Research is showing that natural appetite suppressants are not a myth. They really do exist!

Fiber
Foods and drinks that contain soluble fiber form a gel-like material when they make contact with water in your stomach, thereby acting as an appetite suppressant. Soluble fiber is found in prunes, oats, barley, bran, apples, flaxseeds, and citrus fruits.

However, insoluble fiber also was found to decrease appetite in a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2007. In a crossover design study, healthy men were provided high-fiber cereal with 33 grams (g) insoluble fiber, low-fiber cereal, white bread, and water control after an overnight fast. The treatments had similar energy, macronutrient content, volume, and weight. The high-fiber cereal with 33 g insoluble fiber reduced appetite, decreased food intake, and reduced glycemic response to a meal consumed 75 minutes later.

Low caloric density
Foods with very low caloric density, such as asparagus or loose-leaf lettuce, can help a person to feel full while taking in very few calories. This is the premise that the volumetrics diet plan is based on and is also what the infamous ‘cabbage soup diet’ relied on to spur quick weight loss. In fact, any low-calorie, broth-based soup will help you feel full without many calories.

Acetic acid and cinnamon
In one study, the combination of acetic acid, which is found in red wine vinegar, and cinnamon significantly increased satiety and reduced blood glucose concentration.

Oleic acid
Foods that contain the unsaturated fat oleic acid, which is found in olive oil, nuts, and avocados, help to suppress appetite. However, you still have to keep an eye on portion size because these foods are rich in both nutrients and calories!

Cayenne pepper
Researchers at Purdue University gave 25 people who were not overweight their preferred level of cayenne pepper for 6 weeks (those who did not like red pepper preferred 0.3 g compared to regular spice users who preferred 1.8 g). Red pepper consumption did increase core body temperature and burnt more calories. Those individuals who did not consume red pepper regularly experienced a decrease in appetite for fatty, salty, and sweet foods. The study found that red pepper consumed in noncapsule form was effective. The burn is what leads to the rise in body temperature, increased metabolism, and appetite suppression.

Eggs
Studies show that individuals who eat eggs rather than breakfast cereal or bagels report increased satiety and consume fewer calories later in the day, even if the meals contain the same amounts of calories, fat, protein, and carbohydrate. It is thought that the protein quality is what matters – eggs are the gold standard for protein quality. When compared to subjects given eggs for breakfast, those who received a bagel had higher plasma glucose, increased ghrelin levels, and increased insulin levels.

Soy
In an animal study done on mice, genistein injections decreased adipose weight and adipocyte circumference at higher doses. Juveniles fed 500 to 1500 parts per million (ppm) of dietary genistein had dose-responsive decreases in fat pad weight of 37% to 57%, when compared to controls (300 ppm of genistein did not cause decreases). Some research also has found that genistein decreases appetite and food intake.

Milk
In a randomized, controlled trial, women who generally consumed a low-calcium diet participated in a 6-month energy-restricted program and received either milk supplementation or an isoenergetic placebo. Both groups showed a significant weight loss, but the women who received the milk supplementation had less of an increase in desire to eat and hunger. Milk supplementation attenuates the orexigenic (appetite stimulant) effect of body weight loss.

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Are glucose tablets too sweet for you? Is juice never on hand? If you need a quick solution to low blood sugar,

one of the favorite tricks of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is a glass of milk.

Milk contains lactose that’s broken down into glucose (sugar). It also has fat and protein in it to slow down the rise in your blood sugar and keep it steady over time. For this reason, milk is a better solution than juice or glucose tablets.

Fat-free and reduced-fat milk have the same amount of lactose. Other studies have found that a small amount of ice cream will work as well.

If you don’t like milk or don’t buy it regularly to have on hand, you might also consider graham crackers, which are easily stored in the pantry or in your glove compartment.

The ADA recommends that you avoid high-fat treatments, such as candy bars, because they aren’t absorbed as quickly, may lead to very high blood sugar levels in the hours after you eat them and can contribute to weight gain.

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Exercise: 40 Not Too Old to Start Exercising

Men who start exercising after age forty are likely to experience the same long-term heart benefits as those who have exercised since early adulthood. Study author David Matelot adds, “It’s never too late to change your way of life and get more physically active. This will always be beneficial for the heart and well-being. And there’s no need for a high level of training for many hours a week. Using the stairs rather than the elevator, or gardening regularly, can also be beneficial.”
European Society of Cardiology, May 2014
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The need for soft tissue treatment in athletic injuries, chiropractors have begun to significantly expand their practices to include athletes

Over the past decade, chiropractors have begun to significantly expand their practices to include athletes. Even professional athletes have begun to benefit from soft tissue manipulation by sports chiropractors. In a recent article on Dynamic Chiropractic, Joseph M. Horrigan, DC, DACBSP, examines how chiropractic knowledge of the process of soft tissue injuries can help chiropractors better work with athletes and provide helpful early interventions.

