Tea’s Health Benefits Boost US Popularity

Tea is gaining ground and becoming more mainstream in the United States as scientists as well as the public learn more about its benefits. The world’s second most consumed beverage helps prevent cardiovascular disease, burn calories and may help reduce the chances of acquiring certain types of cancer.

Thomas G. Sherman, an associate professor at Georgetown University Medical Center in the Washington Post,

“We don’t clearly understand why tea is so beneficial, but we know it is. There are lots of epidemiological studies, and so of course people see these studies and want to drink tea and gain these benefits.”

It’s a mix of the youth and baby boomer generations that are taking a firsthand approach to preserving their health and maintaining their physical attributes. Overall, people seem to be more concerned in taking better care of themselves.

Some scientists are linking tea’s benefits to their antioxidants, but the overall consensus is they aren’t quite sure of the exact element that’s making tea so beneficial.


Is Stretching Before a Workout Bad For You?

Numerous recent studies have shown that stretching before a workout can actually be counterproductive and lead to more injuries. The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research concluded that if you stretch before you lift weights, it may lead to your bones, joints and muscles feeling weaker than before.

Researchers at The University of Zagreb found that when people stretched prior to lifting weights, their muscle strength was reduced by at least 5.5%. Even more if they were holding the stretched for 90 seconds or more.

This can have a significant impact on athletes who need every extra ounce of strength to compete at the highest level possible.

For more info – NYT

Superfood: Kale

Packed with vitamins and anti-oxidants, chefs are beginning to acknowledge what country people have known for years. Greens are nutritious, good for you, and easy to prepare, and kale is becoming the greens of choice.

This cruciferous vegetable, related to broccoli and Brussels sprouts (though it doesn’t taste at all similar!), is known to have the largest amount of antioxidants of any other fruit or veggie.

At only 36 calories per cup (boiled), kale is a great low-calorie source of fiber, calcium, and iron. It’s also packed with vitamins K, A, and C, plus carotenoids, flavonoids, and isothiocyanates, which have been found to decrease cancer risk.

Superfood: Kale | Greatist.

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50 Bodyweight Exercises You Can Do Anywhere

50 Bodyweight Exercises You Can Do Anywhere | Greatist.

Contrary to what they would have you believe, you don’t need a gym to get in shape. Bodyweight exercises use your own bodyweight to strengthen major muscle groups.

Who needs a gym when there’s the living room floor? Bodyweight exercises are a simple, effective way to improve balance, flexibility, and strength without machinery or extra equipment. From legs and shoulders to chest and abs, we’ve covered every part of the body that can get stronger with body resistance alone.

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Intestine Bacteria May Help You Lose Weight

Two new studies performed have shown that the bacterial makeup of the intestines can have an impact on whether people gain weight or lose it.

It’s also alleged that the popular bariatric weight-loss surgery that shrinks the stomach may be effective because of the method in which it rearranges bacteria. Researchers estimated that bacteria may be responsible for 20% of the weight loss.

Even if you’re overweight, you do not need to necessarily get the surgery or you may not have the means to afford it. Bacteria treatment may present a way to offer alternatives for weight loss.

Source: NYTimes


BMI a Bit High? Your Life Isn’t Necessarily on the Line

BMI a Bit High? Your Life Isn’t Necessarily on the Line – Dr Weil’s Daily Health Tips – Natural Health Information.


Here’s some cheerful news: an analysis of nearly 100 studies involving data on more than 2.88 million men and women found that being a bit overweight doesn’t automatically pose a risk to your life. In fact, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concluded that if you’re overweight with a BMI (body mass index) ranging from 25 to 34.9, you have a 6 percent lower risk of dying than those of normal weight (earlier studies have yielded similar findings but none are as large or as carefully done as this new one). The data showing that being overweight may not put you at a higher risk of dying doesn’t apply to the obese with BMIs of 35 or more – here, the risk is 29 percent higher than it is for the merely overweight and those of normal weight.

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Spinach-Tomato Pasta Recipe





  • 3/4 pound whole-wheat medium pasta
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 thinly sliced shallot
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 (5-ounce) package baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half
  • 1/4 cup grated pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (8-ounce) container grape tomatoes
  • Garnishes: 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, additional grated cheese


Cook pasta shells according to package. Meanwhile, heat butter in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add sliced shallot and crushed red pepper; reduce heat to medium-low, and cook for 1-2 minutes or until translucent. Add spinach and chicken broth; cover and cook for 1 minute. Add half-and-half, 1/4 cup grated pecorino Romano cheese, and black pepper. Stir to combine, and cook for 3 minutes. Add grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise, and the cooked pasta; toss. Garnish with flat-leaf parsley and additional grated cheese. Serve.



LINX Reflux Management System Testimonial (MUSC)

MUSC patient Max Inman was one of the first in South Carolina to be treated with the LINX Reflux Management System. Dr. David Adams implanted the device, a small, flexible ring of magnetic titanium beads, around the lower esophagus via a minimally invasive procedure.

LINX avoids some of the side effects of traditional GERD (also referred to as reflux or heartburn) surgery, and patients usually go home the same day and return to a normal diet immediately. If necessary, the device is removable.

Genetically Modified Goat Milk May Aid in Digestion

Genetically modified goat milk has been created to contain higher levels of a human antimicrobial protein that was effective in treating diarrhea in young pigs and could be engineered to promote positive human digestive health.

The study performed by UC Davis is the first of its kind that showed how goat milk with elevated levels of lysozyme can fight antibacterial infections. Every year more than 1.8 million children around the world die of diarrhea diseases and this could help lessen that number.

Ignore the Fear Mongering: Whooping Cough Vaccine Works

New strains of whooping cough are emerging, and epidemiologists are concerned that immunization is not a high priority for a lot of families. It should be. Recent allegations that immunization can be bad for children has made mothers wary. Also, diseases that were common a century ago are still around, but few remember how devastating they were. Vaccinations protect all of us when they are used by all.

The vaccine almost certainly offers protection against the new strains. The problem raised by the authors of the report is that the protection might not last as long as it would against the older variants of whooping cough, leaving people vulnerable to infection sooner. No one knows yet whether these mutant strains in Philadelphia are circulating elsewhere in the country—or how much they’ve contributed to the national surge in whooping cough cases in the past few years. The protection offered by the current vaccine also wanes more rapidly than researchers once thought. But until someone makes a better version, the best we can do is immunize to the hilt, making the most of the only real tool we have.

Ignore the Fear Mongering: Whooping Cough Vaccine Works – The Daily Beast.

Drink Water To Burn More Calories

Tim Ferris as well as many other “lifehackers” recommend that you drink a glass of water immediately after waking up in the morning. The reasoning behind this?

Hydration has been proven to boost metabolism and encourage weight loss. Water will help keep your digestive system working efficiently and burn more calories in the process.

It’s important not to confuse other liquids and their benefits with water. Soda for example (even diet) actually dehydrates the body.

The standard recommendation for water intake per day is eight glasses, but this can changed depending on your body type and whether you exercise during the day. Exertion leads to sweat and it’s important to rehydrate after a workout.

Scientists Find Bacteria Where It Isn’t Supposed to Be: The Brain

Scientists Find Bacteria Where It Isn’t Supposed to Be: The Brain – The Daily Beast.

Until recently, scientists would have said no way. The brain was long thought to be a kind of fortress, separated from the body by a virtually impenetrable barrier of specialized cells. Now, that view is beginning to shift, with increasing evidence that aliens can, and do, sneak in.

The latest evidence comes from a team of researchers in Canada, who found that a type of bacteria usually found in soil may make its way into some of our brains.