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Dietary needs change throughout life, from eating well during pregnancy to getting the correct nutrients as you get older. Eating a well-balanced diet can reduce your risk of various diseases and help you maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight can lead to serious health problems, such as type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease. Certain foods have numerous health benefits and can give your wellbeing a boost.
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How can I tell if I have low magnesium?

4 hours 43 min ago
Early signs and symptoms of magnesium deficiency can include vomiting, loss of appetite, and tiredness. However, magnesium deficiency is rare, and symptoms usually indicate an underlying health condition. In this article, we look at the symptoms and implications of magnesium deficiency, as well as how to correct it.

16:8 fasting diet actually works, study finds

8 hours 43 min ago
A first-of-its-kind study analyzes the effect of the so-called 16:8 fasting diet in people with obesity. The study found unexpected health benefits.

How to treat a burn on the roof of the mouth at home

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 12:00
Burning the roof of the mouth is common. These burns are easy to treat at home and rarely cause for concern. Natural remedies can help, including yogurt, milk, aloe vera gel, and honey. Here, learn about seven natural home remedies for burns on the roof of the mouth. We also describe when to see a doctor.

Vitamin D may decrease breast cancer risk, study reports

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:00
Vitamin D is crucial to our health, and now, new research has found a 'marked' association between blood levels of this vitamin and breast cancer risk.

How to use Epsom salt for constipation relief

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 12:00
Epsom salt is a widely available home remedy for many ailments, including constipation. A person can use Epsom salt as a laxative by mixing it with the right amount of water. In this article, learn how to use Epsom salt for constipation safely. We also cover the possible risks and when to see a doctor.

What are the signs of not eating enough?

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 09:00
Undereating can negatively impact health and wellbeing. Aside from losing weight, signs that someone might not be eating enough can include feeling tired, getting ill more often, hair loss, and skin problems. Here, we cover the risks and reasons for undereating, as well as nine signs and symptoms to look out for.

What to know about atrophic gastritis

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 03:00
Atrophic gastritis is a chronic condition that causes inflammation of the stomach lining over a long time. Either a bacterial infection or an autoimmune condition is responsible. Autoimmune atrophic gastritis can lead to vitamin B-12 deficiency and pernicious anemia. Learn more about causes and treatments here.

Red meat allergy may increase heart disease risk

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 10:00
According to a new study, red meat allergies may increase the risk of heart disease, even in people who only have minor reactions to the allergen.

Low vitamin D levels may raise bowel cancer risk

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 03:00
Pooling data from three continents and multiple studies, researchers find a link between lower vitamin D levels and increased risk of colorectal cancer.

Is crab and other seafood safe to eat during pregnancy?

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 14:00
Many women are concerned about the seafood they eat during pregnancy due to the risk of food poisoning and high mercury content. Fortunately, cooked crab, imitation crab, and lobster are safe to eat when they are correctly prepared. Learn more about which fish to eat or avoid and all about the safety of fish products.

Finding it hard to cut down on processed foods? Here's why

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 11:00
How do our brains react to processed foods, high in fats and carbohydrates but with little energetic value? And why is it so hard to avoid temptation?

What is refeeding?

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 12:00
Refeeding is reintroducing food after a period of malnourishment or starvation. If electrolytes become imbalanced as digestion resumes, a person can develop refeeding syndrome. Symptoms include fatigue and weakness, and treatment involves careful monitoring and intravenous electrolyte replacement. Learn more here.

Frozen orange juice may be more healthful than fresh

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 03:00
Contrary to popular belief, frozen orange juice defrosted to room temperature may be a better source of healthful nutrients, shows a new study.

Eleven tips for white spots on teeth

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 12:00
Having white spots on your teeth can be undesirable, but they are rarely a serious medical concern. Possible reasons for them include poor dental hygiene and eating too many acidic or sugary foods. Here, we look at the most likely causes of white spots on teeth and give you 11 tips for treating and preventing them.

Can mangoes protect heart and gut health?

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 10:00
A small-scale study has found that consuming mango regularly might improve cardiovascular health and have a positive effect on gut bacteria.

Nutrition 2018: New data confirm health benefits of plant-based diet

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 03:00
A raft of new studies presented at the recent Nutrition 2018 conference sing the praises of a vegetable-based diet. The evidence keeps on mounting up.

High-salt diet may kill off 'good' gut bacteria

Sun, 06/10/2018 - 06:00
Eating too much salt is known to increase blood pressure. Researchers recently discovered that this might be due to salt’s impact on gut bacteria.

Can babies and toddlers drink almond milk?

Sun, 06/10/2018 - 03:00
Ideally, babies should not be given milks other than breast milk until their first birthday. After that, parents may wonder what the best option is for them. While cow's milk contains protein and fat, fortified almond milk can be just as healthful when introduced into a well-balanced diet. Learn more.

Serum iron test: High, low, and normal ranges

Sat, 06/09/2018 - 14:00
A serum iron test can tell doctors whether a person has low, healthy, or high iron levels. Normal levels vary between individuals, but having a result outside the standard ranges may indicate a health problem. Learn the possible causes of an abnormal serum iron test result, and how to treat the underlying conditions.

Parkinson's: Vitamin B-3 may stop brain cell death

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 12:00
A Parkinson's study using human cells and a fly model found that a form of vitamin B-3 prevented the death of brain cells by preserving their mitochondria.