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How to lose belly fat – real weight loss tips that work

Easy access to convenient food without the hassle of preparation may well be the reason of the rising obesity trend. The ubiquity of fast food restaurants offering instant tasty meals with sweetened carbonated drinks and other high calorie snacks have encouraged abnormal eating patterns for all hours of the day. Processed food rich in chemical additives plus sedentary lifestyles has made the Western lifestyle the unhealthiest in the world.

In an EU report backed by Britain’s own National Health Service (NHS), it was shown that 24 percent of British women were found to be overweight compared to only 15.6 percent in Germany, 12.7 percent in France and just 9.3 percent in Italy. This report raised concerns regarding the obesity trend among younger women in the UK which has almost doubled over the last decade.

Time-tested weight loss methods

The best way to lose weight is not necessarily the fastest one. With all the diet trends, accessories and supplements on the market, we are bombarded by testimonials of people sporting flat abs and six packs endorsing the latest fad diet. They swear by how effective it has been for them and how they are having the time of their lives.

Truth be told, who wouldn’t want flat abs or a six pack? Unfortunately, short-term gains are difficult to sustain unless the individual actually decides to make the personal decision to want to live a healthy life.

The best approach to losing weight is to choose a system that, once initiated, can be sustained in the long run. Below are some tips that you can slowly incorporate into your everyday activities. If you have been practicing them already, congratulations! If not, it’s not yet too late to give it a try:

1. Practice Mindful Eating- Recently, the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior revealed that individuals can still lose weight even if they eat out.

Researchers from the University of Texas observed 35 healthy pre-menopausal women who ate out frequently. Test subjects took part in a six-week program called “Mindful Restaurant Eating.” The focus of this program was on preventing weight gain and not weight loss. Test findings revealed that participants in the intervention group lost more weight, had a lower percentage of fat and a lower average daily caloric intake, and experienced increased self-efficacy in managing diet when eating out.

The message here may simply be to eat in moderation, or, not eating in excess. Depriving yourself of your favorite food may no longer be necessary if you reduce your normal serving to a smaller portion so your body can burn it faster and avoid weight gain.

2. Learn to handle stress – Stress, especially stress related to work, is found to increase the chances of obesity. Researchers from the University of Rochester studied the causes of and solutions to obesity in employees from a manufacturing facility in New York. The study looked at 2800 professional male employees and discovered that those in more stressful positions had a BMI unit of weight more than those in less demanding jobs.

The same finding also holds true for women. In 2000, a study conducted by Yale University showed that non-overweight women vulnerable to the effects of stress were more likely to have excess abdominal fat with higher levels of cortisol, a hormone related to stress. Studies have shown that cortisol can affect fat distribution by causing it to be stored in the abdomen around the organs.

3. Drink plenty of water – Recent studies have now shown that drinking water is an effective weight loss strategy. In a study, it was discovered that dieters who drank water before eating three times a day over the course of roughly three months lost five pounds more than those who did not have increased water consumption. Water has no calories and consuming it before meals makes less space for food in the stomach.

Researchers also noted that consuming water was better than soda and other sweetened drinks, which are packed with sugar or artificial sweeteners, additives that have found to contribute heavily to weight gain.

Moreover, it is suggested that six to eight glasses of water be taken daily to maintain the water content of the bile, according to Michael Murray, N.D., and Joseph Pizzorno, N.D., in their book “The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods.” Fresh fruit, pure water and vegetable juices are the preferred methods of meeting the body’s water requirements.

4. Get a sufficient amount of sleep – Not getting enough sleep may increase your chances of becoming overweight in the long run. A recent study from Uppsala University revealed that the brain’s response to food is more active after one night of sleep loss.

Researchers from Uppsala University together with researchers from other European universities studied the brain of 12 males with normal weights while the subjects viewed images of food. They examined regions in the brain involved with appetite sensation using magnetic imaging and compared results after a night with normal sleep and one obtained after one night without sleep. According to Christian Benedict, the lead researcher in the study, “After a night of total sleep loss, these males showed a high level of activation in an area of the brain that is involved in a desire to eat.”

Insufficient sleep appears to be a problem that plagues modern society. Being able to get at least eight hours a night may be crucial in maintaining health and avoiding cardiovascular and weight-related conditions.

5. Exercise your way to health – In a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, maintaining weight and fitness levels as we grow older may be enough to see significant benefits.

