Michelle Toocaram

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Quick tip: fight off fat with black pepper

A study from Sejong University in South Korea suggests that the pungent component in black pepper known as piperine, fights fat by blocking the formation of new fat cells. If further studies confirm these effects, black pepper may offer a natural alternative for the treatment of fat-related disorders. “Our findings suggest that piperine, a major …

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Does a high carb and sugar diet cause memory loss?

According to research from the Mayo Clinic, eating a high sugar and carbohydrate diet seemingly increases the risk of memory loss. The study of 1,230 people between 70 and 89 found that those who ate the most carbs in their lifetime were 3.6 times likely to suffer from cognitive decline including problems with memory,  language, …

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Got a cough? some healthy fixes for curing your cough

If you’re looking for a more natural alternative than cough syrup for curing your cough, I think I have just what the Doctor ordered. Hot Chocolate Did you know, a small trial at Imperial College London found that theobromine ( an ingredient in cocoa) was a more effective cough suppressant that codeine? But before you …

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Banish the egg myth!

Eggs; because they are high in cholesterol, have had a bad rap for years. Since 1973 the American Heart Association has recommended limiting eggs to 3 per week and this has been standard advice for years. However, recent research is refuting that advice. Researchers from the University of Granada found that egg intake was not …

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New study: pre workout watermelon juice reduces muscle soreness

Athletes have known that drinking watermelon juice before an intense workout reduces muscle soreness but now its been proven. Research from the Technical University of Cartagena in Spain found that those that drank 500 mls natural watermelon juice before an intense workout had almost no aches and pains in their muscles the next day. Encarna …

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Holiday myths exposed

Does pigging out stretch my stomach? Your stomach is very stretchy and can handle the occasional large meal. However do this regularly and it will remain out of shape and hamper digestion. Grazers rather than gorgers live longer and have less digestive problems! Should I drink milk before alcohol to line my stomach? Milk is the …

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