The 4 Most Disturbing Facts About ADHD

The 4 Most Disturbing Facts About ADHD | adhd1 | General Health Medical & Health Special Interests

Kids (and adults) with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have difficulties staying on task or finishing things, and while there are other problems associated with it, these two symptoms alone can make life tough. There are facts you should know about ADHD and here are the four most disturbing.

  1. ADHD Can Result from Trauma

People who have ADHD likely wonder, just what caused this? Well, a recent report suggested it could be environmental and that an ADHD diagnosis could be connected to childhood trauma. [1] For example, things like the death of a parent or domestic violence are termed ‘adverse childhood events (ACEs).’ The more ACEs in a child’s life, the more likely it is that child has (or will be diagnosed with) ADHD.

  1. ADHD Can Cause Premature Death

Recent evidence suggests that the implications of an ADHD diagnosis can be far more serious than simply not completing tasks. In a multi-decade study following almost 2 million people, those with ADHD (about 32,000) were twice as likely to die earlier. [2] If that wasn’t bad enough, those deaths were often from unnatural causes—usually accidents. The risk of dying also went up based on a person’s age at diagnosis, and women and girls with ADHD were at a higher risk of early deaths than men and boys.

     3. ADHD Could Be Something We Give Ourselves

There’s a lot of evidence to suggest that a major factor for ADHD could be toxin exposure. Tobacco use, especially during pregnancy, or even being around cigarette smoke, can put your child at a greater risk for ADHD. [3]Fluoridated water could be tied to ADHD; in one study, scientists “found that states with a higher portion of artificially fluoridated water had a higher prevalence of ADHD.” [4] It’s even been found that pesticides have a huge impact on ADHD. [5]

  1. ADHD is Being Treated with Dangerous Drugs and Little Else

This is probably the worst… only about a quarter of U.S. children with ADHD are treated with behavioral therapy. [6] The rest rely solely on dangerous stimulants. And some think that the over reliance on drugs has less to do with medicine and more to do with big business. [7] Pharmaceutical companies really push these medications–often with extreme marketing tactics. This leads many to believe that when it comes to ADHD, our society is over medicated. Take into account that safety testing is pretty spotty—and, well, they could be onto something. [8]

One Final Thought

But with all the disturbing facts out there surrounding ADHD, keep in mind that you might not even have it. There are a lot of conditions that can mimic ADHD—thyroid disorders or certain allergies, for example. But if you are completely certain it’s ADHD, there is research out there that suggests ADHD symptoms can be avoided through exercise. [9] Another report suggests living at higher altitudes leads to fewer ADHD cases. [10] Still, many children just “outgrow” ADHD symptoms, but there are many adults that still experience difficulties. [11]

What do you think about ADHD? Tell us about it in the comments.

References:

  1. American Academy of Pediatrics. Study finds ADHD and trauma often go hand in hand. ScienceDaily.
  2. Dalsgaard, S. et al. Mortality in children, adolescents, and adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: a nationwide cohort study. The Lancet.
  3. Holz, N. E. et al. Effect of Prenatal Exposure to Tobacco Smoke on Inhibitory Control. JAMA Psychiatry.
  4. Malin, A. J. & Till, C. Exposure to fluoridated water and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder prevalence among children and adolescents in the United States: an ecological association. Environmental Health. 14 (7).
  5. Richardson, J. R. et al. Developmental pesticide exposure reproduces features of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The FASEB Journal.
  6. Gellad, E. F. et al. Geographic Variation in Receipt of Psychotherapy in Children Receiving Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Medications. JAMA Pediatrics..
  7. Conrad, P. & Bergey, M. R. The impending globalization of ADHD: Notes on the expansion and growth of a medicalized disorder. Social Science & Medicine.
  8. Bourgeois, F. T. et al. Premarket Safety and Efficacy Studies for ADHD Medications in Children. PLoS ONE. 9 (7).
  9. Hoza, B. et al. A Randomized Trial Examining the Effects of Aerobic Physical Activity on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms in Young Children. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. 43 (4).
  10. Huber, R. S. et al. Association Between Altitude and Regional Variation of ADHD in Youth. Journal of Attention Disorders.
  11. Mattfeld, A. T. et al. Brain differences between persistent and remitted attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Brain. 137.


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It’s Back: How to Prep for Ebola 2.0

It’s Back: How to Prep for Ebola 2.0 | ebola | General Health PreparednessSurvival Special Interests US News World News

On May 12th, the World Health Organization declared an Ebola epidemic in the Congo. (source) It looks like it could be time to prep for Ebola 2.0.

The WHO had already warned a new outbreak could happen at any time because the virus lurks in the eyes, central nervous system, and bodily fluids of survivors.

Dr. Peter Salama, the executive director of the WHO’s health emergencies program, told the press to “never, ever underestimate Ebola” and to “make sure we have a no-regrets approach to this outbreak.” (source)

Where it’s happening

The fact that this epidemic is currently in a remote part of the North East Congo should set your mind at ease, although not so much that you don’t keep on eye on the situation. With the availability of rapid air travel and unchecked immigration into Europe, these types of things can spread incredibly quickly.

This map from the CDC shows the area in which the current outbreak is centered. It’s the large red splotch in the Northern part of the Congo.

It’s Back: How to Prep for Ebola 2.0 | ebola-map-768x594 | General Health PreparednessSurvival Special Interests US News World News It is both good and bad news that the area is extremely remote. It’s good because it lessens the possibility for exposure to other areas. Not many people travel in and out of Likati because there are no paved roads. But this also causes concern because it makes it far more difficult to monitor the area, and it’s spreading fast.

The risk from the outbreak is “high at the national level,” the WHO said, because the disease was so severe and was spreading in a remote area in north-eastern Congo with “suboptimal surveillance” and limited access to health care.

“Risk at the regional level is moderate due to the proximity of international borders and the recent influx of refugees from Central African Republic,” the organisation said, but it nonetheless described the global risk as low because the area is so remote.