According to Duck-chul Lee, a lead researcher in the study, if you’re overweight, losing weight and improving your fitness may be the best combination for health maintenance. The study discovered that people who kept up or improved their fitness levels lowered their risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure and their risk to metabolic syndrome (a term used to refer to a group of risk factors for heart disease such as unhealthy cholesterol level, abdominal obesity and high blood sugar.)

At the onset, people who are overweight often fail to notice their weight loss because they get hungrier and start eating more. This shouldn’t discourage them, according to Dr. Lee. What is essential is to use exercise to get fit, and one way to decipher progress is to see how you feel when going through your exercise routine. If it’s getting easier, you are getting fitter.

Don’t settle for the quick fix

The best way to lose weight is not necessarily the fastest way. Resorting to fad diets may not be feasible in the long run, especially if no exercise is incorporated into the program. Furthermore, if moderation in food intake is not learned, the subject may be subject to binging episodes, leading to the regaining of more weight than what was originally lost.

What then is the best strategy for those earnestly looking for an authentic weight loss program?

The best strategy should be something that can be sustained in the long run. The five tips offered above can be incorporated into any lifestyle with no cost to the individual. These can produce incremental changes that eventually add up to the desired result: a better option for weight loss than quick fixes that only provide temporary relief.

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Compound in apples fights obesity, diabetes and fatty liver disease

Overweight and obesity continue to plague a majority of men, women and children alike, placing them at considerable risk for heart disease, diabetes and fatty liver disease as a result of chronic metabolic dysfunction. Alternative health practitioners understand that the problem is the result of much more than a simple ‘calories-in, calories-out’ equation, as refined, synthetic foods provide the dominant source of calories in most modern diets. Our genetic structure does not support a high yield of calories from unnatural sources, and we rapidly become metabolically ‘broken.’

Researchers from the University of Iowa, publishing the result of their work in the journal PLoS ONE, have found that a substance known as ursolic acid reduces obesity and its associated health problems by increasing the amount of muscle and brown fat, two tissues recognized for their calorie-burning properties. Ursolic acid is highly concentrated in the skin of apples, and can now be added to the growing list of natural compounds (including green tea and green coffee bean extracts) that increase metabolism and directly influence gene expression to aid weight management and health issues.

Ursolic acid from apple skins triggers weight loss and improves metabolic dysfunction

The study, conducted on mice that have demonstrated similar metabolic characteristics to humans, involved feeding a high-fat diet over a period of three weeks to test for weight gain or loss, and comparing to a control group. Prior studies have shown that the active natural compound, ursolic acid, increases muscle mass and also stimulates the production of metabolically active brown adipose tissue. Recent studies have shown that this type of fatty tissue is associated with reduced body weight as compared to white adipose cells known to expand and store excess body weight.

The lead study author, Dr. Christopher Adams commented “Since muscle is very good at burning calories, the increased muscle in ursolic acid-treated mice may be sufficient to explain how ursolic acid reduces obesity. However, we were surprised to find that ursolic acid also increased brown fat, a fantastic calorie burner.” The mice that received a high-fat diet along with ursolic acid derived from apples gained less weight and their blood sugar level remained near normal. Ursolic acid-treated mice also failed to develop obesity-related fatty liver disease, a common and currently untreatable condition.

Dr. Adams concluded “Our study suggests that ursolic acid increases skeletal muscle and brown fat leading to increased calorie burning, which in turn protects against diet-induced obesity, pre-diabetes and fatty liver disease.” The researchers used a low concentration of ursolic acid equivalent to eating one or two apples each day to conduct their study. An apple a day, along with a natural food diet void of refined carbohydrates and hydrogenated fats may be just what the naturopathic doctor ordered to control obesity and prevent metabolic syndrome and fatty liver disease.

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When did obesity become an issue?

The fact that obesity statistics have never been higher has raised a substantial amount of awareness and concern in regards to this issue. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just over one-third of U.S. adults, about 97 million, are obese. This number is expected to rise to 42 percent by the year 2030; however, some forecasters have predicted the number could easily be over 50 percent. This is a frightening projection not only for the health of the nation, but in addition to the expense to cover ailments associated with obesity such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, sleep apnea, and more.

