What’s the Right Balance of Fats and Carbs?

FRIDAY, Sept. 13, 2019 — What is the perfect amount of fats and carbohydrates for a healthy diet? Scientists from McMaster University in Canada analyzed food diaries from more than 135,000 people in 18 countries around the world to find out.

The answer supports the old adage that moderation is good for your heart and a longer life, specifically that eating moderate amounts of carbs and fats rather than very high or very low intakes of either is better for you — with a few twists.

The carb intake of study participants ranged from 46% to 77% of daily calories. The higher the percentage, the greater the association with an increased risk of death, heart attack and stroke. Yet going low-carb didn’t convey benefits — 50% of daily calories seems to be just right, as long as you focus on fruits, vegetables and whole grains rather than white bread and other refined grains, white rice and foods high in sugar.

More surprises came from fat intake. For one, people who got a full 35% of their daily calories from fat actually had a lower risk of dying than those who limited fat to 10%. And it might not be necessary for everyone to keep saturated fat, in particular, under 10% of total calories — in fact, going below 7% might even be harmful.

A key takeaway is how to replace excess carbs. The greatest benefit was seen from eating foods with polyunsaturated fats, such as walnuts, sunflower and flax seeds, and fatty fish.

One caution: These findings were based on an observational study, so researchers can’t directly link cause and effect. You’ll want to personalize them to your unique health profile. If you have any health issues, talk to your doctor about how to best interpret the results.

More information

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more on polyunsaturated fats and smart limits.

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Posted: September 2019

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How CBD Hemp Oil Helps Your Body Regain Balance

In case you haven’t noticed, CBD products are taking this country by storm. More and more people are learning about the valuable characteristics of the hemp plant and the many cannabinoids which make this plant so popular within the alternative wellness community. 

Buying straight from the shelf is outdated, chemicals are out and natural organics are in and CBD hemp oil is paving the way for this new lifestyle into homes all across the country. If you’re still on the fence about CBD oil and the validity it can bring your daily wellness routine, we want to share some facts with you that could change your mind about this product and help you begin a healthy regimen of this popular hemp plant ingredient.

CBD Oil Activates Your Endocannabinoids

As discussed in the CBD isolate vs Full Spectrum article, you understand there are certain upsides to using hemp oil on a regular basis. One of the positive outcomes of this plant is what the author mentioned as the “Entourage Effect”. This effect explains the entire CBD oil product as a whole because it describes the end result of the full spectrum product of the hemp plant. 

Once the hemp plant undergoes the extraction process, the plant oil contains all of the natural ingredients and compounds which are found in the hemp plant. That’s over 80 cannabinoids and terpenes working together to form this “entourage” in your body. This group of natural characteristics work together to create a healthy alternative lifestyle in the CBD hemp oil user through the marriage of an important activation in the human body called the endocannabinoid system.

The ingredients and compounds inside the hemp plant are what scientists call “phytocannabinoids” and the study of their chemical effect on the body revealed several webs of receptors throughout the human body called “endocannabinoids”. Endocannabinoids are the human body’s own form of cannabinoids. When the phytocannabinoids of the CBD hemp plant begin to interact with the endocannabinoids of the human body a magical symphony starts to take place, and it is music the human body is made to listen to.

One of the most interesting things about this Endocannabinoid System is the multiple receptors it has throughout the bodies neurological pathways and the other various pathways in the gut. The endocannabinoids (eCBs) are the transportation agents of the endocannabinoid system and are produced throughout the body which communicate with these receptor agents. The entourage effect is essential to helping the endocannabinoid system create the best atmosphere inside the human body to give the user a delightful experience and boost their alternative wellness as well.

There are two important eCBs drifting throughout your body, one of which is called anandamide which is a Sanskrit word meaning “joy” or “bliss”, also known as the “Bliss Molecule” by scientists. Anandamide can be interpreted without having to understand too much about what it does, a bliss molecule definitely doesn’t mean angry, and it has often been associated with a runner’s high feeling as well. The other important eCBs is called 2-AG and is responsible for our emotional state of mind and helps maintain cardio health. 

