#Ketone Breath Explained

Ahhh ketone breath. That’s a tough one. But those who are addicted to the ketogenic lifestyle know why they’re doing it. Those who love and/or live with them have to figure-out how to deal with it. Here we go…

When you start the ketogenic diet, your body starts breaking down  fats for fuel. In the absence of carbohydrates, it’s one of the only ways the body can generate energy. The human body is one of the most sophisticated machines on Earth. This is how it keeps working when the easiest source of energy is nowhere to be found.

When your body starts using fat as fuel, it takes a short time to adjust to this nutritional shock. The body excretes ketones through urine and breath. when normally a body expects its energy to be provided through energy that is broken-down into glycogen delivered to the cells through the blood sugar (aka glucose), now it’s adapting to the delivery and break-down of fats.

This smelly transition takes about 10-days. The body does ultimately adapt to it but we’re inundated with the smell of rotten apples or acetone in the meantime. It’s not a bad thing to anything but the olfactory gland . The rest of the body loves it!

Don’t be fooled by the smell of ketones, they’re actually quite good for us as a source of energy in the absence of carbohydrates. Ketongenic dieting is great for the brain, helps fight cancer, and the heart loves it! Yes, a byproduct of the stinky ketone bodies is fat loss.

Here’s a cheat video on 3 easy ways to help minimize the assault of ketone breath. Spoiler alert, it involves drinking more water, peppermint oil, and eating less fat. You’re welcome.

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#FDA Displeased About #Vaping #Viagra

We all know about Cialis and Viagra, the erectile dysfunction drugs,. They have been FDA-approved for quite some time. About a month ago the FDA was outragedthat a company has been selling vape liquid of the drugs.

The company HelloCig has been selling a product called “E-Cialis HelloCig E-Liquid” with convincing graphics. They also sell another product with the active ingredient of Viagra.  Who knew just because of product was nearly “off-patent” it couldn’t be sold in a different form for consumption?

The reason this is an offense to the FDA and makers of the drugs is that these have not been approved for vaping. The pill is orally consumed in a very specific dose. When vaping any substance, how sure can you be you are getting the amount for which you paid?

So the variety offered by vaping is that patrons can choose their juice flavors. If you were considering it, customer reviews say don’t waste your time. Reviewers say that it’s ineffective and doesn’t taste good.

According to the website, HelloCig is based in China. Immediately a “live chat” window popped-up and I asked if they sold insulin (of course). The response I got? Weird. I got snuffed.

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Morning People Less Likely to Get Breast #Cancer

A study finds that “morning people” are less likely to develop breast cancer than those who don’t consider themselves early risers. All the participants in the study  were women.

Of the 180,000 women surveyed, the researchers found that the women who were “morning people” were 40-48% less likely to develop breast cancer. Is this a placebo effect of being a morning dove?

Research has long told us that sleep is good. So why now are we hearing about this cancer link? There has been whispers of the link but now we can verify that it’s true. BMI, alcohol consumption, and smoking are all significant risk factors influencing cancer risk but sleep may play an influential role, too.

Too much sleep is linked to chronic inflammation and insulin resistance.  Both of these conditions are linked to tumor growth. Too little sleep is linked to lack of focus, poor judgement, and impaired immunity.

A study published in 2013 found an association between long sleep duration and colorectabl cancer. It also found that the link could be related to a hormonal disruption, giving rise to cancer.

So I guess it’s true: early to bed, early to rise, makes a person healthy, wealthy, and wise. If need be, consult WebMD to see if you’re getting enough sleep.

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The Power of Your #Parents #Love

Never underestimate the power of a loving mother. A new study found that loving mother’s were less likely to have unhealthy children, with an increased chance of becoming depressed adults. It all starts at the very beginning.

The study found that children who recall their mother’s as being affectionate and loving are less likely to be diagnosed with specific medical conditions. Researchers also found that supportive and loving  fathers are less likely to have children who become depressed as adults.

So what causes this after all? It’s not about your mom or lack of her love early in life. That could be one explanation but an industry-leading journalist who’s done extensive research on the cause of depression finds that of the 9 causes of depression, only 2 are biological. The others are food, exercise, sleep, sociability and other functions of life.

Many parents were byproducts of an emotionally absent parent. They may not realize what was lacking  in their parenting style. So how would they know they didn’t provide it to you? Some parents knew what was missing for them and they went above and beyond to provide it. We are all as different as  snowflakes.

Many people may have had a childhood lacking adequate emotional availability from their mom’s and dad’s but as we grow-up, we have the right to choose our paths in life. Smoking, excessive drinking, drug use, are decisions you make as an adult to “reparent”  your inner child.

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Love/Hate Relationship with #Insulin

The cost of insulin has been grossly inflated. The government is doing nothing to control or even reprimand the companies artificially inflating their prices. So what can we do about it? Houston, we have a problem.

The New York Times published a troubling story back in June. A harrowing statistic shows that 1 in 4 people with Type 1 diabetes have “cut” their insulin dose due to costs. Fun fact – Type 1 diabetes is the kind of diabetes that must be treated with insulin or the person will die.

Perhaps the companies like Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk, and sanofi aventis don’t care too much about their customers? Nah. 90% of their customers have Type 2 diabetes, the insulin-resistant kind. They make plenty of T2D pills and other fixins’. The insulin is more of a relic than a revolutionary drug. Nothing to see here but a shocking price tag.

