Microbiome – a community of diverse bacteria that live in our intestines – has long been a hot issue of a healthy lifestyle. I am very interested in this topic and recently I found an article that may be useful to us all. I offer its translation to your attention.
Scientists are trying to figure out how a microbiome can affect our health, weight, mood, skin, and the ability to resist infection. And the shelves of supermarkets and pharmacies abound with all kinds of probiotic products containing live bacteria and yeast, which, we are assured, can improve intestinal microbiome.
To test this, the British BBC team Trust Me, I‘m A Doctor, organized an experiment. It was attended by representatives of the Scottish National Health System (NHS Highland) and 30 volunteers and scientists from across the country. Dr Michael Moseley says: Continue reading
Fish and seafood are an important component of the diet of my sons. Why and what kind of fish is useful, I tell below.
First of all, not all fish is useful: many common types of fish sold in our stores and markets are not entirely safe for health, especially for children. I want to immediately draw your attention to this! What kind of fish is better to choose, I will tell further, but for now briefly list why a child should eat fish at all:
1. Omega-3. These are fatty acids that are necessary for the functioning of our body. You can get them from food and their content is famous fish. Omega-3 is a structural component of cell membranes, and a variety of body processes depend on the properties of the membranes: the transition of signals from one nerve cell to another, the efficiency of organs such as the brain, heart, eyes. For example, omega-3 fatty acids help establish a connection between brain cells, which makes it easier to learn new things and helps to avoid depressive states. Continue reading
As part of preparing material about vegetarian children, the editors of the Live portal invited me to answer several questions that often confused parents. Here is what I said.
Live: Is vegetarianism safe for the baby?
Me: To begin with, vegetarianism does not equal healthy eating. This must be understood. Indeed, for example, pasta with tomato sauce, pizza and cola, fruit juice with donuts – this is plant food, that is, formally vegetarianism, but such a diet can not be called useful. Therefore, propaganda of vegetarianism without specifying that it is based on whole plant products is not possible.
Next: vegetarianism has varying degrees, from extreme veganism to a diet that allows eggs, milk, and derivative foods like cheese. This most “relaxed” form of vegetarianism is able to supply a person with animal protein in an amount greater than what is needed for health. Continue reading
My Stanford teacher, Dr. Clyde Wilson, described a simple trick: it will come in handy for many who are unable to refuse junk food, but at least think a little about their health. But Dr. Wilson knows what he’s talking about: he received a doctorate in chemistry at Stanford University and at the same time teaches at UCSF medical schools, and also heads the Sports Medicine Institute. In his article, Dr. Wilson tells how to continue to eat pizza and fast food, significantly reducing their detrimental effect on our body. I hasten to share a secret with you, translating, with the permission of the author, an article in Russian:
“Today we take food as a drug, because in busy schedules we need a quick way to keep moving. And the food industry provides us with tasty, inexpensive and convenient food that successfully satisfies our need for fat, sugar, and calories. According to the World Health Organization, the number of patients with non-communicable diseases in the world exceeded the number of infectious patients, and this is mainly due to the use of refined, industrially processed products and products of animal origin. That is, our excuses for employment have caused problems on a global scale: the epidemics of obesity and diabetes, not least. Continue reading
Recently, one of my readers asked a question about how baked bell peppers are rich in vitamin C or is it completely resolved by heat treatment. This question prompted me to prepare a more detailed answer to the question about the preservation of vitamins and other nutrients during the heat treatment of vegetables in the form of this article.
Indeed, various cooking methods alter the nutrient composition of fruits and vegetables, but this is not always bad. Some studies show that although the thermal processing of foods may lead to the degradation of some nutrients, the availability of others may increase.
Therefore, to say that there is a “best” form of plant consumption, for example, raw, is impossible.
Many people think that raw vegetables contain more nutrients than cooked vegetables, but again, it depends on the type of nutrients. Continue reading