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Is Eating Wheat at the Root of Your Depression?

Is Eating Wheat at the Root of Your Depression?

How ironic it would be for the most prized food of Western culture — wheat — to be at the root of the global epidemic of depression?

The powerful neurotoxic and psychoactive properties of wheat have only recently come to light. For many decades the near exclusive focus was on gluten’s life-altering gastrointestinal adverse effects – once considered exceedingly rare and limited to those with celiac disease.  Only now are we beginning to realize that this “king of grains” is truly a debilitating force in the Western diet that we must go to great lengths to avoid.

Beyond the already 200+ adverse health effects identified in the biomedical literature on this globally popular food’s inherent health damaging properties, a solid body of research also exists linking wheat to schizophreniaacute bouts of maniaautismcerebellar ataxiareduced blood flow to the brainautoimmune neurological issues, and many other neurotoxic reactions. For an exhaustive analysis of the neurotoxicity of wheat visit our Wheat Toxicity page which contains 24 biomedical citations on wheat’s brain- and nerve-damaging properties.

Recently, the holistic psychiatrist Dr. Kelly Brogan, MD, reported on the relationship between gluten consumption and depression in non-celiac disease subjects on her cutting-edge website, commenting on a study published in the journal Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics titled, “Randomised clinical trial: gluten may cause depression in subjects with non-coeliac gluten sensitivity – an exploratory clinical study,” wherein it was clearly revealed thatgluten consumption significantly increases the risk of depression.

The doubled-blind cross over study consisted of twenty-two subjects (24-62 years, five male) with irritable bowel syndrome who tested negative for celiac disease and whose condition was symptomatically controlled on a gluten free diet.

The participants randomly received one of three dietary challenges for 3 days, followed by a minimum 3-day washout before crossing over to the next diet. Their gluten free diet was challenged with either gluten (16 g/day), whey (16 g/day) or not supplemented at all (placebo).  The study end-points included mental state as assessed by the Spielberger State Trait Personality Inventory (STPI), cortisol secretion and gastrointestinal symptoms.

The results of the intervention were reported as follows:

Gluten ingestion was associated with higher overall STPI state depression scores compared to placebo [M = 2.03, 95% CI (0.55-3.51), P = 0.010] but not whey [M = 1.48, 95% CI (-0.14 to 3.10), P = 0.07]. No differences were found for other STPI state indices or for any STPI trait measures. No difference in cortisol secretion was identified between challenges. Gastrointestinal symptoms were induced similarly across all dietary challenges.”

The study concluded:

Short-term exposure to gluten specifically induced current feelings of depression with no effect on other indices or on emotional disposition. Gluten-specific induction of gastrointestinal symptoms was not identified. Such findings might explain why patients with non-coeliac gluten sensitivity feel better on a gluten-free diet despite the continuation of gastrointestinal symptoms.”

Clearly this study indicates that those who consume wheat can expect to suffer from depressive side effects. And why should we be surprised? Wheat is consumed worldwide at the rate of millions of tons. Concurrently, according to the World Health Organization, depression is a major cause of morbidity worldwide. A 2012 Lancet study found that it affects approximately 298 million people as of 2010 (4.3% of the global population). Diet-induced depression, unfortunately, isn’t really on the map of most clinicians. Antidepressant drugs dominate the treatment landscape. According to an article in the theguardian.com, in the US alone, 23.3 million used antidepressant drugs in 2010 – many of which have as a side effect suicidal ideation and a laundry list of serious, if not also life-threatening psychiatric consequences.

What if diet were both the cause and the solution for depression in a great percentage of these drug users?

What if simply declining the consumption of wheat products leads to significant improvement in their “disease”?  Interestingly, a 2012 study published in the journal of Psychosomatic Research titled, “Reduced quality of life in coeliac disease is more strongly associated with depression than gastrointestinal symptoms,” found that even in classical celiac disease patients, it was not the bloating, diarrhea and multitudinous gastrointestinal problems which caused the most suffering, rather, it was their declining quality of life – particularly depression– that they identified to be causing most of their suffering.

