Saturday, June 24, 2017

That's why they can't stop talking about their diet! Eating only low-carb foods can have similar effect on brain as ECSTASY

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Low-carb diets can mimic the effects of GHB - also known as liquid ecstasy
This diet flips your metabolism from burning more fat than carbs, called ketosis
Low-carb diets typically include swearing off breads, grains and rice
Long-term side effects of this diet include loss of calcium from bones, increased risk of kidney stones and growth retardation

Some people on very low-carb diets say they feel euphoric, have clear minds and lose their appetite.
Going low-carb might even mimic the effects of GHB – the recreational drug better known as fantasy, liquid ecstasy or grievous bodily harm – on the brain.
To understand why we need to look at how the body processes a very low-carb diet, one that typically limits carbohydrates to no more than 50 grams a day.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

7 Food Facts You Need to Know to Stay Healthy

These days, people have become increasingly aware of their need to lead a healthier lifestyle. This often means consciously making better choices throughout the day. When it comes to nutrition, much has been said on the subject, from mere hearsay to evidence-based research. Differentiating between the two can sometimes pose a challenge. So here are seven food facts for you, backed by research, many of which have been traditionally known in different cultures but only recently validated by science.

1. Some Fats are Good
While saturated and trans fats should be limited or avoided, unsaturated fats (polyunsaturated or monounsaturated) contain important fatty acids that help lower "bad" LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol while increasing "good" HDL (high density lipoprotein) cholesterol. One way to include good fat in your diet is

Yes, Technically, Drinking Cold Water Burns More Calories—But There’s A Catch

If drinking ice water to lose weight sounds too good to be true, it’s because it is.

This rumor gained traction over a decade ago because of a study with surprising results.
In 2003, a research team in Germany studied 14 people and found that if the participants drank ice cold water, they could boost their caloric expenditure by about 30 percent for over an hour. Meaning, “If you could chug your way through two liters of cold water, you could burn about an extra 100 calories per day,” Rachele Pojednic, Ph.D., assistant professor in the nutrition department at Simmons College and professor at the Harvard Extension School, tells SELF. “That’s a lot of freezing cold water to drink.” It is—about a large soda bottle’s worth—but an extra 100 calories per day is a pretty major deal for something that doesn’t require much effort.

Why exercise for the over-50s keeps the brain in top shape

STOPPING exercise for just 10 days leads to a reduction in blood flow to the brain in the over-50s.

Researchers claimed one of the areas most affected was the hippocampus – the region responsible for learning and memory which shrinks in people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Their exercise regimes included at least four hours of high-intensity training each week. On average they were running 36 miles a week – around five miles a day.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

What actually is the Mediterranean diet – and does it work?

Hard to define, but famously good for us, this way of eating is far from universally followed even in the countries it came from.

It is said to be better at lowering cholesterol than statins, and able to prevent dementia and heart disease, and will not make you fat. Anything that good for you might be expected to smell foul and come in a medicine bottle, but the Mediterranean diet is generally considered to be delicious, except by those who hate olive oil.