Saturday, 31 March 2007

Keogenic diet slows brain cancer development

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Many herbalists and nutritionists agree that fresh fruit and vegetable-based diet can be a great way to fight certain forms of cancer -- but how about calorie reduction in addition to eating well?

A report in the Nutrition & Metabolism journal has stated that a a calorically restricted ketogenic diet decreases the growth of malignant brain tumors in mice. As usual, we can always ask -- can this apply to human subjects?

Ketogenic diets are very high in fat and are generally used in cases of epilepsy patients instead of cancer fighting -- but not in this case.

How exercising makes you feel

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Sometimes it's easy to lose sight on why losing weight and getting in shape is important, especially in today's appearance-based world of skinny skinny skinny. Besides the obvious benefits of fighting obesity, exercise can do all kinds of things for your wellbeing like reduce symptoms of depression, help lower blood pressure, and improve sleep. Studies have shown that by focusing on these things -- by focusing on how being physically active makes you feel -- you can actually make it easier to stay motivated and appreciate your routine.

If you can learn to exercise in order to feel better on the inside, you'll naturally end up looking better on the outside -- talk about a nice side-effect!

The best reminder EVER to quit smoking

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We've all seen the horrible pictures of smoker's lungs compared to non-smoker's lungs -- the sticky looking black soot in place of healthy clean airways...not a pretty picture!

So if you are looking to quit, but are having trouble holding on to your motivation, maybe ashing into the Lung Ashtray by Finding Cheska will do the trick. It's actually kinda pretty (when it's clean), so sprinkling ashes and rubbing out your cigarette butts on the nice white "airways" really makes a statement, not to mention gives a nice visual reminder of what's happening to your insides with every puff.

Shrimp shell consumption could lower cholesterol levels

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If you like eating shrimp, you may be pleased to know that chitosan (derived from shrimp shells) might be useful in the fight against obesity and high cholesterol. So, continue eating that shrimp (with the most appropriate cocktail sauce, mind you).

The study concluded that the effect of chitosan on the body weight, plasma lipid profile, and fatty acid composition of rats led to reductions in weight gain and blood cholesterol levels in the rats.

Even when taken as a dietary supplement, chitosan increased the ratio of 'good' versus 'bad' cholesterol levels. Now, where are those chitosan pills...

Get fit and blast space invaders at the same time

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This is definitely one for the 'what will they think of next' category. A company called ProForm has come up with a elliptical trainer that is also a video game -- you can actually kill aliens while you pedal away. The game is actually built into the machine, so it's not dangerous like playing a Gameboy on the machine would be. AND the best part is, the harder you work, the easier the game is -- you'll be so focused on winning the game, you'll hardly notice how much you're sweating.

I was skeptical at first, but let's face it -- working out on a machine can be b-o-r-i-n-g! Anyway to break it up and find extra motivation to work hard sounds like a great idea to me. What do you think?.