If You Can't Sleep, What Drugs Can You Safely Take?

If You Can't Sleep, What Drugs Can You Safely Take?

If you’re having trouble sleeping, medicines shouldn’t be your first option. Exercise regularly, cut back on coffee (and other caffeinated drinks) after midday, eat less in the evening, ease up on “screen time” before, and in, bed, practise meditation and try to have a quiet, dark bedroom dedicated mostly to sleep.

Cannabis With Your Coffee? Ontario Could Have Thousands Of Pot Retailers

Cannabis With Your Coffee? Ontario Could Have Thousands Of Pot Retailers

Legalized cannabis is just a month away, but Ontario won’t have any cannabis stores until April. That’s due to the province’s recent decision to have cannabis outlets run by businesses rather than a government agency, although the agency will still open a retail web site Oct. 17.

Is Apple Cider Vinegar Good For You?

Is Apple Cider Vinegar Good For You?

When my brother and I were kids back in the ‘80s, we loved going to Long John Silver’s. But it wasn’t just for the fish. It was for the vinegar – malt vinegar. We would uncap a bottle at the table and swig that tangy, delicious nectar of the gods straight.

A Sugar Pill Just Might Control Your Chronic Pain

A Sugar Pill Just Might Control Your Chronic PainResearchers have developed a way to reliably predict which chronic pain patients will respond to a sugar placebo pill based on brain anatomy and psychological characteristics. Doctors may one day prescribe placebos that work as effectively as any painkiller for certain patients, the researchers’ new study suggests

Our Taste For Beer May Go Back 13,000 Years

Our Taste For Beer May Go Back 13,000 YearsResearchers have discovered evidence of the earliest brewmasters to date, a finding that might stir an old debate: What came first, beer or bread? In a cave in what is now Israel, scientists found beer-brewing innovations that they believe predate the early appearance of cultivated cereals in the Near East by several millennia.

Why Americans Are Eating Less Meat

Why Americans Are Eating Less MeatTwo of every three US consumers surveyed report eating less of at least one type of meat, according to new research. “Many Americans continue to have strong preferences for meat,” says Roni Neff, an assistant professor of environmental health and engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

Low-carb Versus High-carb – Is The Evidence Really Contradictory?

Low-carb Versus High-carb – Is The Evidence Really Contradictory

It isn’t surprising that people are confused about nutrition when the media presents different findings as gladiatorial battles: vegetarian versus carnivore, high-fat versus low-fat diets and, more recently, low-carb diets versus high-carb. But, when you dig down into the data, many of these studies are reporting surprisingly similar things – and this is the case with the latest studies reporting on carbohydrates and health.

Is Vegetarian India A Myth?

Is Vegetarian India A Myth?

India has a reputation as a vegetarian nation, and Indians certainly consume far less meat than the global average. But the view of India as a predominantly vegetarian nation may not be quite accurate.

Is Healthy Food Really More Expensive Than Unhealthy Food?

Is Healthy Food Really More Expensive Than Unhealthy Food?

The idea that healthy food costs more than junk food is something I hear a lot. Students tell me they’d like to eat better but can’t afford to. There is a strong belief that cooking from scratch costs a fortune, and with takeaway meals priced as low as £1, they have little incentive to change their behaviour.

5 Types Of Food To Increase Your Psychological Well-being

5 Types Of Food To Increase Your Psychological Well-being
We all know eating “healthy” food is good for our physical health and can decrease our risk of developing diabetes, cancer, obesity and heart disease. What is not as well known is that eating healthy food is also good for our mental health and can decrease our risk of depression and anxiety.

How Leftovers Mess With Your Eating And Exercise

How Leftovers Mess With Your Eating And ExerciseLeftovers may be throwing off your sense of how much you’ve actually eaten and how much you need to exercise, particularly as portion sizes—and therefore leftover portions—increase, according to a new study.

Why It's Eating Fat That Makes You Fat

Why It's Eating Fat That Makes You Fat

Worldwide obesity has tripled since 1975, with 1.9 billion adults considered overweight. The condition now kills more people across the globe than underweight and malnutrition.

