Telomeres and Longevity

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Eating to extend the life of your telomeres is an important part of the anti-aging process. Telomeres are the tiny strands of DNA that shorten over time because of poor dietary choices (lack of veggies and fruit), inflammation, and everyday stress. Research has shown that reducing cellular inflammation can dramatically slow the shortening of telomeres. Diet plays a huge role in reducing inflammation and should be a top priority. Specific nutrients essential to extending life provide the necessary building blocks to support DNA health and extend your natural lifespan.

Eat Foods That Extend Life!

Folate has always been overlooked in its role in Longevity and anti-aging. Researchers reporting in The Journal of Nutrition found that men with the highest levels of folate in their blood have the longest telomeres when compared to those with the lowest levels. Along with a diet higher in folate, you may want to supplement your diet with quality vitamin B12 and the entire B-vitamin family which is also associated with having longer telomeres. Sulfur-rich proteins that come from nuts and seeds are also important in having good telomere health.

Most adults in the United States is mineral-deficient. Independent research projects have come to the conclusion that the minerals zinc and magnesium are needed to complete the DNA sequencing process during the creation of cells. Not having these nutrients can lead to shortening of the telomeres and acceleration of the aging process. A shortage in the diet of trace minerals can speed the aging process significantly. Plant source trace minerals can be found at any reputable supplement store.

Vitamin C has been shown to slow the shortening of telomeres in endothelial cells, which can be very important in slowing or even preventing cardiovascular disease. Vitamin E tocotrienols have been shown to restore the length of telomeres while reducing DNA damage, making it possible for a nutrient to reverse the shortening of telomeres and reverse an underlying cause of aging.

There is no mysterious secret to longevity. Anyone one who eats a diet high in an abundant variety of veggies and a wide assortment of fruits can slow the shortening of telomeres. There was a study of 30 men with prostate cancer who were asked to adopt healthier lifestyles, including a low-fat, plant-based diet. The researchers found that the addition of a healthy lifestyle increased telomerase activity significantly. Refined sugars/starches and the high consumption of processed fats and oils do nothing positive for the health of telomeres and can speed the shortening process. Eat lots of veggies daily to help extend longevity

Randy Powell, Eating-veggies.com

 

 

 

Can There Be a Low-Fat Cure for Type 2 Diabetes?

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 There are millions of people in America who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and tens of millions more who will develop it soon. The medical community teaches us to control blood sugar through diet and medicine. This helps slow the progression of the disease and the damage that it will eventually do. But the cause of the disease may be more directly linked to the high consumption of fat (especially refined fats). High blood sugar is just the major symptom of the disease.

Dr. Neal Barnard has been a leader in the research done on a low-fat diet and its effects on Type 2 diabetes. Time after time, study after study has shown that eating a low-fat, vegan diet ALWAYS reversed overall blood sugar numbers significantly and ALWAYS outperformed the diet suggested by the American Diabetes Association. The plan is simple to follow. I have a quick outline below.

For more info, you can search “Neal Barnard, type 2 diabetes”.

Avoid Animal Products

Animal products contain fat, especially saturated fat, which may be linked to heart disease, insulin resistance, and certain forms of cancer. These products also contain cholesterol and, of course, animal protein. Diets high in animal protein can irritate kidney problems. Animal products DO NOT provide fiber or healthful carbohydrates. A vegan diet is one that contains NO animal products. Zero. None. So, you’ll want to avoid red meat, poultry, fish and all sea animals, dairy products, and eggs.

Don’t Eat Added Vegetable Oils or any High-Fat Foods

We eat WAY TOO MUCH fat. All fats and oils are highly concentrated in calories. A gram of any fat or oil contains nine calories, compared with only four calories for a gram of carbohydrate. High consumption of fats disrupts your ability to burn sugar and also screws with your pancreas. Here’s what you gotta do to reverse the disease: No refined oils, margarine, or vegetable spreads. Avoid foods fried in oil. Don’t eat olives, avocados, and peanut butter because of the high-fat content that these foods contain. Aim for no more than 2–3 grams of fat per serving of food. 

