6 Early Symptoms of Osteoarthritis (OA): Pain, Tenderness, and More

What is osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis (OA) is a form of degenerative joint pain caused by wear and tear on your joints. As you age, the cartilage that cushions your joints starts to wear down, causing the bones to rub together. The bone-on-bone action leads to inflammation of the joints. OA most commonly affects the joints in your arms and legs, including […]

12 Ways Too Much Sugar Harms Your Body

The Bitter Side of Sugar Sugar is sweet, but too much of it can sour your health. Whole foods like fruits, veggies, dairy, and grains have natural sugars. Your body digests those carbs slowly so your cells get a steady supply of energy. Added sugars, on the other hand, come in packaged foods and drinks. Your body does not need […]

Wherever You Go, When Local Food Won’t Do, Always Order The Chow Mein

Last month, I spent two weeks touring the Emilia Romagna region of Italy. The area—encompassing the cities of Bologna, Parma, and Modena—is called the “food valley” and is famous for its abundance of regionally designated products like Prosciutto de Parma, Aceto Balsamico di Modena, and, most famously, Parmigianino Reggiano. Since I was in the country to sample these products, I […]

11 Fatal Mistakes That Even Gurus of Healthy Eating Make

When shifting to a healthy lifestyle, many people are unable to reach their goals. Maybe the reason is in their confidence that they have chosen the right strategy for eating. But if we look closer, we will find out that much of our knowledge about healthy products is actually false. We at Bright Side support people’s struggle toward self-perfection and want to help them improve their knowledge in the area of healthy eating. Let’s finally bust […]

Superfood or Poison? Here’s What the Experts Say About Coconut Oil

Breaking down the coconut oil controversy. Is coconut oil “pure poison”? Last month, a doctor from one of the country’s leading health institutions sparked a tsunami of debate on the oil’s health benefits by uttering those words. Karin Michels, PhD, ScD, professor at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and director of the Institute for Prevention and Tumour […]

best Morning Drinks to Get Your Day Started

Think about it: Sleeping seven or eight hours a night is a long time to go without water. And that’s not counting other factors that might be at play — like maybe a few too many glasses of wine the night before. So, by the time you wake up, your body is likely, already slightly dehydrated. The good news though? […]

The Best Vegan (and Vegan-friendly) The second part

Florida: The Farmer’s Table We’ll cut to the chase: like many places on this list, The Farmer’s Table does serve meat. But why, you ask? Why pick a restaurant that serves meat when there are so many other great ones that don’t, like Miami’s Eden in Eden or Plant Food + Wine? Well, it’s a rare thing for a traditional restaurant to […]

The Best Vegan (and Vegan-friendly) Restaurants

green New American Vegetarian Arizona: Green Restaurant (Phoenix and Tempe) Sometimes, there seems to be this superiority complex in the vegan community against mock meats. Like, once you become an enlightened vegan, you’ll stop craving meat substitutes and just content yourself with the unadulterated taste of tomatoes. Us, we take pleasure in a good veggie burger: both the hearty grainy […]

How Eating Breakfast Can Help Your Metabolism

Plenty of research has found that eating breakfast is important for weight maintenance, metabolism and overall good health. Now, the evidence gets even stronger: a small new randomized controlled trial finds that regularly eating a substantial morning meal directly affects how fat cells function in the body by changing the activity of genes involved in fat metabolism and insulin resistance. […]