Successful Weight Loss Dieting? Check Blood Sugar and Insulin First!

Success on a weight-loss diet can be predicted by measuring a person’s blood sugar and fasting insulin levels, according to a study presented at the American Diabetes Association meeting in San Diego.

The international study examined data from six studies of different diets designed to improve nutrition. It found that those biomarkers consistently predicted losing weight and keeping it off.

A fiber-rich diet without calorie restrictions is successful for many with prediabetes, the study found. Carbohydrate and fat intake should be adjusted according to fasting insulin levels.

“Remarkably, for many patients, use of these biomarkers can lead to a six- to seven-fold greater weight loss,” said study leader Arne Astrup. He is head of the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

The study also included researchers from the University of Colorado, Tufts University, Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Fisiopatología de la Obesidad y Nutrición (CIBER OBN) and Gelesis, Inc.

And for the diets to really stick, they can’t be temporary, but part of a changed lifestyle that people can embrace without feeling deprived.

The San Diego Union Tribe

CSOs Storm National Assembly over GMO

The CSOs including Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), Save Nigeria, Climate, Transformation and Energy Remediation Society (Climatters) and Women Environmental Programme (WEP) urged the National Assembly to outrightly ban the GMOs, stopped their field trails and transborder movement and ensure the labeling of the GM products if it has not been totally recalled

The Director of HOMEF Nnimmo Bassey and Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour who led the protest said that the activities of the GMOs are being curtailed in the United States, European and other countries and wondered why Nigeria is embracing what has been confirmed to be detrimental to Nigerians’ health.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Ecology and Climate Change Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim and Senator Abu Ibrahim who addressed the protesters at the entrance of the National Assembly, assured that the federal lawmakers would look into the petition of the protesters and the sides of those supporting the GMOs and take appropriate action in the interest of Nigeria.

Daily Trust

The Worst Diet Tips a Nutritionist has Ever Hard

Want to lose weight or overhaul your eating habits for good? Chances are your Dr. Google search leaves you with more questions than answers.

Don’t make losing weight harder than it needs to be. Here are the top four terrible diet tips that could be messing with your slim-down strategy.

CALORIES VS CALORIES OUT

A calorie is still a calorie, right? So, if you had a choice between a chocolate brownie or a handful of nuts, which one would you choose? Both have roughly 170 calories, but the problem is, not all calories are created equal.

Choosing a food based on how many calories (or kilojoules) it has, doesn’t take into consideration how nutritious or filling it is.

Read the full article at Nzherald.co.nz

7 Home Remedies for Eye bag Treatment

Puffy eyes make you look tired, ill, and unimpressive. They can make it look like you’re taking on too much, stopping you from fully enjoying your life.

While you do need to focus on the reason for your puffy eyes – as they’re a symptom of an underlying problem – you can take steps to improve the look of your eyes.

These seven home remedies have been used for years – in some cases centuries – to help improve the look of the eyes.

1. Start with Cold Tea Bags
2. Keep the Body Hydrated
3. Place Cucumbers on Your Eyes
4. Make an Egg White Face Mask
5. Do Facial Exercises Daily
6. Apply Aloe Vera to Your Eyes
7. Change the Way You Sleep

Which Home Remedy Will You Try First?

Now it’s completely up to you. There are many home remedies that you can try to get rid of the eye bags and puffiness. While you focus on how to get rid of the eye bags, you can look at the reasons for the eye bags appearing.

Read more at PositiveHealthWellness

6 Natural Depression Remedies That Will Change Your Life

Depression is a serious and devastating illness that can rob you of the pleasures and joys of life. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, over 15 million Americans are affected by the major depressive disorder, and it is the leading cause of disability for those aged 15 to 44.

For some, the darkness of depression continues on, unabated, despite the best treatments. This can leave many feeling helpless, lost, and alone in their struggle.

Fortunately, you’re never as helpless as you might feel, and there are a number of things you can do that will work alongside counseling and medication to help you take back your life. These are natural, everyday activities in which anyone can participate.

These natural remedies do take a healthy dose of willpower, planning, and discipline, though, so we’re going to help you out by guiding you through each.

Read more at Beliefnet

Genetically Modified crops

With the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee, an Environment Ministry body that evaluates genetically modified crops, approving transgenic mustard for environmental release, a key hurdle remains before farmers can cultivate it: Environment Minister Anil Dave’s approval, under a procedure set down by the UPA government.

What is a GM crop?
A GM or transgenic crop is a plant that has a novel combination of genetic material obtained through the use of modern biotechnology.

Concerns associated
The technology of genetic engineering is an evolving one and there is much, especially on its impact on human health and environment that is yet to be understood properly. The scientific community itself seems uncertain about this.

In fact, globally, there is a clear view that GM crops must not be introduced in centers of origin and diversity. India also has mega biodiversity hotspots like the Eastern Himalayas and the Western Ghats which are rich in biodiversity yet ecologically very sensitive. Hence it will only be prudent for us to be careful before we jump on to the bandwagon of any technology.

Continue Reading at: The Hands India

China Pushes Public to Accept GMO as Syngenta Takeover Nears

Beijing’s prestigious Tsinghua University and two other Chinese colleges will carry out the survey, said Jin Jianbin, a professor at Tsinghua’s School of Journalism and Communication. The poll, sponsored by the government, will be carried out in tandem with a campaign on social media to broadcast basic knowledge on GMO technology, which is widely misunderstood in the country, Jin said.

China is the world’s fourth-largest grower of GMO cotton and the top importer of soybeans, most of which are genetically modified and used for cooking oil and animal feed for pigs and chickens. But public concern over food safety issues and skepticism about the effects of consuming GMO foods have made the government reluctant to introduce the technology for staple crops.

