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June 2015

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The Latest Ways to Deal with Weight

Not happy with what you see in the mirror? Fortunately, there’s no lack of published advice on weight loss.

Take the counsel of nutritionists Jayson and Mira Calton, for instance. They say deficiencies in vitamins and minerals explain a lot of chronic problems, including obesity, or as they state more positively, “Micronutrient sufficiency is a requirement of optimal health.”

In The Micronutrient Miracle (Rodale), the Caltons present ideas for boosting one’s micronutrient intake that can be personalized for specific targets, including fat loss. In addition to lists of recommended foods, the Caltons provide sample menu plans and potentially useful supplements.

Do you dream of a tighter bottom or thinner thighs? Professional trainer Bruce Krahn calls those nagging deposits “trouble spot fat,” which he addresses in Trouble Spot Fat Loss (Random House).

There is no way to simply make trouble spots disappear. But Krahn says his program of “body recomposition,” based on a low-carb diet and a series of scripted fitness protocols, is meant to spur fat-burning hormonal activity. The idea, as Krahn puts it, is that “you can influence the efficiency with which fat is lost from, and muscle is gained in, your trouble spots.”

You won’t find any food lists or exercise protocols in Body of Truth (Da Capo). Instead, Harriet Brown explores why we obsess over weight in the first place. The answer? “This is not a personal issue…It’s become epidemic, endemic and pandemic.”

Brown’s quest to learn how we learned to loathe our bodies ranges from the medicalization of obesity to how ideas of beauty are manipulated. At the end she urges, “Think beyond the messages we’re getting…You might wind up making the same choices…but at the very least you’ll be making those choices more consciously.”

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E D I T OR ' S C H O I C E


Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar & Honey

Apple cider vinegar, once regarded as just a tasty pantry staple, is now the subject of research on its possible health benefits. That leads to an important question: What does one look for in a good apple cider vinegar?

Vinegar shouldn’t be filtered or pasteurized, processes that can destroy enzymes and nutrients. It should be made from organically grown apples, which not only enhances the vinegar’s nutritional value but also eliminates the risk of exposure to pesticide and herbicide residues.

Raw and unfiltered, Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar—certified organic, non-GMO and kosher—has been valued for years for its culinary qualities and as an aid to wellness and beauty. It plays a key role in the Bragg Healthy Lifestyle promoted by Patricia Bragg, ND, PhD.

That vinegar is now paired with honey in Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar & Honey Blend. It can be used as a marinade, saladdressing or topping for cereal, fresh fruit or yogurt; two tablespoons can be mixed with eight ounces of pure water for a refreshing drink.

Organic apple cider vinegar, organic honey: Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar & Honey Blend provides health support and good taste.

 

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Fish Oil May Ease Diabetic

Nerve Damage

Neuropathy—most commonly marked by burning, numbness, tingling or pain in the legs and feet—is one of the many possible consequences of diabetes. Now it appears that the types of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil may help ease nerve damage caused by high blood sugar levels.

A study team led by the VA Medical Center in Iowa City ran tests with diabetic mice, who have a diminished sense of touch in their paws. A high-fat diet in which half the fat came from fish oil promoted greater nerve density and faster nerve signal transmission in these mice.
Results were reported in the Journal of Neurophysiology.

“The impact of diabetic neuropathy on the patient and family are unmeasurable,” said lead author Mark Yorek, PhD. “Fish oil would be easy to take and have few side effects when combined with other medications.”

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Orson Welles


My doctor told me to stop

having intimate dinners for four.

Unless there are three other people.

—Orson Welles

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