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What Is the Sirtfood Diet? It Helped Adele’s 100-Pound Weight Loss – Life&Style Weekly

Posted: January 23, 2020 at 10:43 am

Looking and feeling good! Adeles incredible 100-pound weight loss has her feeling more confident than ever, Life & Style magazine exclusively learned. The singer used the Sirtfood Diet on her weight loss journey, which includes foods rich in chemicals called polyphenols to boost weight loss. Needless to say, the Rolling in the Deep songstress is absolutely glowing these days. Adele couldnt be happier, the insider gushes.

Adele used to be incredibly self-conscious she was always covering up and even felt uncomfortable eating in public, admits an insider in the January 21 issue, available on newsstands now. But now shes more confident than ever! The 31-year-olds weight loss comes on the heels of her divorce from her husband, Simon Konecki, whom she shares her 7-year-old son, Angelo, with. The pair announced their split after two years of marriage in April 2019, and the Grammy winner filed for divorce from the 45-year-old that following September.

Dont get it twisted, Adeles weight loss isnt only about achieving that coveted revenge body. Yes, Adele initially set her sights on losing weight after the breakup, but it became much more than that, the source adds. She has more energy to run around with Angelo.

The newly single A-lister definitely has her choice of eligible bachelors these days. Adele has always been stunning, but since the weight loss, shes been inundated with men who want to date her, the insider adds. At bars, guys are always chatting her up.

So, what is the Sirtfood Diet that helped Adele look so incredible? Its gotten a lot of attention from celebs and allows dark chocolate and wine on the program. The foods activate sirtuins and switch on the so-called skinny gene pathways in the body, according to the official website. A diet rich in these sirtfoods kick-starts weight loss without sacrificing muscle while maintaining optimal health. Some of the Sirt-approved foods include green juice made with kale and celery, buckwheat and lean meats.

What you put in your body is just as important as the number of hours you put in at the gym. Adeles former Pilates instructor Camila Goodis who trained her after she gave birth to Angelo in 2012 believes the singers transformation was 90 percent about dieting. I dont believe she liked exercise, Camila confesses. Giving up processed food, sugar, soda will change [a persons] body.

Its tough changing your lifestyle to drop a few pounds, and Adele can relate. Cutting out her guilty pleasures was the hardest part, but she says its been worth it, says the insider. And, that her routine has gotten easier now that shes used to it.

Adele is looking so fab!

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Sugar and the American diet – Illinois Times

Posted: January 23, 2020 at 10:43 am

Sugar was first domesticated in New Guinea 10,000 years ago. Sugar cane spread to Asia and Europe, but was initially only available to the wealthy. Christopher Columbus first introduced sugar cane to the New World during his second voyage in 1493. Sugar cane grew well in the hot, humid conditions in the Caribbean. Native peoples initially provided the labor and, when this was insufficient, slaves were imported from Africa. Over the course of 300 years, from 1505 through the mid-1800s, 12 million slaves were forcibly transported to the New World to fulfill the growing demand for sugar in Europe.

Technology contributed to the increase of sugar in food products. Today sugar is added to nearly all processed foods and is ubiquitous in the American diet. Sugar allows for preservation by inhibiting microorganisms that would cause spoiling, inhibits mold and bacteria in liquids, reduces harshness of salt used for preserving meat, reduces acidity, enhances flavor and adds viscosity. On average, Americans consume 66 pounds of sugar per person per year (around 20 or more teaspoons per day). Americans consume the most sugar per capita of any country.

There's lots of evidence about the harmful effects of sugar. Gary Taubes published The Case Against Sugar in 2017. He argues that sugars are fundamental causes of diabetes and obesity. There is also a great deal of research about the addictive nature of sugar. Scientists at the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse were among the first to show that sugar causes changes in peoples' brains similar to those in people addicted to drugs such as cocaine and alcohol.

Consuming too much added sugar over long periods of time can affect the natural balance of hormones. Eating sugar increases levels of glucosein the bloodstream, which leads the pancreasto releaseinsulin. Higher levels of insulin, in turn, cause the body to store more food calories as fat. Insulin also affects a hormonecalledleptin, which is the natural appetite suppressant that tells our brains we are full and can stop eating.

