Monday, October 27, 2008

Vegans Answers for Optimum Nutrition?

World Vegan DayVegans May Have Answers to Optimum Nutrition Says Leading Nutritionist, Yvonne Bishop-Weston

Metabolic Inflamation Thwarts Weight Loss

The nutritionist says "researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison recently revealed in the journal 'Cell' that a diet with too many nutritionally empty calories can lead to metabolic inflammation."

Metabolic inflammation is a chronic, low-grade condition consisting of inflammatory-like responses at the molecular level. It’s thought it has many consequences including causing cellular dysfunction, which can decrease the regulation of several physiological processes, including metabolism. Metabolic inflammation may also be at the core of many chronic, obesity-related metabolic disorders that are so common today.

"In these days of food shortages, nutrient deficiencies, water shortages, energy shortages, environmental devastation, overpopulation and an epidemic of preventable chronic disease it’s even more vitally important that we choose our calories carefully than when Donald Watson first raised these issues 64 years ago when he founded veganism" says Bishop-Weston.

Bishop-Weston goes on to urge us to reduce the amount of calories we in the west soak up from eating nutrient stripped ‘white carbohydrates’ from foods such as white pasta, white bread, processed white rice, cakes biscuits and sugar. She says these are the most likely calories stored as body fat. As the body stores toxins in fat you need to be quite clever to coax your body to break that fat down again.

Weight Loss Diets - Optimum Nutritionists London

Thursday, October 23, 2008

World Vegan Day Health Appeal to Pasta Pizza Hut Restaurants by Nutritionists

healthy pizzaWorld Vegan Day Health Appeal to Pasta Pizza Hut Restaurants by Nutritionists

Pizza Hut apparently plan to change their name to Pasta Hut causing millions of American children to have to relearn that dreadful summer camp song "Pizza Hut, Pizza hut, Kentucky fried chicken and a Pizza Hut!"

“It’s not more nutrient depleted carbohydrates we need its more fruit and vegetables!” says Yvonne Bishop-Weston London Nutritionist from Foods for Life in response to Pizza Hut's Pasta plans.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

20 'functional foods' for a long life

Revealed: The 20 functional foods you should be eating for a long and active life | Mail Online

20 types of food and drink have been identified by Gary Williamson, professor of 'functional foods' at Leeds University, and he recommends that we should all make them part of our diets.

20 foods

He claims the 20 superfoods are: Apples, blackberries, black tea, blueberries, broccoli, cereal bran, cherries, cherry tomatoes, coffee, cranberries, dark chocolate, green tea, oranges, peaches, plums, raspberries, red grapes, red onions, spinach, strawberries.

London Nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston says "Most of the things on this list will enhance your life. From our work on fertility in our clinics we find that the caffienne in Black tea and especially in coffee probably outweighs any net health benefit, green tea perhaps just about gets away with it but I think you are better off without coffee. Cereal bran is a bit too ambiguous to be on the list - it would have been better to call the category whole grains lest people fill up on Allbran or wheat bran and think they are protecting their health.

Notably missing from this list are foods rich in essential omega 3 fats such as hemp seeds, flax seeds, rape seeds and their cold pressed virgin oils that are needed to protect the integrity of every cell in your body."

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Stem Cells Used to Make Breasts

breast cancer new natural breasts - picture IFATS Series: FGF-2-induced HGF Secretion By Adipose-Derived Stromal Cells Inhibits Post-Injury Fibrogenesis Through A JNK-Dependent Mechanism -- Suga et al., 10.1634/stemcells.2008-0261 -- Stem Cells

Dr Kotaro Yoshimura at the Department of Plastic Surgery, Tokyo University Japan has created new breast tissue from stem cells. It's hoped this could provide an important development for women who have had their breasts removed due to breast cancer. Cynics believe it will just fuel a new craze for a healthier alternative to silicon for a more natural small breasts enhancement.

"This is undoubtably very reassuring" says Nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston "but personally I prefer to work on prevention to reduce implicated toxins and checking for a balanced hormone levels to reduce the risks of breast cancer through optimum nutrition"

Friday, October 10, 2008

Vitamin D a key player in overall health of several body organs, says UC Riverside biochemist

vitamin D vital for Health Vitamin D a key player in overall health of several body organs, says UC Riverside biochemist

In a paper published in the August issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Norman identifies vitamin D's potential for contributions to good health in the adaptive and innate immune systems, the secretion and regulation of insulin by the pancreas, the heart and blood pressure regulation, muscle strength and brain activity. In addition, access to adequate amounts of vitamin D is believed to be beneficial towards reducing the risk of cancer.

Norman also lists 36 organ tissues in the body whose cells respond biologically to vitamin D. The list includes bone marrow, breast, colon, intestine, kidney, lung, prostate, retina, skin, stomach and the uterus.

According to Norman, deficiency of vitamin D can impact all 36 organs. Already, vitamin D deficiency is associated with muscle strength decrease, high risk for falls, and increased risk for colorectal, prostate and breast and other major cancers.

"It is becoming increasingly clear to researchers in the field that vitamin D is strongly linked to several diseases," said Norman, a distinguished professor emeritus of biochemistry and of biomedical sciences who has worked on vitamin D for more than 45 years. "Its biological sphere of influence is much broader than we originally thought. The nutritional guidelines for vitamin D intake must be carefully reevaluated to determine the adequate intake, balancing sunlight exposure with dietary intake, to achieve good health by involving all 36 target organs."

Vitamin D is synthesized in the body in a series of steps. First, sunlight's ultraviolet rays act on a precursor compound in skin. When skin is exposed to sunlight, a sterol present in dermal tissue is converted to vitamin D, which, in turn, is metabolized in the liver and kidneys to form a hormone. It was Norman's laboratory that discovered, in 1967, that vitamin D is converted into a steroid hormone by the body.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Healthy Pizza Recipe For Restaurant Success

Healthy Pizza Recipe

vegan pizza

A healthy Pizza Recipe with 64 ingredients is claimed to be a recipe for success for restaurants say Foods for Life Nutritionists.

To celebrate 64 years of veganism (64 years since Donald Watson founded The Vegan Society and created the word ‘Vegan’) Foods for Life Nutrition has devised a special birthday healthy vegan ‘Pizzaz Pizza’ recipe.

Inspired by The Paul McCartney song lyrics, ‘Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m 64’, The ‘Foods for Life Pizzaz Pizza’ encompasses all the core values and fundamental elements that 64 years of veganism stand for. These include compassion for the environment, people, health and animals.

The Foods for Life pizza recipe has 64 ingredients, an ingredient to mark every year of The Vegan Society’s 64 year history in which they have encouraged people to eat more fruit and vegetables and plant based protein.

At around 730 calories a typical pepperoni pizza has nearly as much fat,
even more carbohydrates and less protein than a McDonalds double Quarter
pounder with cheese.

A 6 slice medium pan Pizza Hut Pepperoni Pizza has 2112 Kcals, 117g of fat,
164g of carbohydrates, 10g of salt and 101g of protein.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Body MOT before Winter Cold

Create time for a body MOT before cold comes - Edinburgh Evening News: Integrated health pioneer Dr Mosaraf Ali, author of Integrated Health Bible, believes a key step to overhauling your health is to give yourself a body MOT. "It's about tuning into what your body is telling you and reacting to it," he explains. "You might be surprised at how many small things you can pick up."

What a great idea - prevention is better than cure - protect and survive the Winter. Boost your immune system and find out exactly what your body's individual needs and deficiencies are. - Visit a Foods for Life Nutritionist at