We eat food, but our bodies require nutrients. In order to transform a pickle or a potato into the vitamins, minerals, amino acids, sugars and other components that the body understands and can use, our digestive system must break down food and convert it into nutrients.
Introducing fermented foods into your diet has been said to offer tremendous health benefits. What are fermented foods and how do they benefit you?
When I was in college, I learned that fiber, also called roughage, was important, so I added a few tablespoons of raw wheat bran to a cup of orange juice every morning. Later, as I studied more about nutrition, I learned more about fiber in the diet and why it matters. Here are the highlights.
You might have heard that caffeine will speed up your metabolism and help you lose weight, or that it functions as a diuretic, causing at least short-term water weight loss. These things are true. But is it a good long-term weight tool?
Believe it or not, there’s a scale that medical professionals use to assess the health of your digestive system based on your poo. It’s called the Bristol Stool Scale. It was developed in 1997 by Dr. Ken Heaton at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. It divides feces (stool, poop, excrement, number two) into seven categories.
There are lots of great reasons to do yoga. But did you know you can do yoga without ever leaving your chair? Chair yoga is equally good for people who work at a desk all day and for people, such as seniors, those with special needs or those with larger bodies, who need accommodations to do yoga at all. Even people in wheelchairs can do some chair yoga poses.
When you’ve got a Spatz3 adjustable gastric balloon implanted, it’s much easier to implement good healthy habits because the balloon is there to help you. How do you maintain these habits either before or after your implantation period?
Although it’s not as sexy as its green rival broccoli, cauliflower has been called a superfood. It’s wonderfully versatile. It can be eaten raw or cooked. When roasted, it takes on a taste and texture similar to potato.
Now, a new study conducted in Birmingham, England and published in the academic journal Obesity, looked at whether drinking a glass of water before each meal could help people lose weight. The research study concluded that moderate weight loss could be achieved with what they called “water preloading before main meals”.
When acid from your stomach shoots up into your esophagus, that’s heartburn, also called acid reflux or GERD, which stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease. The esophagus is meant to be a one-way tube, passing food from your mouth to your stomach.