IHOP’s Big Steak Omelette with a side of three pancakes with syrup has 1800 calories. You’d have to do burpees for 3 hours to burn it off.
WORRIED TO EAT
According to a study from Turkey shows that stress intensifies the taste of sweet and salty foods. After people completed a set of mental tests, those who were stressed head decreased taste thresholds – sense of taste was heightened. This may make eating under stress more pleasurable, says study author.
SOME FISHY BACTERIA
A study from the University of North Carolina reveals that a type of bacteria found in the intestines of zebra fish increases their absorption of fat from food. Researchers will try to confirm the effect on larger animals, then humans, says study author.
DID YOU KNOW
A newborn’s skull contains gaps between its bony plates. In an adult, the jagged plates interlock tightly like a jigsaw puzzle.
FIRST STEP TO SLIM
According to a study in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health, a brisk daily walk can jump-start weight loss. People who walked for 30 minutes a day over 3 weeks lost 1.5 pounds – without changing their diet.The reason: A speedy stroll helped participants burn an extra 114 calories a day on average, the researchers say.
WHEAT AND FAT
New studies suggest that Gliadin, a protein in wheat, may be adding to obesity levels by stimulating the hunger hormone ghrelin. Wheat was genetically modified in the 1970’s to improve crop yields, but 2 negative side effects of this modification have been increased wheat allergies (gluten intolerance) and increased ghrelin levels. Even though wheat is often recommended as a healthy food choice, be mindful of individual responses to wheat, and limit consumption if reactions are noted.
DIET TO IMPROVE HEALTH
Most illness can be improved or even eliminated with proper attention to diet. Junk foods, processed sugar, excess salt, trans fats, chemical additives and vitamin/mineral deficiencies contribute vastly to ill health. Commit to eliminating one junk food per week, and adding one nutritious food per week until your diet is healthy.
Very few medical schools require even one course in nutrition for physician training even though studies show diet impacts most illnesses. Instead, the focus is on disease treatment through surgery and drugs. To prevent illness, take control of your health. Learn everything you can about healthy lifestyle choices and start making changes now. Baby steps cover a lot of ground over a lifetime.
Many allergies and illnesses are related to disturbances in the bowel caused by imbalance between “good” and “bad” bacteria. Antibiotics knock out both, so make an effort to consume fermented foods, raw fruits and veggies, and a good probiotic to strengthen the “good” bacteria and prevent illness.
DID YOU KNOW
Information travels at different speeds within different types of neurons. Not all neurons are the same. There are a few different types within the body and transmission along these different kinds can be as slow as 0.5 meters/sec or as fast as 120 meters/sec.
HFCS AND YOUR WAISTLINE
Many studies have shown the connection between High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) and obesity, but now two more prominent studies have found significant levels of mercury contamination in HCFS, likely due to soda lye processing methods. Both studies found 33-50% of all commercial HFCS products contained mercury, including products like Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup. Mercury is a neurotoxin and is very hazardous for children.To maximize health, consider minimizing consumption of products which contain High Fructose Corn Syrup, or any of its illusive new names including Corn Syrup and Corn Sugar.
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL ORGANICS
Many people complain about the high cost of organic foods, but fail to account for the high cost of health care resulting from poor food consumption. Support organic and small farmers, and improve your own health by consuming more organic foods – those without chemicals, pesticides, growth hormones, and genetic modification.
CAN YOU HANDLE WHAT YOU EAT
Gas, bloating, and gut pain are all signs that your body can not handle a food you have eaten. If you are not sure which foods are affecting you, try eliminating grains, dairy, wheat, sugar and soy. Then add one food group back per week and watch for the return of symptoms. Once identified, problem foods can be avoided.
*Consult physician before trying a new supplement, food or diet. Especially if you’re on any medications.