Archive | January, 2012

Impact of Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D on health

25 Jan

Check out this information:

http://www.meschinohealth.com/ArticleDirectory/Nutritional_Status_Of_Vitamin_B12_And_Vitamin_D

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Sixth Human taste – fat –

17 Jan

By Richard Gray, Science Correspondent

7:40AM GMT 15 Jan 2012

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/9014916/Scientists-find-fat-is-the-sixth-human-taste.html

For generations, scientists thought the human tongue could detect only four basic tastes: sweet, sour, salt and bitter.

Then a fifth was discovered, “umami” or savoury. Now, researchers have identified a previously-unrecognised “sixth taste” – fat.

A team in the United States has located a chemical receptor in the taste buds on the tongue that recognises fat molecules, and found that its sensitivity varies between individuals.

The finding may help to explain why some people consume more fatty foods, as they are less aware of the taste as they eat.

The researchers hope their discovery can be exploited to combat obesity by increasing people’s sensitivity to fat in their food.

Apart from the basic tastes, other aspects of food flavour actually come from the smell and are detected in the nose.

The research team, from the school of medicine at Washington University, St Louis, showed that people with more of a receptor called CD36 were better at detecting the presence of fat in food.

They found that variations in a gene that produces CD36 makes people more or less sensitive to the presence of fat.

“The ultimate goal is to understand how our perception of fat in food might influence what foods we eat and the qualities of fat that we consume,” said Professor Nada Abumrad, who led the research.

“We’ve found one potential reason for individual variability in how people sense fat. What we will need to determine in the future is whether our ability to detect fat in foods influences our fat intake, which clearly would have an impact on obesity.”

The study, which is published in the Journal of Lipid Research, found that those with half as much CD36 were eight times less sensitive to the presence of fat.

Up to 20 per cent of people are believed to have a variant of the CD36 gene that is associated with producing lower levels of the receptor, which could mean they are less sensitive to the presence of fat in food. This may make them more prone to obesity.

Dr Yanina Pepino, who also conducted the research, added: “If we follow the results in animals, a high-fat diet would lead to less production of CD36, and that, in turn, could make a person less sensitive to fat.

“From our results in this study, we would hypothesise that people with obesity may make less of the CD36 protein.

“So it would seem logical that the amounts of the protein we make can be modified, both by a person’s genetics and by the diet they eat.”

Important information about controlling your High Blood Pressure

16 Jan

As someone who suffers from high blood pressure, I am always looking for ways to get off the water pills I am now taking. With this pill I have managed to keep my blood pressure under control for about 5 years but I am always looking for ways to get off this pill. My doctor says to me that I can never be cured of HPB because one you have it you have it. I refuse to believe that.

These days I drink a lot of hibiscus and other herbal teas. I was on noni juice for about six months and I saw a big drop in my blood pressure.  My sister had made the drink and gave me to bring back to Canada from the Caribbean. She has the tree but it is difficult to mail that kind of stuff from the Caribbean so I did not drink it for a while but am drinking a lot of hibiscus which has received a lot of rave lately.

My resolution for the new year is to try a vegan diet to bring my blood pressure down. If it works then veganism or pretty close to that would be my new way of living. One thing I am disappointed in the health foods that are available, many are packed in sodium and I do not eat those. All their fake meats have sodium levels that are definitely not healthy so I stay away from that.  I eat brown rice, lots of green vegetables, spices very little sea salt but lots of chili pepper, lemon etc. to spice my foods. Anyway check out the links and what you need from it.

http://www.healthcentral.com/high-blood-pressure/cf/slideshows/top-foods-to-avoid-with-high-blood-pressure/pickles/?ap=825

Find out how garbage makes good food

12 Jan

This is an interesting article and a commentary of our affluence.  If we were living in a hostile environment, we might look at food very differently than how we look at it today. We throw away anything that does not appeal to our eyes as perfect, fresh and appealing.  This story shows us how what we throw away can be used in very healthy and appetizing ways. It’s an eye-opener and I enjoyed it very much. Please read and feel free to share your understanding and stories as well. Thank you

http://www.alternet.org/story/153742/compost_cuisine%3A_amazing_ways_to_make_delicious_food_out_of_garbage?akid=8115.35630.v5yUli&rd=1&t=3

Check out this musician – Music the food of love

11 Jan

http://youtu.be/dBFBIk98y_Q

www.myspace.com/maikowatsonmusic

Good stuff

How about a little detox with Dr. Oz

9 Jan

As a child growing up in the tropics, we always had a “clean out” after every big holiday – Easter, Christmas and Summer. Our parents felt we ate a lot of stuff and needed to clean out so we’re ready for school. Just to let you know I did not grow up in a culture where we checked out what’s wrong or what will be before too long. We just made sure we kept ourselves as healthy as possible by taking the right medicines proactively. When we check out what’s going wrong inside our bodies we tend to lead anxious-ridden lives. Let’s be proactive this year and you know, you’re on the right track. Take that step, go for it. Twenty eight days to feeling better, lighter and healthier.

http://www.oprah.com/health/Dr-Oz-on-How-to-Renew-Your-Body-Mind-and-Soul/5

A little detox after the holidays might be helpful

5 Jan

I came across this excellent article in Chaltelaine’s.  I like to do simple things when what I am asked to do is complicated, there is the likelihood of shelving it away for another day. This detox is as simple as they come.

You know that you need to detox if you have any or a combination of these symptoms:

Signs and symptoms of toxicity
Here are some of the signs that a cleanse may be beneficial to your health:

  • Cravings for sugar, salt, starches, bread
  • Bloating and a gaseous, distended stomach or lower abdomen
  • Acne
  • Headaches, stomach aches
  • Lethargy, fatigue
  • Dry skin and hair, eczema
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Constipation, diarrhea (overall irregularity)
  • Mood swings
  • Lack of concentration
  • Weakened immunity
  • Weight gain and difficulty losing weight

Now find out how to do it.

http://www.chatelaine.com/en/article/34581–detox-for-a-new-year

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