Sugar is big business, and it should come as no surprise that the sugar industry has been a powerful voice in promoting sugar as beneficial and contributing to the increase in consumption of sugar. In the 1960s, the sugar industry funded Harvard scientists who published a study blaming fat and cholesterol for coronary heart disease while largely exculpating sugar. This study helped set the agenda for decades of public health policy designed to steer Americans into low-fat foods, which increased carbohydrate consumption and exacerbated our obesity epidemic.

Americans are consuming vast amounts of ultra-processed food, loaded with added sugars.

Studies have foundthat excessive added sugar consumption increases the risk of obesity and type-2 diabetes, which in turn increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. The best way to eliminate sugar from the diet is to avoid processed food and cook with whole foods, incorporating fresh vegetables and fruits. All calories are not equal. Experts recommend that meals should be balanced with 30 percent protein, 30 percent good fat, and 40 percent low-glycemic carbohydrates.

Elimination of sugar from one's diet may be difficult to imagine. But, it would be hard to come away from reading Gary Taube's book, The Case Against Sugar, without viewing sugar in a new light. And, that is likely the first step in deciding to reduce one's consumption of sugar.

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A diet that stands the test of a new year – Fall River Herald News

Posted: January 23, 2020 at 10:42 am

As the New Year begins, many of us find ourselves reflecting on 2019. We may ask ourselves, what did I do over the past year? How did I grow? What did I accomplish? The year seems to fly by, and the next thing we know, were counting down to the ball drops and finding ourselves making the same New Years resolutions we did last year.

More than half of resolution makers commit to eating healthier and/or exercising more. On Jan. 2, gyms become packed and fad diets run rampant. Research shows that the second Friday of January is the most common day for people to give up their resolutions; by the end of the month, 36% of people have quit.

Dieting can be confusing and frustrating, as there is so much information readily accessible, all of which seem to contradict. Many people looking to lose weight in the New Year turn to fad diets for example, the keto diet, paleo diet, fasting, etc. Fad diets are not a long-term solution; typically, they help you lose weight quickly but are not sustainable for a long period of time.

There are a few diets that have stood the test of time for healthy living, and at the top of the list is the Mediterranean diet. According to U.S. News and World Report, this diet has been ranked the number one diet for three years running.

The Mediterranean diet is a cuisine that is based on the lifestyle adopted by those living in the countries which border the Mediterranean Sea. It is rich in fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains, seafood, oils, and it limits processed meats, refined carbohydrates, and added sugars. This provides a balanced diet that is high in fiber and unsaturated fats and is low in unhealthy fats and high-calorie foods. This helps promote healthy cholesterol levels for cardiac health as well as a healthy weight.

If youre looking to make some diet changes in 2020, start with these few tips inspired by the Mediterranean diet:

Choose whole grain carbohydrates over refined (examples: brown rice over white rice, wheat pasta instead of white pasta, etc.).

Use healthy fats over saturated fats. Fats that are liquid at room temperature are generally healthier than those that are solid. For example, cook with olive oil instead of butter.

Put down the salt shaker and opt for stronger herbs and spices. This is especially beneficial to those with hypertension.

Dial back the red meat consumption and try for at least one meatless meal per week and one seafood-based meal per week.

Eat more fruits and vegetables. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables increases fiber intake which helps to maintain healthy cholesterol levels by raising the good cholesterol and lowering the bad. It also helps to keep you fuller longer, thus lowering your total calorie intake.

Heres a great Mediterranean-inspired recipe thats delicious and easy to prepare.

Mediterranean Chicken Tacos

Source: Mindful by Sodexo

Serving Size: 2 Tacos

Yield: 8 Tacos

Chicken Taco Ingredients:

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast

8 6-inch whole grain flour tortilla

1/2 cup roasted garlic hummus

2 cups finely chopped romaine lettuce

1/2 cup diced cucumbers with skin

1/2 cup diced plum tomato

2 1/2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese

Yogurt sauce

Yogurt Sauce Ingredients:

1 1/2 tablespoons non-fat plain Greek yogurt

1 1/2 teaspoons diced cucumber

1 1/2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

1 1/8 teaspoons water

1/8 teaspoon minced garlic

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 tsp lemon juice


1. In a bowl, combine minced garlic, extra virgin olive oil, ground black pepper, and dried oregano leaves. Coat chicken well, grill or sear for 2 minutes on each side, transfer to lined sheet pan and place in preheated 350 oven. Cook through. Remove from heat. Let rest 10 to 15 minutes before slicing. Slice into approximately 1/2 slices before building tacos.

