Tag: metabolism

Hormone Health Before 50

Hormone Health Before 50

With the focus on women’s health each October, I am taking a closer look at the topic this month on my blog. It’s time to talk hormone health. This week I’m addressing hormone health in women under 50 years, and next week we turn the hormone discussion post-menopause. Estrogen Dominance There are two main sex hormones secreted by the ovaries…

High Blood Sugar is a Toxic Risk for Alzheimer’s

High blood sugar levels make beta amyloid protein—found in people with Alzheimer’s disease—more toxic to the cells that line blood vessels in the brain, according to a new study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. High blood sugar is receiving increased attention for its role in Alzheimer’s, so much so that Alzheimer’s disease is also known by some experts…

Obese Children and Teens Have Higher Levels of BPA

I blog often about the chemical bisphenol A, commonly known as BPA, because it is a harmful toxin found just about everywhere. Sure, the FDA has succeeded in removing it from baby bottles and sippy cups, but what about the effects of this toxin on older children and even adults? A recent study published in the Journal of the American…

Antibiotic Use Leads to Obesity by Way of the Gut

In the 1950s began the widespread use of low-dose antibiotics as growth promoters in the agricultural industry. The discovery was much by accident, but ended up quite profitable: Farmers gave cattle, pigs, sheep, chickens, and turkeys low doses of antibiotics and watched them grow (along with profits). Livestock are still given this sub-therapeutic antibiotic therapy (STAT) today, although there is…

Grilled Meats May be AGE-ing You

Have you heard of AGEs? AGEs are compounds that do just that—they age you. The acronym AGEs is short for advanced glycation end products. AGEs are compounds produced in the body, and obtained from certain foods, that wreak havoc in the body, leading to conditions such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, obesity, kidney disease, and even Alzheimer’s disease.…

Mineral Toxins and Autoimmunity—What Can We Do?

A recent article from the Journal of Environment International showed a significant connection between elevated blood mercury levels and autoimmune antibodies to parts of the thyroid gland, specifically thyroglobulin.1 Thyroglobulin is a protein made in the thyroid gland that is essential for the production of thyroid hormones. With mercury in the thyroid gland, antibodies develop and attach to thyroglobulin, producing…

Broccoli and Blueberries for Bowel Health

A recent study, published in the journal Nutrition, demonstrated the effect of broccoli and blueberries on bowel inflammation in an animal model of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).1 Researchers fed IBD mice either a control diet, or a diet with 10 percent broccoli or ten percent blueberries. Both the broccoli- and blueberry-fed mice exhibited similar changes in gut microbiota with one…

Healthy Weight Management for the New Year

We have survived another big holiday season! Unfortunately, we may find an unfriendly scale when we return the gym. For many the scale can reveal a five- or even 10-pound weight gain. January is a time for many people to restart a diet program, but most diet seekers don’t understand that calorie reduction alone is a recipe for failure—even damaging…