CBD Supports a Healthy ECS

While these eCBs are very important messenger traits of our ECS, the CB1 and CB2 receptors are just as important in maintaining a healthy ECS within our body. In order to maintain this healthy balance, it is crucial to understand the ingredients inside your CBD hemp oil and how it can help you stay on track. 

Not only does hemp oil produce valuable ingredients like CBD (cannabidiol), but it also produces other treasures such as CBN. CBN, or Cannabinol, could resemble CBD to the layperson, but doctors and scientists understand this powerful compound also works well to maintain a healthy structure inside. 

Compounds like CBC, which are said to not only bind to the CB receptors but also other receptors in the body as well, and THCa, also called Delta 9 and the non-psychoactive characteristic in THC has valuable properties. All of these ingredients work together to pull a more balanced state and it happens because of the entourage effect which is made available with products like full spectrum hemp oil. 

Newbies: Is Your CBD Oil Not Working?

Participating with CBD oil means you are playing the long game with your body, which is smart. If you are new to CBD oil and have taken it religiously for a week, but have yet to experience any of these positive outcomes, don’t worry. Scientists agree that when you experience CBD on a consistent basis (sublingually more than orally), it could take anywhere from 4 – 6 weeks before your body begins to re-establish that balance you are looking for. Rome wasn’t built in a day, as you already know, which means stay loyal to your CBD regimen. You too will begin to see the value in activating your body just like millions of others have.

In Conclusion

People who are interested in establishing a balanced lifestyle and a more holistic outlook to their daily routine should look no further than CBD hemp oil. The characteristics in this product alone are enough to help your body regain the harmony it needs to correspond with natural ingredients more positively. Our body was made to be symbiotic with plants and other natural resources. We have it in our genetic makeup to receive CBD oil effectively, why more people are not discovering this about their body is appalling. You be the change you want to see in your own wellness. CBD hemp oil is a great way to start.

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Shane Dwyer is a cannabis advocate who isn’t afraid to tell the world about it! You can find his views, rants, and tips published regularly at The 420 Times.

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Can You Balance on One Leg? You May Have Lower Stroke Risk


Your Balance on One Leg & Your Stroke Risk Linked

Inability to stand on one foot for 20-plus seconds could suggest brain vessel damage, study contends

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THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — If you can’t balance on one leg for at least 20 seconds you may be at risk of a stroke, Japanese researchers suggest.

Difficulty standing on one leg may indicate that small strokes or tiny bleeds have already occurred, which means the risk for more serious strokes is high, the investigators reported online Dec. 18 in the journal Stroke.

“Individuals showing instability while standing on one leg, as well as problems walking, should receive increased attention, as this physical frailty may signal potential brain abnormalities and mental decline,” said lead author Yasuharu Tabara, an associate professor in the Center for Genomic Medicine at the Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine.

Stroke, a leading cause of disability and death, occurs when blood flow to a part of the brain is interrupted because of a clot or bleeding.

For the study, Tabara’s team had nearly 1,400 men and women, average age 67, try to balance on one leg for a minute. The researchers also took MRI scans to assess disease in the small blood vessels of participants’ brains, in the form of “silent” strokes — or microbleeds.

The researchers found that the inability to balance on one leg for more than 20 seconds was linked to having had tiny strokes or small bleeds in the brain. Balance problems were also associated with reduced thinking and memory skills.

Dr. Richard Libman, chief of vascular neurology at North Shore-LIJ Health System in Manhasset, N.Y., said that “narrowing or blockages of tiny blood vessels deep within the brain can give rise to small strokes or tiny amounts of bleeding.”

These small strokes, which are a major contributor to mental decline and dementia, have also been associated with walking and balance difficulty and falling, he explained.

“The authors of this study have devised a simple test of balance, which seems to be able to reflect ‘small vessel disease’ of the brain,” Libman said.

