Monthly Archives: February 2015

Are You Eating This Substance That Lines Food Industry Pockets & Destroys Your Metabolism?

2/27/2015 Update: Ground breaking research was just released that links this additive to weight gain, inflammation and digestive problems. (must watch video below) From CBS News:

“The magic of food science has made it possible to walk into a supermarket and buy a bag of cookies that are just as soft and chewy as the ones grandma used to make — but last a whole lot longer. These chemicals found in foods, known as emulsifiers, are the reason store-bought bread and cake is soft and fluffy, margarine and bottled salad dressing is smooth and ice cream is creamy.

Without emulsifiers, our favorite products wouldn’t taste right or have the appealing texture that keeps us going back for more. However, new research suggests these chemicals may be creating a whole host of health problems.

A new study, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, finds evidence that these chemicals in food can alter the gut bacteria, or microbiome, potentially causing intestinal inflammation which makes a person more likely to develop inflammatory bowel disease, metabolic syndrome and significant weight gain.”

Are you eating this substance that lines food industry pockets, linked to weight gain, inflammation and digestive problems? Find out, right here on Food Babe TV:

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How to Fight Sitting Disease, at the Office and at Home–Stand Up

Introduction: What is Sitting Disease?

How many hours a day are you sitting down? Think about it. You’re sitting at your kitchen table, or on the couch, drinking your morning coffee. You are in the car on your way to work and while you run errands. You sit at work, most likely. You sit during lunch and dinner. You sit on your commute home and you sit when you get home.

Most of us spend more than 70 percent of our day sitting down. And some estimates are that most people spend more than 90 percent of their day either sitting down or sleeping.

Here’s the problem…

Your body was designed to move. Your muscles, bones, joints and even your cells all respond to movement. When you’re not moving, everything slows down. This slowdown can cause serious problems over time.

We’re talking about life and death problems. It’s such a big problem that doctors and researchers have given it a name. It’s called “sitting disease.” Let’s first give a formal definition of sitting disease and then we’ll talk about symptoms, risks, and some potentially frightening statistics.

A Formal Definition of Sitting Disease

Sitting disease is the name given to the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle. Specifically, these consequences lead to metabolic syndrome, obesity, diabetes, cancer and more. Sitting disease is characterized by sitting or remaining inactive for most of the day with little or no exercise.

The Risks of Sitting Disease

A sedentary lifestyle causes damage down at the cellular level. For example, when you don’t move your lovely muscles they atrophy; they shrink and become weaker. This not only makes it difficult to move, it also puts you at risk of injury.

Additionally, when you’re inactive, you actually weaken your immune system. Hormones and chemicals are released in your body when you move and when you exercise. This keeps your body strong and healthy. Stop moving and the hormones and other chemicals are no longer released, and one of the consequences is a weakened immune system.

Your cells and tissues also begin to become inflamed when you’re inactive. This systemic inflammation is the foundation of all deadly diseases. When your circulatory system becomes inflamed, for example, you arteries shrink. You experience high blood pressure. Plaque collects on the interior of your arteries and you may experience heart attack, stroke, and death.
Your body also stops responding to signals to take up sugar into the cells because, quite frankly, your cells don’t really need that much energy. So your blood sugar becomes imbalanced and you become insulin resistant. This, as you might know, leads to diabetes.

Other risks of a sedentary lifestyle include (and some of these may surprise you):

Anxiety
Deep vein thrombosis
Depression
Breast Cancer
Colon cancer
Kidney stones
Low back pain

No one wants to deal with any of these conditions. And the good news is that with a little attention and determination, you can avoid or reverse sitting disease.

Before we dive into that subject, let’s talk about the symptoms of sitting disease. You may already have it. Don’t worry, you can reverse it.

Symptoms of Sitting Disease

The first step is to calculate how many hours you spend sitting each day. If you have a sedentary lifestyle, then you probably have sitting disease.

And this includes all of the people who exercise for the requisite 20 to 30 minutes a day.

That’s just not enough to defeat disease if you spend the rest of your day sitting. (Don’t worry; the bulk of this report is dedicated to helping you live a more active lifestyle without requiring you to exercise for hours every day)

Additionally, if you have any of the conditions we’ve talked about, including high blood pressure, anxiety, or low back pain, then you likely have sitting disease. Let’s face it, you know if you live a sedentary lifestyle. It’s time to make a change.

Some Potentially Frightening Statistics about Sitting Disease

Australian researchers reported that each hour spent watching TV is linked to an 18% increase in the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease – perhaps because that time is spent sitting down. (Source: http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/news/20100111/too-much-tv-may-have-deadly-toll)

Sitting shortens your life. Studies have shown you can add two years to your life when you reduce your sitting to less than three hours a day and you can add another 1.4 years if you reduce TV time to less than two hours a day. (Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-blog/sitting-disease/bgp-20056238)

Diabetes risk increases exponentially. The less you move, the less blood sugar your body uses. Studies have shown that for every two hours spent sitting per day, your chance of contracting diabetes goes up by 7 percent…

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How Many Extra Calories Can You Burn Standing Up Vs Sitting Down?

You may have heard that sitting can be dangerous to your health, and even deadly. You can actually shave up to 7 or 8 years off of your life if you sit too much on a day-to-day basis. You know standing is healthier than sitting, but just how effective is standing versus sitting for burning calories?