Eat Foods That Score Low on the Glycemic Index

 The glycemic index rank how fast foods spike blood sugar levels. This handy tool allows you to favor foods that have much less effect on blood sugar. High-glycemic-index foods include white sugar, white potatoes, most wheat flour products, and white rice. 

Eat More Than Your Share of Fiber
Some experts say that you should aim for 40 grams of fiber a day. Load up on beans, vegetables, and fruits. Choose whole grains (try barley, oats, quinoa, millet, 100% whole-wheat pasta). Aim for at least 3 grams per serving on food labels and at least 10 grams per meal. 

 

Make these foods the bulk of your diet

Grains: whole wheat pasta, rice, high-fiber cereals, corn, oatmeal, couscous, bulgur wheat, millet, barley, rye.

Legumes: beans (black, pinto, kidney, garbanzo, white, etc.), peas, split peas, lentils 

Fruits: All, except avocados and olives. Bananas, apples, grapes, pears, peaches, oranges, melons, grapefruit, kiwi and berries are all good choices. Eat an assorted abundance. 

Vegetables: all, except white potatoes. Eat a wide variety. Examples include tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, kale, collards, squash, green beans, bok choy, sweet potatoes, and artichokes.

Vegan Dirty Rice 

Stuff you need:

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

  • 1 large white or red onion, cut into long thin strips

  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into long thin strips

  • 1 cup of pitted cherries

  • 1.5 cup cooked chickpeas or other beans

  • 4 cups cooked brown rice

  • Sea salt to taste

Here’s What to do:

  • Place onions and bell peppers into a bowl; toss until well coated, cover and allow it to marinate for 30-60 minutes.

  • Pit cherries and cut into quarters. (watch your fingers!)

  • In a large bowl combine warm brown rice, beans and toss with seasoning

  • Add marinated veggies with the vinegar mixture and cherries

  • Salt to taste

  • Serve with your favorite salad

People in the United Staes eat more fat now than they ever had and a very high percentage of it is refined fats and oils. This would make sense with the rise of Type 2 diabetes in the last couple of decades. Processed baked goods and deep-fried foods are a large contributor to the problem because they are convenient and quick to obtain. America loves fast foods! Eat an assorted abundance of Alkaline veggies and fruits every day!

Randy Powell, Eating-Veggies.com

Dairy Milk May Be Unhealthy

I know you’ve heard it before. Don’t drink cow’s milk because it isn’t healthy for humans. Memories of cold cereal in the morning and that glass of milk when I got home from school are still fresh in my memory. Yet its kind of hard to ignore the facts that are being shoved in my face daily about dairy products contributing to inflammation and Heart disease. A strong argument in favor of animal fats not being responsible for heart disease is being discussed but for now, I’m leaning away from dairy products.

With alternative milk choices being sold everywhere, choosing a plant-based milk substitute is getting easier and easier. Please make an educated choice and see what works best for your body. Learn more about the good and the bad of drinking the milk of another species of animal. The following article was written by Amanda Froelich of Trueactivist.com. It explains in plain language why you must eliminate dairy from your diet and why. I hope you learn and enjoy! 

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How The Dairy Industry Tricked Humans Into Believing They Need Milk [Watch]

ByAmanda Froelich


Despite the fact that one can get their daily recommendation of calcium, potassium, and protein from fruits and vegetables, the dairy industry has spent billions of dollars to convince consumers otherwise.

Got Milk? We sure hope not. Despite being a somewhat tasty addition to coffee, tea, and delectable treats, the ingredient – when pasteurized – is highly toxic to the human body. In fact, physicians such as Dr. Willet, who has conducted many studies and reviewed the research on the topic, believe milk to be more of a detriment to the human body than an aid.

