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Medical Notes: What You Should Know Before Quitting Birth Control, the Benefits of Red Cabbage Juice, and Are You Eating Too Much Protein?

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What you need to know before quitting birth control

The side effects of stopping contraception can range from heavy bleeding, dizziness, mood changes, or bloating. Luckily, Dr. Stacy Sun, a gynecologist, says they usually fade quickly. She also notes that you can get off your birth control at any time. If you were on the pill, patch, or ring, your natural cycle should resume within three months, or up to six months after removing an IUD. (University of Rochester)

Protein is an essential nutrient, but are you eating too much of it?

A new study in Nature Metabolism reveals that consuming too much protein triggers cellular signals that negatively affect cardiovascular and metabolic health. Scientists have discovered that getting more than 22 percent of your daily calories from protein can prompt these effects. They recommend that normal adults consume 60 to 90 grams of protein per day to support health. (University of Missouri)

Why you should be juicing your produce

Nearly 3 million Americans have inflammatory bowel disease, which is chronic inflammation in the digestive tract. If untreated, this condition can increase the risk of death. Thankfully, red cabbage juice may be a good treatment option, according to new research in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences. The juice alters the composition of the gut microbiome by increasing the number of good bacteria. These changes improve the gut barrier function, enhance colon repair, and reduce inflammation. (University of Missouri)

Why are we always blinking?

It’s been believed that we blink to keep our eyes moist, but new research shows there’s more to the action than we thought. Humans spend up to eight percent of our waking time with our eyes closed due to blinking. Oddly, this time in the dark gives our minds a better picture of our surroundings. Blinking alters light patterns, which improves our visual processing, according to findings in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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