Eating More Protein Helps Keep Fat Off

Posted on November 24, 2008. Filed under: weightloss | Tags: , , , , , , , |

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An Australian study into diets that help to move fat deposits or keep fat off altogether has found that eating higher protein meals helps to burn fat more efficiently, especially for those who are already overweight or obese.

“Study participants were put on two protein-enriched meals and one standard meal, which all contained the same number of kilojoules. The two protein-enriched meals differed in the type of carbohydrate they contained – either high- or low-GI. The amount of kilojoules subjects burnt was then measured.

The high-protein meals led to the greatest level of fat oxidation. This plan included a cheese and tomato omelette for breakfast, and a beef, chutney and salad sandwich, with a tub of low-fat yoghurt, for lunch.

“We found a clear relationship between body composition and the effect of dietary protein on fat oxidation. Our bodies burn energy and use fat differently, and we need to take this into account when planning our diets,’ said Dr. Batterman who works at the Smart Foods Centre at the University of Wollongong.” Medical News Today

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Your Waistline Could Double Your Risk of Premature Death

Posted on November 17, 2008. Filed under: health, weightloss, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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This news item at Medical News Today says it all:

Large Waist Nearly Doubles Death Risk:

“The researchers wrote that previous studies relied heavily on BMI (body mass index, a person’s weight in kilos divided by the square of their height in metres) to assess the link between body fat (adiposity) and risk of death, but not many had looked into the effect of how the body fat is distributed.

For the study the researchers used data from 359,387 participants from 9 countries that were taking part in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC), one of the largest long-term prospective studies in the world. The average age of the participants when data were first collected was 51.5 years, and 65.4 per cent were women.

Using a statistical tool called Cox regression analysis the investigators looked for links between BMI, waist circumference, and waist-to-hip ratio with risk of death, while taking into account other factors like age, location, education, smoking, alcohol, exercise and height.

The results showed that:

  • 14,723 of the participants died over a mean follow up period of 9.7 years.
  • Participants with a high BMI, compared with those in the medium range, were more likely to die from cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
  • Participants with a low BMI were more likely to die from respiratory diseases.
  • BMI of 25.3 for men and 24.3 for women was linked to the lowest risk of death.
  • After adjusting for BMI, waist circumference and waist-to-hip ratio were strongly linked to risk of death.
  • The 20 per cent of participants with the largest waist circumferences (the top quintile) had waistlines measuring more than 120 cm or 47.2 in for men and more than 100 cm or 39.4 in for women.
  • The 20 per cent with the smallest waist circumferences (the bottom quintile) had waists smaller than 80 cm or 31.5 in for men and less than 65 cm or 25.6 in for women.
  • For every 5 cm increase in waist circumference the risk of death went up by 17 per cent in men and 13 per cent in women.
  • Comparing the top quintile for men had a relative risk of death of 2.05 (95 per cent confidence interval(CI) of 1.80 to 2.33) and for women this figure was 1.78 (95 per cent CI 1.56 to 2.04).
  • For waist to hip ratio the top to bottom quintile relative risks were 1.68 (95 per cent CI 1.53 to 1.84) for men and 1.51 (95 per cent CI 1.37 to 1.66) for women.

The results also supported earlier findings that BMI is strongly linked to risk of death in that, as the authors explained:

“BMI remained significantly associated with the risk of death in models that included waist circumference or waist-to-hip ratio (P<0.001).”

They conclude that these findings:

“Suggest that both general adiposity and abdominal adiposity are associated with the risk of death and support the use of waist circumference or waist -to-hip ratio in addition to BMI in assessing the risk of death.”

In a separate statement, the team from Imperial College London wrote that the study provides strong evidence that:

“Storing excess fat around the waist poses a significant health risk, even in people not considered to be overweight or obese.”

They said doctors should measure waistlines and hips as well as BMI when doing routine health checks.

The researchers found that waist to hip ratios varied widely among different countries in Europe.

They suggested that the reason increased waistlines are linked to higher risk of death could be that fatty tissue in the abdomen secretes cytokines, hormones and chemicals that are known to increase the risk of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases and cancer.

The lead author of the study, Dr Tobias Pischon, a Private Docent at the German Institute of Human Nutrition in Potsdam-Rehbrücke, explained that:

“Abdominal fat is not only a mere energy depot, but it also releases messenger substances that can contribute to the development of chronic diseases. This may be the reason for the link.”

