Eight-hours of Eating with 16-hour Fasting May be an Effective Weight-Loss Plan

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Intermittent fasting is gaining in popularity as a weight loss plan and a way to reduce chronic illness. The most popular of such diets is the 5:2 diet, with 5 days of regular eating followed by 2 days of strict fast. Though it might be effective, sticking to such aRead …

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Three Study Summaries on Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Chronic Disease

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Below are three peer-reviewed studies showing the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids in addressing chronic diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, cognitive impairment, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Study 1: DHA, EPA, and GLA for Rheumatoid Arthritis Researchers evaluated the effects of supplemented marine polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) supplying DHA and EPA,Read …

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Retrain the Brain for Healthier Eating

Can your patients learn to like healthy food?  Or after years of making poor food choices, are they programmed to crave fatty, sugary foods forever? A new but small study, by Tufts University, shows that is may be possible to train the brain to prefer healthier foods over processed high

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Artificial Sweeteners Linked to Diabetes

Pink, yellow, or blue? Each of these non-caloric sweeteners may be contributing to the global epidemic of diabetes. The study published in Nature today (Sept. 17, 2014), shows the non-nutritive sweeteners, saccharin, sucralose and aspartame, could actually hasten the development of glucose intolerance and metabolic disease. The mechanism is surprising: these no-calorie sweeteners change the composition and function of gut microbiota. The researchers found the results so compelling they went so far as to call for a reassessment of non-nutritive sweeteners. By Eran Segal, Eran Elinav, published in Nature, Sept. 17, 2014.

Group-dietary Intervention & Gestational Weight Gain Among Obese Women

A new study finds that women who are obese can limit their weight gain during pregnancy using conventional weight loss techniques, including attending weekly group support meetings, seeking advice about nutrition and diet, and keeping food and exercise journals. Results of the Healthy Moms study, published in Obesity, also show

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Yerba Mate May be Beneficial for Obesity & Insulin Resistance

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Yerba Mate, a dietary supplement and popular coffee and tea shop beverage, may be beneficial for improving diet-induced adiposity, insulin resistance, dyslipidemia, and hepatic steatosis. In the first animal study of its type, published in J. of Medicinal Food, researchers examined the effects and potential underlying mechanisms of long-term supplementationRead …

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Most comprehensive global study to date shows obesity rates climbing worldwide

Experts warn that the substantial rises in obesity rates across the world warrant concerted to reverse a troubling trend. More than half of the world’s 671 million obese individuals live in just ten countries—the USA (more than 13%), China and India (15% combined), Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Egypt, Germany , Pakistan, and Indonesia, and (listed in order of number of obese individuals). Worldwide, there has been a startling increase in rates of obesity and overweight in both adults (28% increase) and children (up by 47%) in the past 33 years, with the number of overweight and obese people rising from 857 million in 1980 to 2.1 billion in 2013, according to a major new analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013, published in The Lancet.

Stevia. Is it Nature’s Secret to Metabolic Syndrone?

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Stevia rebaudiana (SR), a popular calorie-free sweetener, may possess more health properties than originally thought, namely reducing the factors associated with metabolic syndrome. According to a new study, “Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni: A Natural Alternative for Treating Diseases Associated with Metabolic Syndrome,” published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, both in vitroRead …

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Fasting Mimicking Trial Shows Promise for Chronic Disease Reduction

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Fasting is more than a popular diet fad, according to a recently released University of Southern California Davis study. A five-day fast once a month could reduce one’s risk of life threatening diseases and result in weight loss. For 71 adults, participating in a fasting-mimicking” phase II trial at theRead …

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Detox Diets for Symptom Relief and Weight Loss

  By Jeffrey A. Morrison, MD, CNS; Anita L. Iannucci, PhD, Published in Integrative Medicine, A Clinician’s Journal Abstract Context: Recently, detoxification (detox) diets have achieved notoriety in the popular press due to celebrity endorsements and marketing that suggest quick and easy weight loss. Although researchers have done studies to

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