One Lecithin a day helps keep the doctor away

Produced by the liver when nutrition and diet is adequate, lecithin is a fat like substance needed by every cell in the body.  It is in fact an essential component of the cell membranes which would harden if Lecithin wasn’t present in sufficient quantities.

Lecithin acts as a protector of cells oxidation and comprises the protective sheaths surrounding the brain.  It plays an intrinsic role in long term memory and helps maintain the nervous system.

It is composed mostly of vitamin B, choline, inositol, linoleic acid as well as phosphoric acid.

As a fat emulsifier, Lecithin is also vital the supporting and maintaining a healthy heart and circulatory system.

Celebrated for years as a wonderful food able to fight a diverse number of ailments such as atherosclerosis, multiple sclerosis, liver cirrhosis, gall stones, psoriasis, eczema, scleroderma, anxiety, tremors and brain aging and was even claimed by a leading purveyor of soybean to be a nerve tonic which could even help alcoholics reduce the effect of intoxication and withdrawal.  Chinese researchers even went as far as publishing and article entitled “A Comfortable and Spontaneous Cure for the Opium Habit by Means of Lecithin”

Later popularized by bestselling health authors Adelle Davis, Linda Clark and Mary Ann Crenshaw it didn’t become a star of the health food industry by accident.  Several studies were conducted in the past 50 years suggesting the health benefits of this food substance and in 2001 the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) authorized products containing enough of it to bear labels such as “A good source of choline.”  In fact eggs, milk and soy products are the leading dietary sources of choline, according to recent research conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at Duke University.

Lecithin is regarded as safe except for people who are highly allergic to soy.  The late Robert Atkins, MD, advised patients not to take large doses of supplemental lecithin without extra vitamin C.

As with everything concerning health, the object is to aim for an optimal health and the preferable method of achieving this is by the consumption of a balanced diet, which includes all the necessary nutrients indispensable for our health.

The problem is that a perfectly balanced diet is difficult to achieve in today’s society.  In addition to most American’s deficit in terms of nutritional Supplements furnished and derived by their food intake, people are now exposed to a level of stress which can exacerbate food deficiencies.  As a result of these additional external factors, health may become compromised.

It is my opinion that if all was being equal and perfect in our consumption of food, we would not need to supplement our diet with nutritional SupplementsVitamins, Minerals  are normally produced in sufficient quantities by our body.  The problem arises when these quantities diminish over time creating a disequilibrium which then may cause more serious complications.

Organic Vitamins and nutritional Supplements such as Lecithin have been shown to redress this imbalance, thus improving our general health.

Sleep well and lose weight!

We all know that sleep deprivation is an increasing disturbing phenomenon in the US and the affect lack of sleep can have on the performances of the sleep deprived out there!

Back in the 50s, American slept an average of 8 hours a day, but over time the amount of sleep we indulge ourselves with has gradually diminished to point where it is estimated that American now only sleep 7 hours a day.  I would suggest that even this figure is optimist at best, and likely to be much lower for all of us with busy lives, jobs, careers etc.

One of the most common complaints that health professional now hear from their patient is that they are tired.  As a result of this, we do not perform our jobs as well as we could, and as a result, when job performance diminishes, so do production outputs.  The economy as a whole then suffers the consequences.

But it is not just the economy that is a victim of our lack of sleep.  Indeed, new evidence indicated that millions of chronically sleep-deprived Americans put their very own health at risk.   There is a definite link between sleep and health, bad sleep and disease.  High Blood pressure for example, a major factor in heart attack risks increases with lack of sleep.  After all blood pressure and heart rate are at their lowest during sleep and so people who sleep less are more likely to see an increase in their hypertension.  This link can also explain other findings putting lack of sleep with an increased risk of diabetes, weight gain and other problems.

Yes! Weight Gain!  And if this correlation between weight and sleep surprises you, let me remind you that as the duration of our sleep has diminished over time, this trend has also coincided with an increase in obesity.  In fact, recent research indicates that people who do sleep enough are more like to gain weight.  There is simple and powerful evidence behind this to suggest that sleep depravation causes a reduction in metabolism and at the same time an increase in appetite.

Indeed, inadequate sleep duration increases the levels of grehlin, a hormone responsible for making us hungry and decreases the levels of leptin, the hormone responsible for making us feel full!  Sleep depravation is also a factor in our choice of food making us crave for food that is high in carbohydrate and sugar.  This is caused from the fact that sleep loss decreases insulin sensitivity increasing our risks of developing type 2 diabetes.

