2014 metabolic balance Update Event in Isen
It’s the time of the year when metabolic balance coaches from around the world are coming together at the global metabolic balance headquarters in Isen to learn first hand about the newest insights into the metabolic effects of healthy nutrition. This year’s update event is scheduled for the weekend of March 15 and will, among many other topics, feature Dr. Funfack’s Mentalprogram.
To warm up for this year’s event, here is one amusing highlight of Dr. Funfack’s presentation at last year’s metabolic balance Update Seminar: The correlation between Chocolate Consumption, Cognitive Function, and Nobel Laureates, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, reported “a close, significant linear correlation between chocolate consumption per capita and the number of Nobel laureates per 10 million persons in a total of 23 countries.” The relationship was even stronger when Sweden, the home of the Nobel Prize, was removed from the calculations, as it appeared to have won more Nobel prizes than expected based on its chocolate consumption.
The study was not meant to seriously imply that brilliance is the result of chocolate consumption and it exemplifies the hazards of reading too much into a correlation. The author admits concerns about cause and effect, but that’s not enough to discourage my occasional indulgence in this sweet obsession!
p.s.: If you are a chocolate fan like me, you don’t really want to read the following rebuttal published at EpiAnalysis:
“The problems with this analysis can be illustrated by the fact that we were able to correlate Nobel prize winners to nearly any variable that increased with higher income, higher educational spending, or higher quantity of research dollars spent in a country per capita. For example, we can find stronger correlations between per capita borrowing from commercial banks and Nobels (r=0.92, p<0.05) or luxury car ownership and Nobels (r=0.85, p<0.0001) than between chocolate consumption and Nobels. Does that mean using credit and buying an Audi makes you smarter?”
Ready For Something Different This Lent?
Ash Wednesday is quickly approaching and lent is almost upon us. Depending on what Christian church we belong to, most of us will observe lent by some form of fasting and by giving up some luxury as penance. Rather than repeating last year’s approach and expecting a different outcome, let’s do something drastically different this year!
If you are among the estimated 40% Americans who observe Lent, you will face the question on how to fast and what luxury to give up. Traditionally, the standard rules for the Lenten fast were very rigorous - including abstinence from all meat and eating only one meal per day. The current rules, however, are much more lax. Catholics are only required to fast on Ash Wednesday and on Good Friday. Anyone over the age of 18, but under the age of 60, should eat only one full meal on those days, although they can also have small amounts of food in the morning and the evening. Many other Christian denominations are even less restrictive, though, some congregations encourage individuals to observe the stricter fasting rules.
Before you make a decision that your body may regret, consider this:
The more rigorous Lenten fasting rules implement a combination of caloric restrictions and dietary restrictions, each of which have health implications. Caloric restriction may have evolved as a survival mechanism, allowing species to survive on scraps when food is scarce, but that restriction only has lasting positive effects if the overall diet is a balanced one. Arbitrarily restricting or eliminating food items may result in a nutritional imbalance that can lead to malnutrition. Lack of food or a diet deficient in vital nutrients are common causes for malnutrition - this explains why anorexia is so unhealthy!
Equally concerning is the fact that both, temporary caloric and dietary restrictions are linked to the Yo-Yo Effect, which leads to a swift and sustained weight increase after a short-term weight loss. Listen to this 9 minute recording of an Information Webinar for North American health professionals last October, where Dr. Funfack explains the relationship between caloric restriction and the Yo-Yo Effect and between dietary restriction and weight gain.
[Stormy Blues by Arne Bang Huseby is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License]
So, to avoid the pitfalls of traditional Lenten fasting and a repeat of last year’s cyclical loss and gain of weight, give up unhealthy foods and restart your metabolism in the process!
Contact one of our metabolic balance® Coaches or sign up for one of our upcoming metabolic balance® Information Webinars to get started with your individual metabolic balance® program. This may not meet the most rigorous Lenten fasting rules but it will get you on the road towards sustained weight loss and improved well-being!
FunFacts: Pomegranate - More Than A Fruit
In a recent email to metabolic balance coaches Silvia Bürkle, co-founder of metabolic balance, summarized the interesting nutritional and medicinal facts about pomegranates.