“This test may be an inexpensive, low-tech method to screen people for small vessel disease who are most likely at risk for further strokes and brain damage,” Libman added.

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Stressed by Work-Life Balance? Just Exercise

THURSDAY Jan. 30, 2014, 2014 — Feeling conflicted by the push-pull of work and family life? New research suggests that regular exercise can help balance out those feelings.

Researchers examined the responses of 476 working adults who were surveyed about their exercise behavior and their confidence in handling work-family conflicts. Those who exercised regularly seemed to experience an increased feeling of competence that carried over into work and home roles, the study authors said.

“If, for example, you go for a two-mile jog or walk 10 flights of steps at work and feel good about yourself for doing that, it will translate and carry over into other areas of life,” said study author Russell Clayton, an assistant professor of management at Saint Leo University in Florida.

“We found that [participants] who exercised felt good about themselves, that they felt that they could accomplish tough tasks, and that carried over into work and family life,” Clayton added.

The study will be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Human Resource Management.

Volumes of research have shown that exercise lowers mental and physical stress levels, but few studies have focused on whether this stress reduction helps empower individuals to better manage their work-life balance.

Clayton said the study originated as a “pet project” after he realized his own adherence to exercise gave him perspective on integrating work and life. Also involved in the study were researchers from Saint Louis University, University of Houston-Victoria and Illinois State University.

Clayton acknowledged that the research method the study authors used — having respondents answer questions and then tallying the answers through a mathematical technique — did not offer hard numbers for the results.

Just over half (55 percent) of the study participants were women. In addition, the study noted, participants worked an average of 40 hours weekly and their average age was 41. About 29 percent had at least one child under age 18 living at home.

While the study found a link between physical activity and reports of greater empowerment at home and at work, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

“But the associations between exercise and work-life balance are there, and they’re very strong,” Clayton said.

For those who don’t exercise regularly, the idea of adding that regimen to a busy schedule to improve stress levels may seem counterintuitive, Clayton noted.

But he advocates the idea of “stolen moments” for exercise that add up, such as climbing the stairs for five minutes or doing jumping jacks in 30-second spurts.

“We hope our research can be a grain of sand in the beach of evidence we have to push corporations . . . to encourage employees to exercise,” he added.

Dr. Natalie Digate Muth, spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise, said the study extends the evidence that physical activity offers benefits beyond the obvious.

“People should think of it as a kind of investment. If you put some time into physical activity,” said Muth, “you may be active for 30 minutes a day, but the productivity and mental focus you’re going to get out of it is going to far exceed what you put into it, from a work and family perspective.”

More information

For more about the benefits of exercise, visit Harvard School of Public Health.

Posted: January 2014

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Yoga Improves Balance After Stroke

Study Shows Yoga Also Reduces Fear of Falling

July 26, 2012 — Starting yoga even long after a stroke may improve the balance of stroke survivors, a study shows.

“It’s an exciting thing,” says study researcher Arlene Schmid, PhD. “People can improve their balance years after a stroke. They can change their brain and change their body. They are not stuck with what they have.”

The study is published in the journal Stroke.

Schmid is a rehabilitation research scientist at Roudebush Veterans Administration-Medical Center and Indiana University in Indianapolis. For the study, her team recruited 47 stroke survivors who’d had strokes more than six months ago. Seventy-five percent of them were male veterans, including veterans of World War II.

They were divided into two groups. Ten received no therapy. The other 37 got a specialized version of yoga developed by a yoga therapist and the research team.

At first, many of the veterans scoffed at the therapy.

“‘Yoga is for girls, yoga is for hippies,'” Schmid recalls them telling her. “A stereotypical male veteran’s response.”

After a couple of sessions, though, and with encouragement from their wives, the veterans came to appreciate yoga and the impact it had on their disabilities.

“It was a hard sell, but by the end they wanted more,” Schmid says.

