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How Does Stress Eating Effect Your Diet?
Stress Eating

Chronic stress and the stress eating that can accompany is a problem. We eat dessert dishes, fried foods, and salty snacks because they taste good, but recent studies have shown that there may be more at work when we are enjoying our delicious treats. As it turns out, it can be the body’s attempt to put a brake on the runaway machinery of chronic stress, known as stress eating. Like many of our carnal urges, stress eating is a result of our body trying to cope with external factors by using its natural hormones to send messages to your brain to tell it to do something. For instance, if you have a near accident your brain instantly tells the body to start producing the cortisol. It in turn mobilizes your body’s life-saving responses – your heart races, you become highly alert, blood vessels constrict and divert the flow of blood to key bodily functions, and your metabolism shifts readying you for action. This response to a sudden stress is natural and evolutionarily advantageous. The problem, as seen with stress eating, occurs when the body faces chronic stress. As you continually expose your body to stress, it ramps up the production of cortisol. This gives rise to anxiety, hyperalertness, depression, and stress eating. The increased levels of cortisol released under chronic stress also tell the body to store excess calories to your abdomen as fat. These fat deposits then send out a metabolic signal that tells the brain to shut off Read More »

This Fall Throat Lozenges May Save You From Weeks of Discomfort
Posted By on September 17th, 2012 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 11
Throat Lozenges

Throat Lozenges are a good remedy for your common cold. When you think about it, the throat is a fairly complex part of your anatomy. It forms part of the upper respiratory tract, aids with the initial stages of digestion, and is central to our ability to form speech. The throat’s intricacy and crucial role in our day-to-day lives becomes even more salient when we are suffering with a cold, influenza, strep throat, or other ailments. The scratchy burn, the scalding feeling with every breath, having an unhealthy throat is an unpleasant experience to say the least. One of the most common treatments for sore throats are throat lozenges. How did throat lozenges become a standard treatment for sore throat sufferers? There is no one person credited with inventing the “throat lozenge.” The throat lozenge as we know it today, a small medicated tablet intended to be dissolved slowly in the mouth to temporarily stop coughs, lubricate the throat, and/or soothe irritated tissue, didn’t come about commercially till the middle of the 19th century. William and Andrew Smith had a learned of a throat lozenge formula from their father and produced homemade lozenges to sell locally in New York’s Hudson Valley. The soothing qualities of the lozenges were recognized and appreciated by the public. They quickly developed a base of consumers and by 1852 the Smiths began advertising their throat lozenges in the newspaper. For the next 20 years the Smith brothers manufactured lozenges by hand for their growing fan Read More »

A Healthy Smoothie Will Get You More Bang For Your Buck
Posted By on September 17th, 2012 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 11
Healthy Smoothie

A healthy smoothie is one of the best ways for you to get the nutrients your body needs. With one healthy smoothie you can get all your daily recommended vitamins, minerals, enzymes, micronutrients, and antioxidants. Granted, it would be a big smoothie, and slamming all those ingredients into one drink might make it taste a bit weird, but still; there aren’t many other drinks that can satisfy both your taste buds and your body. Perhaps the best part of making a healthy smoothie is that the ingredients and therefore the taste and nutritional value are up to you. Feeling a little sick and you need an extra serving of vitamin C? Add an orange or a kiwi. Need an extra antioxidant boost? Add some blueberries. Low in iron? Add some coconut juice. Need some help digesting? Add some yogurt. Your healthy smoothie is only limited by your imagination. Every great healthy smoothie starts with a smoothie base. Your smoothie base can be anything from water to low-fat ice cream (though low-fat ice cream starts to push the boundary of “healthy smoothie”). Use your healthy smoothie base strategically. If you are using it as a meal replacement and need the extra calories you can use a fruit juice. If you are looking to add a little more protein, use soy or almond milk. Regardless of the base you choose, adding ice can give your healthy smoothie a refreshing cold crunch. Healthy smoothies can help to provide your daily-recommended amount of fruits Read More »

Are your foods superfoods?
Posted By on September 17th, 2012 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 11
Superfoods

What exactly are superfoods? Can superfoods really have a demonstrably positive effect on your diet and health? Is it worth your time to make sure your foods are “super”? There is no official or scientific definition of the term “superfood”, however, in general superfoods are described as foods with high nutritional content or phytochemical content. We all know the importance of the nutrients in our foods, but many don’t know the power of phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are chemical compounds that occur naturally in plants (often responsible for color and smell of plants) that may have biological significance but are not established as essential to nutrition. Food scientists estimate that there may be as many as 10,000 different phytochemicals having the potential to abate the risk of diseases (such as cancer, stroke, or metabolic syndrome). Superfoods are also characterized by having little to no properties that are negative. For example, the superfood broccoli wouldn’t be as super for you if it also contained 16 grams of saturated fat, artificial ingredients, food additives, or contaminants. While your body needs a small amount of fats and oils, you often get enough of those through your regular diet so eliminating them as much as possible in other parts of your diet, like through regularly eating superfoods, is ideal. Let’s look at some of the most common superfoods and what makes them so super: Beans – High in fiber, antioxidants, protein, comparable calories to meat Blueberries – Packed with antioxidants, phytochemicals, high in potassium and vitamin Read More »

Memory Is a Complicated Process of The Brain
Posted By on September 17th, 2012 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 11
Memory

