Scientists: Your Coffee Habit Doesn’t Affect Your Weight

Scientists say that your daily coffee habit may not affect your weight. This is great news for almost 60 percent of the adult population in the U.S. who drink coffee everyday. Research over the years has shed more light on the health benefits of drinking coffee. One study in particular found that drinking this delicious beverage does not increase your chances of developing obesity or type 2 diabetes.

Some experts are surprised by the findings, saying that increased coffee intake was found to be strongly associated with diabetes. However, even they admit that genetics play a big part in determining how much a person is drinking and how it affects them. Even exposure to caffeine has been linked to improved brain performance in women, particularly older women.

Additionally, coffee has been shown to be beneficial for heart healthy. In one study, results showed that drinking moderate amounts of coffee was linked to lower risk of developing heart failure. Another study showed that coffee may be associated with a reduced risk of developing liver cancer by as much as 40 percent. That’s a significant amount especially for those who are genetically predisposed to have liver problems.

Remember to moderate your intake

Coffee without the unhealthy additives, sugars and hydrogenated oils is a great beverage with many health benefits. Black drip coffee is the best way to have it, but a cappuccino or latte can be okay too. Just avoid the empty calories that usually come with dressed-up coffee drinks. Those can end up canceling out any potential health benefits from your favorite cup of Joe.

How much coffee is safe to drink?

It’s best to limit your coffee intake to about three cups a day. More than that will jack up your caffeine intake, which in turn will have a mild diuretic effect on the body. This can leave you feeling dehydrated and can even cause energy crashes or withdrawals.

Have your coffee, black if possible, and don’t be afraid to enjoy it. You could be doing your heart and liver a huge favor in the long run.

Try The Quickest Hangover Cure Ever

If you think coffee isn’t the cure to a hangover…. Think again!!

The day after a heavy drinking session is rarely pleasant. For many, it is a day of rest and recovery and productivity is minimal. Pounding headaches, dizziness and nausea are common side effects of a good night out, and for the most part it is bearable but how do you cure a hangover, say, you have an early meeting the next day?

Here’s the secret recipe:

½ tablespoon of finely ground coffee beans (organic)
2 tablespoons of lemon juice (fresh)

Mix together with a spoon until it resembles a puree. Add a little more lemon juice if the mixture is too thick. If you cannot stomach the texture, you can use 8 ounces of strong coffee instead of the finely ground coffee beans.

Lemon juice is a powerful detoxification agent and its atomic structure is similar to that our the body’s digestive juices. It is known to be a powerful liver cleanser and helps filter toxins. Following a night of alcohol consumption, the lemon juice will serve as a boost to the liver to rid the body of the alcohol. Coffee also contains plenty of antioxidants which the body seems to absorb well.

If you’re really, really hungover…

There is a way to make this natural hangover cure even more powerful. You can mix 1 teaspoon of plain sea salt with at 16 ounces of water. Drink this before the coffee and lemon mixture. This serves as a support and boost to the adrenal glands which will help create more energy.

The adrenal glands serve many functions, but one of them is the production of cortisol. Cortisol is released when the body encounters stress. Since alcohol inhibits the production of cortisol, the body’s stores of energy may not be regulated properly. As a result, energy dips could occur throughout the day. You want your adrenals to be working properly especially if you need to be productive or if you have to be at work the next day.

Maximize Your Menu for Glowing, Luminous Skin

The skin is our body’s largest organ. Whatever we ingest is going to have an effect on our skin.

Our diet—food and beverages—can radically change how our skin looks and feels. Eating the right foods can nurture glowing, clear, and youthful skin. Eat the wrong foods will cause a lack of elasticity, puffiness, redness and wrinkles. Choose foods that will enhance the texture, pigment and firmness of your skin.

Here are some good food and beverage choices:

Foods high in protein nurture a firm, luminous skin. Good protein choices include: chia seeds, eggs, wild salmon, black cod, herring and sardines.

Other great food choices are: dark green vegetables like kale, broccoli, spinach, Swiss chard, beet greens, rabe, and collard greens. These detox your body.

Yellow fruits and vegetables contain carotenoids that help control cell turnover that generates clear, clean skin. Excellent yellow fruit and vegetable choices include: papaya, peaches, pineapple, sweet potato and spaghetti squash as well as avocado and raw seeds such as sunflower, pumpkin and hemp.

