At last, here's a book that synthesizes the increasingly popular CR (Calorie Restriction) diet for the layperson. CR is not a diet primarily about weight loss, although readers will lose weight. CR is about eating highly nutritious foods in smaller quantities to extend your healthy years. Here's the concept: eat less, but choose foods more carefully. This will "upregulate" your metabolism; in other words, what goes in will be used more economically. Dieters will feel better and function better - and the big bonus: the CR diet slows aging. CR lengthens the periods of youth and middle age and substantially reduces the risk of virtually all the diseases of aging. Lisa Walford and Brian Delaney, two longtime CR practitioners, will take you on a handheld stroll through the process, including an introduction to CR, how to do it, some of the key issues in the current dialogue, and the skinny on superfoods.
Startling discoveries in the areas of genomics, biotechnology, and nanotechnology are occurring every day. The rewards of this research, some of it as spectacular as what was once thought of as science fiction, are practically in our grasp. Already it is possible to analyze our individual genetic makeups and evaluate our predisposition for breast cancer or other deadly diseases on a case-by-case basis. And once we've isolated these genes, the ability to repress or enhance them through biotechnology is just around the corner. Soon, for example, it will be feasible for 10% of our red blood cells to be replaced by artificial cells, radically extending our life expectancy and enhancing our physical and even mental abilities beyond what is humanly possible today. In Fantastic Voyage, Ray Kurzweil and Terry Grossman will show us how amazingly advanced we are in our medical technology, and how incredibly far each of us can go toward living as long as we dare imagine.
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Got Stress? Try Yoga
The Center of Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University recently conducted a study, and discovered that after a single session of yoga, levels of the stress hormone cortisol dropped, even in first time participants.
The study conducted by Dr. Brainard and his colleagues, used 16 healthy individuals who had never engaged in yoga before, and measured levels of cortisol in the blood before and after 50-minutes of rest.
Cortisol is the hormone that is secreted by the adrenals during stressful times.
The researchers then measured cortisol levels before and after a 50-minute yoga session. Participants then practiced in yoga for another five days, and had their cortisol levels tested before and after the seventh yoga session.
The team found that cortisol levels decreased more after a session of yoga than after the period of rest, even on the first day of practice.
They observed a decrease in cortisol after the first time they were introduced to yoga, and after the seventh time as well.
Just how that drop in cortisol might benefit yoga practitioners, however, is less clear. There is no way to know how long hormonal changes will last.
The Dr. explained that cortisol levels fluctuate. But, when one is stressed, cortisol levels can spike, and tend to rapidly drop once the stress disappears.
Further research will have to be conducted to determine whether the decrease in cortisol after yoga is continued, and whether the hormonal change has a positive health benefit. top of page
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