Vitamin D – How Much Do You Really Need?

Vitamin D – How Much Do You Really Need?

If you are paying attention to nutrition or health-related news, you know that not a week goes by without some new findings coming out about the health benefits of vitamin D. However, there is also a lot of confusion about how much vitamin D each person needs as well as the best/safest way to achieve optimal vitamin D levels. The purpose of this post is to try and clear some of the confusion. (more…)

Soda – It’s Not Just for Cleaning

Soda – It’s Not Just for Cleaning

It can make you can weight, get diabetes and wreck your teeth too…

Soft drinks and energy drinks are the single largest source of sugar in the American diet. Together, they account for about 16 teaspoons of added sugar per day (that’s bout 67 grams sugar/day). If you haven’t been to sugarstacks.com, check it out; it can be pretty eye-opening. (more…)

How Fat Causes Inflammation

How Fat Causes Inflammation

Research has found that fat is not just a passive by-product of overeating; they have shown that body fat actually produces many inflammatory chemicals. This means that fat is not just a reservoir of excess calories waiting to someday be used as fuel when calorie intake runs low. It means that fat itself acts like an ‘organ of inflammation’, producing many of the chemicals responsible for creating a low-grade system-wide inflammatory state in the body. These chemicals include:

  • IL-6 (Interleukin-6)
  • IL-8 (Interleukin-8)
  • IL-18 (Interleukin-18)
  • TNF-α (Tumor necrosis factoralpha)
  • CRP (C-reactive protein)
  • Insulin
  • Blood glucose
  • Leptin

These markers of elevated inflammation are also one of the main reasons why obesity is associated with so many health conditions, including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, atherosclerosis, diabetes, arthritis and autoimmunity in addition to insulin resistance and obesity itself.

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