Posts Tagged ‘inflammation’

Maybe you’ve noticed – people on low or no fat diets tend to remain fat or regain it quickly. Food fat issues are overrated. We need good fat to help build cell walls and brain cells.

Calorie sources and how they’re metabolized are the real issues. A more recent, more accurate assessment points to high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). It is in almost all processed and junk foods, even those that don’t taste sweet.

Almost half the calories of HFCS are not used for energy. They’re stored as fat, and HFCS messes up the brain signals that let you know you’ve had enough to eat. So you’ll even eat more of foods with HFCS, and you’ll store up even more fat.

To a lesser extent, all highly refined carbohydrates contribute to this cycle. The trans-fat processed oils add to this inability to metabolize carbs for immediate energy by creating inflammation.

You’ll lose fat naturally by eliminating processed oils and HFCS, which are used in almost all processed and fast foods.

Supplements that can accelerate your weight loss campaign

L-Glutamine: Julia Ross, director of Recovery Systems Clinic in Mill Valley, recommends L-Glutamine to help eliminate cravings. “L-glutamine, an amino acid, instantly fuels the brain, which stops the code red that makes you crave sweets and starchy foods.”

A 1996 animal study at the Duke Medical Center indicated that L-Glutamine may alter how calories are transferred to inhibit fat storage. So more fat is used for energy instead of accumulating to puff you up.

Gymnema Syvelstre: This herb is derived from a plant that grows wild in Africa and India. It can be purchased as tablets or capsules. Its molecules mimic glucose and fool the taste bud receptors on the tongue enough to convince people they have had enough sugar.

A study published in 1983 in the journal Physiology and Behavior discovered that people using gymnema had less cravings for sweets and didn’t binge even when the opportunity presented itself.

Boost your metabolism and burn fat faster

Drinking cold water and/or taking cold showers seem to bring out brown fat or brown adipose tissue (BAT). Unlike white fat that just hangs around, BAT is metabolically active and can actually be utilized for energy immediately.

A healthy thyroid is important. Most people who have problems losing weight are lacking the proper balance of thyroid hormones. Supplementing the thyroid with its main food, iodine/iodide, may be the first option.

There are also thyroid supplements that will enhance your thyroid hormone production. It’s wise to consult with a health practitioner who is nutrition savvy regarding hormones.

Most of us are magnesium deficient. Magnesium is often considered the master mineral because it’s involved in over 300 cellular metabolic processes. Unfortunately, magnesium is not easily absorbed as an oral supplement.

Green tea extracts: A 2005 human study published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition proved that high daily amounts of the fat burning catechins found in green tea increased fat loss.

The green tea extracts offer catechins more efficiently than drinking green tea. Green tea extracts have also been observed to reduce cancerous tumors.

Guggul is an Ayurvedic herbal remedy for joint pain. But a study using guggul during combined weight training and aerobic exercise increased weight loss five-fold compared to those who trained but didn’t take guggul.

A diet comprised largely of unprocessed organic veggies and fruits will help you from regaining what you’ve lost.

Sources for this article include:

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0NAH/is_7_38/ai_n27889683/

http://www.outsmarthormones.com/2010/12/22/cold-boost-metabolism/

http://www.naturalnews.com/033356_junk_food_cravings.html

As cardiovascular disease continues to take the lives of millions of unsuspecting individuals worldwide, a continual stream of scientific evidence is emerging to show that many who suffer from this illness could be spared by relatively simple dietary and lifestyle interventions.

Prior studies have shown that low vitamin B6 (pyridoxal-5-phosphate (PLP)) status are the root cause behind most inflammatory diseases, including cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and diabetes and new research indicates that vitamin B6 and B12 deficiencies are linked to cognitive decline and depression.

Researchers reporting in The Journal of Nutrition from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center at Tufts University in Boston have now provided conclusive evidence that low levels of vitamin B6 significantly increases the risk for diseases mediated by systemic inflammation, with special emphasis on the leading cause of mortality in the US, cardiovascular disease. Including natural foods such as leafy greens (spinach and kale), seeds and nuts to your diet may go a long way to cut the risks associated with heart disease, loss of cognition and early death.

Vitamins B6 and B12 are essential to prevent cognitive decline and depression

Researchers examined 2,229 men and women as part of the Framingham Offspring study and found that those individuals with the lowest plasma levels of vitamin B6, experienced the highest rise in circulating inflammatory markers. The study monitored 13 individual inflammatory markers, including interleukin-6, tumor necrosis factor alpha and intercellular adhesion molecule-1, each known to be an independent risk factor in increased risk of inflammation and cardiovascular disease in particular.

Additional evidence supporting the importance of B vitamins is presented in The Journal of Nutrition to demonstrate that both vitamin B6 and B12 are essential to prevent cognitive decline and team together to provide natural relief from depression. Prior studies have demonstrated that supplementation with both B vitamins lowers damaging levels of the amino acid homocysteine and are associated with improvements in a range of mental tests including global cognition and spatial memory.

Using questionnaires to assess dietary and health factors, researchers analyzed the data to determine that low vitamin B12 concentrations were associated with higher scores to assess degree of depression and low B6 status related to poor mental status, a measure of cognitive abilities. The full spectrum of B vitamins are essential to energy metabolism in the human body and the latest research confirms that a well-balanced diet and daily supplementation can help prevent a range of chronic, debilitating conditions including heart disease, dementia and depression.

Sources for this article include:

http://jn.nutrition.org
http://www.medpagetoday.com/Cardiology/Prevention/33532
http://jn.nutrition.org
http://www.nutraingredients.com