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Calcium & Magnesium Reduce Metabolic Syndrome

good nutrition adviceCalcium and magnesium reduce metabolic syndrome.

With obesity on the rise, the risk of metabolic syndrome increases as the two are closely linked. A recent study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found calcium and magnesium could reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome.

The research carried out by Case Western Reserve University (U.S.) used data from 9,418 adults and found that women who were meeting the US Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA) for magnesium and calcium had a lower risk of metabolic syndrome. It was bad news for men, though, who appeared to need over the RDA for their risk to be lowered.

Metabolic syndrome is a group of characteristics that include fat around the middle, glucose intolerance and high blood pressure (hypertension). The syndrome is also associated with high levels of harmful fats in the blood linked to heart disease, cancers and type 2 diabetes.

Good food sources of magnesium include pulses, nuts, seeds, leafy vegetables and whole grains. Good food sources of calcium include white beans (cannellini), dried figs, kale, black-eyed peas, almonds and tofu. It is also worth taking a good quality supplement to support your diet.

References: Dietary intake of calcium and magnesium and the metabolic syndrome in the National Health and Nutrition Examination

Time To Get Rid of Tummy Fat

Time to get rid of tummy fat

Time to get rid of tummy fat

I hate to have to tell you this, but tummy fat really is toxic fat.

The fat around your middle manufactures an array of chemical messengers including blood-clotting agents, substances that contract blood vessels and raise blood pressure, inflammatory agents, hormones and molecules that control hunger.

Fat cells are also able to produce an immune response in the body, which causes inflammation. Fat cells also secrete oestrogen and two other compounds — tumour necrosis factor alpha and resistin — both of which interfere with the functioning of insulin.

Not all fat in the body behaves in the same way and it is the fat around the middle that is more metabolically active than fat elsewhere. It has been called “toxic fat” because it increases the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, cancer, and diabetes.

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Fiona

Stop Dieting

Stop dieting

Stop dieting

Diets don’t work. Up to a third of all women who diet end up weighing several kilos more after they diet than they did before.

Dieting — defined as energy in = less than energy out, in other words, a severe restriction of food — is a biologically unnatural state. Your body thinks there’s a famine. It simply does not give your body enough fuel to do the jobs it needs to do.

Your mind and body hear alarm bells and go into survival mode: holding onto the weight you have, slowing your metabolism and telling you to eat, eat, eat.  So if you really want to lose weight, and specifically fat around the middle, then restricting your food intake is the last thing you should do.

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Thank you!
Fiona

Natural Choices

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There are 18 modules you can go through in your own time. This course is a unique and potentially life-changing learning experience giving you constant access to 100s of tips and health suggestions that you can easily incorporate in your life to make a difference!

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Tummy Fat is Toxic Fat

Woman standing pulling measuring tape around waist.Fat around the middle manufactures an array of chemical messengers including blood-clotting agents, substances that contract blood vessels and raise blood pressure, inflammatory agents, hormones and molecules that control hunger. 

Fat cells are also able to produce an immune response in the body, which causes inflammation.

Fat cells secrete oestrogen and two other compounds — tumour necrosis factor alpha and resistin — both of which interfere with the functioning of insulin.

Not all fat in the body behaves in the same way and it is the fat around the middle that is more metabolically active than fat elsewhere.

It has also been called “toxic fat” because it increases your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, cancer and Type 2 diabetes.

Natural Choices

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There are 18 modules you can go through in your own time. This course is a unique and potentially life-changing learning experience giving you constant access to 100s of tips and health suggestions that you can easily incorporate in your life to make a difference!

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Tummy Fat Harmful Even With Low BMI

Woman standing pulling measuring tape around waist.Yet again more research bears out the fact that, no matter that you have a healthy body mass index (BMI), being apple-shaped, with fat around the middle, has serious health consequences.

According to a new study led by a Mayo Clinic researcher, men and women with fat around the middle are more likely to die younger from diseases affecting their hearts and lungs, as well as from cancer.

Published in the March edition of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, the research looked at past studies involving over 600,000 people from around the world. It clearly showed that men with a waist measurement of 43 inches or over had an astonishing 50 percent higher mortality risk than men whose waists measured 35 inches or less.

Women with a waist measurement of 37 inches or more were facing an 80 per cent higher risk of dying than woman with a 27 inch waist — that’s about a five year lower life expectancy after the age of 40.

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