Legumes and Longevity: How This Food Group Helps You Live Longer

Living until 100 may not be as challenging as you think. There’s just one key ingredient that you need in your recipe for longevity—legumes. Beans, peas and lentils can aid your efforts to live a long and healthy life, and we have the evidence. According to Blue Zones, Power 9 legumes are “the cornerstone of most centenarian diets.”

Researchers have examined the health benefits of legumes for years, but this particular study, published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition followed the diets of older people in various cultures. The study focused on nine major food groups based on the Mediterranean diet and analyzed the dietary habits of individuals, aged 70+ in Japan, Sweden, Greece and Australia. The results revealed that people who eat more legumes, fish and olive oil were more likely to live longer. Researchers also discovered that individuals who eat 20 grams of legumes daily have a reduced risk of mortality by seven to eight percent.

Legumes are rich in fiber, which helps reduce your risk of certain chronic conditions and diseases, and increase the strength of your body. Learn how legumes affect your body’s health.  

Manage Diabetes

Legumes help regulate your blood sugar levels, decreasing your risk of diabetes. People who suffer from diabetes also benefit from these superfoods, thanks to their balance of protein and carbohydrates. Rather than surging the body with glucose, legumes provide a gradual flow for those with diabetes.

Fight Cancer

Beans contain the chemicals phytosterols and isoflavones, which are known to reduce the risk of cancer. They are also rich in antioxidants and fiber, which can also help fight the disease.

Lose Weight

The fiber in legumes helps your body digest food at a normal rate and promotes weight loss. Many are low in calories and rich in protein to help your body build more muscle and cut fat. Just remember to eat within the recommended portion size (1/2 cup of beans, peas or lentils) to avoid excessive weight gain.

Lower Cholesterol

The soluble fiber in legumes helps your body maintain healthy cholesterol levels. They are also packed with saponins and phytosterols, which help to lower cholesterol as well. When eating legumes, keep in mind that canned beans and peas can have high sodium levels, so opt for dried beans instead.

We want to help you live a long and healthy life. Learn about more foods that promote longevity and help ward off diseases.

How to Promote Healthy Habits for Your Kids at Home and School

How to Promote Healthy Habits for Your Kids at Home and School

The class bells are ringing, the school buses have hit the pavement, and before you know it, the leaves will start to turn. Yes, it’s that time of year again—already! School’s in session for some, and fast approaching for others, which means summer is coming to an end.

Even if the kids indulged in a few too many campfire s’mores, and rarely hit the sheets before midnight, it’s not too late to start reintroducing healthy habits. The start of the school year is a great time to make that transition back to normalcy.

Can Phthalates in Plastic Lead to Chronic Diseases?

Can Phthalates in Plastic Lead to Chronic Diseases?

You’d never think lathering your hair with shampoo or accenting your home with a scented candle could be harmful to your health, but you may be wrong. It’s unfortunate that these everyday items, and many more, contain phthalates, a family of chemicals used as plasticizers. Phthalates are used in plastics to make them more transparent, durable and flexible. They can be found in personal hygiene products, children’s toys and even some medical devices—go figure!

4 Natural Ways to Beat Fatigue

4 Natural Ways to Beat Fatigue

It’s 6 am and your alarm is buzzing, but your brain is not, so you hit the snooze button. Your alarm sounds off again 20 minutes later, and you’re forced to face a harsh reality; you need to be at work in 30 minutes.

We’ve all experienced mornings like this more than we care to admit, whether it’s due to a sleepless night of tossing and turning, or staying up until 2 am binge watching your new favorite show the night before. But the fact remains, you need to use that mushy brain of yours to get some work done. So what do you do?

Boost Weight Loss with These 4 Natural Teas

Boost Weight Loss with These 4 Natural Teas

When it comes to weight loss, many of us have tried it all: The Paleo diet, low-carb diet, dairy-free diet, and on and on. Weight loss comes easier for some than others, and there are several factors that affect this such as heredity and health conditions. But what if we told you that tea could be the healthy weight loss aid you’ve been looking for, without compromising your dietary intake?

Eating Chocolate Can Keep Your Heart Healthy and Strong

Eating Chocolate Can Keep Your Heart Healthy and Strong

The days of chocolate shaming are finally over, hooray! A new study reveals that eating chocolate—in moderation of course—could help prevent atrial fibrillation (A-fib), a condition that causes an irregular heartbeat. Researchers who studied over 55,000 Denmark adults found that eating two to six ounces of chocolate per week could reduce your risk of the heart condition by a fifth. So, the next time someone wants to shame you for devouring some chocolate, just let them know you’re mending your broken heart.

