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A poor diet can cause damage to the brain. Being depressed can negatively affect your appetite and what you eat, but can bad eating habits bring your mood down? Our latest study, a systematic review of the best available evidence, found a clear link between the quality of a person’s diet and their risk of depression. And it goes beyond...
The science of sleep. Sleep has become widely recognised as playing a really important role in our overall health and wellness – alongside diet, stress management and exercise.Recently, researchers have been learning more about how poor sleep influences our dietary choices, as well as how diet influences sleep quality. Not sleeping for long enough or poor quality sleep are associated with increased food intake,...
If it’s not shade-grown, your coffee most likely destroyed forest cover and wildlife habitat. When you wake up bleary-eyed and craving caffeine, the last thing you may be thinking about (or want to be thinking about) may be how your coffee consumption is ruining the planet. But just as we’re all adjusting to using aluminum straws instead of disposable, plastic...
Why is it that coffee produced by a barista at a cafe always tastes different than the same beans brewed at home? Rich text editor, edit-body-und-0-value, press ALT for help. Coffee is unique among artisanal beverages in that the brewer plays a significant role in its quality at the point of consumption. In contrast, drinkers buy draft beer and wine...
For more than a decade, it’s been clear that there’s a gaping hole in American food safety William Whitt suffered violent diarrhea for days. But once he began vomiting blood, he knew it was time to rush to the hospital. His body swelled up so much that his wife thought he looked like the Michelin Man, and on the inside,...
Does it seem like everyone you know drinks apple cider vinegar, mainly in hopes of losing weight? Vinegar has a long history of high hopes attached to it. A doctor who loves vinegar explains. When my brother and I were kids back in the ‘80s, we loved going to Long John Silver’s.But it wasn’t just for the fish.It was for...
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