Saturday, June 06, 2009

Remove one bad habit from your daily life, and you remove the leading cause of obesity in America...

Habits in life can become insidious and can influence our health far beyond what we would expect from that act. Take consumption of cereals, cakes, cookies, soft drinks, packaged foods, all laden with high fructose corn syrup, for example. I watch parents and children alike eating and drinking these items in large quantities and I see these same people accumulating fat at an alarming rate. These people find themselves even gradually eating less and less calories each day and yet they find themselves becoming overweight and obese.

Is it possible that fructose, which is in everything these days, can effect your metabolism in such a way as to cause you over time to eat less and less food and yet gain more and more weight? Those were the findings of the first 3 studies highlighted in this week's blog.

Food manufacturers don't want you to know this and have been putting ads on TV lately, telling you to ignore this very obvious observation and just keep eating these cheap sugary additives.

Here is the kicker in the study... Read this a few times if you need to, to make the necessary impression in your brain, to cause you to take action, for your health's sake and the health sake of your children.

"All the mice began the study at an average weight of 39 grams. Those consuming the fructose-sweetened water showed significant weight gain over the course of the study, with an average final weight of 48 grams—compared with averages below 44 grams for the other groups—and had about 90 percent more body fat than the mice that consumed water only. Total caloric intake was lower in the mice that consumed the fructose-sweetened water than in the other groups, except for the control animals provided with water only.
“We were surprised to see that mice actually ate less when exposed to fructose-sweetened beverages, and therefore didn’t consume more overall calories,” said Dr. Tschöp. “Nevertheless, they gained significantly more body fat within a few weeks.”

Did you catch the significance of this study? 90% more body fat in just a few weeks of consumption. Can you think of a more important habit to break in your daily consumption of food and drink?

Just choosing water instead of soda will reverse this trend over time along with reading labels and eliminating packaged foods with High Fructose Corn Syrup as an ingredient.

It is up to us parents to teach our children what is right and wrong for them.  The increase in obesity in children in America has to be stopped. It is out of control.

Enjoy this weeks studies, articles and videos and remember...

It's never too late to become younger, and might I also say, wiser.


Research May Provide New Link Between Soft Drinks And Weight Gain...
A University of Cincinnati (UC) study provides new evidence that drinking large amounts of beverages containing fructose adds body fat, and might explain why sweetening with fructose could be even worse than using other sweeteners. Consumption of sweetened foods and beverages containing sucrose and high-fructose corn syrup―particularly carbonated soft drinks and some juices and cereals—has been thought to be a leading cause of obesity. A widely used sweetener derived from corn, high-fructose corn syrup is similar to sucrose (table sugar) in its composition, about half glucose and half fructose.

Too Much Sugar Is Bad, But Which Sugar Is Worse: Fructose Or Glucose?...
In 2005, the average American consumed 64kg of added sugar, a sizable proportion of which came through drinking soft drinks. Now, in a 10-week study, Peter Havel and colleagues, at the University of California at Davis, Davis, have provided evidence that human consumption of fructose-sweetened but not glucose-sweetened beverages can adversely affect both sensitivity to the hormone insulin and how the body handles fats, creating medical conditions that increase susceptibility to heart attack and stroke.

Why You Should Avoid Fructose Sweetened Beverages...
(NaturalNews) A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation (April 20th, 2009) shows the difference in how the sugars fructose and glucose affect the body. Fructose showed more harmful effects such as increasing belly fat, higher cholesterol levels and increased insulin resistance. The study was conducted by Peter J. Havel, PhD, of the University of California in the United States.

Low vitamin D may boost metabolic syndrome risk...
Insufficient and deficient levels of vitamin D may increase the risk of metabolic syndrome by 52 per cent, according to a joint Anglo-Chinese study.
According to findings published in Diabetes Care, a study with 3,262 Chinese people aged between 50 and 70 showed that 94 per cent were vitamin D deficient or insufficient, and 42 per cent of these people also had metabolic syndrome. “Our results are consistent with those found in British and American populations. We found that low vitamin D levels were associated with an increased risk of having metabolic syndrome, and was also significantly associated with increased insulin resistance,” he said.
Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a condition characterised by central obesity, hypertension, and disturbed glucose and insulin metabolism. The syndrome has been linked to increased risks of both type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Multivitamins linked to younger ‘biological age’: Study...
The cells of multivitamin users may have a younger biological age than cells from non-users, according to new research from the US.
Researchers led by Honglei Chen, MD, PhD from National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences looked at the length of telomeres, DNA sequences at the end of chromosomes that shorten as cells replicate and age.
The ageing and lifespan of normal, healthy cells are linked to the so-called telomerase shortening mechanism, which limits cells to a fixed number of divisions. During cell replication, the telomeres function by ensuring the cell's chromosomes do not fuse with each other or rearrange, which can lead to cancer. Elizabeth Blackburn, a telomere pioneer at the University of California San Francisco, likened telomeres to the ends of shoelaces, without which the lace would unravel.
With each replication the telomeres shorten, and when the telomeres are totally consumed, the cells are destroyed (apoptosis). Previous studies have also reported that telomeres are highly susceptible to oxidative stress.
Dr Chen and his co-workers noted that telomere length may therefore be a marker of biological ageing, and that multivitamins may beneficially affect telomere length via modulation of oxidative stress and chronic inflammation.