The European coordinator of EPIC, professor Elio Riboli, from the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at Imperial College London, said:

“Although smaller studies have suggested a link between mortality and waist size, we were surprised to see the waist size having such a powerful effect on people’s health and premature death.”

“Our study shows that accumulating excess fat around your middle can put your health at risk even if your weight is normal based on body mass index scores,” he added.

Riboli said that apart from smoking and drinking there are few other individual characteristics that can increase a person’s likelihood of early death.

Although the study did not look into why some people have larger waistlines the researchers suggested this was mainly due to genetic factors, physically inactive lifestyles and poor diets.

Riboli said:

“The good news is that you don’t need to take an expensive test and wait ages for the result to assess this aspect of your health – it costs virtually nothing to measure your waist and hip size.”

He said if you have a large waist you should exercise every day, avoid drinking too much alcohol and improve your diet.

“This could make a huge difference in reducing your risk of an early death,” he added.”

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ALS Could Be Linked to Diet Soda, Aspartame and Formaldehyde

Posted on October 3, 2008. Filed under: health, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , , , , |

The next time you drink or eat something with “Diet” in the name think again! I have spent many years telling my clients about the dangers of using aspartame and other chemical sugars even showing the research that proves that they can cause diabetes and weight gain. There is nothing diet about them and they are really quite dangerous.

Anything that increases your exposure to chemicals like formaldehyde is going to affect your body in ways that become dangerous over time. Take a look at this research and the list of products that are mentioned including: diet drinks, aspartame, cigarettes, pesticides, glues, cosmetics, shampoo, and particle board.

Another piece of research I have seen recently about ALS which is becoming more prevalent is the research into glutathione and its very probably positive influence in managing this (so far) incurable disease. (See: ALS Options and Springerlink).

ALS or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrigs disease) has been linked to exposure to formaldehyde found in Diet Soda, Aspartame, chicken and other products.

ALS is a disease of the nervous system that progressively causes damage to the brain and spinal cord. Patients eventually lose control of their muscles and become paralysed.

“The researchers found that 617 men and 539 women died of ALS during the study period. Only those who reported exposure to formaldehyde had a higher risk — 34 percent higher — of developing ALS.

Formaldehyde is used in the manufacture of a variety of products, including particle board, clothing, glues, cosmetics and shampoo. People who work in medical facilities and mortuaries may also encounter it on the job.

The pungent chemical has already been linked to higher rates of lung cancer and leukemia. It was not declared a probable human carcinogen at high exposure levels by the Environmental Protection Agency until 1987.

Those who reported more than 10 years of exposure to formaldehyde were almost four times more likely to develop ALS…

Researchers have considered pesticides to be a possible cause of ALS, but formaldehyde hasn’t been raised as a villain before, Weisskopf said. It’s not clear how it might be linked to development of the disease, but Weisskopf said it could set off brain damage by increasing the “stress” caused by oxygen.

SOURCES: Marc Weisskopf, Ph.D., assistant professor, epidemiology and environmental health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston; Catherine Lomen-Hoerth, M.D., Ph.D., director, ALS Center, University of California, San Francisco; April 16, 2008, presentation, American Academy of Neurology annual meeting, Chicago

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“Nearly 25% of beauticians reported that they were exposed to formaldehyde.

Pharmacists, morticians, radio/lab technicians, dentists, firemen, photographers, printers, doctors, and nurses also reported high rates of formaldehyde exposure. Individuals in these high-exposure jobs had a 28% greater risk for ALS.”

“There are several possible mechanisms for formaldehyde neurotoxicity, said Dr. Weisskopf.

“…other factors that might contribute to ALS were controlled for, including sex, smoking status, military service, level of education, alcohol intake, occupation, vitamin E supplement use, and exposure to other chemicals.” Articles of Health

http://www.neurologyreviews.com/08june/FormaldehydeALS.html

If these products can have this affect on your cells what else can they do?