They practiced seated, standing, and floor-based exercises like the pigeon pose and the mountain pose over the eight-week study period. By the end, the yoga group showed significant improvement in balance.

The yoga practice also boosted their confidence and reduced their fear of falling. According to the study, nearly three-quarters of all stroke survivors suffer from falls. Such falls can break bones. They can also be fatal. In addition to physical harm, strokes can also contribute to depression.

Stroke Survivor’s Recovery Is Ongoing Years After Stroke

The study sends an important message about the ability of stroke survivors to improve well after their first post-stroke year.

“I get really concerned when patients are told that improvements made after the first three to six months are the extent of the recovery they will see,” says Andrea Serdar, PT, NCS, who reviewed the study for WebMD. “That’s the old way of thinking, not the new science.”

Serdar is a physical therapist who specializes in neurology at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. In her practice, among long-term stroke survivors, she sees similar positive results as those reported in the study.

“I’m not the least bit surprised,” she says about the study’s results.

Complex, progressively challenging activities such as yoga, Pilates, and tai chi help the brain and the body readjust after a stroke, and, says Serdar, participating in a group improves quality of life.

“The interaction of the class is really beneficial,” she says. “There’s real camaraderie. They bond rapidly over their shared experiences, and there are benefits regardless of what exercise they do.”

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OP-ED: Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut Strikes a Satisfying Balance

Mass Effect 3

After a three-month wait, BioWare has presented the final version of the endings to Mass Effect 3. This is due entirely to the outcry that took place following the release of the game in March. Many players wanted more details and felt the game left things too vague after they had invested 100-150 hours into the trilogy; others were of the opinion that the endings needed to be replaced outright. Executive producer Casey Hudson warned gamers recently that today’s free downloadable content release would not satisfy everyone, and with good reason: The Extended Cut doesn’t provide a bunch of new endings so much as it provides expanded, more differentiated versions of the existing ones, and I for one am perfectly okay with how it worked out.

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Many Fathers Struggle to Balance Work, Family: Survey

WEDNESDAY, June 15 — Most working fathers say they want to share child-raising duties equally with their spouse/partner, but a lot of them admit that they aren’t actually doing so, a new survey shows.

The findings suggest that many dads are conflicted about finding a work-family balance, according to researchers at the Boston College Center for Work & Family.

The survey of nearly 1,000 American fathers with professional careers found that the respondents rated job security and flexible working hours as more important than high income and good advancement opportunities.

Fathers who spend more time with their children had more confidence as parents, but only one in 20 took more than two weeks off work after their child was born, the results indicated.

Most fathers also said that a supportive work environment leads to more satisfied staff, who are then more likely to stay with the company, they noted.

The researchers were surprised to discover that 53 percent of the fathers would consider staying at home if it was financially feasible, a finding that suggests the role of stay-at-home dad is becoming more socially acceptable.

“We see that fathers, too, need a family-supportive work environment when it comes to aligning work and family, and this has tangible benefits for their jobs and careers, and in turn for their organizations,” lead author and center executive director Brad Harrington said in a college news release.

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There’s more on changing family roles at the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Posted: June 2011

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The Balance Between Longs and Shorts

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Wii Balance Board-Compatible Horror Adventure Announced

The Wii Balance Board is best known at this point for getting packed with Wii Fit — and, therefore, taking up space in millions of Americans’ closets right now, right next to the weight sets and Bowflexes. The last US Wii game to support the accessory, Super Monkey Ball: Step & Roll, came out 10 months ago. If Marvelous Entertainment has its way, though, you’ll be using it soon to experience spine-tingling horror while working on your cardiovascular strength. Maybe.

Ikenie no Yoru, or Night of the Sacrifice, is the name of Marvelous’ latest Wii title. It’s a horror adventure game set around Tsukuyomi Canyon, a haunted place where it’s said the locals once offered human sacrifices to the gods. Five college students are visiting the canyon on vacation, and with that sort of early-’80s horror movie setup, you know something bad’s going to happen before long.

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