As the Associated Press states, “The number of obese Americans soared during the 1980s and 1990s, doubling among adults in the U.S. and tripling among children. Sedentary lifestyles and changes in eating habits have contributed to weight gain, as more Americans work at desk jobs, use electronic devices and get served increasingly larger portions at restaurants.”

Obesity numbers continue to rise – Why is that?

Lifestyles of the majority of individuals changed with the development of new electronic gadgets for use in the household such as televisions, computers and gaming systems. People now found a reason to stay indoors glued to the chair, sofa, or bed. Now, when faced with the decision to go outside and be active, or stay home and watch a new hit movie or play video games, the latter option has been chosen more frequently than ever before.

In addition to the distractions new technologies have provided, a staggering number of fast food restaurants have popped up across the globe over the past few decades that for the most part, have not offered the healthiest of choices. Granted, the obesity epidemic cannot be blamed entirely on these food establishments, there are certain arguments that can be made especially when statistics show that about 44 percent of Americans claim to eat fast food at least once a week.

Portion sizes at restaurants have increased which means a lot more calories

Another factor to take into account is the larger portion sizes of most items purchased when dining out. Not only will you find that the sizes of meals at restaurants and fast food spots have grown quite large over the years, but even items purchased from convenience stores and supermarkets have increased. A muffin which used to be the size of a baseball, is now the size of a softball. A Big Gulp soda from the popular store 7-11 used to be 32 ounces, now they offer a hefty 44 ounce Super Big Gulp and even a Double Gulp that has a staggering 64 ounces of sugary liquid.

This holds true for fast food restaurants also. When McDonalds first introduced soda beverages in 1955, the only size offered was a seven-ounce. cup. Now it is not uncommon to find 32 ounce options which means an increase of about 300 calories and worse yet, at least 80 more grams of sugar.

The only way to effectively combat the obesity epidemic is to make changes in what is eaten and incorporating some form of exercise. When focus is placed on what will be beneficial for the body, better decisions will be made to help ensure healthy nutrition is received regularly. When these decisions are upheld on a consistent basis, a well balanced lifestyle will be the result.

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Go nuts to significantly lower risk of obesity and diabetes, and aid your weight management strategy

A surprising number of people avoid eating nuts as they retain the false stigma that the calories derived from a handful of nuts contribute to weight gain. Nuts also deliver a higher percentage of fat calories per ounce than many nutritionally deficient processed foods and are thus considered to be unhealthy. As the incidence of metabolic syndrome (six health metrics that increase risk of diabetes, heart disease and many other potentially fatal chronic conditions) continues to skyrocket in many unsuspecting individuals, a wealth of scientific evidence now shows that eating a variety of tree nuts is not only beneficial to our health, but also helps lower obesity prevalence in the adult population and aids weight management as part of a natural food diet.

A research team from Loma Linda University in California studied 803 Seventh-day Adventist adults to establish an association between tree nuts (almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts), metabolic syndrome (MetS) and obesity in a population with a wide range of nut intake ranging from never to daily. Publishing the results of their work in the journal PLOS ONE, the scientists were able to determine that the amount of tree nuts consumed daily correlated directly to the prevalence of obesity in the adult participants.

Tree nuts improve metabolic profile to lower MetS abnormalities and improve weight loss efforts

The researchers used a validated food frequency questionnaire to determine the daily intake of tree nuts and peanuts, both together and separately. The participants were then rated as to high tree nut consumption, averaging 16 grams per day, to low consumption with an average intake of 5 grams per day. Lead study author, Dr. Karen Jaceldo-Siegl noted “Our results showed that one serving (28g or 1 ounce) of tree nuts per week was significantly associated with 7 percent less MetS… doubling this consumption could potentially reduce MetS risk by 14 percent.”

MetS (consisting of increased abdominal obesity, elevated triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, high blood pressure and hyperglycemia) signals metabolic deterioration as the body is forced to deal with a cascade of physical abnormalities that ultimately lead to cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia and drastically lowered quality of life. Regular consumption of tree nuts can lower the risks associated with MetS as they help to balance oxidized cholesterol ratios and improve vascular function, largely due to the quality, monounsaturated fat content and wealth of minerals supplied in a handful of the small tasty gems.

