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Month: August 2014 (Page 1 of 4)

Low Bone Density is Preventable

Low bone density is preventable

Low bone density is preventable

People need to be aware that low bone density is a preventable problem affecting many women (one in two women over the age of 50 in the UK and one in five men are sufferers).

Public awareness and understanding of the problem, however, remains woefully limited.

The biggest concern is the next generation of girls, many of who will not even reach their peak bone density by the age of 25 because of lifestyle factors such as smoking, lack of exercise, poor diet and dieting due to media pressure to be stick thin.

There are a number of tests available that are extremely useful, giving you invaluable insights into understanding what is going on in your body at the moment and telling you how rapidly you are losing bone density.

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Gut Bacteria Protects Against Obesity

Gut bacteria may protect against obesity

Gut bacteria may protect against obesity

Scientists have discovered a type of gut bacteria, Akkermansia muciniphila, that could protect against obesity and help treat type-2 diabetes.

Apparently, foods that stimulate the production of the bacteria in the digestive system could help burn off pounds as they discovered a deficiency of it in obese and type-2 diabetic mice.

Feeding the mice prebiotics (including FOS and inulin) — found in foods such as bananas, onions, leeks, asparagus and Jerusalem artichokes encouraged the metabolism-boosting bacteria.

The researchers said the results indicate A. muciniphila could play a key role in gut barrier function, metabolic inflammation and fat storage.

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Modern Eating Habits Depleting Magnesium

Modern eating habits depleting magnesium

Modern eating habits depleting magnesium

Magnesium is a very important mineral as it helps keep your heart rhythm steady, is vital for healthy bones and teeth, muscle function, the nervous system, the production of energy, and it also impacts psychological health.  

Unfortunately many of us — as many as 11 per cent of women and 16 per cent of men — are magnesium deficient, according to the latest National Diet and Nutrition Survey.

The figures are even worse for young people, particularly young women, with 51 per cent of girls aged 11 to 18 thought to have an inadequate intake, compared with 28 per cent of boys.

Our modern eating habits, with their excess salt, coffee and alcohol can also lower our magnesium levels, according to a review of international research by the University of Maryland Medical Centre, as they encourage urination and therefore wash away the mineral.

Consumption of low magnesium foods such as commercially-prepared baked items also contribute.

Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include muscle weakness, cramps, depression and fatigue.  Make sure you include magnesium-rich foods in your diet such as dark leafy greens, nuts and seeds, fish and beans.

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Eat Your Your Greens and Your Whites!

Eat your greens and your whites

Eat your greens and your whites

Don’t forget to add white vegetables to your meals as well as greens. 

Researchers say that they are often overlooked, yet cauliflower, onions, mushrooms and turnips all contribute important amounts of essential nutrients and are good sources of fibre.

The team, from Purdue University in Indiana, U.S., say that white vegetables are a ‘forgotten source of nutrients’, but that they actually represent a ‘nutrient powerhouse in their own right’.

Writing in the journal Advances in Nutrition, Professor Connie Weaver said “It’s recommended that the variety of fruits and vegetables consumed daily should include dark green and orange vegetables, but no such recommendation exists for white vegetables, even though they are rich in fibre, potassium and magnesium.”

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Is Vitamin D Deficiency a Hidden Epidemic?

Is vitamin d deficiency a hidden epidemic

Is vitamin d deficiency a hidden epidemic

While we are often hearing about deadly heatwaves down under, apparently Australia is in the grip of a hidden epidemic of vitamin D deficiency.

A recent study has found up to 58% of Australians could be vitamin D deficient during the Spring months.

Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Biophysics at Boston University School of Medicine and author of The Vitamin D Solution, Prof Holick has called for annual testing of all Australians.

The study, co-authored by Prof Holick and conducted by Boston University, found that improving vitamin D levels could positively impact the genes associated with cancer, cardiovascular disease (CVD), infectious diseases and autoimmune diseases.

“For the first time, this study shows direct evidence that improving vitamin D levels plays a large role in improving immunity and lowering the risk for many diseases.  It is not just the bone health vitamin,” Prof Holick said.

I would recommend you get your vitamin D tested and then correct it if you are found to be deficient.  It is such an important vitamin for every aspect of your health that you can’t afford to be deficient.  There is a simple home finger prick test for vitamin D.