This is because despite popular belief, the food has never been shown to reduce fracture risk. In fact, according to the Nurses’ Health Study, dairy may increase risk of fractures by 50%! This concerning finding is supported by the fact that countries with lowest rates of dairy and calcium consumption (like those in Africa and Asia) have the lowest rates of osteoporosis.

Considering that approximately 3/4 of the world’s population is unable to digest milk and other dairy products, it seems clear the food is not an ideal substance for consumption. However, the average consumer doesn’t know this. From celebrity endorsements to advertisements by the dairy industry, most have been taught to believe that dairy is an ideal food for optimum health.

Because there’s so much misinformation surrounding the subject, Vox recently created a video which illustrates the facade of the dairy industry. One of the points made is that despite the fact that consumers can get the daily recommendation of calcium, potassium, and protein from fruits and vegetables, the dairy industry has spent billions of dollars to convince the populace otherwise.

If you were taught that one must drink milk to grow up “big and strong,” you’re not alone. However, now is the time to get educated on the facts.


Because milk is very mucus-forming in the human body, it is believed to contribute to allergies, ear infections, Type 1 diabetes, anemia, and even constipation. In addition, the food may contribute to various types of cancers as consumption of the product increases the body’s level of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1).

The good news is that there are plenty of tasty, creamy dairy alternatives that are not only easy-to-make, they’re affordable. ‘Milks’ from rice, almonds, cashew, hemp, and even coconut can be found in most grocery stores, and some companies even sell dairy-free ice cream – such as Ben & Jerry’s! In fact, the non-dairy milk market has surged within the past few years. Almond milk sales, in particular, have increased by 250 percent from 2000-2015 to almost $895 million.


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I’m sure you have heard the phrase “you are not a baby cow” when being told that you shouldn’t drink cow’s milk. It is true. This milk in its raw form is designed to supply the nutrients for a 65-pound newborn calf that will grow to be over 1200 pounds. Be careful what you feed your children. Making the wrong choices may be putting the future of their health in jeopardy. Use plant-based foods for your calcium needs. 

Randy Powell, Eating-Veggies.com

Lower Your Insulin Levels for Blood Sugar Control

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  Much of the food produced today is processed or refined and tends to lead to many health problems for many people. Blood sugar control is a huge problem for most of the modern world. You can make changes in your diet that can help you better control blood sugar levels and remove excess insulin. If you make better food choices, you will teach your body to control insulin levels and less insulin will be needed to feed your cells.

  You can achieve this by resetting your metabolism and lowering the levels of insulin in your body.  To do this, you have to eliminate the things that are knocking you out of balance and provide your body the things it needs to re-establish optimal balance and thrive.

Many fruits and vegetables are healing to the body if eaten regularly.

Here are a few things you might want to try:

  1.   Stop eating wheat flour and processed sugar products especially high-fructose corn syrup. Wheat flour is probably the ONE food that Americans eat the most that raises their blood sugar levels.
  2.   Drink water. It is all you need for your hydration. Everything else just adds sugar that spikes blood glucose (sugar) and insulin levels even more.
  3.   Stop eating fake fats. Processed or refined fats are no longer natural fats and should not be eaten. They promote inflammation in the body. They enemy here are classified as Omega 6 fats.
  4. You can slow the rate of sugar absorption by eating your meals with healthy proteins (nuts, seeds, beans and organic meats if you eat animals) and healthy fats (avocados, extra virgin olive oil, nuts and seeds).
  5.   Eat plenty of high fiber foods every day. If you are eating a diet high in veggies and fruits, this won’t be a problem. Consume a wide variety of whole veggies to get plenty of fiber.
  6. The human body operates better when fed small nutrient-dense meals throughout the day. Eat quality food at every meal. Instead of eating three meals, try eating five or six small meals spread throughout the day.
  7.   Eating more omega 3 fats can help repair cell membranes by making more good fats available. Your body only uses poor quality fats for cell repair when it has no choice.
  8. Exercise enhances your ability to respond to insulin better and burn blood sugar easier. Exercise is the best way that you can enhance your ability to burn blood sugar.
  9.   Many people who have a metabolic problem also consume very few quality minerals on a daily basis. Plant-derived minerals such as chromium, vanadium, iron, magnesium, zinc, bioflavonoids and phytonutrients play an important part in keeping your metabolism working efficientlyThere are many ways to create a healthy plant based salad.

