A Healthier Option than Coffee?

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Many of us reach for a cup or two of coffee to help get our day started… but there’s a way you can get the same pick-me-up benefits without the caffeine!  A recent study included a group of college women who were chronically sleep deprived… meaning they got less than 6 and a half hours of sleep a night.  On separate days… the women consumed either a placebo or 50 milligrams of caffeine, or spent 10 minutes walking up and down stairs at an easy pace.  The results showed no change in how the women felt in both the caffeine and placebo conditions… but the exercise made them feel more energetic.  

The one possible downside to the exercise though was that even though the energy boost was immediate, it was also short-lived.

More indications of just how connected your gut bacteria is to your overall health and potential health conditions…

Scientists recently found differences in the gut bacteria of people with chronic fatigue syndrome, compared to healthy people.  Chronic fatigue typically expresses itself with muscle and joint pain, fatigue and sleep problems among other things.  The study’s lead author points out that it’s not known whether the differences in the gut micro biome are a sign of chronic fatigue or an underlying cause, but he reminded that gut bacteria influence how we feel and how our immune system responds.

Your gut has often been referred to as your ‘second brain’.  Now there’s more evidence of a connection between the two…

A new European study on diabetes revealed that people with early-stage type 2 diabetes that area also overweight show severe abnormalities in brain structure and cognition than normal-weight people with type 2 diabetes. Researchers studied 100 people with type 2 diabetes, 50 with normal weight and 50 who were overweight… MRI images revealed thinning of parts of the brain that impact concentration, motor control and body awareness in the overweight group.

A co-author of the study also pointed out similar abnormalities in the thinning of the brain in people with diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.

That’s a look at what’s making headlines in natural health this week… stay up to date on the latest in natural health by going to iHealthTube dot com.


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In this week's headlines, find out what researchers learned about the affects of coffee versus another pick-me-up at work. Also learn how gut bacteria could play a key role in a debilitating condition and how your weight may affect your brain!

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