HFCS foods increases your tendency to overeat

What is it about certain foods that make you overeat?

Generally, hunger is brought about by a hormone called ghrelin.  When you eat a sugary food, insulin levels rise which reduces ghrelin levels and increases leptin levels which equates with a reduction in hunger.  However, not all sugary foods have the same effect on hunger.  HFCS(high fructose corn syrup) which is added to many sweets, breads and to soft drinks can negatively impact your appetite.  When you eat foods high in fructose corn syrup, ghrelin levels are not as suppressed, and fructose interferes with the way leptin tells your brain that your full.  Thus, your brain does not get the satiety signal (the full signal) and you tend to overeat.

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Dangers of low fat diets

For years, we have been told that to lower one’s risk of heart disease, we need to:

a. lower our LDL ( the so called “bad cholesterol”) by decreasing the consumption of cholesterol rich foods (i.e. meats)

b. lower our intake of saturated fats by consuming less cheeses, meats and butter.

c. increase our intake of polyunsaturated vegetable oils (corn, soybean, peanut)

d. increase consumption of carbohydrates

Why? Because the “experts” said that cholesterol rich foods and saturated fats increases our blood cholesterol which can then somehow “clog” our arteries.

However, the so called experts have it wrong.

An editorial from the Open Heart Journal highlights why the current dietary guidelines for preventing heart disease need to be rewritten.

The potential harm with replacing saturated fats with carbohydrates includes:

a.Increase of triglycerides–> This is because high dietary carbohydrate intake increases the livers production of VLDL which carries triglycerides.  Under a high carbohydrate intake, the subsequent high triglyceride levels will be transferred to HDL particles and LDL particles as described below.

b.Decrease of HDL cholesterol–> This is because the VLDL carrying the triglycerides dumps it’s triglycerides to the HDL particles in the blood stream. This eventually decreases the levels of HDL particles and the cholesterol in the HDL particles.

c.Increase in small dense LDL particles–> This is because the VLDL carrying the triglycerides crashes in with the LDL particles floating in the blood and transfers its trigycerides. This transforms the LDL particles to acquire a small dense LDL paticles

You might be wondering what are the particles referring to?  In order for fat (cholesterol, triglycerides) to be transported in the blood, it is carried inside a protein particle.  Of all types of protein particles (HDL, LDL, VLDL), the protein particle that has the most potential to lodge in blood vessels and elicit inflammation in the blood vessels is small dense LDL.

With respect to replacing saturated fats with polyunsaturated fats, this had had the potential harm of:

a.Decreasing HDL

b. Oxidizing LDL –> Polyunsaturated fats are more prone to oxidation which can then oxidize LDL and allow it to inflame arteries resulting in heart disease.



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What is Cyp1b1?

There are many enzymes involved in detoxification called cytochrome p450, aka CYP.  Most of these enzymes are made in the liver.  However, there is one enzyme, CYP1b1, that is exclusively made in cancer.

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What is Nutritional Ketosis

Perhaps you have heard of the Ketogenic diet.  This is a type of diet that has been popularized by Dr. Atkins.   It basically entails a diet that is high in fat (70%), moderate in protein (approximately 20%) and low in carbohydrates (20-50 grams of carbohydrates daily).   When one eats this type of diet, the body metabolizes the fats to produce what is called ketones and hence the name of the diet.  If you ask most  health professionals about ketones, they will tell you that ketones can cause a condition called ketoacidosis which can drop your blood pH and result in death.  Because of this, most health professional will ask you to avoid eating a ketogenic diet.    However, this ketoacidosis condition mainly occurs in conditions when people can not endogenously produce insulin as in type 1  diabetics.  Have you ever notice that type 1 diabetics have a thinner body composition compared to Type II diabetics?  This is because the type 1 diabetic have to resort to burning their fat stores to provide their bodies for energy whereas in Type II diabetics, their fat stores are not accessible for energy metabolism.  In type I diabetics who do not watch their carb intake, their body will produce an excessive amounts of ketones in the 25 milli molar range which is deadly.   While there has not been a study yet,  it is possible that Type 1 diabetics who adopt a Ketogenic diet will produce ketones in a lower milli molar range that is therapeutic.   On other had, the ketogenic diet has been useful for those battling seizures, type II diabetes and obesity.    But again, most health care professionals will tell you otherwise.  And you need to remind them of something they forget in biochemistry class, namely that when glucose is not available to the body, the body can burn fats to produce ketones bodies which can fuel the whole body including the brain and why did I mention the brain?  Because we have been led to believe that our brain predominantly is fueled by glucose.   If one looks at various indigenous cultures such as the Inuit Indians or the Masai who ate  a high fat, low carb diet, their bodies were predominantly fueled by ketones in a healthy manner.

So ketones can be healthy and a term coined by Dr. Stephen Phinney for this type of healthy ketosis is called Nutritional ketosis.  The video below is of Dr. Phinney explaining this in layman’s terms.

