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Macrobiotic Diet Benefits, Theory and Foods

The meaning of macrobiotic is "great life." (1) As the Kushi Institute — one of the world's leading authorities on the macrobiotic diet — puts it, "This is not simply a 'diet' … macrobiotic recognizes the profound effects food, environment, activities, and attitude all have on our body-mind-emotions." (2) The core concepts central to the macrobiotic…

The Pros & Cons of Bariatric Surgery + Healthier Alternatives

For a country obsessed with losing weight, spending more than $60 billion a year trying to shed pounds, Americans are failing miserably. Even though we know the health risks that come with being too overweight, almost 78 million adults and 13 million children are obese — that’s one in three adults. (1, 2) It’s obvious…

Is Seitan Healthy? The Pros, Cons and Alternatives

Often called “wheat protein,” “wheat meat” or “wheat gluten,” seitan (pronounced say-tahn) has a look and texture shockingly similar to meat when it’s cooked, and its alternative namesakes are quite fitting since it’s made from gluten, the main protein found in wheat. Seitan stands out as one of the only meat substitutes completely free of soy. Like its soy counterparts,…

High Fructose Corn Syrup Dangers and Healthy Alternatives

Have you been fooled by advertisements talking about "corn sugar"? Viewer beware — this is just a more angelic but deceptive term for high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). It's said that corn refiners have already spent $50 million trying to convince us to accept corn sugar as HFCS's new namesake. (1) Manufactured mostly from genetically modified corn, high…

Improve Your Homocysteine Levels to Protect Your Heart

Never heard of homocysteine before and wondering what causes someone to have elevated homocysteine levels? Homocysteine is a specific type of amino acid that's created in the body during metabolic processes, as opposed to consumed in food. It's produced in the body as a byproduct of methylation, the process of producing an essential protein called…

Breakthrough Study: Fungus May Trigger Crohn’s Disease

A fungus may trigger Crohn's disease, a devastating inflammatory bowel disease that often requires heavy-duty drugs, surgery or a combination of both to keep at bay. The new finding, published in the September 2016 edition journal mBio, opens the door to more probiotic-based treatment options that could more gently treat and possibly even cure the digestive disease Crohn's…

Asthma Symptoms, Causes & Risk Factors

Asthma is a common problem that affects more than 25 million Americans, especially children and teens. Rates of asthma have been increasing steadily over the past several decades as well — today one in 12 people has asthma, or 8 percent of the U.S. population, compared to about one in 14 people less than 10 years…

Is the Freekeh Supergrain the New Quinoa?

Despite its odd name, freekeh (pronounced free-kah), aka farik, may be the new supergrain. While quinoa has been high on the quest for healthy grain-like alternatives, freekeh, often spelled freekah or frikeh, has some benefits that may surprise you, while also providing some variety to your diet. The biggest concern for many is the wheat…

The Okinawa Diet: Foods and Habits that Boost Longevity

Between the Mediterranean diet, ketogenic diet and a host of other diet plans to lose weight, there's no shortage of suggested ways to eat. But there’s one diet that modern researchers keep coming back to when they study health and longevity: the Okinawa diet. What Is the Okinawa Diet? The Okinawa diet is named after the largest island in the…