Category Archives: General

NURTURE VS. NATURE

epigenetics

You don’t have to be a prisoner of your genes!

Epigenetics (the study of non-hereditary gene modifications) suggests that 95% of chronic diseases are due to nurture (your diet, environment, stress) and only 5% due to nature (your DNA). Studies of identical twins with the same genes have shown that DNA matters very little when it comes to modern disease. So if you think you have a genetic predisposition to diabetes or cancer, think again. Our diets and our environment interact with our DNA to turn on/off specific codes to trigger changes in our bodies (for better or for worse).

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Thermogenic Shake to Blast Belly Fat

thermogenic shake

Drink this shake every morning to burn excess belly fat. The three main Thermogenic ingredients known to target belly fat are protein, medium chain triglycerides (MCT) found in coconut and mono-unsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) found in several nuts. Not only will this shake burn belly fat it will also provide you with many age defying antioxidants and keep hunger at bay so you are less likely to overeat in subsequent meals.

Ingredients:

  • One bowl of berries (strawberries, blackberries, blueberries)
  • One tablespoon of cream of coconut (rich source of MCT)
  • One scoop whey protein powder

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Anti-Cancer Superfoods

broccoli and onions

Recent research (published last month) done at the University of Warwick Medical School found two superfood molecules, sulforaphane and quercetin to assist a key signaling protein involved in boosting immunity and antioxidant production in cells. This has wide ranging implications in prevention of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

The two superfoods containing these compounds are Broccoli and Onion!

Sulfur containing foods are also essential for the production of Glutathione which is the most potent endogenous antioxidant produced in the human body. Quercetin is a powerful anti-can…

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Beyond Weight Gain: Blood Sugar and Premature Aging

age cartoon

The guy in the next cube at your office has a pronounced pot-belly and even though he claims he is only 40 he looks more like a 60 year old with receding hairline dry scalp and crow’s feet around his eyes. His skin seems wrinkled and spotty and every time you watch him climb stairs he is huffing like a 60 year old as he pauses to catch his breath. Sounds familiar? We all have come across a few such people that seem overly ripe for their age.

Are they lying about their age or are they aging faster than they should? The answer lies in AGE which is short for Advanced Glycation End-products…

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‘Tis The Season For Cakes & Pies

cake

With the holiday season around the corner and with Halloween celebration at workplace I was faced with a few tough choices today.  After a hearty chicken and vegetables lunch I was feeling like a good boy until the cakes and pies were brought to the table. Even though I don’t get any cravings for desserts anymore, the festive mood wanted some part of me to indulge in a slice of cake.  I was faced with a choice of regular frosted cake, pumpkin pie and cheesecake. Knowing the ingredients of each type the most judicious choice was a cheesecake since it’s only got a very thin crust of flour at…

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