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Time Restricted Eating in Humans Has Anti-Aging and Anti-Obesity Effects

Would you believe that by limiting the number of hours in a day that you eat you could lose weight, slow the aging process, improve insulin sensitivity, and lower your risks for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer?

That’s exactly what modern research is telling us.

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The journal Cell in an article entitled Promoting Health and Longevity through Diet: From Model Organisms to Humans tells us that limiting daily food intake to a 5 to 7 hr time window while consuming the normal number of calories can improve health when compared with a standard three to five meals per day.

Another journal, Cell Metabolism, presents the article Time-Restricted Feeding Is a Preventative and Therapeutic Intervention against Diverse Nutritional Challenges. It describes experiments done on mice, which are near enough to humans to tell us what will be effective for us.

The experimenters tested various conditions including time restricted feeding (with 8-9 hours food access) seven days a week, and time restricted feeding only five days a week. Time restrictions only 5 days a week is of particular interest because it reflects a more relaxed feeding schedule we normally use on the weekends.

They tested diets that were high in fat, and diets that were high in both fat and fructose. You probably know that fructose is particularly important since it is being added to almost all manufactured and processed foods found in the grocery store. Consuming a high fructose diet can cause glucose intolerance and fatty liver disease.

They found that the benefits of time restricted feeding were proportion to the fasting duration. That is, the longer the mice went each day without food, the more healthy the mice become. So even though they consumed the same number of calories, the duration of the fasting interval were the controlling factor.

For mice on a high fructose diet, they found that when they increased the availability of food from 9, to 12, to 15 hours a day, the percentage of fat mass increased in a linear fashion. The longer the mice had to eat their allotted food, the fatter they became.

The journal Nutrition Reviews presented an article Time-restricted feeding and risk of metabolic disease: a review of human and animal studies. This article indicated that animal studies of time restricted feeding have shown “reductions in body weight, total cholesterol, and concentrations of triglycerides, glucose, insulin, interleukin, and tumor necrosis factor-α as well as with improvements in insulin sensitivity.” They go on to indicate that human studies confirm these results.

Time restricted eating may just be the key you are looking for in your weight loss journey. After all, the longer your body goes without consuming sugars, the longer your body will be forced to burn fat. And, that’s what will provide long lasting health to an overweight generation.

Time-Restricted Eating May Reverse Diabetes & Obesity

Prof. Satchin Panda, Amandine Chaix, and Amir Zarrinpar of the Regulatory Biology Laboratory at the Salk Institute explain their discovery that time-restricted eating shows signs of reversing the effects of obesity and diabetes in mice. For more info: http://www.salk.edu/news/pressrelease_details.php?press_id=2062
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Vitamin D for Health – Vitamin D Deficiency Systems

Vitamin D is critical to health. Vitamin D is known for contributing to joint and bone health by helping the body absorb calcium. People who have enough vitamin D are less likely to suffer from osteoporosis and joint pain. Vitamin D can also reduce the affects of arthritis and lessen back pain in many individuals. Vitamin D can also prevent certain types of cancers.

Vitamin D is produced naturally by the body when exposed to sunlight. If you are not far from the equator and have a light skin, you can get enough vitamin D by going outside around noon in shorts and a tank top without sunscreen for about 10 minutes. The UV-B rays hitting your skin can manufacture about 10,000 international units of vitamin D, enough for daily needs. Those who live away from the equator, with darker skins and the elderly will need more exposure to the sun.

winter clothing photoThis sun exposure amounts to about an hour a week. But, most people receive far less exposure to direct sunlight than this. Many people live far from the equator, work indoors at noon, or wear clothing that covers much of their skin.

The Vitamin D Council recommends that most people supplement with 5,000 international units of vitamin D daily to maintain optimal levels.

Vitamin D Deficiency Systems

The symptoms of vitamin D deficiency are often vague and subtle. They don’t shout, “You’re vitamin D deficient.” But, they can still impact your life. Symptoms such a tiredness and general aches and pains are characteristic of vitamin D deficiency.

