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 […]

What’s a Ketogenic Diet?

What Is It? “Ketogenic” is a term for a low-carb diet (like the Atkins diet). The idea is for you to get more calories from protein and fat and less from carbohydrates. You cut back most on the carbs that are easy to digest, like sugar, soda, pastries, and white bread. How It Works When you eat less than 50 […]

Science Says Dehydration Makes You Stupid, So Go Drink Some Water

Dehydration, as we all know, is bad for your physical health, whether you’re a young rapper or an elderly ex-President. But while the physical effects of dehydration are bad, it turns out that there are more subtle mental effects. Yes, dehydration, in addition to all the horrible things it can do to your body, also makes you stupid. Granted, we’re […]

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 […]

A Harvard Scientist Warns That Coconut Oil Is ‘Pure Poison’

If you’re cool enough to have friends, one of them has bound to sing the praises of coconut oil as a cure-all for everything from dry skin to weight gain. Which is why a recent lecture by Karin Michels, the director of the Institute for Prevention and Tumor Epidemiology at the University in Freiburg, Germany, has the interweb up in […]

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 […]

29 Delicious Breakfast Treats For Vegans

The No-Egg Tofu Omelets Grab the recipe here. Yummy Strawberry Shortcake Stacked Pancakes Alicia Silverstone’s Peanut Butter Granola Grab the recipe here. Carrot Cake Jars Grab the recipe here. Soft and Chewy Sugar Free-Baked Granola Bars Grab the recipe here. Loveliest Lemon Pancakes Pan-Seared Oatmeal with Blueberries Grab the recipe here. Tofu Scramble Grab the recipe here. Pearrific Green Smoothie Grab the recipe here. Tofu Breakfast Tacos […]

Say Goodbye to Stress and Anxiety with Lavender Lemonade

One crippling mental disorder that has plagued the country is anxiety. Surpassing the mood disorder depression, anxiety is known as the most common form of mental illness in the United States. Approximately 10 percent of teens have it, and 40 percent of adults have suffered a certain degree of anxiety disorder. Anxiety affects the person physically and mentally. Physical symptoms […]

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 […]