To learn more about this article go to:  http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/eating-wheat-root-your-depression?page=1

 

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7 Tricks to Improve Your Memory

Brain Health

It was once believed that brain function peaked during early adulthood and then slowly declined, leading to lapses in memory and brain fog during your golden years.

Now it’s known that our modern lifestyle plays a significant role in contributing to cognitive decline, which is why exposure to toxins, chemicals, poor diet, lack of sleep, stress, and much more can actually hinder the functioning of your brain.

The flipside is also true in that a healthy lifestyle can support your brain health and even encourage your brain to grow new neurons, a process known as neurogenesis.

Your brain’s hippocampus, i.e. the memory center, is especially able to grow new cells and it’s now known that your hippocampus regenerates throughout your entire lifetime (even into your 90s), provided you give it the tools to do so.

These “tools” are primarily lifestyle-based, which is wonderful news. You don’t need an expensive prescription medication or any medical procedure at all to boost your brain, and your memory. You simply must try out the following tricks to improve your memory.

7 Lifestyle-Based Ways to Improve Your Memory

1. Eat Right

The foods you eat – and don’t eat – play a crucial role in your memory. Fresh vegetables are essential, as are healthy fats and avoiding sugar and grain carbohydrates. You can find detailed information about nine foods for brainpower here.

For instance, curry, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, and walnuts contain antioxidants and other compounds that protect your brain health and may even stimulate the production of new brain cells.

Increasing your animal-based omega-3 fat intake and reducing consumption of damaged omega-6 fats (think processed vegetable oils) in order to balance your omega-3 to omega-6 ratio, is also important. I prefer krill oil to fish oil, as krill oil also contains astaxanthin, which not only protects the omega-3 fats from oxidation but also appears to be particularly beneficial for brain health.

Coconut oil is another healthful fat for brain function. According to research by Dr. Mary Newport, just over two tablespoons of coconut oil (about 35 ml or 7 level teaspoons) would supply you with the equivalent of 20 grams of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), which is indicated as either a preventative measure against degenerative neurological diseases, or as a treatment for an already established case.

2. Exercise

Exercise encourages your brain to work at optimum capacity by stimulating nerve cells to multiply, strengthening their interconnections and protecting them from damage.

During exercise nerve cells release proteins known as neurotrophic factors. One in particular, called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), triggers numerous other chemicals that promote neural health, and directly benefits cognitive functions, including learning.

A 2010 study on primates published in Neuroscience also revealed that regular exercise not only improved blood flow to the brain, but also helped the monkeys learn new tasks twice as quickly as non-exercising monkeys.

This is a benefit the researchers believe would hold true for people as well.1In a separate one year-long study, individuals who engaged in exercise were actually growing and expanding the brain’s memory center one to two percent per year, where typically that center would have continued to decline in size.

To get the most out of your workouts, I recommend a comprehensive program that includes high-intensity interval exercise, strength training, stretching, and core work, along with regular intermittent movement.

3. Stop Multitasking

Used for decades to describe the parallel processing abilities of computers, multitasking is now shorthand for the human attempt to do simultaneously as many things as possible, as quickly as possible. Ultimately, multitasking may actually slow you down, make you prone to errors as well as make you forgetful.

Research shows you actually need about eight seconds to commit a piece of information to your memory, so if you’re talking on your phone and carrying in groceries when you put down your car keys, you’re unlikely to remember where you left them.

The opposite of multitasking would be mindfulness, which helps you achieve undistracted focus. Students who took a mindfulness class improved reading comprehension test scores and working memory capacity, as well as experienced fewer distracting thoughts.

If you find yourself trying to complete five tasks at once, stop yourself and focus your attention back to the task at hand. If distracting thoughts enter your head, remind yourself that these are only “projections,” not reality, and allow them to pass by without stressing you out. You can then end your day with a 10- or 15-minute meditation session to help stop your mind from wandering and relax into a restful sleep.

4. Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Research from Harvard indicates that people are 33 percent more likely to infer connections among distantly related ideas after sleeping,  but few realize that their performance has actually improved. Sleep is also known to enhance your memories and help you “practice” and improve your performance of challenging skills. In fact, a single night of sleeping only four to six hours can impact your ability to think clearly the next day.

The process of brain growth, or neuroplasticity, is believed to underlie your brain’s capacity to control behavior, including learning and memory. Plasticity occurs when neurons are stimulated by events, or information, from the environment. However, sleep and sleep loss modify the expression of several genes and gene products that may be important for synaptic plasticity.

Furthermore, certain forms of long-term potentiation, a neural process associated with the laying down of learning and memory, can be elicited in sleep, suggesting synaptic connections are strengthened while you slumber.

As you might suspect, this holds true for infants too, and research shows that naps can give a boost to babies’ brainpower. Specifically, infants who slept in between learning and testing sessions had a better ability to recognize patterns in new information, which signals an important change in memory that plays an essential role in cognitive development. There’s reason to believe this holds true for adults, too, as even among adults, a mid-day nap was found to dramatically boost and restore brainpower.

5. Play Brain Games

If you don’t sufficiently challenge your brain with new, surprising information, it eventually begins to deteriorate. What research into brain plasticity shows us, however, is that by providing your brain with appropriate stimulus, you can counteract this degeneration.

One way to challenge your brain is via ‘brain games,’ which you can play online via Web sites like Lumosity.com. Dr. Michael Merzenich, professor emeritus at the University of California,  has pioneered research in brain plasticity (also called neuroplasticity) for more than 30 years, has also developed a computer-based brain-training program that can help you sharpen a range of skills, from reading and comprehension to improved memorization and more.

The program is called Brain HQ, and the website has many different exercises designed to improve brain function and it also allows you to track and monitor your progress over time. While there are many similar sites on the Web, Brain HQ is one of the oldest and most widely used.

If you decide to try brain games, ideally it would be wise to invest at least 20 minutes a day, but no more than five to seven minutes is to be spent on a specific task. When you spend longer amounts of time on a task, the benefits weaken. According to Dr. Merzenich, the primary benefits occur in the first five or six minutes of the task. The only downside to brain games is that it may become just another “task” you need to fit into an already busy day. If you don’t enjoy brain games, you can also try learning a new skill or hobby (see below).

6. Master a New Skill

Engaging in “purposeful and meaningful activities” stimulates your neurological system, counters the effects of stress-related diseases, reduces the risk of dementia and enhances health and well-being. A key factor necessary for improving your brain function or reversing functional decline is the seriousness of purpose with which you engage in a task. In other words, the task must be important to you, or somehow meaningful or interesting — it must hold your attention.

For instance, one study revealed that craft activities such as quilting and knitting were associated with decreased odds of having mild cognitive impairment.7 Another study, published earlier this year, found that taking part in “cognitively demanding” activities like learning to quilt or take digital photography enhanced memory function in older adults. The key is to find an activity that is mentally stimulating for you. Ideally this should be something that requires your undivided attention and gives you great satisfaction… it should be an activity that you look forward to doing, such as playing a musical instrument, gardening, building model ships, crafting or many others.

7. Try Mnemonic Devices

Mnemonic devices are memory tools to help you remember words, information or concepts. They help you to organize information into an easier-to-remember format. Try:

  • Acronyms (such as PUG for “pick up grapes”)
  • Visualizations (such as imagining a tooth to remember your dentist’s appointment)
  • Rhymes (if you need to remember a name, for instance, think “Shirley’s hair is curly)
  • Chunking, which is breaking up information into smaller “chunks” (such as organizing numbers into the format of a phone number)

3 More Smart Tips for Brainpower

If you’re serious about improving your memory and your cognitive function, you’ll also want to know about these three important variables for brain health.

