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Blood Sugar

One-third of American adults and two-thirds of people with heart disease have high blood sugar. What’s more, over 6 million people in the U.S. have diabetes– and don’t even know it. Take control of your health by getting control of your blood sugar. Blood sugar is, quite simple,  the amount of glucose in the blood. But how does it get there?. How Do Blood Sugar Levels Rise? When you digest … [Read more...]

glycemic index for fat loss

Glycemic Index

If you’re eating right—filling your plate with organic salad greens and colorful veggies, accompanied by grass-fed meats, wild fish and raw nuts and seeds—then you’re already eating low on the glycemic index. Congratulations! For those of you new to this healthy way of eating, you’ll soon find it’s a simple and effective way to lose weight, reduce cravings, increase energy levels, boost … [Read more...]

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Omega 3 Fats

Omega 3 fats (also called n-3 fats or omega-3 fatty acids) are "essential fatty acids" or EFAs. Essential fatty acids cannot be made by the body, and must be obtained from food. While omega 3 fats are found in both animal and plant foods, they are much more concentrated in animal sources. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are the two major omega-3 fatty acids in fish. … [Read more...]

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Inflammation

Inflammation (Latin, "inflammatio", to set on fire) is the complex biological response of tissues to harmful stimuli (i.e- pathogens, damaged cells, or irritants). It is a normal process and a cornerstone of the body's healing mechanism. Acute inflammation includes the symptoms of swelling, redness, heat (or fever) and pain, which are important to restore health. In the absence of inflammation, … [Read more...]

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Glycation

Want to slow the hands of time, reduce visible aging and the risk for chronic disease? Then get serious about your blood sugar. The period of time when sugar pumps through the blood stream is time that your body is being severely damaged. And the MORE sugar you eat, and the MORE often you eat it, the MORE damage is done. So what makes sugar in the blood so harmful? One reason is that … [Read more...]

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Lipid oxidation products (LOPs)

Don't try this at home! Pour a tablespoon of an omega 6 rich oil (like soybean or corn oil) in a pan. Turn the heat to medium-high. Within a minute or so, you’ll notice that smoke creeps up and a rancid odor fills the kitchen. You’ve just created DNA-damaging compounds called lipid oxidation products (LOPs). It’s time to toss the oil (don’t breathe the fumes!) and start over. How Lipid … [Read more...]

omega 6 fats

Omega 6 Fats

Omega 6 fats acids are a family of polyunsaturated fatty acids found predominantly in vegetable oils including soybean oil, corn oil, cottonseed oil, sesame oil, grapeseed oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil and canola oil. These fats are also found in high amounts in seeds and some nuts, as well as grain-fed meats, farmed fish and conventional eggs. While omega-6's are essential fatty acids - … [Read more...]

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Bisphenol a

Drinking clean, clear spring water is one of the best things you can do for your health. But there may be danger lurking in the container. A recent study published in Toxicology Letters found that polycarbonate water bottles, exposed to regular conditions, contain harmful levels of bisphenol A (BPA). Bisphenol A is an endocrine disruptor that acts like estrogen in the body, triggering … [Read more...]

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Advanced Glycation Endproducts (AGEs)

What's in a name? In this case…everything. Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) will in fact speed up the aging process. But that’s not all they’ll do. AGEs have been directly linked to the cornerstones of chronic disease— inflammation and insulin resistance—and are also implicated in the development and progression of diabetes, vascular and kidney disease, and Alzheimer's disease. AGEs … [Read more...]

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ORAC

When you think of ORAC, think of another “O” word: octane. Just like higher-octane fuel delivers more energy per unit to your car, high ORAC foods deliver more antioxidant protection to your body. What is the ORAC Scale? Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) is simply a method of measuring the ability of a food to extinguish free radicals. Scientists refer to this as the “antioxidant … [Read more...]

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