2. For the yogurt sauce: In a mixing bowl, add non-fat plain Greek yogurt, diced cucumber, extra virgin olive oil, water, minced garlic, ground black pepper and lemon juice. Mix until well-blended. Set aside in refrigerator for use.

3. Lay tortilla on flat surface, spread 1 tbsp. hummus over each tortilla. Divide chicken into 8 portions, lay one portion on top of hummus, top with cup romaine lettuce, 1 tbsp cucumber, 1 tbsp diced tomato. Drizzle with yogurt sauce. Sprinkle with feta cheese. Fold over and enjoy.

Nutrition Facts per 2 Tacos:

Calories: 390, Carbs: 38g, Protein: 28g, Fat: 15g, Sat. fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 66mg, Sodium: 470mg, Fiber: 5g

Courtney Faiola is a registered dietitian at Saint Annes Hospital. A graduate of Johnson and Wales University, Courtney and the team of registered dietitians at Saint Annes Hospitals Nutrition Services offer outpatient counseling for adults and children for a range of conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, weight loss, food allergies, and much more. For more information, ask your physician, or call Saint Annes Hospitals Nutrition Services, 508-674-5600, extension 2160.

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‘Intuitive eating’ is on the rise, and experts say it’s because people are fed up with diet culture – INSIDER

Posted: January 23, 2020 at 10:42 am

Despite the constant noise of fad diets competing for our attention, the biggest trend in nutrition this year may in fact be an anti-diet called "intuitive eating."

Intuitive eating refers to a system of nutritional principles based on physical cues like hunger and satiety. It focuses on how you feel and what your body needs instead of adhering to external goals like calorie-counting or aesthetics.

It's on the rise among younger people, particularly on social media, according to registered dietitian Alyssa Pike, manager of nutrition communications at the International Food Information Council (IFIC).

A recent IFIC survey polled 1,012 Americans on food behaviors and perceptions to predict the biggest trends for 2020. Some 49% percent of people ages 18 to 34 had heard of the term, compared with 27% of people over 50.

A large number of people (more than half of the total surveyed) said they were interested in applying principles of intuitive eating to their own lives including paying close attention to their level of hunger and limiting distractions while they eat.

"People are getting so sick of dieting and now, diets disguised as wellness," said Christy Harrison, registered dietitian and author of "Anti-Diet: Reclaim Your Time, Money, Well-Being, and Happiness Through Intuitive Eating."

"I think we're shifting toward ways to not have our relationship with food complicated by outside noise."

In contrast to diets that focus on aesthetic goals, the number on the scale, or calorie-counting, intuitive eaters stick to 10 basic principles of allowing their individual bodies and experiences to determine their food choices.

Those principles include things like "honor your hunger" and "feel your fullness," meaning intuitive eaters pay attention to the signals their body is sending about what it needs.

People new to intuitive eating may want to test out the limits and indulge in desserts, carbs, or other stigmatized snacks as reassurance that they're permissible. Eventually, as you start tuning into and trusting your body, you might find you're craving a salad, a hearty bean burrito, or a crisp apple, Harrison said.

Food should be enjoyed. d3sign/Getty Images

Harrison said intuitive eating is gaining popularity in part because people have begun to recognize problems with diet culture, including evidence that diets don't work, and the prevalence of dangerous eating disorders.

Intuitive eating also addresses a more insidious form of diet culture that has emerged in the form of "wellness," she said. This includes a fixation with eating "clean," for example, that can lead to its own form of eating disorder known as orthorexia.

Intuitive eating does take healthy eating into account, but only after unpacking the dietary dogma and pressure that often underlies the urge to eat healthily.The eventual goal of intuitive eating is to trust that your body knows what it needs to feel good, and that includes salads as well as sweets, healthy foods as well as indulgences.

"You can't really re-approach nutrition in a kind and gentle way without breaking down those ideas about diet culture. If you don't, that information just tends to get plugged into the existing framework and you still have a black-and-white weight-centric, weight stigmatizing way of thinking about things," she said.

Sometimes you're craving fresh veggies. Crystal Cox/Business Insider

Pike cited research that intuitive eating leads to better self-esteem, emotional well-being, and psychological resilience. It's also been linked to greater motivation to exercise, since it prioritizes enjoyment instead of guilt or shame.Although more research is needed to fully understand the effects of intuitive,some studies have show promising results that intuitive eating may lead to overall healthier habits overall.

