Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that occurs in the winter in countries that are far from the equator.Also known as SAD, it is sometimes referred to as winter depression. As winter approaches, the mornings start later and the evenings begin earlier, so there is less sunlight each day. Experts say SAD is most … Continue reading Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

How Can You Cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder?

With just 30 days left until Christmas, stores have started to sell their festive treats and decorations. But amid the general sense of enthusiasm, many of us will experience low moods, often to a debilitating extent. Why is that, and how can we cope? Does winter bring you down every year? We give you some … Continue reading How Can You Cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Boost Concentration: Life Hack, 5 Ways To Improve Concentration

In the information overload age, being able to focus and keep your attention on the task at hand can be a struggle. We have compiled some concentration-boosting and distraction-fighting techniques to fire up your capacity to concentrate. Concentrating can sometimes be a challenge, but steps can be taken to enhance your ability to concentrate. On … Continue reading Boost Concentration: Life Hack, 5 Ways To Improve Concentration

Resistance Training May Boost Seniors’ Psychological Well-Being

Resistance training may benefit some aspects of psychological well-being in older adults, according to new research from the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. Muscle-strengthening activities could boost psychological well-being among seniors. The researchers — who reported their findings in the journal Quality of Life Research — came to this conclusion after studying the effect of 9 months … Continue reading Resistance Training May Boost Seniors’ Psychological Well-Being

Why 20 Minutes of Intense Exercise Can Boost Memory

A new study published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience shows that vigorous exercise for a short period of time can boost the so-called interference memory. The research also points to a potential mechanism that may explain the findings. Physical training also 'trains' your brain, new research shows. Researchers at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, reveal … Continue reading Why 20 Minutes of Intense Exercise Can Boost Memory

Our Holiday Favorite Spice: Cinnamon

Most of us think of spices as incidental to our diets, but perhaps it's time to update our appreciation of these flavorful, and powerfully health-promoting, seasonings. Spices are defined as any "aromatic vegetable substance." The keyword is a vegetable. Derived from "vegetables" in the form of tree bark {cinnamon}, seed {nutmeg}, or fruit {peppercorns}, spices have … Continue reading Our Holiday Favorite Spice: Cinnamon

An Extra Pinch of Cinnamon: How Cinnamon Can Help You to Burn Holiday Fat!

As you make that pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, consider adding an extra pinch of cinnamon; a study shows that cinnamaldehyde, the organic compound that gives cinnamon its flavor, helps you to burn fat. Cinnamon is a common holiday spice with surprising fat-burning properties, new research suggests. Pumpkin pie, mulled wine, hot chocolate, and eggnog — these … Continue reading An Extra Pinch of Cinnamon: How Cinnamon Can Help You to Burn Holiday Fat!

Is Vegetarianism the Natural Option?

In the world of nutrition, there's no debate as fiery and fierce as the one between meat eaters and vegetarians. In this Spotlight feature, we ask whether or not humans were designed to be vegetarian.Some people choose a plant-based diet for health reasons, while others do so with more ethical concerns in mind. On the … Continue reading Is Vegetarianism the Natural Option?

Inulin 101

A prebiotic fiber with powerful health benefits: If you've been reading up on gut health, then you may have heard of inulin. Inulin is a fiber that has been linked to several health benefits and is added to many foods. However, some people have concerns about its side effects and how well it works. This … Continue reading Inulin 101

What is Konjac?

What are the benefits of konjac? Konjac is a plant that is used to make high-fiber dietary supplements, jellies, and flour. It is used traditionally in both Japanese cuisine and Chinese medicine. But does konjac have any proven health benefits?The proper name for the konjac plant is Amorphophallus, but it is also sometimes called konjaku, elephant … Continue reading What is Konjac?