Addicted to Junk Food

Is junk food making us lose appetite for balanced diet?

People can learn to like healthy foods, brain scans suggest 

Junk isn’t just bad for your body but it also affects your ability to eat a balanced diet. While it is putting on excessive weight it changing your desires to eat a healthy and balanced diet. A junk food diet over times leads to overeating and obesity by changing self-control.

The researchers believe that a junk food diet damages the circuits for reward in parts of your brain and make it difficult to limit your intake of food. These foods become highly addictive.

However a second article from Medical Foods Today, discusses that we can re-educate our brains behavioral based weight loss to undo the damage caused by junk foods. In a 6 month period of time participant were able to change the way the reward centers in the brain responded to foods.

The participants needed to reverse their addiction to unhealthy food as well and increase their love for healthy foods.

For me I’ve found the making sure I eat only healthy foods and totally avoiding “junk food” is the best way for me to lose weight and stay healthy. I found that after 2 weeks on the raw food diet my taste buds changed and I found the idea of junk food unappealing.

But as you can see from above it is best to avoid junk foods as they do have long term effect in your health and behavior.

Source: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/281872.php

Source: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/281643.php

 

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Is Gluten Free Enough?

A recent article in Medical News Today (Is a gluten-free diet enough to control the complications of celiac disease?) discusses how recent research shows that a gluten free diet isn’t really enough to manage celiac disease. As the disease is a chronic inflammatory disease it can result in malnutrition. is gluten free enoguh Celiac disease can result in diminished function of the gallbladder and the pancreas. Decrease gut permeability leads to glucose and lipid metabolism issues as well as obesity. Patients also have decreases in pancreatic enzymes, lactase and vitamin D. Celiac patients need to supplements their diet in order to help make up for these long term effects. The authors suggest prebiotic foods as well as the herbs ginger, sage, rosemary, and turmeric. In addition raw vegetables oils such as virgin olive oil help to stimulate the gall bladder. Because of gastric acid deficiencies there may be a decrease in calcium, vitamin D, folic acid, B12, and iron. Another interesting point is that celiac patients seem too often have a nickel allergy. Here is a LINK to the table showing the papers recommendations. Source: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/281969.php & http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/jmf.2014.0025

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Eating Junk Food May Worsen Overeating

Eating Junk Food May Block Signals to Stop Overeating

Eating Junk Food May Worsen Overeating

Eating Junk Food May Worsen Overeating

Self-control doesn’t come easily when it comes to eating junk food. While many of us typically blame ourselves for weak willpower, a new study this week indicates the food we eat may actually change our brain in a way that makes it harder for us to move on to other foods when we’ve had enough of the junk. Previous research has shown that many animals, including humans, have a built-in mechanism for balancing their food intake. When a person eats a lot of a certain type of food, their brain starts to decrease the appeal of the taste of that food. As this happens, a person tends to stop eating that food and moves on to something else, naturally balancing out their diet. But there are ways around this. Prior studies had indicated that eating a lot of rich, high-calorie foods could weaken this barrier in favor of the reward these tasty treats can provide, but no research had formally confirmed this hypothesis.

Find out more here: http://blog.doctoroz.com/in-the-news/eating-junk-food-may-block-signals-to-stop-overeating

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Some Carbohydrates May be Lethal

Deadly Carbohydrates May Be the Lethal Sugar/Cancer Connection

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A new study shows what researchers have suspected for years—consuming carbohydrates dramatically increases the risk for a common type of breast cancer, a kind that is notoriously hard to treat, according to an article scheduled for publication in the Oct. Life Extension Magazine. The study, published earlier this year in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, revealed that postmenopausal women with previous breast cancer were two times more likely to have recurrence if their carbohydrate intake remained stable or increased after surgery. While the study focused on reducing future cancer recurrences, it has tremendous implications for women who have not yet experienced breast cancer, as well as for everyone concerned about preventing cancers in the future. “There is growing interest among the scientific community in the relationship between carbohydrate consumption and cancer, with a special focus on breast cancer,” says Michael A. Smith, M.D. and senior health scientist for Life Extension.

Read more info here: http://www.alternativemedicine.com/news-item/deadly-carbohydrates-may-be-lethal-sugarcancer-connection

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Vitamin D Deficiency Imposes Serious Risks in Patients

Death and serious complications more likely in patients with vitamin D deficiency

Patients with low blood levels of vitamin D are at increased risk of death and serious complications after noncardiac surgery, suggests a study in Anesthesia & Analgesia. “Vitamin D concentrations were associated with a composite of in-hospital death, serious infections, and serious cardiovascular events,” according to the new research by Dr Alparslan Turan and colleagues of the Cleveland Clinic. They believe their results warrant further study to see if giving vitamin D supplementation before surgery can reduce the risk of these adverse outcomes. The researchers analyzed the relationship between vitamin D level and surgical outcomes in approximately 3,500 patients who underwent operations other than heart surgery between 2005 and 2011. Only patients who had available data on vitamin D levels around the time of surgery – from three months before to one month afterward – were included in the study.

Find out more here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/281157.php

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Are You Dehydrated?

