A 12 week study of men out of Sweden found that regular bouts of exercise can transform white fat tissue (from excess calories) into body-benefiting brown fat, the type that creates body heat by burning calories. Researchers said the healthier fat was more metabolically active than the fat stored from sedentary lifestyle.
A study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that speed-reading can be unhealthy. Researchers found that most people read only the first five items on the Nutrition Facts panel. That means we tend to skip critical data about carbohydrates, fiber, sugar, and sodium.
Researchers in Taiwan say eating kiwis may help you fall asleep. When insomniacs ate two kiwis an hour before bed every night for four weeks, they fell asleep 35% faster. One explanation is that kiwis contain serotonin, a brain chemical that regulates your sleep cycle.
Japanese researchers say chewing gum can improve your mood and help you focus. People who chewed gum twice a day for 12 weeks lowered their scores on tests of depression and mental fatigue by as much as 47%, while those who sucked on a mint instead saw almost not change. Researchers say the act of chewing may keep you happy by increasing blood flow to your brain and reducing levels of stress hormones. You need to chew for at least five minutes to experience the benefits.
According to Penn State University researchers, in a study of people who added a salad to their meal consumed eleven percent fewer calories than when they ate no greens with their meal. Scientists say, eating a salad increases your satiety levels without packing on calories.
Legumes are healthy vegetables originating from the seed pod of plants (think beans) and include adzuki, dahl, fava, garbanzo, kidney, lentil, lima, mung, navy, peas, pinto, and soybeans. Try a new legume every week until you have tried them all!
Most Americans eat around one-tenth of the Omega-3 Fatty Acids required for a healthy body, and 20% of Americans have levels of Omega-3 Fatty Acids so low as to be undetectable. Increase your Omega-3 Fatty Acids by consuming flax or flax oil, decontaminated fish oil, or wild caught fish from pristine (think mercury and oil spill free) waters.
Nutrients that improve cognition, brain function, memory, and neurotransmitter function include Acetyl-L-Carnitine, Ginseng, Ginkgo Bilboa, and Vinpocetine. Investigate adding one or more of these supplements to accelerate brain function if needed.
The most common food allergies include wheat, dairy, soy, eggs, peanuts, and corn. To identify a food allergy, eliminate all potential food causes, then add foods back one at a time each week and watch for symptoms or reactions. Identifying sensitivities is the first step to maximizing health. Consult a certified nutritionist who specializes in allergy identification if you need help.
To rebalance and support the bowel, investigate the healing properties of probiotics, digestive enzymes, oregano extract, olive leaf extract, or grapefruit seed extract.
*Consult physician before trying a new supplement, food or diet. Especially if you’re on any medications.