     Removing excess insulin from your body is the first step to take toward healing your blood sugar problem. Eating to keep insulin levels from doing damage will also keep your blood sugar under control. Removing foods that cause your body huge insulin releases need to be eliminated if you want to begin reversing your blood sugar problems. I have found that referring to a Glycemic index chart is effective as I avoid eating carbohydrate foods that score 50 or higher. This works great for me. Improve Type 2 diabetes with a diet high in Alkaline foods 

Randy Powell, Eating-Veggies.com

 

POPULAR FOOD MYTHS (PART 2)

#2. Genetically Modified Wheat Causes Obesity

 The Misconception:

If you’re one who keeps up with the latest diet trends, then you know a new villain has emerged to take its place among the ranks of trans fat and high-fructose corn syrup as the prime culprit behind America’s fatassness epidemic: wheat. Specifically, the genetically modified Frankenstein wheat your grocery store is trying to pass off as food.

Yes, thanks to years of being selectively bred for things like increasing crop yields and better disease-resistance, today’s amber waves of grain have gone from wholesome to homicidal, not only decreasing a person’s lifespan by exponentially increasing his or her surface area, but also exacerbating medical conditions ranging from arthritis to irritable bowel syndrome.

If those dangers sound overblown, you’re right. If you’re wondering who’s behind it, well …

The Guy You Can Thank for It:

Dr. William Davis.

Davis is the disappointingly robotless Bolivar Trask of the diet world: one man willing to make a stand against the murderous mutants lurking in our midst. His ludicrously named book Wheat Belly has reached seven-digit sales numbers and spent dozens of weeks on The New York Times best-sellers list, and for good reason — it’s packed with painstaking, abundantly backed research revealing that wheat literally addicts you to eating, that the extra genetic components of contemporary wheat are transforming us all into walking skin-sacks of inefficacy, and that the cure for our national health woes is the complete elimination of wheat from our diet.

Actually, that description is being way too generous — most of his “research” is based on his own personal observations and anecdotal evidence, meaning that the good doctor claims to have personally observed dramatic improvements in his patient population after putting them on a diet of his own design (now available for the low, low price of $16.99). Seems legit.

The wonky lynchpin of Davis’ theory is that when a person digests wheat, a specific variety of peptide is produced. These wheat peptides then interact with the body’s opioid receptors (the same receptors that narcotics bind to), turning us all into honest-to-goodness wheat junkies. And, no different from when a human body becomes addicted to more nefarious substances, a veritable cascade of unhealthiness ensues.

Now, to be fair, in an article published in Cereal Foods World, Dr. Julie Jones compared his claims against currently available scientific data and found that about half of what he says is pretty much spot-on. Unfortunately, it’s the more fantastical half that Dr. Davis yanked straight out of his wheat-free (and, as a result, admittedly svelte) rear end.

And while we’re on the subject of diet advice you got from your yoga instructor …

#1. You Need Yogurt (and “Probiotics”) to Fix Your Poop

The Misconception:

At some point, the world decided that you should be able to set your watch by when and how often you poop. And then the world decided that no one wears watches anymore because it’s not fucking 1985, but you get our point: if you’re not popping a squat twice a day, every day, then you’re simply not normal, and you’re in need of fixing.

Enter probiotics, and the wonders that probiotic-infused yogurt can do for Jamie Lee Curtis’s poop chute, and presumably yours. What’s that you say? You never, ever, not once in a million years needed to know the intimate details of how often the Halloween lady drops a long, healthy deuce? Well …

The Guy You Can Thank for It:

Elie Metchnikoff.