One of the NHS’s biggest cost burdens, a staggering 70% of UK adults are expected to have overweight or obesity by 2034. Obesity is a problem of energy balance.

Should I Take Vitamin C Or Other Supplements For My Cold?

Should I Take Vitamin C Or Other Supplements For My Cold?

Last week I had a shocking cold. Blocked nose, sore throat, and feeling poorly. This made me think about the countless vitamins and supplements on the market that promise to ease symptoms of a cold, help you recover faster, and reduce your chance of getting another cold. When it comes to the common cold (also called upper respiratory tract infections) there is no magic cure (I wish) but some supplements may deliver very minor improvements. Here is what the latest research evidence says.

Why Drinking Responsibly Is Bad News For The Alcohol Industry

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Alcohol producers and retailers have long argued that their goal is a world where everyone drinks responsibly and heavy drinking is a thing of the past. As a result, the alcohol industry claims to be part of the solution to the UK’s drink problem rather than part of the problem. In our latest research, published in Addiction, we examine the credibility of this claim.

How Time Restricted Eating Can Overcome The Bad Effects Of Faulty Genes And Unhealthy Diet

How Life's Purpose Rests In Our Mind's Drive To Extract Meaning From The World

Timing our meals can fend off diseases caused by bad genes or bad diet. Everything in our body is programmed to run on a 24-hour or circadian time table that repeats every day. Nearly a dozen different genes work together to produce this 24-hour circadian cycle. These clocks are present in all of our organs, tissues and even in every cell. These internal clocks tell us when to sleep, eat, be physically active and fight diseases. As long as this internal timing system work well and we obey them, we stay healthy.

Is Vitamin D A Pseudo Vitamin For A Pseudo Disease?

Is Vitamin D A Pseudo Vitamin For A Pseudo Disease?

We are still in love with vitamins a century after they were discovered, with half the US and UK population taking a supplement. Vitamin D – the sunshine vitamin – is the favourite and is believed to have the most proven benefits. Governments, including the UK government, have said that the evidence for vitamin D’s health benefits is so overwhelming that every adult should take it as a supplement for at least six months of the year.

The Surprising Role Cheese Played In Human Evolution

The Surprising Role Cheese Played In Human Evolution
A solid white mass found in a broken jar in an Ancient Egyptian tomb has turned out to be the world’s oldest example of solid cheese. Probably made mostly from sheep or goats milk, the cheese was found several years ago by archaeologists in the ancient tomb of Ptahmes, who was a high-ranking Egyptian official. The substance was identified after the archaeology team carried out biomolecular identification of its proteins.

Why Synthetic Marijuana Is So Risky

Why Synthetic Marijuana Is So Risky
Many parts of the country have seen episodic crises due to synthetic marijuana, the largest occurring in Mississippi, where 721 adverse events were logged between April 2-3, 2015. Even with outbreaks aside, synthetic cannabinoids are 30 times more likely to harm you than regular marijuana.

Delay Eating Breakfast And Eat Dinner Early If You Want To Lose Body Fat

Delay Eating Breakfast And Eat Dinner Early If You Want To Lose Body Fat
Time-restricted eating (also called time-restricted feeding) is a new dietary concept that involves reducing the time between the first and last calorie consumed each day. There is strong evidence to support the health benefits of time-restricted eating (TRE) in animals, and recent small studies by our research group and others suggest possible benefits for humans, too.

How Anorexia Is More Stubborn To Treat Than Previously Believed

How Anorexia Is More Stubborn To Treat Than Previously Believed
Anorexia nervosa is a psychiatric illness that primarily effects young people during their adolescence. While anorexia is relatively uncommon, affecting about 1 percent of the population, it can be lethal. Indeed, despite its relatively early onset, anorexia can last for several decades for more than half of those afflicted. It can lead to many associated psychiatric and medical risk factors, which in part explains why anorexia has the highest mortality rates of any psychiatric disorder.

8 Foods That Nearly Last Forever

8 Foods That Nearly Last Forever
The news that, after 106 years, Captain Scott’s fruitcake was found by the Antarctic Heritage Trust and “smelled edible”, raises the question: are there other foods that have similar staying power? The answer is, yes, several.