Vitamin D

Activated vitamin D receptors increase nerve growth in your brain, and researchers have also located metabolic pathways for vitamin D in the hippocampus and cerebellum of the brain, areas that are involved in planning, processing of information, and the formation of new memories. In older adults, research has shown that low vitamin D levels are associated with poorer brain function, and increasing levels may help keep older adults mentally fit. Appropriate sun exposure is all it takes to keep your levels where they need to be for healthy brain function. If this is not an option, a safe tanning bed is the next best alternative, followed by a vitamin D3 supplement.

Intermittent Fasting

Contrary to popular belief, the ideal fuel for your brain is not glucose but ketones, which is the fat that your body mobilizes when you stop feeding it carbs and introduce coconut oil and other sources of healthy fats into your diet. A one-day fast can help your body to “reset” itself, and start to burn fat instead of sugar. Further, it will help you to reduce your overall calorie consumption, which promotes brain cell growth and connectivity.

As part of a healthy lifestyle, however, I prefer an intermittent fasting schedule that simply calls for limiting your eating to a narrower window of time each day. By restricting your eating to a 6-8 hour window, you effectively fast 16-18 hours each day. To learn more, please see this previous intermittent fasting article.

Gut Health

Your gut is your “second brain,” and your gut bacteria transmits information to your brain via the vagus nerve, the tenth cranial nerve that runs from your brain stem into your enteric nervous system (the nervous system of your gastrointestinal tract). There is a close connection between abnormal gut flora and abnormal brain development, and just as you have neurons in your brain, you also have neurons in your gut — including neurons that produce neurotransmitters like serotonin, which is also found in your brain and is linked to mood.

Quite simply, your gut health can impact your brain function, psyche, and behavior, as they are interconnected and interdependent in a number of different ways. In addition to avoiding sugar, one of the best ways to support gut health is to consume beneficial bacteria. You can use a probiotic supplement for this, but I’m particularly fond of using fermented vegetables, because they can deliver extraordinarily high levels of beneficial bacteria. Most people aren’t aware that in a healthy serving of sauerkraut – two to three ounces or so – you’re getting the equivalent of nearly 100 capsules of the highest-potency probiotic you can buy. It’s clearly one of the most cost-effective alternatives.

The Choline-Brain Connection

Choline is an essential nutrient your body makes in small amounts. However, you must consume it through your diet to get enough. In adults, choline helps keep your cell membranes functioning properly, plays a role in nerve communications, prevents the buildup of homocysteine in your blood (elevated levels are linked to heart disease) and reduces chronic inflammation. In pregnant women, choline plays an equally, if not more, important role, helping to prevent certain birth defects, such as spina bifida, and playing a role in brain development.

Prior research has concluded that choline intake during pregnancy “super-charged” the brain activity of animals in utero, indicating that it may boost cognitive function, improve learning and memory, and even diminish age-related memory decline and the brain’s vulnerability to toxins during childhood, as well as conferring protection later in life.

If you’re pregnant, making sure your diet includes plenty of choline-rich foods is important, as research shows higher choline intake led to changes in epigenetic markers in the fetus. Specifically, it affected markers that regulate the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, which controls hormone production and activity. The changes in fetal genetic expression will likely continue into adulthood, where they play a role in disease prevention. Eggs and meat are two of the best dietary sources of choline; if you’re a vegan or vegetarian who does not consume any animal foods, you may be at risk of deficiency and may want to consider supplementation.

To learn more about this article go to: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/04/24/memory-improvement-tricks.aspx

 

 

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The Skin Healing Properties of Black Seed Oil

The Skin Healing Properties of Black Seed Oil

 

The healing properties of black seed (Nigella sativa) oil have been known for thousands of years. It has been used both orally and topically fight disease in many different practices of medicine through-out the ages. In our modern times its actions and efficacy is increasingly backed by solid scientific understanding and an evidence base.