Metchnikoff was a Nobel prize-winning, Russian zoologist who had a serious bone to pick with the human colon — he thought of it as a reservoir for all manner of rotting, malady-inflicting nastiness — as well as a serious hankering for some delicious yogurt.

See, Metchnikoff had spent a goodly amount of time observing mountain peasants in Bulgaria that were known for their long lifespans. He credited their longevity to their tendency to drink fermented milk products and, as a direct result, consume buttloads of bacteria that kept their colons squeaky clean. His claims kicked off a new craze in Europe in which slurping spoiled milk became fashionable and, though they didn’t have the fancy name for it yet, the probiotics craze was born.

Our fascination with probiotics may ebb and flow throughout the years, but it never completely dies out. Those Jamie Lee Curtis ads we mentioned? They were pretty much phased out after Dannon reached a $21 million settlement with the FTC because the ads were, perhaps fittingly, chock-full of shit. Also, in stark contrast to the European obsession with yogurt that happened during Metchnikoff’s lifetime, the European Food Safety Authority has ruled that, unless you’re suffering from some kind of specific gut malfunction, the benefits of probiotics are a big ol’ nil. Yet if you do a Google search for “probiotics” right now, you’ll find approximately a gajillion results for everything from drinkable versions to pill versions to suppositories. No shit.

Jason is an editor for Cracked. His Facebook page is unabashedly unhealthy.

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Hope you enjoyed the article. 

Randy Powell, Eating-veggies.com 

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 There is a lot of nutritional information out there that is misleading or just outright “not true”. And then there is information that seems to work but isn’t endorsed by the medical community. What you can do is empower yourself with the ability to do a little research and choose for yourself what may work best for you. I tend to recommend everyone eat a diet very high in an abundance of veggies and fruits. I am not a medical expert, but I know what works for me. For some people, eating a grain-free high veggie diet may not satisfy them at some level so they will look for help elsewhere. 

 I am featuring an article this week that is eye-opening and full of useful information. I discovered this at CRACKED.COM and found it interesting. I hope you do to.

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5 BS Health Myths People Still Believe (Thanks to One Guy)

By R. Jason Benson, Joseph Joyce, Charles Angstrom

 If you woke up tomorrow and decided to switch to a perfectly healthy diet, your first step would be to try to find out what that actually is. At that point you’ll quickly find yourself in a shitstorm of conflicting information about what “science” says is good for you. The reason we haven’t solved problems like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes is because there’s still lots we don’t know about how the body interacts with food.

 So the problem becomes that it’s really hard to tell the difference between what is actual scientific consensus versus, say, a theory proposed by some random dude selling a cookbook. After all, it only took one high-profile “expert” to convince millions of people that …

#5. Salt Causes High Blood Pressure

 If you ask your parents (or maybe your grandparents, depending on how much of a whippersnapper you happen to be), there was once a time when salt was a glorious thing, enjoyed by the masses in wondrous abandon. If you went out to a nice restaurant, your entree was salt with a side of steak, and your dessert was a pack of unfiltered Camels. It was truly a magical era. 

 Then, sometime in the latter part of the 20th century, that all changed. Suddenly, science figured out that salt was a crystalline boogeyman stiffening our arteries and causing our blood pressure to rise to literally vein-popping levels. Dinner would never be the same, and it was all based on some pretty flimsy-ass science.

The Guy You Can Thank for It:

Lewis Dahl.

 The suggestion of a possible link between salt and high blood pressure had been floating around since 1904, but the theory didn’t really hit the mainstream until the 1970s, when Dahl from Brookhaven National Laboratory announced that he had discovered “unequivocal” evidence that salt caused hypertension. What exactly was said unequivocal evidence? Pretty simple, really: by giving some rats a daily dose of salt, he had induced high blood pressure.