10 Strategies To Lose Weight

10 Strategies To Lose Weight
Everybody knows that to lose weight you should eat less and move more. But, of course, it’s not that simple; the combination of today’s environment and human biology can make it really, really hard to shed pounds. To reduce diseases caused by being overweight or obese, society needs to change, but those changes will be slow to come. We need effective weight-loss strategies now.

Cracking The Sugar Code: Why The Glycome Is The Next Big Thing In Health And Medicine

Cracking The Sugar Code: Why The Glycome Is The Next Big Thing In Health And MedicineWhen you think of sugar, you probably think of the sweet, white, crystalline table sugar that you use to make cookies or sweeten your coffee. But did you know that within our body, simple sugar molecules can be connected together to create powerful structures that have recently been found to be linked to health problems, including cancer, aging and autoimmune diseases.

The Hidden Costs Of A Hangover

The Hidden Costs Of A Hangover

If you drink alcohol, it’s likely you’re familiar with some of the effects of a hangover. Headaches, nausea and fatigue are just some of the unpleasant but common experiences of the morning after the night before. But have you ever wondered how a hangover may influence your thoughts and behaviour?

These Quality Diets May Promote Healthy Aging In Women

These Quality Diets May Promote Healthy Aging In WomenEating a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and low in added sugar, sodium, and processed meats could help promote healthy cellular aging in women, according to a new study.

Would You Eat Cultured Meat From A Lab?

Would You Eat Cultured Meat From A Lab?

It’s been a busy summer for food-based biotech. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration made headlines when it approved the plant-based “Impossible Burger,” which relies on an ingredient from genetically modified yeast for its meaty taste. The European Union sparked controversy by extending heavy restrictions on genetically modified organisms by classifying them as gene-edited crops.

Has The Netherlands Figured Out How To Mainstream Seaweed?

Has The Netherlands Figured Out How To Mainstream Seaweed?

Despite its environmental benefits, using local seaweed for food can be a tough sell. Some think the Dutch have finally cracked the code. “Is seaweed a vegetable?” a wide-eyed child asks a tall man chopping kelp at a “Taste the Nature” market in the Zuiderpark city farm in The Hague. “Well, it has lots of vitamins and minerals,” the cook, Jethro van Luijk, replies.

Can a Strict Vegetable Diet Cure Cancer?

Can a Strict Vegetable Diet Cure Cancer?

Almost 40 percent of Americans can expect a cancer diagnosis in their lifetimes. As the number of new cancer cases per year is expected to rise to 23.6 million by 2030 worldwide, people are desperate for answers, turning to alternative therapies that fall outside the typical “slash, burn, poison” treatment model. A review of the documentary “The Food Cure,” which follows patients undergoing an intensive and controversial nutritional therapy.

Why You Get A Headache When You Haven't Had Your Coffee?

Why You Get A Headache When You Haven't Had Your Coffee?

Caffeine is our favourite drug. But if we miss out on our fix, it can be a real headache, in more ways than one. Caffeine is a stimulant. It quickly enters our brain and blocks the (adenosine) receptors that are responsible for dulling brain activity. By blocking the dulling of our brain, we feel a sense of invigoration, focus and subtle euphoria. These feelings can also enhance our performance of certain focused tasks, like driving or staying awake through the whole lecture.

Why Obesity Is A Market Failure And Personal Responsibility Will Not Solve It Alone

Why Obesity Is A Market Failure And Personal Responsibility Will Not Solve It Alone

Obesity levels in Australia and around the world are high and rising. This comes at an enormous economic cost for society and individuals, not only in terms of health care and productivity, but also in lost quality and duration of life. Both behavioural economics research and weight-loss trials show that relying solely on Australians to take personal responsibility is doomed to fail, unless governments step in to create environments that promote healthy food and physical activity.

How To Pack A Stress-free School Lunch

stress free lunch 8 16With the school year starting again, it’s time to start to think about the routine of packing school lunches. For many time-pressed parents, this is a formidable task. But it doesn’t need to be.

Is Beer Good For You?

