Archive Year 2012 month 12

Body weight is one of the most basic issues of human life. Medically speaking, not all overweight people are obese. Obesity is defined as weight that exceeds 15 percent of normal weight for height and body type. "Morbid" obesity exceeds 20 percent of optimum weight.

An obese or overweight person is at high risk for a number of serious health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, varicose veins, dementia, psychological stress, depression, osteoarthritis, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

The body mass index (BMI) is a widely used formula to calculate obesity because body fat is considered within the calculated result. BMI must be 24 or less in order for one's weight to be considered healthy. An individual with a BMI 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight. Obese individuals have a BMI greater than 30.

A study published in the journal Obesity investigated whether a high protein breakfast could curb a person’s appetite. The'

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Probiotics Fight BPA?

12/12/2012 7:36 PM

If you missed the xenoestrogens blog (Part 1) about Bisphenol A (BPA) and its health consequences, you can find it here.  BPA is everywhere.  More than likely, all of us are exposed to BPA fairly regularly.  Are there any diet-related remedies for eliminating this toxin already in our bodies?  There just may be! 

PROBIOTICS!

Specific probiotics:

  Bifidobacterium breve and Lactobacillus casei are two beneficial bacterial strains shown to reduce intestinal absorption of BPA by carrying it out of your digestive system (1).  This is great news because consuming these probiotic strains may destroy the harmful effects of BPA.  These two strains can be found in both foods and

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In the previous blog article (Part 1), I talked about what xenoestrogens are and where you find them, and I highlighted one of the most prevalent xenoestrogen in our daily lives – Bisphenol A

(BPA).  Now let’s learn about two more common xenoestrogens:  phthalates and parabens, plus easily adoptable suggestions for reducing your exposure.

Phthalates: 

A second xenoestrogen called phthalates are a group of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible or resilient.  Phthalates are found in:

• Children’s items, such as plastic/squishy toys, infant chew rings and teethers

• Food packaging

• Hoses and PVC pipe

• Raincoats, shower curtains and vinyl

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Xenoestrogens. 

Sounds pretty serious, right?  That’s because they are! 

What? 

The word ‘xeno’ comes from Ancient Greek, meaning ‘foreign.”  Xenoestrogens are synthetic, man-made chemicals which increase the amount of estrogenic activity in the body, and therefore can disrupt how our hormones are supposed to work. 

Where? 

There are over 20 of these man-made chemicals identified to have estrogenic effects. They are present in an overabundance of products such as:

        •  Plastics of all kinds

        • 

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0 Comments | Posted By Kelly Harrington, MS, RD
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