The use of black seed oil to beautify and improve the skin condition is well established; in fact, the famed beauty of Cleopatra is believed to be in part due to her use of black seeds. The oil of the Nigella sativa is packed with valuable components like vitamins A, B, and C, calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc and trace elements providing the necessary nutritive factors for skin recovery and repair. Black seed oil also has a number of useful pharmacological actions which make it a fantastic natural option for treating diseases of the skin.

Black Seed and Psoriasis

Psoriasis is skin condition in which scaly pink plaques appear over the body, these can be sore and itchy and can be a source of embarrassment. The condition is caused by an abnormal immune reaction in the body causing abnormal proliferation of the epidermal layer of skin.

Black seed oil is well recognized to regulate the body’s immune cells (up regulating some and down regulating others), [i] it also enhances the body’s ability to deal with abnormal cell proliferation. [ii]

Traditionally, black seeds have been applied externally for psoriatic skin to manage the general pain and patches of eruption. A recent lab based study examined the effect of nigella sativa seed extract on an animal model of psoriasis, they examined the histological (cellular level)  effects and found that Nigella sativa has anti-psoriatic activity and concluded that the external application is beneficial in the management of psoriasis.[iii]

Black Seed and Eczema

Eczema is a condition characterized by skin inflammation. Itchy, red, patches appear, which can weep and crust. It commonly affects around joints and the mainstay of treatment is with moisturizers and steroid creams. In severe cases systemic immunosuppression is needed.

Black seed oil has fantastic emollient properties, forming a non-greasy film and providing nutritive factors the skin needs. A clinical trial which compared the effects of Nigella sativa oil applied twice daily compared to a conventional steroid cream (Betamethasone) for hand eczema found both to be equally effective in reducing symptoms.[iv] The clear benefit of black seed oil over steroid use is its lack of side effects.

Fungal infections

In addition to fighting bacteria that causes acne, black seed oil also fights fungus. Black seed oil has proven anti-fungal effects against the common skin fungal infectious organisms (dermatophytes) which cause conditions like fungal nail infections, athlete’s foot, jock itch, and ringworm. [v]

Acne

Acne is a multifactorial condition which commonly affects teenagers however can persist into adulthood. It can result in disfiguring scarring. A number of factors are thought to contribute to the disease including hormonal, dietary, localized skin inflammatory response and infections.

Black seed oil has several properties which can reduce the symptoms of acne including anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative effects. The nutritive factors in the oil can also help in repair and regeneration of damaged skin. Black seed oil is also a natural anti-histamine ideal for treating for skin conditions related to allergy.

Black Seed and Skin Cancers

Cancer occurs when cells become abnormal and replicate in an uncontrolled way. The cells which make up the layers of skin are the most highly exposed in the body and hence skin cancer is one of the most common forms of human cancer. Globally, approximately one million new cases occur annually and this is increasing year on year. The two most common forms of skin cancer arebasal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, in both of these prolonged ultraviolet light exposure is a risk major factor.

Nigella sativa has been proven to have a range of anti-cancer effects against many different abnormal cell types. [vi] Specific effects against skin cancer cells have been demonstrated.

Squamous cell carcinomas affect the epidermal layer of the skin; they can spread and invade surrounding tissues. Nigella sativa extract has been found to be effective against squamous cell carcinoma cells in vitro (using human skin cancer cells cultured cells in a lab), the study found that the active anti-cancer extract from black seeds (Thymoquinone) inhibits cell proliferation and induces apoptosis in squamous cell carcinoma. The authors conclude that Thymoquinone is a potential antineoplastic therapy in this common skin cancer.

Benefits of Black Seed Oil for Skin Complexion

The powerful anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and nutritive properties of black seed oil can help to restore the natural health and vitality of skin. The oil can be taken orally or applied and massaged directly into the skin. The rich array of oils provides deep skin moisturization. Additionally vitamin A, amino acids and fatty acids work together to help skin regeneration.

It is difficult to fully describe the way black seed oil works in a single article; Nigella sativa is a truly magical plant with complex properties we are just beginning to understand.