Is Beer Good For You?

A recent Daily Mail article announced that: “Beer is officially good for you”. The article claimed that beer “reduces heart risk” and “improves brain health”. Even if “heart risk” sounds a bit vague, the news sounds good. But let’s take a closer look at the evidence.

Can Food Have Negative Calories?

Can Food Have Negative Calories?

Diets are everywhere, but could eating “negative calorie” foods, such as celery and grapefruit, help to boost weight loss?

The Rise Of The Conscious Carnivore

The Rise Of The Conscious CarnivoreAn increasing number of Canadians, especially those under 35, are cutting out meat from their diets – a trend that should be causing serious alarm for meat producers.

How Your Body Changes From Day One On A Vegan Diet

How Your Body Changes From Day One On A Vegan Diet
Veganism, the plant-based diet which shuns meat and dairy, is having its time in the sun. Since 2008, there has been a 350% increase in the number of self-described vegans in the UK alone. Where this motivation stems from is varied, but includes concerns about animal welfare, worries about the environment and religious reasons.

What You Need To Know About The Keto Diet

What You Need To Know About The Keto Diet
A diet developed in the 1920s to treat children with epilepsy is suddenly all the rage. The ketogenic diet, or “keto diet”, has reportedly been endorsed by celebrities and even athletes are giving it a go.

Is Organic, Grass Fed And Hormone-free Red Meat Any Healthier?

Is Organic, Grass Fed And Hormone-free Red Meat Any Healthier?
Red meat is an excellent source of protein and essential nutrients such as iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fats, which are are linked to heart and brain health. But while a small quantity of lean meat may be good for us, too much red or processed meat can increase our risk of some cancers.

Why After Cereal, Even Healthy People’s Blood Sugar Spikes

Why After Cereal, Even Healthy People’s Blood Sugar SpikesThe level of sugar in an individual’s blood—especially in individuals who are considered healthy—fluctuates more than traditional means of monitoring, like the one-and-done finger-prick method, would have us believe, according to a new study.

What Causes Brain Freeze When You Eat Ice Cream?

What Causes Brain Freeze When You Eat Ice Cream?Although ice-cold drinks and ice cream can cause sharp, shooting mouth pain and the occasional “brain freeze,” the two reactions are completely unrelated, says neurologist Roderick Spears.

A Brief History Of Ketchup

A Brief History Of Ketchup

Countries often propose tariffs not on the most valuable items in their trading relationships – since that would be painful to them as well – but rather products iconic of national character.

The Chemicals In Beef Jerky And Hot Dogs Are Linked To Mania

The Chemicals In Beef Jerky And Hot Dogs Are Linked To ManiaChemicals used to cure beef jerky, salami, hot dogs, and other processed meat snacks may contribute to mania, an abnormal mood state characterized by hyperactivity, euphoria, and insomnia, according to a new study.

A Brief History of the Feral Blackberry

A Brief History of the Feral Blackberry

The Himalayan blackberry was introduced to North America as a food crop. Like a Gremlin doused with water, it escaped its confinement and rampantly spread throughout the continent.

Do Omega 3 Supplements Protect Against Heart Disease?

Do Omega 3 Supplements Protect Against Heart Disease?

Many people take a daily omega 3 supplement in the belief that it is good for their heart. But our latest research, a systematic review of 79 clinical trials, found no evidence for this belief.

This Amazonian Psychedelic May Ease Severe Depression

This Amazonian Psychedelic May Ease Severe Depression
The vine Banisteriopsis caapi is one ingredient in ayahuasca, a psychedelic brew that Amazonian indigenous populations have long used for spiritual purposes.

How to Treat Inflammation and Its Direct Link To Disease

How to Treat Inflammation and Its Direct Link To Disease
People are living longer and healthier lives all over the world, unencumbered by pain and many of the afflictions we have come to associate with aging. These people don’t have to take pain medications, cholesterol medication, high blood pressure medication, or...

Does Drinking Coffee Help You Live Longer?

Does Drinking Coffee Help You Live Longer?
There’s only one thing better than a hot cup of coffee in the morning: a new research paper telling you your daily habit is good for your health. Headlines presented the good news from the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

Should Healthy People Take Probiotic Supplements?