 By 1976, the president of Tufts University, Jean Mayer, was labeling salt “the most dangerous food additive of all.” The U.S. Senate was recommending that Americans reduce the salt in their diets by as much as 85 percent. The New York Times was blaming salt for “high blood pressure, heart and kidney disease, and stroke.” Salt apparently wasn’t satisfied with some measly high blood pressure — it had become food evil incarnate, haunting our entire freaking anatomy.

 There was just one slight problem. You see, in order to induce high blood pressure in those aforementioned rats, Dahl had pumped them full of … hang on, let us grab our calculator real quick … almost 15,000 percent more sodium than the average American’s consumption. Countless more recent studies have utterly failed to back up the relationship between salt intake and high blood pressure. Not only that, but it turns out that we actually need salt to, you know, live. Mothers unnecessarily restricting the salt intake of their young children have even sent them into shock or, holy shit, outright killed them. 

 The truth is that science is still trying to figure out what causes high blood pressure — maybe it is salt for some people, or just certain types of salt. But there’s a reason we get a new “stop eating ________!” warning every few years or so — food science is complicated as shit. It’s hard to figure out what problems are caused by diet versus genetics, or any of the billion other environmental factors that can slowly murder you behind your back. And the biggest mistake you can make is to declare one part of your diet to be The Bad Guy and just ignore everything else.

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How can an Alkaline Diet Cure Cancer?

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The biggest of all controversies related to the Alkaline diet is if it cures Cancer. There are cases where someone with cancer made certain dietary changes and it helped heal their cancer. These cases number in the thousands and the changes in diet may have only “helped” the medical procedures to become even more effective. But to say that the Alkaline style of eating can cure cancer, well I have to say no.

A diet high in lots of veggies and some fruit can greatly enhance the healing power of the Immune system. It can also be a very big help in preventing or at least, lowering your odds of developing the disease.

Eating a diet high in vegetables can enhance health.

 Eating an Alkaline diet is good but you may want to be cautious with fruit if you have cancer. Fruit sugar (fructose) is known to speed up the growth of cancerous cells which means you should keep it to a minimum. Keeping sugar and starches to a low percentage is important when fighting cancer growth.

 Acid-forming foods such as wheat, rice and corn should be limited to less than 10% of your diet so not to give cancer tumors the excess sugars that they need to grow. Some researchers say that you shouldn’t eat these sugar sources at all. It is always best to discuss any questions with your healthcare provider to see how it can help your current treatment.

  The Alkaline diet involves eating a diet of 60-80% alkaline-forming foods such as most fresh fruits, vegetables, roots, some nuts, and legumes while restricting the amount of acid-producing foods you eat. Acid-forming foods such as meat, grains and dairy products should be kept to a minimum.

 There are certain types of vegetables such as the cruciferous family of veggies, that are nutrient-dense and contain Cancer fighting phytonutrients, according to the National Cancer Institute. These vegetables include popular favorites such as broccoli, turnips, brussels sprouts, kale, collards, arugula, cabbage, bok choy. and cauliflower. 

Broccoli is a very nutritious food.

 The best thing to do is to eat an abundance of different veggies every day and there will be no question if you are eating enough veggies to “cancer-proof” your body. Lower your odds of developing cancer by eating a diet high in veggies daily.

Randy Powell, Eating-Veggies.com

 

 

 

The End of the Alkaline Diet Controversy?

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I am amazed at how many people miss the point on the way that an Alkaline diet actually works. I guess its just human to make a situation more complicated than it really has to be. You don’t have to measure your pH every few hours or become so concerned about avoiding ALL acid-forming foods to the point where eating becomes a chore, That’s not what this is all about. The Alkaline diet DOES NOT change your pH in your body. That is not why you should be eating this way. Your body handles its pH balance without your help. Vegetables Eating a diet of 60-80% Alkaline-forming foods is a diet that consist of eating a wide variety of vegetables and fruits every day. Most vegetables and fruits are alkaline but check out an alkaline food chart to see which ones are acid-forming. Everyone knows that you are eating healthy when you are eating this many plant foods daily so why all the fuss about it NOT having benefits. The truth is… we are better off eating this way to prevent disease. Most vegetables and fruits contain phytonutrients that are essential to our immune defense and should be a part of any nutrient dense diet.

