A Bigger Brain or A Bigger Butt?

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Where do you want the food you eat to go, to your brain or to your butt and belly?

Some foods we eat seem to be directly tied to an increase in the size of our belly, hips, and derriere.  We know what those are; fatty foods like fast foods, sweets, and junk […]

Get Fat! Omega-3 Fatty Acids That Is.

Omega-3 SupplementsWhen the words oils and fats are mentioned, health-conscious individuals tend to run for cover. What they fail to realize is that there are good fats and bad fats.  Complete avoidance of intake of oils and fats would actually be detrimental – rather than beneficial – to their health.

The Truth about Fish Oil

Essential fatty acids must always be part of our daily diet – without them, we take one step closer to our deaths.  Essential fatty acids are divided into two families: omega-6 EFAs and omega-3 EFAS.

Although there are only very slight differences to distinguish the two groups of essential fatty acids from each other, studies have revealed that too much intake of omega-6 EFAs can lead to inflammation, blood clotting and tumor growth.  The good news, however, is that the opposite is true for omega-3 EFAs.  Omega-6 EFAs can be found in vegetable oils while omega-3 EFAs can be found in fish oils among other foods. 

Omega-6 vs. Omega-3

Physicians and scientists believe that the imbalanced intake of omega-3 and omega-6 EFAs is the cause behind increasing cases of various health problems.

As mentioned earlier on, omega-6 EFAs can be found in vegetable oils.  This includes but is not limited to corn oil and soy oil, both of which contain high amounts of linoleic acid.  Omega-3 EFAs on the other hand can be found also in marine plankton and walnut and flaxseed oils.  It should be significant to take note that fatty fish and fish oils contain eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), fatty acids that have been observed to provide many benefits to the human body.  In the early 1970’s, a study on Greenland Eskimos have revealed that one of the major reasons why they rarely suffer from heart problems is because of their high-fat diet (mainly composed of fish).  Continue reading Get Fat! Omega-3 Fatty Acids That Is.

A New Wrinkle on Reducing Wrinkles

Forehead wrinkles and vibrant healthShould you like to look more youthful, among the most important things to focus on is figuring out how to effectively cut down wrinkles.

Wrinkles, in particular on your face and arms, can make you look a lot older, so by getting rid of them you can look a lot more youthful. 

Following straightforward tips including wearing sunscreen, eating fruits and vegetables, and acquiring treatments like dermabrasion can help decrease the appearance of wrinkles on your skin.

By wearing sunscreen, you can help protect yourself from serious health problems, and you’ll be able to also lessen wrinkles.  The sunscreen protects you from UV rays, which are the harmful part of sunlight.  For those who use sunscreen, a reasonable amount of exposure to the sun can still be healthy.  It really is best to choose a sunscreen that also has moisturizer, as applying moisturizer on a regular basis can be useful in reducing wrinkles as well.

In choosing skin care products (just as in cosmetics) make sure that what you’re putting on your skin is safe and does not contain ingredients which are harmful to your health.  Some skin care and cosmetic ingredients, such as parabens, can lead to serious health problems.  You can find ingredient and safety information on most brands at the Skin Deep cosmetic safety database  , a safety guide to cosmetics and personal care products maintained by researchers at The Environmental Working Group.  Continue reading A New Wrinkle on Reducing Wrinkles