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Weedkiller Detected in SunChips

Feb 24, 2015 - 2 comments

GMO Free USA. A national advocacy group, recently announced that Frito Lay's SunChips tested positive for glyphosate, a popular weed-killing chemical and the active ingredient in Roundup. The testing also revealed the chips contained genetically engineered ingredients. (GE technology often relies on heavy applications of glyphosate on food crops, and the chemical winds up in the food you eat.)

How to Build More Muscle

Feb 20, 2015 - 0 comments

Most Americans, consume little or no protein for breakfast, a small  amount of protein at lunch and the majority  during dinner. Researchers discovered it isn’t good for muscle synthesis. To fix is this, Just distribute your protein intake evenly throughout the day. The scientists found that those who followed this simple trick had 25 percent higher protein synthesis than those who ate the majority of the nutrient at dinner.

U.S. Eating Guidelines

Feb 20, 2015 - 6 comments

Nutrition experts on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee submitted their recommendations for the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA) for consideration for the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015. One of their healthy suggestions: Ease up on the meat.

The report points out that a staggering 117 million American adults have preventable, chronic diseases, many of which stem from poor diet. One of their recommended solutions for this is turning to what they call the "Healthy Vegetarian Pattern." Notable characteristics of this diet include no meat and more nuts and legumes.

Previous advisory committees have touted the benefits of going vegetarian, but this is the first panel to specifically recommend switching to a plant-based diet as a healthy option. They cite the facts that meatless diets are associated with lower body weight, lower blood pressure, and lower risk of heart disease. They even bring up the point that fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds not only have their own health benefits, but are also less damaging to the environment than our current meat system.
Fiber plays a key role in the report, since it has been shown to help prevent cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. Given how rich in fiber fruits, vegetables, and grains are, we're excited to see that a plant-based diet could be getting unprecedented attention as a healthy way to boost your fiber.

A nod towards plant-based eating isn't the only twist in this report. They also say that dietary cholesterol isn't the threat people once thought it was. This means that avoiding high-cholesterol foods for the sake of high-cholesterol may be a thing of the past.

This recommendation will be considered by the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA) and the full Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015 will be released later this year.

"For decades, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans have been at the core of our efforts to promote the health and well-being of American families," said Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a joint statement. "Now that the advisory committee has completed its recommendations, HHS and USDA will review this advisory report, along with comments from the public-including other experts-and input from other federal agencies as we begin the process of updating the guidelines."

Exercise Prescription for Thyroid and Hyperthyroid Disease

Feb 19, 2015 - 1 comments

Exercise Prescription for Thyroid and Hyperthyroid Disease
More research is required to fully elucidate the impact of exercise on individuals with thyroid and parathyroid dysfunction.   As a general rule, you should first ensure that your condition is well-managed and under the care of a qualified medical practitioner (i.e. endocrinologist) before participating in exercise.

Studies in healthy, well-trained male athletes have shown that high intensity exercise can increase (Ciloglu et al 2005) or decrease (Hackney & Dobridge 2009) levels of circulating thyroid hormones.  Though these reports offer conflicting results, it is important to remember that these findings cannot be generalised to individuals with diagnosed thyroid dysfunction who may suffer from other comorbidities , which could also influence hormone levels.

There is also limited evidence surrounding the impact of exercise on parathyroid function.  Two earlier studies showed that a single bout of aerobic exercise in apparently healthy women (Thorsen et al 1997) and long-term moderate endurance exercise in men (Ljunghall et al 1986) resulted in increased levels of parathyroid hormone up to 72 hours after exercise.  Hyperparathyroidism results in increased levels of circulating parathyroid hormone and exercise may induce an additive effect on this hormone that may further raise calcium levels and impact upon bone metabolism.   Bouts of tachycardia (abnormally elevated heart rate) have also been observed in hyperparathyroidism (Chang et al, 2000), so clearly this condition must be medically managed prior to engaging in structured exercise.