Health and Wellness Quick Tips

Posted 06/10/2015 | By HealthCorps

Caramel color, a popular ingredient in sodas and other drinks may pose a cancer risk to consumers.  A February 18th study in PLOS One looked at several studies and health reports regarding consumption of sodas containing this ingredient and found that a significant number of kids as young as six years old, already consume soda daily.  Knowing that the caramel ingredient is common in these soft drinks should compel manufacturers to limit or lower use, in an effort to reduce consumer exposure.

Babies fed only breast milk in the first several months of life may have a “primed” gut microbe profile that allows them to handle the introduction of solid foods more easily.  The February 5th Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology study found that a baby’s diet in the first few months of life dramatically influences the composition, diversity and stability of the gut microbes.  This study further supports the World Health Organization recommendation to breast feed exclusively for the first six months of a baby’s life.

Studies now show that light jogging or yoga can help offset risk of a stroke. The Copenhagen Heart Study showcased the positive health influences of light exercise like jogging, and a separate study out of Harvard University and Erasmus MC in the Netherlands showed the influences of yoga on BMI and cholesterol levels. It should be noted that other milder forms of exercise like biking and brisk walking also showed these benefits.  (Source: J. Am Coll Cardiol 2015;6515}:411-419, Eur J Prevent Cardiol doi; 10:1177/2047487314562741)

-Amy Hendel, PA/HealthCoach

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