Wednesday, August 1, 2007

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

An Unexpected Benefit from Calcium

Women who don’t get enough calcium may get an unexpected benefit from calcium supplements: their weight loss efforts might be improved. A new study found that postmenopausal women between ages 50 and 79 were slightly, but consistently, better able to prevent weight gain than women who did not take the supplements.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, the proportion of obese women between ages 50 and 79 increased by nearly 50% during the 1990s; more recent reports show those rates beginning to stabilize. Being overweight in this age group raises the risk of coronary artery disease, hypertension, cancer, diabetes, gallstones, and other conditions.

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

A Natural Stress Buster

Natural Stress Buster
A Penn State study found that eating a handful of pistachios every day for a month helped keep study subjects blood pressure down in stressful situations.A handful of pistachios (11/2 ounces) has about 240 calories and 10 g of fat.


Sunday, July 15, 2007

You are what you eat?? Right?

I am sure we have all heard the expression “you are what you eat.” We’ve used this to apply to obesity, heart disease and overall appearance. But apparently this expression extends even further and can quite clearly affect the face you present to the world. You want to radiate energy and give off that vibrant glow that makes you stand out in a crowd. That glow isn’t a secret anymore, for it’s become common knowledge that the affect can be achieved through a diet rich in vitamin E and selenium. Vitamin E is most effectively absorbed and utilized in the body when combined with vitamin C, glutathione, selenium and vitamin B3. Foods rich in vitamin E range from sunflower seeds and almonds to mustard greens and spinach. But if you don’t eat enough of these foods, you might want to consider a supplement.

Supplements are everywhere. If you want pretty skin, more energy, better memory, better sleep…there are multiple supplements out there that claim they can do just that. And many can, but at what cost? New research discovered by the Nutritional Prevention of Cancer (NPC) trial found that increasing your selenium intake can also increase your risk for diabetes. The Annals of Internal Medicine will publish these finding in their August 21 issue. Not only do they present the latest research on the selenium supplement/diabetes link, but also point out that other supplements such as B-carotene and vitamin E have been shown to “increase mortality and morbidity.”

It can be a confusing time for consumers. New research is being rapidly published arguing the pros and cons of various supplements. Selenium is shown to increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, but is also presented to possibly reduce the risk of certain cancers, heart disease and arthritis. So which studies are correct? The real question is, does it really matter. And the answer in most cases is no. If you are getting an adequate amount of vitamins and minerals in your daily diet, there is no need to take a supplement. If you don’t believe that you are meeting all of your needs, the best plan of action is not to run out and buy vitamins A-Z off the store shelf. It’s best to visit with your doctor, who can give you a more well-rounded (and knowledgeable) indication of how to best meet your nutritional needs via supplements or otherwise. Avoid the controversy and focus on one body of evidence in nutrition…your own. And if that body truly needs supplements, has exactly what you need.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Ayurvedic Sleep Aid

Ayurvedic Sleep Aid

Do you wake up in the middle of the night and have trouble going back to sleep?
Before going to bed, try rubbing your head and feet with warm sesame oil. You can also drink tea made with brahmi, an Ayurvedic herb that is supposed to be a nerve tonic.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007



(From the 12 Best Foods Cookbook)

1 Tbsp. unsalted sweet butter

1 Tbsp. canola oil

2 large red onions, halved vertically, and cut crosswise in 1/4-inch

2 Tbsp. light brown sugar

1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

1 cup water

Pinch of salt

1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

In a heavy, deep saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter with the oil.
Stir in the onions. Cook until the onions are wilted, about 5 minutes, stirring

Mix in the sugar and vinegar. Cook, stirring until the sugar dissolves, about
1 minute. Add 1 cup of water and the salt. Cook until most of the water has
evaporated and the onions are simmering in thick, bubbly syrup, about 25
minutes. Add the blueberries. Cook further until the compote thickens to the
consistency of jam, about 20 minutes. Cool to room temperature before serving.
This compote keeps up to two weeks, tightly covered in the refrigerator.

Makes 2 cups (6 servings)

Per serving: 84 calories, 4g. total fat (1 g. saturated fat), 11 g.
carbohydrate, 0 g. protein, 1 g. dietary fiber, 53 mg. sodium.

Source: AICR

Monday, July 9, 2007

Protect Against Skin Cancer This Summer

With summer here, it’s important to remember that skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S. It affects more than 1 million people each year, many of whom are older men and women.

One of the biggest known risk factors for getting skin cancer is excess exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. UV light increases the risk of all three kinds of skin cancer: melanoma (the least common but most severe), basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.

The older you are, the more likely you are to be diagnosed with skin cancer, particularly after age 50. However, increased sun exposure and sun damage at an early age is a major contributor to skin cancer later in life.

One of the best ways to protect against skin cancer is to simply limit exposure to harmful UV light. Avoid the sun during midday, when its rays are the strongest, wear appropriate clothing—such as hats or long-sleeved shirts—and wear plenty of sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.

UV light can be just as damaging on a cloudy, overcast day as on a bright and sunny day, so use sunscreen and other protective measures daily, however the sky looks.