 Think of your skin as a sponge. It soaks up whatever you ingest and whatever is around you. The sun’s UV rays are hard on your skin so you need to protect it from the sun’s drying rays with sunscreen and hydrating lotions. Smoking is hard on your skin. Avoid firsthand, secondhand and third-hand smoke, smog and air pollution.

You can never drink too much clean water for your skin. Water flushes toxins and keeps skin hydrated. Drink at least sixty-four ounces of water per day. First thing in the morning, drink clean hot water with lemon and cayenne pepper.

If you want great looking skin include, bad food choices include: pizza, pasta, cakes, pies, cookies, granola bars, fruit smoothies, sweetened yogurts and cereals!  Anything that is made with refined flours and sugars. Other bad choices for your skin are gluten foods, dairy and soy. These cause inflammation of your skin. 

Avoid alcohol and coffee. They will dry your skin. The toxins will also accumulate in your liver. A single glass of wine must pass through your liver 100 times to remove the alcohol. Limit coffee, sugars, gluten, dairy and soy to a maximum of once or twice a week. If you want radiant skin for a special day, cut out bad-for-you foods and beverages two weeks before the event.

Scientists Say No Dietary Limit on Fat Intake Necessary

Real talk. Is it healthy for us to eat all the “good fat” – you know, the fat found in avocados, olive oil and nuts – that we want?

Restrictive rules around fat intake have been the common recommendation for years, but recently two scientists have begun advising the government to remove all dietary limits on fat consumption.

In a paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, and David Ludwig, MD, director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, discuss the idea that all fats not created equal.

The paper argues that there is convincing evidence proving that consuming foods full of healthy fats – those found in fish, avocado and nuts – can assist in the prevention of certain diseases, like heart disease, while fat-free and low fat options (baked potato chips, fat-free salad dressings) are potentially even worse for our bodies than the full-fat counterparts.

Mozaffarian and Ludwig also argue that while carbohydrates have been considered the basis of a healthy diet for decades, recent research has found that eating refined carbohydrates is linked to obesity. To further illustrate that point, a 2010 study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has shown that the consumption of refined carbohydrates could be significantly worse for our nutritional health than ingesting saturated fat.

Recently, for the first time since 1980, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (a group of independent scientists who review scientific studies on nutrition and dietary health and provide recommendations to the federal government) did not recommend a daily fat intake for our diets. However, guidelines currently in place advise that only 35 percent of our daily calories come from fat.

These recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee get passed on to the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services, where they will then be turned into the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

The timing for a change the in dietary guidelines is thought-provoking, as the U.S. is currently in the throes of an obesity epidemic. A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine discovered that the majority of adults in the United States now fall into the categories of overweight or obese.

With that being said, is removing a recommended guideline for daily fat intake a good idea? Experts are apprehensive.
“Removing the guidelines, especially without providing any education to give context to the role of fat in the diet, isn’t necessarily going to fix anything,” says New York City registered dietitian Jessica Cording.
Cording explains that she’s worried some people might assume the removal of a restriction on fat consumption as, “Don’t worry about fat,” and take things too far.
While she recognizes the majority of people pay minimal attention to dietary guidelines regarding fat intake, she feels that a general overall recommendation is imperative – especially for those who’s health requires they been on a restricted-fat diet.
“There should still be information available for people who need it to help them make choices that will keep them healthy, even if it’s a ballpark idea of how many grams of fat a person should consume,” Cording states.
Lisa Moskovitz, RD, founder of the New York Nutrition Group, agrees.
“Consumers should be continuously educated on what a balanced, healthy diet entails,” she elaborates. “If there are no guidelines on how much fat they should be eating, there is a chance that they will eat more fat and, as a result, consume less high-fiber, whole-grain carbohydrates and muscle-preserving lean proteins.”
Moskovitz is also concerned with removing the dietary guidelines on fat intake because it has the potential to render people “more confused and overwhelmed than ever.” Ultimately leading to even more nutrition issues for the American public than before.
The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans is slated to be published later this year and the big question we’re all waiting to see is if it’ll include a recommended limit on dietary fat intake.  

Diabetes and Bladder Control

Diabetes is a disease that causes a wide range of symptoms. But some of these symptoms are more well-known than others. A lesser known, but still fairly common symptom of diabetes is bladder problems. Those with diabetes often have issues with their bladder, which can go unnoticed for months. These bladder problems are often caused by problems with the muscles and the nerves that control the bladder.