To learn more about this article go to: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/skin-healing-properties-black-seed-oil?page=1

 

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How Risky Is Your Sleep Schedule?

How Risky Is Your Sleep Schedule?

 

Are you a night owl?  Do you work the night shift?  Do you have trouble getting to sleep or sleeping through the night?  If so, your biggest worry isn’t dragging yourself through the next day.  You may also be at significantly higher risk of gaining weight, and developing metabolic syndrome and diabetes.

In a comprehensive review of sleep and metabolism studies published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, German researchers noted that sleep loss has been rising at epidemic rates in our society.  The increase parallels the rise in obesity, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes throughout the world.  Epidemiological studies clearly point to a link between those conditions and short sleep duration, sleep disturbances and sleeping at the wrong times.

Sleep Loss Increases Risk of Metabolic Syndrome

The researchers noted that data from the Adult Health and Behavior Project registry, including 1,214 Americans aged 30—54 years, showed a clear association between short sleep duration and an increased prevalence of metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome is usually defined as a cluster of metabolic disturbances including belly fat, impaired glucose metabolism, and high blood pressure.  All of those factors increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality.

In the Adult Health study, 22% of participants developed metabolic syndrome.  But those who slept only 6-7 hours per night had a 48% increased rate of developing the condition.  Those who slept less than 6 hours had an 83% increased rate.

The quality of your sleep also matters.  In a study of women aged 46—57 years, those who woke intermittently and were awake cumulatively for a long time during the night had a 40% higher rate of metabolic syndrome. And if you work at night, several large cohort studies show you may have increased odds of developing metabolic syndrome.  In one study of 1,811 employees of an airline, night shift workers were 2.3 times more likely to have metabolic syndrome than regular daytime workers.

Lack of Sleep Increases Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes

A meta-analysis of 17 studies with more than 600,000 participants, clearly established a link between short sleep duration and increased bodyweight and obesity.  People who got 5 hours or less of sleep at night had a 55% greater likelihood of developing obesity compared to regular sleepers.

In the first National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES I) of 9000 Americans researchers found a strong association between short sleep duration and type 2 diabetes.[v] Participants sleeping less than 5 hours per night had a 57% increased risk for type 2 diabetes.

Another meta-analysis confirmed that having difficulty going to sleep raised diabetes risk by 57%, and difficulty staying asleep through the night raised risk by 84%. Lack of sleep seems to impair your body’s ability to metabolize sugar.  In one study researchers restricted the sleep of 11 healthy young men (aged 18—27 years) to 4 hours for six consecutive nights. Sleep restriction was associated with impaired glucose tolerance and reduced insulin response.

Less sleep can lead to more eating.  In a study in adolescents, those sleeping only 6.3 hours consumed foods higher on the glycemic index, including more sweets and desserts compared to those sleeping 8.9 hours.

And your sleep habits could be sabotaging your weight loss efforts.  In a study published in theAnnals of Internal Medicine, dieters who got a full night’s sleep lost 55% more body fat than those who cut back on sleep. When dieters got two to three hours less sleep, they felt hungrier and produced higher levels of the hormone ghrelin which triggers hunger, increases fat retention and reduces energy expenditures.

When you sleep also matters.  In a study published in the Journal Obesity researchers from Northwestern Medicine found people who go to bed late and sleep late eat more calories in the evening, more fast food, and fewer fruits and vegetables.  They also weigh more than people who go to sleep earlier and wake up earlier. The authors found the extra daily calories can mean a weight gain of about two pounds per month.

 

In the study late sleepers went to sleep at an average time of 3:45 a.m., awoke by 10:45 a.m., ate breakfast at noon, lunch at 2:30 p.m., dinner at 8:15 p.m. and a final meal at 10 p.m. Normal sleepers on average were up by 8 a.m., ate breakfast by 9 a.m., lunch at 1 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., a last snack at 8:30 p.m. and were asleep by 12:30 a.m.