Another benefit found by the researchers is lowered body weight. Although nuts are relatively high in calories, they squelch appetite by providing a solid source on non-animal protein and have little to no impact on blood glucose levels. Additionally, there is some evidence to suggest that the monounsaturated fats are conserved by the body for cellular metabolism and are not readily burned as a source of fuel by the body. Dr. Jaceldo-Siegl concluded “We found that high tree nut consumers had significantly lower prevalence of obesity compared to the low tree nut consumers… and, high consumers of tree nuts had the lowest prevalence of obesity when compared to the low peanut/tree nut groups.” Nutrition experts recommend eating 1.5 ounces of tree nuts each day, the amount in a good size handful, to ward off chronic disease processes and help keep weight in check.

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Schools tackle the childhood obesity problem with hands-on approach: will it work?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2–19 years are obese. Since 1980, obesity prevalence among children and adolescents has almost tripled.”

Yikes.

As is the case with adults, carrying around extra pounds can cause health problems or worsen existing ones, ranging from diabetes and heart disease to breathing issues and disrupted sleeping patterns. None of these conditions are good for the child wishing to do well in school (missed classes due to ongoing medical concerns can be detrimental to studies at any grade level). Furthermore, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, “Child and adolescent obesity is also associated with increased risk of emotional problems. Teens with weight problems tend to have much lower self-esteem and be less popular with their peers. Depression, anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorder can also occur.”

A better way for children to learn about nutritious foods

In an effort to tackle the obesity issue among young children and teens, schools are encouraging them to eat more cleansing foods, especially ones that they personally had a hand in growing and preparing. Seems to go hand in hand with the “learn by doing” approach, no? If it works, it’s a significant step in changing the way children think about food so they go on to become healthier and maintain an appropriate weight.

A 2013 issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior reported on a study which found that direct involvement between children and foods increased their willingness to choose new and more nutritious options. Researchers found that kids who grew and cooked their foods were more inclined to make better decisions, an outcome that has sparked educators and parents to look at the ways youth are taught about nutrition.

What schools are doing to fight childhood obesity

Some schools purchase updated books about food and health or even bring in specialists who provide hands-on demos. For example, many teachers have a garden class where an expert discusses everything from how seeds grow to when certain vegetables should be planted. Sometimes, cooks are brought in to teach the importance of nutrition and portions.

Of course, fighting the childhood obesity crisis doesn’t rest solely on our school systems. Follow-through at home is necessary to keep the health momentum going. It’s recommended to eat together as a family, encourage more outdoor physical activity and engage with children by growing and eating fresh fruits and vegetables that are planted in home gardens.

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More good news for chocolate eaters – cocoa flavanols lower risk of obesity and diabetes

It should come as no big surprise to alternative health followers that many foods in their unprocessed form contain a host of protective compounds that have repeatedly been shown to promote human health. Fruits and vegetables contain flavonoids that protect vegetation from disease and pests, and many provide antioxidant support to help prevent a large variety of chronic illnesses when consumed by people. Dark chocolate has received extensive research coverage over the past several years to explain how natural compounds from cocoa protect against vascular conditions including cardiovascular disease and stroke.

A new body of research now provides evidence to show that eating dark chocolate in moderation can aid weight management to prevent obesity and thwart metabolic deterioration to help prevent diabetes. Two out of three Americans are either overweight or obese, and as many as one-third or more are pre-diabetic or have been diagnosed as diabetic. A research study team from the Department of Food Science and Technology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, has released the results of their findings in the Journal of Agricultural Food and Chemistry that demonstrates how flavonols from cocoa found in dark chocolate are helpful in preventing weight gain and can also lower blood glucose levels.

Dark chocolate compound aids weight management and lowers blood sugar to slash diabetes risk

Prior studies have confirmed that that eating chocolate, as well as wine and berries, protects against type 2 diabetes, while other research has found that teens who consume higher amounts of chocolate tend to be slimmer. To conduct their study, the scientists set out to determine which of the previously identified cocoa flavonols were responsible for the positive health benefits exhibited by those eating dark chocolate. Using a mouse model known to simulate human metabolism, researchers assigned mice to one of six different diets for a period of 12 weeks.

The different diets consisted of high and low-fat diets, with the high-fat diets supplemented with either of three different types of flavanols (identified as monomeric, oligomeric or polymeric procyandins). Mice were given 25 mg of these flavanols each day for every kilogram of their body weight. The research team found that a high-fat diet supplemented with oligomeric procyandins was the most effective for maintaining the weight of the mice and improving glucose tolerance, a factor that could help prevent type 2 diabetes.