An Alkaline eating style doesn’t mean that you can’t eat acid-forming foods like meat or dairy. That is your own personal choice and you have the freedom to make your own dietary choices. But as long as the majority of your diet consist of an abundant assortment of fruit and vegetables then you will probably become healthier than most of your friends and family! This is what is great about the freedom of eating Alkaline foods consistently. You don’t have to eliminate any particular food group unless YOU choose to. Keeping your Alkaline food intake between 60% – 80% leaves you room for that slice of apple pie or chocolate cake. Eat most of your daily diet as Alkaline foods

Randy Powell, Eating-Veggies.com

Low Starch/Sugar or Low Fats for Better Blood Sugar Control?

 I keep hearing people arguing back and forth about the best way to reverse Type 2 Diabetes or prevent prediabetes. Most say to cut back or eliminate grains and sugars from the diet. Grains mean wheat, rice, barley, rye and corn. This does drastically lower your blood sugar levels but does it help to “heal” the problem? Maybe less need for insulin from the pancreas may help the cells to become more receptive to insulin when your body really needs it. Again, this is one side of many arguments that I have read. For many people, this works great and is very effective in keeping glucose levels under control. Grain-free and regular exercise is a good way to burn the excess fat that came from irresponsible eating.

  The other side of the topic feels that is better to remove processed oils and animal fats from the diet. This would require becoming a vegan. A diet of animal protein and animal fats interfere with the cell’s ability to accept insulin, thus leaving much sugar to build up in the blood. Processed oils just are not natural and should be avoided no matter if you are T2 diabetic or not. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine(PCRM) has tested their research against the standard type 2 diabetes diet recommended by the American Diabetes Association and most doctors. The vegan diet worked more effectively than the standard diabetes diet! READ MORE HERE.

  It never hurts to actually do your own research to see for yourself which Type 2 diabetic diet works best for you. And you don’t have to have T2 diabetes to adopt one of these eating styles. Taking responsibility for your future health starts NOW! The damage done to your metabolism was starting when you were young, eating all those kids meals, milkshakes and burgers as a teen. Sugary soft drinks and everything deep-fried is just the American way of life and because of this we have a Type 2 Diabetes epidemic that is rolling out of control. Unless we make a major change in our way of eating, we ALL are gonna need Healthcare insurance. Replace grains with Alkaline veggies for better blood sugar control

 

 

 

Controversy in Nutritional Research

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  The Alkaline diet seems to have its share of “haters” for some odd reason or another. I can’t seem to understand why some researchers would have a problem with someone eating a diet of 60-80% alkaline foods everyday. And variety is encouraged as some veggies have phytonutrients that are not present in others. Even so, the “anti” alkaline diet people keep trying to find ways to raise doubts about a high plant eating style. I can imagine that there are a lot of people who are really confused about the entire health information scene as contradictory evidence is everywhere. I guess controversy should result in more research yet this just seems to muddy the waters more as different studies bring different results.

  The following article was posted on the blog at realclearscience.com. It’s hard to argue with cold hard facts yet many people still find a way. Ross Pemeroy does a good job of pointing out the shortcomings of nutritional research.

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Why Everything We ‘Know’ About Diet and Nutrition Is Wrong.

Posted by Ross Pomeroy

 For decades, the federal government has been advising Americans on what to eat. Those recommendations have been subject to the shifting sands of dietary science. And have those sands ever been shifting. At first, fat and cholesterol were vilified, while sugar was mostly let off the hook. Now, fat is fine (saturated fat is still evil, though), cholesterol is back, and sugar is the new bogeyman.

