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Fat is Your Friend

Healthy fats include avocados, whole eggs (grass-fed), fatty fish, almonds, coconut oil, full-fat yogurt, fatty meat (grass-fed/pastured animals), full-fat cheeses, dark chocolate (organic and high cocoa content), and grass-fed butter (Kerrygold brand).

Young Adults Who Eat Fruits and Vegetables Have Fewer Heart Problems Later

A study published in the journal Circulation reports young adults who eat fruits and vegetables had less coronary artery plaque twenty years later.

Researchers followed over 2,500 participants for two decades. They placed the participants into three groups, based on how many fruits and veggies they consumed - the most, a medium amount and the lowest amounts.

Those who ate the highest number of fruits and veggies (more than five servings) had a twenty-six percent lower chance of developing calcified plaque twenty years later, when compared to those who ate the least.

A buildup of calcified plaque is the main cause of atherosclerosis, which can lead to stroke and heart attacks.

There is a connection between fruit and vegetable consumption with heart health in middle-aged people. This is the first study examining the diets of young adults.

Reducing Sugar Improves Children's Health in 10 Days

For quite some time, sugar has been suspected as being one of the primary causes of the obesity epidemic, as well as related to diseases such as Type 2 diabetes.

Though not easy to prove, many studies point in that direction.

The latest is a study, published in the journal Obesity, which had forty-three children with obesity and metabolic syndrome eat less sugar for ten days.

The kids had an equal amount of calories. The only difference was the sugar was replaced with starch.

The result was improvement in almost all factors related to health: better blood pressure, better blood sugar, and lower insulin levels, without any effect on weight.

All of this in only ten days, by reducing sugar, but not calories.

Is this more proof regarding the toxicity of sugar?

Note: The scientists replaced sugar with starch. Many have been led to believe sugar and starch are equally unhealthy. Though starch quickly turns into sugar (glucose), it contains no fructose. This study shows sugar to be the culprit.

Rel…

Higher Carotenoid Levels Associated With Breast Cancer Protection

A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found a protective effect for high levels of carotenoids against the risk of developing breast cancer.

The study included 2,188 Nurses' Health Study participants who developed breast cancer over the 20 years following an initial blood sample collection during 1989 to 1990, and an equal number of matched controls who did not develop the disease.

Initial and subsequently collected blood samples were analyzed for plasma alpha carotene, beta carotene, beta cryptoxanthin, lutein and zeaxanthin, and lycopene.

For women whose total carotenoid levels were among the top 20% of subjects,there was a 23% lower risk of breast cancer in comparison with those whose levels were among the lowest 20%. Among individual carotenoids, alpha carotene, beta carotene, and lycopene were significantly protective. High levels of carotenoids were more protective against recurrent or lethal breast cancer than non-recurrent and non-lethal disease.

The above resea…

You Can Curb Sweet Tooth Cravings

New research shows eating green foods helps to curb sweet tooth cravings.

This clinical trial specifically studied spinach extract.

It showed significant weight loss benefits, due to a chemical known as thylakoids.

Thylakoids are known to produce satiety hormones.

So to control your cravings and maybe drop a few pounds too, try eating a few green veggies.

Beet Juice Make Breathing Easier at High Altitudes

According to a scientific study out of Norway, beet juice seems to improve endothelial functioning at high altitudes.

When test subjects drank beet juice, their bodies were able to create more nitric oxide, their blood vessels widened, and more air was moved to their muscles.

Researchers were able to measure the blood flow through ultrasound.

The study was published in Nitric Oxide and is the first to look at dietary nitrate and its effects on endothelial functioning at high altitudes.

 The study concludes:

"Acute dietary NO3−supplementation may abolish altitude-induced reduction in endothelial function, and can serve as a dietary strategy to ensure peripheral vascular function in lowland subjects entering high altitude environments."

So the next time you’re thinking of scaling a mountain or running a marathon, drink beet juice beforehand and give your body a boost of nitric oxide.

The Underlying Cause of Obesity

"The underlying cause of obesity turns out to be a hormonal, not a caloric imbalance. The hormone at the center of the debate was insulin. If excessive insulin was causing obesity, then clearly the answer lay in reducing insulin." - Dr. Jason Fung, M.D.

Are You Low on These Five B Vitamins?

Do you have low energy levels? Are you struggling with your workouts? Did you know exercising, especially high-intensity training, can deplete your body of B vitamins?

