Friendly Flora Prevents Weight Gain from High Fat Diet

Thursday, May 05, 2011  -  Byron J Richards

A particular strain of friendly flora, Lactobacillus plantarum, has recently been shown to prevent weight gain from a high fat diet.  High fat diets are notorious for disturbing the digestive bacterial populations in a manner that promotes weight gain and makes weight loss difficult, as I recently explained in my article, How Digestive Problems Prevent Weight Loss.  This study shows that intervention with friendly flora can have a positive impact on the situation.

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Friendly Flora Prevents Weight Gain from High Fat Diet

 -  Byron J Richards

A particular strain of friendly flora, Lactobacillus plantarum, has recently been shown to prevent weight gain from a high fat diet. High fat diets are notorious for disturbing the digestive bacterial populations in a manner that promotes weight gain and makes weight loss difficult. I recently explained this in my article, How Digestive Problems Prevent Weight Loss. This study shows that intervention with friendly flora can have a positive impact on the situation.
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Blueberries May Help Weight Management

Wednesday, May 04, 2011  -  Byron J Richards

A new study with blueberries shows they can have a direct effect on white adipose tissue, cutting fat cell numbers and the amount of fat in cells.  While this is a cell/tissue study it is still interesting because it lends proof to the notion that diets high in polyphenols from fruits have multiple benefits to health including weight loss.

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A Lifetime of High Fiber Intake Reduces Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Tuesday, May 03, 2011  -  Byron J Richards

If you are one of those people who wants to take healthy actions today to prevent problems down the road, then ensuring adequate fiber intake is a fundamental strategy for future cardiovascular health.

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Antioxidants Protect Against Obesity in Offspring

Wednesday, April 27, 2011  -  Byron J Richards

Two new animal studies are food for thought for women of childbearing age.  One study shows how easy it is to make an addictive food impression on the developing fetus and the other study shows that adequate antioxidants can prevent the problem.

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DHA Protects Against the Metabolic Flu of Obesity

Tuesday, April 26, 2011  -  Byron J Richards

A study in overweight Eskimos who still consumed about 20 times the amount of DHA as the junk food Western diet of most Americans found that even though they were similarly overweight they had much fewer signs indicating metabolic disease and risk for cardiovascular problems.  The best way to interpret this study is that if you are overweight you should load up on DHA while you get headed in the right direction, as doing so can help hold off some of the otherwise inevitable health challenges you may face.

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Mom’s Intake of DHA Reduces Child’s Risk of Obesity

 -  Byron J Richards

A mother’s intake of DHA essential fatty acid, along with reduction of omega 6 vegetable oils (fries, chips, packaged foods, some salad dressings) reduces the risk of her child being overweight at 3 years old.

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Germ Gangs Block Weight Loss – The Leptin Diet Weight Loss Challenge #5

Friday, April 22, 2011  -  Byron J Richards

The metabolic flu weakens your host defenses.  This enables germs gangs to take up unwanted residence.  Your immune system can’t get rid of them and struggles to keep them in their existing neighborhoods – a stalemate of sorts.  Some of these germ gangs live within your digestive tract, lungs, or sinuses.  Some even live in your white adipose tissue.  The net result is increased tissue damage, higher levels of inflammation, higher levels of toxic exposure, food sensitivity/allergy, higher risk for immune system malfunction, and significantly more trouble engaging weight loss or sustaining a weight loss program over time. 

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Acetyl-L-Carnitine Improves Serious Liver Malfunction

Wednesday, April 20, 2011  -  Byron J Richards

Your liver is highly stressed by chemical exposures from the environment and toxins from your digestive tract. In addition, weight gain typically causes fat build up in your liver and clogs its function. At some point your liver really struggles to do its job, resulting in mental and physical fatigue, along with a lack of physical activity. This is typically accompanied by an elevation in ammonia, which is neurotoxic. A new study shows that 2,000 mg of Acetyl-l-carnitine can significantly improve this condition in people with poorly functioning livers.

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Malfunctioning Immunity Causes Weight Gain – The Leptin Diet Weight Loss Challenge #4

Friday, April 15, 2011  -  Byron J Richards

I am entering a new term into the lexicon of the weight-loss world – metabolic flu.  The primary symptom of this problem is abnormal fatigue.  This includes feeling like you did not sleep well, easy power outages by mid afternoon, and erratic energy at night that is a bizarre combination of fatigue and wired energy that often results in sleep problems.  This type of fatigue is also associated with difficulty getting energy from a reasonable amount of food and an inability to sustain energy between meals without snacking. 

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