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9 Ways Lactobacillus Acidophilus Can Benefit Your Health

1. It May Help Reduce Cholesterol High cholesterol levels may increase the risk of heart disease. This is especially true for “bad” LDL cholesterol. Fortunately, studies suggest that certain probiotics can help reduce cholesterol levels and that L. acidophilus may be more effective than other types of probiotics. Some of these studies have examined probiotics on their own, while others have used milk drinks fermented by probiotics. One study found that taking L. acidophilus and another probiotic for six weeks significantly lowered total and LDL cholesterol, but also “good” HDL cholesterol. A similar six-week study found that L. acidophilus on its own had no effect. However, there is evidence that combining L. acidophilus with prebiotics, or indigestible carbs that help good bacteria grow, can help increase HDL cholesterol and lower blood sugar. This has been demonstrated in studies using probiotic...

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How Running Helps You Lose Weight

There Are Many Types of Running There are many different styles of running, each with their own unique purpose and benefits. These are the most popular types: Base runs: What most people would call a normal run. They are short-to-moderate length runs around 6 miles (10 km) and done at your natural pace. Long runs: Longer versions of base runs done at the same pace but over a greater distance of around 10–12 miles (15–20 km). They help improve your overall fitness and endurance. Interval runs: Short, intense runs repeated several times with short breaks in between. For example, 5 x 0.5 mile runs with 1/4 mile (400 meters) light jogging between each interval. These runs train your running power and speed. Hill repeats: Similar to interval runs but done uphill. For example, 10 x 1-minute hill repeats. They train your running power and speed while improving stamina. Recovery runs: Slow runs done after harder runs like hill repeats to...

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Why Miso Is Incredibly Healthy

What Is Miso? This traditional Japanese condiment consists of a thick paste made from soybeans that have been fermented with salt and a koji starter. The starter usually contains the Aspergillus oryzae fungus. Miso paste can be used to make sauces, spreads and soup stock, or to pickle vegetables and meat. People generally describe its flavor as a combination of salty and umami (savory), and its color can vary between white, yellow, red or brown, depending on variety. Although miso is traditionally made from soybeans, certain varieties use other types of beans or peas. Other ingredients may also be used to make it, including rice, barley, rye, buckwheat and hemp seeds, all of which affect the color and flavor of the final product. It’s Rich in Several Nutrients Miso contains a good amount of vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds. One ounce (28 grams) generally provides you with: Calories: 56 Carbs: 7 grams Fat:...

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9 Benefits and Uses of Oregano Oil

1. Natural Antibiotic Oregano oil and the carvacrol it contains may be nearly as effective at fighting bacteria as some antibiotics. Staphylococcus aureus bacteria are one of the most common causes of infection. They cause ailments including food poisoning and skin infections. One particular study looked at whether oregano oil improved the survival of mice infected with Staphylococcus aureus. Six out of 14 (43%) of the mice given oregano oil lived past 30 days, a survival rate nearly as high as the 7 out of 14 (50%) survival rate for mice that received regular antibiotics. Research has also shown that oregano oil taken by mouth can be effective against types of bacteria that can become resistant to antibiotics. This includes Pseudomonas aeruginosa and E. coli, both of which are common causes of urinary tract and respiratory tract infections. 2. May Help Lower Cholesterol Studies have shown that oregano oil may help lower choles...

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What Are the Differences Between Stock and Broth?

Broth Is Lighter and More Flavorful Broth is traditionally made by simmering meat in water, often with vegetables and herbs. This flavored liquid is then used for a variety of culinary purposes. In the past, the term “broth” was only used to refer to meat-based liquids. Today, however, vegetable broth has become very common. The most common flavors of broth are chicken, beef and vegetable, though nearly any type of meat can be used. Bone broth has also become extremely popular in the past few years, and is made by simmering bones, vegetables and herbs in water for up to 24 hours. Though it is frequently called a broth, bone broth is technically stock because it requires the addition of bones. In order to avoid confusion, the rest of this article will refer to bone broth as stock. Because of the rich flavor of broth that comes from meat, vegetables and herbs, you can drink broth plain. People often do this to remedy a cold or the flu. In fact, dr...

