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Plant based diet study debunks eating for your blood type for weight loss, health

You may have read that it's important to eat certain foods based on your blood type. Depending on whether your blood type is O, A, B or AB, proponents of the blood type diet say there are foods to eat and foods to avoid for optimal health and a longer life.  Can eating certain foods based on blood type really help you live longer? The blood type diet was first introduced in 1996 by a naturopathic physician, Peter D'Adamo who alleges that even the spices you put on your food could contribute to better health and should be individualized for your specific blood type.  The theory is that certain foods and even the type of exercise you do should be individualized.  For instance, if you have type O blood you should eat plenty of meat and fish protein, vegetables and fruits but stay away from legumes - at least so the dietary guidelines say.  Recommendations for weight loss include avoiding dairy, corn and wheat and filling up on red meat, broccoli, spinach and olive oil.  Type A ind

Your pee contains thousands of metabolites that can diagnose serious diseases

Secrets of what's in our urine revealed Image credit Wikimedia Commons Urine has more compounds than previously known Now researchers know more about your pee than ever before.  University of Alberta scientists say they have uncovered the chemical composition of human urine, finding there are more than 3,000 metabolites. The finding means new ways to discover what’s going on in the environment and in our bodies. David Wishart, the senior scientist for investigation said in a press release, "Urine is an incredibly complex biofluid. We had no idea there could be so many different compounds going into our toilets.” He adds, "Most medical textbooks only list 50 to 100 chemicals in urine, and most common clinical urine tests only measure six to seven compounds.” Expanding our knowledge of what we metabolize in our urine means faster, more inexpensive, less invasive and painless ways to test for a variety of diseases. For their study, the research

Every minute of brisk exercise counts for fighting obesity

Less than 10 minutes of brisk exercise is enough to fight obesity, researchers say. Findings published in the American Journal of Health Promotion show taking the stairs, jumping rope or going for a brisk walk can have a "significant" impact on helping us maintain a healthy weight and promoting cardiovascular health. According to the study authors, every minute of brisk exercise counts when it comes to maintaining a healthy body mass index (BMI).  University of Utah investigator for the study, Jessie X. Fan, PhD said in a press release: "W hen it comes to maintaining a healthy weight, every little bit of exercise counts, as long as it’s of reasonable intensity..." Fan explained that even one-minute of brisk activity can help keep weight in check, which is an important note for helping us maintain weight loss . Current guidelines recommend 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise a week, but busy schedules often make it impossible to reach t