Our memory is in large part a central component of who we are.  For a long time, doctors and scientists viewed your memory as a set of filing cabinets where you store information to later be recalled, or a neural supercomputer that keeps data floating around till it’s needed. This is reflected in most folks thinking of memory as a thing in their bodies, like your eyes or sense of smell. Memory isn’t just an aggregate of past experiences; rather it’s a complicated brain process that follows a pattern of rules. Indeed, it is the experiences (real or perceived) that help us make sense of our surroundings and most importantly, ourselves. Your memory is actually comprised of a group of systems in your brain that each play a different role in creating, storing and recalling your memories. It is the conjunction of these systems that provides you with a cohesive thought or memory. For instance, think of a memory you have with a favorite pet. Your brain retrieves the pet’s name, shape, characteristics, functions, even the feel of its fur against your palm. Each part of this memory comes from a different region of the brain. Your mental image of the pet doesn’t just come from a file cabinet in your brain labeled “pet memories”, it’s actively reconstructed from many different areas of the brain. Neurologists are only now starting to understand how the different parts of the brain work together to give you your memories. To give a clearer Read More »

Caraway Seeds, Small But Mighty
Caraway Seeds

Caraway seeds are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. Caraway seeds have been around the world for millennia as both a flavor enhancer and a natural treatment for gastro-intestinal ailments. From Africa to China, caraway seeds have long been a supplement of widely varying diets. So what is it about caraway seeds that have made them such a ubiquitous part of the human diet? The caraway plant is part of the carrot family. With finely divided feathery leaves that have thread-like divisions, its appearance resembles that of a carrot or fennel plant. The caraway seeds, actually considered to be a fruit, are crescent-shaped achenes (simple dried fruit produced by many flowering plants). While you are able to use most of the other plant, we will focus just on the caraway seed (and we’ll keep calling it a seed in deference to the colloquial terminology). Caraway seeds, usually used whole, have a strong, anise-like flavor and pungent aroma that comes from the essential oils it contains (mostly carvone and limonene). The seeds can be eaten raw, cooked or baked. Caraway seeds can be used in desserts, liquors, casseroles, curry, certain types of cheeses, pudding, and other foods. Most commonly, rye bread uses caraway seeds as an additive to increase flavor and nutritional value of the bread. Though it is more popular in cooking in European kitchens, caraway seeds have recently been en vogue in the United States and have seen an increase in consumption. The health benefits of caraway seeds Read More »

Muscle Infusion Lean Muscle Builders is Premium Protein Powder
Posted By on September 17th, 2012 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 11
Muscle Infusion

Muscle Infusion protein powders provide your body with nutrients for building lean muscle.  From Nutrex Research’s special UNDERGROUND labs comes the meanest, most powerful, monstrous lean muscle building protein ever: Muscle Infusion Black. The only way to get the big rippling muscles you want your body to get the protein it needs. Muscle Infusion Black not only delivers you that protein, but also gives you a unique blend of other nutrients that helps you maximize your muscle gain. Using UNDERGROUND’s proprietary Protein Super Blend, Muscle Infusion Black has the highest quality protein sources on the market that varies absorption rates for both fast acting and long-lasting muscle generation. Muscle Infusion Black is designed to trigger a quick anabolic onslaught followed by sustained muscle building activities. Once injested, the multi-layered protein fraction go to work and continue to do so for several hours, feeding your muscles with the muscle-building amino acids. In each scoop of Muscle Infusion Black contains 25 grams of both anabolic and bioactive protein with minimal fats (2.5 grams fat, 1.5 grams saturated fats), carbohydrates (4 grams), and sugars (1.5 grams). It contains no artificial fillers such as maltodextrin, fructose, oils, or other time-wasting, waistline-expanding fillers. This means you get more of the things our body needs to pack on lean muscle and none of the stuff you don’t want. Muscle Infusion Black doesn’t just dump the nutrients in your body and stop there. It also contains UNDERGROUND’s Digesting Enzyme Dual-Stimulator consisting of a precise blend of Aminogen Read More »

Cinnamon is more than just a flavor.
Posted By on September 17th, 2012 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 11
Cinnamon

Cinnamon has many useful health benefits.  Once considered to be more precious than gold itself, cinnamon has been used both for flavor and medicinally for centuries. It was used for embalming, an antiseptic, aromatherapy, and, of course, it adds a lovely flavor to almost any recipe. While it is no longer more valuable than gold, cinnamon and its unique properties can still be used as a delicious way to lose unwanted weight. Cinnamon is thought to decrease blood sugar and increase insulin levels in the body. When we ingest food, your body turns it into glucose, the primary energy source for our muscles and brain. If you eat excessively our blood sugar levels rise too quickly and your body starts to produce insulin in order to combat the spike in blood sugar. It is this tug of war between blood sugar and insulin can in large part determine if you lose or gain weight. Consequently, cinnamon’s effects on blood sugar and insulin levels have the potential to combat weight gain and increase weight loss. Cinnamon also induces a process in the body called thermogenics. This simply means that cinnamon creates heat within our bodies due to a natural chemical reaction. In order to maintain the correct balance of temperature, your body’s metabolism speeds up to neutralize the excess heat created by the cinnamon. This process keeps your body at an even temperature but also burns excess fat in doing so. When your metabolism increases you burn calories more quickly and Read More »