Monday, January 14, 2013

Health Alerts from Dr. Mercola

Aspirin Use Linked to Macular Degeneration

January 14, 2013

Story at-a-glance
  • Regular aspirin use increased participants’ risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness, according to new research; a separate study published last year also revealed a connection between frequent aspirin use and the development of AMD
  • Walking barefoot on the Earth’s surface, a practice known as “grounding,” provides an effective, inexpensive and non-toxic alternative to aspirin that is linked to pain relief and even helping to thin your blood, which may offer heart protection
  • It’s thought that the influx of free electrons from the Earth's surface during grounding will help to neutralize free radicals and reduce both acute and chronic inflammation, which is at the root of many health conditions and accelerated aging

Confirmed—Fructose Can Increase Your Hunger and Lead to Overeating

January 14, 2013

Eating Too Much

Story at-a-glance

  • Scientists using fMRI tests have shown that fructose triggers changes in your brain that may lead to overeating and weight gain. When you drink a beverage containing fructose, your brain does not register the feeling of being full, as it does when you consume simple glucose
  • Fructose is also metabolized to fat in your body far more rapidly than any other sugar, and the metabolism of fructose by your liver creates a long list of waste products and toxins, including a large amount of uric acid, which drives up blood pressure and can cause gout
  • As a standard recommendation, I advise keeping your total fructose consumption below 25 grams per day. For most people it would also be wise to limit your fructose from fruit to 15 grams or less
  • According to a recent study, altering your typical eating habits―such as getting up in the middle of the night for a snack―causes a certain protein to desynchronize your internal food clock, which can have a detrimental effect on your health and well-being

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