Turmeric Extract Suppresses Fat Tissue Growth In Rodent Models...
Curcumin, the major polyphenol found in turmeric, appears to reduce weight gain in mice and suppress the growth of fat tissue in mice and cell models. Researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University (USDA HNRCA) studied mice fed high fat diets supplemented with curcumin and cell cultures incubated with curcumin.
"Weight gain is the result of the growth and expansion of fat tissue, which cannot happen unless new blood vessels form, a process known as angiogenesis." said senior author Mohsen Meydani, DVM, PhD, director of the Vascular Biology Laboratory at the USDA HNRCA. "Based on our data, curcumin appears to suppress angiogenic activity in the fat tissue of mice fed high fat diets."

Astaxanthin is Age and Disease Defying Miracle Nutrient from Microalgae ...
(NaturalNews) Summer is the season for astaxanthin, the carotenoid that blocks ultra violet damage to the skin. Astaxanthin has been referred to as nature's sunscreen, but it does a whole lot more to keep people looking good by promoting beauty and radiant health from the inside out. It improves fine lines and wrinkles, skin elasticity and moisture content while reducing inflammation and cell damage that leads to premature aging. Astaxanthin keeps people feeling good too. Recent research has documented its ability to increase cellular energy, protect against and treat cancer, protect against damage to the brain and nervous system, and halt the progression of complications from diabetes. In fact, astaxanthin may truly be considered a miracle nutrient.

The Price-Pottenger Story - Video (A MUST SEE) - Don't miss this, it's great...
Dr Price was a dentist who traveled around the world to see what made people extremely healthy, based on their dental health as a guide. He wrote one of the best books on nutrition ever written.
Dr. Pottenger did a famous study called Pottengers Cats. Cats fed only cooked food became unhealthy and by the 3rd generation, they died out because they could not reproduce anymore.

Pomegranate juice may slow prostate cancer recurrence...
Men who have undergone treatment for prostate cancer could benefit from drinking pomegranate juice, according to findings of a new study from the US.
According to findings published in the Journal of Urology and presented at the 104th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA), a daily glass of pomegranate juice experienced slower doubling times of prostate specific antigen (PSA).

Probiotics may reduce eczema risk by 60 per cent...
Daily supplements of a multi-bacterial strain food may reduce the risk of eczema by 58 per cent during the first three months of life, according to a new study from The Netherlands.
Beyond the age of three, however, no differences in the incidence or severity of eczema were recorded between the intervention and placebo groups, according to results of a double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled trial with mothers and subsequently their babies with a family history of allergic disease.
What are Probiotics ?

Diabetes Increases Risk of Alzheimer's Disease ...
(NaturalNews) New research confirms that diabetics have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and the Stockholm Gerontology Research Center reported that people with diabetes are 70 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer's compared to those with normal blood sugar levels. Type II diabetes is characterized by insulin resistance, a condition where chronic high blood sugar levels have caused an overproduction of insulin. Along with many other side effects, high insulin levels produce inflammation in the body. This inflammation can cause damage in the brain.

The Vitamin D Pandemic and its Health Consequences... A 50 minute video by the worlds leading expert on vitamin D.
Presented by Michael Holick, PhD, MD, Professor of medicine, physiology and biophysics and director of the General Clinical Research Center at Boston University Medical Center.
Learn why he thinks everyone needs more vitamin D and all the disease that low vitamin D levels create.

Natural heartburn and acid reflux remedies... - A video by Doctor Mercola.
One in two of you reading this blog have this health issue. Learn why stopping stomach acid is the wrong approach. You need more acid and perhaps probiotics.

Adding Walnuts To Good Diet May Help Older People Improve Motor And Behavioral Skills...
Adding a moderate, but not high, amount of walnuts to an otherwise healthy diet may help older individuals improve performance on tasks that require motor and behavioral skills, according to an animal model study by Agricultural Research Service (ARS)-funded scientists. Walnuts contain polyphenols and other antioxidants and essential fatty acids.

Resources for quality products mentioned in the above studies...



Vitamin D3 - 4,000 IU's



NSI Probiotic 15 - 35

NSI Turmeric Extract Curcumin C3 Complex

NSI PomActiv Pomegranate Extract

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