3 Healthy “Hacks” to Help You Slim Down for Summer

3 Healthy “Hacks” to Help You Slim Down for Summer

It’s much easier to slip up on workouts and have a few too many cheat days per week during the wintertime. Layers of sweaters and scarves can help hide the pounds we’ve gained since last fall and the annual pumpkin spice revolution, but what do we do now that summer is breathing down our pasty necks? After all, summer usually means beach days, vacations and a lot less clothing. 

Not to worry, we have a few tricks to help you get the results you’re looking for this summer, as well as the remainder of the year.

Seven Surprising Facts about Health Savings Accounts

Seven Surprising Facts about Health Savings Accounts

What’s all the hoopla about Health Savings Accounts recently? Well, with the AHCA being continuously debated in Congress, and the ACA here to stay for the immediate future, employees and employers alike are searching for ways to cut healthcare expenses. And the Health Savings Account, accompanied with a High Deductible Health Plan, accomplishes that while providing some tax savings.

Tame the Spare Tire: Eat Foods You Love in Moderation

Tame the Spare Tire: Eat Foods You Love in Moderation

“Everything in moderation! Too much of a good thing, can be a bad thing.”

Most things in life benefit from a bit of balance, including our eating habits. The only problem is, not many of us know how to eat in moderation. What do we eat? How much of it do we need? How often should we be eating? These are questions that many people don’t know the answers to, so they end up eating much more than their body really needs.

4 Methods For Getting the Best Sleep of Your Life

4 Methods For Getting the Best Sleep of Your Life

“I’ll sleep when I’m dead.”

How many times do you hear this term being thrown around by people who think calling it a night before 11 pm makes you weak, somehow? Little do they know, they’re speeding up their aging process as well as increasing their likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease and even alcoholism.

How Sleep Deprivation Damages Your Physical and Mental Heath

How Sleep Deprivation Damages Your Physical and Mental Heath

You know those people who brag about getting three hours of sleep per night and still wake up with the ability to function like the rest of us? No need to be jealous of them anymore. Sleep plays a vital role in our physical and mental health; it’s our body’s way of rebooting itself. When our heads don’t hit the pillow enough, it can significantly lower our quality of life. According to Harvard Medical School, sleeping less than five hours per night increases the risk of death from all causes by 15 percent. The first step to protecting your body is understanding how it works. Get to know the serious consequences of sleep deprivation.

Improving Brain Health Through Positive Thinking

Improving Brain Health Through Positive Thinking

Buddha was on to something when he said, “The mind is everything. What you think, you become.” Negative thoughts impact our brains to an extent that most of us don’t fully understand.A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology reveals that negative thoughts can prevent you from processing information and thinking clearly. Researchers asked subjects to sort objects into two categories. They found that subjects who admitted to worrying over 50% of the time significantly struggled to sort the objects as the difficulty of the task increased.

Reap the 7 Life-Changing Benefits of Garlic

Reap the 7 Life-Changing Benefits of Garlic

It’s no secret that garlic works wonders for our immune system. Despite leaving you worried about your breath—which we’ll tell you how to avoid in a bit—garlic is a magical antioxidant. In honor of National Garlic Day, April 19, 2017, we’re spreading awareness of these perks and how to use it to your advantage.

How Eating Sugar Can Lead to Alzheimer’s Disease

How Eating Sugar Can Lead to Alzheimer’s Disease

It’s no secret that washing down a half a dozen donuts with a liter of coke every day can lead to obesity and diabetes. Unfortunately, you can now add Alzheimer’s disease to that list.  Researchers at the University of Bath in the U.K. have found that high blood sugar levels can contribute to Alzheimer’s disease, one of the top ten leading causes of death in the United States.

Fish Oil Benefits: Induce Weight Loss, Reduce Stress and Save Your Life

Fish Oil Benefits: Induce Weight Loss, Reduce Stress and Save Your Life

Fish oil can be a lifesaver—literally! Research shows that the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil reduced the risk of death in patients who have experienced heart attacks. We hear the recommendations from our doctors, medical journals and blogs just like this one, but how many of us actually increase our intake of fish oils to improve our health? Whether you’re battling with the stress of a job, or something as serious as a cardiovascular disease, we break down how fish oil can help mitigate some major health problems.

How to Use Laughter as a Natural Medicine

How to Use Laughter as a Natural Medicine

Want to live longer? Laugh as much as you can—it could help. While it is said that laughter is the best medicine, we seem to forget this as we grow from children into adults. As adults, we laugh about 12 to 15 times a day, while children laugh about 300 to 500 times a day. Think about it, daily tickle time, hilarious cartoons, and not having a care in the world makes them happier human beings with amazingly low stress levels. As adults, we are faced with bills, work, and other responsibilities that leave us perpetually tense. There are various ways that laughter can combat not only stress, but other health conditions we may potentially face.