Does seasonal affective disorder (SAD) really exist? The question over blues resulting from reduced levels of sunlight has become a hot one since a 2015 study in Clinical Psychological Science reported that “the idea of seasonal depression may be strongly rooted in folk psychology, but it is not supported by objective data.” Still, with an estimated 10 million Americans suffering from SAD, and with many feeling stressed by the demands of winter, it’s worth a look at the nutrients and therapies that may help keep your happy face on through spring.
It’s summertime and the living is easy, as is our access to fresh seafood. But sometimes, you just want to let the fish swim in the sea, or you’re so busy having fun, you forget your fish oil supplements. Here are some new ways to take in your all-important heart- and brain-strengthening omega 3s.
These 7 natural sources for slimming will give you a boost of energy for all-around wellness and reduce belly bloat, no matter your body shape.
In nutritional circles, protein is the hot potato of the day. Everyone’s tossing it around, telling us we need extra protein to build strength and stave off hunger. But how much of the stuff do you really need? And where are the best and worst places to find protein? These steps should get you headed in the right direction. (And go ahead and eat that hot potato to keep yourself on the balanced track.)
Should you be taking calcium supplements — and how much?
Overwhelmed by the proliferation of news about probiotics? Here's what you need to know about them, and how you can take advantage of probiotics (and prebiotics) to improve digestion, fend off disease, and maximize nutrient absorption.
You’ve noticed her in the grocery store or in line at the post office: the woman who’s always in a good mood, quick with a smile and unflustered by the typical daily annoyances. Chances are, she hasn’t won the lottery. She just knows – as an increasing number of studies show – that what you consume has a profound impact on not only your body, but also your brain. Here are the best foods and supplements for eternal happiness, and some other positive side effects, too.
Take it from the Harvard Medical School: Beans and legumes can help control blood sugar, improve weight control and lower blood pressure. The Mediterranean region has long relied on beans and legumes for adding protein and fiber to soups and stews.
Fresh produce is packed with nutrients that nurture your heart while staving off stroke, cancer and the weight gain that can come from energy-dense foods, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Step away from the pantry and open your fridge instead (and get familiar with your local farmers’ market):
Sometimes stress is unavoidable, but the long-term effects can cause over-eating and poor heart health. Here are six ways to reduce the stress in your life.