Green tea: an ally against food allergies?
© wenn A new study suggests that drinking green tea may help people with food allergies. Researchers at the University of Shinshu in Japan have found that certain gut microbes can affect the way the immune system responds to certain allergens, and found that the number of flavonoids, a diverse group of phytonutrients, can positively improve bacteria. in the intestine.
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They're cute. They're snuggly. They make for great Instagram videos. And they always seem to be able to cheer you up when you need it the most. Pet owners have long known that having a four-legged—or even two or no legged, for that matter—friend can be one of life's greatest joys. But it turns out, they may also be the key to a longer joyful life
, too: A recent study found that owning a dog can make you 24 percent less likely to die early.
The research, which was published in the American Heart Association's journal Circulation
in 2019, analyzed 10 previous studies from over the span of 70 years
that included data on more than 3.8 million people from United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, New Zealand, and Australia, CNN reports. The authors found that "dog ownership was associated with a 24 percent risk reduction for all-cause mortality
as compared to non-ownership," and showed an even greater benefit to those who had suffered a heart attack or stroke, The Washington Post
reports. © Provided by Best Life teen playing with golden retriever outside while wearing a mask.
The authors of the study hypothesize that besides the emotional boost dogs provide, they also require their owners to change their lifestyles in ways that are often heart-healthy. "Several studies have shown that acquiring a dog perforce increases physical exercise
(as anyone who has unsuccessfully tried to sleep past the time of a dog's routine morning walk can attest)," Dhruv Kazi
, MD, cardiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, wrote in an editorial about the study.Kazi points out that dog owners are more likely to spend health-boosting time outdoors
, and that simply petting a dog
can lower someone's blood pressure. "The most salient benefits of dog ownership on cardiovascular outcomes are likely mediated through large and sustained improvements in mental health, including lower rates of depression, decreased loneliness, and increased self-esteem," he wrote.
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Opening America: State-by-state guide to coronavirus reopening
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Luckily, dogs are not alone
in helping their owners live longer lives. A 2009 study found that cat owners showed a decreased death rate
from cardiovascular diseases thanks to their ability to reduce stress levels and blood pressure. And a study published in 2015 found that elderly patients who took care of crickets
showed lower levels of depression than patients who just received medical advice. And for more ways to live longer, check out 50 Important Habits Linked to a Longer Life
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13 Reasons You're Forgetting Things All the Time
Maybe you spend 20 minutes looking for your car keys only to discover that they've been in your pocket the whole time. Or maybe you frequently find yourself in panic while trying to get out the door because you've misplaced your phone yet again. Perhaps it slips your mind that you have dinner in the oven until the smell of burnt food jogs your memory. Whatever it may be, chances are you forget things from time to time—we all do.
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However, if your forgetfulness is more of a frustrating impairment than a laughing matter, then you might be experiencing more than just your average mental lapse. It could be a condition called mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which affects between 15 percent and 20 percent of people age 65 and older, according to the Alzheimer's Association. In addition to aging, there are a variety of things that can cause memory problems related to MCI. And since MCI can be an indicator that you are at a greater risk of developing more serious cognitive conditions like Alzheimer's disease and dementia, it's best to know why you are forgetting things. Here are the 13 most common reasons for memory loss. And for more things to look out for when it comes to your cognitive health, check out 40 Early Signs of Alzheimer's Everyone Over 40 Should Know.
1. You're drinking too much.
"A person who drinks heavily over a long period of time may have brain deficits that persist well after he or she achieves sobriety," warns the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. One such deficit commonly experienced by both current and former alcoholics is memory impairment; per the Institute, excessive drinking can result in everything from "simple slips in memory to permanent and debilitating conditions that require lifetime custodial care." And for more on how alcohol affects your health, check out 22 Surprising Ways Drinking too Much Affects Your Body.
Pillsbury ready to bake cookie doughs are changing in one huge way
Raw cookie dough is one of the most iconic childhood desserts (OK, maybe it’s good for adults too). But it isn’t always the safest thing in your kitchen. Flour, when not heat treated, and eggs, when not pasteurized, can cause E. coli and salmonella. But now, you can munch on your chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter cookies whether they’re cooked or uncooked, since Pillsbury’s line of ready to bake cookie dough products are now safe to eat raw.
2. You're stressed out.
Most people are already acutely aware of the link between stress and weight gain or stress and depression, but what about stress and memory loss? Researchers believe that higher cortisol levels can predict everything from brain size to a person's performance on cognitive tests. In a recent study published in Neurology, scientists analyzed adults' cortisol levels and cognitive skills and found that the more stressed a person was, the more intense their memory loss. And for more reasons to manage feelings of being overwhelmed, check out 18 Subtle Signs Your Stress Levels Are Harming Your Health.