A Harvard study indicates that worldwide, a billion people have vitamin D deficiency. The study reports that being deficient in vitamin D “may increase the risk of a host of chronic diseases, such as osteoporosis, heart disease, some cancers, and multiple sclerosis, as well as infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis and even the seasonal flu.”

Vitamin D helps keep your immune system strong. So, frequent illnesses or infections like catching cold or getting the flu can point to a deficiency. For example, studies have shown that vitamin D helps reduce the frequency of respiratory tract infections.

Fatigue, tiredness, and even depression can be caused by low levels of vitamin D. Since vitamin D is produced in the body through exposure to the sun, we often feed “down” when Winter comes and we go outside all bundled up, exposing less skin to the sun.

Vitamin D improves absorption of calcium in the bones. When blood levels of vitamin D are low, bones lose strength and bone pain can results. Low bone mineral density and actual bone loss also can occur when vitamin D is deficient. People with lower back pain or pain in their legs may have a deficiency.

Research in the Archives of Internal Medicine shows that people with the lowest vitamin D levels have more than double the risk of dying from heart disease and other causes over an eight-year period compared with those with the highest vitamin D levels.

Foods Rich in Vitamin D

In this video Dr. Axe talks about the important natural sources of vitamin D3:

  • wild caught fish like salmon
  • raw fermented dairy products like cheese, kefir and yogurt
  • egg yokes
  • mushrooms

These foods, along with some sunshine, can help you maintain adequate levels of vitamin D.

In this video Dr. Axe talk about how to overcome Vitamin D deficiency with diet and lifestyle. Vitamin D is a pro hormone, which is essential for balancing the hormones in your body, and a fat-soluble vitamin, which supports the brain, bones, and tissue. Some warning signs that you may be Vitamin D deficient are if you struggle with any type of mood disorder, autoimmune disease, weak bones, weak muscles, or poor immune system.

In order to overcome a Vitamin D deficiency, you may want to get outside more often to get 20-30 minutes of natural sunlight. The average person should be getting about 5000 IUs a day. You also want to be consuming more Vitamin D-rich foods like wild caught fish, raw fermented dairy products, egg yokes, and mushrooms. Lastly, you want to be consuming a high quality Vitamin D3 supplement (5000 IUs daily). If you want to overcome Vitamin D deficiency, follow these steps, and you will start seeing results!

*This video content is strictly the opinion of Dr. Josh Axe, and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Dr. Axe nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.

For more on naturally overcoming Vitamin D deficiency, you can check my article: http://draxe.com/vitamin-d-deficiency/?utm_campaign=Youtube-Nov-2014&utm_medium=social&utm_source=youtube&utm_term=vitamind

If you will not receive adequate vitamin D from these sources, you may want to take a supplement. Here is the supplement I take. It will probably be helpful for you, too.

Nitric Oxide and Cardiovascular Disease

Nitric oxide (NO) is produced by the healthy endothelial cells that line the interior of blood vessels. The discovery of nitric oxide’s function in the body is likely one of the most significant finds in the history of cardiovascular medicine. In 1998 three Americans (Robert F. Furchgott, PhD, Louis J. Ignarro, PhD, and Ferid Murad, MD, PhD) received the Nobel Prize for their discoveries relating to nitric oxide as a signaling molecule in the cardiovascular system.

Nitric oxide (NO) is essentially a signaling molecule that helps control a range of processes in the body, including nerve signaling, immune functions, and muscle growth. It also controls dilation of blood vessels which in turn leads to increased blood flow, oxygen transport, delivery of nutrients to skeletal muscle and a reduction in blood pressure.

Raise Your Metabolism

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Controlling muscle growth and enhancing the blood flow to muscles during exercise are of special concern to those of you wanting to increase your lean muscle mass. As you know, muscles use energy even when at rest. A pound of lean muscle mass uses 30 to 50 Calories a day just because it exists. If you use your muscles, they burn even more. Building lean muscle mass is how you raise your metabolism over the long term.

And, your overall metabolism burns the calories you take in from food. The higher your metabolism, the less work you have to do to manage your weight.

