November 13, 2016

NEWtrition Week 1

NEWtrition Week 1

Nutrition News week 1. NEWtrition. Things I read about that I thought were cool. Check it out below.

  1. Soda taxes were passed in San Francisco, Oakland, and Albany in California, and Bouldlelr, Colorado.
  2. Land of the free-range, home of the brave: In Massachusetts, we voted to “prohibit any farm owner or operator from knowingly confining any breeding pig, calf raised for veal, or egg-laying hen in a way that prevents the animal from lying down, standing up, fully extending its limbs, or turning around freely.”
  3. Weed is also now legalized in MA. Here’s what it helps with: PTSD, cancer, MS, and tratement-resistent epilepsy. Endocannabinoid receipts in the body, in fat, have been linked to the regulation of appetite, pain management, neuroprotection, central regulation of motor functions, sleep, regulation of nausea and vomiting, reward-driven neurocircuitry, introcular pressure, memory, tumor growth, and gastrointestinal motility.
  4. Saturated fats are not as harmful as previously believed, and the link between saturated fat and heart disease is not entirely direct. Stearic acid (in coconut oil), present in saturated fats, actually lowers LDL cholesterol or has neutral effects. Palmitic acid, however, (palm oil, beef tallow, cocoa butter, lard, butter), raise LDL cholesterol and may adversely affect mood and reduce physical activity – eating more palmitic acid reduces amounts of calories burned compared to eating more unsaturated fats. Eating it with other fatty acids, however, such as linoleum acid, can offset some of it’s effects on cholesterol. Merits acid also affects cholesterol, and is present in coconut oil. Coconut oil, however, contains other types of fat,s which may offset the effects it has on blood lipid profiles. Lauric acid is one of those present in coconut oil (it comprises 42% of coconut oil) and increases HDL cholesterol, which is beneficial for health. Caproic acid is also present in coconut oil, which may promote weight loss, increase insulin sensitivity and reduce the risk of seizures in certain epileptic patients.The last kind of saturated fats are short chain fatty acids. These are formed when friendly bacteria fermented fiber in the colon and have many potential health benefits, like provide nutrition for cells in the colon and are therefore good for gut healht. They are found in small amounts in dairy fat, ghee, and certain fermented food products.
  5. 20 foods with high fructose corn syrup: soda, candy, sweetened yogurt, salad dressing, frozen junk foods, breads, canned fruit, juice, boxed dinner, granola bars, breakfast cereal, store-bought baked goods, sauces and condiments, snack foods, cereal bars, nutrition bars, coffee creamers, energy drinks and sports drinks, jam and jelly, ice cream.
  6. passionfruit: rich in antioxidants, dietary fiber, may help with inflammation, and may be beneficial for individuals with asthma and osteoarthritis due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
  7. guava: may help lower blood sugar levels, may lp lower blood pressure, decrease bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol, taking 6 mg of gave leaf extract daily may help decrease symptoms of painful PMS, may help prevent or reduce symptoms of diarrhea and constipation, full of fiber, rich in antioxidants to help with skin care, antimicrobial, high in vitamin C and therefore immune boosting.
  8. exercise prescribed as medication: exercise can improve memory, concentration and mood, helps lower high blood pressure and cholesterol, and have positive benefits for cancer patients and those with type 2 diabetes. 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week is recommended. Some medical schools are starting to include this sort of lifestyle medicine into their curriculum, emphasizing a return preventative medicine.
  9. artificial sweeteners alter your gut microbes: most non-caloric artificial sweeteners pas through the GI tract without being digested, meaning they’re able to make it to the colon, which houses the large majority of microbes. Prolonged consumption of non-caloric artificial sweeteners makes mice glucose intolerant, and treating the mic with antibiotics aboeradicated the glucose intolerance, meaning the microbiota was responsible for the glucose intolerance.  They also alter microbiota composition and function. These studies, hwoever, were performed on rats and so may not have a direct 1:1 translation to humans. Researchers did ,however, find significant positive correlations between NAS consumption and metabolic syndrome issues: weight, wast-to-hip ratios, fasting blood glucose, hemoglobin A1c, glucose tolerance test, and ALT.
  10. PCBs link to fatty liver disease: The citizens of Anniston, exposed to high rates of PCBs, had higher rates of fatty liver disease than the general U.S. population, and their rates of liver injury were nearly three times higher than the national average. In Anniston, residents had liver injury rates in excess of 60 percent, compared to just 24.3 percent for the general population.
  11. Herbs good for mental disorders: mulungu bark (reduce anxiety and prtect brain function, mood-boosting, treat epilepsy, and insomnia), mucuna pruriens (contains L.dopa, which is a biochemical precuror to dopamine, adrenaline and noradrenaline. Regulate brain function, improves memory, controls mood and cognition, fand fights redness in the brain which is a sign of brain degradation), passiflora incarnata (promotes clans and relaxation, reduces irritability, insomnia, and agitation), scutellaria lateriflora (anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, febrifuge and sedative agent to traeat epilepsy, hysteria, insomnia, and anxiety, as well as muscle spasms and twitching), piper methysticum kava (ease feelings of anxiety and stress, treat migraines, ADHD, psychosis, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome), panic ginseng (balance, stimulate and relax the nervous system, reduces mental stress, and boosts energy levels)
  12. You can delay aging by making smarter food choices: consumption of vitamin C, folate and potassium can delay the aging process.
  13. Location of acne means something: acne on lower half o body is likely caused by unbreathable clothing; acne on arms, scalp or heard caused by accumulation of oil and perspiration so change your clothes, hats or cosmetics; outbreaks in neck or jaw may be due to overactive adrenal glands (stress) or too much sugar in the diet; shoulders = excess stress; stomach = unbalanced sugar leveles; back: stress or digestive or nervous system dysfunction; chest: digestive issues, poor diet, unbalanced diet heavy in spicy food or cold beerages; elbows = skin condition or keratosis pillars. remedies; balanced, low-sugar diet high in whole foods, nuts ,legumes, fruits, vegetables, fish and red meat.
  14. There will now be a way to test for glyphosphate traces in food. Glyphosate is what is present in Round Up and has been linked to cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
  15. “Take a Deep Breath” may actually be useful advice even though it’s really annoying when someone suggests it when you’re mid freak-out. Controlled breathing can change the body’s autonomic nervous response, which controls things like heart rate and digestions. Conscious breathing activates the parasympathetic branch of the onerous system, which slows heart rate and digestion, and controls the release of stress hormones like cortisol. According to one study, coherent breathing combined with yoga increased levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid, which is a brain chemical with calming and anti-anxiety effects. Levels of depressive symptoms also significantly decreased. Another study found that breathing group’s saliva had lower levels of three cytokines associated with inflammation naand stress.
  16. I will end this new series with this quote, found on foodpolitics.com, that spoke to me deeply. “For now, I wanted to tell you this about our bakery: we rededicate ourselves to kindness, to generosity, to difference, to complexity, to respect, and to reason. We rededicate ourselves to hard work, to vision, and most of all, to love.” That is my goal for this week and for this lifetime.

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