A couple of minutes after you sit down, your calorie burn drops to a nearly nonexistent level. When you are sitting, you burn around 1 calorie per hour. This is because the electrical activity level of muscles throughout your body plummets rapidly. Your circulation suffers, and your metabolism drops.

Research which goes all the way back to the 1950s shows that bus conductors (standing up at work) burned more calories and were less prone to being overweight than bus drivers (sitting while they work). Significant studies conducted in the 60 years since have all agreed that standing burns more calories than sitting.

One such study was conducted in the UK. Dr John Buckley, at the University of Chester, led a research team which asked real estate agents to stand when they would normally be sitting for at least 3 hours a day, 5 days a week.

That study showed the real estate agents’ heart rates improved by approximately 10 bpm (beats per minute) when they stood, as opposed to sitting. This means about 0.7 extra calories burned per minute when you choose to get on your feet instead of plopping down on your butt.

If that does not sound like much, consider this. That is roughly an extra 40 to 45 calories per hour burned. Stand up for 3 hours a day when you would usually be sitting, and that accounts for an additional 600 to 675 calories burned in a typical 5 day work week.

Over a year that small change would mean an additional 30,000 or more calories processed by your metabolism, the equivalent of 8 pounds of fat just melted off!

Doctors have found that the problem begins to occur when people sit for more than 3 hours per day. Purchase a fitness and activity tracker that automatically records your active and non-active minutes and hours each day. Or simply monitor how long you sit versus how long you stand on a daily basis.

Stand more and sit less, and every hour you do so you improve your circulation, increase your chance of living longer, and burn 40 to 45 calories that you wouldn’t have if you have remained sitting.

Does Exercise Reverse the Effects of Sitting Down Too Much?

As study after study has proved, sitting down too much is harmful to our health. But many people ask if they can reverse the ill health effects if they exercise regularly? And we’ll get to that answer in just a bit.

First study

Part of the issue of sitting too long is blood pooling in the lower extremities. One way to lessen its effects is to periodically get up and walk around. A study published by Indiana University found that men who walked on a treadmill for 5 minutes each hour did not experience near the same amount of blood pooling as those who sat during most of their workday.

Second Study

Another recent study supported the Indiana University study, but also went one step further by also studying just standing. What they found was that by just getting up and standing did not produce the improved blood flow to the extent that walking did.

Just standing up occasionally is not enough, however, it is far better than sitting all the time. If you can’t always leave your desk to stand, here are a few ways to add more standing time to your day:

1. Park at the far end of the lot and walk in the rest of the way.
2. If you take public transportation to work, stand more than you sit.
3. Get off a stop or two away from your work and walk in the rest of the way.
4. Take the stairs for a few flights instead of getting on the elevator right away.
5. Stand when talking on the phone.
6. Walk at lunch time.
7. Instead of sending an email, walk over to the person and deliver your message in person.

These are just some of the ways you can get up and move around. With a little thought, you’ll find more. Of course in an office environment, the ultimate workstation would be one with a walking treadmill or at least a standing desk. Granted, while standing does not produce as much of an effect as walking, it is far better than sitting all day.

Third Study

A third study found that sitting all through your work day and then exercising did not produce the same effect as taking walking breaks throughout your workday. So the timing of your exercise is crucial as to the effect it produces.

Taking walking breaks throughout your workday also lowers your blood sugar and blood pressure in addition to improving blood circulation and burning more calories. This in turn reduces your risk of diabetes, heart disease, strokes and obesity.

Don’t let a desk job shorten your life or cause health issues later on. Work in walking into your daily work-day routine.

Can You Really Work From a Treadmill Desk?

Have you heard about treadmill desks? They are desks which are elevated in height, allowing you to walk on your treadmill while you are working at your desk. If it sounds like this would be difficult, there is a small learning curve involved. But surprisingly, after you get the hang of the process you can find yourself rather productive.

So, can you really work from a treadmill desk? The short answer is yes. But your success depends on several factors, the first and foremost being establishing the perfect pace.

You might run on your treadmill when you are exercising or working out. That is not the smartest idea while you are working though. You want to establish a leisurely pace which allows you to safely focus on your workday activities, while also burning some calories by walking.

If you set your treadmill to a 1 or 1.5 mile an hour pace, you will probably find yourself able to handle most of your daily work duties successfully.

Just remember, different jobs require different physical activities and levels of concentration. Handling your e-mail, listening to a conference call or sorting through your daily to do list can all be performed without error at a treadmill desk.

Work From a Treadmill Desk

10 Risks of Sitting Down Too Much

However, some workers that have dried treadmill desks found that there were times they needed to sit so they could totally concentrate on a particular work activity or assignment. This effect includes creative processes like writing, graphic design, editing and other similar activities.

Still, cutting back on the time you spend sitting can literally add years to your life. In one particular study, women between the ages of 50 and 74 that sat for 6+ hours were 34% more likely to die from any cause than the same aged women who sat for 3 hours or less.

Treadmill desks are just one way to limit the time that you sent each day. And when you don’t feel like walking, you can simply stand on your treadmill instead of suffering the negative health effects of sitting.

Treadmill desks first became commonly commercialized in 2007. And at that time, there were few inexpensive models. But with their popularity rising the last few years, competition has made them affordable for just about every budget. The same can be said for treadmills as well.

Working at a treadmill desk can help you live longer and healthier. And if you find your work suffers, you can always use your treadmill in the traditional manner, as a piece physical set is the. Just cut back on the amount of time you sit whenever possible, especially if you sit for more than 3 hours every day.