Discover the Top Health and Wellness News from February 2020
The Wellness Report breaks down the top health and wellness news of the month! Read on to discover the top stories from February 2020! Also, for expert analysis, read “our take” after each section for an expert-guided breakdown of each topic.
Eating Green Algae May Improve Gastrointestinal Health
A recent study set out to test green algae and its impact on human digestion. The study took 51 volunteers with and without symptoms of IBS and had them consume daily spoonfuls of green algae. Each day, for one month, they logged their gastrointestinal symptoms. The study found that eating green algae alleviated IBS symptoms (e.g., gas and bloating) in participants with a history of gastrointestinal issues.
While more research is needed to determine the proposed digestive benefits of consuming green algae, this study’s findings are encouraging. The authors also noted that while digestive improvements were documented, they are still unsure how the algae caused those improvements. Regardless, incorporating green algae into your diet adds nutritional value and may relieve some gastrointestinal symptoms.
Study Identifies Strategies for Long-Term Weight Loss
According to a recent study, making healthy food choices, tracking your daily intake and practicing positive self-talk are among the most successful strategies for long-term weight loss. The study compared the weight loss habits of 5,000 people who lost an average of 50 pounds and kept it off for more than three years to a control group of 500 people with obesity who had struggled to lose weight. Some of the most effective strategies used by the successful weight loss group included food logging, measuring food, reflecting on past success and keeping a positive attitude. The study also found that these behaviors became more habitual over time.
It’s not surprising to see that the most beneficial behaviors for long-term weight loss were ones that drew attention to eating choices and positive reinforcement. When determining a strategy for lasting weight loss, it’s important to find a sustainable strategy. If tracking your food or keeping a positive mindset are behaviors that would help keep you consistent, give them a try!
Weekend Eating Habits May Negatively Impact Your Weight Loss Goals
According to a new study, eating healthy throughout the entire week (weekends included) is essential for successful weight management and obesity prevention. According to the study, poor eating on the weekend can lead to “eating jet lag” during the week due to the possible conflict between the body’s natural circadian rhythm and atypical eating patterns on the weekend. They found that this routine switch may be linked to an increase in body mass index (BMI).
More research is needed to determine a definitive link between the change in eating schedules on the weekends and weight management. That said, if you’re currently trying to lose weight, it certainly won’t hurt to maintain a consistent eating schedule 7 days a week.
Fruits and Vegetables Linked to a Lower Risk of Alzheimer’s
A recent study looked at the impact that flavonols found in fruits and vegetables could have on Alzheimer’s disease risk. They took 921 men and women who were free of dementia and had them track their diet with food questionnaires. When they conducted a six-year follow-up, 220 of the participants had developed Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers found that the participants with the highest intake of flavonols had a 48% reduced risk of Alzheimer’s.
Relying on food questionnaires can be difficult when determining causation. Therefore, more research needs to be done to determine how much of an impact flavonols have on reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s. Regardless, increasing fruit and vegetable consumption has many other health benefits!
Monthly Wellness Tip:
Are you having a difficult time getting over a weight loss plateau? Evaluate your weekend eating habits! People often neglect their diets on the weekends. But consistently neglecting two days out of every week can quickly add up! Pick and choose which meals or events you want to indulge in rather than letting it all go out the window.
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