Maybe you’ve seen those little number charts next to your favorite fast foods, maybe you haven’t, or maybe you’ve seen them, but you didn’t use them to guide your decision for a less calorific meal. Most major fast food chains have them: calorie labels displayed next to meals and drinks to tell you how many calories you are getting per serving so that you can make better decisions for your diet, specifically when it comes to healthy weight management. As of 2010 it was made a law that all fast food chains or restaurants with 20 or more locations must post calorie labels on their menus. But according to a recent study, some people still don’t notice them, and many more people tend to ignore them.
The Philadelphia Experiment
In a survey conducted by Brian Elbel, an assistant professor of population health and health policy at the NYU School of Medicine, 2000 fast-food customers in Philadelphia ages 18–64 were polled on whether they noticed and then used the calorie labels on display in restaurants.
When it comes to oral health and hygiene, there’s a universal understanding that it’s important to brush and floss twice daily to protect against cavities. But did you know that research has suggested that your oral health mirrors the health of your whole body? The mouth-body relationship can influence your heart and digestion, as well as your immune system, so the condition of your teeth could indicate the state of your overall health.
Oral Care Beyond the Brush
Proper care for your teeth and gums doesn’t just come from brushing and flossing twice a day; there are many essential vitamins and minerals that can help you keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and clean. Let’s take a look at some of the most important ones you can supplement into your daily nutrition. Continue reading
When frosty, winter weather strikes, many of us prepare for the cold by adding extra layers of clothing to stay protected and comfortable. Our heads, however, usually get nothing more than a hat for protection, leaving our faces—especially our lips—exposed and at the mercy of the elements.
Chapped lips and dry skin are nothing new to those who have experienced that cracked, raw feeling from the effects of cold and blustery weather. But while the skin over the rest of your body has many layers to help seal in moisture, your lips only have a thin layer of skin. This makes them prone to losing up to 10 times more moisture than any other part of your face or body.
You’ll Only Make It Worse!
Over the past 20 years, we have seen so many leaps in technology that it would be a common misconception to think that technology is only popular among youth. But according to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project nearly 87% of older people are using e-mail and search engines and the number is increasing. Studies show that more and more older Americans are quickly adopting the Internet as an efficient way to engage, inform, and communicate. But did you also know that being tech-smart, as you are right now, also has health benefits?
The Techno-Health Connection
Balanced nutrition is important no matter what your age or health focus. The proper vitamins, minerals, and nutrients are not only pertinent to physical health, but your mental state and mood, too. Low moods can have an equally negative impact on your health as high cholesterol and joint discomfort. But out of the long list of recommended daily nutrients, which ones benefit your mind the most? Thanks to a recent investigation on how diets influence moods, the answer to that question may be folate.
The Case for Folate
Researchers from the University of Eastern Finland analyzed the diet and health of 2,000 middle-aged or older men. Using food records and food frequency questionnaires to gauge diets, and after studying information about low moods from the National Hospital Discharge Register, the researchers followed up with participants for an average of 13–20 years.
Fall is a time of year with cooler weather, a little less light, and for most, a change of colors in the scenery. When taking stock of daily fitness, many of us tend to procrastinate during the fall and winter months. However, this doesn’t need to be the case. The fall months can be an extraordinary time for setting the tone of your holiday and wintertime fitness activities. Here are some health tips to assist you in keeping in shape as the seasons turn.
Use the Weather to Your Advantage
Fall can be one of the best times of year to be outside. The temperature usually doesn’t get too cold during the afternoon and evening, so you can still plan some outdoor activities that have exercise built into them. Walking outdoors—either solo, or with a pet—can be a great form of aerobic exercise. You could also get a walking group together with friends and take a nice, leisurely stroll around the neighborhood or path of your choice.
Vitamins have many roles in human health and vitamin D is no exception. Although it’s closely associated with calcium absorption and bone health, vitamin D has also been linked to the immune system and cardiovascular health. The Food and Drug Administration has recommended guidelines on how much vitamin D people should get, but these levels can vary by fitness, gender, and even race.
In a new study examining the role of vitamin D in heart health, researchers found that low vitamin D levels may increase the risk of heart health challenges in white and Chinese ethnicities, but not in blacks or Hispanics. Continue reading
Sleep is a crucial part of our lives; unfortunately it is usually the first thing we compromise when our time is stretched thin. Have you ever noticed the differences in the way people say “you look refreshed” and “you look tired”? In the first instance, it’s meant as a compliment and people tend to be friendlier and more cheerful around you. In the latter case, people aren’t exactly eager to keep company with you—and there’s a reason why. According to a new study, sleep deprivation can affect the way you look and the way others behave towards you.
Your Face Says It All…Literally