Why Your Genes and Diet Go Hand in Hand

Calorie counting used to be a go-to method for watching your weight and monitoring how much you consume each day. While some health enthusiasts and dieters swear by the calorie counting method, others have turned to macronutrient counting, a concept that’s quickly growing within health circles.

In the simplest of terms, macronutrients make up the caloric content of food and drinks. Most people know macronutrients by their categories, such as proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and fiber. In switching from calorie counting to macronutrient counting, your focus is instead on the kind of calories, rather than the number of calories, you consume.

Vitamin Spotlight: Vitamin D

There are a number of vitamins and minerals that are essential for your body to stay healthy. One of them is vitamin D. Here, we’re looking at the essentials of this vitamin, including its benefits and purpose.

Cigarettes and Your DNA: Another Reason to Quit Smoking

Even smokers know smoking cigarettes kills. Every year, smoking causes nearly half a million deaths in the U.S. and can cause a number of other health problems, including stroke and coronary heart disease, lung disease, high blood pressure, 17 types of cancer and blood clot formation.

But research in the past year shows the damage can extend far beyond a few years. Cigarette smoking can leave a 30-year legacy on your DNA. A study shows that smoking a pack of cigarettes every day for a year can cause several changes in cells within multiple parts of the body.

Obesity Hits All-Time High: How to Combat It

Despite health trends picking up speed, there are no signs of obesity rates slowing down. According to the latest research by the CDC, nearly 40% of adults and 19% of youth are obese in the U.S., the highest it’s ever been for adults.

Based on the data, it seems that obesity increases as we get older. Among youth, adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19 had the highest rates (20.6%). Among adults, middle-aged individuals had higher rates than younger adults (42.8% compared to 35.7%). Additionally, women, Hispanics and non-Hispanic blacks are more at risk. The groups with the highest rate of obesity? Women aged 40 to 59 (44.7%) and Hispanic adults (47%).

Vitamin Spotlight: Vitamin C

There are a number of vitamins and minerals that are essential for your body to stay healthy. One of them is vitamin C. Here, we’re looking at the essentials of this vitamin, includings its benefits and purpose.

How is DNA Extracted From a Sample?

Over the years, DNA tests have been continuously refined to the point where people, in the comforts of their own home, can provide a sample that lab technicians can use to map out a comprehensive report of their genome. Through a small sample of blood, saliva, cheek cells, or a hair follicle, you can better understand your body and its needs.

How Your Body Extracts Nutrients from Food, Part 2

In the first part of this piece, we shared that even if you’re eating whole and healthy foods, your body could be absorbing as little as 10% to as much as 90% of the nutrients. We introduced the nutrients your body needs to function and stay healthy. Now, we’re diving into which organs extract those nutrients from food and how.

How Your Body Extracts Nutrients from Food, Part 1

When we think about healthy eating, we often think about fruits and vegetables that contain vitamins and minerals. So, if we want to increase our potassium intake, we may eat a banana, which contains, on average, 422 mg of potassium. But have you ever thought about how much potassium your body is actually absorbing? When you eat something, healthy or not, how much of its nutrients are you getting and how does your body make use of it?

5 Things You Must Do to Improve Your Cardiac Health

Do you know that cardiac diseases are the leading cause of death in the US?

A healthy heart is essential for a healthy body since a majority of the functions of the body ultimately depend on how healthy the heart is. Making some small changes in your routine and lifestyle can go a long way in improving your cardiac health.

If you are looking for ways to improve your cardiac health, here are the best and the easiest tips to keep your heart going strong.

Chocolate and Mood – The Connection

According to scientists and nutritionists, you reap the maximum health benefits of chocolate when it is dark. There are some great health benefits of dark chocolate, similar to red wine. It has been on the dessert tables and our kitchens and refrigerators for many generations.

Many people report that eating dark chocolate helps improve their mood. What is in dark chocolate, aside from its heavenly taste, that has given it the reputation of a mood booster? Let’s find out.