Want to improve your memory while staying fit? Try exercising for at least half an hour regularly

(Natural News) Regular exercise is a key component of a healthy lifestyle, but its benefits go beyond just strengthening muscles and reducing fat. Researchers from the University of Maryland (UMD) found that exercising for at least 30 minutes each day can help improve memory. Their study, which appeared in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, is one of many that…

Why are fermented foods so great for your gut health?

(Natural News) Fermented foods like yogurt and kimchi are popular health foods. While many studies have found that they offer plenty of health benefits, the science behind how they do so is not well-understood. But a recent study published in PLOS Genetics revealed that a cell receptor called HCA3 is key to understanding how fermented foods benefit human health….

A natural remedy for sleep problems: Can acupuncture help with insomnia?

(Natural News) Acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years, and many scientific studies attest to its health benefits. Acupuncture is often used to treat chronic pain and nausea. But recent studies show that it can also be used to help people with insomnia. How does acupuncture work? Acupuncture is a traditional medicine and healing art that originated in China. It was developed around 100…

Meditation isn’t just a relaxing activity; it also offers science-backed benefits such as improved brain function

(Natural News) More and more people are practicing meditation with the discovery of its many health benefits. To add to the list, researchers from the University of California Davis found that meditation has positive long-term effects on cognitive health. The study, which was published in the Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, explained how meditation helps delay cognitive decline. Meditation can improve sustained attention Despite the…

6 Food preservatives with negative side effects and how to avoid them

(Natural News) On paper, food preservatives sound incredibly beneficial. Various food products can last much longer in your fridge and pantry thanks to these chemicals. But did you know that certain food preservatives are linked to harmful side effects such as headaches, cell death and heart disease? Food preservatives are bad news When you take a…

Scientists discover a soil bacteria that can protect against stress

(Natural News) The health industry is full of diets, exercises and therapies for stress relief. But researchers from the U.S., Hungary and the U.K. suggest a more down-to-earth stress buster – with dirt. In their study, which was published in the journal Psychopharmacology, the team found that Mycobacterium vaccae, a bacterium found in soil, produces an anti-inflammatory fatty acid that can reduce…

Scientists develop home-testing kit that measures stress hormones

(Natural News) Stress can either be a person’s boon or his bane, depending on the situation. In certain situations, it can motivate people, but those with chronic levels of stress are more likely to develop health problems, including heart disease and even mental disorders. To combat its adverse effects, researchers have developed a simple test…

Increasing vitamin C intake can reduce hip fracture risk by 44 percent: Study

(Natural News) When it comes to healthy bones, people often look to calcium and vitamin D. However, experts suggest adding an unlikely vitamin to the mix: vitamin C. In a recent study published in Osteoporosis International, a team of researchers from Tufts University, Harvard Medical School and the Boston University School of Public Health revealed that taking vitamin C can…