Immune Health

Weight May Influence Preference for Sweets

It’s normal for young people to prefer sweet foods. But as they reach adulthood, these preferences typically decline. However, in people with obesity, the drop-off may not be as sharp.
New research suggests there could be a reason for this phenomenon. It may be that the brain’s reward system operates differently in people who are obese…

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Probiotics and Your Immune System

If you’ve taken probiotics, or know someone who has, you may have heard of the immune system benefits of these “beneficial flora” as well as the digestive benefits. Now, most of us do not associate the digestive system with immune health, but it turns out the two are definitely connected.
Do You Feel Exposed?
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What Are Antioxidants?

“Antioxidant” is a health industry buzz word you see a lot, and its health benefit usually goes something like, “neutralizes free radicals.” Well, that sounds impressive, but what does this mean? What is a “free radical,” anyway? (And no, we’re not talking about fringe element protesters here.)
Free Radicals
A free radical is a reactive molecule that,…

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Decoding Probiotics

A lot of us know probiotics simply as “acidophilus” or “friendly bacteria” but there’s more to it than that. If you read the supplement facts on the back of your probiotic supplement bottle or yogurt container you might encounter some pretty long words. Words like Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium longum. Bifidoba…what?
Breaking down those long words
Probiotics…

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