Fried chicken, macaroni and cheese and pecan pie. These used to be a few of my favorite foods and are the staple of a traditional soul food meal.
You have heard this before. A high-fat, high-sugar diet is bad for the heart and waistline. And while many people are aware that this unhealthy eating habit may also have a very harmful effect on the liver, most may not know that the damage may very well be irreversible.
There’s no denying it. Americans like to snack. Reportedly, 94 percent snack daily. “Between 1950 and 2000, the United States became a nation of snackers. Manufacturers introduced a host of packaged snacks that catered to basic cravings for sugar, salt, and fat.
I came across this story about a remarkable, young woman named Joy Youwakim. She recently grew 20 pounds of produce, including radishes, eggplant, bell peppers, cucumbers, and cantaloupe, on top of an inactive landfill.
Did you know that your entire skeleton is replaced about every 10 years? According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), what happens is that over the course of your life your body continues to both reabsorb old bone and create new bone.
For many, artificial sweeteners, like Splenda and Equal, seem heaven sent when it comes to satisfying that sweet craving without the extra calories. But if your gut tells you artificial sweeteners are too good to be true, your gut might be correct - seriously!
The CDC reports that nearly half of adults in the United States, over the age of 30, have periodontal disease. That number swells to 70 percent for adults 65 and older. In those affected, bacteria triggers inflammation of the tissues that surround the teeth, which can lead to loss of teeth in advanced stages of periodontitis.
Many of us may try to keep our bones fracture-resistant by making sure we get adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D, two nutrients that promote strong, healthy bones. But reportedly, more than 10 million Americans suffer from bone fractures each year.
A fruitarian couple recently went viral. Twenty-six-year-old Simon Beun and his fiancé Tina Stoklosa, 39, travel the world on the hunt for different kinds of fruit. Stoklosa says she struggled with weight issues and eating disorders for years until she became a fruitarian. She and Beun say they have eaten mostly just fruit for three years. They document their fruit-pursuing journeys on social media and have become, I guess you could say, somewhat ‘instafamous.’
Celebrity Dr. Oz, who became widely popular on The Oprah Winfrey Show, has something he calls the “Oz-Approved 7-Day Crash Diet.”
Many Americans suffer from food addiction. In the majority of cases, this is not an addiction to healthy foods. Instead it is an addiction to processed foods which are so easily available to all of us.
How healthy are most Americans? We are living longer as a society, but we are collectively sicker than ever before. America's Health Rankings highlight troubling levels of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and an increase in sedentary behavior across the board.
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