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"The Pima Indians: A Tale of Two Carbs The Pima Indians, who live in Arizona, had a metabolism that was exquisitely adapted to their environment.They had evolved to thrive perfectly on particular foods that exist only in a desert environment. One hundred years ago they were thin and fit and suffered none of the diseases of Western civilization such as obesity, heart disease, or diabetes.Yet in a single generation they became one of the most obese populations in the world, second only to the Samoans."
- Mark Hyman, Ultra-Metabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss (Get the book.)

"In the meantime you are storing all the excess sugar as fat, slowing down your metabolism, and promoting heart disease, dementia, and cancer. This is a condition known as prediabetes. It is also called metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, and syndrome X. All are names for the same thing. In chapter 9 you will learn more about this condition and how it has a direct effect on your ability to lose weight. For now you need to be aware that the types of carbohydrates you eat have a direct impact on how quickly and to what degree you develop insulin resistance."

- Mark Hyman, Ultra-Metabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss (Get the book.)

"Eating while we are stressed out makes us fat, both because we don't digest our food properly and because stress hormones slow metabolism and promote fat storage, especially of belly fat/' We also tend to overeat when we eat quickly, because it takes the stomach twenty minutes to signal the brain that we are full. A pioneering nutritional psychologist, Marc David, author of Nourishing Wisdom and The Slow Down Diet, reported a comical story about eating food fast while eating fast food. One particular man he treated was intent on losing weight."

- Mark Hyman, Ultra-Metabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss (Get the book.)

"Avoid Failure Strategy #6: Play the Blame Game Do you curse parental genes for giving you a slow metabolism? If so, you've fallen prey to the last of the failure methods—blaming the extra pounds on your metabolism.You might say that the blame game is more of a "failure attitude" than a failure strategy, but here the watchword is "failure." As long as you believe that genetics predispose you to being fat, you can tell yourself that your hunger is written "in the stars" and indulge your emotional eating habit whenever life gets difficult, doing nothing to change the underlying pattern."
- Roger Gould, Shrink Yourself: Break Free from Emotional Eating Forever (Get the book.)

"It's as if those who focus on the details of carbohydrate metabolism are uncomfortable collaborating with those who focus on lipid metabolism. However, biochemists and clinical investigators are not alone in suffering intellectual myopia; epidemiologists do as well. The epidemiologists who focus on proximate-cause epidemiology tend to collaborate with the clinical investigators who study particular proximate causes. In that fashion, we learn of the individual "risk factors."
- Nortin M. Hadler MD, Worried Sick: A Prescription for Health in an Overtreated America (Get the book.)

"An important cofactor for enzymes, NAD helps in energy metabolism within cells by transporting hydrogen, which is essential in setting the fly's built-in timer for larval development. Energy availability also directly affects an organism's fitness.3 NAD marshals electrons into the pathway needed to maximize energy production and metabolism; low levels of NAD adversely affect the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Every cell uses oxygen and glucose to convert ADP (adenine diphosphate) and phosphoric acid into ATP, a molecule that slow-drips energy to power most cellular processes."
- Lynne McTaggart, The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World (Get the book.)

"Additionally, imaging studies of patients diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder found that psychotherapy increased prefrontal metabolism and decreased limbic system activation in the brain. In broad terms, this means that psychotherapy enhanced activity in the part of the brain associated with executive function—judgment, decision-making, rationality—and subdued activity in the part of the brain that processes emotion, fear, and aggressive instincts. For people suffering from PTSD, this would appear to be a good thing. Psychotherapy affects serotonin metabolism in the brain."
- Charles Barber, Comfortably Numb: How Psychiatry Is Medicating a Nation (Get the book.)