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Why Do You Have Fat Around Your Middle?

Why do you have fat around your middle

Why do you have fat around your middle?

You don’t have to be overweight to have fat around your middle. 

Even a lean woman (or man) of normal weight can have too much in the centre of the body and this still carries risks.

It has to do with the action of stress hormones in your body, particularly the stress hormone cortisol.

When we get stressed, our bodies go into “fight or flight” mode, releasing adrenaline and cortisol, which helps us deal efficiently with the physical effort involved in fighting or fleeing.

But when that effort doesn’t come, the extra energy (in the form of glucose and fat) just gets redeposited as fat — around the middle.

Why there?  Because it’s close to the liver where it can most quickly be converted back into energy if needed. And what’s more, cortisol levels stay elevated once the “threat” has passed because it thinks you have been running or fighting for your life and you need increased appetite to stock up again.

Unfortunately, the kind of chronic stress that many of us live under these days produces constantly elevated cortisol levels.  The associated increased appetite and comparatively little physical exercise, results in that bulge around the middle.

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The Importance of Calcium

The importance of calcium

The importance of calcium

Calcium is the most abundant, essential mineral in the human body.

Of the two to three pounds of calcium contained in the average body, 99% is located in your bones and teeth. Calcium is needed to form bones and teeth and is also required for blood clotting, transmission of signals in nerve cells and muscle contraction.

The importance of calcium for bone health is probably its most well-known role.

One study showed that “supplemental calcium use is critical for maintaining bone mass.”  In my opinion it is a combination of nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, zinc and boron that are more important than just one nutrient on its own.

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Nuts and Health

Nuts and health

Nuts and health

Three new studies have looked at nuts (almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts) in terms of health. 

In all of them, nut consumption was associated with a better nutrient profile and diet quality, lower body weight and less likelihood of metabolic syndrome (pre-diabetes).

In addition, a decrease in several cardiovascular risk factors compared to those seen among people who don’t eat nuts.

These three new independent studies support the growing body of evidence showing that eating nuts can improve your health, so grab a handful every day!

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Modern Life Causing Early Dementia

Modern life causing early dementia

Modern life causing early dementia

Modern life is causing dementia to develop earlier than ever, according to a study, carried out by Bournemouth University. 

It found that more people are developing the symptoms of mental decline of dementia, blamed on PCs, mobile phones, chemicals and other electronic devices.

Professor Colin Pritchard, who led the study, said that the sharp rise in the deaths from dementia and other neurological disease in under-74s cannot be explained away by the fact we live longer.

Instead, the ‘epidemic’ is down to the environmental and social changes in the modern world, he claimed.

The US topped the list of Western countries with the highest increase in all neurological deaths between 1979 and 2010. The UK had the fourth largest increase, according to World Health Organisation statistics, with men up 32 per cent and women up 48 per cent — representing a rise from 4,500 deaths to 6,500.

Within the figures there is a ‘hidden epidemic’ of deaths in adults under 74, especially the UK, according to the study published in Public Health Journal.

Prof. Pritchard believes that the cause is a combination of factors including the explosion in electronic devices, rises in background non-ionising radiation — PCs, microwaves, TVs, mobile phones; road and air transport up four-fold increasing background petro-chemical pollution; chemical additives to food and so on.

So what can we do to avoid these dangers?  Eat organic wherever possible. Drink out of glass, not plastic. Do not microwave, especially plastics. Drink filtered water. Take regular breaks from computer screens. Use a handset for your mobile phone. Read a book or talk a walk instead of watching TV.

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What is Stevia?

What is stevia

What is stevia?

Stevia, commonly known as sweetleaf, is a great substitute for sugar because of its natural sweetness — without the calories or raising affect on blood sugar.

Plant based, it originated from the rain forests of Brazil and Paraguay. The active ingredient in stevia, stevoside, gives it its sweetness — between 100 and 200 times more than that of sugar.

Research has suggested that stevia might be helpful for diabetes.

Source: Shivanna N et al, 2013, Antioxidant, anti-diabetic and renal protective properties of Stevia rebaudiana, J Diabetes Complications, 27, 2, 103-13, doi: 10.1016/j.jdiacomp.2012.10.001.

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