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A spoonful of sugar helps colds and flu not you!

Studies show that excess sugar actually suppresses immunity by depressing the ability for white blood cells to attack bacteria.  By ingesting 20 teaspoons of sugar, the equivalent to 24 ounces of sugary soda, immune suppression occurs up to 5 hours after ingestion.  In addition, doctors indicate that there is also a correlation between increased sugar intake during the holidays and instances of the cold and flu viruses.  Conclusion…more sugar = more doctor’s visits!  Is it worth it? . . .  I think not!

 

 

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How much protein is enough?

Contrary to popular belief a low carb diet is not necessarily synonymous with a high protein diet.  In fact, the BFF plan is not a high protein diet but a moderate protein diet. Protein actually in large amounts can affect insulin levels so we want to be careful to get an adequate amount of protein but not to over do it.  The link below contains a helpful article on protein requirements.

http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/nutrition/a/protein.htm

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Lower Your Blood Pressure

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released information on the latest research regarding exercise and  high blood pressure.  Good news!  Exercise can reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure or hypertention even if you have a family history of hypertension.  To read the whole story, check out this link . . .

http://www.hhs.gov/news/healthbeat/2012/08/20120823a.html

 

 

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Obesity, Inflammation, and Omega 3’s

Excess body fat has been linked to an increase in inflammation and inflammation is linked to multiple chronic diseases including heart disease and type 2 diabetes; but don’t despair Omega 3 essential fatty acids to the rescue!  Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce proteins that cause inflammation according to a study done at Ohio State University. (http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/USHHS-4d013e)

This is good news BFFers!  Omega 3’s can help us lose weight and reduce inflammation, but how do we get them?  Cold water fish like salmon, sardines, or anchovies are an easy and tasty way to get the most potent Omega 3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA), but if you aren’t a fish lover, then a high quality fish oil supplement will do the trick according to the study.  If you are vegan, vegetarian, or just prefer to avoid fish, then oils (e.g. flaxseed) and nuts (e.g. walnuts) are alternatives that provide ALA, a type of essential acid that converts partially to EPA and DHA in the body.   (For more information, on Omega 3 fatty acids check out:  http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/questions/omega-3/index.html)

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New Drug Approved by FDA for Weight Loss (Qsymia)

The FDA has approved yet another drug for weight loss by the name of Qsymia, but don’t get excited too fast!!  There are a lot of concerns about side effects since it is a combination of the drug phentermine (the “phen” part of the previously banned drug Fen-phen) and an anti-convulsant Topiramate (a drug that has been linked to birth defects).  Is controlling hunger worth the risk of side effects or is there a better way?

At Burn Fat Forever we think there is a better way.  We have found that living a low carb lifestyle provides natural control of hunger and cravings without the side effects.  If you don’t believe us, check out this study that compares the effects of eating a low carbohydrate diet versus a low fat diet on food cravings, preferences and appetite.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3139783/?tool=pubmed

 

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The Juicy Gossip

The secret is out; we are low carbers!  So you may be wondering, how does juicing fit into this low carb living scenario?   Well, we were inspired by the movie “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead”, a great documentary on the health benefits of juicing.  The two “stars” of the movie not only lose weight on the juice fast, but also reverse the effects of the autoimmune disease with which they are both plagued with for many years.  This is some powerful stuff, so we started experimenting with juicing and its effects on our insulin levels.

It didn’t take long for us to figure out that juicing even just one half of an apple with a batch of veggies would still result in a rise in our blood sugar levels; therefore we had to figure out how to do maximize the benefit of the veggie juice and minimize the impact of the carbohydrate impact.  First, we removed the fruit.  Secondly, we altered the recipe further with low carb friendly veggies.  Thirdly, we added some spice. (We are Cajun after all).  Finally, to really impede any insulin spike, we added a special ingredient and voila…success!  The result? A tasty drink that delivers some powerful nutrients to your blood while not affecting your blood sugar.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Link Between Belly Fat and Cancer, Heart Disease and Arthritis

I was just reading a blog http://www.peertrainer.com/health/how-to-get-rid-of-belly-fat.aspx and came across this information:

“Chronic inflammation has been linked to an incredible amount of diseases, ranging everywhere from autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis to heart disease and even cancer! Beyond diet and lifestyle, belly fat is a leading cause of inflammation, and reducing it will play a huge role in your overall health!”

The author goes on to say that belly fat itself causes an increase in cortisol which (if you are a carb burner) increases belly fat! And from there it becomes a vicious and I do mean vicious cycle.

Now I do not agree with the author’s point of view that high fat causes as much problems as high sugar intake – I believe that is misguided information and comes from lack of understanding, but I am fascinated by the idea that bell fat itself contributes to an on-going process of inflammation and as we now know, that crates a dangerous situation.

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Sugar Brain

Anyone who has ever had a sugary dessert knows the instant pleasure of doing so.  Our senses are instantly stimulated and a typical response is something like: “Oh yeah baby give me more” or “Mmmm…just one more bite” right?  Do you know what’s happening in your brain when you take a bite of that dessert?

 

As we learned from the 60 minutes video “Is Sugar Toxic?”, the pleasure center of the brain is stimulated when we consume sugar, which causes us to want more sugar, but it does more damage that most people realize.  David Desalvo, a science and technology writer, notes more research in his Forbes magazine article “What Eating Too Much Sugar Does to Your Brain”.  This article reveals, “a diet high in added sugar reduces the production of a brain chemical known as brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF).”  What happens when we have a lack of BDNF?  Well, without it all kinds of things go haywire.   Effects of low BDNF are depression, overeating, learning disorders, and poor memory.  Read this article and learn more about this research at:

www.forbes.com/sites/daviddisalvo/2012/04/01/what-eating-too-much-sugar-does-to-your-brain/

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