Resistance or weight training boosts your resting metabolic rate, protects you from type II diabetes and prevents osteoarthritis.
Anti-oxidants are found in spices and herbs, deep colored berries and several tree nuts. Anti-oxidants protect us from free radical damage which is the main culprit in accelerated aging and many age related mental disorders.
Most modern lifestyle diseases (heart disease, diabetes) are a result of chronic inflammation which is a result of over consumption of Omega-6 fats from vegetable oils which are highly pro-inflammatory. These fats have to be balanced with increased consumption of Omega-3 fats which are anti-inflammatory for protection from these diseases.
Stress trumps everything when it comes to disease and accelerated aging. Stress increases the production of stress hormones (cortisol) that increases blood sugar, promotes belly fat and increases free radical damage. Stress also inhibits natural killer cell (NKC) activity that is involved in targeting and killing cancer cells. So practicing daily stress reduction techniques (like breathing exercises, meditation etc.) goes a long way in ensuring our health and longevity.
Anti-oxidant rich healthy carbs from vegetables are rich in fiber which is harder to digest and prevents insulin spikes that are the primary culprit in weight gain. Replacing easy to digest carbs from white potatoes, enriched flour, white rice and sugars, with vegetables will help manage our weight.
According to a group of Japanese researchers statins deplete Coenzyme Q10 in the heart that impairs muscle function. Statins also function as mitochondrial toxins and deplete vitamin K2 which protects arteries from calcification. So essentially statins impair heart function and also make the arteries more prone to plaque formation. Both these conditions increase your likelihood of getting a stroke or heart attack. Publication link here.
Furthermore, statins cause muscle loss, memory loss and increase blood sugar, making you prone to Type II diabetes. One thing’s for sure though, that statins are excellent at lowering blood cholesterol levels. Weather lowered levels of cholesterol prevent heart attacks is yet to be seen, or, in my opinion, might never be seen.
Seems like it can!
There are several causal mechanisms that suggest that happiness would lower ones risk for heart disease. The foremost reason would be that happy people are better able to adapt to life’s stresses. Stress, as we all know, is a big contributor to high blood sugar levels (via cortisol production) and high oxidative stress, both of which cause systemic inflammation which is the number one cause for heart disease (hope you are not one of those that still believes cholesterol is the cause).
I read this article on Bloomberg Business titled “These are The Happiest Countries in the World” where is lists 20 of the happiest countries in decreasing order from the happiest to the least happy. In the same article it also listed the 20 of the unhappiest countries in decreasing order from the unhappiest to the less unhappy. Here is the data from the article.
I pooled all 40 countries and arranged them in order of happiest to least happy in one scale. I then dug up…
Myth 1: Eating fat will make you fat
It has been known for almost a century now (ever since insulin was discovered) that there can be no weight gain without the master storage hormone insulin. And the number one macronutrient in our diet that increases insulin production is carbohydrate. Protein increases insulin to some extent but fat has no effect on insulin production. So if I go on a diet of 100% butter I’ll lose weight faster than you can say “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”.
Without belaboring the history of nutrition politics that led to the formation of the USDA pyramid and the resultant fattening of America, all I would say is, for weight loss, increase your consumption of healthy fats from nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil, butter, ghee, coconuts etc and eat moderate amounts of healthy proteins from seeds, legumes, free pastured meats, wild caught fish, eggs and dairy. At the same time reduce your consumption of rice, wheat, sugars, processed foods and starchy vegetabl…
Everyone these days is becoming eco friendly and going green. So, you ask, what does going green have to do with belly fat loss? In this case I am talking about green tea! The chemical compounds in green tea (catechins) have shown to be anti-inflammatory and Thermogenic (increasing metabolism).
In a double blind controlled clinical trial  spanning 12 weeks, 132 obese adult participants with high abdominal obesity (>36 inch) were divided into a control group and a catechins group. Both groups were asked to exercise moderately for at least 180 min/week and keep a constant calorie intake. The catechins group received 625 mg (about 3 cups worth of) catechins and the placebo group received none. During the 12 weeks it was found that the catechins group consistently lost more weight compared to the placebo group (figure 1).
Furthermore, the catechins group lost a higher percentage of subcutaneous belly fat and intra-abdominal (visceral) fat while the control group lost li…
90% of the cells found in our body are not ours!
We have an ecosystem of microbes that lives inside and on us. The human body has evolved with these friendly microbes for millions of years. In fact we depend on them for survival and optimum health. Each of us have a unique microbiome tailored to our environment and to our body just as we have a unique DNA. Just as DNA damage can cause unwanted mutations in our cells, damage to this microbiome causes unwanted health problems. This is what is happening with “Purell Culture” that is widespread in most developed nations. Excessive concern for hygiene has prompted the mass destruction of this microbiome, both, on our bodies by the use of disinfectants and inside our bodies by the use of antibiotics. This germophobe attitude has led to a rise in inflammation related diseases and autoimmune disorders.
The internal probiotic microbes in our gut are responsible for digesting certain foods, reducing inflammation and ensuring the health…