Eli Lilly’s fast-acting insulin, Humalog, goes for $330. Novo Nordisk’s speedy analogue is Novolog and it’s yours for $350. sanofi Aventis markets Apidra for just under $300. What a bargain! Actually of all 3 mentioned, Apidra caused the most amount of nerve damage for me. Ever consider using Fluffy or Fido’s insulin?

At least Walmart is looking to help a diabetic out by offering the discounted ReliOn brand of insulin. The cool thing about it is that Walmart teamed-up with Novo Nordisk to offer affordable options for people who aren’t ride or die for their fasting-acting analogues. For the price of $24 – you’ll feel like a million bucks!

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#CellPhone Use Linked to Brain #Cancer

It’s likely you’ve heard this headline before but a new study is confirming that cell phone use is linked to brain cancer. Most red-blooded adults (and many teenagers) are equipped with a cell. Now what?

The real danger from the cell phone is found in the radiation it emits. A study that began back during the Clinton Administration concluded that the radiation from cell phones is concerning enough that it can raise the risk of brain cancer.

Although the study was conducted on rats, the researchers found an increased risk of brain cancer in male rats after exposure to high amount of radiation for 9-hours a day. The male rats also had a increased risk of heart tumors.

Some redeeming information of this study is that the levels of radiation inflicted upon the rats is much greater than that for humans, so it’s arguably inflated data. Furthermore, the study used 2G and 3G technology. Nowadays, most carriers have 4G technology, which uses less body-penetrating radiation.

You may still want to do whatever possible to reduce your radiation exposure, understandably. If that’s the case, pick yourself a trusty Bluetooth headset from Amazon. It’s convenient for cell phone use at a distance, listening to Pandora, and ensuring your radiation exposure is minimal.

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Get to Know Your #BMI

The BMI or body mass index has been on the tip of our tongues when it comes to obesity and weight but how important is it, anyway? According to a new study, it may have everything to do with  every cause of death. Get to know your BMI, pronto!

The BMI has typically been associated as a market of obesity, if you’re above this BMI, you may be considered over weight or obese.  But this study tells us that just because you’re considered ‘out of range’ for healthy weight, it does not mean you are more likely to die of a high BMI.

The leading causes of death are cancer, respiratory disease, and liver disease. Having a BMI too high or too low is equally as unhealthy for all three of the aforementioned conditions.

The magic number of BMI is between 21 and 25. Having a BMI in that range is found to that the lowest risk of morbidity from any conditions linked to morbidity. Want to know where you stand? Check your BMI today and shoot to get in in-range for days to come.

If the mathematical way to analyze your BMI is too much information to input, grab a hold of the industry-leading Omron Body Fat Loss Monitor.

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Is It Time to Try #IntermittentFasting?

Those who’ve tried intermittent fasting have reaped the benefits of enhancing insulin sensitivity, crushing carb cravings, spurring human growth hormone (HGH) and likely improved their mood. However, is it fair game to eat anything you want when you eat? Here’s a good answer to that question.

Let’s first define your “eating window” when intermittent fasting. Some people choose the 16:8 method where they fast for 16-hours and eat in an 8-hour window. Others opt for the 5:2 method where they eat normally for 5-days and then intermittent fast for 2. Coming out of Halloween, you may want to adopt a plan ASAP to avoid overindulging in the junk left over.

The gist of intermittent fasting is that you eat within a specified time window, so it’s not about the foods you eat but the timing of when you eat it. To optimize your fasting, you’ll want to keep it clean and stick to unprocessed foods.

If your goal with intermittent fasting is weight loss, you’ll need to sustain your caloric deficit when you do eat. Do this by figuring-out your daily calorie needs and eat less. Simple, right?

If you’re thinking about plunging into the intermittent lifestyle, checkout this video to spur you along the way. She subscribes to the lifestyle and she’s super passionate about it. Beyond that, if weight loss is your goal…think of all the benefits ketosis can offer your health. It may not smell great but you’ll get used to the health benefits.

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#Dogs Can Tell #Time

Next time  you get home late and your dog looks at you with a disappointed yet confused stare – you’re getting the message, loud and clear. Science has proven that your beloved four-legged companion can tell time.

Northwestern University conducted a study that proves to us that certain neurons in their brain light-up when mammals are expecting something (food, walks, owner to come home). This is common to all mammals, not just dogs and cats.

The study tested animals that were dependent on space and time, not something they saw.  Based upon ‘spacial memory’ this is very telling information. However researchers believe that it also can be applied to human research for treatments for Alzheimer’s.

Food, exercise, and companionship are the pillars to an animals contentment.  Why are humans hardwired to complicate the simplicity of it all? Be the dog. Focus on the stuff that naturally satisfies you.

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You May Be Digesting #Microplastic

A small pilot study of 8 subjects showed that all people had microplastic in their stool. To say the least, the lead investigator of this study was flabbergasted.  What can this mean for the rest of us unknowing mules?

The fact that micropastics are found in 100% of participants in this study means that it’s making its way to the gut biome of our bodies. Once it has passed into the nutritional absorbing pathway in our body, this could have implications on our tissues, lymphatic system, and even our blood.

The question in the back of my mind is how are these micropastics getting in there? Don’t blame the seafood. This may be as clear as day and we’re caught red-handed. All of the participants had consumed foods that came from plastic packages and drank bottled water during the study.

Because the study consisted of so few participants and all of them were carrying micropastic in their stool samples, it leaves researchers were more questions. Are we really getting micropastics from our food and water source or is this an environmental implication? Do they truly pass through the body or are they getting in there some other way?

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Easier said than done, right?

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