Does Raw Food Provide Enough Nutrition?

 

English: A close up of a fresh raw food dish

Fresh raw food (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Are you on the raw food diet? If so, this article is liable to get you riled up. Recent studies say that raw food does not provide enough nutrition for the size of our brains, and another one says that we can’t digest raw food well enough to absorb it.

As you can imagine, it generated lots of comments, and I doubt that the furor will die down anytime soon. Something to think about while you’re eating your fruits and nuts for lunch.

Recently published research says humans wouldn’t have evolved without cooked food. What does that mean for our diets today?

There’s a story going viral today entitled Raw Food Not Enough to Feed Big Brains. The author discusses a new study that found early humans would have to have eaten more than 9 hours a day to get enough energy from unprocessed foods to grow bigger brains than primates. Suzana Herculano-Houzel, a neuroscientist and co-author of the new study says, “If you eat only raw food, there are not enough hours in the day to get enough calories to build such a large brain. We can afford more neurons, thanks to cooking.”

Our brains consume an amazing amount of our energy daily, taking 20 percent of our energy, compared to 9 percent for other primates. An earlier researcher, Richard Wrangham, proposed that humans began to evolve from primates when they discovered how to roast and cook food. Read more…

Posted by Chris - October 26, 2012 at 11:52 am

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Green Tea Decreases Digestive System Cancer

 

Green tea

Green tea – Dano (Flickr.com)

Green tea has been found recently to reduce the incidence of throat, breast, and prostate cancer, as well as all types of cancers throughout the digestive system. And eating healthily, not smoking, and exercising frequently improve the results even more.

Since results like these show that even small changes in our daily routine can put the odds more in our favor, it would appear that soon one of the worst diseases of the last century will be a thing we don’t have to fear quite as much any longer.

Several studies have been reported in the last few months that reveal a variety of health benefits achieved by green tea polyphenols (GTP). The most recent two studies find reduced risks of certain cancers in both men and women, including a reduction in the chances of getting breast or prostate cancer.

The most well-known compound in green tea is known as epigallocatechin-3 gallate, or EGCG, an antioxidant which is thought to ward off the body-cell damage that can lead to cancer and other diseases. Researchers have recently trademarked another compound with anti-cancer properties called Polyphenon E which contains several of the GTP’s. Combined, the positive effects of green tea may include a reduction in such cancers as colon, stomach, and throat cancers as well as breast and prostate. Read more…

Posted by Chris - October 25, 2012 at 11:47 am

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Is Gluten-Free Food Tax Deductible?

 

A choice of savoury and sweet gluten free crepes

Gluten free crepes (Photo: Wikipedia)

If a doctor says you have celiac disease, the difference in price between gluten-free and regular food can be deducted from your taxes. Shipping costs of gluten-free purchases made online  are also covered.

Since a recent study showed that gluten-free foods cost almost two and a half times as much as normal food, you should make use of every bit of savings you can find. It also makes a person wonder if these inflated prices are just price-gouging by food companies that are taking advantage of people who would become sicker if they didn’t have these alternatives, or of people who buy gluten-free just to be trendy.

It’s estimated that of the 3 million Americans with celiac disease, an autoimmune disease triggered by exposure to gluten – a protein component of wheat, barley, and rye – only 3% have been diagnosed. The good news for celiac patients who have been diagnosed is that the treatment for their condition is simple and doesn’t require the ingestion of drugs – a gluten-free diet. Unfortunately, celiac patients must deal with several challenges in maintaining a diet free of gluten, specifically the expenses involved. Read more…

Posted by Chris - October 24, 2012 at 11:42 am

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When Prescription Medication Goes Wrong

 

Dr. R.V. Toker prepares prescription of a pati...

Prescription medications (Photo: Wikipedia)

If you’re a senior taking prescribed drugs and over-the-counter supplements your doctor doesn’t know about, you might be speeding down the road to danger. Even normal supplements like vitamins, CoQ10 or fish oil might cause reactions with prescriptions.

There are many reasons this could happen, and this article suggests ways to prevent it, including keeping your doctor current on your daily intake, and only using one pharmacy, which can easily look for fed flags from possible interactions.

Older people often take a variety of prescription medications. Their doctors need to know about all of them, as well as any vitamins, supplements or over-the-counter medications they take in order to avoid side effects.

Chances are if you’re 65 or older, you have at least five prescribed medications in your medicine chest. They may be necessary to treat a variety of conditions and prescribed by several doctors who don’t know about each other. If you’ve forgotten to mention these drugs to each physician, you may be setting yourself up for problems. Read more…

Posted by Chris - October 22, 2012 at 12:51 pm

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The Digestive System Explained

 

Small intestine

Small intestine, digestive system (Photo: Wikipedia)

It’s not too often that we’re able to find an article that explains the human digestive system as simply as this, yet so explicitly. But Dr. Sara Hart has written an article that I think should be required reading for anyone who wants to understand the “second brain”.

Not only does she talk about the large numbers of bacteria in our body in different locations, but she also discusses what happens when the numbers go out of whack. I think her most important sentence is “Nourish your body with proper nutrition, get the most from your food by supporting optimal absorption and keep the core strong to support your optimal health.”

Whether you enjoy Chinese, ayurvedic or biological medicine, or homeopathy, they all look at digestive problems when they’re trying to figure out how to keep the entire body healthy.

Gnawing, aching, distended, pleasantly full or completely quiet, our digestive system is always working on something, and can provide us with constant feedback on the state of our foundation of health.  Increasing awareness of our core health will assist our connection to knowing what makes us challenged and what makes us thrive! Read more…

Posted by Chris - October 19, 2012 at 11:50 am

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Blood Transfusions Might Prevent Alzheimer’s

 

English: PET scan of a human brain with Alzhei...

Brain with Alzheimer’s (Photo: Wikipedia)

Here’s a new finding that just makes sense: Stanford University says elderly mice that were given blood from young mice had much better memories. And parts of their brains that had begun to deteriorate with age started to redevelop.

Now they’re going to test this theory with mice that actually have Alzheimer’s disease, where connections in the brain have broken down. If this works (curing Alzheimer’s), the next step would be to give young blood to aging mice to see if they can prevent the disease in the first place.

The idea is that old blood might be damaging the brain and elsewhere because of proteins that have undergone unhealthy changes during aging, and caused inflammation. As we know, inflammation is implicated in many diseases, in addition to aging.

The mice that received the younger blood acted as if they were only about one-third their actual age. They also grew new brain synapses, which produced better deliver-ability of messages between nerves.

A dose of young blood may stave off Alzheimer’s: Study

Posted by Chris - October 18, 2012 at 11:43 am

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