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Life and Death at the end of a shoelace

Telomeres

Life and Death at the end of a shoelace

While they are structurally simple and do not code for anything, your cells cannot reproduce without them.  They are also critical in anti-aging medicine.  What am I talking about here?  Like the little tab, or “aglet” at the end of a shoe lace, your DNA strands of the “laces” are held together by tiny little telomere tabs, repetitive stretches of DNA on the end of each of your chromosomes.  If your chromosomes didn’t have these endpoints, the double helix strands of DNA would unravel. Every single time your cells divide and reproduce, they deplete their telomeres.  Slowly, over time, the...

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Why should I eat less carbs?

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Why should I eat less carbs?

With more than 65% of adult Americans currently on some form of attempted weight-loss plan, the carbohydrate question is one we hear very often. You may have heard the news: Carbs are the devil in disguise, sneakily tempting and taunting you in order to make you fat and ruin your life. Although we now know that the Standard American Diet (SAD), overflowing with fat, sugar, salt, refined ingredients and processed foods, is not a health promoting diet, we cannot say that carbohydrates alone are bad and therefore should be avoided. The truth of the matter is that the majority of...

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Yoyo Diet’s a No No

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Yoyo Diet’s a No No

If your weight fluctuates up and down, over and over again, you’re playing a dangerous game. There’s a lot more at stake than looking good.  Sure, it all starts out great! You lean out quickly from not eating much, but it sure doesn’t end well. Not only are you likely to regain the weight, and then some, there are dangerous risks associated with this strategy, things like higher risk for cancer, heart disease and diabetes, not to mention you’re exhausted and weaker, too. Seems like you end up worse than you started because, bottom line, the stress from fluctuating weight...

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Help manage depression related overeating and weight gain with chromium

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Help manage depression related overeating and weight gain with chromium

Have you been struggling with emotional eating, intense carb cravings and weight gain? There are many factors affecting the interrelationship between emotions and behavioural patterns, especially when it comes to food, and although it is a complex and mufti-faceted issue, there is a direct correlation between depression, emotional overeating, carb cravings and weight gain. Interestingly, studies demonstrate that supplementing with chromium helps fight depression, reduce carb cravings and reduce the frequency and intensity of emotional eating. Chromium's Effect on Metabolism Chromium is a natural element which assists with glucose metabolism.  This is how the body creates energy out of carbohydrates.  It...

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Big Pharma, Bad Pharma – There is no magic pill

Heart health

Big Pharma, Bad Pharma – There is no magic pill

Taking pharmaceuticals for blood pressure and cholesterol, particularly if you’re not in the high risk category, is probably a bad idea. The more likely solution involves lifestyle modifications like better diet, weight loss, no smoking and improved fitness.  No drama here, just good, clean living, on a consistent basis.  Food is often, both the cause and treatment for cardiovascular disease.  There’s no magic pill, just big profits for Big Pharma the more prescriptions are filled. Unfortunately, a lot of the studies done, showing drug benefits, are funded by, you guessed it, Big Pharma.  There’s huge bottom line incentives, to support...

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