About a week ago, in addition to the nine suspected cases, 125 patients who had come into close contact with the disease were being monitored. Now about 400 patients are being followed, even as nine new cases were reported on Thursday, according to the WHO. (source)

It’s spreading rapidly throughout the region, up 800% over the last week. (source)

Why Ebola is so worrisome

Part of the reason Ebola seems particularly terrifying is the graphic presentation, which is the stuff of horror movies. It is a hemorrhagic disease, which means that it can cause bleeding from the mouth, eyes, nose, and rectum. Here’s how it progresses:

The incubation period, that is, the time interval from infection with the virus to onset of symptoms is 2 to 21 days. Humans are not infectious until they develop symptoms. First symptoms are the sudden onset of fever fatigue, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, symptoms of impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding (e.g. oozing from the gums, blood in the stools). Laboratory findings include low white blood cell and platelet counts and elevated liver enzymes. (source)

But it isn’t just the gruesome visuals. The risk of death from Ebola can be anywhere between 50-90%, depending on the strain. This outbreak is the Zaire strain of Ebola, which is the same one that made it to America back in 2014.

The 2014 outbreak that could have spread through America

If you recall, the fact that it didn’t become widespread in the US during the 2014 scare was NOT because it was handled properly.  source, and It was sheer luck.

When American Patient Zero, Thomas Duncan, first showed up in a Texas emergency room, he wasn’t tested, despite the fact that he told them he was from Ebola-stricken Liberia.  Proper practices were not followed, and one of the nurses who cared for him became the second victim. All sorts of near misses occurred, like the fact that the plane that carried an Ebola patient made FIVE trips before it was sanitized.

The news came out this morning that the second American nurse diagnosed with Ebola flew on a plane with 132 other passengers from Cleveland, Ohio to Dallas, Texas.  Amber Vinson had a low-grade fever when she boarded the plane, and was admitted to Texas Presbyterian Hospital just hours after disembarking.

The latest horror?

Not only were 132 people who flew with Vinson exposed to Ebola.

In the time it took the CDC to notify Frontier Airlines of the issue, 5 more flights were made. (source)

That sounds like the plot of a cringe-y movie, where you watch the sneeze spray of an infected person in slow motion landing on everyone nearby. But that wasn’t the only mind-boggling thing that happened.

But that wasn’t the only mind-boggling thing that happened. We brought some exposed people back to the US and put them in hotels.

A couple of days ago an American healthcare worker who had been definitively diagnosed with Ebola was brought back to the US for treatment at the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.  Eleven more patients have been isolated and are on their way to the United States as well, after having had  “potential exposure” to the disease.

Now, about those people who were “potentially exposed”?

They aren’t being hospitalized. Oh no.  They are being brought back to stay at hotels “near” three different hospitals in different regions of the country. I couldn’t make this up if I tried. (source)

So, I think we can all agree, looking to the National Institute of Health, the CDC, and the WHO to keep us “safe” is not the best fall-back plan. We have to be prepared to take action ourselves should this outbreak turn into a pandemic.

Don’t panic. Just Pay Attention.

There is usually a little bit of warning before an outbreak becomes severe enough to warrant the title “pandemic.” It isn’t like The Walking Dead, where suddenly 80% of the population is affected overnight. With a pandemic, you hear a little hum about it before it gets bad. The World Health Organization makes some flyers, reports are given, and there is a mention on the evening news. But, generally speaking, officials are stingy with information because they don’t want to “start a panic.” This means that the judicious prepper needs to pay close attention when new viruses begin to be mentioned.

Now, just because a virus is mentioned, it doesn’t mean that it’s going to become a pandemic, of course. However, it can be an early warning sign that you need to get your ducks in a row.

Think of it like a tropical storm.  You hear about it gathering steam out over the ocean well before it ever makes landfall. Just because there is a storm somewhere in the Atlantic, it doesn’t mean that it’s going to hit, but it means that the wise person begins to pay closer attention to the weather reports, makes certain that the basics are stockpiled, and puts together a plan just in case the time to board up the windows arrives.

How to Prep for Ebola: Worst Case Scenario

Avoiding contact with people who have the illness is the only way to prevent getting it. Should an outbreak occur, isolating yourselves is the best way to stay safe and healthy.

This is the tricky part: How do you know that the time has come to get the family inside and lock the doors behind you? Lizzie Bennett, a retired medical professional, wrote an incredibly helpful article over on her website Underground Medic during the initial outbreak. Bennett recommends social distancing as the only effective way to protect yourself and your family from an outbreak of disease.

How long you should remain isolated depends primarily on where you live. For those in towns and cities it will be for much longer than those living in rural retreats where human contact is minimal. Though those fortunate enough to live in such surroundings should remember that if the situation is dire enough, people will leave the cities looking for safety in less populated areas. In large centres of population there will be more people moving around, legally or otherwise, each of these individuals represents a possible uptick in the disease rates, allowing the spread to continue longer than it would have they stayed indoors and/or out of circulation. Even when the initial phase is on the wane, or has passed through an area, people travelling into that area can bring it back with them triggering a second wave of disease as people are now emerging from their isolation…

One hundred miles is my buffer zone for disease, of course it could already be in my city, but practicalities dictate that I will not stay away from people because hundreds in Europe are dropping like flies. Maps of disease spread look like a locust swarm moving across the country and this allows disease spread to be tracked on an hour by hour basis. One of the few instances where mainstream media will be useful. (source)

Once you’ve gone into lockdown, how long you must stay there is dependent on the spread of the illness. Times will vary.  Bennett suggests these guidelines:

Once the doors were locked we would stay there for at least two weeks after the last case within 100 miles is reported. A government all clear would be weighed against how long it had been since the last case was reported in the area I have designated as my buffer zone. There is of course still the chance that someone from outside the area will bring the disease in with them causing a second wave of illness. You cannot seal off cities to prevent this. Going out after self-imposed isolation should be kept to a minimum for as long as possible, and if you don’t have to, then don’t do it. Far better to let those that are comfortable being out and about get on with it and see if any new cases emerge before exposing yourself and your family to that possibility. (source)

What does it mean to go into lockdown?

This Ebola thing could go bad in a hurry. And by bad I mean that the last time around, it killed well over half of the people who contracted it in West Africa.

If the situation hits close enough to home that you decide to go it’s time to isolate yourselves, the rules to this are intractable.

No one goes out. No one comes in.

I know this sounds harsh, but there are to be no exceptions. If you make exceptions, you might as well go wrestle with runny-nosed strangers at the local Wal-Mart and then come home and hug your children, because it’s the same thing.