"This isn't just a theory; we now know how these foods speak to your genes. Some of the most interesting research of recent years has revolved around how the same foods that aid in weight loss (omega-3 fats found in fish and flaxseed oil and vegetables and fruits rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients) also inhibit inflammation. Turning Off Inflammation Many studies show that changes in diet, lifestyle, and exercise can reduce inflammation. A diet higher in fiber, olive oil, and low-glycemic-load carbo- DRUGS OR FOOD?"
- Mark Hyman, Ultra-Metabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss (Get the book.)

"Psychotherapy affects serotonin metabolism in the brain. Finnish researchers have showed that psychotherapy may have a significant impact on serotonin metabolism. Researchers imaged the brain of a twenty-five-year-old man suffering from borderline personality disorder and depression before he started a year of psychotherapy. Another man with the same diagnoses also underwent brain imaging but received no psychotherapy or treatment of any kind."
- Charles Barber, Comfortably Numb: How Psychiatry Is Medicating a Nation (Get the book.)

"Smoking affects both carbohydrate and lipid metabolism. In one study of diabetics, 114 smokers were compared to 49 nonsmokers. The smokers had a 15-20 percent higher insulin requirement and serum triglyceride concentration. In heavy smokers the insulin requirement was 30 percent higher. Researchers have found that chronic smokers were likely to be more insulin resistant, hyperinsulinemic, and dyslipidemic compared to matched groups of nonsmokers. It is believed that catecholamines, a type of hormone, are produced in greater quantity in smokers and act as an antagonist to insulin action."
- Gabriel Cousens, There Is a Cure for Diabetes: The Tree of Life 21-Day+ Program (Get the book.)

"Very few studies have examined vitamin D metabolism in the morbidly obese, but it does appear that compared to those who are not obese, overweight folks have a diminished response to UVB production of vitamin D. If you weigh 300 pounds or more, the above calculations may slightly overestimate or underestimate your needs. Rounding down dose calculations and monitoring your D level every two months will provide the information you need to adjust your dosing safely."
- James Dowd and Diane Stafford, The Vitamin D Cure (Get the book.)

"In chapter 9, you discover how vitamin D regulates your appetite and metabolism. What you eat helps determine your metabolic set point. Chapter 10 explains how vitamin D deficiency can make you tired and contribute to trouble with focus and memory. Chapters 11 and 12 shed light on the critical roles vitamin D plays in allowing your immune system to recognize the difference between the bacteria in your nose and pneumonia—and how it identifies and fights cancer."

- James Dowd and Diane Stafford, The Vitamin D Cure (Get the book.)

"And just as important is that you need magnesium for proper functioning of vitamin D, PTH (parathyroid hormone), and calcitonin—three hormones that regulate bone metabolism and your mineral stores. You absorb 30 to 50 percent of the magnesium that's in nuts, dried fruit, and green, leafy vegetables. Supplements, in contrast, allow you to absorb only about 5 to 15 percent of magnesium, and that's a two- to fourfold difference. A daily multiple vitamin can't contain adequate magnesium because it would be too large to swallow. Even multiple vitamin packets don't contain enough magnesium."

- James Dowd and Diane Stafford, The Vitamin D Cure (Get the book.)

"It is also a disturbance of protein and fat metabolism. diabetes pills—Pills or capsules that are taken by mouth to help lower the blood glucose level. These pills may work for people whose bodies are still making insulin. diabetic eye disease—A disease of the small blood vessels of the retina of the eye in people with diabetes. In this disease, the vessels swell and leak liquid into the retina, blurring the vision and sometimes leading to blindness."
- Gabriel Cousens, There Is a Cure for Diabetes: The Tree of Life 21-Day+ Program (Get the book.)

"Specifically for diabetes, vegetable protein positively affects many aspects of our metabolism, including the improvement of insulin sensitivity and the reduction of toxic reactions.3 Simply changing the excess of calories in the diet and improving the ratio of protein to carbohydrates and fat according to your constitution can actually improve the regulation of blood sugar levels.4 Phytonutrients One of the most potent components of food that affects gene expression on the molecular level is phytonutrients."