A 2012 trial of so-called Golden Rice — a yellow GMO variant of the grain that produces beta-carotene — caused a public storm after reports that the rice was fed to children without the parents being aware that it was genetically modified.

The national survey aims to discover what the public’s concerns are so that the government can resolve the confusion, Jin said. “If the government pushes ahead before the public is ready to accept the technology, it would be embarrassing — like offering a pot of half-cooked rice to eat.”

Producers of GMO crops claim they offer improved yields, enhanced nutritional value and resistance to drought, frost and insects. Critics have raised concerns over safety and potential adverse ecological effects. Last year, the U.S., the world’s largest producer of GMO crops, mandated that food makers label products with modified ingredients. EU lawmakers this month objected to imports of herbicide-resistant strains of corn and cotton.

China itself has spent billions on research of its own GMO technology over the past decade, but has not allowed commercial production of grains, with scientists citing public resistance as part of the reason for the delay. China has said that it will allow commercial production of modified corn and soybeans by 2020.

Government officials have said that the country would introduce the use of the technology first on feed grains after cotton. China’s corn consumption is estimated to grow nearly 20 percent in the coming decade on demand for protein-rich meat and dairy products.

Bloomberg

Drinking Kava Becoming Popular with Tongan Women

For Tongan women drinking kava with others is becoming more popular, but does require them to break with tradition.

For Ikanamoe Ma’u, that is exactly what she has been doing for almost two decades.

She proudly calls herself a heavy kava drinker.

“I can drink kava all night and drink more cups than men,” she says proudly.

Now living in Aotearoa, it was a pleasant surprise to notice a shift in female kava consumption on a recent trip back to Tonga, she said.

“I went home and was surprised to see a lot of young females as kava consumers and they do drink the kava.”

She said when she started drinking kava heavily in the late 1990s, she hadn’t heard of any other Tongan women who also did it.

By tradition, the Tongan fai kava or practise of drinking kava is usually done with men sitting around the kava bowl circle and a woman serving kava to the men is known as a tou’a.

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Home Remedies for Common Aging Women’s Problems

Menopause… it’s a word many women dread and don’t really like to use. But in reality, it’s not the transition itself that is bothersome and uncomfortable. Postmenopausal women would confess that they feel relief not having their lives dictated by their menstrual cycle.

First and foremost, do not panic. These symptoms are common, but the frequency and severity of which they appear to vary depending on health, age, and lifestyle. There are many natural remedies and lifestyle adjustments available to make your transition into menopause smoother and more enjoyable.

Memory foam pillow: As levels of the hormone estrogen decline so does your body’s ability to control temperature. Hence the night sweats and the resulting sleep disturbances. A good pillow with a layer of flexible, air permeable memory foam will support your head and keep the temperature down.

Sunscreen: Menopause results in your skin becoming thinner, more sensitive, and more vulnerable to the sun’s damaging effects. If regular sun protection isn’t part of your skin care routine yet, it’s not too late. Look for a daily moisturizer offering protection from both UVA and UVB rays.

Bamboo underwear: You may have seen clothes made of bamboo in stores. They are similar to cotton but softer to touch. If hot flashes and night sweats are regular occurrences, the bamboo fabric will keep you cool by effectively absorbing sweat.

Cooling spray: You can buy one at the store or you can make one yourself. Just add a few drops of menthol and peppermint oil to water. It’s a handy item to keep in your bag in case of an out-of-the-blue hot flash attack. A cooling spray can effectively reduce the heat sensation and leave you feeling fresh.

Pomegranate Juice: Marketed as a modern superfood, pomegranate is packed with all-important vitamin C as well as plant-based estrogen-like compounds (phytoestrogens). These phytoestrogens may be helpful in keeping your hormone levels in check.

Menopause doesn’t have to be a living nightmare. Equipped with the right tools to keep you feeling cool, menopause will be a breeze.

Bel Marra Health

Are you on a diet? You can still enjoy Sandwich week!

National Sandwich week runs from 14th to 20th May 2017 and according to the organizers, British consumers manage to munch their way through over 11.5 billion sandwiches each year. If you laid each one end to end, they would go around the world about 44 times.

But with around 200 calories in 2 slices of white bread, and ready-made sandwiches often high in salt, they might be a treat for our taste buds, but not so great for our waistlines.

Here are 5 sandwich swaps for some of the most popular diets: Vegan, Dopamine, Paleo, Gluten-free and Raw.

Vegan Sandwich
A Vegan diet means no animal products at all, including butter, eggs, and dairy. To supplement your Vitamin B12 intake, Marmite is a great choice, top with bananas, which are full of Vitamin B6 that helps with brain development and function.

Dopamine Diet Sandwich
The Dopamine Diet, popularized by celebrity chef Tom Kerridge, focuses on stress-busting ingredients to put a smile on your face.

Paleo diet
The Paleo, or ‘Caveman’ diet, consists of a high protein, low carb mix, mimicking the natural diet our ancestors had. If you can’t hunt or gather it, you can’t eat it. That means no pasta, cereal or bread.

Gluten free
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye – going gluten free is recommended for treatment of coeliac disease. There are now many gluten-free pieces of bread on the market, but for a more interesting alternative, try using grilled Portabello mushrooms as your slices. Fill with melted cheese and chicken for a hunger-busting lunch.

Raw food
The raw food diet is based on the principle that heating food destroys the essential nutrients and enzymes that aid digestion. Anything processed can’t be eaten, so bread is most definitely out.

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