Insufficient Sleep Raises Risk of Hypertension and Death

In the Nurses Health Studies I and II investigators assessed data from more than 70,000 women.  They found those who slept less than 5 hours per night had a 19% increased risk of hypertension compared to those getting 7 hours of shuteye.

Another meta-analysis of 11 prospective studies concluded the risk of hypertension was also increased 20% by disturbed sleep, and 14% by early-morning awakening.

All of that adds up to a shorter life.  A meta-analysis of 16 prospective studies and 1,382,999 participants showed that less than 7 hours of sleep per night was associated with a 12% increased risk of death.  But more is not necessarily better.  Getting more than 8 hours of sleep per night was associated with a 30% increased risk of death.

How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep

The message from these studies is clear. The quantity and quality of your sleep can powerfully affect your metabolism, your weight, your risk of diabetes and heart disease, as well as your lifespan.

Here are some natural tips for a restful night without prescription sleep aids:

1. Be in bed by 9:30 pm and lights out by 10:30 pm at the latest.

2. Don’t drink or eat anything after 7:30 pm so that your sleep is not disturbed by bathroom visits.

3. Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed.

4.  Eat foods rich in natural melatonin.

5. Make your bedroom a sanctuary with no television, computer or briefcase allowed.

6. Keep your bedroom dark to get a better, deeper sleep.

7. Don’t overheat your bedroom and open a window for fresh air if possible.

8. Relax for an hour or two before bed without work, computers or TV.

Come check out this article to learn more about it at: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/how-risky-your-sleep-schedule?page=1

 

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Regular And Decaf Coffee Both Lower Diabetes Risk

Regular And Decaf Coffee Both Lower Diabetes Risk

Lots of studies have looked at the question of whether coffee drinkers are less likely to develop diabetes.  The short answer is yes they are.

But the question remains, why does coffee seem to lower diabetes risk?  Is it the caffeine?

Researchers from Harvard wanted to know the answer.  They conducted a meta-analysis of 28 prospective studies of coffee with 1,109,272 participants.  Follow-up ranged from 10 months to 20 years.

Their results published in the American Diabetes Association journal Diabetes Care confirmed that drinking coffee was inversely associated with the risk of type 2 diabetes.  And it’s dose dependent.  The more you drink, the lower the risk.  For one cup a day the relative risk dropped to 92%; for three cups a day, to 79%; and for six cups a day it dropped to 67%.

But the researchers also concluded that it doesn’t matter whether your coffee is decaf or high test.  You get the benefits either way.  That seems to indicate that it’s not caffeine’s impact on insulin levels that makes the difference.  Instead, the researchers suggested that other compounds in coffee like polyphenols may be responsible for coffee’s health benefits.

The results are consistent with an earlier prospective cohort study from Harvard researchersthat included 88,259 U.S. women from the Nurses’ Health Study II.  That study concluded that very high consumption was not required to realize coffee’s health benefits.  Their results suggested that drinking just two or more cups per day was associated with a lower diabetes risk.

Other research indicates drinking coffee kills pain, lifts mood, and sharpens the mind.  Drinking decaf coffee may help reduce diabetes risk and bestow additional health benefits while avoiding some of the potential adverse effects of caffeine like the jitters and inability to sleep.

Caffeine is a form of natural pest control protecting the coffee plant from bugs with its bitter taste. A typical cup of regular coffee contains about 100 milligrams of caffeine.

You probably know by now that even coffee advertised as decaf contains caffeine. The general rule of thumb is that the decaffeination process removes from 94 to 99% of the caffeine.  So you should expect your cup of decaf to provide one to six milligrams of caffeine per cup.

Although coffee is considered a psychoactive drug, it is not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  There’s currently no requirement to disclose caffeine amounts in coffee or other products.

Coffee labeled or sold as “decaffeinated” may contain anywhere between 2 and 13 milligrams of caffeine. A tall decaf Starbucks can have up to 20 milligrams.  So if you are particularly sensitive, beware.

To learn more about this article go to: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/regular-and-decaf-coffee-both-lower-diabetes-risk

 

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