- Gabriel Cousens, There Is a Cure for Diabetes: The Tree of Life 21-Day+ Program (Get the book.)

"His physical grace grew beautifully, as essential fatty acids, along with his improved dopamine metabolism, helped smooth out his coordination. His muscles also bulked up, as he began to more efficiently process the amino acid creatine, the muscle-building protein that's often low in autistics. In 2004, when Kyle was eight, Eric and Elizabeth took him to the Mayo Clinic, to confirm what they felt they already knew: that Kyle was no longer autistic."
- Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Get the book.)

"Diabetics often have low magnesium levels in their cells and blood, and some researchers believe that they might even have a defect in the metabolism of magnesium that exacerbates the disease. Even if you're not a diabetic, you're likely to suffer from insulin resistance if you're low in magnesium. One recent study found that normal, healthy adults developed a 25 percent greater insulin resistance on a magnesium-deficient diet.148 Magnesium is also very alkalizing to the body, and helps counter the tendency to acidity from a diabetogenic lifestyle and physiology."
- Gabriel Cousens, There Is a Cure for Diabetes: The Tree of Life 21-Day+ Program (Get the book.)

"The natural tendency of a child—the way their metabolism and bone structure and everything else is designed—is to be active all day long. They'll get up and do somersaults and wrestle for five minutes—and then they'll stop and lie around for an hour. Then they'll do the same thing over again." Adults, he said, operate differently. "We regiment ourselves. So we took that same activity model that we have as adults, and we applied it to our kids. So we have soccer games from nine to ten, and the rest of the day, there's no activity."
- Deirdre Imus, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series (Green This!) (Get the book.)

"LOW TESTOSTERONE IS COMMON IN DIABETIC MEN A study in the November 2004 issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and metabolism revealed that one out of three diabetic men have low testosterone levels. Researchers at the University at Buffalo and Ka-leida Health in Buffalo, New York, measured the serum testosterone and other associated hormone levels of 103 men who had type 2 diabetes. None of the men had previously been diagnosed with low testosterone levels. It was discovered that 33 percent of them had low levels of the hormone."
- Steven V. Joyal, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Diabetes: An Innovative Program to Prevent, Treat, and Beat This Controllable Disease (Get the book.)

"But from winter into early spring, vitamin D levels fall at the same time that you eat less fresh produce, and that makes your serotonin metabolism less efficient. All of these things depress mood. In fact, study participants who had traditional broad-spectrum light therapy raised their vitamin D levels only by half as much and didn't reduce their depression at all. So vitamin D replacement is more effective than light therapy for the treatment of seasonal affective disorder."
- James Dowd and Diane Stafford, The Vitamin D Cure (Get the book.)

"Paul's overall metabolism was just a mess. He had numerous food allergies, gross deficiencies of many nutrients, and excesses of others. All of this was combining to bombard his brain and his body in endless cascades of related dysfunction. Despite the roundness of his yeast-infested, allergy-inflamed belly, the cells in his body and brain were starving. It was a wonder that he had any energy at all, or any ability to focus. However, these were all problems that could be fixed. Not easily, though. That was up to Lynne, and the strength of her love."
- Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Get the book.)

"Lack of nutrients and other environmental stressors can cause persisting changes in glucose, lipid metabolism, blood pressure, enzymes, vascular structure, hormone levels, and cell receptors, which may adversely affect long-term brain function and expedite its aging.20 "Breast is best" Numerous studies have established consistent and convincing associations between breast-feeding and improved cognitive development and performance later in life."
- Peter J. Whitehouse and Daniel George, The Myth of Alzheimer's: What You Aren't Being Told About Today's Most Dreaded Diagnosis (Get the book.)

"But for millions of Americans—approximately 54 million, according to the latest data from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)—abnormalities in their metabolism herald diabetes. Let's take a brief look at this most common of all metabolic diseases. TYPES OF DIABETES Approximately 21 million Americans have diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and more than twice that number have prediabetes and are at risk for the disease."
- Steven V. Joyal, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Diabetes: An Innovative Program to Prevent, Treat, and Beat This Controllable Disease (Get the book.)

