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Boost Brain Power in just 10 Minutes

A new study shows that just 10 minutes of exercise can measurably improve your brain power. If you have trouble with focus, or have a “foggy brain”, this could help you.

While there is a lot of research on the multitude of benefits from long-term and prolonged exercise, Researchers from Western University, have discovered that even a short 10 minute burst of exercise can improve cognitive function, particularly in decision-making, problem-solving, and focus, at least temporarily.

Young healthy adults participating in the experiment were subject to 10 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise, and then assessed, with immediate results. A control group that did not exercise showed no marked improvement in cognitive function.

The results preliminary, but may be important in the research of elderly patients with dementia, especially if they are not very mobile.

About to write a test, write your dissertation, go into a meeting, or just need to focus? It can be as simple as putting on your runners, and doing jumping jacks, skipping, or power yoga. All you need to do is get that heart rate up for 10 minutes. Try it and tell us if it worked for you!

Read the full study here.

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What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Bioidentical hormones replacement therapy (BHRT) involves the treatment of hormone deficiencies using hormones that are identical to those naturally produced in the body. Conventional hormone therapy, on the other hand, are hormones that have been chemically altered so that they can be patented and sold as a drug. It is this chemically altered drug form of hormone therapy that has received much negative attention regarding the side effects associated with hormone therapy.

The goal of Bioidentical hormones replacement therapy (BHRT) is to achieve a natural hormone balance in the body resulting in symptom relief and improved well being without the side effects. BHRT is used to treat a variety of hormone deficiencies such as menopause, peri-menopause, andropause, hypothyroidism, and adrenal deficiencies. It can also be used to facilitate weight loss and treat infertility, endometriosis, heavy menstrual bleeding, menstrual cramping, premenstrual syndrome, low libido, hypothyroidism, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue. Bioidentical hormones are made using natural ingredients and available by prescription from local pharmacies.

Dr. Brian Gluvic has over 14 years of experience using BHRT. Your appointment with Dr. Brian Gluvic will involve a comprehensive consultation, lab work and physical exam. He will present dietary, nutritional and lifestyle options that will help you achieve hormone balance in the long term and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy options to provide more immediate results.

To find out more about biodentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), schedule an appointment with a Village Health Clinic doctor.

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Dietary Fiber Intake Associated with Reduced Risk for Heart Disease and Stroke

In a analysis of 22 studies, investigators looked for associations between between cardiovascular disease (history of stroke/heart attack or evidence of artery disease) and fibre intake. They found that for every 7 gram increase in fibre (equal to about 1 cup of green peas, 2 apples, or 2 cups of oatmeal) there was significant reduction in cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular risk continue to decrease with increasing fibre consumption. In these studies, all types of fibre (soluble, insoluble, vegetable, fruit, grains, legumes) were associated reductions in cardiovascular risk.

Paul S. Mueller, MD, MPH, FACP Reviewing Threapleton DE et al., BMJ 2013 Dec 20; 347:f6879

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Go nuts

Study ties nuts to a lower risk of death, including from heart disease or cancer

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Dangers of Sugar

This is a fascinating and entertaining clip on the dangers of modern day sugar:

 

 

Recipes

Apple Crisp

gluten free | dairy free | carbohydrate restrictive

Recipe from Patient of Village Health Clinic

Ingredients:

Filling:
6 apples, peeled, cored, sliced1 Tbsp coconut oil
¼ cup honey
1 Tbsp cinnamon

Topping:½ cup coconut flour
3 Tbsp coconut oil
2 Tbsp xylitol (Xyla)
1 Tbsp whole ground flax seed
1 Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
2 tsp cinnamon¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp sea salt

Method: 

Line the sliced apples in the bottom of an 8×2 inch round (or 8×8 square) baking dish. In a separate bowl combine the filling – cinnamon, coconut oil, and honey. Spoon the filling mixture over the apples and gently stir to evenly distribute the filling mixture.

In a separate bowl, mix all the topping ingredients. Evenly sprinkle the crumble topping mixture over the apples in the baking dish.  Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes until apples are tender and topping begins to brown.

