Archive for February 22nd, 2013

Eating avocados can reduce stroke and diabetes risk

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Consuming avocados could be associated with better diet quality and nutrient intake level, lower intake of added sugars, lower body weight, BMI and waist circumferences, higher “good cholesterol” levels and lower metabolic syndrome risk, a new study has revealed.

Specifically, the survey data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2001-2008, of 17,567 US adults ages 19 years and older, revealed that the 347 adults (50 percent female) who consumed avocados in any amount during a 24-hour dietary recording period had several significantly better nutrient intake levels and more positive health indicators than those who did not consume avocados.

Among the avocado consumers, average daily consumption was about one half (70.1 +/- 5.4 g/day) of a medium sized avocado, somewhat higher in male avocado consumers (75.3 +/-6.3 g/day) than females (66.7 +/- 7.3 g/day).

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Eating untimely can lead to obesity and diabetes

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Living against the clock, like working late-night shifts or eating at inappropriate times, can come with real health risks, metabolic syndrome, obesity, and diabetes among them, a new study has found.

Now, researchers have new evidence to explain why it matters not just what people eat, but also when they eat it.

Insulin action rises and falls according to a 24-hour, circadian rhythm, the researchers found.

What’s more, mice unable to keep the time for one reason or another get stuck in an insulin-resistant and obesity-prone mode.

“We used to think some things were so important that they must be kept constant,” Carl Johnson of Vanderbilt University said.

“But those metabolic set points are changing as a function of the time of day,” he said.

Johnson’s team took careful measurements of insulin in mice at different hours to reveal a regular pattern.

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Large lunch and small dinner ‘key to slim body’

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Researchers have claimed that if a person wants to keep his body slim then his lunch should be the biggest meal of the day while dinner should be the lightest.

According to research, the body’s ability to make use of the sugar in food fluctuates throughout the day, in tune with the body’s own clock.

And if this is disturbed then it is easy to put on weight.

The US researchers studied mice but they believe that people can benefit from timing their meals to be in tune their body clock.

Professor Carl Johnson, of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, carefully measured levels of insulin – a hormone which plays a key role in the conversion of the sugar in our food into energy – and found that rather than amounts of insulin staying relatively constant over time, there was a clear pattern, with the animals finding it harder to deal with sugar when they’d usually be asleep.

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Cribbing about being fat/old indicates negative body image

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Just as talking about being fat points to body dissatisfaction, talking about being old would imply one’s negative self-image, new research has shown.

Body dissatisfaction is known to be correlated with, and predictive of, physical and mental health problems including binge eating, emotional eating, stress, low self-esteem, depression, and use of unhealthy weight control behaviours.

In order to see if the impact of ”fat talk” and other aspects of body image such as ageing, ”old talk”, was the same throughout women”s lives, researchers from Trinity University and University of the West of England surveyed almost 1000 women, whose ages ranged from 18 to 87.

The results showed that both ”fat talk” and ”old talk” occurred throughout women”s lives, but in general women talked less about age and getting older than they did about their concerns with weight. ”Fat talk” appeared to be a younger woman”s topic and became less frequent with age, while ”old talk” increased.

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Diet drinks ‘not behind junk food cravings’

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Sugar-free fizzy drinks are no more likely to make you eat junk food than water, researchers have claimed.

Previously, a number of studies had claimed that artificial sweeteners in diet drinks wreaked havoc with hormones and made people feel hungry and crave sweet and fatty foods.

It was believed that artificial sweeteners, due to their intense sweetness, disrupted hunger hormones and encouraged people to eat sweet food.

The study from the University of North Carolina followed 318 overweight and obese adults, who drank at least 280 calories worth of drinks each day, the Daily Mail reported.

One third of the participants substituted two daily servings of sugary drinks with water and another third substituted it with diet drinks, including Diet Coke.

After six months, they reported their food and drink intake over that period.

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Breathe out exam stress

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Sore eyes, out of the bed look, a stack of rough notes, sample test papers, and fresh stationary these describe the student gearing up for the exams. The litmus test is on with exams around the corner. Students are barred from watching TV, mobile phones confiscated and friends are not entertained. For a reason friends are now looked as enemies. There is so much to do and so little time we see the student of the year – crumbling under pressure.

The stage is set for a bigger one tomorrow. Here we bring you the advantages of yoga and meditation and how they can help your kid to shine on.

During preparation time:

1. Work hard and sleep well. Without physical and mental rest, memory and concentration are not strong. Wake up with the sunrise, and doing some light yoga exercises like surya namaskar followed by simple breathing exercises (eg. Nadi Shodhan Pranayama). 12 quick rounds of Surya Namaskar can be good work out . It’s a complete body workout which leaves one fresh and energetic. Head bending poses: All forward bending yoga poses or yoga asanas flows more blood to the head region and along with long deep breathe which increases the amount of oxygen in the blood can result in more relaxed, sharp and focused mind.

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