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Probiotics are good bacteria found in fermented foods, such as yogurt, sauerkraut, miso, kimchi, kombucha and kefir.
Popular theories claim extraordinary health benefits—such as better immunity and less stress—can come from eating probiotics and fostering the good bacteria in your gut.
But the research to support all this is sparse.
Some benefits science has shown, to date: probiotics can help with certain respiratory infections, diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome.
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When it comes to being ready for a last-minute dinner, a frozen pizza could be your best friend. But just because you’re taking a shortcut doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice a healthy dinner. Here’s what to look for.
A Better Bottom: More dough means more calories, so choose thin-crust over deep-dish when buying frozen. Buy pizzas that have whole grains in the crust whenever you can and skip ones stuffed with cheese.
Keep it Simple: Less is more when you’re picking pizzas. Some loaded frozen pizzas (see our brand picks) are tasty, but many had soggy toppings in the end. Meat-lover pizzas were higher in calories and sodium on a whole. Adding your own veggies helps the toppings stay crunchy and you can choose what you like.
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Staying healthy while you’re flying can be challenging (especially if you’re stuck in the air during mealtime).
Luckily, it’s getting easier, as more airports are carrying healthy snacks like plain yogurt, nuts and dried fruit. With a little advance planning, you can pack your own healthy snacks—but that’s not always an option.
To help you make healthy choices at 30,000 feet, we scoured airline menus for nutritious airplane food that would fight off mid-flight hunger pangs. And although airplane food has a bad reputation, we were pleasantly surprised to find airlines carrying healthy in-flight eating options.
Our menu picks include a balance of healthy proteins and some healthy fats, both of which keep you from getting hungry better than sugar and other refined carbs. We also looked for dishes with whole grains, fruits and vegetables—...read full post »
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.
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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...