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December 11, 2018

Drink Coffee to Combat Brain Diseases

drinking coffee to prevent brain disease

If coffee is one of your vices, and oh boy is it one of mine, then I have some good news for you. While it has historically been regarded as an unhealthy stimulant, more studies keep coming out that this delicious morning drink can have a great number of health benefits.

Recent studies have discovered that there are a number of compounds contained in coffee that can help you fight against a variety of brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Another reason to reach for that cup of java in the morning!

Mental Health Benefits of Coffee

I came across this article on that cites a study that was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that presents findings on the many different brain diseases that coffee can have a positive impact on. Not only is it useful for combating Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, but evidence also suggests that it has utility in warding off Lewy body dementia, an incurable brain disease.

The study was conducted at Rutgers University in New Jersey and states that these preventative properties are due to coffee’s content of caffeine and EHT, a fatty acid that plays a role in fighting disease. The study used lab mice and it was recorded to have reduced the accumulation of proteins in the mice’s brains. This build-up of proteins in the brain is a leading cause of Parkinson’s and Lewy body dementia.

What is more interesting, however, is that these results were only noticeable when caffeine and EHT were combined.

When taken individually, this response was not witnessed, which suggests that these two compounds have a synergistic effect to inhibit the onset of these brain diseases.

can coffee help prevent disease?

While this is encouraging news, much more research is needed to be conclusive on the exact effect, as well as the correct dosage to derive the most benefit. This isn’t a green light to just chug coffee all day. Getting too much caffeine can have a negative effect on your health, so it is important to be getting the proper amount but not going overboard. What that equilibrium is, that remains to be seen.

My Thoughts

I think this is wonderful news, as I am a coffee lover. I can’t start my day without a cup of it. All the more reason to have it in the morning! However, I don’t go too crazy with it. I always have a cup when I wake up, and if I’m feeling particularly sluggish I may have one in the afternoon to perk me up.

This gets me wondering if these kinds of benefits can also be experienced when taking diet pills with coffee? I am curious if EHT is present in these (I know caffeine is) and will produce this same synergistic effect as produced in the study? Or perhaps caffeine diet pills may also have EHT? I don’t know. If you have any insight, feel free to share your comment to this post!

Body Fat Linked to Breast Cancer Risk

body fat linked to breast cancer

I came across an article today that really opened up my eyes to even more reason to be watching your figure. As a woman, it is something that I am always conscious of anyway, but now with this article I read on today I have even more motivation to keep my healthy physique.

Excess Body Fat and Breast Cancer

According to the article, women who were measured to have an excess of body fat, even if their height and weight fall into what would be deemed a normal range in the Body Mass Index, are at higher risk of developing breast cancer. Having a history of breast cancer in my family, this concerns me greatly. It’s just one more reason to always be health-conscious, as there are so many things that can go wrong when you are not lean. Besides obesity, which heightens the risk of diabetes and other issues, now I have to worry about an increased chance of breast cancer on top of everything else.

The study found that those who have an excess of body fat showed a doubling in the risk of estrogen-dependent cancers, also called ER-positive breast cancer. This type of cancer develops when receptor proteins latch onto estrogen hormones and use it to grow and spread.

One caveat to this study is that it was conducted on post-menopausal women, so it is not conclusive if this means that it applies to women of all ages of adulthood. It researched over 3,000 American women who were in the age range of 50-79. They had their body composition measured at the beginning of the study.

From these women, 146 had ER-positive breast cancer, and the test conductors looked for data that they could gather from this group relative to those who did not have breast cancer.

It was found that a gain of 11 pounds of body fat, across the whole body, would result in a 35% greater likelihood to develop breast cancer. Even further, an 11 pound gain of fat in the trunk area (torso) indicated a 56% greater risk of this type of cancer.

the link between body fat and breast cancer risk

What to Do With This Data

The conclusion is very apparent here. If you want to lower your risk of breast cancer as a woman, you need to keep your body fat down. Follow a proper diet and exercise routine to keep your body lean and muscular, as opposed to fatty.

One great way to lower fat levels in your body is by adopting a ketogenic diet. In this diet, your body is forced into burning fat for energy instead of carbohydrates. There is a lot of literature you can find to begin adopting this eating regimen, and there are a number of resources on this site regarding this topic. Take a look at the below for ways to transition your body into ketosis to burn more fat.

Aside from following a keto diet, you can also take keto supplements that help you attain ketosis faster. A couple have been reviewed on this site, which you can find below.

CBD Edibles Top 2019 Nutrition Trends

trending nutrition for 2019: CBD edibles

I’m always on the lookout for what is trending in the diet world. If you couldn’t tell, I’m pretty health-conscious. This passion is what led me to create this site and spread what I know to help you all lead a better life.

So when I saw a list of what is supposedly going to be the hot new trend of the nutritional world in 2019, I was a little bit surprised. I figured it would be a fruit or something. Remember when the acai berry was all the rage?