Although it's tempting to ask whether intuitive eating can help with weight loss, experts say that's missing the point, since the practice encourages people to consider their relationship with food beyond aesthetics.

"The ultimate goal is to have food become one of many aspects of life that support your well-being, but it doesn't take on this outsized role where you're spending all your time worrying about food and nutrition," Harrison said. "It gives you time to think about other things that matter in your life."

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Friend offers advice for healthy eating – Lake Placid Diet by Andy Flynn – | News and information on the Lake Placid and Essex…

Posted: January 23, 2020 at 10:42 am

Start (Dec. 31): 447 lbs.

Last week: 437 lbs.

This week: 437 lbs.

Total lost in 2020: 10 lbs.

A friend of mine who is a seasonal resident of Keene Valley recently emailed me a list of helpful eating tips from losing weight and getting healthy and said it was OK to share these with my readers. I love these!


-Eat on a schedule and not in between; I try for 7, 1, 7.

- Plan your day of meals ahead.

- Try not to have food in the house that isnt good for you.

- Savor every bite. Eat slowly. Taste.

- If you think you are hungry and its not meal time yet, tackle a task that will distract you and before you know it, you are eating late and can tick something off the to do list.

- Long stretches without eating are good (mini-fasts).

- If there is something that might encourage a gorge, keep it out of sight.

- Divide your meal in half in a restaurant when it comes and take it home

- Share entrees with someone you eat with and get your own salad.

- Pack breakfasts, lunches, or dinners ahead if you are working or going to out of the house for a meal. Reheat oatmeal (old-fashioned, no sugar) and some berries for breakfast. Try fruit and nuts with unsweetened Greek yogurt or cottage cheese as a healthy fill me up.

- Dont shop when hungry. Order groceries, i.e. Peapod, to stay out of the supermarket.

- Its OK to eat something unhealthy once in a while. Then walk.

- Try Lose It! Or an app that you can count calories on, not forever, but just to be more self-aware.

- Get a physical once a year to check your weight and blood numbers.

- You dont need to weigh yourself often if you measure by the fit of your clothes. The goal is health, not a specific weight number.


- Drink first when you think you are hungry. You might just be thirsty.

- Drink lots of water and herbal tea.

- Stay away from processed foods. Think of food as fuel and plan accordingly.

- Dont waste calories on fruit juice. Eat the fruit and get the fiber, too.

- Be sure to get enough protein, avoiding red meat. Chicken (no skin) and fish are good. Try beans, quinoa, other grains for protein.

- Eat little or no bread, starches, sweets and just a bit of fat, preferably olive oil.

- If you must eat after dinner, try diet chocolate pudding cups or a controlled number of nuts. Or both.

- High glycemic sugars arent healthy, but for a treat, freeze grapes in a cup or plastic bag. Takes a long time to eat.

- Add chia seeds and flax to low fat Greek unsweetened yogurt, then add fruit and some nuts. Its a healthy meal, or in a small portion, good before working out or as a dessert or snack.

- Salad dressing should be on the side with just a drop drizzled on and mixed in. Or use lemon juice as dressing. A salad isnt healthy if its loaded with dressing.

- Go for bulk, with fruits and vegetables.

- You really can be happy with smaller portions!

- Use pepper and other spices; avoid salt.

- Avoid caffeine. Carry herbal tea bags.

- Eat carrot sticks (so sweet and crunchy) at cocktail parties.

- Plan meals that work for you, then repeat them to make it easier. But, too much repetition can lead to deficiencies in vitamins and minerals, so think about taking a multivitamin.

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Fruits and vegetables are part of a healthy diet – The Herald-News

Posted: January 23, 2020 at 10:42 am

With that goal in mind, Taras recommends these tips from the U. S. Centers forDisease Control and Prevention:

Get checkups. Visit your doctor regularly for preventive services. Exams and screenings can help find problems early, when the chances for treatment and cure are better. And vaccinations are important for adults, too

Ask your physician what vaccinations and tests you should get based on your age, lifestyle, medical history, and family health history, Taras said in a news release from Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox.

Eat a healthy diet. Make healthy food choices like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and low-fat dairy products.

Move more, sit less. Get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week, plus muscle-strengthening activities at least two days a week.