According to legend, pomegranates grew in the garden of Eden and it is often referred to as the Divine Fruit. In many cultures pomegranates have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. More recently, it has been promoted as a “superfood” that can relieve symptoms of many diseases. In laboratory tests, pomegranate shows antiviral, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties.
Thus, it is not surprising that as of today, there are 51 clinical trials registered with the National Institutes of Health to examine effects of pomegranate extracts or juice consumption on a variety of human disorders, including atherosclerosis, cancer, common cold, coronary artery disease, diabetes, osteoporosis.
Obviously, with this much research ongoing, the jury is still out. There is not yet strong evidence that consuming pomegranates will treat or prevent any condition in humans. In addition, there is concern that pomegranate juice might interact with some medications, making them less effective - much like grapefruit juice does. So, be sure to ask your doctor or pharmacist about drug interactions.
Still, the findings associated with pomegranates from across the internet are impressive and the following health features are attributed to the fruit:
- Most powerful anti-oxidant of all fruits
- Potent anti-cancer and immune supporting effects
- Lowers blood pressure, cholesterol and other cardiac risk factors
- Promotes reversal of atherosclerotic plaque
- Fights against cell damage, aging and memory loss
- May relieve or protect against depression and osteoporosis
Certainly, pomegranates are an excellent example that Food is Nature’s Medicine and that Eating What Makes Sense does indeed promote better health and increased well-being!
Correct Diet and Hydration Help Migraines
Headaches are not fun but eating what makes sense may just keep the headaches away. According to Mt. Sinai, there are eight remedies for a headache which do not include medication.
- ice pack
- Moderate Exercise (Current Study)
- Dietary Supplements
- Hydration (Another reason to drink the suggested amount of water on your metabolic balance plan)
- Pressure Points
- Hot Shower
- Diet - Diet Restrictions, Foods to Avoid, Eat Regular Meals
If you would like to read more causes for migraines check out this link.
More research and secondary information about migraines can be found here.
Different Types of Headaches
#BecauseOfMom - #ThankYouMom
When watching the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, it’s impossible to miss P&G’s highly emotional Thank You Mom ad campaign. TeamUSA writes “P&G wants us to remember that behind every Olympic performance is often a mom who, for years, rarely got up later than 6 a.m. (and often at 4) to get her little skater to the rink for practice, or who side-slipped down an icy mountainside in 40 mph wind gusts and -1 degree temperatures to carry ski jackets and extra gates, or who held her breath as her child flew a dozen feet above an icy halfpipe in a snowstorm, then drove home on slick roads while her little rider slept.”
It’s not only the long tiring days or the picking them back up that make a difference in a future Olympian’s success. Today’s top athletes have recognized that peak performance is contingent upon proper nutrition. While Olympic athletes have dieticians and nutrition coaches, guess who is responsible for meeting the dietary requirements of our future stars: exactly, it’s our moms who fuel us for success!
A Fact Sheet of the Sports Dietitians Australia states that “maintaining adequate nutrition in athletic children is of great importance to their overall health, growth, development, and consequently to their sporting performance. The well nourished junior athlete will be able to play better and for longer, stay mentally alert, and recover quicker from training and competition. The active child who is not getting enough total energy may become tired and lethargic, and even struggle to maintain their enjoyment in sport. Young athletes who eat too little risk mild under-nutrition and may suffer from poor growth and delayed maturation.”
The same is true for those children who are not competing at a world class athletic level. Healthy, well balanced nutrition is equally essential for a child’s cognitive performance. Countless research has demonstrated the correlation between nutritional deficiencies and learning or behavior. Again, parents and especially mothers play a very special role in teaching and coaching nutrition basics – often by setting an example early on! After all, results from The Early Nutrition Programming Project made it clear that “differences in nutritional experience at critical periods in early life, both pre- and post-natally, can program a person’s development, metabolism and health for the future.”
So, not only our Olympians have good reason to say “Thank You, Mom”. Many of us also have plenty reason to attribute our early successes, be it in athletics or in academics, to our moms - “because of mom” fueling us properly! These accomplishments, though, will probably never feature in a P&G ad campaign.
We Can All Use a Nutritional Coach
metabolic balance loves to help you to reach your health goals and learn to eat what makes sense. Olympic athletes also have special coaches helping them reach their goals. Here are some links for you to follow.
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