For starters, it has a tendency to leech minerals and trace minerals from both the bones and the teeth.
Look at your teeth, particularly the upper 2 front ones? Do they appear a little “clear” on the bottom (the contact surface area)? If so, there could be a problem.
It also may be THE thing that is the source of weight gain and/or the inability to lose weight.
What is being referred to here is the drinking of carbonated beverages.
While the fizz (the actual carbonation itself) of carbonated drinks such as soda or mineral water including Perrier and others, is not a direct contributor to weight gain, add in the amount of sugar that is included or worse, the artificial sweeteners and now you have unwanted pounds and the inability to lose them.
As a general rule, non-carbonated drinks are much healthier. In addition to the 2 factors mentioned – added sugar and the fact that the carbonation pulls minerals and trace minerals from the system – many of these drinks have added citric acid into the mix. This substance in this form is quite unhealthy to the teeth and even the bones.
Pass of the fizz. There are just so many other healthy options, why risk it.
Everyone is always looking for an edge. How does one become better at this or achieve that. Such is the case with fat loss too. Here are some minor changes that can make major differences. Here is a great one.
Here is a great one.
A daily serving of pomegranate juice in the morning has been shown to drain fat stores and shrink the belly.
Nutritionists at Queen Margaret University in Great Britan found that a glass of the polyphenol-rich, tasty drink can reduce levels of the hormone cortisol. This is the hormone which promotes fat storage.
When the drink is consumed, cortisol is reduced by over 33%. Pomegranate has the ability to inhibit the enzyme which produces cortisol. (For entertainment purposes, the enzyme is called. . . .ready? 11-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1.)
End result of all of this? The body’s response is to lower blood sugars, cholesterol and insulin levels and improve digestive function results in fat loss. NOT just weight loss (as in water loss) but actual fat loss.
Doc’s Thoughts: For the patients that I have worked with using this, on average, fat loss was 8.8 pounds over 5 weeks. This is very significant as it was fat and no adjustments were made with diet or training.
It is now that time of year for it. Fresh and tasty, it is a summer time favorite. In fact, ask yourself this question: “Have you ever once heard anyone say they do not like watermelon?”
Watermelon is not only a tasty, refreshing fruit, but it has some major health benefits. Men, in particular, should be adding it to the “Must Eat” list. Here are 3 reasons why:
And women will love it as newer evidence suggests that consuming lycopene can help prevent breast cancer.
Wins across the board here. Watermelon is delicious and nutritious.
The Archives of Medical Research reported a recent study in which THIS substance was found to be very useful in the treatment of ulcerative colitis and the painful inflammation and sores in the colon and rectum ensue.
The substance, the one that people love?
What is it? Resveratrol is a plant compound that acts as an antioxidant. The top food sources include grapes, some berries, peanuts and everyone’s favorite, red wine. Studies have shown that it helps lower blood pressure, protects the brain, increases insulin sensitivity (helps with fat loss) and have strong healthy aging benefits.
And as we have seen above, is associated with decreased disease activity and improved quality of life as it relates to ulcerative colitis.
Doc’s Thoughts: I am a big fan of this product. I have recommended it quite a bit and use it myself. The benefits are pronounced and consistent. The key is dosage. Typically it is higher than recommended, at least that is what I have found.
There has been much focus lately on depression. New meds seem to come out on a weekly basis. But is there a better, safer way to elevate one’s mood? Researchers at the University of Connecticut think so. So do I!
The study involved a little over 400 people who were considered middle age. For starters, the participants went into details about their daily exercise programs (or lack thereof) and how they felt in general. They also reported levels of pain, be it physical or emotional.
The end results?
Those who led inactive lives and those who participated in “light” activity showed the greatest improvement in their emotional and psychological states after only 4 days of exercise.
The activity involved walking at a 15 minute or so, “conversational” pace. In other words, they were not pouring sweat doing CrossFit.
Doc’s Thoughts: The study was good but they missed a huge component – doing things that evoke passion. In other words, there is a major difference between “doing exercise because it is supposed to be good for you” and “running a marathon because it brings incredible joy into my life!!!!”
I strongly suspect based on observing patients that the former does little good and the latter is life changing. The difference is passion. When it is present, great things happen emotionally, spiritually and physically. When absent, it is hollow and empty movements.