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dietary fiber

Fibers: Decrease cholesterol and triglyceride levels Delay emptying of stomach into intestines resulting in reduced after-meal blood sugar levels and increased feelings of satiety Increase pancreatic secretion and make bile soluble Increase stool weight and decrease intestinal transit time, allowing decreased exposure of intestinal cells to cancer causing compounds Increase beneficial intestinal microflora Fermentation of … Continue reading

weight loss study

Research proposal to formulate a dietary and exercise program to address Diabetes type 2 and Alzheimer’s in adults aged 30 to 45 working in high stress office jobs The incidence of chronic disease in the United States is set to rise at an unprecedented rate. A report from the Milken Institute (2014) estimates that: More … Continue reading

digestive health

  Contents: The process of digestion Leaky gut and its causes Major digestive enzymes and organs Foods and teas that aid digestion Common digestive complaints Golden rules for Digestive Health Foods that optimize Digestive Health Digestion terms 1 The process of digestion Digestion begins in the mind with the Cephalic phase, whereby sensory awareness prepares … Continue reading

liver health study

  Contents The importance of the liver Phase 1 Detoxification Phase 2 Detoxification Detoxification pathways Toxins Alcohol Detoxing and weight loss Fat and Liver health Aids to detoxification Detoxification is chiefly performed by the liver. Toxic overload can occur as a result of overloading its capabilities to detoxify, chiefly through intake of toxic chemicals that … Continue reading

immune health notes

Functions of the immune system The two major systems within the immune system Key factors that influence immune health Dietary factors and foods that influence proper immune function Organs and glands that make up the immune system Inflammatory response Immune response Factors that affect immune health Nutrients and herbs that support immune health 1 Functions … Continue reading

immune supporting nutrients – in depth

Carotenes:  found in fruits, especially darker fruits such as berries, cherries; and in vegetables: including broccoli, onions, greens, parsley; legumes; green tea and red wine; ginkgo bilboa. Carotenes enhance immune functions, are anti-tumor, and work primarily to stimulate anti-oxidant mechanisms Flavonoids:  found in dark-coloured vegetables such as: carrots, squash, spinach, kale, sweet potatoes; fruits such … Continue reading

Allergies and Autoimmune Disorders

  Contents: The difference between a sensitivity, allergy and intolerance Common Triggers and health issues Immediate and delayed allergic responses Physical signs of allergic reaction Difficulty posed in diagnosing chemical allergies The relationship between allergic responses and food addictions The causes of allergies and sensitivities The relationship between environmental sensitivities and chronic illness, including autoimmune … Continue reading

Stress and Adrenal Health study

  Metabolic aging Adrenaline Fight or flight stress response hormone Assists and allows the body to access structural, functional and energy bio-chemicals that enable thinking, movement as well as breathing, eating and other body function (eg through break down food for energy to perform body functions) Signals breakdown of old cells to make new cells, … Continue reading

immune health notes

Functions of the immune system The two major systems within the immune system Key factors that influence immune health Dietary factors and foods that influence proper immune function Organs and glands that make up the immune system Inflammatory response Immune response Factors that affect immune health Nutrients and herbs that support immune health 1 Functions … Continue reading

Zone diet

  Zone explained Zone is set of exercise and eating habits that balance insulin and eicosannoids: 30% fat, 30% protein, 40% low glycemic carbohydrate Being out of zone with high glycemic foods leads to decreased lean mass production and decreased fat burn Protein sources should be bioavailable (ie meat and dairy derived and non-vegetable) and … Continue reading

Overtraining

Overtraining and Adrenal Stress Syndrome Chronic stress from overtraining, which is common in runners, may be linked to problems in the adrenal gland. Overtraining Syndrome (OS) has been linked with adrenal insufficiency. Overtraining Syndrome (OS) has been described as chronic fatigue, burnout and staleness, where an imbalance between training/competition, versus recovery occurs. Chronic overtraining is … Continue reading

Metabolic Effect Diet

    Key Points: Aerobic weight loss diet and exercise plans that focus on calorie control and calorie burning leading to muscle wasting as well as fat that yo-yo’s (ie fat is put back on after loss) Losing weight vs changing body using exercise and food to trigger hormones that burn fat gaining muscle that … Continue reading

Ergogenic Aids

Creatine Monohydrate Made from amino acids Arginine, Glycine, Methionine Joins with phosphorous to make active form Phosphocreatine (PCr) which serves as storage depot for muscular ATP ATP is high energy fuel used in high-intensity activity: delays fatigue Supplementing 20g per day for 5-7 days increases muscle PCr by 50% Benefits anaerobic portions of endurance activities … Continue reading

Sports Nutrition

Carbohydrate metabolism Metabolic pathways Carbohydrates as a critical fuel for athletes Central Fatigue Theory Carbohydrate needs Protein needs Hydration Carbohydrate Loading Training and events Sourced from 1 Carbohydrate metabolism Carbohydrates include complex and simple sugars. Carbohydrates are a superior short-term fuel because they are simpler to metabolize than fats or those amino acid portions of … Continue reading

diabetes type 3

A report by John Hopkins University (Brookmeyer, R., et al., 2007) estimates the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease will quadruple so that by 2050, 1 in 85 persons worldwide will be living with the disease. And noted in a study by Haltia (2006), tackling obesity is a key factor in modulating Alzheimer’s. Underlying this is a … Continue reading

alcohol and gluten

Beer (or wine) and Pizza make a classic combination – talk about umami! However that feel good effect may have more to it than the taste and the buzz of alcohol. It may in fact be a sign that opiates are being released into the brain. But how does this occur? And how can a … Continue reading