And it’s not just weight gain either which is caused by sleep deprivation.  Lack of concentration, problem-solving skills, memory and mood are all directly affected by sleep loss.  Did you know for example that the performance of a person who has been awake for 17 hours straight is just about the same as that of a person with an alcohol level of 0.05 percent? Imagine a surgeon about to perform a life saving operation after a shift of 17 hours!  Not to mention the more than 1,500 deaths a year which are caused by drivers who are sleep deprived.

It doesn’t stop there either.  Insomnia releases higher rates of stress hormones, which then put sleep deprived people in a hyper state of arousal which in terms makes it more difficult to sleep, a trend which can only have devastating consequences.  Such as depression and more swings for example.

And just in case you thought that was it, just think about how we look after a bad night sleep. In fact lack of sleep may even increase normal aging which is directly linked to our growth hormones, one of the first casualties of chronically shortened sleep duration.

Carbohydrates, insulin, will power and weight loss.

We have all heard this before. As teenagers from our school coaches who would constantly belt out the proverbial “no pain, no gain” concept, this ridiculous idea that unless we exercised like crazy people, we would not likely see the benefits of our effort, and then from family and friends commenting on our lack of success in Weight Loss. “If there is a will, there is a way” we were told, or in other words, the reason we were overweight was simply because we just didn’t really want to lose weight.

Yes, we have heard this before. Statements such as: “You willpower is the ideal fat burner!”. And with the passing of the years, these ideas have reinforced themselves into our subconscious mind, making it increasingly difficult to get thinner, fitter, and healthier.

That is not to say of course that to achieve any of the above goals doesn’t require effort and dedication on our parts. It does.. And lots of it. But research has shown that the majority of people with substantial weight problem have become pre-conditioned to the inevitability of their current situation and thus, their attempts to lose fat become more compromised with the failure of each diet. Putting them (or yourself) down for being fat or overweight may feel like a powerful motivational tool in the reverse psychological perverse sort of way, but in fact, it actually hampers any efforts to change our eating habits.

Talk to any Weight Loss doctors who were once overweight and successfully lost their excess weight and fat, and chances are you’ll be told that food cravings and weight gain are not always the result of a lack of willpower.

Read that again, fellow diet warriors. You willpower (or lack off) is not the reason for your excess pounds, but rather a biological addiction to carbohydrates and the resultant increased production of the hormone insulin!

How about that for an eye opener! Most of us who are chronic dieters have one thing in common then. We are not short of willpower (feels good just writing this again!) and likely suffer from a metabolism that produced too much insulin due to an addiction to carbohydrate.

So what’s the deal with insulin? Well:

  • Insulin tells your body when to eat
  • Insulin sends food energy wherever your body needs it
  • Insulin instructs your body to save food energy which is then stored in fat cells for the time when food becomes unavailable.

This overproduction of insulin levels caused by the over absorption of carbohydrates causes a chain reaction which then leads to hunger pangs. Put in another way, the more carbohydrate you eat, the more insulin your body produces. This causes an imbalance which then leads to a cycle of overpowering cravings for more carbohydrates, such as breads, pastas, snack foods and cakes which then leads to even more insulin and so on..

The good news is that it is relatively easy to correct carbohydrate addiction without feeling deprived or experiencing the struggles of managing our eating patterns and our weight.

You are a carbohydrate addict if:

  1. You are hungrier after breakfast and before lunch time then if you had skipped breakfast all together.
  2. You are tired and sluggish after a large meal (particularly in the afternoon)
  3. You have been on diet after diet and have as much weight to lose (or even more) as when you started.
  4. You want to eat when you are bored or tired
  5. You feel that you are not satisfied, even after a meal
  6. You find it harder to lose weight then when you were younger.

If you answered “yes” to any two of the above six question then you are mildly carbohydrate addicted. You are moderately addicted if you have answer “yes to three to four questions, and you have a severe carbohydrate addiction if you said “yes” to five or all of the above questions.

So what do you do if you need to reduce your insulin level? Limit your carbohydrate intake to one meal a day.

Remember: Carbohydrate rich food include breads, grains, cereals, ice cream, milk, yogurt, fruit and juices, luncheon meats, pasta, noodles, rice, snack foods, sweets and starchy vegetables such as beets, squash, carrots, zucchini, corn, tomatoes, peas and potatoes.

Craving reducing foods include red meat, poultry, cheese, tofu, oils, fats, dressings, non starchy vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, greens, peppers, lettuce, asparagus, broccoli and mushrooms.

Of course it doesn’t hurt if you take a fat burner supplement.