Once you have gone into lockdown mode, that means that the supplies you have on hand are the supplies you have to see you through.  You can’t run out to the store and get something you’ve forgotten.

That means if a family member shows up, they have to go into quarantine for at least 4 weeks, during which time they are not allowed access to the home or family, nor are they allowed to go out in public.  Set up an area on your property that is far from your home for them to hang out for their month of quarantine. If at the end of the month they are presenting no symptoms, then they can come in.

It sadly means that you may be forced to turn someone away if they are ill, because to help them means to risk your family.

Now is the time to plan with your preparedness group how you intend to handle the situation. Will you shelter together, in the same location, and reserve a secondary location to retreat to if the situation worsens further or if someone becomes ill? Will you shelter separately because of the nature of the emergency?  Decide together on what event and proximity will trigger you to go into lockdown mode. Make your plan and stick to it, regardless of pressure from those who think you are over-reacting, the schools that your children have stopped attending, and any other external influences. If you’ve decided that there is a great enough risk that you need to go into lockdown, you must adhere to your plan.

Prepare an isolation area.

In the event that a member of your group becomes ill, they need to immediately be quarantined from the rest of the group. By the time they’re showing symptoms, it could be too late to prevent the spread of illness but effort should still be taken to isolate them.

Here are some tips on isolating a patient.

  • The sick room should be sealed off from the rest of the house.  Use a heavy tarp over the doorway to the room on the inside and the outside. This will make a small breezeway for the caretaker to go in and out.
  • The caretaker should cover up with disposable clothing, gloves, shoe covers, and hair covers.
  • The caretaker should wear an N95 mask.
  • The sick person should use disposable dishes and cutlery.  All garbage from the sick room should be placed in a heavy garbage bag and burned outdoors immediately.
  • The sick person should not leave the room.  If there is not a bedroom with a connected bathroom, a bathroom setup should be created within the room.  Great care must be taken with the disposal of this waste.

You can learn more about preparing a sick room HERE.

Do you have the supplies you need to weather a pandemic?

It’s time to do a last minute check of your preps because by the time a general quarantine is announced in your area or you hear the mainstream suggesting that people should stay home, it will be too late to get the rest of your supplies. As well, at that point, the path of the pandemic will have progressed so much it will be unsafe to do so.

You need to be prepared to go into family lockdown mode for a minimum of 6 weeks should things get bad in your area, and preferably longer than that in the event that this takes a long time to contain.  It’s most likely that services such as public water and electricity will remain intact, but you should prepare as though they won’t be, just in case.

Here’s a quick checklist along with some links to resources.  Base amounts on the number of family members you’ll be sheltering.

Note – we do not commonly use anti-bacterial products but in a situation like this, it’s important to have this type of thing on hand in the event that there are issues with sanitation.

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5 Things You Should Know About Obesity

5 Things You Should Know About Obesity | standing-on-scale | General Health Special Interests

Despite being one of the most preventable conditions on the planet, obesity is, unfortunately, a hugely significant problem. According to the World Health Association, the global obesity rate has more than doubled since 1980. [1] Certainly diet and exercise can go a long way in supporting a healthy weight, but sometimes even that isn’t enough. According to government health charts, if you have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more, you’re considered obese. The BMI scale, however, is largely generalized and doesn’t take into account muscle weight.

What You Should Know About Obesity

Left unchecked, obesity can cause a myriad of health issues. For example, obesity may promote mental distress, heart disease, and research also implicates it in cancer. While it’s a difficult subject to talk about because we don’t really like to acknowledge it, it must be addressed. Here are 5 things you should know about obesity, including how you can fight it.

     1. There’s Huge Debate About Obesity’s Disability Status

Labeling obesity as a disability is a constant debate. In fact, 88% of doctors polled through SERMO, a medical social network, disagreed with a recent European Union ruling that employers should accommodate obese workers with things like special parking spots, larger chairs, and in some cases, government services. [2][3] Many of those doctors believe accommodations could be necessary in the case of medically-caused obesity, but Europe has gone a bit further than that with this ruling. Do you think this decision is just supporting the problem?

  1. Pollution Can Promote Obesity

A recent report classed almost 30 percent of the world population as overweight, and pollution could also be contributing to that number. [4][5] Researchers in Southern California followed over 3,000 children throughout eight years and found a tentative link between BMI, secondhand smoke, and traffic pollution. According to the report, BMI was significantly higher in children exposed to pollution and secondhand smoke. Those exposed to both doubled their risk of being obese. This new finding could challenge the view that childhood obesity is a direct product of diet and exercise.

  1. Dirty Water Is Causing Obesity and Diabetes

There’s also another study suggesting polluted water is a cause of obesity. The report notes many poor, rural towns in California’s Central Valley have trouble finding clean drinking water and are switching to more sodas and sugary drinks. This, in turn, is causing an increase in obesity and type-2 diabetes. [6] According to data from the Community Water Center, the water supply in one of those areas is among the most contaminated—“tainted with nitrates, arsenic, coliform bacteria, pesticides, disinfectant byproducts, and uranium.” [7]

    4. Obesity Also Affects Mental Health

Yes, while obesity can be damaging to your physical health, let’s not forget how it can influence your mental state. As mentioned earlier, obesity is on the rise; but, with super-sized food portions, it seems especially problematic in the U.S. In fact, over 6% of the U.S. population is classed as severely obese—that is, having a BMI of 35 or greater. For some, it might seem like obesity and depression go hand-in-hand, and the scientific community is studying that link. There’s recent evidence suggesting depression could be connected to obesity, with over 50% of those taking antidepressants classed as obese. [8]

  1. Obesity is as Damaging as Smoking

While the health effects are damaging, the economic toll is staggering. A recent report estimated the global cost of obesity—mostly in terms of health care—to be 2 trillion dollars each year, roughly the equivalent cost of smoking. [9] Based on the current rate of obesity, that same report envisions that just about half of the world’s adult population will be obese by the year 2030.

Practical Solutions for Fighting Obesity

If obesity is a problem for you or a loved one, I urge you not to give up. You can make small changes for the better. If you’re looking to change eating habits, consider a plant-based diet. Such a shift can significantly reduce the risk for certain medical conditions. You don’t have to go completely vegan, of course; there are lots of other options. You could try your hand at a semi-vegetarian, or flexitarian, diet and only occasionally eat meat, or there’s the ovo-lacto vegetarian diet which cuts out meat completely, but includes eggs and dairy. There are certainly other choices, but these are two great ones!