What I found was not what I expected. The big trend of 2019? CBD edibles!

What Are CBD Edibles?

I was doing a browse through Google News on health topics and came across this post from where apparently it is anticipated that CBD edibles will be all the rage in 2019. According to a nutrition expert they interviewed, the rising popularity and increased legalization (on the state level) of recreational cannabis all contribute to its likelihood of widespread use next year.

Edibles infused with CBD come in many forms, and you’ll find a lot of brands that make these products in my CBD reviews. My favorite is having them as gummies.

Pretty much think of a gummy bear or gummy worm, but with CBD added into the ingredients. In addition to that, it can be infused into practically any dish and has been seeing increasing among top chefs across the country recently.

I’ve personally had a friend make butter with CBD and then used that butter in creating frosting for some cupcakes they baked. Tasted delicious and brought me the relief I needed!

CBD has shown widespread use for medicinal purposes in recent years. Many are using it to treat insomnia, as CBD is great for sleep (as is CBN). It can also be very helpful to deal with stress and feelings of anxiety. It takes the edge off – not like smoking weed with THC, there are no psychoactive effects of pure CBD – and brings a sense of calm.

Above all, many are using CBD, regardless of the form that it comes in (edibles, oils, vape juices, tinctures, sublingually) to treat pain. The properties of the cannabis plant make it one of nature’s finest pain relievers. This is why you are seeing an increase in topical products such as these CBD pain relievers to alleviate the pain of achy joints and sore muscles.

My Thoughts

Do I think that this will be the hottest trend of 2019 when it comes to nutrition? I don’t know. Maybe I’m not running in the right circles. It seems to be more of a niche thing to me right now. Though I can’t deny that it is gaining steam. I’m puzzled by the comment that top chefs are beginning to use it. I haven’t seen it listed on menus anywhere. Though, again, maybe I’m just not going to the right places. Perhaps this means CBD dispensaries, as opposed to general eateries.

For the other predicted trends of the year, they also list medicinal mushrooms like maca. They also suggest that ketogenic snack options will be big, which I can definitely agree with.

November 30, 2018

Is Intermittent Fasting Better Than a Regular Diet?

how does intermittent fasting compare to a conventional diet?

In another post on this site, I wrote about the theory of intermittent fasting for weight loss. It is a weight loss plan that has to do not so much with what you eat, rather it has to do with when you eat.

There are a number of different schedules that you can follow, but the basic philosophy is that you are throwing your body a curveball so your metabolism doesn’t get accustomed to a normal eating pattern. By going through cycles of eating and not eating, you are constantly keeping your body guessing.

This purportedly keeps your metabolism at a high efficiency at all times, but is it any better than just following a regular diet?

Intermittent Fasting vs. Dieting

I bring up this topic today because I came across this study on that measures the effectiveness of intermittent fasting versus a regular calorie-restricted diet. It is the biggest study to date on the intermittent eating/fasting schedule and came away with some interesting findings.

If you want the cliff notes version, here is what they determined. While following an intermittent plan is healthy and can help you lose weight, it is not superior to following conventional dieting methods. In general, there are more healthy ways out there to lose weight. You don’t need to gorge yourself and starve yourself in cycles. The key is to find a diet that works best for you and stick with it!

While there were previous studies on this kind of dieting, none tracked the results over a long term. Scientists at Heidelberg University Hospital wanted to see how this diet fares over a longer period of time and set out to conduct the longest such study of this diet.

Test participants were split into three groups. The first followed a conventional, calorie-restricted diet. The second followed a 5:2 intermittent fasting schedule. The third group was not put on any diet plan but was encouraged to make healthy choices in their eating. Participants’ weight and health were measured over the course of 38 weeks.

At the end of the study, there was no discernible difference in body weight and health factors between the two groups that were given diet plans. As for other biomarkers, metabolic values, and other measurables, there was no winner between intermittent fasting and conventional dieting.

is intermittent fasting better than dieting?

The Takeaway

What this study proved is that intermittent fasting is not any better, nor any worse, than a regular diet. It is all about finding something that works for you and sticking to the plan. Some people may find it easier to be disciplined with their calories on only two days of the week (on an intermittent plan) as opposed to having to count their calories every day on a regular diet.

In the end, everybody has their own style. The important part is just to find a diet and commit to it fully. The benefits of weight loss are innumerable, no matter how you reach that goal. Your body and health will benefit greatly from the loss of extra weight, and the scientists’ at the end of the study was simply “Just do it!”

November 30, 2018

Jenna Jameson Weight Loss Tips

Whenever I’m looking for diet and fitness tips, as a female, there are certain influencers and personalities that I turn to. Jenna Jameson is not someone who I would think of if you asked me to tell you who’s diet I follow. However, when I was browsing through Google News today looking for updates on weight loss, apparently she was interviewed by People magzine recently where she let the readership know what she does to keep in shape.