Overactive Bladder

People with diabetes often develop an overactive bladder. The main symptom of an overactive bladder is frequent urination. If you have an overactive bladder, you will often urinate more than eight times per day, and you will have to get up during the night to visit the bathroom.

Other symptoms of an overactive bladder include a sudden and strong urge to urinate and urine leakage after this sudden urge. Diabetes causes an overactive bladder because it can damage the nerves that control your bladder.

You can treat an overactive bladder. Your physician may suggest exercises to strengthen the muscles that allow you to hold in urine. A health care professional may also be able to provide you with medication and other treatment options.

Urine Retention

People with diabetes can also have issues with urine retention. As diabetes can damage the nerves that control bladder function, sometimes the muscles don’t get the message from the nerves that the bladder is full and that it needs to be emptied. Also, the muscles can become too weak to fully empty the bladder.

When the bladder retains too much urine, it can cause the urine to back up and put more pressure on the urinary system. As a result it could cause damage to the kidneys. Urine retention can also contribute to urine leakage and if it remains in the body too long, it can lead to a urinary tract infection.

The cause of bladder problems in people with diabetes can be quite complex to determine, as these bladder problems can occur in those who do not have diabetes. So, that’s why it’s important to see a doctor to determine the cause of the problem and to determine the right treatment.

This OTC Drug Could Hurt Your Chances of Conceiving

If you’re trying to get pregnant, you may want to think again before deciding to take that painkiller.

A recent study has found that taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can temporarily lower fertility.  “After just 10 days of treatment we saw a significant decrease in progesterone, a hormone essential for ovulation, across all treatment groups, as well as functional cysts in one third of patients,” explained study researcher Sami Salman, a professor in at the University of Baghdad in Iraq. “These findings show that even short-term use of these popular, OTC drugs could have a significant impact on a woman’s ability to have children. This needs to be better communicated to patients with rheumatic diseases, who may take these drugs on a regular basis with little awareness of the impact.”

39 women, complaining of daily back pain and of childbearing age, were included in the study. For the study, they were given either 100 milligrams once a day of diclofenac, 500 milligrams twice daily of naproxen, 90 milligrams per day of etericoxib, or a placebo for 10 days. Each started the tenth day after the beginning of their menstrual cycle.

After the 10 days, the women were examined to see if the dominant follicle had ruptured. (Necessary for ovulation, when the dominant follicle ruptures, it releases an unfertilized egg.) The study found that this dominant follicle had not ruptured in 75 percent of the women who took diclofenac, 25 percent of those who took naproxen, and 33 percent of the women who took etoricoxib.

These findings are preliminary – this study has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal.

But this isn’t the first time that these NSAID’s have been associated with fertility issues, says Jennifer Ashton, MD, a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist. “There are a lot of different types of ‘painkillers,’ but in particular the class known as NSAIDs is known to have an effect on the ovulation process,” she explains. “We don’t fully understand why, but the COX-2 and prostaglandin pathways, that are involved with pain and are blocked by NSAIDs, are also involved in ovulation.” 

Ashton goes on to clarify that NSAID’s are the only painkillers found to have an effect on women’s fertility and ovulation. The connection between NSAIDs and fertility centers on the ovulation process.  “Each time an egg is released, it is basically a small rupture of a dominant follicle of the ovary,” she says. “Taking NSAIDs can delay, inhibit, or block this rupture of egg release.” 

Thankfully, any of the effects that NSAIDs have on the ovulation cycle and fertility are only temporary. Any potential effects are completely reversible when women stop taking painkillers that fall into the NSAID class. However, “women who are trying to conceive should avoid these OTC drugs,” Ashton notes. “Acetaminophen is a safe option.” 

High-Calorie Dishes: These Restaurant Meals Take the Cake

We all know that eating out isn't usually the healthiest option. How how unhealthy can it really be? For the dishes below... just about us unhealthy as you can get. 

Level Set
The USDA recommends consuming a total of 25-35% of your daily calories (44-78g) and your saturated fat at around 7% (16-18g). The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar and sodium at no more than 1500mg a day.

Now check out the details on these restaurant hard-hitters:

1. IHOP Chorizo Fiesta Omelette
Eggs are supposed to be good for you right? Yes—if they’re not stuffed with cheese, chorizo, chili and three pancakes with syrup on the side.

