Eating a healthy handful of almonds each day protects gut health
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(Robby Berman/ Medical News Today) — We are still learning about the human microbiome, the 10–100 trillion microorganisms living in our bodies, primarily in the human gut. Piece by piece, researchers are putting together how this vast and tiny universe operates, and how it influences our health.

An important player in  …

Eating prunes every day may be good for your heart
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(Stephanie Brown/ Very Well Health) — Prunes, or dried plums, are a fiber-rich fruit that helps with bowel movement. But some emerging research suggests prunes might offer more than constipation relief.

Eating prunes every day can improve cholesterol levels while reducing oxidative stress and inflammation,  …

How to reduce menopause weight gain, according to experts
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(Rachel MacPherson/ Forbes) — Weight fluctuations over one’s lifetime are common, especially for individuals whose hormonal shifts can affect their weight during menstrual cycles, pregnancy, lactation, perimenopause and menopause. While menopausal weight gain is not guaranteed for everyone, it can be a common   …

Does Ozempic increase the risk of suicidal thoughts? Here’s what experts say
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(Kaitlin Sullivan/ Health) — European regulators are reviewing data on suicidal thoughts in people taking GLP-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1 RA), including Ozempic, Wegovy, and Saxenda.

The European Medicines Agency started the review—which includes 150 reports of potential cases of self-injury and suicidal thoughts  …

Eating earlier in the day can improve blood sugar levels, study finds
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(Lisa Rapaport/ Everyday Health) — People with obesity and prediabetes who eat most of their meals within the first eight hours of the day may be able to lower their blood sugar levels even if they don’t lose weight, a small study suggests.

For the two-week study, researchers examined how the timing of meals impacted  …

Taurine may extend life and health, scientists find
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(James Gallagher/ BBC News) — Taurine – a nutrient found in meat, fish and sold as a supplement – extends life and boosts health in a range of animal species, scientists say.

Levels of taurine decline with age in different species, including people.

Experiments on middle-aged animals showed boosting taurine

Eating French fries and fried foods linked to higher risk of anxiety & depression
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(Annie Lennon/ Medical News today) — Anxiety and depression are the most prevalent mental disorders worldwide.

Fried foods are a major part of the Western diet and are increasing worldwide. Previous studies have found that consuming fried or processed foods, sugary products, and beer is linked to a higher  …

5 potential health benefits of an Ayurvedic diet
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(Jessica Migala/ Everyday Health) — Some age-old practices are based on the idea that the earth has inherent wisdom — and one of these systems, ayurveda, upholds the principle of eating in accordance with Mother Nature.

“The ayurvedic diet is a seasonal diet based on where you live and the foods that are available,  …

These food groups support gut health. Are they part of your diet?
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(Sara Moniuszko/ Yahoo News) — Our understanding of the importance of gut health is growing, from knowing how to check in on our gut health to eating a healthy diet to support our gut microbiome. But what exactly should be included in that diet?

“The answer is very simple on a general level. …  …

5 reasons why sugar is bad for you
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(Aaron Kandola/ Medical News Today) — Sugars are a type of simple carbohydrate that occur naturally in some foods and drinks. They are also an additive in certain foods and drinks. Consuming too much sugar can lead to health problems, such as increasing the risk of weight gain, diabetes, tooth cavities, and more.

Many healthful  …

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