Jenna Jameson and Weight Loss

I’ll have to be honest, I’m not a big porn viewer at all. But, Jenna had become so mainstream that even if you don’t view adult material, you probably know who she is. I can’t say I’ve kept tabs on her over the years. I had no idea that she had ballooned up in recent years. She had a banging body back in the day. No clue that she lost that sexy physique.

She recently lost over 80 pounds in just eight months through the use of the keto diet as well as intermittent fasting. That’s wonderful to hear, as those are two topics we talk about on this site here as a means for weight loss! You can find them linked below if you want to learn more about these diets.

So apparently the weight she gained was due to childbirth, so that explains it. It’s not like she just let herself go after her time in front of the camera (showing every inch of her body) ended. I understand! Outside of following keto and intermittent fasting, she had a number of other tips that helped her get her body back into shape.

weight loss tips from Jenna Jameson

Photo by Daily Mail

The first is to not obsess over your weight. A woman’s weight will fluctuate day to day, particularly in regards to the time of the month. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Don’t weigh yourself every day and obsess over it.

The next thing she says to get more exercise, which is basic but valuable advice. Whenever she goes somewhere, if it is within walking distance, she walks! Don’t be lazy, get off your butt! Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Another way to get more of this exercise is to not buy groceries in bulk. Walk to the grocery store every couple days and buy what you need. This forces more walking and helps you stick to a diet.

Another thing she says is to not worry about hunger. It’s OK to be hungry. She used to give into cravings all the time and that caused her to overeat. Now she says she listens to her body and is better able to stick to her diet.

The last tip, which I fully support, is documenting your progress. Take a “before” picture as the motivation of where you were. Keep a diary of your weekly weight and it will do wonders for your motivation when you see the progression.

What do you think? Is this solid advice? I sure think so. I’m especially happy to see the keto diet in there, as I have been inching my body towards ketosis as well so I burn more fat instead of carbs. It’s done wonders! If you want more info on the keto diet, definitely take a look at the resources below:

November 21, 2018

What is Ketosis?

how do you reach a metabolic state of ketosis?

Keto keto keto. It’s the buzzword in the diet industry these days. I hear from so many people in my social circle, as well as many people online on Instagram, talking about following the keto diet. But honestly, as much as the term is thrown around these days, how many people really know what it means?

Sure, you may know the basics of it – you are limiting your carbs and eating more healthy fats. But to what purpose are you changing your diet like this? The answer is to bring your body into a state of ketosis. But what is ketosis, you might ask? Continue reading below for the answer.

What’s Ketosis, and Is It Healthy For You?

While it’s not a term that you often hear, at least not until recently, it is not a foreign state for your body. It is a natural metabolic condition whereby your body produces ketones (sources of energy) out of fat. This is in place of your body’s normal source of energy, which is carbohydrates.

One way to get your body into this state is to follow a ketotarian diet, which contains foods that are minimal in carbohydrates and higher in fats. Mind you, don’t just go eating all kinds of fatty foods, as some fats are better for you than others.

With fewer carbohydrates in your body, there is less glucose, which is typically your body’s preferred source for energy. When there are few carbs for your body to tap into, it needs to turn to another source for fuel to get you through the day and workouts. That’s when it turns to fat as a source.

Related Reading: Keto-Friendly Snacks

Benefits of Ketosis

There are a number of properties that make reaching a state of ketosis healthy for your body.

Weight Loss

This one is apparent by what I described above. When you are using fat as energy, this keeps all that fat that you consume from becoming fat deposits. If it isn’t used as fuel, it instead creates fat stores, especially around your waistline and on your hips and belly.

When you are trying to lose weight, getting on a better eating plan and doing more exercise is a great start.

But that helps you lose mass all around, and often times the weight that you lose first is water weight. After that, you may begin to lose muscle mass if you are restricting your calories too much.

snacks that are keto friendly

Cherry tomatoes are a great keto-friendly snack!

With a keto diet, you are forcing your body to lose fat. It’s a great way to eliminate all those extra pounds in the troublesome areas!

Better Energy

Sure you can get energy from carbohydrates, but there’s a drawback to that. Think about when you get all hyped up on sugar and caffeine, whether it be from a coffee or an energy drink. You will get a boost of energy for a while, but what happens after that? You crash, and you crash hard. When you are burning fat for fuel, you don’t get this drastic drop afterward as you do with sugars.

Lower Risk Factors of Disease

Studies have indicated that reducing the intake of carbohydrates can lower the risk factors for a number of diseases that arise from unhealthy habits. These include diabetes, heart disease, cardiovascular issues, Alzheimer’s, cancer, and Parkinson’s disease.

How to Attain Ketosis

If you want to reach a state of ketosis, you need to start following a keto diet. Lower the number of carbs that you take in, and start eating more healthy fats.

Another way to achieve this metabolic state quicker is through supplementation. Taking a diet pill like Green Force Keto is a great way to do this. Normally, changing your eating habits can take days, if not weeks, to convert your body to ketosis. Using a supplement like this can shorten that timeframe dramatically.

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