Posts Tagged ‘benefit’

Akkermansia Muciniphila

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

A-muciniphila

 

Apparently, it has been recently discovered that an intestinal bacteria called Akkermansia Muciniphila is significantly lower in people with obesity and type 2 Diabetes.  The studies have only been done on mice at this time but the results are promising.  It seems that when obese mice and mice with type 2 diabetes are given this bacterium they drop pounds without changing their diet.  Even mice that were given high fat diets digested their food better and lost weight.  In these test mice, higher levels of A. muciniphila reversed fat mass gain, insulin resistance, adipose tissue inflammation and metabolic endotoxemia.  It also seemed to help with inflammatory bowel disease.  

Here’s the article published in “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA”

This is a welcome bit of knowledge for me, not because I will finally be able to lose the extra fat (a treatment for people will not be available for some time), but because it helps explain why I’ve been fat pretty much my whole life.  I mean seriously, I eat way better than a lot of my skinny friends.  I even exercise more than some of them yet I consistently carry around more pounds.  It always seemed really unfair to me.  And is a lot of the reason I gave up caring about my health a few years ago.  Giving up hope that I could ever be thin made me just give up all together because as any one who has weight issues knows being treated like a loser by most of society sucks.  Being told you aren’t good enough if you are overweight gets to you after a while.  Surely I’m not the only person who has felt the leering eye of a skinny person looking down on you because they assume you don’t do anything or care enough about your health.  (A big fat raspberry to all of those people) I would try and try with little to no results and simply be told I hadn’t tried hard enough.  The only time I was even close to an ideal weight (and I would still have been considered overweight) I was on a strict vegan diet, I did hard labour work for anywhere from 4-8 hours 7 days a week, and I walked about 15 miles a week.  That is not an easily sustainable lifestyle.  I mean seriously, I would like to enjoy my life a little as well.

Here’s hoping that Akkermansia Muciniphila is a positive answer for a lot of people in the same boat as me.  All the people who work hard at staying healthy but still want to enjoy their lives.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Pilates

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

pilates class

 

The local Pilates centre had a free introductory beginners mat class and I went.  I’ve always wondered what Pilates was all about.  People would describe it to me and all I could think was “so you mean like yoga?”, and they would say “no, it’s not like yoga”.  Well it is like yoga and not at the same time.  It focuses on breathing and elongating the body but in a much less spiritually infused way.  I really appreciate that.  The type of Pilates we were doing is called “mat work”, there is also a machine apparatus they call a reformer; I think that’s for the more advanced practitioners though.

Pilates is probably the easiest thing I’ve ever done that achieved such immediate and obvious results.  It is a discipline that encourages us to focus on slow deliberate movements.  There were no weird balancing moves and no “stand up, now sit down” craziness.  In fact I didn’t even break a sweat and the hour long class was over before I knew it.   The result was that I left feeling loose and limber with lots of energy.   By doing every move slowly and deliberately I was able to (with the instructors guidance) pinpoint exactly what muscles should be used to execute a certain move instead of  just doing something and hoping the right muscles get engaged.   Keep in mind this was a beginners class, the weird positions come later.

I could have skipped this class as I almost forgot about it, but I didn’t.  Am I glad that I made myself go?  Yes I am.  Making myself do things I don’t want to do is getting easier and I always enjoy the result of being able to feel good about myself for it.

Did I mention I didn’t break a sweat?  I hate sweating.

Honey and Cinnamon

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

cin-honey

 

Honey and cinnamon seems to be the latest health craze floating around.  This is one of those possible fads that I’m totally willing to give a try.   As I am not allergic to honey or cinnamon, it really can’t hurt to give it a go and quite simply I don’t care if it works or not.   I love this combination of flavours so why not incorporate a glass of cinnamon honey water as my first thing in the morning drink.

Unpasteurized honey has been known for centuries to work as an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and regenerative agent.  It is full of phytonutrients including B vitamins (no pun intended), iron and manganese.  Pure unadulterated honey has been known to have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory affects.  I really could go on and on about why you should always have honey in the house.  Another interesting fact is that honey is the only food that never goes bad.

True cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum aka Ceylon Cinnamon) as opposed to Cassia which is sometimes sold as cinnamon is apparently what really works.  As  an anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory and is said to help lower blood sugars and cholesterol.

The combination of honey and cinnamon is claimed to help a host of ailments including heart disease, arthritis, infertility, pimples,  fatigue, bad breath…you get the idea I’m sure.

So why is it supposed to help in weight loss?  Not entirely sure.  I guess it’s because honey is a said to speed up your metabolism, curb your appetite (certainly for sugary things), and boost your energy. Cinnamon lowers cholesterol and aids in digestion (therefore helping your body process foods more efficiently).  The combination sounds useful.

In a jar, combine:

  • 1 part natural unpasteurized honey
  • 1 part ground Ceylon cinnamon

Dilute a tablespoon in a cup of room temperature water and drink first thing in the morning.

Note: some people recommend boiling water but the kills the effectiveness of the honey.