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Your July Issue of Natural Alternatives
July 01, 2009
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“The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” ~Hippocrates
IN THIS ISSUE:
1) NATURAL STRESS RELIEF
2) BEST DIET KEEPS THINGS SIMPLE
3) “BROWN FAT” MAY HELP ADULTS LOSE WEIGHT
Stress is just an unavoidable part of life. Everyone experiences stress at some time or another. Some people handle stress well while others just don't know how to deal with it.
Many people diagnose their stress related symptoms as "nerves". This is kinda, sorta, so.........because the stress related symptoms do in fact affect the parts of the body that are related to the nervous system. A state of continual stress will also eventually weaken the immune system.
Other disorders brought on by stress include irritability, high blood pressure, headaches, diarrhea, dizziness and loss of appetite. If these symptoms are not handled properly, the results could be a more serious illness.
Disorders that arise from stress are often the result of a nutrient deficiency. The body does not handle nutrients well during stressful times. The right response to supplying the lack of nutrition into the diet is often done best with herbs. Known as "herbal nutrition".
A deficiency of any of these; B-complex vitamins, magnesium, zinc and iron, can lead to anxiety type symptoms and insomnia. The B-complex vitamins are very important for proper functioning of the nervous system. They aid in brain functioning and reduce stress.
Stress also depletes the anti-stress hormones (adrenal gland hormones). Vitamin C and potassium are very important to adrenal gland function. They are especially necessary during periods of stress.
Natural healing herbs that help to deal with stress include chamomile, passion flower, rosemary, siberian ginseng, and skullcap.
The most important ways to remain in good health during stressful times is by following a quality diet, exercise, and proper rest.
About the Author: Edith Lingenfelter - creator, owner and webmaster of Age-old Herbs - is dedicated to heightening the awareness of the natural healing powers of "herbs" and "herbal nutrition". It is her goal to provide enough interesting information to stimulate interest in learning how to use safe natural supplements and remedies for preventive health care. For more information visit http://www.age-oldherbs.com
2) BEST DIET KEEPS THINGS SIMPLE
It turns out your mother was right, especially if she lived in Sardinia.
A Canadian study confirms that a Mediterranean diet of whole grains, fruits, veggies and fish is good for your heart. Still, there are surprises: first, this diet common to Mediterranean countries only works as a package deal. Picking just one vitamin or an omega-3 fatty acid won't do your heart much good.
Second, all fats are not alike. The anti-fat movement may scare people off healthy, plant-based fats such as olive oil, nuts and avocados.
At McMaster University in Hamilton, lead author Sonia Anand hopes her team's "really simple" message will filter through to average people.
"It's certainly easier for people to understand and practise than (saying), 'Watch your mono-unsaturated fats, up your glycemic or down your glycemic.' That gets very confusing to people," said Anand, a McMaster professor of medicine who holds a chair in population health research.
"I don't think it's a difficult message," she said. But it has to be delivered with less complicated talk about polyunsaturates and fewer complex charts recording every scrap they eat for weeks on end.
"It's just too complicated, and people say, 'Aw, forget it.' "We can make the message more simple . . . 'Mr. Jones, you need to consume five or six servings of fruits and vegetables per day, and cut out all those sweets and baked goods, and try to eat more of the fish and chicken and less of the red meat.' Now maybe people can do something with that.
"It is pretty simple. I think people wheeling a cart down the grocery aisle know what are the good things."
The McMaster study is an overview of all the previous work on this topic from many labs.
Instead of concentrating on a particular chemical, such as a vitamin or a protein, it looked at an overall pattern of what people eat. It has long been known that people living near the Mediterranean are known to have a low rate of heart disease.
Their diet includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, healthy fats such as olive and canola oil, small portions of nuts, red wine in moderation, fish, and very little red meat.
The study found this is "highly protective" of the heart and arteries, and reduces overall mortality. That's a very strong statement in a research setting.
"It means a reduction in the risk of a person getting heart disease in the order of 25 to 30 per cent. That, in epidemiology, is a very strong risk reduction, but it is not a 100 per cent reduction," she said.
There's a second side to the study: some fat is good.
"The whole issue of the fat story has been very controversial and confusing over the years," she notes.
A study in 2006 seemed to tell the public that low-fat, high-vegetable diets had no effect on their hearts. The 48,800 women studied over eight years were part of the Women's Health Initiative, a massive public health campaign.
Yet, Anand notes that the women's study counted all types of fat equally, making no distinction between olive oil and cheeseburgers.
The study appears in Monday's issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, a medical research journal.
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BOSTON (Reuters) - A sparse form of fat that helps keep newborns warm is more common in adults than previously thought and that discovery that could lead to a new way to lose weight, researchers said on Wednesday.
Once activated by cold temperatures, so-called brown fat burns calories faster than regular fat. It is normally so dormant in adults that there has been debate over how much adults have or whether they have it at all.
In three studies in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine, researchers report finding brown fat in most adults and discovering they can detect it by exposing people to cold. In some cases, adults who had more active areas of brown fat were thinner.
The hope is that if a way can be found to activate this brown fat and get the body to make more of it, people could burn off extra calories without additional exercise.
"Fifty grams of maximally activated brown fat accounts for 20 percent of your resting energy expenditure," Dr. Aaron Cypress of the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, who led one of the studies, said in an interview. "If you add that up, that's 400 or 500 calories per day.
"Practically speaking, we have a great potential to have a new treatment in our armamentarium against diabetes and obesity."
Dr. Kirsi Virtanen of the University of Turku in Finland and colleagues used positron emission tomography, known as PET scans, to find active brown fat deposits in five volunteers and also took little plugs of both types of fat. Brown fat became more active when the volunteers were cold, they reported.
"If the brown adipose tissue in this example were fully activated, it would burn an amount of energy equivalent to approximately 4.1 kg (9 pounds) of adipose tissue over the course of a year," researchers wrote.
OBESE PEOPLE HAVE LESS
A team at Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands found obese men had less brown fat than lean men.
"Taken together, these studies point to a potential 'natural' intervention to stimulate energy expenditure: turn down the heat and burn calories (and reduce the carbon footprint in the process)," Dr. Francesco Celi of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease in Bethesda, Maryland wrote in a commentary.
But Celi cautioned that the vision may be oversimplified.
Cypress said scientists must first find a way to activate brown fat and, perhaps, even persuade the body to make more of it. In addition, the new studies did not directly test whether activating this fat would make people lose weight.
Celi said further research may reveal that even if brown fat is activated, the body may find a way to compensate by getting people to eat more.
"If you think about it, if you eat three donuts, you hit that calorie count right there," Cypress said.
"Using brown fat to treat obesity has been talked about for 30 or 40 years," he said. "But people essentially gave up on it. Many said it didn't exist in adult human beings and many said it didn't have any connection to obesity and weight at all. What these studies show is that virtually every adult human being has functional brown fat in them."
© Copyright (c) Reuters
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