Yield: serves 6

Nutritional Info per serving:

242 cals, 25g carbs, 12g fat, 2g protein, 16g sugar, 6g fiber

 

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Higher Salt Intake in Children Associated with High Blood Pressure

The link between high salt intake and high blood pressure in adults is well known. Fortunately, adults are increasingly taking the simple step of restricting salt intake to not only treat but also prevent high blood pressure and it’s cardiovascular complications (heart attack and stroke). Why then do we allow our children to continue to consume high levels of salt in the form of fast foods, processed snacks such as chips, and deli meats.

A recent study published in the journal “Pediatrics” showed that higher salt intake in children is associated with high blood pressure. The association was even stronger in overweight or obese children. Children should be consuming less than 2300 mg of salt per day but this study found that they are consuming an average of 3400 mg per day. This is comparable to the average daily intake of salt for an adult – way too much. We forget that children are not only susceptible to the same illnesses as adults but that many of these diseases start in childhood. For example, atherosclerotic plaques (the precursor to heart attack and stroke) can be found in children as young as 10 years old. Many of these conditions (cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes) are not old age diseases but life long diseases that start in childhood. It is our responsibility as parents to teach our children healthy eating and lifestyle habits.

Sodium Intake and Blood Pressure Among US Children and Adolescents. Pediatrics. 2012 Sep 17. [Epub ahead of print]

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Sugar Sweetened Drinks lead to Obesity

Obesity is an important risk factor for diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Several studies have shown a correlation between excessive weight gain and the consumption of sugary drinks like sodas, juice drinks, and sports beverages sweetened with sugar. Recently, the New England Journal of Medicine has published the results of three very convincing studies that seem to remove any doubt about the relationship between sugary drinks and obesity. The first study spanned several decades and involved more than 33,000 Americans. It looked at patterns of drink consumption and their relationship to genetic predisposition to obesity and rates of obesity. By addressing genetic risk this study ensured that the results were due to the drink consumption and not genetics. Within a group of individuals with similar genetic risks for obesity, the researchers found that obesity significantly increased with increased sugary drink consumption.
The remaining studies looked at changes in weight and body fat in normal weight children and overweight/obese adolescents when sugar sweetened drinks were replaced with sugar free drinks. Both studies were randomized and placebo controlled (the children did not know which drink they had and they were randomly selected to receive either). With normal weight children, the group that received the sugar free drink gained significantly less weight than the group consuming the sugared drink. Similar results were found in the overweight/obese adolescents.
With your children’s diet, the most important step you can take to reducing risk for obesity and resulting disease is to significantly limit their consumption of sugar sweetened beverages. Replace these beverages with water and a diet high in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and good quality protein sources such poultry, dairy, fish and meats. And, don’t forget exercise.
 
Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Genetic Risk of Obesity. New England Journal of Medicine. September 21, 2012.
 
A Trial of Sugar-free or Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Body Weight in Children. New England Journal of Medicine. September 21, 2012.
 
A Randomized Trial of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Adolescent Body Weight. New England Journal of Medicine. September 21, 2012.
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Almost a Third of Children in Canada Are Overweight

The prevalence of overweight and obesity in children has progressively increased in the last three decades. Recent statistics from the Canadian Health Measures Survey from 2009-2011 revealed that 31.5 percent of children between the ages of 5 to 17 are overweight and 11.7 percent were obese. Boys had almost twice the prevalence of obesity compared to girls and this gender gap was even greater in five to 11 year old boys.

Excessive weight in children not only increases the likelihood of obesity in adulthood but it is a significant risk factor for diabetes, cardiovascular disease and psychological issues. Children are increasingly being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and sleep apnea, conditions that were previously limited to adults.

This trend is a product of dietary and lifestyle behaviours– many of our children are too sedentary and consume too much of the wrong foods and beverages.

Overweight and obesity in children and adolescents: Results from the 2009 to 2011 Canadian Health Measures Survey. 82-003-X
Vol. 23 No. 3.