The research team concluded “Oligomeric PCs appear to possess the greatest anti-obesity and anti-diabetic bioactivities of the flavanols in cocoa… Therefore, our data suggest that moderate doses of cocoa flavanols or cocoa powder have the potential to be more effective in human clinical trials than previously thought.” It is important to note that the scientists performing this study used 70 grams of dark chocolate (equivalent to 2 scored pieces of chocolate) to achieve the reported results, and indicated that increasing this amount had no additional positive effect on weight management or diabetic risk.

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Mixed messages: The obesity epidemic needs to be addressed, but first try the latest junk food craze

A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine says that, by 2030, 42% of Americans will be obese. And according to the World Health Organization (WHO), globally, more than 1 billion adults are overweight, and at least 300 million of these people are obese.

With the obesity crisis more prevalent in society, people are urged to keep their weight in check to avoid problems such as increased risk of diabetes complications, heart conditions and even damaging psychological social interactions.

To help combat this issue, many efforts exist to raise awareness of the problem. Yet at the very same time, it seems that a paradox exists. On one hand, people are encouraged to eat fresh vegetables and whole, organic foods, but on the other hand, the influx of junk food inventions suggest that much of the food industry is turning a blind eye toward the obesity epidemic.

The rise of unhealthy foods in the marketplace

1) The pizza layer cake

The layered pizza “cake,” which is filled with multiple layers of crust, cheese and meat, may make its way to the menu of its inventor, Canadian-based Boston Pizza. Recent online voting frenzies have caused a great deal of media coverage about the possibility of the pizza becoming dining reality.

Thankfully, not everyone is excited. Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum in Britain, said, “If this arrived in Britain, I would emigrate. It is a horror. The real danger is that there is no portion control. If presented with this, children would go wild. It is stuffed full of calories.”

2) Vegetable-flavored ice cream

Haagan-Dazs has announced that, around the mid-May 2014 time frame, their vegetable-flavored line of ice creams, “Spoon Vege,” will launch in Japan. With names like Carrot-Orange and Tomato-Cherry, they may sound healthy, but they’re made with concentrated juices which are low in nutrients and high in refined sugars.

Professor Kui-Hian Sim, President-Elect of the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology, said, “In many of the countries in Asia Pacific the malnutrition problem nowadays is not undernutrition it is overnutrition, which has resulted in overweight and obesity.”

3) Coca-Cola’s mega soda dispenser

“Freestyle,” the soda dispenser that lets people create their own soda from over 140 sugary flavor combinations, is already in many fast food restaurants, such as Moe’s Southwest Grill, as well University campuses. However, consider that a 20-ounce soda typically has upwards of 18 teaspoons of sugar, and suddenly this dispenser, which is touted in the beverage industry as a “game changer,” isn’t very appealing.

But Paul Damico, president of Moe’s Southwest Grill, disagrees. “We’re converting water-only customers into beverage customers,” he says. “I love this machine.”

Sadly, they’re also converting them into unhealthy, obese customers.

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Piceatannol aids weight management, helps prevent obesity, found in red grapes and wine

Obesity is threatening the health and lives of nearly 70 percent of the U.S. population, and indicators of this epidemic are continuing to affect even more men, women and children and place a significant burden on an already failing health care system. Most health-minded individuals understand the importance of eliminating refined and processed foods while maintaining constant blood glucose and insulin levels to achieve individual weight management goals.

Researchers from Purdue University have published the result of a study in the Journal of Biological Chemistry that demonstrates the potent nature of natural compounds found in red wine and many fruits to block cellular processes that allow fat cells to develop. Scientists found that the compound piceatannol, found naturally in the skin of grapes and other fruits blocks an immature fat cell’s ability to develop and grow, opening a door to a potential method to control obesity.

Piceatannol inhibits the formation of mature fat cells to achieve weight management goals

The lead study author Dr. Kee-Hong Kim found that piceatannol, an analog of resveratrol found in grapes and other fruit, is converted to piceatannol in humans following its consumption. The team tested piceatannol in cultured immature fat cells called preadipocytes to determine if the compound inhibited the maturity process that results in fully developed fat cells, capable of storing body fat and contributing to obesity.