Top Warning Signs You Could Be Dehydrated (and Why It Matters)

Many of us walk around in a state of mild to moderate dehydration because we often don’t consume enough liquids to supply our bodies with the hydration it needs to function at its best. Chronic dehydration stresses our organs and can interfere with bodily functions leading in some cases to illness, irritability, fatigue, difficulty focusing and more. Hot weather and physical activity deplete our body’s water, making drinking water essential in warm climates, especially during summer months, and before, during and after exercise. So unless you’re on a fluid-restricted regimen prescribed by a healthcare professional, you should be drinking up on a regular basis.

Read more info here: http://blog.doctoroz.com/oz-experts/the-top-warning-signs-you-could-be-dehydrated-and-why-it-matters

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Eating Almond Daily May Reduce Heart Disease Risk

Daily almond intake lowers risk of heart disease according to new study

A new study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that participants who ate almonds as part of a heart-healthy diet significantly improved certain factors associated with heart disease risk.[i] Researchers estimated that for every 30 grams increase (approximately 1 ounce) of almonds consumed daily during the study, study participants’ estimated 10-year coronary heart disease (CHD) risk score was reduced by 3.5%. The randomized, controlled clinical study, conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto, included 27 adult participants (mean age of 64 years) with elevated LDL cholesterol. Participants followed a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol that also included each of three dietary interventions for four weeks each in a crossover design.

Read more info here: http://newhope360.com/business/daily-almond-intake-lowers-risk-heart-disease-according-new-study

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Depression Uncovered

Is Depression a Disease—or a Symptom of Inflammation?

The idea that depression and other mental health conditions are caused by an imbalance of chemicals (particularly serotonin and norepinephrine) in the brain is so deeply ingrained in our collective psyche that it seems almost sacrilegious to question it.  Of course Big Pharma has played a role in perpetuating this idea. Antidepressant drugs, which are based on the chemical imbalance theory, represent a $10 billion dollar market in the U.S. alone. According to the CDC, 11 percent of Americans over 12 years old take antidepressants, and they are the second-most prescribed medications (after cholesterol-lowering drugs). Doctors wrote a staggering 254 million prescriptions for antidepressants in 2010. What if depression isn’t caused by a “chemical imbalance” after all? More specifically, what if depression itself is not a disease, but a symptom of an underlying problem?

Learn more info here: http://chriskresser.com/is-depression-a-disease-or-a-symptom-of-inflammation

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Harmful Levels of Mercury Found in Fish?

Mislabeling of fish ‘exposes consumers to harmful levels of mercury’

Although there are many health benefits associated with eating fish, most commercially harvested fish are contaminated with mercury – a neurotoxin that is especially damaging to the developing nervous system. Within the general environment, mercury is present only in small quantities, but it accumulates in living organisms, such as fish. The amount of mercury prevalent in fish varies among species but tends to be found in higher concentrations in the larger, longer-lived predatory fish. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises pregnant and nursing women, women who may become pregnant and young children not to eat shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish – which are known to have high concentrations of mercury – and to eat no more than 12 oz per week of species of fish that have lower levels of mercury.

Find out more here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/281316.php

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Gluten Free and Celiac

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I am constantly having people tell me how much better they are feeling now that they are off of gluten. The percentage of the public that suffers from celiac disease is about 1%. However the sad part is that nine out of 10 patients are not properly diagnosed.

People that truly suffer from celiac disease are probably in some ways not entirely happy with the gluten-free craze. Restaurants advertise that they are gluten-free to cater to their customers who are feeling better eating a gluten-free diet. However they don’t exercise the necessary cautions that celiac patients need. For some celiac patients and exposure to gluten can result in a hospitalization. Most restaurants staffs are undertrained and ill-equipped to feed the true celiac.

Here are just a few examples that I’ve seen while eating out.

  • One restaurant advertises gluten-free pasta and I saw them cook the gluten-free pasta in the exact same water that the non-gluten-free pasta was cooked in.
  • Another restaurant brought my wife are gluten-free pasta with a couple non-gluten-free pastas in it.
  • Few restaurants have a fryer that’s dedicated to only gluten-free items.
  • Few restaurants have a toaster that is dedicated to gluten-free bread.
  • Cross-contamination by touching non-gluten-free bread and then touching the gluten-free bun.
  • Regular pizza oven being used to cook gluten-free pizza.

The person who is truly celiac needs these types of cautions. A person who feels better eating gluten free may not be penalized. I’ve seen some great restaurants over the years that really knew what they were doing and took great cautions. One restaurant had cookware devoted only to items cooked for their gluten-free customers.

I still think that the gluten-free craze has been helpful in educating the public. The article below talks about a recently identified pathology called non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Not everyone suffers the same difficulties as celiac patients do.

Gluten can target more than the gut. We know gluten damage the cotton celiac patients however gluten can also damage the brain, bones, and endocrine system, heart, and more. I’ve been eating gluten-free for years and I know I feel better because of it. However if my wife doesn’t follow the diet she pays greatly for it.

Read More At: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4114114/

 

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