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The Health Digest-March 23, 2013

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Health News Recap of week of March 18-25, 2013


Here is what the health world is talking about:


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  1. Headaches can be cured by sex
  2. Coffee prevents heart disease and liver cancer
  3. Nocturia (night time need to urinate) causes 25% drop in productivity due to insomnia


Sex and headaches

A team of neurologists found that sexual activity can lead to “partial or complete relief” of head pain in some migraines.  No longer will the excuse “not tonight, dear I have a headache be applicable. It takes a lot of sex to prevent the problem, though.

According to the journal of the International Headache Society, it has been found that more than half of migraine sufferers who had sex during an episode experienced an improvement in symptoms. Not only that,

Dr Hiestand, PhD at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco.,  said that frequent sexual activity, helped cardiovascular health and eliminated stress. The anti-ageing benefits are amazing. ”The more sex people have, the more energetic, less depressed and more able to cope with life they are. It is the best stress relief. It helps women go through menopause easier because it balances hormone levels, and it increases libido.”


Recommended dosage:

Under age 25, you should aim for more than once a day and those between 25 and 30 at least once daily.Those between 30 and 40 should have sex at least four times a week, and anyone over 40 at least three time a week.


Coffee prevents Heart Disease and Liver damage

Dr. Gerasimos Siasos, MD, PhD, MSc, Department of Cardiology, Hippokration’ Hospital, Department of Biological Chemistry, University of Athens Medical School

Concluded that “Chronic coffee consumption is associated with improved endothelial function in elderly subjects, providing a new connection between nutrition and vascular health.” The endothelium is a layer of cells that lines blood vessels. It is believed that polyphenols and antioxidants  in coffee offer some protection against inflammation.

Coffee is also identified as a key player in protecting your liver and the prevention of liver cancer.

Recommended Dosage:

This study was done on boiled coffee but just as many were done on regular drip or press coffee

Health Canada says that we should drink no more than 300 mg per day to manage the potential negative effects of caffeine. (3 small cups)


Defined as the night time need to urinate causes 25% drop in productivity due to insomnia

European Association of Urology,  discovered that night-time trips to the bathroom affect productivity more than medical conditions such as asthma and lung disease do.

The assumption is that the waking causes a break in REM sleep and then falling back to sleep gets more difficult.  It may even contribute to anxiety about sleeplessness setting up a negative cycle.

Recommended dosage:

Drink your daily quota of at least a litre before lunch. Stop drinking by 3 pm

Have a high magnesium snack like oatmeal or dates or nuts

Practice good sleep hygiene such as turning off all gadgets, tvs and read to let the mind relax, dim lights and sounds one hour before bed

If it is a persistent problem, talk to your doctor or naturopath about melatonin supplements


Theresa Albert

Theresa Albert

As a Toronto Nutritionist, I love food, try to watch my weight, know more than I want to about healthy living (sometimes I wish I knew less so I wouldn’t feel so guilty when I stumble), am a daughter, sister, friend, mom and wife who worries and scurries the meals onto the table. It is for all these reasons that I completed my nutrition, RNCP designation, wrote my book, hosted my Food Network show, consult with food companies to urge them to get it right (or at least better), constantly write about it, research it, all of this so I can cut through the nutrition and food “news” clutter. Happy to share with friends!


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