By Natural Advocate | April 28, 2010 - 9:27 pm - Posted in Foods, General Health Updates

Let me tell you something you already know. White bread, as opposed to whole wheat and whole grain breads with all their fiber goodness, is not good for you. But do you actually know why refined carbohydrates like white bread, pizza crusts, pastas, and pretzels and the like, are not good for you? Well, it all boils down to the fact that refined carbohydrates and simple sugars don’t take long at all to absorb into your blood stream, causing rapid explosions in your blood sugar levels.

This leads to spikes in blood sugar, especially in women, according to new research, which is why high carb consumption in women is linked to increased levels of heart disease. Women apparently process carbohydrates differently (ie probably less efficiently) than men do. This may partly explain why it is generally harder for women to lose weight than it is for men. Lucky us!

Have you ever noticed that after eating a snack of nothing but chips or white pretzels, you feel like you’re ravenous again an hour or two later? This is because of the effect that food products like this have on your blood sugar, which is indelibly linked to your appetite.

When your blood sugar levels peak and drop all the time instead of staying steady at all times, your body reacts by turning on the appetite switch. Therefore, eating a diet that maintains a steady, always even blood sugar levels is pretty much the best natural appetite suppressant and key to weight loss you can get.

Dips and spikes in your blood sugar don’t just cause your appetite to become erratic though. Your mood is also profoundly effected by the food that you eat, and whether or not those foods are conducive to a healthy balance in your blood sugar levels. Seratonin levels are affected, cortisol levels are affected, pretty much everything can go down the tubes if your blood sugar is never within healthy limits.

This also affects your heart health. Those that experience a lot of spikes in their blood sugar are at particularly high risk for heart disease and heart attacks as it affects the natural rhythms of the heart beat. Simply the fact that someone has diabetes increases their risk for heart disease, so that should tell you something about the relationship between blood sugar and heart health. If you want to read a good book about weight, health and keeping blood sugar levels stable through diet, try reading The Zone.

By Natural Advocate | April 26, 2010 - 9:08 pm - Posted in Natural Anti Aging

It’s no secret nowadays that utilizing and maniupulating your dietary food intake can immensely benefit your health, and even “cure” you of certain disorders of ailments, or at least reduce their symptoms and severity greatly. You diet is actually one of the best lifestyle factors that you have direct control over, which can benefit you on so many levels it’s insane to think you have no say in your health.

Your mind, your body, energy levels, rate at which your body and brain age, and your major organs function, are all in part controlled by the foods that you eat. For this precise reason, there have been more and more studies done on how different diets and eating styles have impacted various health issues. One of those studies that is more recent is one that confirms what was already known.

Alzheimers, a degenerative brain disease in which a person increasingly forgets various things and has a hard time forming full thoughts, is the latest disease and function of aging that has been found to be very responsive to certain dietary changes.

Specifically, it was found in this study that people who consumed more olive oils, nuts rich in omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin B, and other nutrients associated with anti aging, had a much lower risk of developing alzheimers. People who consumed a lot of red meat, saturated fats and unhealthy carbs had a higher incidence of alzheimers disease. This just goes to show that the foods you choose have a huge impact on your likelihood of disease and health issues.

They also impact your longevity, since many of the health problems associated with unhealthy diets like heart disease, stroke and cancer, are often associated with unbalanced/unhealthy dietary choices.

By Natural Advocate | April 24, 2010 - 7:20 pm - Posted in Alternative & Herbal Health News

We discussed a while ago that a study was published which pointed to cinnamon as a potential natural remedy for helping to regulate blood sugar, and as a potential natural supplement for diabetics who wanted to regulate their blood sugar more naturally or as an added benefit to any medication they were taking.

However, it’s important to note that patients who are on blood sugar medication should not take these doses of cinnamon without the consultation of their doctor because cinnamon at levels that are deemed therapeutic against high blood sugar may in fact make the blood sugar go too low when combined with one another.