The widening (dilation) of your arteries helps bring more blood and nutrients to your muscles during exercise. Athletes call this “the pump” because your muscles feel fuller, bigger during and after exercise. Increased blood flow helps you exercise harder and longer. And, the result is bigger muscle gains. Increased nitric oxide helps in the repair and growth processes for new lean muscle tissue. This is just what you want.

Dr. Louis Ignarro’s Interview on Nitric Oxide part 1

Louis J. Ignarro is a PhD pharmacologist who has spent over 40 years as a research scientist. In 1998, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine for his research into Nitric Oxide. In this extensive interview Dr. Ignarro talks about the many benefits of nitric oxide including cardiovascular health, cholesterol reduction, enhanced learning, improved immune function, enhanced muscle building, lowering high blood pressure, and more.

Dr. Ignarros’ Nitric Oxide Enhancing Formula

Dr. Ignarro works with Herbalife to advance heart health around the world. He helped develop the following supplement that will help your body produce more nitric oxide. Because nitric oxide breaks down quickly when taken orally, this supplement contains the natural ingredients your body need to make nitric oxide naturally.

How Can You Prevent Heart Disease?

Edward Palank, M.D., talks about the risks and warning signs of heart disease.

Cardiovascular disease is one of the feared diseases of most people. Especially to people who don’t control what they eat, take supplements intelligently, and who don’t participate in physical activities. In a nutshell, people who are overweight or obese.

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Actually, heart disease isn’t just about obesity and overweight. For as long as you consume foods that help produce free radicals that cause way too much scaring in your arteries, cholesterol in blood will accumulate over the scar tissue, blocking your arteries. Meals like the one pictured here are sure to give you clogged arteries.

But, you can also get a heart disease if you have family history of heart disease. Aside from the fact that heart disease is the leading killer in the U.S., what else do you need to know about heart disease?

Cardiovascular disease is a disorder that impacts the heart muscle or the arteries of the heart. It impacts you whenever your heart is not working the way it should. There are various kinds of cardiovascular disease like coronary heart disease, congenital cardiovascular disease, arrythmia heart disease, angina heart disease, and more.

Even so, organic cardiovascular disease is not a common heart problem. But, it is important to learn about this problem. Organic heart disease occurs when your heart is deformed or inflamed. The heart may operate poorly in different ways, like it can become irritable which can result in rapid beating. If your heart is not functioning properly, your breathing will be affected causing shortness of breath.

Organic heart disease may show inflammation of the heart with the formation of scar tissue which results in the deformation of the valves. Or, it may consist of hardening of the muscles of the heart preventing them from functioning properly. Or the muscular cells of the heart may soften and stretch. All of these different conditions are called organic heart diseases. Many people know only of heart valve disease when in truth this is not as serious as organic heart disease.

An enlarged heart is also another form of organic heart disease. Jim Fixx, the author of “The Complete Book of Running“, had a congenitally enlarged heart. But, died of a heart attack while running. He had clogged arteries which he neglected.

Inflammation due to rheumatism may be a cause, or some other form of infection. But, it usually develops over time through the influences that exist in your life.

Symptoms such as shortness of breath is commonly the first sign of heart disease. But, it can misdirect you to blame your lungs and not your heart. A rapidly beating heart may also be a signal of heart disease. Or the heart may seem to stop at times and then continues to beat again. Or you may experience a strong sense of pain in the chest, arms, or legs.

But, the sound of the heart in a person with heart disease often requires the trained ear of a specialist to notice.

How Can You Prevent Heart Disease?

Dr. Esselstyn’s ongoing 21-year study shows that you CAN reverse and prevent heart disease and save your life. Of 20 patients sent home to die by their cardiologists in 1989, every one is still alive and healthy today, and heart-disease free, even though together they had had a total of 63 cardiac events before entering his study.

Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, MD of the famed Cleveland Clinic, gives a FULL 62 minute talk about reversing heart disease with a plant based diet, from the 2003 VegSource Healthy Lifestyle Expo

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Most heart disease is reversible. It requires a healthy lifestyle including healthy food, good nutrition, and proper exercise. But, the best prescription is to maintain a healthy lifestyle before you develop heart disease and prevent it from happening.