Do you have any comments or questions about obesity? Tell us in the comments below!

References:

  1. WHO. Obesity and Overweight. World Health Organization.
  2. SERMO. Obesity is Not a Disability According to Most Doctors on SERMO, the leading U.S. Social Network for Doctors. SERMO.
  3. InfoCuria. JUDGMENT OF THE COURT. InfoCuria – Case-law of the Court of Justice.
  4. Ng, M. et al. Global, regional, and national prevalence of overweight and obesity in children and adults during 1980–2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. The Lancet. 384 (9945).
  5. McConnell, R. et al. A Longitudinal Cohort Study of Body Mass Index and Childhood Exposure to Secondhand Tobacco Smoke and Air Pollution: The Southern California Children’s Health Study. Environmental Health Perspectives.
  6. French, C. et al. Improve Water Quality in Rural Immigrant Communities. Center for Poverty Research.
  7. Community Water Center. Contamination. Community Water Center.
  8. Pratt, L. & Brody, D. Depression and Obesity in the U.S. Adult Household Population, 2005–2010. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
  9. McKinsey Global Institute. Overcoming obesity: An initial economic analysis. McKinsey Global Institute.


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8 Ways To Improve Mental Health

8 Ways To Improve Mental Health | mental-health | General Health Special Interests

Our lives are so hectic that sometimes we look for anything that can help us cope. A busy, stressful life can not only affect you mentally, it can also begin to reduce your body’s defenses against disease and invading organisms. While reducing stress levels can go a long way in helping us manage our day-to-day lives, sometimes it’s more than just stress we have to deal with.

How to Improve Your Mental Health

In order to improve your mind, you must work in conjunction with your body. Everything is connected when it comes to health, and you simply can’t correct one aspect of your self and neglect the other. Here are 8 ways to improve your mental health that will also improve your overall energy and well being.

  1. Exercise

Do you find yourself constantly putting off your exercise routine? Think about this: studies suggest aerobic activity—things like jogging, walking, cycling, and even gardening—can reduce feelings of anxiety or depression, improve mood, and raise self-esteem. [1] That sounds like a great reason to start back with that shelved plan!

     2. Stop Consuming Caffeine

Sometimes, we drink something with a little caffeine to give us a boost; but please don’t forget, caffeine is a drug, and the “safe” dosage varies widely from person to person. [2] A stimulant that triggers alertness at low doses, high doses can cause anxiety and irritability; too much can prove toxic, even deadly. [3] With so many other options available, why not just cut caffeine from your diet altogether?

  1. Don’t Drink Alcohol

A recent study suggests a link between alcoholism and anxiety disorders like PTSD. While drinking heavily can put a person at a higher risk for a car accident or an act of violence, heavy alcohol can actually rewire the brain, making it harder to recover mentally from a traumatic experience. [4] While the research is still new, it seems heavy drinking could increase anxiety, so why not avoid alcohol completely?

  1. Quit Smoking

Recent research suggests smoking is actually a very damaging mental activity: smokers who successfully quit were polled six months after and all reported lower levels of depression, anxiety, and overall stress levels as compared to before. The effects on the former smokers’ lives were actually comparable to that of antidepressants. [5]

  1. Breathe Clean Air

It seems air pollution can play a role in our mood. Recently, the American Psychological Association commented “evidence is mounting that dirty air is bad for your brain […] that high levels […] may damage children’s cognitive abilities, increase adults’ risk of cognitive decline, and possibly even contribute to depression.” [6] But it’s more than that: this could even start before birth, with an unborn child’s exposure to air pollution possibly leading to memory or attention problems later in life. [7]

  1. Meditate

For some, it might seem like an obvious conclusion, but meditation—especially mindfulness meditation—could be a wonderful way to feel better mentally. A recent report from Johns Hopkins University pointed to 47 studies that suggest it’s a good way to relieve stress, anxiety, or depression. [8] This is great news because in the past there have been very few scientific studies done on the subject.

  1. Dig in the Dirt

Just about everyone has heard gardening can be relaxing, but did you know a little dirt might be just what you need? Initial research suggests certain bacteria in soil can actually influence our moods for the better and in much the same way as antidepressants. [9] Regardless of science, sometimes it just feels good to dig in the dirt, doesn’t it?

     8. Steer Clear of Pesticides

No one wants pesticides used on their foods; unfortunately, it happens all the time. There’s even worrying evidence suggesting that prolonged exposure can affect your mental health. A recent report examined the link between a depression diagnosis in farmers and specific pesticides: “those who used organochlorine insecticides were up to 90 percent more likely to have been diagnosed with depression than those who hadn’t used them. For fumigants, the increased risk was up to 80 percent.” [10] Like caffeine and alcohol, pesticides should probably be avoided.

Further Steps

Living an uncluttered, unrushed, natural lifestyle is a good way to nip the sources of anxiety before they start. There are also a number of herbs that support mental health. Also, look into starting a yoga and/or meditation practice to help center your thoughts and balance your mind. It only takes 10 minutes a day to start seeing results.

How do you stay sane? Leave a comment below.

References:

  1. Sharma, A. et al. Exercise for Mental Health. The Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 8 (2).
  2. Childs, E. et al. Association between ADORA2A and DRD2 Polymorphisms and Caffeine-Induced Anxiety. Neuropsychopharmacology. 33.
  3. Nawrot, P. et al. Effects of Caffeine on Human Health. Food Additives and Contaminants. 20 (1).
  4. Holmes, A. et al. Chronic alcohol remodels prefrontal neurons and disrupts NMDAR-mediated fear extinction encoding. Nature Neuroscience. 15.
  5. Taylor, G. et al. Change in mental health after smoking cessation: systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ. 348.
  6. Weir, K. Smog In Our Brains. Monitor on Psychology. 43 (7).
  7. Perera, F. Effects of Prenatal Environmental Exposures on Child Health and Development. CEHN Research Conference.
  8. Goyal, M. et al. Meditation Programs for Psychological Stress and Well-being. JAMA Internal Medicine. 174 (3).
  9. Lowry, C. et al. Identification of an immune-responsive mesolimbocortical serotonergic system: Potential role in regulation of emotional behavior. Neuroscience. 146.
  10. Beard, John et al. Pesticide Exposure and Depression among Male Private Pesticide Applicators in the Agricultural Health Study. Environmental Health Perspectives. 122 (9).