A study was done on patients with diabetes. Patients took varying amounts of cinnamon, up to about one teaspoon equivalent and under, were shown to all benefit the same amount with both their blood glucose levels dropping to better, more healthy levels, and a surprise benefit fo a drop in their cholesterol as well.

It is rather funny too, that I just read another article about how when one feels a craving for sugar, they should sprinkle cinnamon on top of their food, and this helps to cure the craving. I can’t help but wonder that the two are related to sugar cravings and blood sugar levels, since a little bit of this spice actually helps to lower the cravings for something that increases blood glucose as well.

This finding may be very useful for those that are dieting as well, as a natural appetite suppressant to help get you through the day without the spiking blood sugar levels that typically drive the appetite up and out of the universe. Typically a half teaspoon in the morning with breakfast may help you stabilize your glucose levels for the day. Just don’t over do it, and pregnant woman shoule limit their intake of any therapeutic form of spices or herbs as well.

Cinnamon has also been implicated as an antibacterial agent, and it is also thought to help stimulate circulation, among a bevy of other benefits. Just try to buy organic also so you’re not getting pesticides in with your little dose of cinnamon.

By Natural Advocate | April 21, 2010 - 4:47 pm - Posted in Vitamins & Minerals

There is more and more proof through growing bodies of study, that vitamin D is not only highly protective against bone density degeneration and bone diseases such as osteoporosis, but that vitamin D may be key in helping to deflect and protect against all types of different cancers. This seems like a very bold claim, and perhaps it is, but it’s not even quite a conclusive claim, more of a developing hypothesis at this point.

They are finding more and more evidence that vitamin D acts as a very potent cell growth inhibitor, which means it may prevent the unhealthy over growth and rapid replication and division of cells that we call cancer. It has already been linked to the prevention of breast cancer, and many times deficiencies in vitamin D have been linked to other types of cancers like breast cancer. Heck, they even just recently had a study that asthma was linked to low vitamin D levels in children.

Vitamin D may soon turn out to be the next power vitamin of our millenium, when it used to be more like the redheaded stepchild of the world of vitamins and supplements. It even has some capabilities as an antidepressant, and it is linked to seasonal related mood disorders like SAD, since people cannot get as much sunlight in the winter time as they can in the summer.

Vitamin D, as most of you probably already know, is most efficiently created and absorbed through sunlight exposure. We actually make and synthesize vitamin D in our own bodies, through our skin’s absorption of UV rays. We then supposedly process vitamin D into a usable and absorbable vitamin in our liver, where we convert it to something that is utilized.

Vitamin D supplements unfortunately don’t come as close to the real thing – sunlight – to produce this precious vitamin, and there are many out there who get confused by this since we are told to avoid the sunlight like the plague out of fear of skin cancer. The truth is though, that all forms of life require sunlight to live, and we humans are not immune to that. We need some sunlight, you just have to be careful not to get burnt.

By Natural Advocate | April 18, 2010 - 8:56 pm - Posted in Medical News

This healthcare business is really a hotly contested issue lately. Some people literally think it will bring about the fall of the US economy and our first step toward socialized medicine and government. I tend to agree, although I have to see it in action before I rush to judgment.  The sounds of it just aren’t really reassuring if you ask me. It sounds like the lawmakers who passed it don’t even know for sure how the logistics of it are going to work, and that’s not a huge vote of confidence in my book.

I have a problem when just about everyone’s taxes are going to increase, and the standards of care may not even change all that much. The difference is that, sure people will be covered that weren’t before. But at what expense? Are they going to have to dish money they don’t have out of their pocket for something they didn’t deem a large enough priority in the first place to pay for it?

Also, we have to hope that a lot more money going forward, will be dumped into preventive healthcare, where it belongs.  Educational programs against obesity, vitamin and supplement and nutrition education, lifestyle education and things like that can save American’s billions on healthcare costs.  That alone can help us all pay for eachother’s healthcare, which is essentially what we will be doing for eachother, there is no way of sugarcoating that fact.

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