Apple cider vinegar doesn’t shine your hair or rev your metabolism. Yoga is good exercise but not a miracle cure. Homeopathy is useless. On the other hand, light therapy can help seasonal depression. Alternative medicine is kind of a grab bag, and it can be tough to remember what’s what.
Our skin can turn 7-dehydrocholesterol into vitamin D with just a little help from sunshine. If you don’t get much sun, no biggie, you can also get vitamin D from your food. But you may be wondering—how much sunshine is enough?
We all need vitamins, but that doesn’t mean you need to take a vitamin. This week, science gave us another brick for the giant “vitamin pills are useless for most of us” sign that’s been under construction for a while. (It’s a metaphor, but I imagine it as something like the Hollywood sign, except nobody looks at it…
It seems everybody knows someone who knows someone who got scurvy in college. So there was this guy, they say, who ate nothing but ramen for a month. Or pizza, according to one report from a Lifehacker staffer. Or porridge, according to one long-running Scottish legend.
Today’s kids have MyPlate. When I was growing up, we learned the Food Pyramid. My parents categorized grub into four food groups. But look back a bit farther, and dietary advice gets a little weirder: in the early 1950s, there were seven food groups, and one was just for butter.
If a drug or supplement or treatment actually works, it will carry risks as well as benefits. That’s why FDA-approved drugs carry inserts listing their side effects, for example. But sketchy wellness treatments rarely have any such thing.
Ahh, fall. This is the season when we send our kids off to school with shiny new backpacks, and every year, they bring home the same thing: the first round of back-to-school colds. In our house, with a two-year-old intent on drooling on everyone he touches and a six-year-old still perfecting her personal hygiene…
Gwyneth Paltrow used to be best known as an actress, but in the last decade she’s built an even bigger reputation as a health guru. Her newsletter venture, Goop, peddles an enviable lifestyle—travel, fashion, anything that looks gorgeous in photographs—but with a central message of living a clean, healthy life.
Gwyneth Paltrow, champion of vaginal eggs, bad lube advice, and honestly too many misguided ideas to keep track of, is now selling vitamins that she says can treat an imaginary disease called “adrenal fatigue.”
Iron deficiency is the world’s most common nutritional disorder. As many as two billion people have anemia, mainly from not getting enough iron in their diet, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). So, other than eating more iron-rich foods, another good way to increase iron intake is to cook foods in a…
Vitamin D has been thought to help with arthritis, fight off depression, and even reduce cancer risk. But according to a recent, thorough examination of the available research, vitamin D is looking a lot less like the magic remedy some have claimed it to be.
We all swear by something that we know probably doesn’t work. Maybe it’s vitamin C when everyone at work has a cold, or #bootea while we diet, or compression socks while we run. “Even if it doesn’t work, what’s the harm?” we tell ourselves. The truth is, it’s not harmless, and we’re only fooling ourselves.
Now that fat is overcoming its bad reputation, it’s becoming trendy to add it to food and drinks for health reasons—whether that’s putting butter in your coffee for dubious benefits, or swapping “Lite” salad dressing for a drizzle of bacon grease. But when does adding fat make sense, and when is it a bad idea?
Maybe you like the taste of raw milk. (That’s more likely because it’s grass-fed than because it’s raw, but okay.) But if you’re chasing after health benefits in raw milk, think again.
Sellers of vitamin supplements are fond of saying that everybody is deficient in Vitamin D, and this means you. It seems like that would be an easy question to answer: just get a blood test and see whether your levels are low. Turns out it’s not that simple.
Diet tracking tools often include data about the vitamins and minerals you are (or aren’t) getting. While it’s fine to use that as motivation to eat a few extra veggies, you shouldn’t jump to the conclusion that you have a vitamin deficiency or need megadose supplements. Here’s why.
iOS/WP: Most nutrition trackers focus on giving you an easy way to track calories consumed towards a daily goal. Wholesome takes a different approach, and helps you make sure you're getting the vitamins and nutrients you need every day, and serves as a guide to what nutrients are in what foods.
Dear Lifehacker, I want to eat a healthy, balanced diet, but does that actually include a multivitamin? If I eat well, shouldn't I get the nutrients I need by default? I assume a multivitamin won't hurt me, but I don't want to bother if it isn't necessary. Should I take a daily multivitamin or not?
If you're looking to get more of a specific vitamin or mineral in your diet, or you're wondering what types of produce will help you get which types of nutrients (and what those nutrients are good for), this beautiful, color-coded chart breaks it down for you.
The essential vitamins your body needs can all be found in readily-available foods. This handy chart shows you which foods are rich in each vitamin, so you can plan your meals accordingly.