Should You Really Choose Low-Fat Dairy?


If you’re worried about your health, you may be reaching for low-fat dairy products when you go shopping. After all, that’s what the US Dietary Guidelines and many health organizations recommend. Well, it turns out that there isn’t much evidence to back those recommendations up. And now two new studies out this week call into question the wisdom of that advice.

The first study looked at the relationship between the development of diabetes and dairy fat levels in the blood in participants from the Nurses’ Health and Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. The people in these studies had their blood tested and were then followed for decades. The researchers found that when they compared the people with the lowest levels of dairy fats in their blood with the people who had the highest levels — they actually saw that the people in the high-fat group had a more than 40 percent lower risk of developing diabetes. It’s not known exactly why this would be, but one theory is that dairy fats can help improve the body’s sensitivity to insulin (in diabetes the body becomes less sensitive to insulin).


Best Cannabis Strains for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a difficult condition to live with, but as we’ve learned from Leafly reviewers, cannabis can offer respite. It makes sense when you look at some of the symptoms fibro sufferers face:

Cannabis and Depression

There isn’t a lot of research on cannabis as a treatment for fibromyalgia, but clinical studies using synthesized THC for symptom management shows promising results. Still, there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence in Leafly’s strain reviews alone to show that cannabis is certainly providing much needed relief to many of those willing to experiment. These 10 strains, according to our user-submitted strain data, seem to be doing the trick.

Keep in mind, relief is not limited to these strains alone. There a lot – and we mean a lot – of strains that can treat pain, fight fatigue, reduce depression and anxiety, sharpen focus, andcrush insomnia. Consider trying other high-CBD strains, or cannabis in various other forms likeedibles, topicals, or ingestible oils. Everyone’s body is different, so the key is to try different strains and products to see what works best for you.


12 Proven Benefits of Avocado (No. 5 is Very Impressive)

The avocado is a rather unique type of fruit.Most fruit consists primarily of carbohydrate, while avocado is high in healthy fats.Numerous studies show that it has powerful beneficial effects on health.

Here are 12 health benefits of avocado, that are supported by scientific research.

1. Avocado is Incredibly Nutritious

What we refer to as “avocado” is the fruit of the avocado tree, called Persea americana.

This fruit is prized for its high nutrient value and is added to all sorts of dishes due to its good flavor and rich texture. It is the main ingredient in guacamole.

These days, the avocado has become an incredibly popular food among health conscious individuals. It is often referred to as a superfood… which is not surprising given its health properties.

There are many kinds of avocados, and the shape (from pear-shaped to round) and color (from green to black) can vary between them. They can also weigh anywhere from 8 ounces (220 grams) to 3 pounds (1.4 kg).

The most popular type is called Hass avocado.

This is what a typical avocado looks like:

Avocado Sliced in Half

It is often called “alligator pear,” which is very descriptive because it tends to be shaped like a pear and have green, bumpy skin… like an alligator.


Why Early Risers Tend To Be Healthier

The early bird gets the worm — and the vegetables, fruits and lean proteins, according to an analysis of data from more than 850,000 Jawbone UP fitness trackers from around the world. (Worms might count as a lean protein, now that we think about it.)

early riser

In a report on sleep and nutrition released exclusively to The Huffington Post, Jawbone found that users who went to bed at a consistent time every night — a time earlier than 11 p.m., that is — logged fewer calories and ate more nutritious food.

In contrast, “night owls” who go to bed between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. tend to consume more caffeine, alcohol, refined sugars, processed carbs, processed meats and saturated fats than their “early bird” counterparts.

This could have major implications for sleep and weight loss.


How Massage Can Help Keep Your Heart Healthy

As with most things having to do with your health, knowledge is power. And more than that perhaps, knowledge helps you better understand what health conditions you are at particular risk for and then, from there, make informed decisions about how you might mitigate those risks.

Risk Factors

Knowing what puts you at risk as well as how you can control some of these factors—is empowering and allows you to better manage your health and well-being, which is something you strive for with your massage therapy clients and need to do for yourself, too.


How the Right Bedroom Setup Can Help You Sleep Better

The street I live on is extremely noisy and has a lot of light. And as much as I want to control this, 95% of it comes from the busy NY streets. Add in a noisy AC and heating unit, and my husband and I are left in a game of constant compromising.


After two years working on my sleep tech company, I learned that external factors – including those in the environment we sleep in- have a significant impact in the quantity and quality of our sleep, particularly limiting the depth of sleep. If you can get these factors under control, you can significantly improve your sleep.

We’ve been able to make differences in our home that have allowed us to finally sleep through the night and optimize our bedroom, and here’s the seven steps to achieve the same in your own home.

A comfortable mattress
When it comes to your bedroom, most of it does come down to having the right bed setup – and it starts with the mattress.


7 Nutrition Secrets to Live a Longer and Healthier Life

Let’s face it. We all want to live a longer — and healthier — life. Aging is inevitable but there are healthy habits we can create and foods we can enjoy to help prologue our lives. A nutrient dense diet along with a stress-free lifestyle goes hand in hand to promote longevity.

fruits and veggies

As a nutritionist, I regularly get asked how to help slow the aging process. Below are some simple tricks to help stop the clock.


5 Simple Greens to Add to Your Smoothies Today

Green smoothies are everywhere, from your local Starbucks store to your favorite smoothie shop, and with good reason. Green smoothies are a super addition to your daily routine and an easy way to sneak in ton of veggies and nutrients, without having to eat a bowl of salad.

green smoothie

But while they are super healthy, they can also be super intimidating.

Green is not the usual color of something you might drink. The idea of drinking a leafy green veggies, like kale, can be a little off-putting to many people. Without the right recipe, that drink might be healthy, but it might not be very pleasing to your tastebuds. In the wrong combination, greens can make your smoothie taste bitter, leave a funky texture or even make it taste a bit sour.


Congressman Proposes Amendment to Help Vets Access Medical Marijuana

Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is set to introduce an amendment to the 2017 military appropriations bill later this week, which will prohibit using funds to enforce the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) policy banning its physicians from referring patients to medical marijuana programs. Under the amendment, VA medical providers would effectively be able to recommend medical marijuana to vets in states where it is legal.


“I have heard from countless people about the therapeutic aspects of medical marijuana,” Blumenauer told HIGH TIMES. “There are a whole range of benefits that people receive, and yet the VA doesn’t allow doctors to talk to their patients about medical marijuana.”


Natural Ways to Beat Belly Bloat

If you’re often feeling bloated or gassy, there are simple things you can do to help. These tips and tricks will help you alleviate your tummy troubles naturally. Read on to find out how you can beat your bloat today.


Examine Which Foods Might Contribute

While it might seem that feeling bloated happens at random times, it’s important to try and look for patterns. Often difficulty digesting certain food types can contribute to a feeling of being bloated by increasing gas production in the intestines. Dairy is the classic example. While you might not be outright lactose intolerant, you may have a mild intolerance that leads to bloating. Take notice and reduce or cut out the foods you find.