Fort Collins – Everyone knows what they eat has a huge impact on both their energy levels and their overall well being. Because countless studies have demonstrated the effect nutrition has on many aspects of health, some experts even say that the majority of health problems can be avoided through proper diet (in addition to regular exercise).
In Other Words, You Are What You Eat
But what if there was a way you could be healthier without changing what you eat, even if you are already eating perfectly? If that sounds interesting, then you are really going to like this…
A new study conducted by scientists at San Diego State University found you are not only WHAT you eat but WHEN you eat. The research, published in the prestigious journal Science, found that, “By limiting the time span during which fruit flies could eat, they could prevent aging – and diet-related heart problems. The researchers also discovered that genes responsible for the body’s
circadian rhythm are integral to this process, but they’re not yet sure how.
“Previous research has found that people who tend to eat later in the day and into the night have a higher chance of developing heart disease than people who cut off their food consumption earlier.”
But this study was done on fruit flies, what does that have to do with humans? Well, fruit flies have been long been used as a starting point to help identify the genetic basis of many ailments, including heart disease.
Some interesting details about the experiment: The fruit flies were split into two groups. One group was allowed to eat unrestricted all day and the other was only allowed to eat during a twelve-hour period. Researches kept track of the sleep patterns and amount of food eaten by each group.
Results: “Flies on the 12-hour time-restricted feeding schedule slept better, didn’t gain as much weight, and had far healthier hearts than their ‘eat anytime’ counterparts, even though they ate similar amounts of food.”
The researchers observed the same results after five weeks. According to researcher Dr. Shubhroz Gill, “In very early experiments, when we compared 5-week-old flies that were fed for either 24 hours or 12 hours, the hearts of the latter were in such good shape that we thought perhaps we had mistaken some young 3-week-old fruit flies [from a different part of the experiment]… We had to repeat the experiments several times to become convinced that this improvement was truly due to the time-restricted feeding.”
More Good News: The benefits of time-restricted diets were not restricted to young flies. When the researchers introduced the time restrictions to older flies, their hearts became healthier too.
What Is the “Take Home Message?”
Of course, more research must be done before the results can be extrapolated to real people, like you and me. There are several factors to take into consideration with humans, like the fact that humans do not eat the same thing every day and lifestyle often affects when someone can or cannot eat. Dr. Girish Melkani, a Biologist at San Diego State University writes, “Time-restricted feeding would not require people to drastically change their lifestyles, just the times of day they eat. The take-home message then would be to cut down on the late-night snacks.”
More Research shows Timing
a Factor in Type 2 Diabetes
According to a new small-scale study published in Diabetologia, “The combined consumption of a high-energy breakfast and a low-energy dinner decreases overall daily hyperglycemia in type 2 diabetics.”
Reseacher Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz notes, “We found that by eating more calories at breakfast, when the glucose response to food is lowest and consuming fewer calories at dinner, glucose peaks after meals and glucose levels throughout the day were significantly reduced.”
In other words, a big breakfast and small dinner helped control blood sugar levels throughout the day.
Here is an interesting finding from the research: Participants’ blood glucose levels rose 23 percent less after lunches preceded by large breakfasts. Dr. Jakubowicz adds, “By demonstrating that a diet of high-energy breakfasts and more modest dinners is more effective in lowering overall daily post-meal glucose surges, we suggest that such a regimen is a powerful therapeutic approach for improving glycemic control and may potentially reduce cardiovascular complications in type 2 diabetic… It is not enough to tell the diabetic patient what he or she should or should not eat. It is more important to emphasize that a more advantageous meal schedule should be followed.”
Want to Shorten the Length
of the Common Cold?
According to findings published in BMC Family Practice, “High dose zinc acetate lozenges shortened the duration of the common-cold associated nasal discharge by 34%, nasal congestion by 37%, scratchy throat by 33%, and cough by 46%.”
Because they observed no major adverse effects related to zinc consumption over three separate studies, the authors of the study conclude, “Zinc acetate lozenges releasing zinc ions at doses of about 80mg/day may be a useful treatment for the common cold, started within 24 hours, for a time period of less than two weeks.”
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Inspirational Story of The Month
(Names And Details May Have Been Changed To Protect Privacy)
One Moment Can Change Everything
The Incredible Story of a 13-Year-Old Boy Fighting a Deadly
Autoimmune Disease and How He’s Trying to Make History…
“A single moment can change your life forever. I had one of those moments today while shooting a video of a 13-year old boy who is dying from an autoimmune disease. His story is one of the most amazing and touching I have ever heard. And it’s personal because he is the son of one of my best friends.”
Those are the words posted on Facebook by the person documenting this incredible story in an attempt to raise over $350,000 to pay for medical treatments that insurance companies won’t cover. When contacted for this story, he asked to remain anonymous and added, “This story is about saving a 13-year-old boy’s life… not me. Please focus on him.” So, we will…
Imagine being a star athlete, a champion in multiple sports, and getting straight A’s in school… all by age 10! Imagine doing that while battling a terrible genetic disorder and suffering from several autoimmune diseases that can make it impossible to walk or even hold a cup. Now, imagine being told there is very little hope and there are no definite solutions to your genetic disorder, that your condition will lead to cancer, and ultimately death before you reach adulthood.
