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Carbs Create Hunger

Have you been having trouble with appetite control?

You want to stay on your diet, but you just get so hungry.

We now know that carbohydrates create hunger, and this makes it harder and harder to control your appetite.

A Monash University scientist has discovered key appetite control cells in the human brain degenerate over time, causing increased hunger and potentially weight-gain as we grow older.

The research by Dr Zane Andrews, a neuroendocrinologist with Monash University’s Department of Physiology, has been published in Nature.

Dr Andrews found that appetite-suppressing cells are attacked by free radicals after eating and said the degeneration is more significant following meals rich in carbohydrates and sugars.

“The more carbs and sugars you eat, the more your appetite-control cells are damaged, and potentially you consume more,” Dr Andrews said.

Dr Andrews said the attack on appetite suppressing cells creates a cellular imbalance between our need to eat and the message to the brain to stop eating.

“People in the age group of 25 to 50 are most at risk. The neurons that tell people in the crucial age range not to over-eat are being killed-off.

“When the stomach is empty, it triggers the ghrelin hormone that notifies the brain that we are hungry. When we are full, a set of neurons known as POMC’s kick in.

“However, free radicals created naturally in the body attack the POMC neurons. This process causes the neurons to degenerate overtime, affecting our judgement as to when our hunger is satisfied,” Dr Andrews said.

The free radicals also try to attack the hunger neurons, but these are protected by the uncoupling protein 2 (UCP2).

Dr Andrews said the reduction in the appetite-suppressing cells could be one explanation for the complex condition of adult-onset obesity.

“A diet rich in carbohydrate and sugar that has become more and more prevalent in modern societies over the last 20-30 years has placed so much strain on our bodies that it’s leading to premature cell deterioration,” Dr Andrews said.

Dr Andrews’ next research project will focus on finding if a diet rich in carbohydrates and sugars has other impacts on the brain, such as the increased incidences of neurological conditions like Parkinson’s disease. (

What can you do?

Reduce your grains and sugar right down, the only carbs you should be eating are vegetables and fruit and wholegrains. Avoid anything white or processed. For the rest of the story please see the book, Sick, Tired and Overweight.

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August 25, 2008 Posted by | General, Wellness | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Link Between Cancer and Inflammation Confirmed

It has long been observed that there is a link between inflammation in the body and cancer, many of todays modern diseases are chronically inflammatory. So what can you do?

Reduce the inflammation. Thank you Ms Obvious, but how?

And that my friends is the question. First we need to look at what it is that causes inflammation in the body, without knowing the foundation causes and the ‘cascade’ effect, we cannot hope to know what to do about it. Medical ‘anti-inflammatory’s’ often result in more chronic inflammation behind the scenes, in other words they help on the surface, but the cellular inflammation remains. They are masking the symptoms as many medical treatments are prone to do.

Inflammation is caused in a complex domino effect or cascade effect within the body, first there is the instigator or inflammatory agent; now that could be any number of things in your lifestyle: the food you eat, the air you breathe, lack of sleep, stress… What happens next is that these instigators in a complex set of actions and re-actions, end up causing an ‘acid’ build-up in the cells it is this cellular acid build up that sets of the bodies reaction of pain (your signal that something is wrong) and swelling (your bodies way of protecting the area from more injury). If this condition goes on for too long, the cells in that area or areas begin to change their spots and because they are adapting to their circumstances like all good species who wish to survive. This is when we are in trouble, this is when you body begins to go to war with itself and you end up with autoimmune diseases, cancer and other increasingly common dis-eases.

So if one of the main integers in this domino of events is ‘acid’ build-up, it would seem like a good idea to reduce the acid in your body, a bit like taking one of the domino’s out of the line-up. Alkalising your body is essential in this busy, fast life we live. Eating more fresh vegetables, fruit and using low-acidic forms of protein are a big start. We can also take a wholefood supplement created from foods that lower acid and inflammation in the body. Would you like a list of possible candidates to include in your daily food intake?

Try some of these: (We will be putting up an Acid/Alkaline Food Chart on our website in the next couple of days, I will announce it here when we do)

  • green foods (Green foods are full of chlorophyll and minerals, very alkalising)
  • certain vegetables (in fact most veg are alkaline so eat lots of vegetables)
  • certain fruits (many fruits are either alkaline or metabolise as alkaline producing lemons are one of the main ones, along with acai, goji, blueberries, cranberries etc…) ACAI Blend (19 fruits fruit blend)
  • cottage cheese, riccota cheese, whey protein concentrate, are all sources of low alkaline protiens
  • whole spectrum mineral supplement (minerals are extremely alkalizing and it is the combination of chlorophyll and minerals in green barley that enhances it’s alkalising effect. We use ConcenTrace minerals
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June 9, 2008 Posted by | General | , , , , | 1 Comment

What’s Wrong With the Way We Eat?

This interesting talk by Mark Bittman, will give you some answers on how you can help save the planet, just by changing the way you eat!

View this great video!

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May 23, 2008 Posted by | Wellness | , , , | Leave a comment