American Heart Association's checklist to measure cardiovascular health is updated, now called Life's Essential 8™, adding healthy sleep as essential for optimal cardiovascular health. Other health and lifestyle factors in the checklist, which were part of the previous, 7-item scoring tool, are nicotine exposure, physical activity, diet, weight, blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure. The new sleep metric suggests 7-9 hours of sleep daily for optimal cardiovascular health for adults, and more for children depending on age. CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE!
On an intermittent fasting diet, eat fruits and vegetables while limiting sugary and processed snacks.
Intermittent fasting involves cycling between periods of eating and fasting.
Proponents say intermittent fasting is a safe and effective way to lose weight and improve your health. They claim it's easier to adhere to than other diets and offers more flexibility than traditional calorie-restricted diets.
"Intermittent fasting is a means of reducing calories by restricting one's intake for several days each week, and then eating regularly the rest of the days, rather than focusing on permanent caloric restriction," says Lisa Jones, a registered dietitian based in Philadelphia.
It's important to keep in mind that intermittent fasting is a concept, not a specific diet. READ ARTICLE HERE!
Living with dogs (but not cats) as a toddler might protect against Crohn's disease
Young children who grow up with a dog or in a large family may have some protection later in life from a common inflammatory bowel disease known as Crohn's disease, according to a study to be presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2022.
"Our study seems to add to others that have explored the 'hygiene hypothesis' which suggests that the lack of exposure to microbes early in life may lead to lack of immune regulation toward environmental microbes," said Williams Turpin, PhD, the study's senior author and a research associate with Mount Sinai Hospital and the University of Toronto.CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE!
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