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Why Liver Is a Nutrient-Dense Superfood

What Is Liver? The liver is a vital organ in humans and animals. It is typically the largest internal organ and has many important functions, including: Processing digested food from the gut Storing glucose, iron, vitamins and other essential nutrients Filtering and clearing drugs and toxins from the blood Liver, along with other organ meats, used to be a very popular food. However, muscle meats now tend to be favored over organ meats. Regardless of its declining popularity, liver is possibly one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. People often look to fruits and vegetables for vitamins and minerals, but liver far surpasses them all in terms of nutrient content. A small amount of liver provides well over 100% of the RDI for many essential nutrients. It is also rich in high-quality protein and low in calories. Liver is cheap and readily available from grocery stores and butchers. While most animal livers can be eaten, common ...

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10 Handy Substitutes for Baking Powder

1. Buttermilk Buttermilk is a fermented dairy product with a sour, slightly tangy taste that is often compared to plain yogurt. Old-fashioned buttermilk is formed as a by-product of churning sweet cream into butter. Most commercial buttermilk is formed by adding bacterial cultures to milk and allowing for fermentation, breaking down sugars into acids. Because of its acidity, combining buttermilk with baking soda can produce the same leavening effect as baking powder. Add 1/2 a cup (122 grams) of buttermilk and 1/4 teaspoon (1 gram) of baking soda to the rest of your ingredients for an easy substitute for 1 teaspoon (5 grams) of baking powder. To maintain the desired texture and consistency of your final baked product, make sure you decrease the amount of other liquid you add to your recipe to compensate for the amount of buttermilk added. If you add a 1/2 cup (122 grams) of buttermilk, for example, you should reduce the amount of other liquids added to your ...

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7 Ways Sleep Can Help You Lose Weight

1. Poor Sleep Is a Major Risk Factor for Weight Gain and Obesity Poor sleep has repeatedly been linked to a higher body mass index (BMI) and weight gain. People’s sleep requirements vary, but, generally speaking, research has observed changes in weight when people get fewer than seven hours of sleep a night. A major review found that short sleep duration increased the likelihood of obesity by 89% in children and 55% in adults. Another study followed about 60,000 non-obese nurses for 16 years. At the end of the study, the nurses who slept five or fewer hours per night were 15% more likely to be obese than those who slept at least seven hours a night. While these studies were all observational, weight gain has also been seen in experimental sleep deprivation studies. One study allowed 16 adults just five hours of sleep per night for five nights. They gained an average of 1.8 pounds (0.82 kg) over the short course of this study. Additionally, many sleep dis...

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10 Health Benefits of Tart Cherry Juice

1. Rich in Nutrients Tart cherry juice is rich in various nutrients. An 8-ounce (240-ml) serving contains 119 calories and the following: Carbs: 28 grams Fiber: 5 grams Protein: 2 grams Fat: 1 gram Vitamin A: 62% of the RDI Vitamin C: 40% of the RDI Manganese: 14% of the RDI Potassium: 12% of the RDI Copper: 12% of the RDI Vitamin K: 7% of the RDI Tart cherry juice also contains smaller amounts of B vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, omega-3 and omega-6 fats, in addition to antioxidants and other beneficial plant compounds. Compared to sweet cherry varieties, tart cherries contain 20 times more vitamin A, and their antioxidant levels are up to five times higher. One easy way to tell tart cherries from sweet varieties is by their color. Sweet cherries tend to be darker in color, whereas tart cherries retain their bright red color after being harvested. Keep in mind that some varieties of tar...

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Does Lemon Water Help You Lose Weight?

Lemon Water Is Low in Calories Lemon water is generally a very low-calorie beverage. Assuming you squeeze the juice from half a lemon into water, each glass of lemon water will contain just six calories. For this reason, if you swap out higher-calorie beverages like orange juice and soda for lemon water, then this can be an excellent way to cut calories and help with weight loss. For example, one cup of orange juice (237 ml) contains 110 calories, and a 16-ounce (0.49-liter) bottle of soda contains 182 calories. Replacing even just one of these beverages per day with a glass of lemon water could reduce daily calorie intake by 100–200 calories. Some evidence even shows that drinking low-calorie beverages with meals could decrease the number of overall calories consumed in the meal. In one study, 44 women ate lunch with either a beverage that contained calories or one that did not. Researchers then measured the calories consumed. They fou...

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