Should Healthy People Take Probiotic Supplements?
A visit to the supermarket these days can feel more like walking through a pharmacy, with an ever-expanding range of milks, yogurts, pills, powders and specialty foods promoting their “probiotic” prowess.

This Diet May Boost Heart Health, Even With Red Meat

This Diet May Boost Heart Health, Even With Red MeatAdopting a Mediterranean-style eating pattern improves heart health, with or without reducing red meat intake, as long as the meat is lean and unprocessed, according to a new study.

Does Eating At Night Make You Fat?

Does Eating At Night Make You Fat?

Some media reports say that eating at night makes you gain weight, others say that it has no effect on body weight. So who is right?

Can Sleeping Pills Change Your Behavior?

Can Sleeping Pills Change Your Behavior?
Roseanne Barr has claimed that she was under the influence of the drug Ambien when she posted her already infamous racist tweet (since removed). But what do we know about Ambien and its side effects?

Do Obese People Enjoy Food Less Than Lean People?

Do Obese People Enjoy Food Less Than Lean People?
Global obesity rates have risen sharply over the past three decades, leading to spikes in diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. The more we understand the causes of obesity and how to prevent it, the better.

How Eating Fish May Reduce Your Child's Breast Cancer Risk

How Eating Fish May Reduce Your Child's Breast Cancer Risk
Omega-3 fatty acids are commonly found in plant and seafood sources. If you don’t have high enough levels of omega-3s in your diet, it’s a leading risk factor for death globally, contributing to the development of chronic diseases like cancer.

Why There Is Less Meat And More Bugs In Our Dietary Future

Why There Is Less Meat And More Bugs In Our Dietary Future
Biologically speaking, humans are omnivores and we like to eat a variety of things. There is increasing interest in all sorts of alternative sources of protein as we diversify our diets. This trend is accelerating in 2018.

Could High-Dose Vitamin D Treat Malnutrition?

Could High-Dose Vitamin D Treat Malnutrition?
High-dose vitamin D supplements improve weight gain and help with the development of language and motor skills in severely malnourished children, our latest study has found.

5 Food Allergy Myths

5 Food Allergy Myths
A surge in childhood food allergies across the United States has turned classrooms into homemade-treat-free zones and parents into experts at scanning labels. But what’s fact and what’s fiction?

How The Lowly Mushroom Is Becoming A Nutritional Star

How The Lowly Mushroom Is Becoming A Nutritional Star
In the past, food scientists like me often praised mushrooms as healthy because of what they don’t contribute to the diet; they contain no cholesterol and gluten and are low in fat, sugars, sodium and calories. But that was selling mushrooms short. They are very healthy foods and could have medicinal properties...

Wealthy Americans Know Less Than They Think They Do About Food And Nutrition

Wealthy Americans Know Less Than They Think They Do About Food And Nutrition
Socioeconomics play a significant role in attitudes about food – especially concerns about safety and purchasing behavior. And higher income doesn’t always correlate with informed choices. On the contrary, our research shows that affluent Americans tend to overestimate their knowledge about health and nutrition.

Chamomile Tea May Help Control Diabetes

Chamomile Tea May Help Control Diabetes
Chamomile – that yellow flower so often made into a tea, enjoyed before bed – is a very interesting plant. It was recently discovered that the humble flower may control or even prevent diabetes...

Are Your Food Cravings Based on Emotional and Physical Needs?

Food Cravings Based on Emotional & Physical Needs?
Food cravings often stem from basic unmet needs for fun, excitement, or love -- issues most would consider "normal" and within our power to self-heal. Some people's food cravings remain constant; for example, they always crave ice cream. Other people go through "food kicks" in different weeks.

How Xanax Works, The Dangers And The Side Effects

How Xanax Works, The Dangers And The Side Effects

And although drug use has declined over the past decade, new and potentially life-threatening trends continue to appear. Most recently, doctors have warned of an “emerging crisis” relating to Xanax use among young people.

Do Athletes Really Need Protein Supplements?