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Does Coffee Harm Your Gut?

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Coffee’s received a lot of good publicity in recent years for the way it appears to protect the brain from degenerative diseases. We know that coffee is full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, plant-compounds, fats, and carbs. In small amounts, coffee can actually be beneficial for most healthy individuals. The main downside to coffee is that it’s highly acidic, and this acidity can have possible repercussions on the gut.

Coffee’s Effects on the Gut

Before you drink your next cup of java, weekend latte, or morning cup of joe, here’s five facts to know about coffee’s effect on the gut.

  1. Higher Stomach Acidity

Drink a lot of coffee first thing in the morning on a regular basis, and gut problems may be right around the corner. It’s not just the caffeine that does this, so drinking decaf won’t avoid the danger. Caffeine and other plant-based compounds stimulate the stomach cells to release more hydrochloric acid, which can, at times, aid digestion. [1][2]

But regular coffee drinking, especially in the morning on an empty stomach, reduces the amount of stomach acid available for digestion later on. H. pylori bacteria, the main bacteria responsible for ulcers, prefers highly acidic environments. Combine this with the way coffee weakens the protective barrier of the stomach – the mucosal layer [3] — and the risk of damage and ulcers increases.

  1. Encourages Acid Reflux

Drink enough coffee and you may experience acid reflux or heartburn. Coffee relaxes the esophageal sphincter, or the muscle valve that allows the food into the stomach. At the same time, it also prevents it from escaping up the throat. Stomach acid that escapes irritates the tissue of the esophagus. If it happens frequently enough, complications like sores, ulcers, or permanent changes to cells in the esophagus can occur.

     3. Aggravates IBS and Other Bowel Disorders

Coffee intensifies symptoms of bowel conditions like gastritis, irritable bowel disorder, colitis, and Crohn’s Disease. Certain enzymes in coffee trigger an immune response that results in inflammation, bloating, cramping, gas, and diarrhea. [4]

  1. Raises the Chance of Food Rotting in the Gut

Coffee’s known to encourage the stomach to release its contents into the small intestine before complete digestion has occurred. [5] Food that doesn’t get fully digested often ends up sitting and rotting in the gut. This creates a toxic environment ideal for ‘bad’ bacteria to spread in the intestines, damages the intestinal wall, and leads to inflammation and an immune response to enzymes in the coffee.

  1. Over Stimulates Intestinal Wave Action

Nerve and brain cells rely on a neurochemical called GABA. It’s responsible for calming the nerves after they fire. The caffeine in coffee prevents GABA from doing its job and this may lead to overactive bowels. The most common symptom is cramping or an urge to go to the bathroom.

One Final Thought

While it doesn’t directly harm the bowels, coffee does reduce the retention and absorption of minerals like magnesium, calcium, zinc, and iron. Here’s a basic rundown on these nutrients:

  • Magnesium keeps the muscles relaxed and firing correctly.
  • Calcium is needed for strong bones and getting cells the nutrients they need.
  • Zinc fuels the immune system.
  • Iron’s essential for creating new red blood cells.

And you should not drink coffee if you have gallstones. Coffee doesn’t cause gallstones, but it does cause the gallbladder to contract, creating a very painful situation. When it comes to coffee, the best way to know if harm’s being done is to notice how you feel. If it has a severe laxative effect or causes cramping or acid reflux, you may want to take some time off. Studies have shown the damage and irritation quickly heals once coffee consumption stops.

Are you a coffee lover? Or do you avoid the stuff like plague? Share your experience with us below.

References:

  1. Börger HW, Schafmayer A, Arnold R, Becker HD, Creutzfeldt W. The influence of coffee and caffeine on gastrin and acid secretion in man (author’s transl). Dtsch Med Wochenschr. 1976 Mar 19;101(12):455-7.
  2. Kuz’menko LI, Bohdanova OV, Ostapchenko LI. Regulation of secretory processes in parietal cells in the different stomach pathologies. Ukr Biokhim Zh. 2006 Jul-Aug;78(4):80-8.
  3. Cibicková E1, Cibicek N, Zd’ánský P, Kohout P. The impairment of gastroduodenal mucosal barrier by coffee. Acta Medica (Hradec Kralove). 2004;47(4):273-5.
  4. Sauer T1, Raithel M, Kressel J, Muscat S, Münch G, Pischetsrieder M. Nuclear translocation of NF-?B in intact human gut tissue upon stimulation with coffee and roasting products. Food Funct. 2011 Sep;2(9):529-40. doi: 10.1039/c1fo10055f.
  5. Akimoto K1, Inamori M, Iida H, et al. Does postprandial coffee intake enhance gastric emptying?: a crossover study using continuous real time 13C breath test (BreathID system). Hepatogastroenterology. 2009 May-Jun;56(91-92):918-20.


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Is Sugar Toxic?

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There’s been a lot of talk in recent years about the dangers of refined sugars like corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, and more. After decades of research, it appears the serious adverse effects of refined sugars on human health are finally making their way into mainstream attention. According to the CDC, more than 30% of adult Americans are obese. [1] These numbers exploded after health officials began pushing the high-carb, low-fat diet twenty years ago.

The Truth About Sugar

Decades of study on obesity, type II diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and hormone dysfunction reveal sugar isn’t just dangerous, [2][3] it’s absolutely toxic. While it’s true that our cells rely on glucose for energy, our body in no way requires refined sugar for proper functioning. Despite this, food manufacturers continue to look for new ways to sneak sugar into every last food sold on market shelves. Here’s just a few reasons why you should reduce–if not eliminate–sugar from your diet:

You Can’t See A Natural Sugar

When it comes to sugar, if it’s not a natural component of the food (like a banana, apple, or honey), chances are it’s not a natural dietary sugar. Any sugar extracted from its plant source, processed, and added to food for sweetening purposes is considered refined. This includes the spoonful of raw, organic table sugar many people put in their coffee each morning. Natural sugars occur as starches and complex sugars and are bound to vitamins and minerals. The digestive process uses these nutrients to break this natural sugar down into monosaccharides, a usable nutrient.

