Diet and lifestyle are the leading "causes" of good health. Most modern diseases have some root cause attached by poor diet and/or a lack of exercise and movement. While eating healthy has been proven to have a positive benefit on health, eating organically has had less scientific support for providing additional nutrition and/or eliminating toxins from our food. Lately though, more studies have pointed out links between pesticides and various health issues and diseases. Since my Mother's Parkinson's diagnosis, I have been following that diseases specific research and there have been many links found between difference pesticides and the onset of the disease. It appears to me that while there is no single cause, there probably is a correlation between our genetics, diet and lifestyle, and the chemicals we come into contact with that "presses on the weak link" of our body's and initiates a disease. It may be as simple as the fact that our livers and other filtering systems cannot keep up with the modern load of toxins and other harmful agents swimming around in our blood.
For these reasons, it may be a good idea to rethink eating organic, if for no other reason than to take a toxic load off the body's liver. Here's the article on how eating organic can reduce the body's pesticide load in a week! (click here)
Happy Valentine's Week from us at The Green House. Dr. Mercola posted an article this past weekend on the health benefits of kissing. I thought it would be appropriate to share this with all you romantics out there in preparation for the holiday of hearts.
There's probably more but's it a pretty good start...assuming you even need an excuse!
Here's the link to Dr. Mercola's original article. (click here)
Odd post I know, but this research goes to the heart of our belief in personal responsibility and prevention. An apple a day and moderate exercise are as good or better than prescription drugs in warding off our modern chronic diseases.
A recent British study found that simply eating an apple a day might help prevent heart-related disease in people over 50 to a similar degree that is attributed to daily statin use. Of course, apples have not been shown to have the same serious side effects as statins such as myopathy (a muscle disease) and diabetes (yes, statins have been shown to promote diabetes).
Another meta-study found what we probably all know to be common sense that exercise is one of the safest and most effective ways to prevent and treat chronic diseases such as diabetes, coronary heart disease, heat failure, and stroke. In addition, exercise was found to be more effective than statins and beta-blockers, diuretics, and anticoagulants and antiplatelets. The researchers went on to say that exercise is so potent in promoting good health that it should be included in drug clinical trials to ensure that the drugs do in fact produce a substantial enough benefit over lifestyle changes to overcome the potential side effects.
Farm subsidies actually work against better health and nutrition.
After helping my Dad out at the local feedstore, I became very aware that one of the biggest reasons for poor nutrition in the US is not the lack of nutrition but rather the effects of government intervention of the "free market" of food production through government subsidies. This morning I ran across an article that provides some facts on what the money for our Farm Bill is spent on. It explains why a salad costs more than a Big Mac. Click here to read the article.
On a separate note, McDonalds was caught removing an article from one of their employee blogs which explained the negative health benefits of fast food. Apparently, the comments were not friendly to their business and the blog entry was removed.
There has been a recent movement to transform the Farm Bill to a Food Bill that would align government action to our health needs rather than focusing on supporting farm profits...lot's of lobbyist push-back on this activity!
First things...sorry about not posting more often. Please leave a note if you liked (or didn't like) and article as incentive in doing a better job. Now on with the blog...
New research has found that endurance exercise in mice turns on a gene that has the effect of protecting brain cells in the hippocampus. The researchers went on to say, "The hippocampus is only one of two areas in the adult brain that can grow new nerve cells. Exercise increases the effect of BDNF in the hippocampus, where it preserves brain cells and promotes the growth of new nerves and synapses or junctions between nerve cells, thereby aiding learning and memory."
More research is needed to understand how the underlying molecular activity works but researchers are optimistic. In the meantime, it appears that exercise is not only good for your muscles but also good for the long-term health of your brain!
For more info, click here.