http://articles.nydailynews.com/2008-12-12/entertainment/17912875_1_sugar-dopamine-sweet-addiction \n\nHungry rats that binge on sugar provoke a surge of dopamine in their brains. After a month, the structure of the brains of these rats adapts to increased dopamine levels, showing fewer of a certain type of dopamine receptor than they used to have and more opioid receptors. These dopamine and opioid systems are involved in motivation and reward, systems that control wanting and liking something. Similar changes also are seen in the brains of rats on cocaine and heroin.\n
Researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio even concluded that people who drink&#xA0;artificially sweetened drinks gained more weight than those who didn't, and blame it on the fact that those drinks often make you crave the real thing. in that study, for every can of diet soda people consumed each day, there was a 41% increased risk of being overweight.&#xA0;Read more:&#xA0;http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1711763,00.html#ixzz1mZI79bL3 \n\n--\nIn a series of experiments, scientists at Purdue University compared weight gain and eating habits in rats whose diets were supplemented with sweetened food containing either zero-calorie saccharin or sugar. The report, published in&#xA0;Behavioral Neuroscience,&#xA0;presents some counterintuitive findings: Animals fed with artificially sweetened yogurt over a two-week period consumed more calories and gained more weight &#x2014; mostly in the form of fat &#x2014; than animals eating yogurt flavored with glucose, a natural, high-calorie sweetener.Read more:&#xA0;http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1711763,00.html#ixzz1mZHuwPIX \n--\n\nIn a new study released today by Purdue University, researchers found that rats who were fed Olean-containing potato chips as part of a high-fat diet ate more overall and&#xA0;gained more weight&#xA0;than those who were fed a high fat diet and regular, full-fat potato chips. \n\nOlean is the brand name for Olestra, a calorieless, fat-free fat-substitute discovered accidentally by Procter & Gamble in 1968. Olestra was approved for use as a food additive in snack foods in 1996 and soon after became famous for its negative gastrointestinal side effects, including intense diarrhea and anal leakage. \n\n"Our bodies make predictions on what to prepare to digest based on taste and how food feels in our mouth," Swithers said. When something tastes sweet or fatty, our body gears up to digest a high density of calories, stimulating the metabolism and triggering a chain of hormonal secretions to process the fat, calories, and nutrients. \n\n"When we get cues that something is fatty, but no calories arrive -- like with fat substitutes -- our body gets confused," Swithers said. "This confusion can make the body stop preparing to digest fatty food when it does come." \n\nhttp://abcnews.go.com/Health/Diet/eating-fake-fat-makes-real-fat-olestra-study/story?id=13893613#.Tz1AhsVWq_0 \n\nhttp://www.nature.com/oby/journal/v16/n8/full/oby2008284a.html \n
5. Vitamin C\nVitamin C is essential in the process of creating cartinine, a substance which turns fat into fuel.\nDr Mehmet Oz and Dr Michael Roizen reported a study recently where two groups of participants were observed while exercising on treadmills. The group which did not have adequate levels of vitamin C burned 25% less fat than the group that did have adequate levels of vitamin C. To learn more about how much vitamin C you should be getting, view this accompanying article.\n6. Green tea\nGreen tea contains catechins, an anti-oxidant which helps break down fat and lower insulin levels. A Japanese study found that after 12 weeks of drinking the equivalent of 6 bags of green tea every day, the men reported a drop in body fat and body-mass indexes.\n7. Cinnamon\nCinnamon is also a source of catechins, which lower insulin and help the body to catabolize fats. However, sprinkling the spice on dessert foods or sugary breakfast foods will not do any good &#x2013; view a healthier recipe for apple crumble at the end of this article.\n8. Hot chili peppers\nHot peppers contain capsaicin, which helps to suppress appetite. In another Japanese study of 13 women, those who ate breakfast foods with chili ate less calories later on at lunchtime.\n9. Grapefruit\nPhytochemicals in the fruit help to decrease insulin levels. The Florida Department of Citrus conducted a study in which participants were fed 1 serving (half a grapefruit), 3 times a day, for 12 weeks. On average, participants lost 3.6 pounds without altering their diets or exercises.\n