Fruits and vegetables don’t have the same effect on blood sugar as a candy bar for most healthy individuals because fiber in produce tends to slow down the rate at which the sugars are digested and absorbed. Table sugar is created by separating sugar molecules, glucose, sucrose, fructose, etc., from their plant nutrients. This converts them into pure, refined, and empty carbohydrates.

Your Daily Poison

We know sugar eats through the enamel of teeth and causes cavities, but its damage doesn’t stop there. Sugar leaves a path of destruction as it passes through the body, causing inflammation and degradation to blood vessels. It also disrupts the digestive process. When sugar mixes with starches in the stomach, fermentation takes place, creating carbon dioxide, acetic acid, alcohol, and water. Carbon dioxide, acetic acid, and alcohol are all toxic substances.

Sugar causes digesting protein to petrify and creates ptomaines and leucomaines, toxic protein substances. Sugars also kill the ‘friendly’ bacteria that create vitamin B12, an essential nutrient for energy creation at the cellular level. Symptoms of B12 deficiency include depression, psychosis, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and heart disease.

As I mentioned earlier, refined sugars have no nutritional value and lack the nutrients needed to encourage digestion. So, the body must steal these nutrients from other processes to digest sugar. This creates nutrient imbalances and deficiencies. From there, the sugar enters the blood stream.

Sugar Rots from the Inside Out

We know high blood sugar causes diabetes, but long before a pre-diabetic condition develops, widespread damage has already occurred. It all starts with one singular component–insulin. The pancreas releases insulin to trigger cells throughout the body to absorb glucose–a monosaccharide sugar–from the blood. The more constant this release of insulin, the more the cells stop listening to it. The liver then takes the excess glucose, converts it to glycogen, and stores it.

As sugar consumption continues, the liver swells and becomes damaged. This condition is known as fatty liver disease, and it’s on the rise wherever the modern carb-based diet is practiced. When the liver can no longer take the glucose, it gets sent to fat cells for storage. Weight gain and modern diseases follow.

Recent research done by Louisiana State University report those who consume sugar-sweetened beverages have a much higher risk of weight gain, type II diabetes, cardiovascular, and metabolic disease. The reason for this has been identified as the sugar load.

But this shouldn’t surprise us. Dr. Weston Price reported decades ago how primitive societies had good teeth and superior health to those in civilized societies on modern diets. Once a group of indigenous peoples were assimilated into modern society, individuals experienced physical degeneration and the onset of chronic disease all within one generation.

How to Avoid Sugar

Those who have given up sugar report greater energy, a more positive mood, and successful weight loss. Plus, abstaining from sugar also reduces the risk of many diseases linked to sugar consumption, like diabetes, obesity, hyperactivity, attention deficit disorder, cardiovascular disease, depression, skin disorders, allergies, eye problems, kidney failure, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, hormone imbalance, accelerated aging, and cancer. To go sugar free, avoid it for two weeks. If you’re really ambitious, go for a month. Eat only natural, organic foods, and only use stevia whenever you are wanting to sweeten a beverage.

Here’s a list of refined sugars to look out for when you’re going sugar free:

  • Maltodextrin
  • Beet Sugar
  • Cane Juice
  • Rice Syrup
  • Maple Syrup
  • Cane Syrup
  • Dextrose
  • Fruit Juice Concentrate
  • Corn Syrup
  • Sucrose
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup

Have you given up sugar? How has it made you feel? And did you find it easy or difficult? Share your experiences with us below.

References:

  1. Davy BM1, Zoellner JM2, Waters CN3, Bailey AN2, Hill JL2.. Associations Among Chronic Disease Status, Participation in Federal Nutrition Programs, Food Insecurity, and Sugar-Sweetened Beverage and Water Intake Among Residents of a Health-Disparate Region. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2015 Feb 9. pii: S1499-4046(15)00004-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2015.01.001.
  2. Kostecka M1. Eating habits of preschool children and the risk of obesity, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome in adults. Pak J Med Sci. 2014 Nov-Dec;30(6):1299-303. doi: 10.12669/pjms.306.5792.
  3. Bray GA1. Soft drink consumption and obesity: it is all about fructose. Curr Opin Lipidol. 2010 Feb;21(1):51-7. doi: 10.1097/MOL.0b013e3283346ca2.


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4 Interesting Facts You Should Know About Probiotics

4 Interesting Facts You Should Know About Probiotics | Probiotics | General Health Special Interests

There’s a lot of gray area when it comes to probiotics and our health. While there’s not a definitive link, more and more studies suggest positive effects from taking probiotics. A boost in immune function is a prime example. [1] While many have speculated antibiotics–by decreasing bacteria–are responsible for rising obesity, one recent study commented lower levels of bacteria could actually cause a person to be overweight. [2] The human gut is home to a plethora of bacteria—some good, some bad—and as “good” bacteria, probiotics could help maintain that balance; but, there’s one thing we can probably all agree on: a healthy gut is a happy gut.

4 Probiotic Facts

Probiotics are commonly associated with improving digestion, but there’s so much more. Beneficial bacteria is not only essential for digesting food and assimilating nutrients, it’s also important for mood support, cardiovascular health, and a powerful immune system. Here are 4 interesting facts you really should know about probiotics.

1. Probiotics Begin Before Birth

At one time, most scientists believed a newborn’s gut was sterile–that it collected microbes during birth and in the first few years of life; however, a recent study suggested the child gets many of those microbes before birth. [3] Another study looked at placental tissue after birth and noted many similarities with bacteria in the mother’s mouth. This casts doubt on the belief the placenta is sterile, suggesting a child’s exposure to bacteria–good and bad—begins before birth. [4]

2. Probiotics Are Good for Your Mental Health

In the past, many scientists have been skeptical of claims that probiotics could influence your mental health, but now there’s a hard link between the two. A new study suggests improper levels of certain gut bacteria could be linked to behavioral conditions like autism and depression. [5] Another report went further and examined the link between probiotic imbalances and autism, suggesting probiotic treatments could help autistic children. [6] While all the research is still new, there seems to be a developing connection between the microbiome (your gut’s bacteria) and the brain.