Calories: 1,990
Fat: 121 grams
Saturated fat: 42 grams
Sodium: 4,840 milligrams
Added sugar: 60 grams

How to burn it off: Clean house for eight hours

2. Dickey's Barbecue Pit 3 Meat Plate
Three fatty meats in one plate is already a red flag, but add on heaps of mac and cheese, fried onion, sweet tea and soft-service ice cream? In total, the meal clocks in at more than a day’s calories and more than a week’s worth of saturated fat. Your poor arteries.

Calories: 3,816
Fat: 190 grams
Saturated fat: 133 grams
Sodium: 6,834 milligrams
Added sugar: 149 grams

How to burn it off: Run for five hours

3. Outback Steakhouse Herb Prime Rib
Prime rib sounds decent, possibly health if the meat is grass-fed. However, this slab of meat that weighs in at just around a pound includes some sinful sides such as a classic blue cheese wedge salad and dressed baked potato.

Calories: 2,404
Fat: 169 grams
Saturated fat: 71 grams
Sodium: 3,565 milligrams
Added sugar: 35 grams

How to burn it off: Do 10 hours of office work

4. The Cheesecake Factory Louisiana Chicken Pasta 
Compared to the other meals on this list, bowtie pasta with chicken sounds downright angelic. But is it really if the chicken is breaded with a thick Parmesan crust and the pasta is drowned in a creamy white sauce made from heavy cream and butter? Probably not.

Compared to some of the other winners on this list, bowtie pasta served with chicken, mushrooms, peppers, and onions doesn't seem so bad. Bread the chicken with a heavy Parmesan crust and drown the pasta in a sauce rich with butter and heavy cream, though, and you wind up with 80 grams of saturated fat—that's a four-day supply in one bowl.

Calories: 2,370
Fat: N/A
Saturated fat: 80 grams
Sodium: 2,370 milligrams
Added sugar: N/A

How to burn it off: Go biking for six hours

Those Brussels Sprouts May Improve Your Memory!

Now there’s another good reason to eat healthy. Recent studies have shown that certain foods improve memory.

Author Dr. David Perl mutter in his latest book, Brain Maker: the Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain -- for Life, says we need to get smarter at what we eat.
He recommends fruit, vegetables and protein. Why the concern? Dr. Perl mutter contends that food affects the brain’s chemistry. He further explains that our digestive system can make our brain work better. Our brains, he claims, depend on the goodness of the bacteria in our intestine.
His theory is not novel. The Greek physician Hippocrates stated: "All disease begins in the gut." Dr. Perl mutter goes so far as to call the gut a “second brain”.
Noting the high incidence of obesity, Dr. Perl mutter says that the American population should be alarmed.With two-thirds of the population overweight Dr. Perl mutter says it is little wonder that things like autism and depression are rising. He blames these problems on America's poor diet.
When we eat processed foods, sugary and fatty foods, notes Perl mutter, our guts get damaged and dysfunctional.  Bad bacteria multiply. The body’s “second brain” is not nurtured. Thus it does not produce as much serotonin. Since between 80 and 90 percent of the body’s serotonin comes from the gut, this is worrisome.
In a previous book Dr. Perl mutter pointed out that a diet high carbohydrates and gluten is damaging to the brain. This leads to headaches, depression, dementia, ADHD and intestinal disorders.
Other research is exploring the link between what we eat and the brain’s capacity to function.
Dr. Melina Jampolis, a physician is studying a link between nutrition and fitness. She notes that the health of the gut and the bacteria or microbes in the gut arecritical elements of optimum brain health. To produce this state of optimum brain health, she recommends a Mediterranean style diet. A Jampolis claim that this diet has anti-inflammatory properties.This diet has also long been recommended as beneficial to heart health. The Mediterranean diet recommends drinking red wine. Foods on this diet are high in whole grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables, legumes, fish.
It seems that the old adage: “You are what you eat.” has taken on another new meaning. 

Not Just Prunes: Foods to Help You Get Regular

Constipation is not by any measure fun, but like it or not, this condition afflicts about 42 million people in the U.S. alone. While constipation can be traced to medical conditions like hypothyroidism, inflammatory bowel disease, or even medications like OTC painkillers, or antidepressants, more typically it's caused by what we eat or not eat. The typical American gets a mere 15 grams of fiber a day, while experts recommend at least 25 grams. Not drinking enough water is also a culprit. Let’s explore more ways than just eating prunes to get you more "regular".

Ok, let’s start with the obvious. Prunes are loaded in fiber. One prune has approximately 1 gram of fiber, a pretty concentrated amount.

