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The thinking behind the old saying "feed a cold, starve a fever" goes like this: fasting causes a drop in body temperature, which helps to fight a high fever, while eating raises your temperature, warming you up if you have a cold and keeping your sniffles at bay.
In some regards, starving a fever is sensible: a couple small studies tell us that fasting ramps up the part of your immune system that fights bacteria, which cause some illnesses like strep throat and ear infections. Eating, on the point of feeding a cold, seems to stimulate your immune system to attack viruses like the common cold.
But, unfortunately it’s not that simple: fevers can be caused by both bacteria and viruses. The flu, for example, is a virus. And sicknesses like pneumonia may be fueled by either a virus or a bacterium.
We need a lot more research to turn...read full post »
Kale’s über-healthy reputation is in part thanks to the cancer-fighting compounds it boasts called glucosinolates. But there’s a compound within glucosinolates that interferes with your thyroid function—and some may worry that eating too much kale could hurt their thyroid and possibly even cause hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid). (Why does that matter, you ask? Your thyroid regulates many body functions—and top on the list is metabolism.)
But there’s more to the story.
Dig a little deeper and you’ll learn a chain of reactions has to happen for those thyroid-interfering compounds—called thiocyanates—to be released. Cooking kale stops that chain of reactions from happening. However, chopping raw kale for a salad or chewing it does allow thiocyanates to form. But the quantity of thiocyanates in a few ounces of raw...
Research shows your partner can either help you succeed or sabotage your efforts. Here are 3 tips to get—and give—support in your relationship.
Discuss your goals
The first step in almost any diet plan is to make a goal, but it’s equally crucial to talk about those goals with the important people in your life.
If your partner reacts negatively to your new diet, try to find middle ground.
Ask questions about small changes he or she may be willing to start with, says Toni Coleman, LCSW, CMC, a psychotherapist and relationship coach in Virginia.
“Could we eat at 7 p.m. instead of 8? Could we go for a walk together? Could we try eating some different foods together?” are all great examples.
Don’t be bossy
Research shows when one spouse makes positive health changes, the other is more inclined...read full post »
Picking out healthy and filling breakfast foods at the grocery store can feel pretty overwhelming. There are thousands of options to choose from, but it’s hard to tell which are the healthiest choices.
We put two popular fast and filling breakfast foods head to head to find out which is healthier: this or that? For a quick, easy breakfast that will fill you up, which is a better choice—1 cup of toasted-oats cereal with 1/2 cup low-fat (2%) milk or 2 slices of whole-grain toast topped with 2 tablespoons peanut butter?
The Winner: Peanut butter with whole-grain toast takes the slight edge for the win, but both of these are actually healthy options that will fuel your morning.
Here’s why we picked the toast—and an explanation of why both are nutritious breakfasts, as Joyce Hendley originally reported for EatingWell...read full post »
Picking healthy foods at the grocery store, especially for kids, can feel pretty confusing. There are thousands of foods to choose from. But how do you know if the ones that seem wholesome and nutritious actually are?
We put two popular drinks head to head to find out which is healthier: this or that? When it comes to picking a refreshing and fun beverage, which is a healthier choice—low-fat chocolate milk or 100% fruit juice?
You want something that packs in nutrients and keeps you feeling full if you’re out for a hike or on the go all day. We put two snack foods head to head to find out which is healthier: this or that? Granola bars or trail mix?
The Winner: Chocolate milk is the better pick, as Joyce Hendley originally reported for EatingWell. Here's why:
The Sugar Story: On the...read full post »