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 […]

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 […]