Rethink your drink. Substitute water for sugary or alcoholic drinks to reduce calories and stay safe.

Wash hands often to avoid spreading germs and getting sick. Keeping hands clean is one of the most significant steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others, Taras said in the release.

By simply washing your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds, youre reducing your exposure to harmful pathogens that can make you ill. If soap and clean water are not available, use an alcohol-based product. The key thing to remember is that clean hands do save lives.

Get enough sleep. Adults need at least seven hours of sleep per night.

Manage stress. Keep a check on over-commitment and over-spending. By balancing work, home, and social commitments, you can keep a more relaxed and positive view.

Be smoke-free. If youre ready to quit, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for free counseling.

Be sun safe. Wear layered clothes and apply sunscreen with at least SPF 15.

Brush your teeth. Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.


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Beware of diet and weight loss supplements free trial offer scams – The Augusta Chronicle

Posted: January 23, 2020 at 10:42 am

Every New Year, a wave of trendy New Year resolution scams surface to capitalize on consumer's New Year resolution goals, like weight loss. Consumers who want to get in shape or lose weight are at risk of being deceived from products that do not work as advertised or come with a host of unwanted side effects and trapped in monthly subscription fees.

New products like topical creams, dietary supplements, workout gadgets, and appetite suppressants flood the market, promising consumers spectacular weight-loss results. These risk-free schemes often start with an ad for a free product or with an article that seems to appear on a credible news site. Consumers just need to enter name, address and credit card number, and the product will be on its way for only a nominal shipping and handling charge. Fraudsters have turned such offers into a global multi-billion-dollar industry, one that grows every year.

A 2018 BBB study, Subscription Traps and Deceptive Free Trials Scam Millions with Misleading Ads and Fake Celebrity Endorsements, reported that consumers filed nearly 37,000 complaints and BBB ScamTracker reports since 2015 with an average loss of $186. Through October 2019, BBB received more than 6,600 complaints and reports from consumers in the U.S. and Canada about free trial offers. The BBB study found many of the celebrity product endorsements it investigated were fake and that sometimes the fine print even admitted the endorsements were not real. Major lawsuits have been issued against companies using celebrity imagery and name to endorse products like skin lotions. Shark Tank Investor, Lori Greiner, recently warned consumers of a Keto Pill Scam using her credibility to sell dietary supplements.

Your Better Business Bureau offers these tips to help you evaluate weight loss supplements and other weight loss products and avoid Free Trial Scams:

Free trial offers can be legitimate ways to introduce new products. Credible companies make sure consumers understand what they are signing up for and do not hide key information. Under the Restore Online Shoppers Confidence Act, companies must clearly lay out the terms of free trials or other subscriptions before consumers give their credit card information.

For more information, see the Federal Trade Commission's video on Free Trial Offer Scams.

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s daily routine includes oil pulling and Japanese whisky – CNBC

Posted: January 23, 2020 at 10:42 am

Thinking about the daily diet of Gwyneth Paltrow, the founder and CEO of lifestyle and wellness brand Goop, conjures images of green juice and detoxifying salads. Since 2008, Goop has been responsible for bringing buzzy and occasionally controversial wellness trends into the zeitgeist.

"I think we feel really proud about the fact we're blazing trails a little bit and that we changed the conversation and that people, you know, seem to follow suit," Paltrow told CNBC's Julie Boorstin on Jan. 6.

When it comes to Paltrow's own diet, she seems to practice what she preaches, because it includes lots of health foods. She also exercises and goes on walks daily, because she told CNBC it's her "time to let the brain disengage from input."

Paltrow detailed her food diary in an interview with Harper's Bazaar posted on YouTube Jan. 7, and revealed some surprising "cheat meals" and unconventional wellness habits.

Each morning as she gets ready, Paltrow "oil pulls," which involves placing raw organic coconut oil in her mouth and swishing it around. She says it's "an ayurvedic way to remove bacteria from the mouth," she told Harper's Bazaar. However, there is no research that suggests oil pulling can prevent cavities or improve oral health, so the American Dental Association doesn't recommend it especially not in place of brushing and flossing your teeth.

Although Paltrow isn't "a big breakfast person" unless she's having a late weekend brunch, she likes to hydrate in the morning. She drinks two large glasses of water, then coffee, while she catches up on email and reads the news with her husband, producer Brad Falchuk, she told Harper's Bazaar. At her workout, she'll also mix two packets of GoopGlow Morning Skin Superpowder, a vitamin C and E blend, into "a big thing of water."