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The Evolution of Food and Fitness

Posted on August 11, 2008. Filed under: health | Tags: , , , , , , , |

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Over the years the ‘right’ path to health and fitness has been governed just as much by adaptation to our environment as our evolution has. We have adapted to new knowledge, availability, technology and more in our minds, bodies and diets and this course of action hasn’t necessarily been in our best interests as we have found; that just because it is available at this time of year (our of season) a food is not really at its nutritious best, an exercise program is not necessarily better for us than another, and just because a vitamin comes in pill form does not necessarily make it more efficient for our body to metabolise.

In fact many of our ‘new ways’ or evolutionary behaviours have resulted in more poor health, less activity and things like soil depletion which robs our food of its nutritious goodness necessitating that we get our vitamins and minerals from pills which are harder for our body to absorb and utilise.

This incisive post by Letha Hedady tells the story so well: “Food, fitness and the Environment.”

What do we need to do about this, use more whole food sources of your nutrition, this may be a whole food supplement as our grown foods do not contain all the nutrition we need any more as our soils across the world are so depleted. So look for a Superfood that has been grown organically and in optimum conditions to add to your diet and ditch most of the pills you have in your cupboard. The only pills I truly recommend are Fish Oil, as they can be a mercury free way of getting the all important Omega 3 fatty acids into your diet.

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Minerals Foundation for Health

Posted on July 31, 2008. Filed under: health, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , |

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A Biochemist I know told me last year that without minerals we cannot process or synthesise vitamins from food, and as the basis for many of the cellular chemical processes minerals are needed for all health. Now that sounds great and we get lots of minerals from our food, don’t we.

Don’t be so sure. Here in Australia and also in New Zealand, the US and many other countries farmers have been relying on phosphate fertilisers for many years and our soils are now very depleted of many essential minerals and trace elements.

The best summary of this problem is by Dr. William A. Albrecht, Chairman of the Department of Soils at the University of Missouri, who said:

A declining soil fertility, due to a lack of organic material, major elements, and trace minerals, is responsible for poor crops and in turn for pathological conditions in animals fed deficient foods from such soils, and that mankind is no exception.”

Dr Albrecht goes further to unequivocally lay the blame:

NPK formulas, as legislated and enforced by State Departments of Agriculture, mean malnutrition, attack by insects, bacteria and fungi, weed takeover, crop loss in dry weather, and general loss of mental acuity in the population, leading to degenerative metabolic disease and early death.”

This warning to the American people in Senate Document No 246, says it all”Our physical well-being is more directly dependent upon minerals we take into our systems than upon calories or vitamins, or upon precise proportions of starch, protein or carbohydrates we consume.

Do you know that most of us today are suffering from certain dangerous diet deficiencies which cannot be remedied until depleted soils from which our food comes are brought into proper mineral balance?

The alarming fact is that foods (fruits, vegetables and grains) now being raised on millions of acres of land that no longer contain enough of certain minerals are starving us – no matter how much of them we eat. No man of today can eat enough fruits and vegetables to supply his system with the minerals he requires for perfect health because his stomach isn’t big enough to hold them.

The truth is that our foods vary enormously in value, and some of them aren’t worth eating as food… Our physical well-being is more directly dependent upon the minerals we take into our systems than upon calories or vitamins or upon the precise proportions of starch, protein or carbohydrates we consume.”

Here in Australia things are no better with Australian doctor Igor Talbizion, a Perth doctor who lectures on the subject of nutrition all around the world (Fellow of ACNEM) states about selenium in our soils:
“Selenium deficiency is very well hidden from doctors and the general population. Any one mentioning it is immediately eye suspiciously rather like an alien abductee would be. Selenium? Oh that conspiracy again! Funnily enough, all the farmers know about it (I guess they couldn’t kill all of them off now could they?) So do the Agriculture department and the dieticians and the nutritionists and even some pharmacists.” I Talbrizion

So what are we to do? Finding a good quality mineral product on the market is not easy, however they can be sourced and it is worth putting the whole family on it, even the children. Minerals can change your life for the better in so many ways.

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Pour Me A Little More of That Red Wine; It’s Good For Me!

Posted on July 3, 2008. Filed under: health, wellbeing | Tags: , , , |

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For years we have been hearing about how good Red Wine is for us and lucky for me I am only sensitive to white wine (it gives me headaches), so the lastest news will justify my having a little more on occasion ;).

