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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

Could stress cause obesity?

Stress hormone linked to obesity  Researchers from the University of London suggest  long-term stress could be contributing to obesity. The finding means there may be a way to treat obesity by targeting the stress hormone cortisol. The paper, published in the journal Obesity, looked at the role of the stress hormone cortisol that is released in response to feeling anxious. Researchers found people with high levels of the hormone tended to have thicker waistlines and higher body mass index (BMI). Cortisol plays a role in where fat is stored and can be measured in hair samples. Lowering stress could help weight loss Dr Sarah Jackson (UCL Epidemiology and Public Health) who led the research explained in a media release: "Hair cortisol is a relatively new measure which offers a suitable and easily obtainable method for assessing chronically high levels of cortisol concentrations in weight research and may therefore aid in further advancing understan

Self guided positive imagery an easy cost effective way to boost happiness

Teach yourself positive imagery for a happiness boos There is no doubt that happiness is elusive and sometimes seems unattainable. What if a simple thing like training yourself to be happy using imagery actually worked? Imagery changes brain function for happiness Researchers say it is entirely possible to be happy by changing the way your brain functions. The technique uses a self-guided approach that you can do at home. It is even a powerful tool for treating PTSD naturally, without drugs and sans a trip to the therapist. Dr Svetla Velikova of Smartbrain in Norway said in a media release: "Imagery techniques are often used in cognitive psychotherapy to help patients modify disturbing mental images and overcome negative emotions." Positive imagery changes brain connections Velikova  explains reliving negative images in our mind causes anxiety, but  we can transform the brain through positive imagery that focuses on future goals and events.