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Soda and Kidney Damage

This post is not sponsored by Coke, Pepsi, Mountain Dew or _______ (feel free to insert your favorite soda). In fact, they will hate it.

You have undoubtedly read a number of studies as to why it is a good idea to limit the amount of soda consumed. Here is another. A recent study from Japan noted that soda drinkers had an increased risk of kidney disease.

In the study at a Japanese university, 12K employees had various tests performed, including urine test for the presence of protein. The reason is that protein in the urine is considered an early sign that kidney damage is present. The good news is that this is reversible.

The results noted that 11% of those who stated they consumed 2 or more sodas (soft drinks) daily had the highest levels of protein in their urine. Those who consumed no soda or rarely drank it had dramatically less incidences.

It should be noted that besides kidney problems, protein in the urine is an early warning sign of stroke and heart disease.

An earlier study concluded that those who consumed 2 colas per day, be it regular or diet, had 2x the normal risk of kidney disease.

There was no correlation between kidney disease and other carbonated drinks such as Perrier-like substances.

 

Spicy Your Life and Lower Your BP

 

Problem with high blood pressure? If you are wanting to lower your BP the natural and safe way, add some spice to your food.

The key ingredient in spicy foods is called Capsaicin and this is the substance that helps to lower blood pressure.

Research has shown that eating spicy foods on a regular basis will help flood your system with capsaicin. This, in turn,  helps relax blood vessels by improving the production of a natural substance called nitric oxide or NO. NO is a molecule which is designed to help protect blood vessels against inflammation. It is used for improving endurance via endurance athletes such as runners or triathletes and used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction* as well.

Find your nearest Thai or Indian restaurant or section of the supermarket and add some spice to your life and say goodbye to high blood pressure.

 

*Additional uses include the following:

  • Pain, general or specific.
  • Nervous system problems including shingles, neuralgia
  • Cluster headaches and migraines
  • Joint problems including arthritis
  • Skin conditions including rashes, psoriasis

Pregnancy and Why You Need to Avoid this Common Substance

Are you pregnant? Looking to raise the healthiest baby possible? Here is something you may wish to consider.

Pregnant women who have a diet that is high in fructose may be laying the foundation for high blood pressure and obesity relating to their babies, later on in life. This is the conclusion drawn from researchers at the University of Texas, Medical Branch, Galveston.

High-fructose foods include banana, blackberry, cherry, fig, kiwi, mandarin, mango, star fruit, rockmelon, grapefruit, pineapple and raspberries. Very high fructose foods include blueberries, lychee, tomato concentrate, dried fruits, tinned berries in syrup, grape, persimmon, pickled onion, pomegranate, tinned dark plum, apple, and pear.

Some evidence suggests fructose may disrupt liver function as well as the elevation of triglycerides in men, increasing the risk of heart disease.

Bottom line: Keep the fruit to a minimum and avoid high fructose corn syrup (and its “new” names) altogether.

5-6 Meals Per Day? Think Again.

It seems like an idea gets started and without much proof, gets repeated.

And repeated.

And repeated.

The “eat 5-6 small meals per day which will stimulate the metabolism” is one such myth. There have been a number of  studies recently published that compared people eating  5-6 small meals throughout the day versus people eating the identical number of calories but in the typical three-meals-per-day approach. These studies show that there is zero increase in metabolism or fat loss by consuming 5-6 smaller meals during the day.

In addition, there are some studies that show that in obese people who follow this 5-6 meal a day plan gain more fat  and experience overall worse health.

Finally, eating this frequently puts a strain on the pancreas which can lead to diabetes.

 

Do Appetite Suppressants Work?

“This is the product that will accelerate your metabolism. 

Get your metabolism jacked by using this!”

 

Have you seen ads like this?

When you choose a formula or a product to help you burn fat and lose weight, do not worry so much about “spiking” the metabolism. It is just hype.

Current (and past) research shows that products that are heavily loaded with stimulants do not work. They have very little effect on fat loss whatsoever.

In addition, the journal Appetite says they could very well do exactly the opposite.

Researchers gave test subjects a stimulant supplement or a placebo, and then allowed them to eat whatever they wanted.

However. . . . here is where it gets interesting. . . .each subject in fact, had a placebo.

Those who thought they had taken a genuine appetite stimulant ate more!

Doc’s Thoughts: I have been saying for years now that there are very few substances on the market that work and these must be used according to the person’s chemistry. The one size fits all is nonsense.

In addition, many of these stimulants will weaken the adrenals and negatively affect the heart in the process.

The only way to determine which substances – the healthy ones such as cinnamon, chromium or CLA etc., –  should be used, when they should be used and by whom is to have a program personalized for the individual.

I am an expert at this. (Call for an appointment or order online if you are serious about fat loss. Only if you are serious.)

Take action and get a personalized program. Avoid the late night or “health” magazine ads for quick fixes, particularly appetite suppressants. They never work.

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