Fitness / Nutrition / June 27, 2015

Did you know that calcium can help you burn more fat? A recent study published by The Journal of Nutrition in March, 2015, looked at calcium’s inverse relationship to fat, in other words, how calcium promotes fat loss.    What they discovered is that there are many ways that calcium affects weight loss, but three in particular that are the most basic. 3 Ways Calcium Can Jumpstart Your Weight Loss During the study, researchers focused on figuring out the reasons why calcium helps us lose unwanted fat. And they discovered that the three most basic are that: Calcium helps you to excrete more fat in stools. Studies have shown that adequate calcium intake results in two extra grams of fat being sent out of our bodies each day. This occurs because calcium helps you use more energy from fat while also…

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Fitness / Nutrition / June 24, 2015

A new, very large study just published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism shows chronic low sodium concentration in the blood (hyponatremia) increases risk of osteoporosis, fragility fracture 390%!¹ Normal serum sodium levels are between approximately 135 and 145 mEq/liter (135 – 145 mmol/L). Hyponatremia is a serum sodium level of less than 135 mEq/L. Sodium loss can lead to a state of low blood volume, which triggers the release of anti-diuretic hormone, which leads to water retention and dilution of the blood resulting in a low sodium concentration. Too little sodium in the diet is rarely the key cause of hyponatremia, but avoiding salt entirely may contribute. Normally, we need about ½ teaspoon of salt per day, but for many of us, since summer means we’re sweating more, we may need a wee bit more – say…

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Nutrition / June 18, 2015

Do you really need supplements?  When you reach for that bottle of vitamins in the grocery store, do you wonder if you should buy it or eat more vegetables instead? The answer may surprise you. Government sponsored research has found large scale deficiencies in many nutrients in the general population, including: omega-3 fats, vitamin D, folate, zinc, magnesium, and iron. So why are we so depleted in nutrients in a time when we have access to a greater variety of food than ever? 4 Reasons You Are Nutrient-Depleted According to the internationally recognized doctor, Mark Hyman, here are the 4 primary reasons: 1. Depleted Soil  Wild crops contain dramatically higher levels of vitamins, minerals, and essential fats. The animals and vegetables we eat today contain fewer nutrients. This is because the mineral content of the soil that the crops are…

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Fitness / Medical / June 16, 2015

The BMJ (British Medical Journal) is one of the oldest and most respected medical journals in the world. That’s why one of their latest articles caught my attention. It’s about osteoporosis drugs neither being cost effective nor viable – and is something I thought you should read: “Overdiagnosis of bone fragility in the quest to prevent hip fracture.” It’s well written, unbiased and backed by the years of research they have gone through themselves. It’s worth the read, but it’s quite long, so if you want the summary, here it is below! Osteoporosis Drugs Are Neither Viable Nor Cost Effective, Experts Say It is estimated that about 1.5 million fractures occur every year, worldwide. And this number is expected to increase with the growing elderly population. Science daily explains that, “before the late 1980’s, osteoporosis was diagnosed after a bone fracture. But…

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