January 06, 2016
The thyroid gland is important for many reasons. For instance, it helps your body effectively use energy so you’re not tired all the time, it keeps your brain and other organs functioning at optimal levels, and it even helps regulate your body temperature. That’s why doctors sometimes test its function if there is the potential for problems in any of these areas. Fortunately, determining whether your thyroid is overactive (hyperthyroidism), underactive (hypothyroidism), or working just fine can be done with a simple blood test to determine your various thyroid hormone levels. The specific hormones assessed in these tests are...
November 08, 2015
If you like your lager and ales, then you might notice that your midsection isn’t as thin as it could be. Even if you don’t have a “beer belly” per se, it’s likely that you are carrying around some extra weight as a result of your drinking habits, making you wonder why beer makes you fat. For starters, there are calories in beer. In fact, one can of regular beer can contain anywhere from 120 to 160 calories or more (especially if you prefer stouts). Even most light beers come in between 60 and 110 calories apiece, so if...
August 19, 2014
When you’re trying to lose weight, what is the one food group that you automatically work to cut out of your diet? Fat, right? And, what happens when you do? You struggle. If you’re like most people, you find it very hard to stay away from foods that contain a lot of this particular substance. However, you may be glad to know that it has not as much to do with your willpower as you may think, and everything to do with biology. Why Humans Love Fat First and foremost, you can blame your genes for some of your...