Many fruits contain a lot of fructose or fruit sugar which can cause gas. High-fiber, lower-sugar fruit options do not bring on bloating, like kiwi. A cup of kiwi has 5 grams of fiber, and it’s loaded with Vitamin C.

Plain popcorn is an easy way to get more fiber into your stomach. 3 cups of popcorn have 3 grams fiber and just 93 calories (just skip the butter).

Drinking sufficient water is the key factor in fighting constipation. H2O is important to help stool move through your colon. Consume 8 to 10 glasses of water daily.

A mere tablespoon of ground flaxseeds contains 2 grams of fiber.  Flaxseeds are so easy to add into everyday food for an added fiber dose. Use flaxseed with smoothies, oatmeal, or even with a salad.

A large orange contains 4 grams of fiber with just 86 calories.

A half-cup of dry oats has 2 grams of insoluble as well as 2 grams of soluble fiber. Insoluble fiber gives bulk to stool, while soluble fiber breaks down in H2o and forms a gel-like substance. Combined they work wonders.

A high intake of rice had 41% lower chances of suffering from constipation. It is believed that rice's fiber may be why, or it could be that people who ate rice naturally had better diets. Opt for brown over white.

Aloe Vera juice
Derived from the Aloe Vera plant, aloe can be a laxative for some individuals. Aloe was formerly used in laxative products.

Popeye knew something all along! A cup of cooked spinach has 4 grams of fiber, and is a great source of magnesium, a mineral that helps the colon contract.

Beans have resistant starch, a fiber-like starch that aids in travel time in the colon, acting as a mild laxative, and it helps balance the bacteria in your gut.

Green beans
While green beans are very dissimilar from traditional beans, they contain 4 grams of fiber per cup of serving, qualifying them as excellent constipation fighters.

Most yogurts have live active bacterial cultures known as probiotics that restock the good bacteria in your stomach which can aid with the health of your GI system.

Experts thinks that coffee arouses muscle contractions in the colon, which aids when you go to the bathroom.

Eating in the morning is thought to speed things up in the exit.  Have a breakfast filled with high fiber foods to prompt your natural urge to ‘move’.

The Sound of an Airplane Affects the Taste of The Food

Why is it that you love tomato juice on an airplane, but hate it once you hit the ground?  Well, it’s not just your imagination; this change in taste happens to everyone and apparently, there is now a science to this interesting fact.
Recent studies show that airplane noise is the culprit to your liking certain foods only when flying. It appears that the noise affects the way you taste, making certain foods or beverages stand out and minimizing others. Robin Dando, the co-author of the study, conducted at Cornell University, initiated the test because of all the complaints about airplane food. Robin, a food scientist, explains that flavor is influenced by the brain, but this is also related to the environment, and that the environment can also have a profound effect on our brain and consequently on our taste buds; so in essence other senses and environments can influence our taste buds.
To prove the theory, he conducted a study involving 48 people and the five basic types of taste. These involved sweet, sour, bitter, umami, and salty flavors. Umami is the term given to flavors like soup, meats, cheeses and tomatoes.
The volunteers in the study tasted everything in a quiet, almost silent environment, and then again in another environment that mimicked the hum of jet engines.  The results showed something quite interesting. It turns out that the noise that affected hearing also affects taste buds, making the taste of umami more flavorful. And that’s why when you fly, a beverage like tomato juice, a food product that you rarely drink under normal circumstances, tastes so good.
The findings were so interesting to airlines and food producers that Lufthansa, a buyer of more than 400,000 gallons of tomato juice per year, has also ordered its own study.
On the Other Hand…
The study went on to conclude that this change in taste buds also affected other foods, those that we tend to consume in huge quantities under normal circumstances. These foods like chocolate, sodas and sweets just didn’t have much of an appeal when flying. A soda just doesn’t taste as good on a plane, and candy is not so appealing. The reason is because the sweet taste buds are inhibited by the sound.
The results for salty and bitter tastes were not affected. These taste buds remained the same. But these findings are enough to make researchers want to continue to investigate how an airplane cabin environment could affect taste buds, and these results may lead to breakthroughs in areas such as weight loss and or weight gain.
Bottom Line
The study also implies that noise and the sense of hearing can have an effect on other senses like taste.  Dando suggests that there are further implications to this study beyond the noise of an airplane. This can make things taste better or worse depending on the environment.  As an example of this working we now experience some restaurants that use special soundtracks for the serving of their food.