Category Archive for: ‘Nutrition’

Are You Living an Anti-Inflammatory Lifestyle?

Chronic inflammation feeds a smorgasbord of chronic diseases, including but not limited to the following: allergies, Alzheimer’s, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, cancer, COPD, Crohn’s, chronic fatigue, depression, diabetes, fibromyalgia, heart disease and stroke, migraines, high blood pressure, lupus, multiple sclerosis, obesity and osteoporosis. (Challem, 2003) While acute inflammation is the life-saving component of your immune system that initiates the body’s healing …

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Healthy News You Can Use

    Coffee Compounds Curtail Diabetes Risk Japanese researchers discovered that coffee polyphenols favorably influence blood sugar balance by increasing a hormone that reduces elevated blood sugar after a meal.   Yoshie Fujii, Noriko Osaki, Tadashi Hase and Akira Shimotoyodome.  “Ingestion of coffee polyphenols increases postprandial release of the active glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1(7–36)) amide in C57BL/6J mice.”  Journal of Nutritional …

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Is Your HEC In Check?

This week’s Blog was adapted from Mike Mutzel’s High Intensity Health and Jade Teta’s new book, Lose Weight Here (See References/Resources) HEC is the acronym for Hunger, Energy/Emotions and Cravings.  You can use these biofeedback signals to assess if your diet, exercise and lifestyle habits are balanced. If your HEC is in check, it’s a good indication that you are …

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Optimum Nutrition for Learning

Learning involves numerous biochemical processes along with lightning-fast nerve transmissions between synapses in the brain. These are influenced by nutrition, hydration, sleep, stress and exercise. Many students start their day at a nutritional disadvantage. In addition, as the day progresses, many eat a diet low in essential nutrients or consume foods filled with chemicals that have been shown to adversely …

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The “Sunshine” Vitamin

    Introduction Vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine vitamin”, was identified in the 17th century by Dr. Daniel Whistler and Professor Francis Glisson when they discovered the causative factors of rickets. Circa 1920, Sir Edward Mellanby, while working with dogs raised exclusively indoors, devised a diet that allowed him to unequivocally establish that rickets was caused by a …

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Are you Metabolically Flexible?

  Metabolic flexibility is the body’s ability to preferentially use fat or carbohydrate as fuel under specific conditions. It is an Essential Physiological process needed for health, weight loss or weight gain and Performance. Metabolic inflexibility occurs when the body has a limited capacity to switch from one fuel source to another (i.e. carbohydrates and fats). It has  been linked …

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What’s the Skinny on Fat?

Fat is probably the most feared and misunderstood macronutient. It has been erroneously associated with heart disease and conjures up images of going directly from the lips to the hips. These misconceptions are propagated by the notion that fat from foods is inherently fattening. It is not. Fat, like carbohydrates and protein, is a source of energy (calories). Calories are …

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Eat or Drink Your Pain Away

This week’s blog contains several  studies on medicinal food for pain. I hope you find it tasty (and helpful). Consumption of Dried Apple Peel Powder Increases Joint Function and Range of Motion The goal of this study was to evaluate the effects of consumption of dried apple peel powder (DAPP) on joint function and range of motion (ROM). Twelve healthy people …

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Carbohydrates: Are they really that bad for you?

A review of some of the most popular diet programs reveals that they fall along a continuum from “anti-carbohydrate” to “anti-fat.” Low carbohydrate diets have been a popular trend for many trying to lose weight, as well as athletes seeking to improve performance. The Standard American Diet (SAD) is typically comprised of 43-50% carbs. Diets focused on minimizing carbs, such …

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Coffee Power Nap

    While it may sound counter-intuitive, several studies have  found that drinking coffee and then taking a 20-minute power nap maximizes alertness and performance. Scientists have been evaluating coffee naps to see whether they are any better than just taking a nap or just drinking coffee (about 200 mg of caffeine) In one study,  tired participants took a 15-minute …

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