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Does Eating More Really Help You Lose Weight?

Most people assume that eating less is the most effective way to lose weight. As logical as it may seem, eating less is not the solution. Food is the fuel of the body and eating less depletes the body of essential proteins, vitamins, and minerals that are necessary to maintain a healthy diet. In fact, you should be eating about every three hours. As crazy as that sounds, there are several reasons why it is beneficial

-First, eating more speeds up your metabolism. Eating less sends a message to you’re brain that you are in starvation mode, which causes the body to store fat as a form of survival. Eating every three hours provides your body with what it needs to speed up your metabolism.

It enables to body to burn fat faster and more naturally. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly builds lean muscle and muscles eat fat as a source of nutrients. In other words, muscles burn fat in order to maintain itself. Coupled with resistance training, eating proteins builds muscle mass and the more muscle mass you have, the more calories you burn.

It gives you the energy needed to exercise. Eating gives you the fuel you need to maximize your efforts in the gym in order to gain lean muscle mass. Depriving yourself of food can cause you to perform slower, more sluggishly, and decrease your stamina.

Certain foods eliminate toxins, as well as burn fat. Vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins are packed with fiber, which is very beneficial to the body because it helps eliminate toxins in the body. So not only will you see the results you have searching for, your body will feel healthier too.

Eating 5-6 smaller meals a day is much more beneficial than eating 1-3 normal sized meals a day. You do not have to depress yourself and eat less in order get to your desired weight. It’s what you eat, not necessarily how much you eat. So instead of just cutting back on portion sizes and decreasing your caloric intake, choose healthier options and eat away.


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5 Natural Cold Weather Cures

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Prevent chapped lips and wrinkles Omega-3 fatty acids, found in cold water fish such as salmon and tuna, help skin retain moisture. Berries, especially strawberries, contain vitamin C, which promotes moist, healthy skin. In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, eating foods rich in vitamin C was associated with fewer wrinkles.

Hydrate nails and hair The human body consists of about 60% water. Indeed, water is essential to life and certainly staying hydrated is necessary to maintain good health. Drinking enough water—about eight 8-ounce glasses daily—not only helps move toxins through and out of the body quickly, it also keeps skin cells plump with moisture to prevent hair and nails from becoming dry and brittle.

Protect against sun and wind burn Eating dark chocolate can protect your skin from damage. In a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, dark chocolate, which is rich in flavonoids, appears to promote healthy skin and even protect against skin cancer. In the study, women who added flavonoid-rich hot cocoa to their breakfast during a three-month period had 25% less skin reddening after UV light exposure and doubled the flow of blood in the skin, raising moisture levels and reducing dryness. Beta-Carotene, found in foods such as fish liver oil, meat, milk, cheese, eggs, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, apricots, and peaches, can also help prevent dry, flaky skin.

Relieve dry eyes To soothe achy, puffy eyes, eat more vegetables that have natural cooling properties. Cucumbers, celery, and even sliced zucchini all have high water content, which can help moisturize eyes while reducing puffiness. Citrus fruits and berries rich in vitamin C help reduce inflammation around the eyes.

Breakout busters The mineral zinc is known to be a powerful acne fighter, as it may prevent the hormonal imbalances that lead to outbreaks. Zinc is also important for protein synthesis and the formation of collagen, which is fundamental to healthy skin and oil control. Foods rich in zinc include: Red meat, poultry, salmon, shellfish, almonds, peanuts, cashews, and sunflower seeds.


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Boys With Low Muscle Strength Increase Chance of Early Death

A new study conducted by the researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden found that, for men, the effect of having low muscle strength in youth was similar to the well-known risk factors for early death.  Those risk factors include being overweight or having high blood pressure.

The study included more than 1 million Swedish males aged 16 to 19 who were followed for 24 years. The participants underwent strength tests at the start of the study. Early death was defined as death before age 55.

Adults who had high muscular strength as teens had a 20 percent to 35 percent lower risk of early death from any cause and also from cardiovascular diseases, independently of blood pressure or body-mass index, the results indicated.

