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Susan S. Johnson

Altering diet to add a decade

Simply making small changes to one’s diet can add as much as 10 to 13 years to life, according to a new study.

Norwegian researchers found that a 20-year-old woman who replaces refined grains with whole grains and legumes, as well as eats more fish and nuts, is  less likely to develop heart disease and cancer, and can benefit from an additional 10 years of life.

For men, those changes could mean an additional 13 years of life.

The results do not take into account nutritional requirements, but focus more on caloric

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Nordic diet may improve health, even without weight loss

Susan S. Johnson
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New research explores the health benefits of the so-called Nordic diet. Morten Falch Sortland/Getty Images
  • Researchers investigated the health effects of a healthy Nordic diet (HND) using metabolic analysis.
  • They found that the diet positively affects glucose metabolism, cholesterol, and cardiometabolic risk.
  • They conclude that metabolic analysis is an effective way to assess dietary outcomes.

The HND consists of berries, fish, root vegetables, and rapeseed oil. It is known to benefit various aspects of health, including weight loss, blood pressure, inflammation, and blood lipid profiles.

Studies also show that HND lowers the risk of

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3 easy steps for better gut health

Susan S. Johnson
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Happier gut, happier you. (Photo: Gettyimages)

Our bodies are hosts to a lot of lives, apart from our own. Today, we’re zooming into the gut microbiome, specifically, the ones living in our digestive system.

Our digestive system exists to break down food into a form our bodies can use, aid by the bacteria that exist in our digestive tract. A person has around 300 to 500 species of bacteria in the digestive tract—some good for us, some not. Accordingly to studies, there are links between good gut health and the health of our immune system, skin, cells, and it may

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How to feed your gut to lose weight, fight illness and improve health

Susan S. Johnson

A diet that lets you eat more

I’m not promoting a fully vegan diet, because research doesn’t necessarily support that from a health perspective. I’m not even suggesting you should go vegetarian. What the evidence suggests is that we could all benefit from eating more plants, but that doesn’t necessarily have to mean only plants. 

There is no calorie counting here, no weighing and measuring, and no cutting out. I recommend people aim for 30 – yes, 30 – different plants over the course of a week. It’s much easier than you think if you follow my easy hacks.

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