Why The Most Popular New Year’s Resolution May Be More Important than You Think

If I was a betting person I’d be willing to wager that, if you asked around at your New Year’s party last night, you found at least one person whose resolution was to hit the gym more in the coming year. And I’d bet that if you asked them why, they’d mentioned the extra pounds they’ve been putting on. I think my odds of winning would be pretty good, too. Getting more exercise is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions, especially after the food-fueled holidays. But there are more benefits to exercising than just losing weight. For example,…

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Autism: Is There a Gut Connection?

Could there be a connection between autism and the gastrointestinal system? A team of researchers led by Elaine Y. Hsiao of the California Institute of Technology recently noted that a subset of people diagnosed with autism also display a spectrum of gastrointestinal abnormalities. So to test this, her researchers injected mice with an immunostimulant known to produce offspring that display both behavioral and neuropathological symptoms of autism. But in addition to symptoms of autism, these offspring showed a significant deficit in the structure of their intestinal walls – a condition commonly referred to as “leaky gut syndrome.” Hsiao’s team then…

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Optimizing Your Brain: Two Ways to Power Up Your Brain for Better Performance

Could changing the way you eat help you think more clearly, learn more quickly, and make it easier for you to focus? While it’s probably not too surprising to hear that diet and brain health can often go hand in hand, what you might find curious is that some of the things you think about cutting down on may actually be especially good for our brains. In this video clip, Daniel Amen, MD reveals the two things he believes we need to rethink when it comes to good brain health – and it might surprise you. Check it out below,…

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Food, Farming, and New Year’s Resolutions: Starting the New Year Off With Purpose

For many of us, ringing in the new year means setting goals – maybe replacing a bad habit (or two) with a good one, or doing something completely out of the ordinary. Just a quick internet search tells me it’s likely that a lot of us may even be setting similar intentions . . . . . . like eating better, and getting healthy. What you choose to eat can have lasting effects on your body, and your brain, which may be why diet is such a popular new year’s resolution. But food isn’t only important for good health. For…

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Mindless Eating – Would You Notice if Your Popcorn Was Stale?

You too would eat stale popcorn. Did you just read the above statement and think: Stale popcorn? Not me. Under the right circumstances, you most probably would be eating this popcorn right alongside your fellow nay-sayers. This is the way of mindless eating. But before we get to the bigger issue of mindless eating, let’s talk about this popcorn. Brian Wansink, PhD, directs the Cornell Food and Brand Lab and undertook the popcorn study. He took movie house popcorn and stored it for five days, until it was good and stale (but still safe to eat). He then handed out…

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The 10-Day Challenge: Easy Ways to Change Your Health (and Change the World)

The best diet is the one you don’t know you’re on. This is the motto of Brian Wansink, PhD, who leads the Cornell Food and Brand Lab. And isn’t it a great one? Imagine losing weight while seeming to do… … nothing much. Yes, it sounded like a pipe-dream to me to when I first heard about it, but then I started reading his material and thought that maybe, just maybe, this could work. The food psychology studies that Dr. Wansink and others have conducted show the impact that environmental cues have on our eating habits. Brian has lots of…

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