In addition, those who were the strongest as teens also had a 20 percent to 30 percent lower risk of early death from suicide and were 65 percent less likely to be diagnosed with a mental health disorder, such as schizophrenia or mood disorders.

These findings point to the need for young people, particularly those with very low strength, to get regular exercise to improve their muscular fitness, the study authors said in the report, published in the Nov. 20 online edition of the BMJ.

Keep in mind that the study found an association between low muscle strength during teen years and early death in men; it did not prove cause-and-effect.

Source: http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=670881


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Aspirin Resistance Increases Severity of Strokes

A small Australian study found aspirin resistance correlated with an increase in severity and size of infarct in patients admitted to hospital with an acute stroke.  The study was lead by Bernard Yan, MD, of Royal Melbourne Hospital in Parkville, Australia, and colleagues.

The use of aspirin before a stroke has been associated with less severe symptoms at admission and improved functional outcomes at discharge. And short-term aspirin therapy has been shown to significantly reduce the risks of death and dependency at 6 months following an acute ischemic stroke.  Resistance to aspirin, however, may contribute to poor clinical outcomes in some patients.  The presence of aspirin resistance was associated with a worse stroke according to both the NIHSS and ASPECTS.

Bernard Yan said, “Aspirin also reduces platelet microaggregates and platelet-derived vasoconstricting products,” they added. “This may ease ischemic injury by improving local blood flow. Aspirin-resistant patients may not experience the same therapeutic effect and, as a result, sustain a larger stroke.”

Alternatively, other neuroprotective or anti-inflammatory processes could be involved in the observed relationship, Yan and colleagues noted.

Note that both the NIH Stroke Scale (NIHSS) and the Alberta Stroke Program Early CT Score (ASPECTS) were used as assessments in this study.

Source: http://www.medpagetoday.com/Cardiology/Strokes/36024


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Study ties excess sitting to pericardial fat buildup


CT scans of more than 500 older Americans found that excess time spent sitting “was significantly related to pericardial fat around your heart,” said study lead author Britta Larsen, a postdoctoral researcher in the department of cardiovascular epidemiology at the University of California, San Diego.

There have been numerous large studies recently suggesting that when it comes to its deleterious health effects, sitting is not just the absence of physical activity — it has effects on the body that go beyond lack of exercise.

According to Larsen, that means that “even if you run every day but then you sit for eight hours a day, the sitting is still doing something bad for your health.” She also noted that studies have found sitting to be detrimental to health even after scientists factored out excess weight gain.

The study found that the more time spent sitting, the bigger the area of fat deposited around a person’s heart.  Those fat deposits are “strongly related to cardiovascular disease. It gets in the way of heart function, it clogs up your arteries — you don’t want it there.”

Source: http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=670500


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Low Levels of Vitamin D associated with Heart Attack and Early Death


Researchers at the University of Copenhagen said people with low levels of vitamin D were associated with a higher risk of heart attack and early death.

Dr. Peter Brondum-Jacobsen of Copenhagen University Hospital and the University of Copenhagen said the study involved more than 10,000 Danes. The study compared people with the 5 percent lowest levels of vitamin D with the 50 percent of the highest levels of vitamin D.

The study found the low levels of vitamin D compared to optimal levels were linked to a 40 percent higher risk of ischemic heart disease, 64 percent higher risk of heart attack, 57 percent higher risk of early death and no less than 81 percent higher risk of death from heart disease.

Healthy Tip: People with high levels of stress are more likely to be diagnosed with Heart Disease.


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Inhalers Not Needed For Those With Mild Asthma


A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that people living with mild asthma do not have to use their inhaler as often as they thought.  The study found no difference in patient outcomes whether patients took the powerful drugs each day or only when symptoms appeared.

About 25 million Americans have asthma. Doctors typically assume that asthma is present even without symptoms, so it should be treated on an ongoing basis with anti-inflammatory drugs. The current accepted regimen is twice-daily use of an inhaled corticosteroid and then the use of a “rescue” medication, such as albuterol, should symptoms arise.

This study challenged “the standard practice of daily inhaled corticosteroid use for mild, persistent asthma in adults” and found that the daily use is not always necessary.