Like Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Paltrow likes to work out before she heads to the office. Paltrow told Harper's Bazaar that she goes straight from school drop-off for her kids Apple, 15, and Moses, 13 to the gym. She's been working out with trainer Tracy Anderson for over a decade, and she's an investor in her company.

After working out, Paltrow stops to get an "amazing green smoothie" at her "favorite supermarket," Erewhon, a Los Angeles-based organic grocery store and cafe. She actually showers once she arrives at the Goop offices.

For lunch, Paltrow said she eats "stuff that you would see on the Goop website," such as a "really clean version of a turkey burger" wrapped in lettuce, or tacos using jicama as the shell.

Although Paltrow eats her protein-packed lunch at around noon or 12:30 p.m., she's not immune to the afternoon snack time slump. "At about three or four, I hit the snack cupboard at the Goop office," she said. Her desk snack of choice is cashews, pretzels or "something salty and crunchy," she added. (Snacking at work is wise, because studies show that hunger impacts your ability to make decisions and focus on tasks.)

Paltrow also drinks a cup of green tea in the afternoon "that will hold me through until dinner," she said.

Paltrow sits down for dinner around 6:15 p.m., because going to bed with a full stomach interferes with her sleep, she told Harper's Bazaar. Depending upon her kids' after-school schedules, they usually try to eat together as a family.

For dinner, Paltrow likes to make Asian food, such as noodles, or one-pot dinners from Goop, such as chicken and winter vegetables. "Those are great for weeknights as well," she said.

While Paltrow's diet might seem stringent, she loves to eat French fries and pasta. "French fries are sort of my favorite meal, not that they're a meal, they're technically a side, but I guess I could eat them for a meal," she said.

If "work is tough," Paltrow likes to unwind with a cocktail. Her go-to is a Gibson, which is a vodka martini with cocktail onions, or she'll have Japanese whiskey on the rocks.

"The Japanese make the most amazing whiskey it's very smooth, I love it," she told Into the Gloss in February 2018. Her favorite whisky brands are Nikka and Hibiki, she said.

However, Paltrow said she's "trying not to drink so much on weeknights."

"It's an easy habit to fall into because you've had a stressful day, so it becomes about the ritual of it," Paltrow said. And if she ends up with a hangover the next morning, her go-to cure is an egg sandwich and an IV drip of vitamins and electrolytes. "That's a very good hangover trick," she added.

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The Mind-Gut Connection – Memphis Magazine

Posted: January 23, 2020 at 10:42 am

Do you think much about what you eat and how it makes you feel? Science has long recognized the connectivity between the brain and gastrointestinal system, which, after the brain, is the bodys largest nervous system. But researchers are in the early stages of investigating the guts microbiome, the millions of microbes that live in our intestines and communicate with the microbes in our brain daily.

The understanding that our inner ecosystem of bacteria and other organisms can actually speak to our brain and influence things like bowel movements, perception of pain, and even our mood is a relatively new one. How these two important organs communicate with each other and what it means may help people with GI problems and other health concerns.

Scientists are interested in that link, notes Jay Pasricha, M.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Neurogastroenterology, whose research on the enteric nervous system has garnered international attention. The enteric nervous system doesnt seem capable of thought as we know it, but it communicates back and forth with our big brain with profound results, he says on the John Hopkins website.

This sharing of information between the intestines and the brain has many researchers working on better understanding how our gut health impacts our mental health.

For decades, researchers and doctors thought that anxiety and depression contributed to these problems. But our studies and others show that it may also be the other way around, Pasricha says.

Researchers are uncovering clues that suggest irritation in the gastrointestinal system may be sending signals to the central nervous system (CNS) that trigger mood changes.

These new findings may explain why a higher-than-normal percentage of people with IBS and functional bowel problems develop depression and anxiety, Pasricha says.

Financial administrator Lisa Butts has long had issues with constipation. It is a condition her mother struggled with and one she figures runs in her family. As she came into mid-life, she was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome or IBS, a common disorder that affects the large intestine, causing bloating, stomach upset, diarrhea, and constipation.

The limiting nature of her symptoms unpredictable swings between constipation and diarrhea gradually forced this busy executive to schedule her day around bathroom breaks. She found herself always having to worry about where relief could be found, whether in a grocery store or at the workplace.

