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Coffee Drinkers are Living Longer

In recent years the good old cup of coffee has seen a resurgence of popularity. This is not news to most westerners because coffee shops and cafés have been springing up all over the country, towns and suburbs for some years now. But the real news in this story isn’t the fact that we have all fallen in love with the caffeine, it’s that fact that a recent study has found that older folks who drink coffee (even decaf) have a lower risk of death than those who don’t!

Aside from water, coffee is perhaps the next most consumed beverage in the world with 2.25 billion cups gulped down everyday. But due to its caffeine content, the power-perker is mistaken for a bad friend, despite coffee being a rich source of antioxidants and bioactive compounds. Coffee has also been linked to lowering depression and altering estrogen levels among women too. (more…)

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The Best Foods to Eat During Your Period

You’re not alone if your diet gets seriously derailed in the days leading up to and during your period. That time of the month–particularly for those coping with premenstrual syndrome (PMS)–can cause us to indulge in some seriously unhealthy cravings (French fries and ice cream for dinner, anyone?).

If you’re in that boat, don’t despair. There’s a scientific reason women jones for junk food in the days preceding and during that time of the month. Estrogen, testosterone and progesterone–the main reproductive hormones–plummet in the days leading up to your period and remain low for the first few days of it, according to gynecologist Rebecca Booth, M.D., author of “The Venus Week: Discover the Powerful Secret of Your Cycle…at Any Age

“This sharp decline in hormones results in falling levels of mood-supporting brain chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine, causing cravings for foods that elevate them, like chocolate (dopamine) and starchy foods (serotonin),” explains Dr. Booth. (more…)

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