All about inflammation and anti-inflammatory lifestyle (Part 1)

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Over the course of evolution, our bodies developed some fantastically complex and truly amazing defense mechanisms.  Jointly, they keep us safe and alive, protecting us from foreign bacterial and viral invasions, ensuring tissue regeneration and healing, cleaning up cellular metabolic debris and deactivating and destroying malfunctioning cells to limit the damage that they can inflict on surrounding tissues. Many times, however, the same processes that are supposed to protect our bodies from harm cause greater harm when allowed to progress unchecked.  For instance, cholesterol patches originally deployed to limit the damage from vascular lesions may lead to dangerous plaque formations that elevate the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.  Free radicals, the generation of which is a part of normal […]

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Heart Health: Part III – regeneration, genetics and supplements

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Wear and tear, cell regeneration and impact on heart health Most people pretty much accept the inevitable decline in heart health as they age, believing that the heart (just as the rest of the body) wears out with time.  It is almost expected that your heart, as you get older, will start changing for the worse – the cardiac muscle is expected to thicken (and weaken at the same time), arteries – to stiffen and overall cell regeneration process – to slow down.  The implied lack of exercise at an older age makes these processes accelerate even further. This grim picture, however, doesn’t have to be your reality. It is true that myocardium cells may not possess the same remarkable […]

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Saturated fat & unsaturated fat: what you didn’t know about bad fats and good fats

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For many years, when people talked about healthy eating, any low-fat diet was a staple.  The USDA food pyramid and its equivalents produced by government authorities responsible for making sure we eat well have been vilifying fat for decades.  American Heart Association still recommends limiting foods containing saturated fat, such as butter or red meat – and to go for leanest cuts whenever you do eat red meat.  They still recommend “replacing foods that are high in saturated fat with healthier options can lower blood cholesterol levels and improve lipid profiles”.  In their own words: “You should replace foods high in saturated fat with foods high in monounsaturated and/or polyunsaturated fat. This means eating foods made with liquid vegetable oil but not […]

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Skinny Fat: When Losing Weight is Not Good

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A very common mistake of “losing weight” can totally mess up your health. How often have you seen thin people resembling oversized stick figures? How often have you secretly wished you were skinny? Perhaps because the media constantly promotes the image of light-weight and slim models – or perhaps you think this would be a healthier version of yourself? Here is why you might have been wrong about this.

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Nutritional Ketosis, Part II – Ketogenic Diet in Weight Control and Sports

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Improved body composition and better endurance are only a few of the benefits of ketogenic diet – both have profoundly positive effects on health, longevity and quality of life. But why is ketogenic diet so effective for getting rid of body fat? Why is it more effective than, say, “low-fat” or “low-calorie” diets, popularized and promoted in the last several decades and still prevailing in the minds of most dieters? The second article in the series explains…

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Nutritional Ketosis, Part I – the State of being a Superman

Bacon, eggs, fat

Very few metabolic states are as misunderstood as nutritional ketosis – even by medical professionals. Yet, following a ketogenic diet may be one of the best changes you can make to improve a lot of things – body composition, energy levels, mental performance and even multiple health markers and overall longevity. So, what exactly is ketosis? Here is what you need to know…

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