The Art and Science of Nutritional Ketosis Stephen Phinney

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Blue light blocking glasses to help improve sleep

Do you have trouble falling asleep or perhaps you are a night owl? Are you up at night surfing the net, sending out tweets to keep up with your social media?  If so, you might benefit from wearing glasses that block blue light.

But what is blue light? Blue light occurs naturally from the sun and during the day blue light helps us to keep alert by decreasing melatonin levels and elevating cortisol levels. Blue light during the day time also helps to elevate our mood by increasing the hormone serotonin.   In fact, you may have heard of blue light therapy for Seasonal Affect Disorder (AKA SAD) or Winter Blues because it boosts up serotonin levels. Well, the problem with blue light is our evening exposure. You see, before the discovery of electricity, the only light that our ancestors used in the evening was fire which is soothing to the eyes and does  not have any effect on our evening production of melatonin. But, with the advent of electricity, we did not to see in the dark with fire. We became exposed  to artificial lights which contained much blue light and now that we are a society glued to social media 24/7, we are being exposed to blue light being emitted from all types of electronic devices:Flat screen TVs, laptops, e-books, tablets, and smart phones.  The blue light exposure is too much for our eyes to handle in the evening.  One major adverse effect of blue light in the evening is that it decreases our melatonin production as it does in the morning.   The morning is not the issue because we need to be alert. But in the evening, when we have blue light exposure our bodies get delayed in sensing when it needs to rest.  Thus, our bodies circadian rhythm, the biological cycles that describes the ebbs and flows of when we wake up, when we need to fall asleep among other biological cycles is thrown off course. This can contribute to a type of sleep disorder called Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome, which is common among adolescents and young adults.

So what can we do? Ideally, in the evening we should turn off all gadgets that emit blue light. But that is not going to happen in this internet/social media world. We need to compensate and one way to do that is to wear glasses that block blue light. These are glasses that contain an amber tinted lens, but  better tints are orange and red.  Various studies have shown that wearing these type of glasses in the evening for 2-3 hours before your bedtime can create a “virtual darkness” as far as your brain is concerned. Melatonin levels stay elevated and your circadian rhythms can be reverted back to a healthier state.

Article below highlights how blue blocking glasses can help improve sleep for people who spend time on the computer in the evenings.

Blue-light blocking glasses may help sleep after screen time – Reuters UK

http://news.google.com Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:00:59 GMT

Blue-light blocking glasses may help sleep after screen timeReuters UK“More and more suppliers of light therapy devices offer blue-blocker glasses in their range of products, because both bright light at the appropriate time of day and darkness or li …

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Trans Fats increase risk of depression

In the research study,
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Depression linked to heart disease through the accumulation of belly fat

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Sleep problems may increase the risk of cancer



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Lower your risk of dying by following cancer – preventive guidelines

A new study published online on the April 3, 2013, in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that:Adherence to cancer-preventive guidelines lowers risk of dying over 12.8 year period

So what were these cancer preventive guidelines?

The six guidelines included:

being as lean as possible without becoming underweight, being physically active as part of everyday life, limiting consumption of energy-dense foods and avoiding sugary drinks, consuming mainly plant-based foods, limiting the consumption of red meat and processed meat, and limiting alcoholic beverages.

So what do all of these cancer preventive guidelines have in common?

All of these guidelines help to reduce inflammation in the body.   It is known that excessive inflammation can stimulate metabolic pathways that can lead to cancer.    How and Why??

Studies shows that inflammation:

causes a drop in levels of proteins involved in DNA repair, resulting in a higher rate of spontaneous gene mutations, which can lead to cancer.

This is probably why aspirin – an over the counter anti-inflammatory medicine – has been shown to reduce a variety of cancers:
If you are taking aspirin as per your Medical Doctor’s orders,  then keep doing so.  But,  by following the cancer prevention guidelines, you may deriving similar anti inflammatory benefits.
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What is serrapeptase?

There are many types of natural anti inflammatory agents out there in the market: curcumin, boswellia, ginger, capsaicin.

But one natural anti inflammatory agent that you may have not heard about is serrapeptase.

So what can serrapeptase help with?
How does Serrapeptase work?
It is believed that serrapeptase works in 3 ways.




What conditions can serrapeptase treat?

 Because the enzyme digests or dissolves all nonliving tissue, including blood clots, cysts and arterial plaque, it is used to treat a variety of conditions, including sprains and torn ligaments, postoperative swelling, venous thrombosis (clots in the legs), ear, nose and throat infections and atherosclerosis.

Also, serrapeptase has been found to be helpful in improving COPD conditions:

Finally, serrapeptase  may have beneficial uses in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS):
So as you can see, serrapeptase can be helpful in ameliorating health conditions ranging from inflammation to heart disease to lung disease to carpal tunnel syndrome.   Consult with your natural health care doctor to determine the best dose for you.


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