Dr Russell Blaylock MD: Lecture on Nutrition and Behaviour\nThis is truly a must-watch &#x2013; here is where he summarizes the Scandinavian work about schizophrenics improving on a diet free of their food allergies (commonly gluten, dairy, sugar or corn). He talks about it roughly a third to a half way through. \nhttp://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2963728494205235281#\n&#xA0;\nIn terms of studies...\n&#xA0; \nFrom John Hopkins School of Medicine\n&#xA0;\nIncreased immune sensitivity to gluten has been reported in schizophrenia\nhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20471632\n&#xA0;\nThere`s a higher incidence of celiac disease among schizophrenics\nhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19494248\n&#xA0;\nA drastic reduction, if not full remission, of schizophrenic symptoms after initiation of gluten withdrawal has been noted in a variety of studies. However, this occurs only in a subset of schizophrenic patients.\nhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16423158\n&#xA0;\nCornell Med School\n&#xA0;\nThere`s a growing body of research linking schizophrenia to celiac disease (gluten intolerance) but it appears differently than in non-schizophrenics and more research needs to be done.\nhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19748229\n&#xA0;\nCatholic University Med Department, Italy\n&#xA0;\nA 33-year-old patient, with pre-existing diagnosis of 'schizophrenic' disorder, came to our observation. A gluten-free diet was started, resulting in a disappearance of psychiatric symptoms&#x2026;dysfunction of frontal cortex disappeared after a gluten-free diet.\nhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9408073\n&#xA0;\nSwallowsnest Court Hospital, UK\n&#xA0;\nA higher national dietary intake of refined sugar and dairy products predicted a worse 2-year outcome of schizophrenia.\nhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15123503\n&#xA0;\nUniversity of Texas\n&#xA0;\nOlder schizophrenic outpatients tended to have more irregular blood sugar or prediabetes.\nhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20808110\n
Goals for the programWelcome to Wellspiration!Why is Beneplan doing this?About meTake it one step at a time
Dr James Greenblatt MDDr Gabriel Cousens MDDr Joseph Mercola MDDr Brian Clement ND PhDDr Bonnie Kaplan PhDDr Abram Hoffer MD PhDDr Andrew Saul PhDDr Jonathan Prousky BSc NDJosh Gitalis, NutritionistMarni Wasserman, Nutritionist
What sugar does to the body and brainWhich foods have 30x the nutrition of vegetablesKilling sugar cravingsWhich 1 trick can burn fat with your eyes closedWhich foods make it easier to focus on workWhich "diet" foods actually make you gain weightWhich snacks contribute to a ﬂat stomachWhich 1 natural drink can kill cravings for junkfoodsTestimonials from doctors who have slowed theaging process through foodThe link between gluten and mental illness(depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, etc)
SugarMental IQ Emotions, Moods Aggression Exasperates addictionsPhysical Aging Organ damage Fat storage
Journal of Epidemiology andCommunity Health: toddlers who atemore junk food had lower IQ levels.4,000 children studiedWhen the children were 9 years old,there was a signiﬁcant difference in IQamong those who ate “processed” asopposed to the “health conscious”diets in early childhood.
Rats binged on sugar --> neurochemicalbrain changes which mimic those producedby cocaine, morphine and nicotine.Sugar induces behavioral changes"In certain models, sugar-bingeing causeslong-lasting effects in the brain andincreases the inclination to take other drugsof abuse, such as alcohol," Hoebel said.
Reese8 year old boy in London, UKADHDMost misbehaved child in his gradeBehind on reading & writingDr Patrick Holford MD asked his mother tocut out sugar in his diet for 1 week
Sugar Causes WrinklesGlycation: the sugar in your bloodstreamattaches to proteins.This forms harmful molecules calledadvanced glycation end products (AGEs).The more sugar you eat, the more AGEs youdevelop."As AGEs accumulate, they damage adjacentproteins in a domino-like fashion," explainsDr Fredric Brandt, MD, Dermatologist.