At five months old, Louie was hit with his first autoimmune disease, which wasn’t diagnosed until after spending two months in the hospital. His body thought he had an infection and produced fevers ranging from 101 to 107 degrees Fahrenheit (~38-42 degrees Celsius). At one point, his heart stopped due to complications stemming from such high fevers. The attending nurse quickly prepared an ice bath, wet several small blankets, and then wrapped and placed the quiet baby in the water and prayed the cold shock would bring his fever down so CPR could be administered to bring him back. After a couple minutes in the ice bath, everyone heard a loud roar! It was Louis coming back and that incredible fighting spirit would come to characterize Louis’ entire life.
Because of his fevers, his doctor said that Louis should be brain dead or at the very least, have an undetermined amount of brain damage. Oh really? By age 10, Louis was evaluated and determined to be gifted, a “near genius.” To this day (age 13), Louis excels in school effortlessly all while battling a deadly genetic disorder.
Louis currently suffers from eight autoimmune diseases. He deals with massive amounts of hair loss, loss of skin pigmentation, skin rashes, painful eye bulging, thyroid disease, Grave’s disease, and very painful juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Nearly every day is a nightmare for Louis. He deals with pain, a dozen different medicines and their side effects, and sees doctors twice a week, all while trying to be a teenager and have fun.
His strength is uncanny and he doesn’t shed a tear and never complains. He fights with all his heart every day and treats every day as a new battle as a war he must win. He’s focused and determined, he’s unstoppable. Before his most recent diagnosis of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, Louis was a champion athlete. He could play nearly every position on the baseball field (including pitcher) and was both a multiple-time tournament Tae Kwon Do Champion and a Judo and Brazilian Jujitsu Grappling Champion. He also enjoyed other sports like basketball and soccer. Unfortunately, his condition has now taken over his body. Most days holding a cup or making it from his bed to the bathroom in the morning is a difficult task that requires assistance. Playing his favorite sports and competing in martial arts tournaments are no longer an option for him.
Down but not out, Louis perseveres. When he is not seeing doctors, he demands to be in school. For him, anything less than an A+ is unacceptable. He’s focused on expanding his mind and learning as much as possible. He plans to be a doctor and he has been known to openly talk about curing diseases to save children, saying, “One day I will cure cancers that take children, the answer is in the genes. I just haven’t figured it out yet. I just need more time and more studying.”
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Did You Know?…
Here’s How to Get More Health Benefits Out of Your Work Day!
Prolonged sitting can significantly impact both you cardiovascular and metabolic function. Ideally, limit your sitting to three hours a day or less, and make it a point to walk 7,000-10,000 steps each day.
Taking a walk during your lunch hour can improve your mood and help reduce the effect of work-related stress. You can get even more out of your walk by simply switching up your pace at regular intervals (3 minutes fast pace and then 3 minutes casual pace, for example).
Tracking your steps can also show you how simple and seemingly minor changes to the way you move around at work can add up. For example, you can walk across the hall to talk to a co-worker instead of sending an email; take the stairs instead of the elevator; park your further away from the entrance; or take a longer, roundabout way to your desk.
Tip Of The Month
Why Would Dietitians Recommend Mini-Cans
Of Soda as a Good Choice for a Snack?
First, what is a Registered Dietitian? The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ website says they are, “The world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy.”
According to their website, “Registered dietitian nutritionists –RDNs- are the food and nutrition experts who can translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living. RDNs use their nutrition expertise to help individuals make unique, positive lifestyle changes. They work throughout the community in hospitals, schools, public health clinics, nursing homes, fitness centers, food management, food industry, universities, research and private practice. RDNs are advocates for advancing the nutritional status of Americans and people around the world”
In other words, Registered Dietitians are serious nutrition experts. So, why would some registered dietitians suggest a mini-can of cola as a snack? In fact, according to an article in the Star Tribune, “In February, several experts wrote online posts for American Heart Month, with each including a mini-can of Coke or soda as a snack idea. The pieces – which appeared on a nutrition blogs and other sites including those of major newspapers – offer a window into the many ways food companies work behind the scenes to cast their products in a positive light, often with the help of third parties who are seen as trusted authorities.”
The answer to this puzzling questions can be found in a statement given to the Star Tribune by a Coca-Cola spokesperson, “We have a network of dietitians we work with…Every big brand works with bloggers or has paid talent.”
The article also states, “Other companies including Kellogg and General Mills have used strategies like providing continuing education classes for dietitians, funding studies that burnish the nutritional images of their products, and offering newsletters for health experts. PepsiCo Inc. has also worked with dietitians who mention its Frito-Lay and Tostito chips in local TV segments on healthy eating. Others use nutrition experts in sponsored content; the American Pistachio Growers has quoted a dietitian for the New England Patriots in a piece on healthy snacks and recipes, and Nestle has quoted its on executive in a post about infant nutrition”
In other words, it seems like these dietitians are getting paid to endorse a product that may not necessarily benefit the health of people in their audience. Everyone knows celebrities and athletes get paid a tremendous amount of money to endorse all kinds of things, including junk food. Many times top athletes are paid more in endorsement deals that they make playing their sport, but it is really appropriate for certified nutrition experts to get paid to write about nutritional advice that may benefit their sponsors mor than their readers?
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