Every day, I had to think about my stomach, notes Butts. Whats more, the stress that arose from managing IBS further compounded its symptoms, often leaving Butts feeling anxious and depressed.

It was a European vacation Butts took with her husband in July 2015 that proved to be her wake-up call. Traveling through Italy where she ate a diet heavy in breads and pasta sent her GI tract into overdrive. In addition to the discomfort of abdominal pain and irregularity, shed experienced brain fog, which caused her to lose words. Once home, Butts knew she had to make a change. Her symptoms led to depression and a fear of traveling.

I didnt want to go out anywhere because I didnt know when those episodes would happen, she says. It became a psychological issue. The unpredictability of my stomach issues created a lot of stress.

After doing extensive reading, Butts decided to try a gluten-free diet and made an appointment to see her internist a month later.

When I got off gluten, in six weeks to two months, I was like a different person. I wasnt losing words anymore. It was like someone had opened a curtain and I could see again, she says.

Her internist sent Butts to a gastroenterologist, yet he was dubious initially about the food connection. He listened but he discounted what I had to say, she says. Further testing revealed a bacterial overgrowth in her small intestine (SIBO), a condition treated with antibiotics (she takes an herbal antibiotic) and one shell need to continue to manage. She also did an elimination test called the FODMAPs diet with her dietician to help zero in on specific foods her body cant break down properly, thus contributing to her symptoms.

There are so many things that can effect the gut, says dietician Linda Pennington with Dietician Associates in Germantown. The foods we eat, illness, medication, stress. Since the gastrointestinal tract is the biggest part of the immune system, what we eat can impact our overall wellness, says Pennington.

As a dietician, Pennington helps people identify those foods that might be having a negative impact on their health. Using tools like the elimination FODMAPs diet can help patients better understand the challenges some foods present.

Though it may seem obvious to some, its not a connection everyone makes, observes Mark Corkins, M.D. division chief of pediatric gastroenterology at Le Bonheur Childrens Hospital. He says parents will often bring in a child who drinks Starbucks coffee or pours half a bottle of hot sauce on their food and not understand why theyre complaining of belly pain.

Coffee and spicy foods are stimulants, so that activates the GI tract, he says. Our body gives us clues, and we just want to ignore them.

There is no one diet that fits everybody, says Penningtson. It can be helpful, but we must look at the person as a whole.

Pinpointing how those foods affect the flora (the good bacteria that help our bodies digest food) of the gut and how that is communicated to the brain will take time. There are so many influences: diet, stressors, whats going on in our lives. All of these have input on how the GI tract works. Thats what makes it hard to study, says Corkins. Thats why its so muddy.

But practitioners like Corkins and Pennington believe further research may provide answers and potentially better understanding of the mind-gut connection. In the meantime, both recognize the importance of treating patients holistically, by listening to their stories to better understand not just their symptoms, but what other factors, such as stress and lifestyle choices, may be having on their overall health.

There is no one diet that fits everybody, says Penningtson. It can be helpful, but we must look at the person as a whole.

Today, Butts reports she has good days and bad. But theres no comparison to what it was like. Im not awake thinking about my stomach. Though her IBS issues may never be fully resolved, learning how to manage them better has improved her overall outlook. As research continues, that prognosis may one day prove to be better.

Your body responds to the food you eat every day, whether its by giving you the energy you need or the heartburn you dont. Learn to listen to your gut.

Cut down on processed foods. Our bodies arent designed to metabolize the amount of animal fat, red meat, and highly processed foods our diets consist of today. Think about your daily intake of meat, then reduce the serving size or replace it entirely with poultry, fish, or a vegetable dish. Avoid heavily fried foods. And pledge to eat three servings of fruits and vegetables every day.

Avoid artificial flavorings. These include emulsifiers, artificial sweeteners, and fructose corn syrup, additives the food industry relies heavily on to make products more appetizing. Yes, non-nutrient sweeteners may help on the weight-loss front but their intense sweetness can fool your taste buds into thinking the natural sweetness found in fruits and veggies isnt enough. The upshot? You turn to artificially sweetened foods over natural ones. Read food labels more closely and learn the 54 different names sweeteners go by, then cut them out of your diet for better health.