Your body needs B vitamins for energy and more. Low levels of this nutrient can hurt your performance.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition:

"van der Beek et al, who depleted 24 healthy men of thiamine, riboflavin, and vitamin B-6 over an 11-wk metabolic feeding period found that vitamin depletion significantly decreased maximal work capacity (V̇O2max) by 12%, onset of blood lactate accumulation by 7%, oxygen consumption at onset of blood lactate accumulation by 12%, peak power by 9%, and mean power by 7%."

The paper also says athletes may need more B vitamins than less active people. Their findings indicated active people need more riboflavin, folate, B-6, B-12, and thiamine.

Anyone on a diet as well as people who do not eat healthy, could run the risk of being insufficient of B vitamins. This is especially true…

Carotenoids: Lower Breast Cancer Risk and Recurrence

study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found high amounts of carotenoids in the blood, specifically beta and alpha carotene and lycopene, were linked to a lower risk of breast cancer.

Carotenoids are commonly found in vegetables such as carrots, tomatoes and kale.

The study started back in 1989. Researchers looked at the blood samples of over 30,000 women.

These women were also asked to fill out questionnaires about their lifestyles, to assess their risk for breast cancer.

In the year 2000, over 18,000 of those women donated blood a second time.

By 2010, 2,188 of the women had developed breast cancer.

The researchers compared the blood samples of women who had similar risk of cancer. They found participants who had the highest amounts of carotenoids in their blood had an eighteen to twenty-eight percent lower risk of breast cancer, when compared to the group low in carotenoids.

The study suggested high levels of carotenoids also reduced the risk recurring br…

How To Lose Weight by Dr. Jason Fung

"Once we understand that insulin is the key player in the development of obesity, we can begin to treat it. Insulin causes obesity, so the key to the treatment of obesity is to lower insulin. Obesity is not a caloric imbalance, it is a hormonal imbalance. Obesity is a disease of too-much-insulin. Therefore, the treatment is to lower insulin. This, of course, is easier said than done.

It is not simply a matter of lowering calories, or lowering carbohydrates, or lowering sugar or lowering processed foods or or increasing fibre or increasing fruits and vegetables. No, it is a matter of doing all of these things that decrease insulin levels." - Dr. Jason Fung, M.D.

P.S. To read a short report on the subject of obesity and weight loss, Click Here.

Do You Have An Overweight Child?

Question: What would you do if you had a fat child? As my kids enter school, it becomes more difficult to control their diet. I have three kids, all under ten, two of whom are fat. One of my children was born 6.5lbs, was exclusively breastfed, and nonetheless was very fat by four months. I thought I had a nicely chubby baby, but now that the child is older, I realize the tendancy to gain fat was in the child from birth. While both my husband and I have obese relatives, neither of us is obese and my pregnancy weight gain was normal. I do and did have a huge sweet tooth. No gestational diabetes.

Answer: The same principles apply to children, though we have less data. For this reason, I would not necessarily advocate for a child to be fully ketoic (although nutritional ketosis is a known and proven treatment for intractable epileptic seizures in children and has been shown to be safe). For overweight children, I would look to the work of Dr. Lustig – strict restriction on ALL sugar, plus …

Study: 13% Increase in Muscle Power Using Beet Juice

A small study, published in Circulation: Heart Failure, followed nine patients who had suffered from heart failure.

Acting as their own control group, the subjects tested their muscles both before and after taking beet juice.

When drinking beet juice, the subjects saw a thirteen percent increase in power in those muscles that extend the knee. The greatest benefit was seen when the subjects increased their speed.

This increase in power was attributed to the dietary nitrate in beets and leafy green vegetables.

From Medical News Today: 

"The magnitude of this improvement is comparable to that seen in heart failure patients who have done 2-3 months of resistance training."

"One problem in aging is the muscles get weaker, slower and less powerful. Beyond a certain age, people lose about 1% per year of their muscle function. If we can boost muscle power like we did in this study, that could provide a significant benefit to older individuals." - Dr. Andrew R. Coggan, PhD

So drin…

Do You Have a Health Issue?

"If anyone has a health issue, including obesity, I advise taking wheat and dairy out of the diet for at least three months." - Dr. Terry Wahls, M.D.

Heart Fitness: One of the Best Indicators of Health

Starting on our twenties, we lose ten percent of our cardiovascular fitness every decade. This is because our bodies become less efficient as we get older.

The good news is, according to research, exercise can slow down the process of aging. People who are in shape decrease their risk of mortality by up to twenty-five percent.

Cardiovascular fitness is one of the best ways to see the overall health in a person. It’s a better indicator than smoking, obesity, diabetes and hypertension.

