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Chia Seed – the Superfood

Chia Seeds   Origin of chia These tiny black seeds were first used in central Mexico by the Aztecs as early as 3500 B.C. They were so appreciated that Aztecs offered chia seeds to their gods during religious ceremonies. Besides being a key raw material for medicines,

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Metabolic Patterns of our Organs

Each of our organs has a unique metabolic profile!   The metabolic patterns of our brain, muscles, adipose tissue, kidney, and liver are strikingly different.   Brain Glucose is our first fuel of choice for the brain, except during prolonged “sugar” starvation. The brain does not store fuel and hence requires a

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Ketosis and Ketones

How does ketosis work?   During ketogenic diet program, glucose is by design in short supply. During metabolic state of ketosis, the liver switches from sugar metabolism (processing/digesting sugar/carbs) into fat metabolism (breaking down the ingested and stored fats). The process of fat digestion is called “beta-oxidization.” Our fat stores accumulate fat as “long”

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Thermogenesis

What is Thermogenesis?   Also known as the thermic effect of food, dietary thermogenesis (DIT: diet-induced thermogenesis) is the process of energy production in the body caused directly by the metabolizing of consumed food (thermē is Greek for heat and genesis for creation). Our diet-induced thermogenesis (DIT) rate is

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Hypothyroidism, Metabolism and Obesity

Hypothyroidism, Metabolism and Obesity   Thyroid hormones T3 and T4 control cellular metabolism throughout the body. When there are not enough of them, this metabolic function slows and becomes impaired. Weight gain or difficulty losing weight is strongly associated with hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is often caused by iodine deficiency. When

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Body Composition

Body Composition   Body composition is one of the determinant factors in one’s energy needs. Body Mass Index (BMI) is useful for analyzing populations but not so great for analyzing individuals. Individuals who are looking to get fitter, shouldn’t pay attention to the Body Mass Index (BMI) but

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Physical Energy

Physical Energy   We burn a certain portion of our daily calorie provisions for supporting our routine external functions such as work, play and exercise. If a person is active, his/her energy needs are obviously greater than someone who leads a sedentary lifestyle. Fighting invading organisms that

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Basal Metabolic Rate

Basal Metabolism   Do you think that you need to run a marathon just to burn off breakfast, lunch and dinner? Think again. The human body needs a minimum amount of energy (i.e. calories) just to perform its basal metabolic functions properly. The release of sufficient energy during resting state only

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