Among the rarest allergies is a reaction to citrus fruits. Symptoms, which include tingling, redness, and swelling, tend to affect areas that have come into contact with fruit or juice, and some people have airborne allergies. We describe the range of treatments. Learn to prevent and manage citrus allergies here.
Certain foods, including high-fiber foods and sweetcorn, are more difficult to digest than others. It is normal for a person to notice undigested bits of these foods in their stool. If undigested food in the stool occurs with other symptoms, including diarrhea, they may have a medical condition, such as Crohn’s or IBS.
Some believe that nightshade vegetables, including potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplants, may cause inflammation or make arthritis worse. There is no current evidence for this, though some people may be allergic to nightshades. Here, we explore the effects of nightshades and provide tips for an anti-inflammatory diet.
People with chronic kidney disease need to avoid eating potassium-rich foods. Damaged kidneys cannot process potassium properly, which can then build up in the blood and cause weakness, fatigue, and tingling. In this article, learn which high-potassium foods to avoid with kidney disease and what to replace them with.
New research explains the mechanisms behind the much-acclaimed health benefits of walnuts. The study bears great news for our cardiometabolic health.
The importance of gut flora is well known, but little is known about how our microbiome has changed over time. Examining great ape poop may shed light.
Hypomagnesemia refers to low levels of magnesium in the blood, defined as less than 1.8 mg/dl. Hypomagnesemia is linked to calcium and potassium imbalances. A person may have no symptoms, or may notice twitching, weakness, or numbness in the muscles. Here, we discuss causes, diagnosis, and treatments of hypomagnesemia.
A study of mice shows that fasting for a day increases stem cell function in the gut by switching on fatty acid oxidation that can also be drug-activated.
Many people experience hunger pangs (also called hunger pains) even when they do not need food. The gnawing sensation and contractions in the stomach are the body’s way of signaling that it needs more nutrients. They have a range of causes and will typically subside with eating. Learn more about hunger pangs here.
Over time, a number of health myths have cropped up. Some of these are true, and some of them certainly aren't. Here, we debunk the most popular ones.
Ghee is a form of clarified butter created by skimming the milk solids out of melted butter. It has a lower lactose content than butter, so may be a good butter substitute for people with a lactose intolerance. The nutrition and fat contents of ghee and butter are similar and both can be used in a healthful diet.
C. diff infections can cause stomach pain, diarrhea, fever, and loss of appetite. Staying hydrated, letting the stomach rest, and eating foods that do not aggravate the colon are all essential steps to recovery. In this article, learn which foods to eat and how both mild and severe C. diff infections are treated.
A garlic allergy is rare, but it is possible. In this article, we look at the symptoms of a true allergy, which include sneezing, dizziness, and in severe cases, anaphylaxis. We also describe the milder symptoms of a garlic intolerance. Learn when to see a doctor for allergy testing.
A new study led by British-based researchers finds a link between certain foods that women eat and the age at which they experience menopause.
Intermittent fasting is gaining popularity as a dieting style, and studies confirm that it is an effective weight loss method. Does it have other benefits?
Polymyalgia rheumatica is a painful inflammatory condition that affects older adults. While medications are often prescribed to reduce the symptoms, making dietary changes can also help manage the condition. In this article, learn about which foods to eat and avoid, as well as what nutrients can help.
People get vitamin D from a variety of foods and from spending time outdoors in sunlight. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that plays a role in many body functions, including hair growth. In this article, learn how a vitamin D deficiency is related to hair loss, as well as how it can be treated and prevented.
A new study suggests that taking a vitamin B-6 supplement before going to bed each night could help us to remember the details of our dreams.
Adopting five low-risk lifestyle factors in adulthood could raise life expectancy at age 50 by 14 years for women and 12 years for men, large study finds.
Iron deficiency anemia occurs when a person does not have enough iron in their body or the body cannot use its supply properly. This can cause a variety of symptoms, which may include hair loss. In this article, learn about the link between an iron deficiency and hair loss, as well as the treatment options for both.