forward to in 2017. Here are a few of our favorite ideas: 1. Sober Parties Last summer, booze-free dance parties really came into their own as a source of fun in the conscious community (pregnant ladies everywhere rejoiced too!). In 2017, experts are predicting that the trend will continue to grow. Daybreaker is one of the companies pioneering this movement. With events in cities all over the