I’m getting pretty tired of writing about how awful 2016 has been and continues to be. My fatigue has compelled me to ignore several events that have transpired in pop culture and favor silence instead of comment. It’s not everything that requires a verbal (or written) reaction, abi? But dear brothers and sisters, there is […]
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This popular saying seems to be overrated as well as outdated.
The reason for this lies in the fact that the days when it was coined were well before the industrial age, when the bulk of human activity left the farm to the cities. It holds far less water in this information, age, where sedentary habits and junk-food binges are the norm.
Truth be told, our bodies are currently bombarded with far more environmental stress than those of our ancestors and we therefore need to take that apple-a-day but do a lot more!
This is why supplementation is key – not just with ‘vitamin pills’, but with essential foods substances that have virtually disappeared from our diets, thanks to the global food manufacturing and processing industry. Indeed, much of present-day crop cultivation and animal breeding are suspect, so the problem seems to start right at the farm!
The real key to all of this is knowledge. Let’s go for it and we will be empowered to make better choices!
Acne is one of the most common dermatological conditions for young adults worldwide, and can be frustrating to manage. While the connection between nutrition and diet is still not fully understood, some evidence suggests that cutting back on empty kilojoules and sweets may help.
Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that limiting intakes of high-glycaemic foods like white bread, crackers, sweets, and soda may reduce break-outs in young adults. In this randomised controlled trial, 43 male acne patients ages 15-25 followed either a low-glycaemic load diet or a carbohydrate-dense diet for 12 weeks, and had their acne assessed each month. By the end of the study, the low-glycaemic load group experienced more significant decreases in acne than the control group, as well as improved insulin sensitivity. These findings led researchers to speculate that the spike in blood sugar may increase the hormones that stimulate excess oil production, which can then trigger acne. While this study was small, it is one of many that support the role of diet in managing acne. A 2013 paper published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reviewed 27 studies on this topic and concluded that the evidence for low glycaemic load diets is the most convincing factor for establishing the relationship between diet and acne.
So if you are frequently having breakouts, this study suggests that it may be time to evaluate your diet. As the saying goes, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”– Hippocrates.
With this post I conclude the 6-part series on nutrition and beauty. Many thanks to all who read these snippets – the readership was tremendous. I also thank GNLD International (publishers of Lifestyle Magazine) for authoring the articles and giving Independent Distributors like me the permission to share them.
The skin is one of the largest organs of the body and will quickly reflect poor diet and lifestyle choices. Adequate hydration, getting enough sleep, regular physical activity, and managing stress are all lifestyle factors that can impact the appearance of our skin. However, the theme should be apparent now; balanced nutrition for the whole body is the foundation for smooth, soft, supple skin.
Complete, whole food nutrients help preserve skin health by protecting against UV light, preventing dry skin, maintaining skin strength and elasticity, and supporting wound repair, in addition to providing the structural components of skin cells. In particular, foods rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, such as fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 rich fish, have been shown to be significantly associated with improved skin quality.
Research published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition in 2001 found that the right food choices could also make an impact on the appearance of wrinkles on the skin. This study assessed the diet and skin of more than 200 older European adults who were living in areas of high sun exposure, as part of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences’ (IUNS) “Food Habits in Later Life” project, and found that those who consumed more fish and vegetables in their lifetime had fewer wrinkles. The authors suggest that high intakes of these foods may be protective against sun damage because of their antioxidant protection. In addition, inflammation can damage collagen in the skin. And because omega-3 fatty acids play an important role in controlling inflammation, this can also help explain why consumers of fish may have fewer wrinkles than consumers of red meat and processed foods.
This is definitely something to chew on the next time you sit down to a meal.
7 Weight Loss Revelations from Science: #7 – Keeping the Weight Off – A Low Glycaemic Response Diet May Help
New research suggests adopting a diet composed of high fibre, low glycaemic response carbohydrates may help keep those kilograms off. Researchers from Harvard Medical School found diets that reduce the surge in blood sugar after a meal – either a low glycaemic diet or very low carbohydrate diet, may be preferable over a low fat diet when trying to achieve lasting weight loss. This four year study evaluated the effects of three different diets: a low glycaemic diet; a very low carbohydrate diet; and a low fat diet on energy expenditure in 21 overweight and obese adults who previously lost weight and were placed on a 6 month maintenance plan.
Resting energy expenditure (REE), the amount of energy expended by a person at rest and total energy expenditure (TEE), the amount of energy a person burns during daily activities, were measured before and after consuming the test diets. What researchers found was that the decrease in REE was greatest for the low fat diet, followed by the low glycaemic diet and then followed by the very low carbohydrate diet. Although the very low carbohydrate diet appeared to produce the best results in terms of its effects on metabolic rate, it was not without some important caveats. The very low carbohydrate diet was also found to raise cortisol levels, a stress hormone associated with insulin resistance and increased C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation in the body. Although more studies are needed to confirm effects on REE, a low glycaemic response diet appears to have metabolic advantages over other diets when it comes to keeping the weight off long-term.
Source: GNLD Lifestyle Magazine (West Africa 03/14)