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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Can #HeartBreak Kill You?

The mind-body connection is as real as a heart attack, no joke. Scientists are realizing more and more how connected our emotions are to our overall well-being. With that in mind one might ask is it possible to die of heartbreak? The answer may not surprise you.

Studies have shown that spouses who grieve the loss of their husband or wife are understandably more prone to depression. Depression can give rise to inflammation in the body, which is the root-cause for many health conditions.

Back in 2017, “Psychology Today” wrote about this phenomenon deemed by the Mayo Clinic called broken heart syndrome  and may be caused by the heart’s reaction to a surge of stress hormones.

The malfunctioning in broken heart syndrome is due to electrical malfunctioning, not a heart attack. A heart attack is a blockage due to a clot, the heart continues to try and pump blood. Cardiac arrest is when there is a disruption in the electrical signaling for the heart to pump. The former is structural. The latter is a broken heart, literally.

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This #Food Burns Calories Overnight

golden rule when dieting is a little like we’re “Gremlins” don’t feed us after midnight. However science claims there’s food can be eaten before bed and it will help you burn calories in your sleep. Say what?

The merciful scientists from Florida State University discovered that a protein-rich food, like cottage cheese, may help rev the overnight metabolism. Eating 30 grams of protein shortly before bed is shown to help people retain lean muscle mass and burn-off fat.

A study where participants ate a surplus of calories from protein were shown to store excess calories in muscle, mot fat. This effectively increased their basal metabolism. A higher basal metabolism can burn more fat. This is where the claim comes to play and “this food burns calories in your sleep”. That’s the protein.

The magical thing about organic protein is that is suppresses hunger, takes more calories to burn, and it prevents muscle break-down. All three of these strong points give a study backbone to why protein is vital to weight loss.

Obviously the best sources of protein are the ones you can get in minimally process forms. Cottage cheese was touted in the study. Nuts also quality as a protein source. How about an Atkin’s favorite recipe including ricotta cheese?

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#Food and #Cancer Risk

Nowadays, we all want to make wiser choices to avoid the downfall of cancer. That being said, a new study finds that organic foods can help minimize the risk of developing cancer.

The reality of cancer risks and lifestyle choices are more linked than some of us realize. A study found that 70% to 90% of cancers are caused by lifestyle choices or environment. In fact, people with higher incomes, who exercise more, and intentionally eat organic fare better in the long run.

Yes, breast cancer is in the back of every woman’s mind. For this reason, we regularly get mammograms. The American Cancer Society reports that 60% of men over the age of 65  will develop prostate cancer.

Now what? We can eat organic, exercise like our health depends on it and steer clear of undue stress. At the end of the day, opting for organic foods that we can afford might make all the difference? Memorize the Clean 15 and the Dirty Dozen. It never hurt anybody to be budget-conscious.

Decide which organic produce is worth the investment for you. Nitrates  are used as food preservatives. Added nitrates  may be associated with an increased risk of cancer. For good measure (no pun, intended) you can always measure the nitrites in your produce.

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#Activity or Lack Thereof Could Impact #Life

Active men are likely to pass-down good genes to their offspring. In a world where our telomeres are moral compasses are arguably off, why not look for the best materials to work with? At the risk of making men sound like a  good, better, best option, if you’re looking to procreate, here’s why you want an active beau.

A study finds that you can inherit a healthy metabolism from an active dad. Your metabolism brings hydration into cells and removes the toxins. Picture the difference between a raisin and a grape. We use grapes to make wine, not raisins. Wine is healthy but  regular exercise is a great way to keep cells plump and vital.

So if “daddy” wasn’t a teenage athlete, no worries. You can still be committed to revitalizing your metabolism. Here’s a comprehensive video to give you the gist of it. And thanks to Amazon, here’s a more current book on how to do it.

Another study recognizes that smoking is bad but sitting still is even worse. See why the exercise routine of your dad is so important? He may have been a smoker but if he shook a leg every now and again, you’re golden. Just get out there and move your body without the junk food. If you’re already addicted to junk food, shelf it for  a week and start anew.

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What Your #Fingers Say About You

Ever wonder how your time in utero  could impact your lifetime? Scientists surveyed identical twins to understand what could discern their sexuality. They looked at their finger length, relative to the other fingers on their hand.

Women whose left index and ring fingers were different size were more likely to be lesbians. Researchers believe this is because they were exposed to more testosterone in the womb. Testosterone could cause finger length inequity.

Sex hormones during the time a baby is in the womb can have a significant affect on their sexuality.  The reason this study was conducted on twins is because the participants are genetically identical.  Are all identical twins the same height? No. Environmental factors, once born and beforehand in the womb, can make a difference.

Life happens. Regardless of the inequity in hormonal distribution or the equanimity of someone’s disposition, there’s bound to be a snag here or there. It’s all in the stars, not the finger length.

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The Justification for #TRex Arms

Say what you will about the T-rex and the less than majestic arms that come with the package but science is telling us that those limbs served a purpose. Here’s why the T-rex is a clapper, not a slapper.

First things first, what on Earth does that saying mean? This denotes the orientation of the hands or paws or claws (whatever you call the thing at the end of the arms.) History is in the making, according to many T-rex experts. We thought they could slap their hands but in fact their hands could clap.

So what’s the purpose of the hand designation? Supposedly it’s going to enable the T-rex to get it’s newly caught prey to its mouth easier. It’s a meat-eating, lizard king. I wonder how fast those little T-rex arms could snatch and mash its dinner? For whatever the reason they became extinct, the animal 2.0 kingdom made sure few (if any) carnivores had  short, little arms.

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#Caffeine May Treat Common #Skin Condition

Caffeine, glorious caffeine. It helps the brain, the heart, energy metabolism and now researchers are finding benefits in treating a common skin condition.

Strangely enough, the benefits of caffeine extend far beyond what we see on the inside of our bodies. A Brown University study found that caffeine helps to increase circulation to the skin which may ameliorate rosacea.

The common skin condition, rosacea, involves bumpiness, flushing, and sometimes swelling of the skin. Often times people with rosacea may have capillaries that dilate easily. Caffeine is a vaso-constrictor, which would keep blood vessels small, keeping rosacea calm.

So how much coffee do we need to get the skin calming effects? The participants who drank 3 or more cups of coffee had a lower risk of rosacea. The funny thing about this study is that the main source of caffeine was coffee. After all, coffee is jam-packed with antioxidants!

The moral of the story? If you live with rosacea and are looking to implement foods that help keep it under control, consider adding coffee to your world. Who doesn’t want more energy, more focus, and less vaso-dilation? Stock your K-Cup cabinet with a sampler pack or brew the tried-and-true.

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