Thursday, April 18, 2013
Vegetable oil, that is. How can an oil that comes from a vegetable, such
as corn based oils, sunflower oil, sesame oil, soybean oil, safflower oil and
canola oil be dangerous for our bodies? It’s because of the way the oils must
be extracted from the vegetable. This process occurs in factories where the
oil-containing seeds are heated to enormous temperatures under massive
pressures while being exposed to heavy amounts of light and oxygen. Add in
the toxin-containing extraction chemicals and pesticide concentrating com-pounds and the results is an oil with a high amount of free radicals and dam-aged or destroyed cholesterols and vitamins which are non-beneficial for the body. Free radicals damage the cells and slow cell metabolism. In contrast,
an oil such as extra virgin olive oil is produced by crushing olives between
two stone rollers – a relatively non-stressful process. In addition to extraction, many of the vegetable oils undergo hydrogenation, a process in which an oil that would normally be a liquid at room temperature is converted to a solid. This is accomplished by mixing the oil with metal particles, hydrogen gas, emulsifiers, starch and bleach. This process, applied to margarine and shortenings, makes these fats even more dangerous than the vegetable oils. Hydrogenation results in the formation of trans fats, a toxic and metabolically un-usable fat that can build up in the body and significantly increase the risk of cancer, heart disease and other metabolically damaging conditions. You’ll find these type of fats in cream cheese, peanut butter, shortening and other solid spreadable fats. These “partially hydrogenated” fats are used to give food a longer shelf life and preserve the flavor. Hydrogenation also blocks the body from being able to actually use the fatty acids as energy which makes them end up on your waistline. Extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil and flax seed oil are three of the best oils you can use if you want to consume fats but avoid the potential cell damage.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Size It UP
As you know, consumption of several small meals per day is a great way
to keep the metabolism elevated. The problem is most restaurants or fast
food joints aren’t focused on giving you one of these small meals, especially since the Western ideal is to receive as much food for your dollar as possible. Big portion sizes keep most customers happy and fat! Studies have shown that when presented with a restaurant prepared meal, an individual will automatically consider the size of that meal to be an acceptable portion size and most likely consume the entire portion in one setting. Combine this with the fact that restaurant meal sizes have been significantly increasing over the past several decades and you’ve got a recipe for uncontrolled blood sugar levels, insulin insensitivity, weight gain and a depressed metabolism. When eating out consider that muffins can be 3 times a standard portion size, pasta can be 5 times a standard portion size and desserts can be 7 times a standard portion size!
Furthermore, checking or asking for the nutritional label can often be
deceptive because the label may break a single item down into several
separate portions. So the cookie that claims on the nutritional label to
be 100 calories is actually 400 calories, unless you just eat ¼ of it. Here’s
a simple solution to overeating when eating out. Whenever you go to
a restaurant ask for a “to-go” box with your order. Immediately shove
at least half of the meal into the to-go box and set it under your chair
to take home for a later meal. Better yet, ask the kitchen to box half the
meal for you. They should be happy to oblige.
Monday, April 15, 2013
If you don’t have enough zinc in your diet your insulin response is
decreased resulting in insulin insensitivity. With a lower insulin response, blood sugar levels become hard to control resulting in a catabolic hormone response that can depress your metabolism. Zinc is a key component in the metabolic process by which your cells produce energy. Low zinc levels will not only directly impair your metabolic rate but can also decrease thyroid hormone production further depressing your metabolism even further.
Zinc is also necessary for protein synthesis and collagen formation, which is important if you’re trying to boost your metabolism by adding more lean muscle fibers. Furthermore, carbonic anhydrase enzymes in your red blood cells rely on zinc to help the body expel carbon dioxide so low zinc levels can also impair your ability to exercise with metabolism-boosting intensity and speed. If you have in-adequate dietary protein intake, it’s likely that you have deficient zinc levels. Asparagus, spinach, beef, lamb and crimini mushrooms are all
great sources of zinc. Since zinc is a crucial component in prostate
health, one very smart zinc option for older males is the supplement
ProstElan. The flower pollen extracts in ProstElan greatly increase the
levels of zinc in prostatic tissues and fluids.
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