Could Probiotics Lower High Blood Pressure?

If you’re trying to keep your blood pressure under control, having a daily carton of yogurt or other foods filled with probiotics could help, a new study finds. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria in fermented foods, like yogurt and some cheeses, that research has shown can improve digestive health, help the body fight off some infections, maybe even boost brain health. Studies have also indicated that these helpful microbes seem to lower blood pressure. Australian researchers, who looked at nine of …

Sugar as Face Scrub? Yes! Plus More Kitchen Beauty Tips

Did you know there are products just sitting on your kitchen shelves and waiting to be used for more than sweetening your tea or making lemonade? I went nosing around in my kitchen recently to see what I could use for better health and beauty. Here are a few of my favorite homemade health and beauty aids. None has artificial ingredients or chemicals. They’re good for you and good for the environment. 1. Facial and Body Scrub: Exfoliating is one …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1.  Antler makeovers are saving the lives of reindeer in Finland. (Learn more at NBC News) 2. Eating yogurt and avoiding fatty or sugary snacks could cut a diabetes risk nearly in half. (Learn more at AARP) 3. When man and his canine best friend hear emotion in a voice, they respond in similar ways. (Learn more at Daily Mail) 4. Joe Newman is vying to become the oldest U.S. congressman by more than a …

Best Yogurts to Ward Off Diabetes

It sounds so simple: Eat a couple of low-fat yogurts every week and this could reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 28 percent, a new British study finds. And if you also swap out one sugary dessert or fatty snack for an additional container of yogurt, you’ll cut your risk by a whopping 47 percent! Obviously, that’s not all it takes to ward off diabetes. Exercising, not smoking, and eating other healthy foods are important as well …

The Probiotic Effect: Sexy, Slim Mice, Healthier Humans

Maybe we all should be stocking up on yogurt. Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) studying probiotics and obesity found that mice who were fed vanilla yogurt were not only slimmer with silkier, shinier fur (the sleek little guy on the left in the photo), they were also more fertile. The male mice had bigger testicles and more attitude – “swagger,” was how the MIT scientists described it — and the females gave birth to bigger litters and were better …