3. You're depressed.
There is a plethora of published research that suggests a correlation between depressive symptoms and forgetfulness. For instance, one study recently published in the journal Neurology analyzed more than 1,000 older adults over a five-year period and found that the more intense a person's depressive symptoms, the worse their episodic memory. Why? As study author Zeki Al Hazzouri, PhD, MS, explained in a statement: "Our research suggests that depression and brain aging may occur simultaneously, and greater symptoms of depression may affect brain health [memory] through small vessel disease." And to manage your mental well-being, check out 26 Things You're Doing That Are Hurting Your Mental Health.
This is the most popular delivery order request in America
Delivery food has long been a part of the American lifestyle, from takeout Chinese to the best pizza chains in America. But there's no denying that during the coronavirus pandemic and throughout 2020, delivery food has become even more important. As people order more burgers, dumplings and salads to eat at home, what kind of special requests are they making? Every State’s Favorite Fast Food During Coronavirus According to Uber Eats’ 2020A little secret? America loves french fries, and Arizona is still getting its fry fix during quarantine. And while you may have a lot of questions about food and coronavirus, the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t have any reason to believe that the virus can be transmitted through food.
5. You're grieving.
Complicated grief is the kind of grief that is all consuming and results in feelings of hopelessness. And it doesn't just affect a person emotionally, either. When Harvard University psychological scientists studied people going through the grieving process, they found that those suffering from complicated grief (as opposed to those experiencing normal grief) had both memory and imagination impairments.
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6. You're on a new medication.
There are quite a few prescription drugs that list memory loss as a side effect. According to a report from the National Institutes of Health in conjunction with the CDC, some of the medications that can impact memory include antihistamines, anti-anxiety and antidepressants, sleep aids, antipsychotics, muscle relaxants, antimuscarinics, and antispasmodics. If you're worried that your pills are causing your forgetfulness, talk to your doctor about switching medications and see if things improve.
7. You have a thyroid disorder.
You may not even realize it, but an under-active thyroid could be the root of your memory problems. Per one meta-analysis published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, people with even a mild thyroid disorder are at "a significant risk of cognitive alteration." After analyzing 13 studies, the researchers behind the report concluded that people with hypothyroidism have a 56 percent increased chance of impaired cognitive function and an 81 percent increased risk of dementia. And for more helpful information, sign up for our daily newsletter.
8. You have a concussion.
If your forgetfulness started after a bad accident, then you might be experiencing the side effects of a concussion. Per one study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery, people with even mild concussions can experience memory impairment for anywhere from three to seven days after their injury.
The most popular pumpkin season order isn’t what you think
It may still technically be summer, but in our minds and hearts, it is fall. After all, Dunkin’ officially launched its pumpkin coffees and snacks today, so that really does mean pumpkin spice season is in full swing. And though we may be obsessed with pumpkin spice lattes, the most popular pumpkin-flavored treat is actually something totally different. What Delivery Food America Is Ordering During the Coronavirus Pandemic According to new data from food delivery service Grubhub, the most popular pumpkin-flavored order during pumpkin season 2019 (August through December) was not the pumpkin latte, it was another iconic breakfast food: the pumpkin muffin.
9. You're having a silent stroke.
According to a report published in Harvard Women's Health Watch, for every one patient who suffers from a typical stroke, there are 14 patients who suffer from what's called a "silent stroke." However, these two inflictions don't just differ in how they manifest. While a regular stroke impairs functions like vision and speech, a silent stroke impacts the parts of the brain that don't show obvious symptoms—like the areas that store memory.
11. Your kidneys aren't functioning properly.
Both the brain and the kidneys are impacted by changes in the cardiovascular system. So when a person experiences any sort of change to their renal function, they'll often experience changes in their brain chemistry, too. In fact, one study published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases analyzed data from more than 2,000 people and found that patients with albuminuria—a symptom of kidney disease—were 50 percent more likely to have dementia than those without any indicators of kidney damage.
And in another study published in the journal Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation, researchers concluded that "early detection of mild to moderate kidney disease is an important public health concern with regard to cognitive decline."
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12. You're pregnant.
That phenomenon they call "pregnancy brain" is no joke. Between all the hormones raging through your body during pregnancy and your inability to sleep soundly, your brain is way too tired and focused on other things—namely, carrying a child—to worry about remembering a doctor's appointment. In fact, one study published in the journal Endocrine Abstracts found that pregnant women had worse spatial memories than non-pregnant women—and the further along in the pregnancy they were, the worse their spatial memory.
13. You have Alzheimer's disease.
In the older population, the most prevalent type of dementia—or loss of cognitive function—is Alzheimer's disease. According to the Alzheimer's Association, an estimated 5.8 million people currently live with the disease in the United States alone, and one of the most common symptoms is forgetting things like names, dates, and important events to the point that it disrupts daily life.
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