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Why I am slim despite how much I eat

I remember very well that when I was younger, however much I eat, I still remain skinny. Similarly my son, despite how much he eats, he is still slim. Perhaps this article in BBC news will answer the whys of that situation:

Five things you might be surprised affects your weight.

These in summary are the five things:

1. Gut microbes (intestinal tract microflora). Microflora diversity (having a healthy and varied diet, rich in different sources of fibre, has been shown to create a more diverse range of gut microbes and reason for you being slim)

2. The gene lottery: Some people are born with genes which tend to make them slim while others more unfortunate have genes which explain why they tend to be fat and obese.

3. The time of your meals: The later you have your meals. The biological clock is such that the body is better able to handle calories in the early part of the day. The old saying "Breakfast like a king, lunch like a lord and dinner like a pauper" has much truth in it.

4. Tricking your brain: Behavioural scientist Hugo Harper suggests a number of ways to subconsciously change your eating behaviour, such as removing visual cues. rather than rely on calorie counting.

5. Hormones


Antioxidant capacities of herbs, spices & cocoa

Basil 1/2 teaspoon 1,689
Basil – fresh 1 tablespoon 481
Chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon 546
Cilantro – fresh 1 tablespoon 510
Cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon 6.688
Cloves 1/2 teaspoon 7,861
Cocoa powder 1 teaspoon 4,250
Cumin 1/2 teaspoon 1,920
Curry 1/2 teaspoon 1,213
Garlic 1/2 teaspoon 168
Ginger 1/2 teaspoon 725
Marjoram 1/2 teaspoon 675
Mustard seed 1/2 teaspoon 725
Oregano 1/2 teaspoon 5,000
Oregano – fresh 1 teaspoon 700
Paprika 1/2 teaspoon 450
Parsley 1/2 teaspoon 1,850
Pepper – black 1/2 teaspoon 688
Peppermint – fresh 1 teaspoon 700
Tarragon – fresh 1 teaspoon 777
Thyme – fresh 1/2 teaspoon 688
Tumeric 1/2 teaspoon 3,975
Source: USDA US Dept of Agriculture


Natural remedy to prevent hair loss

Dr Klenk's research, head of the Dr Kurt Wolff Research and Development Institute, found evidence that once caffeine penetrated deep into the hair roots, it could protect the hair from negative testosterone impact and premature hair loss. However, it cannot reverse hair loss.

Also, drinking coffee will not help as he estimate one will need to drink as many as 40 to 50 cups of coffee to have the same effect. He says by drinking coffee, the caffeine would be quickly diluted and excreted by the body


Natural remedy for depression: Mindfulness-based cognative therapy

Here is hope for those suffering depression but do not wants to take anti-depression medicine on a long term basis or who wants to take reduced dosage. It is called Mindfulness-based cognative therapy or MBCT in short.

Scientists in the United Kingdom got a group of patients suffering from clinical depression to participate in a course of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT where patients are trained to focus their mind on the present, spot early signs of depression, then respond in such a way so as to not trigger further re-occurrences.

Compared with another group of patients who continue to take medication, they were found to have similar proportion of patients suffering relapse. Encouraged by this study, doctors in England and Wales are already being encouraged to use MBCT on their patients but were cautioned not to use it on patients with suicidal tendencies.


Brisk walking may help reduce sugar cravings for overweight people

Research done on a group of 47 overweight adults, average age 28 years by Larissa Ledochowski et al, University of Innsbruck, Austria showed that 15 minutes of brisk walking on a threadmill can reduce their sugar cravings as compared with the control group who sat passively for 15 minutes without doing anything


Caesarean or Natural birth: Which is better?

Some pregnant ladies are forced to opt for Caesarean section (surgery) because of some unavoidable circumstances which make natural birth difficult if not impossible. Some opt for Caesarean birth because they fear labour pain . Some goes for Caesarean section because of vanity or convenience so they can chose particular date or time for the birth of their new born.

Which one is better? According to many studies including a published research study Swedish scientists, babies born by Caesarean section have lower levels of good bacteria and chemical imbalances in their immune system that make them more susceptible to allergies and eczema.

True or not? Well, I have a grandson born by Caesarean section who unfortunately have frequent eczema and food allergies being allergic to gluten and many other common food substances. So there you have it. Here is one case that indicates that the above is true.


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