Skip Meals To Live Longer And Lose Weight

Skip Meals To Live Longer And Lose Weight

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…)

The Daily Dozen: Foods that you should eat every day

Every day, you should aim to have the recommended number of servings from each section of what I call my Daily Dozen:

1 Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, spring greens, radishes, turnip tops, watercress

One serving a day: A serving is half a cup chopped or quarter of a cup of broccoli or brussels sprouts.

2 Greens including spring greens, kale, young salad greens, sorrel, spinach, swiss chard

Two servings a day: A serving is one cup raw or half a cup cooked.

3 Other vegetables: Asparagus, beetroot, peppers, carrots, corn, courgettes, garlic, mushrooms, okra, onions, pumpkin, sugar snap peas, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes

Dr Greger recommends two serving a day from veg like beetroot - from his 'Daily Dozen'

Dr Greger recommends two serving a day from veg like beetroot – from his ‘Daily Dozen’

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Stop Blaming Your Genes – You Are In Control of You

There is a chronic anxiety among populations who focus on the diseases acquired by their genetic line. Many define the potential of their own health based on what happened to their father and mother. Although a great deal of who we are appears to have been written in our genes, our actual health potential is more determined by our lifestyle, what we consume, our environment but more than anything else, what we think.

Every thought creates a physiological response in the body, or in other words, every thought we think produces a physical reality. Esoteric and spiritual teachers have known for ages that our body is programmable by language, words and thought. This has now been scientifically proven and explained.

Studies at the world-leading Minnesota Center for Twin and Family suggest that many of our traits are more than 50% inherited, including obedience to authority, vulnerability to stress, and risk-seeking. Researchers have even suggested that when it comes to issues such as religion and politics, our choices are much more determined by our genes than we think.

Many find this disturbing. The idea that unconscious biological forces drive our beliefs and actions would seem to pose a real threat to our free will. We like to think that we make choices on the basis of our own conscious deliberations. But isn’t all that thinking things over irrelevant if our final decision was already written in our genetic code? And doesn’t the whole edifice of personal responsibility collapse if we accept that “my genes made me do it”?

Genes are only part of our health story, explains Jeffrey S. Bland, PhD, FACN, FACB, author of the book, Genetic Nutritioneering: How You Can Modify Inherited Traits and Live a Longer, Healthier Life. The propensity for certain health conditions that you inherit from your family is not, by a long shot, the sole determinant of whether or not most folks will get sick. Your lifestyle choices have a significant impact, especially when it comes to chronic illnesses such as heart disease.

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The World’s Best Antioxidant Spices

The World’s Best Antioxidant Spices

Spices are a delicious way of adding a sumptuous richness to many recipes. Could there be more to these tasty spices and herbs than meets the tongue? Research is now showing that many of the world’s most commonly-used spices are also chock full of health-promoting antioxidants. While most people commonly think of pomegranates, berries and leafy greens as holding the most antioxidants, knowing that spices have antioxidant levels comparable to many popular “super foods” will allow us to season our foods with more awareness. This article offers a “best of” list of the world’s healthiest antioxidant spices, as well as some quick ideas on how to incorporate them into your next meal.

The Best Antioxidant Super Spices for Improving Your Health

 

Cinnamon– Quite possibly the world’s most powerful antioxidant spice, cinnamon’s unique protective properties stem from the essential oils found in its bark. Cinnamon inhibits unhealthy clumping of blood platelets, lessens inflammation, and acts as an “anti-microbial” food.

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Coffee Benefits May Outweigh Health Risks for Many

Coffee cup and coffee beans on table

Coffee’s affect on general health has been considered mostly negative for decades. But recent years have seen more reports and studies pointing to beneficial health effects from consuming coffee on a regular basis.

Despite a recent epidemiological study that alluded to longer life without dangerous diseases among those who drank five or more cups daily, moderation and understanding one’s own physiological reaction tolerance is basic for managing coffee’s health benefits beyond risks.

Some cannot manage even one cup of coffee without getting too fidgety to function. Others have a threshold of time for coffee that can’t be broken if they want to get a good night’s sleep. Another aspect to consider is the type of coffee consumed, how it’s brewed, and what is added to the final brew.

Confusing Health Contradictions Regarding Coffee

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Study Shows How You Think Is A Strong Predictor of How Long You Will Live

Advances in health, education, disease prevention and treatments are high on the list of things that have allowed people to extend their lives, especially since chronic medical conditions and engaging in unhealthy behaviors are known risk factors for early death, however findings from a longitudinal study of over 6,000 adults suggests that certain psychological factors may be the strongest predictors of how long we’ll live.

Man thinking confused

The findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

How you think about death affects how you behave in life. “Our study shows that two psychological variables, lower self-rated health and age-related decrements in processing speed, appear to be especially important indicators of elevated mortality risk in middle-age and older adults,” says psychological scientist Stephen Aichele of the University of Geneva in Switzerland. “This information may facilitate diagnostic accuracy and timely interventions.”

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Study Shows How You Think Is A Strong Predictor of How Long You Will Live

The findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

How you think about death affects how you behave in life. “Our study shows that two psychological variables, lower self-rated health and age-related decrements in processing speed, appear to be especially important indicators of elevated mortality risk in middle-age and older adults,” says psychological scientist Stephen Aichele of the University of Geneva in Switzerland. “This information may facilitate diagnostic accuracy and timely interventions.”

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When You Eat Curry 3 Times a Week

Curry is fast becoming thought of as a new international superfood. Curry has been shown in studies to have amazing health benefits such as increasing metabolism, relieving arthritis pain and helping to combat heart disease.

Now, a recent study has shown that adding curried foods to your diet at least three times a week may help you live longer. A study of nearly a half million Chinese people indicated that those who ate curry three times a week or more had a 14% less risk of premature death. (more…)

Antioxidants Aid in Healthy Aging

A recent study reveals that antioxidants may play a role in healthy aging. Antioxidants are beneficial nutrients naturally found in various foods that can help prevent a wide range of diseases. Their claim to fame is their ability to fight free radicals—highly unstable forms of oxygen—and, in the process, prevent oxidative stress that can lead to aging and disease ranging from macular degeneration and cataracts to Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.As you age, boosting your antioxidant intake becomes even more important because your body’s natural defenses against free radicals weaken. Certain lifestyle choices and environmental factors can also increase free radicals, such as smoking, sunbathing and exposure to toxins.

In this study, researchers aimed to investigate the aging of older French adults five years after a period of taking daily antioxidant supplements.

Between the years of 1994 and 2002, the participants received either placebo tablets or a combination of antioxidant nutrients, including:

  • Vitamin C (120 mg)
  • Beta-carotene (6 mg)
  • Vitamin E (30 mg)
  • Selenium (100 µg)
  • Zinc (20 mg)

Then between 2007 and 2009, the researchers assessed how the seniors were aging. Among other factors, they evaluated the presence or absence of major disease and physical and cognitive function.

They found that supplementation with antioxidants “was associated with a greater healthy aging probability among men” but not women.

Even so, they emphasized the beneficial role antioxidants may have in healthy aging in both genders—and boosting levels of those antioxidants may simply mean eating more fruits and vegetables. They concluded, “An adequate supply of antioxidant nutrients (equivalent to quantities provided by a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables) may have a beneficial role for healthy aging.”

Reference:
Assmann KE, et al. Am J Epidemiol. 2015 Oct 15;182(8):694-704.

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