Three square meals a day used to be the definition of healthy eating. But no more. New research shows that skipping meals here and there turns on longevity genes and can lead to a longer and healthier life.
Studies in animals have shown that drastically restricting calories or fasting extends lifespan and improves age-related diseases. But it wasn’t clear whether people could achieve the same results.
After all, fasting on a long-term basis or restricting calories over a period of years would be a difficult lifestyle for most people to maintain. (more…)
Weight loss? Check. Antibacterial? Check. Liver Protection? Check. Is there anything ginger can’t do?
As we approach spring, marketing madness will of course strip us of our sensibility and convince us that now is the time for change. A new year; a new you. Weight loss fads and a detox in the box is just what the doctor ordered, isn’t it? “Come one, come all; choose your potion, swallow your pill, take your natural products to prevent you from getting ill.” Plus, as the bitter face chilling cold of the Great White North begins to etch at our bones, our deepening desire to stay warm, active, and support our immune system (and sanity) becomes ever apparent. We turn to our natural health care providers (Television and Google) in hopes of gaining calm within a storm of confusion. Is it the carrot diet, bread and water diet, the one meat only diet, or the no diet? Maybe it’s the “see food” or “no food” diet. I just want to know what ever happened to my number one, simple, inexpensive, unbelievably reliable and scientifically validated herb that I, along with rest of the world pretty much used to use for everything.
One of the biggest questions I get about coconut oil is, “how do I eat it and what does it do?” And “why didn’t it do that for me?” You want to lose weight, cut fat, have energy and stomp all over the world daily. You want to break down cubicles and smash stop signs at will. You’ve heard Coconut Oil can help you do this, but you’ve tried it, and it didn’t seem to work. Or your friend tried it and said it didn’t work. Or you just have no clue what’s happening with it and suspect it’s just another fad.
I wrote this to clear the air for you.
What I want to do with this article is discuss exactly how I eat it and why it probably works the way it does for me (and why it can fail someone). This is divided up into the theory of what is likely causing it to be a success or failure for weight loss and improved mental clarity, as well as how to ingest and what to expect. Coconut oil is the only real diet hack I know of. This stuff can give you literal wings. (more…)
Curcumin is a compound found in the spice turmeric which gives it a natural pigment. It has been linked to a range of health benefits, and now researchers have found it helps mitigate metabolic and oxidative alterations caused by hormone deprivation in events such as menopause.
Intake of curcumin at ‘physiologically attainable’ doses have recently been reported to slow the development of many disease including cancer. It even outperforms pharmaceuticals without side effects.
Previous research in the European Journal of Nutrition suggests that curcumin may be useful for the treatment and prevention of obesity-related chronic diseases, as the interactions of curcumin with several signal transduction pathways — the process by which biological functions are recognized — also reverse insulin resistance, hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, and other inflammatory symptoms associated with obesity and metabolic disorders.
Researchers from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul published a report in the Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity journal that outlines how curcumin may reverse aging symptoms, such as bone loss and weight gain, associated with post-menopausal animals and humans.
It’s raw, organic, and unfiltered; Apple Cider Vinegar is going to be your ultimate favourite here on, because of a multitude of reasons, weight loss being just one of them.
Yes, this magical new fluid in town will make you shed those extra kilos. Picture courtesy: suarappti.blogspot.in.
Rightly touted as the new ‘super fluid’ that has become an obsession with millions, Apple Cider Vinegar, popularly called ACV, is a quick way to an effective energy rake-up. A miracle product that can be used in a large number of ways, ACV can possibly do everything from lowering your cholesterol to helping you shed weight to even polishing your furniture.
It prevents cardiovascular disease, cancer and hypertension, but researchers have now found that fish oil also transforms fat-storage cells into fat-burning cells, which may reduce weight gain in middle age.
Good sources of fish oil are mackerel, sardines, oysters, and salmon. Keep in mind that many fish sources high in omega-3 such as tuna and swordfish also contain high amounts of mercury and thus their consumpion should be limited.
Fat tissues don’t all store fat. So-called “white” cells store fat in order to maintain energy supply, while “brown” cells metabolize fat to maintain a stable body temperature. Brown cells are abundant in babies but decrease in number with maturity into adulthood.
A third type of fat cell — “beige” cells — have recently been found in humans and mice, and have shown to function much like brown cells. Beige cells also reduce in number as people approach middle age; without these metabolizing cells, fat continues accumulating for decades without ever being used.
We know fish oil can prevent inflammation in fat cells which can lead to insulin resistance and, ultimately, type 2 diabetes.
Scientists investigated whether the number of these beige cells could be increased by taking in certain types of foods.
“We knew from previous research that fish oil has tremendous health benefits, including the prevention of fat accumulation,” says senior author Teruo Kawada. “We tested whether fish oil and an increase in beige cells could be related.”
The team fed a group of mice fatty food, and other groups fatty food with fish oil additives. The mice that ate food with fish oil, they found, gained 5-10% less weight and 15-25% less fat compared to those that did not consume the oil.
They also found that beige cells formed from white fat cells when the sympathetic nervous system was activated, meaning that certain fat-storage cells acquired the ability to metabolize.
“People have long said that food from Japan and the Mediterranean contribute to longevity, but why these cuisines are beneficial was up for debate,” adds Kawada. “Now we have better insight into why that may be.”