"Dietary fish as a major component of a weight-loss diet: Effect on serum lipids, glucose, and insulin metabolism in overweight hypertensive subjects. Am J Clin Nutr 1999; 70:817-25. Morris MC, Sacks F, Rosner B. Does fish oil lower blood pressure? A meta-analysis of controlled trials. Circulation 1993; 88:523-33. Munch G et al. Influence of advanced glycation end-products and AGE-inhibitors on nucleation-dependent polymerization of beta-amyloid peptide. Biochim Biophys Acta 1997 Feb 27; 1360(l):17-29. Murase T et al."

- Steven V. Joyal, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Diabetes: An Innovative Program to Prevent, Treat, and Beat This Controllable Disease (Get the book.)

"We should be feeding our children foods that can regulate their metabolism, blood sugar, and even mood swings, hyperactivity, and depression. The hard part, it seems, is for parents to change their own relationship to food. According to Dr. Rosenbaum, "Numerous studies show that good or bad health and exercise behaviors learned in childhood are more likely to persist into adulthood. You can lay the behavioral groundwork for good health earlier—just as you can alter the early metabolic groundwork for disease. It's very hard to change someone's behavior as an adult."
- Deirdre Imus, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series (Green This!) (Get the book.)

"His own metabolism was no longer his worst enemy. He played with other children, talked to his parents, and even started school in a mainstream classroom. He was still a little emotionally fragile, though, and would sometimes cry when Lynne left for work. One day, though, as she was leaving, expecting the usual insecurity from him, he came to her and said, "Mama, when you go to work, I'm lonely. And when you're lonely, it means you miss someone. Later he said, "I love you and you love me. You will always be right here in my heart and I will always be in yours."
- Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Get the book.)

"During sleep, by contrast, metabolism drops by only 10 to 15 percent; even experienced meditators can decrease it by only 17 percent, at best. But that day in the Himalayas, he had observed the impossible in terms of mental influence. The monks had used their bodies to boil freezing water simply through the power of their thoughts.2 Benson's enduring enthusiasm for meditation ignited interest at major academic institutions across America. By the turn of the twenty-first century, monks had become the favorite guinea pigs of the neuroscience laboratory."
- Lynne McTaggart, The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World (Get the book.)

"It is the smell of moist earth in the spring that tells our cells the shift in the cycle is here, and it is time to change our metabolism; likewise the sound of geese flying south in the fall signals our cells to shift into wintertime mode. The natural world is what our bodies recognize as safe and supportive, thus causing maintenance and replication of cells. Our bodies do not recognize processed foods; therefore, they have to work harder to digest and assimilate any minor nutrients that may be derived from such food."
- Pam Montgomery, Plant Spirit Healing: A Guide to Working with Plant Consciousness (Get the book.)

"So aging seems to be about deteriorating cellular function and metabolism and so forth. And what I am saying is that with the Adventists it almost looks as if that general deterioration and cellular function may be impacted by lifestyle. If so, that would be very interesting." My last stop in Southern California was a pancake house. Tempting pictures of maple syrup slathered over sausage and pancakes adorned the menu. I was hungry, and the waitress had her pencil poised. "I'll take the oatmeal with fruit," I said. "And just water." We'll see how long that lasts."
- Dan Buettner, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest (Get the book.)

"Undereating, as the theory goes, slows down the body's metabolism in a way such that it produces less damaging oxidants—agents that rust the body from within." How about sweet potatoes? Did she eat them anymore? I was test-driving a hypothesis that sweet potatoes may be part of Okinawa's longevity theory. The tuber was so ubiquitous that before World War II, instead of saying hello, islanders greeted each other by saying, Nmu kamatooin, which translates as, "Are you getting enough imo?"

- Dan Buettner, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest (Get the book.)

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