3. Probiotics Influence Heart Health

While diet and exercise have always been thought to support a healthy heart, a new finding suggests the microbiome could also play an important role. In one study using probiotics to lower the presence of some bacteria, the amount of leptin—a hormone implicated in heart health—in the blood reduced. [7] While the study only looked at rats, the lower levels of leptin coincided with a decreased risk of heart damage. So far, it has created enough buzz to warrant human trials.

4. Farmers Are Making the Switch to Probiotics for Livestock

Not that long ago, I wrote about how antibiotic use is on the rise in livestock. The FDA even estimates farm animals consume about 80 percent of antibiotics in the U.S. [8] With this increase, doctors are seeing more and more critically ill (human) patients immune to antibiotics. How does this happen? One theory is the overdosed animals become resistant to serious bacteria and spread that resistance. The Canadian government is even funding a study to tackle this serious issue. By feeding a probiotic and antioxidant mixture to livestock, the hope is that farmers can, one day, stop using antibiotics completely.

One Final Thought

While probiotics are likely very beneficial to your health, keep in mind they won’t solve all your problems. [9] I only mention this for you to remain cautious–to do your research before investing. Probiotics should be worth about $45 billion by 2018. [10] Before you add yourself to that statistic, think about how you intend to use them, but also keep in mind that the Japanese woman’s life expectancy is one of the longest, and the country accounts for over half of the world’s probiotic use.

How about it? Do you use probiotics for your health? Tell us about it in the comments!

References:

  1. Behnsen, J. et al. Probiotics: Properties, Examples, and Specific Applications. Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine.
  2. Goodrich, J. et al. Human Genetics Shape the Gut Microbiome. Cell. 159 (4).
  3. Aagaard, K. et al. The placenta harbors a unique microbiome. Science Translational Medicine. 6 (237).
  4. Jimenez, E. et al. Is meconium from healthy newborns actually sterile? Research in Microbiology. 159 (3).
  5. Kang, D. et al. Reduced Incidence of Prevotella and Other Fermenters in Intestinal Microflora of Autistic Children. PLoS ONE.
  6. Patterson, P. et al. Microbiota Modulate Behavioral and Physiological Abnormalities Associated with Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Cell. 155 (7).
  7. Baker, J. et al. Intestinal microbiota determine severity of myocardial infarction in rats. FASEB.
  8. Johnson, E. Alternatives to antibiotics for farm animals sought. CBC Canada.
  9. Ding, T. & Schloss, P. Dynamics and associations of microbial community types across the human body. Nature.
  10. Transparency Market Research. Probiotics Market (Dietary Supplements, Animal Feed, Foods & Beverages) – Global Industry Size, Share, Trends, Analysis, Growth And Forecast 2012 – 2018. Transparency Market Research.


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16 Advantages Of Rebounding For Weight Loss

16 Advantages Of Rebounding For Weight Loss | rebounder-trampoline | General Health Special Interests

You must make exercise a foundation of your weight loss plan, that’s not negotiable. Exercise is important and effective for weight loss because it requires your muscles to burn extra calories for energy. Exercise sets your muscles up to grow and get stronger. When your muscle mass increases, your basal metabolic rate does as well. This is the energy your body expends while at rest.

For most people, the hardest part about exercising is getting started, followed closely by sticking with it. With every day life brings ample opportunity to fall wayside by being too tired, or busy, or just not feeling like it. The key is to engage in exercise you enjoy. Exercise is not limited to lifting weights or running around the track. Racquetball, boxing, circuit training, sports, even yard work, are examples of physical exertion. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you do something.

Rebounding is Easy and Effective

If you’re looking for an activity to ease into that doesn’t require a huge investment, gym membership, time, or even that you leave your own home, consider rebounding. What’s rebounding? Well, you’ve probably seen it before and didn’t even know it. This craze first appeared in the 70’s; a rebounder is a small trampoline and rebounding is a series of exercises performed on it. Rebounding is very low impact and puts almost no stress on your joints. That’s great if you have an ailment that prevents participation in high impact exercises, or if you’ve dropped out of an exercise routine before because of soreness.

A rebounder doesn’t take up much space and is very easy to do at home, even in front of the TV (if you must). It’s easy to get a rebounding session done in the morning or evening and it is surprisingly effective. Honestly, it’s also pretty fun. NASA has even adopted it as part of their training regime, citing that, “for similar levels of heart rate and oxygen consumption, the magnitude of the biomechanical stimuli is greater with jumping on a trampoline than with running, a finding that might help identify acceleration parameters needed for the design of remedial procedures to avert deconditioning in persons exposed to weightlessness.”

The Research

Rebounding is a scaleable exercise method that you can advance with. The Human Performance Lab in Tuscaloosa Alabama examined the effects of adding hand weights to rebounding exercises and found that it substantially increased the intensity and warranted consideration for cardiovascular training. [1]

A rebounder offers not just training benefits, but therapeutic as well. A study by the School of Exercise at Deakin University in Australia found that following certain ankle sprains, a mini trampoline was significant in helping to improve balance. [2]

In a 14 week inquiry into the benefits of mini trampoline exercises for helping the elderly maintain balance, The Department of Physical Therapy of State University of West Parana in Brazil concluded that rebounder training increased the ability of elderly subjects to recover their balance during a fall. [3]

16 Advantages Of Rebounder Exercises

  1. Circulates more oxygen to tissues.
  2. Increases the functional activity of the red bone marrow in the production of red blood cells.
  3. Aids lymphatic circulation.
  4. Encourages collateral circulation.
  5. Strengthens the heart and other muscles in the body.
  6. Allows the resting heart to beat less often.
  7. Regular use can lower elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
  8. Stimulates metabolism.
  9. Promotes body growth and repair.
  10. Expands the body’s capacity for fuel storage and endurance.
  11. Improves coordination through the transmission of nerve impulses and responsiveness of the muscle fibers.
  12. Offers relief from neck and back pain or headaches caused by lack of exercise. [4]
  13. Enhances digestion and elimination processes.
  14. Supports better and easier relaxation and sleep.
  15. Results in a better mental performance.
  16. Helps reduce the likelihood of obesity.