Actually I don’t drink that much, but I have to tell you my Gran does, she is now 87 and she has decided that she has to have at least one glass of red a day. She says that at her age it isn’t like she’s going to be driving and it’s good for her.  One glass for lunch and one with dinner and lately I am sure the bottle has been going down a lot quicker than it should 🙂 So perhaps they’re extra big glasses.

According to the research it could be why my Gran has lived so long and still has most of her cognitive powers?! Here’s some of the research information:

“Earlier studies showed that reducing calorie intake by 30%, or eating a nutritious diet every other day, can delay the onset of age-related diseases, improve stress resistance, and decelerate functional decline, the researchers said. Although dietary restriction has beneficial effects in humans, such a diet is unlikely to be widely adopted and would pose a significant risk to the frail, critically ill, or the elderly.

Therefore, the researchers are on a quest for “dietary restriction mimetic” compounds that provide some of the benefits without cutting calories. One contender has been compounds like resversatrol that activate SIRT1, a protein linked to long life in many species, from yeast to mammals.

Resveratrol produced changes in the gene expression profiles of key metabolic tissues, including liver and muscle, that closely resemble those induced by dietary restriction, they report. Overall, the animals’ health improved under all dietary conditions, as reflected by a reduction of osteoporosis, cataracts, vascular dysfunction, and declines in motor coordination. However, the mice lived longer only when they were fed a high-calorie diet, consistent with earlier reports.

” In conclusion, long-term resveratrol treatment of mice can mimic transcriptional changes induced by dietary restriction and allow them to live healthier, more vigorous lives,” they wrote. “In addition to improving insulin sensitivity and increasing survival in [high-calorie fed] mice, we show that resveratrol improves cardiovascular function, bone density, and motor coordination, and delays cataracts, even in nonobese rodents. Together, these findings confirm the feasibility of finding an orally available dietary restriction mimetic.”

Resveratrol treatment is already being tested in clinical trials for type II diabetes, the researchers noted, and more potent molecules with effects similar to resveratrol are also under development.” Physorg

Now this doesn’t mean guzzle it like my Gran! It does mean though you don’t have to feel guilty any more, it’s good for you!

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Vitamin D for Brain Function We Now Need More Sun

Posted on April 23, 2008. Filed under: health, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Now I know I am going to get a little controversial here but we have been told for years to cover up in the sun, yet now we are all suffering from Vitamin D deficiency. Perhaps it is time to realise that we need to have balance in all things, even sun exposure.

Even just a half hour per day in the morning sun before 10am and a half hour after 4pm every day can give us back some of our much needed Vitamin D. Take a look at what this article I have quoted from Physorg.com has to say about the important of Vitamin D to our health and our children’s health and brain power.

I have included some more interesting links for you at the bottom of this post.

Drs. McCann and Ames deftly show that while vitamin D has an important role in the development and function of the brain, its exact effects on behavior remain unclear. Pointing to the need for further study, the authors argue for vitamin D supplementation in groups at risk. Vitamin D has long been known to promote healthy bones by regulating calcium levels in the body. Lack of sufficient vitamin D in very young children results in rickets, which can be easily prevented by vitamin D supplements. Only recently the scientific community has become aware of a much broader role for vitamin D. For example, we now know that, in addition to its role in maintaining bone health, vitamin D is involved in differentiation of tissues during development and in proper functioning of the immune system. In fact, over 900 different genes are now known to be able to bind the vitamin D receptor, through which vitamin D mediates its effects. In addition to protecting against rickets, evidence now strongly indicates that a plentiful supply of vitamin D helps to protect against bone fractures in the elderly. Evidence also continues to accumulate suggesting a beneficial role for vitamin D in protecting against autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis and type I diabetes, as well as some forms of cancer, particularly colorectal and breast.

Vitamin D is present in only a few foods (e.g., fatty fish), and is also added to fortified milk, but our supply typically comes mostly from exposure to ultraviolet rays (UV) in sunlight. UV from the sun converts a biochemical in the skin to vitamin D, which is then metabolized to calcitriol, its active form and an important hormone. Formation of vitamin D by UV can be 6 times more efficient in light skin than dark skin, which is an important cause of the known widespread vitamin D deficiency among African Americans living in northern latitudes.” (Physorg.com)

Vitamin D Lowers Diabetes Risk

Sun May Lower Risk of Endometrial Cancer

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