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Chiropractic Brings Better Birth Outcomes

Chiropractic during pregnancy is an important part of prenatal care. Unfortunately, not enough women know of the benefits of chiropractic care both for themselves and their unborn baby. A woman’s body undergoes an amazing amount of changes during pregnancy. As her baby grows her musculoskeletal system must adjust accordingly to accommodate the growing uterus and prepare for delivery. Chiropractic care helps her body to stay aligned as these changes occur and also helps to keep the nervous system functioning at its optimal level.

Many pregnant women experience low back pain, hip pain, and pubic symphysis. These discomforts are the result of the stresses put on the body by the rapid growth of the baby and the changes the body must undergo to accommodate those adjustments. As her belly gets bigger, the woman’s center of gravity changes. The growth is so quick that it is often difficult for the low back and pelvis to adjust to this change. This causes stress in those areas, resulting in misalignments, (or subluxations as they are called by chiropractors) which then causes pain and dysfunction. If a woman’s low back and pelvis was out of alignment before her pregnancy it is even harder for her back and pelvis to adjust. When the pelvis is subluxated (misaligned) it affects the uterus and the position of the growing baby.

The uterus is connected to the pelvis by ligaments: the broad ligament, the uterosacral ligaments, and the round ligaments. Like a hot air balloon tethered to the ground, these ligaments work to keep the uterus in the proper place in the pelvis and allow support as the uterus grows to accommodate the growing baby. If the pelvis is subluxated, these ligaments can become torqued. When the ligaments are affected, they directly affect the position of the uterus which can result in the baby not being in an optimal position. This type of situation may result in a breech baby or a transverse (sideways) baby.

The goal of the chiropractor is to correct the subluxations in the pelvis to help balance the uterus and allow the baby to get into a better position. Chiropractic adjustments for a pregnant woman are specific, gentle, and safe. Some chiropractors are certified in the Webster Technique which is a technique that is used to relieve intrauterine constraint caused by imbalance in the pelvis and the pelvic ligaments. Webster certified chiropractors adjust the pelvis and also feel for and relieve tension in the round ligaments.

Besides increasing a pregnant woman’s comfort level, an aligned pelvis can result in a quicker, safer, and easier birth. When a baby is in breech or transverse position a cesarean section is almost always performed. Because they are so common many people forget that a c-section is a major abdominal surgery and can be risky. Helping the baby to get into a proper head-down position by balancing the pelvis and ligaments helps to avoid c-sections due to baby positioning. Other variations in baby position such as a tilted head or a “sunny side up” baby (face up during delivery) can also be caused by pelvic imbalance and may result in a more difficult, painful, and longer labor and delivery.

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http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/content/full/176/4/455)
http://www.icpa4kids.org
http://www.isischiropractic.co.uk/c…

Chiropractic Has Major Positive Effect on Headache Pain

matteo#headache-10079250A study compared 53 subjects who had cervicogenic (neck related) headaches in accordance with the standards of the International Headache Society.

The group was split in two. Approximately half of the group received chiropractic manipulation; the other half received low-level laser and deep friction massage. The care was given in six sessions over three weeks.

Significant improvement occurred in both halves, especially in those receiving chiropractic treatment.

Those receiving chiropractic manipulation for their headaches:

– decreased their medication use by 36%

– decreased their headache hours by 69%

– decreased their headache intensity by 36%

The results of the study may not be good news to makers of over-the-counter pain medication, but is good news for those wanting to relieve headache pain without drugs; and by addressing the cause of the pain, rather than just treating symptoms.

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SOURCE: Dr. Tom Scherer, The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 1997, as reported in Dynamic Chiropractic, October

Chiropractic: Heavy Physical Work and Low Back Pain

Among Brazil’s urban cleaning workers (drivers, trash collectors, maintenance workers, etc.), musculoskeletal pain — and low back pain in particular — is a major public health issue. Researchers interviewed 657 workers and found that 37% have experienced back pain lasting more than one week during the previous year, and of that group, 62.8% experienced back pain within the last seven days. Workers who described bending over and twisting as part of their job functions were much more likely to experience pain in one or more anatomical regions, as were workers who frequently worked overtime. Of note, workers who performed more dynamic and fewer repetitive movements on the job were less likely to experience back pain.
Brazilian Journal of Epidemiology, March 2014
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