Sunday, May 16, 2010

Whenever possible, never eat carbs by themselves as snacks...

I have 2 questions this week that I will try to answer here today.

Question 1...
Reviewing the glycemic index... I realize that the ideal is to keep foods below the 50-55 range. However, if you have a meal that, let's say, contains 3 items with individual index scores of 75, 50, 25, does the average score on the plate of "50" count? Meaning, do the scores cancel each other out and form an average score or - Dave, nice try, keep everything below 50?

Answer: The Glycemic Index is a numerical system of measuring how fast a carbohydrate triggers a rise in circulating blood sugar - the higher the number, the greater the blood sugar response. A low Glycemic index food will cause a small rise. A high Glycemic Index food will trigger a dramatic spike of insulin which can then produce hypoglycemia and eventually diabetes if allowed to continue. There is also a thing called Glycemic Load, which just means that a given score becomes worse based on how MUCH you eat of that food. i.e. 1 hamburger bun has a 61 GL, 2 hamburger buns have the same GL of 61 but twice the Glycemic Load.
Mixing proteins, fats, and carbs together does moderate the absorption of the sugars which then lower it's glycemic load, but it is not so exact as to work the way you would like to think it could. General rule: never eat carbs, even fruits, by themselves if you want to stay thin, especially if you are a hypoglycemic. Hypoglycemia triggers the release of cortisol (which increases fat storage). Have your carbs with some protein and fat, and the lower you keep the glycemic number, the better. When you snack, think proteins. They tell your body to burn fats rather than to store them.

Question 2...
Reviewing Vitamin D, I have been taking about 4200 units of D3 a day not including any sun exposure. I saw your article now showing that 4000-10000 is recommended. Should I increase the amount to 6,000 or more ( not including sun )?  Wondering if because I am a larger than the average sized male, should I be taking more to match my frame?

Answer: According to The Vitamin D Council, there is no way to know for certain until you get a 25-hydroxy vitamin D test, also called a 25(OH)D. Levels should be above 50 ng/ml (125 nmol/L) year-round, in both children and adults. Thanks to Bruce Hollis, Robert Heaney, Neil Binkley, and others, we now know the minimal acceptable level. These experts also have found in general about 2, 000 IU's for kids and 4,000 to 8,000 IU's of daily supplementation will gradually get your levels to optimal levels. If you have a chronic illness, and never get any sun at all, 10,000 IU's is now recommended by many experts. I take 10,000 IU's a day every day, year around and I walk 1 hour a day, no sun screen. Toxicity is unknown at that level, as a person working in the sun without sunscreen would get over 30,000 IU a day. Also, as your skin darkens, your absorption lessens.

Enjoy this weeks information and remember... You are never too old to become younger.


Over A Million Men Overdiagnosed for Prostate Cancer, Treated Unnecessarily...
(NaturalNews) Since the prostate antigen screening test (PSA) began being widely used about 23 years ago, doctors have lauded its ability to detect prostate cancer at a very early stage. In fact, PSA testing has resulted in over a million additional men being diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer. The problem is, according to new research just published online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, most of these cases were overdiagnosed and subjected men to treatment they didn't need.

Low vitamin D again linked to higher mortality...
Low blood levels of vitamin D have again been linked to lower survival in the elderly – a study which strengthens calls to confirm if vitamin D supplements could offer protection. Writing in the journal Clinical Endocrinology, scientists from the Netherlands, Austria, and the US report that low blood levels of the sunshine vitamin are associated with increased risk of all-cause mortality, and mortality from heart disease. “Our results provide a rationale for future studies to test whether vitamin D supplementation reduces mortality and/or cardiovascular diseases in persons with vitamin D deficiency,” wrote the researchers, led by Stefan Pilz from the Medical University of Graz in Austria - “These studies are urgently needed to answer the question whether vitamin D deficiency is a cause or a consequence of a poor health status,” they added.

Calorie Restriction: Scientists Take Important Step Toward 'Fountain of Youth'...
Going back for a second dessert after your holiday meal might not be the best strategy for living a long, cancer-free life say researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. That's because they've shown exactly how restricted calorie diets -- specifically in the form of restricted glucose -- help human cells live longer.

Breast Cancer How to Reduce Your Risk Now... VIDEO
Many think breast cancer is purely genetic-that you either get it or dont and that there isnt anything practical you can do to reduce your risk. Nothing could be further from the truth. In this weeks UltraWellness blog Dr. Elizabeth Boham outlines a 10-step plan you can use to keep your breasts healthy and dramatically reduce breast cancer.

NSI Vitamins: Exceptional Quality at Extraordinary Value... VIDEO
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The Stone Age Diet... VIDEO
Do people who eat a Hunter/Gatherer Diet look and feel different?
Bryan Appleyard appearing on Richard & Judy to discuss the 'stone age diet'.

Anti-Depression "Stone Age" Remedy...
Today we're peeking into the brain of a psychologist at the University of Kansas who's looking back to humanity's Paleolithic past for answers to one of society's most secretive yet omnipresent problems ... and that is depression. Dr. Stephen Ilardi argues that depression is not a mental-chemical problem...requiring a prescription of say the mood uplifting pill du jour ... Lexepro.
Rather that depression is caused by the way contemporary society forces us to live our lives. Watch the "Watercooler Diaries" now for more.

More Bad News for Paxil: New Study Says Antidepressant Drugs Next to Worthless...
(NaturalNews) A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the antidepressant drugs paroxetine and imipramine do not help patients with mild, moderate and even severe depression much more than an inactive placebo.

Low-Carb Diet Effective at Lowering Blood Pressure...
In a head-to-head comparison, two popular weight loss methods proved equally effective at helping participants lose significant amounts of weight. But, in a surprising twist, a low-carbohydrate diet proved better at lowering blood pressure than the weight-loss drug orlistat, according to researchers at Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Duke University Medical Center.

Magnesium supplements may boost lung health for asthmatics...
Daily supplements of magnesium may improve lung function in asthmatics, and improve their quality of life, says a new study from America.
Measures of lung capacity increased by about 6 per cent during six months of magnesium supplementation, and improvements were also observed in the bronchial response to methacholine, a chemical that produces constriction of the lungs, according to findings published in the Journal of Asthma.
“Although there is conflicting research regarding magnesium supplementation and asthma outcomes, this study adds to the body of research that shows a beneficial response to magnesium supplementation in people who have mild to moderate asthma,” wrote researchers, led by Alexandra Kazaks from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington State.

Curcumin Can Kill Tumor Cells... VIDEO
Curcumin, a compound found in the Indian spice tumeric that gives curry powder its yellow color, killed esophageal cancer cells in a lab via an unexpected cell-death mechanism that did not include aptosis or cell suicide. Researchers found that the compound started killing cancer cells within 24 hours and the cells began to digest themselves. The study was conducted at University College Cork in Ireland and appears in the British Journal of Cancer.

Resources for products mentioned this week...
Life Extension Super Bio-Curcumin®

NSI Liquid Vitamin D Drops - 2000 IU -- 1 fl oz

NSI Vitamin D3 (as Cholecalciferol) -- 4000 IU - 300 Capsules

NSI Vitamin D3 (as Cholecalciferol) -- 5000 IU - 365 Mini Softgels - 1 year supply.

NSI Magnesium Ultra

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