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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

Five crazy fast facts for coffee lovers

It’s no secret that most of us love our coffee. The internet is loaded with funny memes about our morning cup of Java that are widely shared; for good reason. Here are five crazy fast facts about coffee that most people never knew.  Coffee is good for digestion (we knew that), but it seems to stimulate the bowels in ways unknown. Researchers have found that even without the caffeine, a cup of brew stimulated muscle movement in the intestine in rat studies.  It seems the researchers were interested in finding a simple way to help patients who have had surgery. Having a bowel movement after surgery is sometimes difficult and can lead to complications and prolonged hospital stays from paralytic ileus.  Scientists were able to discover that coffee lowers bacteria counts in the gut in addition to their finding that the morning brew stimulates intestinal contraction, regardless of the caffeine content in the coffee.  Those findings were presented last year at Digestive Week ®  "When rat