From Ball State University:

"However, despite the fact that low cardiovascular fitness is one of the most important determinates of health outcomes, it is often neglected in favor of risk markers more familiar to more clinicians who are likely to focus on conditions treatable with drugs or invasive procedures,” - Leonard Kaminsky, director for Wellness and Gerontology at Ball State University

The study looked at the treadmill tests of 7,800 healthy participants and will be published in the November …

Lower Your Risk For Heart Disease, Diabetes and Stroke

"According to the new analysis, one to two servings of sugary drinks per days raises a person’s risk of heart disease by 35%. The same amount raises risk of type 2 diabetes by 25%, and stroke by 15%. It’s also been linked to gout, gallstones, and kidney stones." - Forbes

Is sugar much worse than we originally thought? Do you like the idea of a package warning label? How much sugar do you consume every day?

Beet Juice for Heart Health

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States. Half of those men did not experience any symptoms prior to dying.

Factors for heart disease include obesity, diet, and high blood pressure.

According to a study out of Queen Mary University in London and published in the journal Hypertension, one cup of beet juice can lower blood pressure within twenty-four hours.

The beet juice contains vegetable nitrate, which converts to nitric oxide. This sends a signal to the blood vessels to widen, which can then naturally lower blood pressure.

So to avoid potential heart problems, try to get more beet juice in your diet.

P.S. Beet juice also provides men with more endurance and stamina, by naturally increasing circulation, allowing the body to do more physically, while using less oxygen.

Are You Getting Enough Fiber Every Day?

The average person consumes 15 grams of fiber a day. The American Heart Association recommends 20 to 35 grams of daily fiber.

Research shows people with high-fiber diets increase their rate of survival by twenty-two percent.

Fiber By The Numbers:
9% decrease in diabetes risk for every 10 gram increase in daily fiber14% decrease in the risk of cardiovascular events18% less likely to develop diabetes when 26 grams of fiber is consumed daily22% lower risk of overall mortality24% decrease in the risk of death by coronary heart disease50% less likely to experience major weight gain (55 pounds or more) over a twelve year period
Note: When compared to those who consumed the lease amount of fiber.

P.S.  Fiber comes exclusively from plants.

There are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Although both are necessary, soluble breaks down in water, while insoluble does not.

Insoluble fiber can absorb water and keep you fuller longer. It can also help make it easier to pass waste. Some soluble fi…

One Way To Stay Warm This Winter

Beet juice is full of dietary nitrate. The body converts it into nitric oxide, which naturally widens blood vessels.

When you get cold, your body works to protect its core. Your nervous system and muscle impulses begin to slow down.

Your blood vessels also constrict to conserve heat, which protects your core temperature. Your fingers and toes then begin to get cold.

By adding beet juice to your diet, it improves overall circulation, which then helps increase the temperature to your extremities.

Beet juice has also been shown to lower blood pressure. Better blood flow takes stress off the heart during cold weather.

No matter the temperature, beet juice is simply a good idea for overall health.

A Healthy Diet for a Happy Life

Healthy food choices can not only lower your risk for disease, but also influence your mental health.

New research, published in BMC Medicine, examined 15,000 people over a ten year period.

Researchers found a link between a healthy diet and a decreased chance of developing depression.

All participants in the study were not depressed at the beginning and were asked to stick to one of three diets: the Mediterranean Diet, the Pro-vegetarian Dietary Pattern and Alternative Healthy Eating Index-2010.

Over the years, they filled out surveys monitoring how well they stayed on their diet of choice.

After several years, a total of 1,550 participants reported depression or had been treated for it.

What the researchers found was those who stayed on a healthy diet were less likely to have suffered from depression.

Those who switched from an unhealthy diet to a healthy way of eating saw the greatest benefits. Being super strict to a diet plan did not seem to provide additional benefits.

From the …

One Way To Lower Your Risk of Death by 42%

The results of a study, from University College London and published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, suggests we should be eating at least seven servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

Doing this will lower your risk of death by forty-two percent at any point in your life. Included is the reduced risk of heart problems, cancer and stroke.

"We all know that eating fruit and vegetables is healthy, but the size of the effect is staggering." - Dr. Oyinlola Oyebode, leader of the study

The research also showed vegetables have a significantly higher health benefit than fruit. However, fruit still makes a real difference.

Do you eat enough fruits and vegetables every day?

To learn more, Click Here.

87% of Americans Not Eating Their Vegetables

According to the Centers for Disease Control and NBC News, eighty-seven percent of Americans do not get the recommended daily allowance of vegetables, while seventy-five percent do not eat enough fruit.