Get moving. Whether you walk, play a sport, or ride your bike, Doing some sort of daily activity is important, says Dr. Mark Corkins. That helps with your GI health.

Diversify food choices. Do you find yourself reaching for the same handful of foods every day? One way to improve your gut health is to diversify the types of foods you eat. Instead of having toast and coffee for breakfast, why not try peaches with oatmeal? Another easy switch is a half-cup of Greek yogurt with fresh blueberries and almonds, flavored with a dash of cinnamon. Poached eggs are a great nutritional breakfast item, one rich in protein.

Try new ways to prepare vegetables. Many nutritionists believe a plant-based diet is healthier, but if youve still boiling your veggies, youre cooking away their goodness. Roasting broccoli, asparagus, or Brussels sprouts gives these staples a hearty, robust flavor. Spread your vegetables on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, flavor with rosemary and thyme, then roast in a 400-degree oven for 20 minutes until al dente. Another option is to bake a butternut squash. Youll be surprised by its rich, mellow flavor. Sweet potatoes, too, are a vitamin-rich vegetable that dont have to be smothered in marshmallow goo to be tasty. Next time, simply bake one and serve with a dab of butter.

Learn to listen to your gut. Your body responds to the food you eat every day, whether its by giving you the energy you need or the heartburn you dont. Pay attention to how you feel after eating a meal. Gastrointestinal issues such as chronic constipation, gas, or bloating can be an indication that certain foods dont work well with your GI system. Identify what these foods are. For example, garlic and onion can be a digestive problem for some people, dairy or wheat products for others. Know your body and eliminate problem foods from your diet. When food is killing you, thats not living well, says dietician Linda Pennington.

Try relaxation practices like yoga and meditation. Since an unhappy gut can be made worse by stress, try practicing yoga or learning how to meditate. Corkins recently attended a medical conference where two papers presented showed positive evidence that yoga can help with IBS because it teaches people how to focus and relax, he says.

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Hamilton credits diet and routine as he feels ‘fitter than ever’ at 35 – Inside Racing

Posted: January 23, 2020 at 10:42 am

Lewis Hamilton still feels at his peak but accepts age will start to become a factor "at some point".

The six-time world champion is now the second-oldest driver on the grid having celebrated his 35th birthday earlier this month and will enter his 14th Formula 1 season in 2020.

But while a little worried at the prospect of being the grandfather battling it out with the kids, Hamilton insists he doesn't feel that way.

"I need to start paying Kimi [Raikkonen] to stay so Im not the oldest," he joked referring to the now 40-year-old Finn toGQ.

"Luckily, I think hes going to keep going and I dont feel old at all. I feel as young as ever. I feel fit, fitter than ever.

"Everything just works better now, with the experience I have. I dont even think its harder to stay physically in shape, although Im sure that will inevitably tail off at some point."

Certainly, Hamilton's physique isn't showing any signs of age at this point but whereas Michael Schumacher was known for his rigorous workout regiment even during Grand Prix weekend, Lewis admits he is a little more relaxed in his approach.

"Its different for all of us," he explained. "What would work for Michael wont work for me. You always have to find your own way.

"You can easily overload yourself mentally and the mental side is key. Thats something Ive managed to master and the physical side is still very key, too.

"The cars are getting faster and faster and were breaking records, that means the cars are getting more physical with the G-forces we have.

"Bringing a gym to a track doesnt work for me. I dont train during race weekends, it doesnt serve me well, Ive tried in the past.

"Its all about having 100 per cent energy through the race weekend for me. Its not that one does more than the other. Its about how you balance it."

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Also key is diet and as while the pros and cons of Hamilton's veganism have been debated, he claims it is the best move he made.

"Ultimately, you want to feel great," he said. "You want to have energy, to be consistent.

You dont want to have the big oscillations and highs and lows in your energy levels. Veganism has eradicated that.

"But Im always looking at how I can improve. Can my eyesight be better? Can my reactions be improved? Are there new ways of testing my reactions?

The ergonomics in the car... how can I make everything simpler? Theres a multitude of things and Im always trying to raise the bar.

"One of the things was my sleeping pattern and not feeling right in the stomach. Your gut is your second brain," he explained.

"Were taught to drink milk and eat meat for protein and I started looking into other areas of research around all this.

"The first thing was, whats happening to the animals? Secondly, the impact it can have on your body. Thats a free advantage Im going to take. If no one else wants it, well thats their loss."

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