Myth or fact? Nutritionists weigh in on the #rawcarrotsalad trend

#Rawcarrotsalad has 8.6 million views on TikTok, with many users alleging that eating the salad daily has helped balance their hormones.

In particular, influencers and everyday users of the app are saying that one of the salad’s main health benefits is lowering levels of estrogen, a hormone linked to reproductive and sexual development, mostly in women.

“This has definitely become a staple in my diet for balancing the excess estrogen that can peak at different times in my cycle,” Paige Nicole, a TikToker, said in her videos about raw carrot salads.

Other users say they’ve also seen a change in liver and thyroid function. And some even attribute the veggie dish to their weight loss.

The many raw carrot salad recipes on the app typically include additives like olive oil and apple cider vinegar — two ingredients that have proven health benefits of their own.

But with anything that goes

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Facebook directly linked to decline in mental health, new study says

New research has found a direct link between Facebook use and a “worsening” in reports of anxiety and depression among college students.

The studypublished by the American Economic Review, discovered that in the first two and a half years of the platform’s existence, college students who had an account on the site were 7 percent more likely to suffer from depression, and 20% more likely to suffer from anxiety.

Facebook’s initial 2004 rollout was staggered, with Harvard students gaining access first, followed by Columbia, Stanford and Yale universities. Researchers utilized medical data from these campuses, comparing their mental health surveys with mental health surveys from college campuses without access to the platform.

While there have been hundreds of studies showing a correlation between social media use and a decline in mental health, researchers say that their unique methodology has allowed them to confirm the link.

The study, produced in

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How Healthy Diets Like the Mediterranean Diet Help Protect Brain Health

  • A new study finds that across different races and ethnicities, the metabolites from healthier diets may help protect brain health.
  • Diet is an important source of many metabolites, which can be markers of various aspects of our health.
  • Past research has found that certain metabolites — including lipids, amino acids, and steroids — are linked with cognitive decline and dementia.

New research from investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital has further confirmed what is already known about the link between diet and cognition — that what we eat can impact our brain health.

Metabolites from healthier diets, such as the Mediterranean diet, were associated with stronger cognitive function while metabolites from diets higher in sugar were associated with poorer cognitive function, according to the report, which was published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia onFriday.

The researchers also demonstrated that these findings can be generalized to different races and ethnicities.


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How Your Muscles Affect Your Mental Health

You’re probably underestimating your muscles. In fact, almost everyone does. While everyone knows, for instance, that muscles are important for functions—activities such as walking, climbing, and lifting—few appreciate just how important muscles are for feeling.

If you haven’t noticed this mood-muscle connection yourself, take heart; it is only a recent discovery. Surprisingly, the entire scientific community remained in the dark until approximately 2003 (1) when a team of Copenhagen-based researchers reported a remarkable discovery: Muscles at work secrete tiny chemical messengers called myokines that exert powerful effects on organ function, including brain function ( 2).

Through the actions of myokines, muscle tissue communicates directly with the brain about its activity, triggering a cascade of biological responses that improve memory, learning, and mood (see Figure 1 below). This newly discovered mechanism implies that a person engaging in physical activities that build and maintain healthy muscle tissue can expect to

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