Dr. Kim commented “We consider that adipogenesis is an important molecular target to delay or prevent fat cell accumulation and, hopefully, body fat mass gain.” The team found that piceatannol bound to the insulin receptor on the immature fat cells, effectively blocking insulin’s ability to control normal cellular cycling resulting in mature adipocytes. The grape-derived compound stimulated the activation of special genes necessary for the fat cell maturation process.

The study authors concluded “Piceatannol actually alters the timing of gene expressions, gene functions and insulin action during adipogenesis, the process in which early stage fat cells become mature fat cells… in the presence of piceatannol, you can see delay or complete inhibition of adipogenesis.” Similar in structure to resveratrol, scientists believe piceatannol may also exert some of the same properties to help combat cancer, heart disease and neurodegenerative conditions.

Piceatannol is yet another natural compound that has demonstrated the ability to influence genetic expression to inhibit the formation of adipocytes or alter metabolism to help achieve weight management goals alongside resveratrol, green tea catechins (EGCG) and irvingia gabonensis. When used to compliment a natural food diet void of wheat and refined carbohydrates, piceatannol may be an important component to achieve natural weight management goals.

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Learn how to heal the adrenals, balance hormones and lose weight naturally

Sitting on top of each kidney, the adrenals are responsible for producing four main hormones – catecholamines, aldosterone, cortisol and androgens – which help to deal with everything from stressful situations, digestion, gender traits to blood pressure regulation. Gaining weight usually involves overactive adrenals but, this can be avoided, even reversed, without the need for surgery or extreme diets.

Don’t become a victim of adrenal stress. Most people, living in the ‘modern’ world, are being hurt by nutritional deficiencies and too many environmental toxins. But, the fact remains, you CAN naturally restore hormonal function, lose weight and avoid years of suffering. Want to learn more? Don’t miss the next NaturalNews Talk Hour – this Sunday.

The costs associated with obesity are staggering

In January 2012, according to a study published in the Journal of Health Economics, the estimated annual healthcare costs of obesity-related illnesses were calculated to be $190.2 billion or nearly 21% of annual medical spending in the United States. By the way, childhood obesity alone is responsible for $14 billion in direct medical costs.

Lead author John Cawley, a Professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management, and the Department of Economics, at Cornell University, said:

“Obesity raises the risk of cancer, stroke, heart attack and diabetes. For any type of surgery, there are complications with anesthesia, with healing [for the obese]. … Obesity raises the costs of treating almost any medical condition. It adds up very quickly.”

The problem here is that economists are great at calculating numbers and conventional medicine is great at ‘identifying’ or ‘treating’ disease – but the obesity epidemic remains unresolved. Even if you’re NOT obese – this is a problem that affects all of us because obesity raises costs in Medicaid – which results in higher taxes for society.

On the next Natural News Talk Hour, Dr. Christianson and Jonathan Landsman take a closer look at how to solve the obesity epidemic by improving hormone function and, specifically, adrenal health.

The 3 BIGGEST myths associated with adrenal health

Myth #1: Your adrenals are “fatigued.” More accurately, we need to understand that emotional and physical stress can cause insomnia, anxiety, weight gain, heart disease and adrenal stress – not fatigue. In truth, the adrenal glands work with several other glands, in what’s called the HPA (Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal) axis – which helps to regulate our energy levels and metabolism.

When our hormones are in balance – we feel great. But, hormonal imbalances usually occur due to work-related issues; eating too many processed foods, EMF pollution and poor sleeping habits – which lead to chronic inflammation, weight gain and disease.

Myth #2: Your adrenal glands need a drug. If that were true, then adrenal ‘fatigue’ – often diagnosed due to low cortisol levels – would simply be fixed by taking some herbs and cortisol pills. But, in most cases, health-related problems are NOT resolved this way.

Besides a more natural diet, one of the best ways to restore adrenal function is to get 30 to 60 minutes of sunlight exposure – every day. Limit your exposure to artificial lights (i.e. computers or T.V.) – especially 1 – 2 hours before bedtime.

Myth #3: Adrenal stress is just part of life. Put nicely, that’s a bunch of baloney! A healthy diet is one of the best ways to effectively restore hormonal balance and eliminate the threat of stress-related disorders.

Oddly enough, just the simple act of thoroughly chewing your food can have a tremendous ability to calm the nervous system. And, on the next Natural News Talk Hour, Jonathan Landsman and Dr. Christianson will reveal how to achieve optimal hormonal function.