Phentermine, Diet Doctors Weight-Loss Secrets.. and how they keep weight off.

As part of my job, I am in daily contact with health professional, doctors, dieticians etc… One thing has always astounded me about them is the change of persona they go through depending on the circumstances of the moment.

So when a patient sees his/her doctor, the latter adopts a position of remote authority in which he/she appears to have so much knowledge about just about everything that it would be unwise to question them on anything. And patients invariably react accordingly. After all, pre-conceptions passed on from generation to generation have trained most of us to instinctively respect doctors and follow their advice. After all, had they not completed years of training both as med students and then as interns (the remaining legal slaves outside the military of today’s society)? Turns out doctors know less then we think they do about the mechanisms of Weight Loss. However this is not a rant about Weight Loss doctors.

On another day, in different circumstance, a question about how to lose fat put to a doctor by another doctor for example may elicit yet a different response or persona based on the doctor to doctor relationship.

The other day, I found myself in the presence of doctors and their nurses during a dinner organized by a pharmaceutical company. As all these even are, this particular one was equally as boring and I couldn’t wait for it to end. As the caterer started to serve the deserts, I could not help commenting that a cheese cake was not the most nutrition food served at a doctor’s table during a health related function.

A rich desert was not the only thing that had been served during the dinner, and several of my table’s neighbors had drunk a fair amount of wine, including some of the doctors which resulted in a more relaxed atmosphere.

And so ensued a most intriguing conversation in which doctors gave their opinion on how they had lost weight and had managed to keep it off.

Here is the advice these doctors as a whole were following for themselves:

They were all in agreement when saying that they consume moderate amounts of protein and fat, as well as being selective about the carbohydrate they eat. Protein is the most essential food that our body requires and so they ate at least 10 to 20 ounces of protein per day. They found their protein in lean red meat, fish, poultry, low-fat cheese, eggs and tofu.

They kept their carbohydrate intake to a minimum, 60 to 80 grams daily so as not to have an adverse impact on insulin levels. They found these carbohydrates in a wide variety of fruits and vegetable

They take multivitamin to ensure they get all of the nutrients they daily food might miss.

And of course, they exercise regularly, by way of high impact aerobic and resistance training, four times a week for one hour.

As a side note, I was struck that 3 of the doctors had complete different views on the amount of carbohydrate they themselves felt they needed, with one doctor saying that he had mostly carbohydrate, consisting mostly of whole grains, root vegetable and green and yellow vegetable, whilst he limited the consumption of fruits because of their high sugar content.

At the end of the conversation, it was clear that they really didn’t know what was best in order to lose weight. Years of studying, and many more spent practicing medicine had no influence of the method of Weight Loss. They had conflicting opinion which confirmed that Weight Loss doctors are not the best equipped at giving out advice and eating regimen to anyone eager to lose weight.

At the end of the conversation, I could not help asking them what they thought about Phentermine. This question had some interesting and juicy responses. A couple of doctors recalled the days of the fen-phen diets when they made quite a living prescribing the then “ultimate” diet pill. One of them didn’t even know that Phentermine was FDA approved whilst another admitted that she had taken phentermine herself as diet supplement pill in order to help lose weight and that she would gladly do it again.

So here you have it.. When it comes to diets, phentermine might be the catalyst you need in your own battle to lose weight.

Fitness, weight loss health and TV programs

I was thinking the other day about all the new TV shows that are lining up at the beginning of the new season, each vying for a large chunk of the viewing market and at the same time, as much of a share of the advertising big bucks as they can.

Now this is not a rant about the quality of today’s programming although there seems to be a thinning trend to the substance of said programs.  No, this is not a rant about that, nor is it even about the constant bombardment of TV ads every 5 minutes..

But as we, the viewing public, mortals amongst mortals struggle with daily notions of health, money and happiness, we are also confronted with the images of the very healthy, very beautiful, and oh so very seemingly happy actors that populate our favorite programs.  And so this rant is about life in general and how unfair is sometimes seems to be.

Every one of the them seems to be cannon of beauty with the perfect body and the great looks, all that usually associated with an ample supply of intelligence.  Doctors are called house and whilst some may not be the image of an athlete per say, they certainly possible the supreme power of the intellect, a propensity to discover the impossible, whilst at the same time quite happy bullying younger interns. 

Not an inch of surplus fat on these people, but muscles, oh muscles aplenty and of course, the curves.  Watching one of these program with a spouse ought to carry a health warning I say, for comparisons, inevitably do pop up, even if in silence.

And if you are a man, beware what you say about one of them when your wife/girlfriend is present.   I learned the hard way.. 

