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Alcohol, coffee linked to reduced risk of Alzheimer’s

Alcohol and coffee linked to reduced risk of Alzheimer’s – BT – 24 August 2015

Statins, anti-inflammatory drugs, alcoholic drinks and coffee have all been linked to a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s, scientists have said

But diabetes, depression and high blood pressure can increase it in certain groups, according to a major review of more than 300 studies, which was published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.

Below are all the strange and unexpected substances, conditions, and histories that decrease the risk of getting Alzheimer’s:   Continue reading

Food additives promote colon inflammation

Food additives promote inflammation, colon cancer in mice | National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Our digestive tracts are home to trillions of microbes, including bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

This microbial community, collectively known as the gut microbiota, plays a role in illness and health. Changes in these microbes have been associated with several diseases

Dietary emulsifiers, which are chemically similar to detergents, are added to many processed foods to improve texture and extend shelf life.   Continue reading

Fasting for three days can regenerate immune system

Fasting for three days can regenerate entire immune system, study findsSarah Knapton,  June 2014

Fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in the elderly.

…new research (from 2014) suggests starving the body kick-starts stem cells into producing new white blood cells, which fight off infection.

Scientists at the University of Southern California say the discovery could be particularly beneficial for people suffering from damaged immune systems, such as cancer patients on chemotherapy. It could also help the elderly whose immune system becomes less effective as they age.  Continue reading

How to eat less sodium/salt

6 ways to eat less salt – Harvard Health  

Your body needs a little bit of salt every day for the sodium it contains.

But too much sodium can boost blood pressure and stress the heart and blood vessels

The low-sodium Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet is

  • high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains;
  • moderately high in nuts and low-fat dairy products; and
  • low in red and processed meats.  Continue reading

Low-Residue Diet Acceptable for Bowel Prep

Low-Residue Diet Acceptable for Bowel Prep | Medscape | by Caroline Helwick  May 23, 2016

For decades people have been tortured with extreme, almost violent, bowel prep procedures for their colonoscopies though a less intestinally traumatic method was possible all along.

A diet of low-residue solid foods the day before colonoscopy leads to more effective bowel cleansing than the traditional clear-liquid diet, new research shows.

And patients who followed the low-residue diet “were more comfortable in the 24 hours before the test,” said Jason Samarasena, MD, from the University of California, Irvine. They were “less hungry and less fatigued on the morning of the colonoscopy.”   Continue reading

Food affects viral and bacterial infections differently

What you eat when you’re sick may determine if you’ll get better | New Scientist | September 2016 – By Debora MacKenzie

Crave chicken soup when you have a cold? There may be a good reason for that.

Research in mice has found that changing eating habits could be crucial for surviving the body’s own immune responses to different types of infection.

Ruslan Medzhitov at Yale University and his team have found that giving mice with flu glucose saved their lives, but it killed those that were infected with bacteria.   Continue reading

The Power of Probiotics

The Power of Probiotics: Exploring the Health Benefits

the use of probiotic supplements has gained tremendous popularity due to the possible health benefits, and research is revealing more about the beneficial effects of these supermicrobes.

probiotics are classified as

“live microorganisms that are either the same as or comparable to microorganisms found naturally in the human body, and when ingested in sufficient amounts, may be beneficial to health”

Probiotic Benefits Continue reading

Nail Biters May Develop Fewer Allergies

Thumb Suckers and Nail Biters May Develop Fewer Allergies – New York Times

Babies have been seen sucking on their fingers in utero weeks before birth. But the sight of an older child with his fingers constantly in his mouth, sucking her thumb, biting his nails, can drive parents crazy, bringing up fears about everything from social stigma to germs.

A new study suggests that those habits in children ages 5 to 11 may indeed increase exposure to microbes, but that that may not be all bad.

In a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, researchers drew evidence from an ongoing study of New Zealand children to show those whose parents described them as thumb-suckers and nail-biters were less likely to have positive allergic skin tests later in life.   Continue reading

For Coffee Drinkers, the Buzz May Be in Your Genes

For Coffee Drinkers, the Buzz May Be in Your Genes – The New York Times

The health community can’t quite agree on whether coffee is more potion or poison.

  • The American Heart Association says the research on whether coffee causes heart disease is conflicting.
  • The World Health Organization, which for years classified coffee as “possibly” carcinogenic, recently reversed itself, saying the evidence for a coffee-cancer link is “inadequate.”
  • National dietary guidelines say that moderate coffee consumption may actually be good for you – even reducing chronic disease.

Why is there so much conflicting evidence about coffee? The answer may be in our genes.   Continue reading