Most vulnerable todamage: collagen andelastin: protein ﬁbersthat keep skin ﬁrm andelastic.Springy & resilientcollagen & elastinbecome brittle, leadingto wrinkles & sagging.Effects start at age 35and increase rapidlyafterwards (BritishJournal of Dermatology).
Sugar also affects what type ofcollagen you have — anotherfactor in how resistant skin is towrinkling, says Brandt.Collagen comes in types I, II, andIII. Type III is most stable andlong lasting.Glycation transforms type IIIcollagen into type I, which ismore fragile.AGEs deactivate your bodysnatural antioxidant enzymes,leaving you more vulnerable tosun damage.
Sugar & Wrinkles• 2g Vitamins B1 and B6 a day. These vitamins proved to be potent AGE inhibitors in a number of published studies, says David J. Goldberg, MD, a New York City–based dermatologist and a clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine
“To kill cravings, you must flood your body with nutrition”Dr Gabriel Cousens MD
Killing sugar cravingsFlood your body with nutritionVitamins B3, B6 and Vitamin C help killcravings for sugar, says Dr Abram HofferIdeal dose according to Hoffer is to start on2g of each per day and increase slowly untilyou ﬁnd the optimal dose for you
Killing cravingsIngest a maximum amount of nutritionRaw dark leafy greens one of the highestsources of nutritionBut who wants to eat 2 bunches of dark leafygreens raw?
Green SmoothiesBlend together dark leafygreens + your favourite fruit+ waterGreens: kale, collard, swisschard, beet tops, bok choy,sprouts, spinach, romaine,arugula, parsley...any greenBlend with: berries, apples,cucumber, lemon,grapefruit, etc...Add superfoods likespirulina
Green juices Juice yourself or buy at a juice bar (Jamba juice, Booster Juice...) Ex) Celery, cucumber, grapefruit, green pepper, kale, lemon, apple, ginger Avoid pure fruit juice / pure carrot juice / pure beet juice --> very high in sugar
Candida, Yeast & Probiotics Causes: inﬂux of bacteria not native to the body, simple carbohydrates, sugar, antibiotics Disturbs the normal ﬂora (bacteria) and results in overgrowth of Candida cells causing symptoms of infection Upset ratio of good bacteria and bad bacteria in the GI tract "One’s diet creates an acid situation which activates a fermentation process in the body creating bacteria, fungus and mold that grow out of our own tissues." - Dr. Gabriel Cousens M.D Candida (yeast, bacteria) feeds on sugar
One way to kill sugarcravings is to balance thegut with good bacteriaTaking probiotics (goodbacteria) can help Fermented foods (sauerkraut, kimchi, keﬁr, pickled vegetables, kombucha, miso) Supplements
Which 1 trick can burn fat with your eyes closed (literally) Sleep
Which "diet" foods actuallymake you gain weight over timeDiet cokeFat-free yogurtAspartameHigh fructose corn syrup Caused rates to gain weight faster and have a harder time losing weight afterArtiﬁcial sweetenersToxinsAnything which interferes with digestion
Which foods contribute to a flat stomach Anything with Vitamin C Green tea levels insulin t Cinnamon L o we r s less fa tores S rn fat Hot chilli peppers He lps bu Grapefruit
Slowing aging with food Vitamin C creates collagen Highest food sources: kale, collard, berries, red pepper, citrus, camu camu berry, acerola berry, sprouted chickpeas, sauerkraut (fermented cabbage) Vitamin E maintains skin elasticity Essential Fatty Acids keep cell walls strong
Gluten and Schizophrenia Higher incidence of celiac disease Increased immune sensitivity to gluten For some, drastic reduction if not full remission of schizophrenic symptoms after gluten withdrawal Other allergens: dairy, corn, sugar Sources: John Hopkins School of Medicine, Cornell Med School, University of Texas, Swallowsnest Court Hospital (UK)
Which foods make it easier to focus on work Essential Fatty Acids B vitamins (greenblatt…focus) List of foods for focus Chia seeds Flax seeds / oil Hemp seeds / oil Blue-green algae