Fond as my wife is of a particular program which relates the life of a sublime female doctor with more PhDs than I have teeth in the private practice of a Los Angeles private medical care, I made the mistake of admitting during a moment of rare weakness that I thought the woman was beautiful!

“So you think she is beautiful” came the expected reply, made as it was in the most subtle of ironies, confident in the fact that a major confrontation was on the way.  If you are a husband or boyfriend, then you know what I mean… 

“Well, no.. I mean yes..  I don’t know. She looks attractive enough I suppose” was my own feeble repartee and I knew, I just knew that I was in for a long evening.

Thoughtful as I am about sparing you the sordid details suffice to say that much effort in the ensuing argument was spent in the analysis of why she could afford to be beautiful, thin and sexy.  After all, didn’t she have all the money in the world and what woman wouldn’t look her absolute best with that kind of money!

An earlier promise of some adult frolicking which had prompted me to agree to watch the program in the first place was of course forgotten and plans, serious plans of Weight Loss took roots.

“Fitness and exercise..  I bet she has a private trainer!” was the very first seed planted on the pursuit of health and beauty.  “I am going back to the gym and I’ll hire a trainer as well!”

And one went an elaborate plan of Weight Loss, fat loss and exercise program geared at making this beautiful wife of mine even more beautiful.

A woman with a purpose is a sight to behold I say and with intent and organization, my wife set upon the task of Weight Loss.

“I am going to show you who is beautiful” she kept on saying, and I, in the wisdom of the defeated husband knew to keep quiet, at hand just in case actions on my part were needed, but discreet.

A particular book on lose the fat, burn the muscle was immediately purchased and is being read right as I type these lines. 

In addition, my wife ordered a supply of Weight Loss pill called phentremine which has the promise of accelerated Weight Loss whilst at the same time being safe.

Much internet browsing and searching was made to obtain the most appropriate sources which I am pointing out now, for you, oh innocent couple planning to view one of those TV program.

As for me, I will have to remember to keep quiet the next time, and of course, it wouldn’t do me any harm if I was to lose weight myself.

At least that way, I will be able to keep up with my brand new wife, instead of drooling about some gorgeous doctor actress who probably thinks that she is way to fat!

Organic MultiVitamins. Let nature’s goodness make you healthy

I often think about how much our world has changed in the past 10 years or so. Information technology being what it is, it has opened an unlimited world of knowledge where ideas and concepts are exchanged at an exponential rate. Whereas before we would have sought to learn from immediate friends, teachers, doctors, engineers.. Today, this circle of mentors and teachers has expanded to every corner of our earth and when we need to find something, we can call upon the expertise of specialists in the field of our choice and can even expand these experts to include those located in specific geographical locations and more.

This trend has never been truer than in the world of our health and now more than ever, we seek answers from the Internet as well as from our own local Doctors and medical technicians. This even sometimes translates into more substantial influences when we discover a new course of treatment for a medical condition and share this newly acquired knowledge with our Doctor.

As a health professional specializing in the world of nutritional Supplements, I received numerous daily emails from people asking questions about a specific component present in a given multivitamin supplement I sell on my websites for example, or an advice on given vitamin product.

Whilst I am not a Doctor and cannot give any medical opinion about anything, one of the questions I received today was about organic Vitamins.

If you have ever chosen an organically produced food over food grown using conventional methods, then you will probably know that to be able to carry the organic label on any food produce, the producers have to fulfill certain criteria with regards to growing their food. For example, organic farmers are forbidden the use of human waste, artificial fertilizers and sewage sludge and must ensure that their food is produced without food additives or ionizing radiation. One of the aims of the food growing process is that organic produce cannot be genetically modified, this industry having taken a leaf out of the cattle industry which has had to fight its fair share of battles, including mad cow disease.

As such organic foods are thought of as being better for our health, notwithstanding the fact that they even taste better.

Whilst the quality of our food is improving, we, as a society are ironically still showing signs of mal nourishment and the rate of obesity, diabetes and various other illnesses often times related to poor nutrition is increasing and therefore the use of Vitamins and Herbs is still recommended by most experts.

A daily Supplements is often times needed for restoring balance to our body and what better Supplements than an organic one? The good news is that food is not the only organic product anymore. Organic Vitamins can now be found!

A recent introduction into our organic market is a line of Vitamins, Minerals and nutritional Supplements produced “organically”.

Such organic multivitamins are manufactured with the highest quality control and are usually certified by Organic Certifiers in accordance with the USA-NOP National Organic Standards.

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