 

 

References (4)
  1. Smith JF, Bishop PA, Ellis L, Conerly MD, Mansfield ER. Exercise intensity increased by addition of handheld weights to rebounding exercise. J Cardiopulm Rehabil. 1995 Jan-Feb;15(1):34-8.
  2. Kidgell DJ, Horvath DM, Jackson BM, Seymour PJ. Effect of six weeks of dura disc and mini-trampoline balance training on postural sway in athletes with functional ankle instability. J Strength Cond Res. 2007 May;21(2):466-9.
  3. Aragão FA, Karamanidis K, Vaz MA, Arampatzis A. Mini-trampoline exercise related to mechanisms of dynamic stability improves the ability to regain balance in elderly. J Electromyogr Kinesiol. 2011 Jun;21(3):512-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jelekin.2011.01.003. Epub 2011 Feb 8.
  4. Sovelius R, Oksa J, Rintala H, Huhtala H, Ylinen J, Siitonen S. Trampoline exercise vs. strength training to reduce neck strain in fighter pilots. Aviat Space Environ Med. 2006 Jan;77(1):20-5.

 

 

 


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Probiotics And Mitochondria: Bacteria Are Not “Other”

Probiotics And Mitochondria: Bacteria Are Not "Other" | probiotics | General Health Medical & Health

The close symbiotic relationship between our bodies and intestinal bacteria is so profound that some scientists have suggested we be viewed as “meta-organisms.”

Indeed, without these friendly bacteria we could not perform critical life-sustaining functions, such as:

Probiotics also perform at least 35 essential biological functions, with 17 viewable below:

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Beyond these remarkable properties, probiotics have been empirically confirmed to prevent and/or ameliorate well over 200 disease conditions and/or symptoms of imbalance, indicating that they are indispensable to our health in ways we are only beginning to understand.

We Have The Ancient Vestiges of Bacteria Within Our Cells

A fundamental symbiosis with bacteria is built into the very infrastructure of our bodies, as exemplified by the evolutionary origin of mitochondria, which are the little “power houses” of our cells.  Mitochondria, in fact, have their own DNA and that DNA is only passed down through the mother’s mitochondria via the maternal germ cell cytoplasm.

The mitochondrial DNA is circular like bacterial DNA, and the mitochondrial ribosomes and transfer RNA are also similar to those of bacteria, as well as other components of its membrane. The genetic sequences of mitochondria also clearly indicate an origin from a group of bacteria called the alpha-Proteobacteria.

These facts have lead researchers to the “endosymbiotic theory,” which proposes that mitochondria were once bacteria living outside of us and which gave up their independence by becoming organelles within an ancient proto-cell that evolved into the eukaryotic cells that presently make up our bodies; were it not for this ancient symbiotic marriage we would not be here today.

Ultimately, our bodies tell a very different story of our origins and need for cooperation with other cellular communities (i.e. probiotics) than the human ego, and its various anthropocentric explanations of who we are and where we came from. Because probiotics come from other living organisms (i.e. they cover and permeate the fruits, vegetables, animals we eat), and their health (and the health of their environment, e.g. soil, water, air) is indispensable in ensuring healthy probiotic communities flourish within these “foods,” it is no longer possible to separate out our health and destiny from that of the environment, and the planet as a whole.

We also need to understand that antibiotics (literally: “against life”) — both in prescription drug form and in the form of thousands of manmade chemicals that kill microbial life — have devastating consequences to probiotics (literally: “for life”) when used indiscriminately or unconsciously (fluoridation and chlorination of water, or the bacteria-destroying use of Roundup on a mass scale.).

The root of our health is dependent on the fragile, necessary, and timeless relationship between vast populations of these microscopic ‘beings’ without which we ourselves can not be whole, healthy and (w)holy implanted with a sense of sacredness, in our bodies and souls.

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6 Popular Weight Loss Diets Explained

6 Popular Weight Loss Diets Explained | health-food-soup-cooking | General Health Special Interests

Here’s a look at some of the most common diets people are using. I am not endorsing any of these but I’ve received a lot of questions about them and wanted to provide a brief overview. Fundamentally, I usually recommend a mostly vegetarian diet but that also is a personal preference; you need to do what’s best for you. Some of these plans are fundamentally solid in their approach and I would encourage you to dig deeper and do your own research if any happen strike a chord with your personal situation.

1. The Atkins Diet

The Atkins diet takes a high protein, low-carbohydrate approach. All the meat and vegetables you want with no restrictions on fats. All carbs are restricted or at a bare minimum. This rock bottom carb intake can put the body in a state of ketosis, where, in short, the body uses fat instead of glycogen for energy, leading to huge losses in body fat and weight reduction. This diet can be difficult to maintain long term. Nutritionally, it’s often noted for being low in fiber and calcium.

2. The Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet

The philosophy surrounding this method center around the idea that carbohydrate addicts’ bodies produce more insulin, causing hunger and weight gain. This diet aims to address both of those issues with nutrition. It’s a reduced carbohydrate diet that allows meat, dairy, vegetables, fruits, and grain products, but restricts all other carbohydrates. It can be high in fat and saturated fat.

3. The Choose to Lose Diet

This diet cycles carb intake- high carbs one day, low the next- paired with a high cardio exercise plan designed to achieve maximum fat burning. The diet is low in fat, allows you to eat from all of the major food groups, and provides an ample amount of fruits and vegetables. This one isn’t bad.

4. The DASH Diet

The DASH diet was originally intended to lower blood pressure through diet, but weight loss was also found to be a beneficial side effect. This diet, also popular with diabetics, suggests more servings of fruits and vegetables and more dairy servings; fiber intake is medium to high.

5. The Eat More Weigh Less Diet

Also known as the Ornish Diet, this is a low fat diet that is mostly vegetarian focused. Dairy is allowed in low amounts, meats of all kinds are avoided. The philosophy is that eating whole, vegetarian foods, even in quantity, doesn’t have many downsides, and because it’s high in fiber, you’ll feel full faster and a self regulating mechanism will kick in. This diet is a great choice as long as you make sure your vitamin and mineral requirements are met.

6. The Eat Right For Your Blood Type Diet

This diet plan is based on the idea that each blood type has a corresponding exercise and nutritional regime that matches it best. Type A has a vegetarian diet, Type O is allowed lots of meat. It’s an interesting idea but little proof has been shown to support the argument.


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