The worst thing about being a teenager is having pimples!
And while all your classmates are going through the same thing because of the glorious stage of puberty, you always felt your pimples were bigger and more obvious than anyone else you knew, did you!
The sad thing is, as you head into your late 20s and 30s, you probably thought you'd be rid of the unsightly marks on your face. So why then have they persisted?
Well, when you're younger, 80% of acne is because of hormonal changes and genetics that have to do with these changes.
But when you're older, the state of your skin has more to do with your diet.
If you thought eating junk food and it's relation to causing acne was an old wives tale, read on for the truth.... ››› more
Listening to a popular radio show this morning, it's clear that some people still don't have a clue how to improve their health, or worse, why it's important.
Of the show's three presenters, one is particularly interested in her health. She says she makes a concerted effort to ensure she has good eating habits and she'll give anything a try that seems to improve overall health through diet.
The other two presenters, one man and another women, don't seem the least bit interested in their diet or the effect it may have on their health.
In fact, the male DJ made a really funny point when it came to how he looked at calories. He said the only thing he knew about a calorie is the more there are in a food, the more tasty it is. He even suggested that manufacturers should call calories “delicious points” instead.
And while it's a funny way to look at it, this is how many men view their diet. They don't really see how bad eating anything they want is harming their health.
If you're one of them, read on…... ››› more
Your mouth and heart share a close connection
When your oral health isn't in top shape, your heart health suffers!
But it's only within the last couple of years that scientists discovered this interesting connection.
They found that if you have any problems with your oral health, like gum disease or holes in your teeth - and you don't take care of them promptly - you're putting yourself on the fast track to heart disease too!
Read on to find out what's behind your poor oral health and how you can protect your mouth and heart health by making a few simple lifestyle changes…... ››› more
If you suffer from depression and you regularly see a psychologist for help, you might find this new form of therapy a bit strange…
Australian psychologist Felice Jacka won't be asking her patients about their emotions, their family history or their childhood in their upcoming sessions to treat their depression. Instead, she'll ask them what they ate for lunch before they came to see her.
Felice and her colleagues from the Deakin University are interested in finding out just how foods influence mood. In fact, they're specifically interested in the effects of junk food - fatty and sugary foods - and the influence they have on the cause of depression.
In Europe, they already have evidence that depression and the foods you eat share a close link. The beginning of the year saw the launch of the European Union's costly MoodFood project to find out just how many people suffer from mental issues because of the unhealthy foods they eat.
It's an effort to change the way people eat and to look at their food in a new light to see what effects it has on their health.
But what's important about both these projects is that experts aren't saying “ditch your medicine and eat a healthy diet instead”. They're saying it's essential for your mental health to eat a healthy diet while taking your meds. And maybe one day you can come off them!
But the mind/food connection isn't a new discovery. It's been around for almost 20 years… So why now is it becoming such a topic of interest. And more importantly, how is it going to help you cope with your symptoms of depression?... ››› more
If you're desperately trying to lose weight, you might do just about anything to achieve your weight loss goals. But would you sacrifice your overall health just to be skinny?
The sad truth is, many people are doing just that. And even sadder, they don't even know they're doing it…
Research says following a high fat diet can destroy your gut health and leave you with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Why then are so many people following Prof Tim Noakes' Banting diet?
It's probably because they don't have a clue what it's doing to them.
That's why, today you'll find out why eating too many foods filled with saturated fats is the worst thing you can do for your health…... ››› more
The reason more and more young people are developing arthritis is because of the state of current health.
They frequently suffer from highly inflammatory conditions, which in the past, were only seen in the elderly.
It's this rate of inflammation that's the cause of many health issues.
The thing is, inflammation is essential for your body. It's there to heal you, like when you have a cut on your hand, it's the inflammation that kills off the germs and promotes the wound to heal.
It's when the responses are out of control that they begin to harm you instead.
And that's exactly why you develop arthritis.
The inflammatory responses just never switch off. And because your joints are susceptible to wear and tear every day, especially in those well used joints like in your hands and legs, the inflammation causes pain and damage instead of helping to repair the area!
But what you may never have realised is it's your diet causing your inflammatory switch to remain in the “on” position!
Read on to find out why…... ››› more
If you're drinking lots of milk because it contains the right amounts of nutrients - like calcium, fats and probiotic cultures - to keep your arthritis symptoms under control, watch out.
What happens after you drink milk? Do your symptoms flare up instead of subsiding?
If they do, it's likely that milk's behind your arthritis. And that your symptoms are purely because you have a milk allergy!
Here's what you need to know…... ››› more
It's not only age that leaves you with a soaring arthritis risk! It's your diet too.
That's why nowadays, you hear of more and more young people in their 30s suffering from debilitating joint pain and arthritis.
You might already know that certain foods can either cause or relieve joint pain. But do you know which ones are the worst for you and your joints?
It's the ones that affect your diet and lifestyle. In other words, the main culprit is your love of convenience and that being the reason you eat so much junk food!
Read on to discover how to keep your joints healthy and arthritis out of your future by cutting out seven of the most joint pain inducing foods…... ››› more
Have you always struggled with your weight? Going on yo-yo diets and trying every kind of weight loss supplement fad out there?
I don't blame you!
After all, there's always some new diet pill with skinny girls who have never been overweight selling them and promising you a fit and trim body.
But what if the pills you're taking could give you type 2 diabetes?
Today, diabetes expert Dr Craige Golding explains why they can and shows you why could be at risk for type 2 diabetes if you use the world's number one diet supplement…... ››› more
Health nuts and nutritionists across the globe are desperately trying to change the way people eat because of the colossal health implications eating too much junk food has.
But then you get the one time Health Minister in the UK making statements like: “The only person responsible for putting something in my mouth and eating it is me” and “the only people responsible for what kid's put in their mouths are their parents”.
And you wonder why the obesity epidemic is taking over the world.
The real problem with people eating too much - too much of the wrong types of foods - is that there's no limit to the amount available. It's almost easier to get your hands on junk food than it is healthy food.
And if you're struggling to break the habit of eating junk food, read on to find out why it's so hard and what you can do about it…... ››› more
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