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Immune System response depends on our biological clock

The immune system seems to be governed by an internal clock that coordinates with our central biological clock. The functioning of the human body, as well as that of plants and other animals, is regulated by an internal biological clock called the circadian rhythm that is synchronized with the night and day cycles. It is formed by neurons of the suprachiasmatic nucleus, located at the base of the brain, ...Read full article...

When it comes to dieting, the Devil is in the details

The way in which you organize your meals and the times you choose to eat are as important as the nutritional value of the food you ingest. Let’s start from the most important point of all: Diets don’t work. What works is having an adequate lifestyle. But if you choose to diet, it is important to at least do it right. In an ideal world, you follow a balanced, healthy ...Read full article...

What is emotional hunger?

Eating is a pleasure, but many centuries ago, it was not the first reason why people fed themselves. The first justification that led a person to eat food was survival. But if we consider what we eat today, and we stop to think carefully about the answer, surely many reasons arise that take a person to a corner beyond being hungry. One of those reasons has a very close ...Read full article...

Antibiotics are making children fat

The growth of obesity has to do with the antibiotics we give to children. The world is of microbes. They have been here for more than 3,700 million years and have had time to colonize every corner of the planet. Although they are invisible, they represent the bulk of the Earth’s biomass. In our interior, we harbor almost a kilo and a half of bacteria from thousands of different species. ...Read full article...

Eating badly kills more people than smoking

Eating badly, be it in the form of few foods or a lot of others, is related to 11 million deaths in the world per year, according to a study published by The Lancet. This figure represents practically one fifth of the 57 million deaths that occur on the planet annually, and is higher than the deaths attributed to tobacco (7 million, according to the World Health Organization, WHO), ...Read full article...

Niños no vacunados NO representan un riesgo para nadie

“La vacunación en sí no es un método seguro ni eficaz para prevenir la enfermedad”, dice inmunóloga de Harvard. A menudo se afirma que quienes optan por no vacunar a sus hijos por motivos de conciencia ponen en peligro al resto del público, y esta es la razón detrás de la mayoría de la legislación para poner fin a las exenciones a las vacunas que actualmente están considerando los ...Read full article...

Eating ‘unsweetened’ and ‘light’ products can cause more strokes and heart disease

For some people, soft drinks with ‘light’ labels are a good choice for health. Others believe that sugarless food might be a good choice to lose weight, but not in the eyes of scientists. According to recent research, which has put the effects of sweeteners under scrutiny, excessive consumption of apparently unsweetened soft drinks could have negative consequences for health. Researchers examined the association between sugar-free drinks, stroke and ...Read full article...

Your home’s air poisoned by cleaning products

Not even inside our homes are we safe from atmospheric pollution if we do not take the proper precautions. Some culinary practices and housecleaning work -especially if we dust or use chemicals- increase pollution levels in cities already considered highly contaminated. This is the main conclusion of a study led by researchers from the University of Colorado in the United States, whose preliminary results presented last month at the ...Read full article...

The “natural flavor” trap in processed food

Pay attention and you will see something strange in the supermarket. Food brands begin to promote their products with claims that are difficult to understand. For example, the already “100% vegetable” idea, the oatmeal drink of a well-known brand is presented to the buyer with two curious words: “natural flavor”.  But what does that mean? The truth is that we do not agree on what such a brief message ...Read full article...

The globalization of food production is fertile land for food insecurity

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), foodborne disease affects 600 million people and cause more than 420,000 deaths each year worldwide. Not surprisingly, children take the brunt, both in terms of mortality and developmental delay, which affects nearly 150 million children under the age of five and is often caused by dangerous microbes or parasites that invade their meals. Last year, for example, a lethal outbreak of listeria ...Read full article...

Stress damages memory, attention and cognitive function

Smaller brains, due to chronic stress, are more commonly found in women. If feeling stress is usually a situation that is alien o you, what distinguishes you from less fortunate people may be the size of your brain. This is the result of a scientific study that evaluated 2,200 young and middle-aged volunteers – the average was 48 years old. According to the study, people with chronic stress tend ...Read full article...

Biomarker in blood test shows promise for Alzheimer treatment

The fact that there is still no effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease is due in part to the fact that current therapies start too late,” said Mathias Jucker, a researcher at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases and the Hertie Institute for Research. Brain Clinic. Jucker, the study’s director, and his colleagues adopted a different approach to that of other works in order to observe, in his words, “the ...Read full article...

This is why biological controls, not pesticides, are better in agriculture

The world population increases and this implies the need for better food. In order to satisfy the demand, producers use pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers to produce more and prevent the pests from ending up with the crops. However, this is not healthy, since the high toxicity of these compounds causes the death of millions of species. The most aggressive pesticides have been banned for years in Europe, but they ...Read full article...

End with anxiety in 2019

Controlling anxiety is not necessarily one of those new year resolutions people pen down late every year, however, it may be one of those tasks that will pay off more than many other fads. Often the greatest victories are psychological ones. Many times, a strong will and the ability to overcome difficult times in our lives results in stronger versions of ourselves. Unfortunately, very few people are born with ...Read full article...

Ingredients in processed foods are Addictive

Science does not need to tell us that processed foods are addictive. The body shapes of western populations are enough proof of it. Most importantly, it is what the food industry ads to their products what makes them addictive. So, what food is addictive for you? Chocolate, chips, crackers? You’ve already thought of one, right? It is true that in our colloquial language we use terms such as “addiction”, ...Read full article...