Health Features

Snacks & Obesity
... by Dr. Donald K. Layman*

I often get asked what are the best snacks. The questioner is generally expecting me to give the obvious answer – to use low carb almonds and walnuts, cheese, peanut butter and protein bars. But the best answer is most people should avoid snacks altogether. We don’t need snacks for a healthy diet, and unless you’re doing manual labor or playing five set tennis matches, you don’t need the extra calories.

Snacks are so common that they are almost unconscious part of our daily activities, and that’s a big problem. Because snacks are usually eaten in small portions, we often dismiss them as not really counting. It’s the old joke that a cookie broken into small pieces does not have as many calories as a whole cookie. Sorry, five 50-calorie bites is still 250 calories.

A first step is to stop using the word “snack,” which kind of implies it’s small and insignificant, and begin to realize these are “eating occasions.” Any time you eat anything – small or large – you need to recognize it as an eating occasion and your body reacts to it. The correct question is not “what are the best snacks” but “why do I eat snacks at all?’

In the past, there was a belief that the best way to control calories was eating lots of small meals or snacks. This was a philosophy of high carbohydrate diets. The logic was that a large meal required the body to store most of the meal as body fat while a small meal that was high in carbs and low in fat would lead to less fat storage. The concept is partially true, but the important issue is... (read more)

The Changing Philosophy 
About Diabetes Management
... Dr. Donald K. Layman

A recent review by Dr. Kevin Acheson in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition highlights a paradigm shift in medical practice for management of blood sugar. The shift is from recommending high carbohydrate diets combined with insulin and drugs used to regulate blood glucose to a new philosophy for use of lower carbohydrate diets to reduce glucose exposure and minimize drug use. This is also the philosophy of the METABOLIQ Lifestyle.

For most of the past century, diabetes has been thought to be a problem with how the body, particularly muscle, used blood glucose (often called blood sugar). The belief was that insulin was not effective at helping blood glucose get into muscles. This was called insulin resistance. Evidence supporting this thinking came from studies showing that injecting higher amounts of insulin overcame the insulin resistance and pushed glucose into muscles. The problem is extra insulin also forces blood sugar into fat storage and insulin-users tend to gain weight and ultimately need more and more insulin to stabilize their blood sugar... (read more)

Is it Time you Qore 
DeToxed Your Body?

The benefits of modified citrus pectin (MCP) have been extensively studied for their role in reducing cancer and blocking galectin-3, a protein involved in tumor growth. 

A new study from the University de Lorraine in France that was published in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology: Journal of the American Heart Association reported about the important role MCP plays in preventing vascular fibrosis that contributes to heart disease.

How can you get a hold of modified citrus pectin? Look no further than the ingredients label on your QORE Detox.
MCP used in QORE Detox has been shown to block galectin-3, and the new study shows that reducing galectin-3 also reduces aldosterone-induced collagen formation that leads to arterial stiffness in heart disease. By binding to and blocking excess galectin-3 throughout the body, modified citrus pectin slows cancer progression and metastasis, blocks inflammation, helps prevent fibrosis, supports immunity and rids the body of heavy metals. This is all done without stripping away essential minerals or causing other side effects.

Read about the effects of blocking Galectin-3 here.
An article about how it relates to Cancer here.
And a study of MCP related to detoxification of LEAD here.
And a further detox study here

Note that Qivana worked directly with Dr. Isaac Eliaz, developer of the PectaSol MCP formula (mentioned in these studies) for developing the Qore Detox product.  More on Qore Detox here.

Protein for Healthy Kidney Dr. Donald K. Layman

This week I presented two talks about protein for fitness and physical performance at the American College of Sports Medicine conference. ACSM is a professional organization for university faculty and students in kinesiology (exercise science) and practicing trainers and physical therapists who are all interested in muscle health and physical performance. While these trainers and therapists recognize the importance of protein for muscle health, they encounter clients or patients who have been told by doctors or nurses that high protein diets will damage the kidneys. This is a common warning from the medical community. This warning is largely based on assumptions and extrapolations and actually contrary to the research, but the concern persists. Because METABOLIQ is a “higher” protein diet, let’s look at how the kidney works and the origins of these questions about protein.

The kidney is the organ that filters the blood and removes salts, minerals, vitamins, urea, and water to keep your body in proper balance. Everything you eat or drink must eventually leave the body in some way – your breath, sweat, the stool, and urine. Everyday you must eliminate the equivalent of everything you eat or drink or eventually even vitamins, minerals, and water would accumulate and become toxic. If you... (read more)

The PRIME(ary) Importance of Nitric Oxide
... by Dr. Donald K. Layman*

The past 25 years witnessed remarkable advances in medicine and nutrition derived from discoveries about how cells communicate, what we call cell signaling. Our earliest knowledge about cell signaling came from hormones like insulin or neurotransmitters like serotonin, but as science techniques became increasingly more powerful, our understanding moved down to smaller and smaller molecules. In 1998, the Nobel Prize in medicine was awarded for the discovery of a little molecule called nitric oxide that has a really big role as a regulator of the cardiovascular system.

The list of nitric oxide roles in signaling seems virtually endless and includes vasodilation (lowering blood pressure), reducing platelet aggregation (blood clots), preventing LDL oxidation and superoxide damage (primary causes of heart disease), increasing glucose uptake into muscle, and increasing fat burning (lipolysis). Among these diverse roles, perhaps the most important is regulating the smooth muscles that line the blood vessels. Nitric oxide (NO) is produced in the endothelium cells of the blood vessels, and the NO is sent to the smooth muscles surrounding the blood vessels allowing them to relax. Relaxing the blood vessels is called vasodilation and opens up the small capillaries throughout the body to increase blood flow and increase the flow of oxygen and nutrients to muscles and (read more)

Saturated Fat is NOT 
the Problem.  Really.
... by Dr. Donald K. Layman

I frequently get asked why we have saturated fat in our METABOLIQ products. The easy answer is that the METABOLIQ Shakes and bars represent complete meal approaches; and complete meals should always have a precise balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats. Don’t ever confuse the metabolic purpose of our METABOLIQ products with cheap protein powders. With simple protein powders, you are left with the challenge to figure out what else to eat and how to balance your diet.

Even more important, if you read the METABOLIQ label closely you’ll see that our saturated fats are actually medium chain triglycerides (MCT) derived from palm kernels. These saturated fats are very different than the long chain fats in candy bars or in the cheese on pizza and cheeseburgers. MCT are small molecules (shorter fat chains) that will actually dissolve in water. This means MCT bypass all of the complicated machinery in your body for handling fats and go directly to your liver where they are burned as a fuel. Research suggests MCT actually burn extra fat in your body and can cause weight loss. I’m not sure about the weight loss part, but I know they do not lead to fat storage and they do not affect your blood lipids (LDL, HDL and TAG). They’re perfect for the METABOLIQ balance.

Beyond our use of MCT in METABOLIQ products, let me tell you the real science about saturated fat versus what you may read in the news. A recent research summary in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (the leading nutrition journal in the world), stated that after reviewing all of the published scientific reports, “…there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of … heart disease…” Wow, that’s not the message you usually hear from the pharmaceutical company trying to sell you a statin drug. So let’s take a deeper look... (read more)

* Dr. Donald K. Layman is Professor Emeritus of Nutrition in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois. With more than 33 years of teaching and research experience, Dr. Layman has numerous awards and recognitions, including awards from the American Society for Nutritional Sciences, the National Institutes of Health and the Nutrition and Metabolism Society.

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