This week’s guest: Dr. Alan Christianson, an expert in thyroid and adrenal disorders

Learn how to achieve optimal body weight and dramatically improve your health – Sun. Nov. 30

Dr. Alan Christianson is a naturopathic medical doctor, specializing in natural endocrinology with a focus on thyroid and adrenal disorders. He is the author of the soon to be released “Adrenal Reset Diet”, the bestselling “Complete Idiot’s Guide to Thyroid Disease”, and “Healing Hashimoto’s – a Savvy Patient’s Guide.”

As a child, Dr. Christianson was an avid reader of his family’s encyclopedias and medical textbooks, but his body was a source of struggle. Cerebral palsy left him with seizures, poor coordination, and eventual obesity. But, with acquired knowledge and persistence, he complete reversed his condition and, now, trains doctors internationally on the treatment of obesity and hormone-related issues.

Lose weight naturally! Don’t fall into the trap of believing that optimal weight is impossible to achieve. With improved eating habits and stress management techniques – you CAN quickly see results. On the next Natural News Talk Hour, Jonathan Landsman and Dr. Alan Christianson will talk about how to naturally balance hormones and achieve optimal weight.

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Mediterranean diet can reverse metabolic disorder, lower risk of diabetes, obesity, heart disease

The Mediterranean diet doesn’t just protect against heart disease: It may actually reverse metabolic syndrome, a cluster of symptoms linked to heart disease and diabetes.

The findings came from a study conducted by researchers from the Universitat Rovira i Virgili and the Hospital Universitari de Sant Joan de Reus in Reus, Spain.

“In this large, multicentre, randomized clinical trial involving people with high cardiovascular risk, a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil was associated with a smaller increase in the prevalence of metabolic syndrome compared with advice on following a low-fat diet,” the researchers wrote.

“Because there were no between-group differences in weight loss or energy expenditure, the change is likely attributable to the difference in dietary patterns.”

A heart-healthy diet

Metabolic syndrome refers to a cluster of symptoms that is associated with a higher risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and premature death, and affects about 25 percent of all adults globally. The condition can be diagnosed in anyone who has three or more symptoms. Symptoms include high blood sugar, high triglycerides, low HDL (“good”) cholesterol, high blood pressure and central obesity (a large waist circumference).

The researchers wondered how the Mediterranean diet could affect metabolic syndrome, because the diet has previously been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, as well as lead to better health, longer life and less age-related cognitive decline. For example, a 2013 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that people who ate a Mediterranean diet were about 30 percent less likely to develop cardiovascular disease than people who ate a low-fat diet.

The Mediterranean diet has high quantities of olive oil, seeds and nuts, whole grains and beans; moderate to high quantities of dairy, primarily in the form of yogurt and cheese; moderate quantities of fish and poultry; low to moderate consumption of red wine; and low consumption of red meat.

Metabolic syndrome decreased 30 percent

In the new study, researchers randomly assigned 5,801 adults between the ages of 55 and 80 who were considered at high risk of developing heart disease to follow one of three diets: a low-fat diet (control group), a Mediterranean diet plus extra olive oil or a Mediterranean diet plus extra nuts. Participants were followed for an average of 4.8 years.

By the end of the study, there was no difference between the three groups in the numbers who had developed new cases of metabolic syndrome. This showed that, despite being higher in fat, the Mediterranean diet did not worsen metabolic outcomes.

The more surprising outcome came among patients who already had metabolic syndrome at the beginning of the study. Among the groups on one of the two Mediterranean diets, the incidence of metabolic syndrome actually fell by 28.2 percent. Participants receiving extra olive oil were more likely to see decreases in central obesity and blood sugar, whereas participants receiving extra nuts were more likely to see a decrease in central obesity alone.

“Mediterranean diets supplemented with olive oil or nuts were not associated with a reduced incidence of metabolic syndrome compared with a low-fat diet; however, both diets were associated with a significant rate of reversion of metabolic syndrome,” the researchers wrote.

Increasingly, research is suggesting that the benefits of the Mediterranean diet also extend far beyond metabolic health. In a 2010 study conducted by researchers from the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Mediterranean diet was found to lower the risk of developing depression by 30 percent — even after researchers controlled for risk factors including anxiety, personality, lifestyle habits and family status.

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