Adults need three or more servings of vegetables per day, as well as two cups of fruit. However, studies show most Americans consume less than a cup of fruit and less than two cups of vegetables each day.

According to numerous studies, people who eat the daily recommended five to nine servings of fruits and veggies lower their risk of stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and many other illnesses.

A 2014 paper published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found people who ate seven or more servings of vegetables were 42% less likely to die from any cause than those who ate only one serving.

So why folks not regularly eating their vegetables?

"People perceive vegetables as being difficult to manage. Start with expensive. There’s a lot of waste. They have to be peeled. They ha…

You Can Slow Down The Aging Process

From studying identical twins, it is now known around 35% of the aging process is genetic, while the other 65% is up to you.

You can minimize damage and slow down the aging process by what you eat, drink, think, and do.

When it comes to your health, your choices make or break you.

P.S. To learn more about this idea, check out, "What Everybody Ought To Know About The Healthy Cell Concept."

Is There A Link Between Diet and Cancer?

My grandfather and father died of cancer. I learn as much as I can so this dreaded disease doesn't happen to me.

Here are some quotes from an article titled, "The link between Cancer, Insulin Resistance and a Ketogenic Diet."

"Most cancer scientists have historically thought that cancer was a genetic disease, but only 5-10% of cancer is hereditary." - Dr. D'Agostino, Ph.D.

"The more I read the more I am convinced of the link between diet and cancer. A lot hinges around the role of insulin on stimulating factors involved in cellular division and metabolism." - Dr. Gary Fettke, M.D.

“The more I read the more I am convinced of the link between diet and cancer. A lot hinges around the role of insulin on stimulating factors involved in cellular division and metabolism."

"Apparently, cancer cells cannot use any other fuel for growth, except for glucose. Without glucose they starve to death. This theory is based on the Warburg effect, by Dr Otto War…

BarleyLife® Xtra Mixed In Juice

We've had a number of people ask us how we mix BarleyLife® Xtra in juice and water for Brady.

Through a bit of trial and error, we have found the following to be the best mixture for our picky eater son.

Two ounces of juice (white grape juice and apple juice mixed together)A teaspoon of BarleyLife® XtraEight ounces of cold, filtered waterPut all of this in a sippy cup and shake well
Brady drinks six to eight sippy cups of this BarleyLife® Xtra mixture a day

When it comes to your kids, feel free to experiment.

For example, Brady used to like his juice mixture at room temperature. As he got older, for whatever reason, he decided he wanted it to be cold. That’s life with a picky eater!

So be flexible and see what works best for your kids. To learn more about BarleyLife® Xtra, Click Here.

P.S. BarleyLife® Xtra is a quick and easy way for kids to get their fruits and veggies. To learn more about this nutritious green powder, Click Here.

You Can Avoid Holiday Weight Gain with AIM

Holiday weight gain starts during the Halloween season. First, the stores get an early start on selling Halloween candy.

Everyone thinks, "I'll get some candy now when it’s cheaper."

And by the time Halloween rolls around, everybody has bought Halloween candy six times.

Thanksgiving through Christmas can basically be measured in pies. That’s the time of year known as Pie Time, and it’s a thing. By New Years, we’re so completely off the rails that we wait until we buy a new calendar to make positive changes.

But we shouldn't wait. We should remain vigilant throughout the latter quarter of the year. Here’s a list of AIM-related tips that can help you keep your waistline under control.
You know those pumpkin-spice drinks we’re downing before work? They have about 400 calories per cup. If you’re looking for a tasty pick-me-up, try Peak Endurance®. For only thirty calories, you get a battery of energy-boostin’ B vitamins. Having trouble controlling cravings during Pie Tim…

Dietary Nitrate: The Unrecognized Nutrient

Many years ago, people were afraid of the nitrates in food. This was due to several studies on the nitrates often used to keep hot dogs from spoiling.  These artificial nitrates did a good job of upping the profit margins on heated-frozen-reheated-refrozen-ad-naseum movie theater hot dogs, but they were also linked to cancer. The evidence was pretty overwhelming, and naturally everyone became nitrate adverse.

Ironically, vegetables were sitting over in the corner being like “Yo, we have so many natural nitrates. Always have.”  So then scientists were all like “What the hey?” And they tested vegetables to see if they were safe for consumption.  Both Europe and Australia headed inquiries into the subject, and both continents found that veggies were not dangerous but awesome and healthy. And the other continents were like “We believe you. It’s like no duh, but thanks for checking,” except for Antarctica who was like “Nobody lives here.”

Meanwhile, late last century some scientists were lik…