Do Athletes Really Need Protein Supplements?
Protein supplements for athletes are literally sold by the bucketful. Protein supplements are expensive, and might not be doing much for you. The marketing that accompanies them persistently promotes the attainment of buff biceps and six-pack abs.

Why Overeating May Be A Brain Glitch

Why Overeating May Be A Brain Glitch
With springtime comes the desire to shed those few extra pounds, in preparation to don swimsuits and head to the pool. This year, new obesity research is making it easier to find a pathway that is right for us.

Jiminy Cricket! Why Bugs May Soon Be On The Menu

Jiminy Cricket! Why Bugs May Soon Be On The Menu
From our western perspective, crickets do not look appetizing, but neither did lobsters at one point in time, and in fact they used to be known as the cockroaches of the sea. Now lobster is considered a scrumptious delicacy.

Why Too Much Sugar Is Bad For Our Health

Why Too Much Sugar Is Bad For Our Health
The World Health Organization recommends limiting “free sugars” to less than 10% of our total energy intake. This equates to around 12 teaspoons a day for an average adult.

Why Artificial Sweeteners May Make You Fat

Why Artificial Sweeteners May Make You FatWith nearly 40% of the world’s population now classified as obese, and increasing evidence pointing to sugar as the culprit, people are turning to foods that contain low-calorie sweeteners to give them the sweet taste they enjoy, without the risk of gaining weight.

Dietary Salt, The Silent Killer: How Much Is Too Much?

Dietary Salt, The Silent Killer: How Much Is Too Much?
While preparing food at home, or while buying prepared food from grocery stores and restaurants, salt tends to find its way onto our plates. Does our love for salt come at a cost? How much salt is too much, and should we be concerned? These are the questions that not enough people are asking.

Young Canadians Lead The Charge To A Meatless Canada

Young Canadians Lead The Charge To A Meatless CanadaCanadians love meat. Many of us have been dedicated to our favourite protein source for years. But other sources of protein are emerging as potent alternatives to animal protein.

When We Lose Weight, Where Does It Go?

When We Lose Weight, Where Does It Go?
The world is obsessed with fad diets and weight loss, yet few of us know how a kilogram of fat actually vanishes off the scales.

Attaining Radiant Health (also known as Health Beyond Danger)

Attaining Radiant Health (also known as Health Beyond Danger)
One of the great secrets of a long, satisfying, and happy life, according to Eastern wisdom, is to focus on health instead of disease. This is the psychological basis of the art of radiant health. Develop the attitude of radiant health, and radiant health can be attained surprisingly easily.

Why Is The Sugar In Fruit OK?

Why Is The Sugar In Fruit OK?
Evidence shows that the health risks from sugars, such as tooth decay and unhealthy weight gain, are related to consuming too many free sugars in the diet, not from eating sugars that are naturally present in fruits or milk.

4 Ways Alcohol Is Bad For Your Health

4 Ways Alcohol Is Bad For Your HealthIn Australia, almost 6,000 deaths a year can be attributed to alcohol, as well as around 400 hospitalisations a day.

I'm Not Overweight, So Why Do I Need To Eat Healthy Foods?

I'm Not Overweight, So Why Do I Need To Eat Healthy Foods?
We all have that one friend whose eating habits and body shape simply don’t add up. While enjoying the unhealthiest of meals and a sedentary lifestyle, somehow they effortlessly retain a slender figure.

How Just Standing More Burns More Calories

standing desk 2 10Standing rather than sitting burns, on average, an additional 0.15 calories per minute — a small increase that could add up to a weight loss of nearly 6 pounds per year.

How To Keep School Lunches Safe In The Heat

How To Keep School Lunches Safe In The HeatThe school holidays are over but summer isn’t, and we’re bound to have more hot days before the season ends. So how can you avoid making yourself or your kids sick when packing picnics or school lunches in the heat?

How Do The Health Claims Of Kombucha Stack Up?

How Do The Health Claims Of kombucha stack Up?

The drink kombucha was previously only popular in hipster cafes, but is now vying for space on the supermarket shelves. Many claims are made about the health benefits of drinking kombucha, but what does the science say?

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