Why the sizable shift? The answer may be “bad science.”

 Every five years, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, composed of nutrition and health experts from around the country, convenes to review the latest scientific and medical literature. From their learned dissection, they form the dietary guidelines.

 But according to a new editorial published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, much of the science they review is fundamentally flawed. Unlike experiments in the hard sciences of chemistry, physics, and biology, which rely on direct observational evidence, most diet studies are based on self-reported data. Study subjects are examined for height, weight, and health, then are questioned about what they eat. Their dietary choices are subsequently linked to health outcomes — cancer, mortality, heart disease, etc.

 That’s a poor way of doing science, says Edward Archer, a research fellow with the Nutrition Obesity Research Center at the University of Alabama, and lead author of the report.

 “The assumption that human memory can provide accurate or precise reproductions of past ingestive behavior is indisputably false,” he and his co-authors write.

 Two of the largest studies on nutritional intake in the United States, the CDC’s NHANES and “What We Eat,” are based on asking subjects to recall precisely what and how much they usually eat.

 But despite all of the steps that NHANES examiners take to aid recall, such as limiting the recall period to the previous 24 hours and even offering subjects measuring guides to help them report accurate data, the information received is wildly inaccurate. An analysis conducted by Archer in 2013 found that most of the 60,000+ NHANES subjects report eating a lower amount of calories than they would physiologically need to survive, let alone to put on all the weight that Americans have in the past few decades.

 So self-reported data based on memory recall is inaccurate, but that should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with how memory works. Memory is not a recording; it’s a mental reconstruction shaped by thoughts, feelings, and everything that occurred after the event one is trying to remember. Everybody is susceptible to false memories.

 And yet, again, much of epidemiological dietary research is based on asking subjects to recall the easily altered details of what they ate! No wonder seems to point every which way!

“The American public deserves the best possible science. It is time to stop spending billions of health research dollars collecting pseudoscientific, anecdotal data that are essentially meaningless,” Archer said in a press release.

Diet studies based on self-report are conducted because they are easy. But in this case, what’s easy is not at all better. Sure, the scientific literature on nutrition is bulging with studies, but at the same time, it’s watered-down with weak, meaningless information. Perhaps that’s why nutrition has become rife with hucksterism.

“The greatest obstacle to scientific progress is not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge created by pseudoscientific data that are neither right nor wrong,” Archer writes.

 Instead of focusing on inaccurate dietary advice, Archer urges a renewed focus on physical activity as a tool for maintaining health.

 Nutrition research is awash in woo. To fix that, scientists should conduct only the most rigorous studies, preferably randomized-controlled trials, and funding agencies like the NIH and the CDC should only give grants to this sort of research.

 The motto of the Royal Society of London, the oldest scientific society in the modern world, is Nullius in Verba.

 “This phrase… is translated as “on the word of no one” or “take no one’s word for it” and suggests that scientific knowledge should be based not on authority, rhetoric, or mere words but on objective evidence,” Archer writes.

 Ironically, self-reported data directly contradicts the Royal Society’s motto. Credulous nutrition scientists are literally taking everyone at their word. This has to end.

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Exercise is important for controlling blood pressure and blood sugar levels. So what we have learned here is that despite all the contradictory evidence going back and forth among the experts, the best thing that we can do is become more physically active. Exercise works wonders for people with High Blood Pressure and has the ability to help control the blood sugar of people with pre-diabetes or Type 2 diabetes. I have always said that the human body is built for movement so we must find ways to move! Early humans would spend hours each day in search of edible fruit, vegetables and gathering nuts. Chasing animals through the wild had to be a heck of a workout. Constant physical activity meant that the few sugars that were consumed were immediately burned for energy so there were probably NO obese humans prior to the development of civilization. Reverse your high blood sugar readings with a diet high in Alkaline veggies. 

Randy Powell, Eating-Veggies.com