Will Gaining Weight Make You Dumb?

Wednesday, March 31, 2010  -  Byron J Richards

New research has linked the inflammatory compound C-reactive protein (CRP) to a decline in decision-making and cognitive function.  Those with the highest levels of CRP had a full decade of extra brain aging.  One way to have higher levels of CRP is to be overweight.  White adipose tissue generates an inflammatory messenger known as IL-6 which travels from your fat to your liver and directly raises your liver’s production of CRP.

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Psyllium Reduces Digestive Food Craving Signals

Sunday, March 28, 2010  -  Byron J Richards

A new study shows that psyllium fiber taken before a meal has a significant impact on multiple appetite signals within your digestive tract several hours after the meal – helping to maintain a sense of not being hungry.

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Is Your Job Making You Fat?

Saturday, March 27, 2010  -  Byron J Richards

A new study paints a rather grim picture of the American workplace in the 21st century.  It is full of stressed out people sitting in front of computers getting very little activity.  As pink slips are handed out fat-laden junk food is rapidly consumed, even more than the typically stressful day.  Once the workers get home they can’t wait to crash in front of the TV, too tired to exercise.  It is a recipe for weight gain and poor health.

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Women Over Age 50 Need 1 Hour Per Day of Exercise

Friday, March 26, 2010  -  Byron J Richards

A large Harvard study shows than women over age 50 who average 60 minutes a day of moderate-intensity activity (such as walking) were able to maintain a healthy weight over a 13 year period.

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The Effects of Green Tea on Weight Management

Thursday, March 18, 2010  -  Byron J Richards

Green tea is a rich source of polyphenol catechins.  Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is the most active form of the catechins responsible for green tea’s antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and metabolic effects.  Green tea also contains caffeine, which appears to act synergistically with EGCG to assist metabolism.  A recent meta-analysis of all human green tea weight loss studies found that caffeine-containing green tea works best and produces a statistically significant reduction in body weight, body mass index, and waistline.

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How Imbalanced Digestive Bacteria Cause Obesity & Heart Disease

Friday, March 12, 2010  -  Byron J Richards

Science now reveals that the foreign contents within your digestive tract play a dramatic role in your energy level, metabolic function, body weight, and cardiovascular health.  While it is not the only causative factor involved in obesity and the metabolic syndrome it is a significant contributing factor for virtually any overweight person – especially someone who has difficulty losing weight and keeping it off.

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Cinnamon Improves Multiple Genes Relating to Blood Sugar and Fatty Acid Metabolism

Sunday, March 07, 2010  -  Byron J Richards

The water-soluble branded extract of cinnamon known as Cinnulin PF continues to build an impressive body of science showing how the nutrient assists healthy blood sugar metabolism.  A new animal study shows that daily intake of Cinnulin PF was able to offset the metabolic stress of a high fructose diet that is used in experimental situations to produce insulin resistance.

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Dietary Weight Loss Reverses Atherosclerosis

Thursday, March 04, 2010  -  Byron J Richards

In a fundamental discovery with sweeping public health implications Israeli researchers have proven for the first time that the process of long-term weight loss is capable of reversing heart disease.

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A High Fat, High Sugar Diet Activates Weight-Gain Genes

Wednesday, March 03, 2010  -  Byron J Richards

It is not simply a matter of the extra calories in and of themselves.  Excessive caloric intake turns on gene signals that actively promote the storage of calories as fat.  If those gene signals are repetitively activated and conditioned to stay on, you are in real metabolic trouble.  A new study in the FASEB journal is part of an emerging body of science showing how improper food consumption sets gene-related metabolic signaling that cripples healthy metabolism.

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Snacking is Damaging Health; Michelle Obama is Off Target

Tuesday, March 02, 2010  -  Byron J Richards

A study published Monday in the journal Health Affairs paints a picture of children who can’t stop eating.  They are addicted to junk food snacks and they just can’t seem to stop.  They are getting larger and hungrier by the minute.  They have three extra meals per day in the form of snacks, composed primarily of utter junk food and junk beverages.  The study is just now being picked up by the national media, although I first reported on it last month when it was also published in the Journal of Nutrition.

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