Going Green – Fuel Efficiency for the Body

0 6 October 2011

Jamie Scholz, MS We are born as fuel-efficient vehicles. Then, we eat sugar. Sugar is metabolic suicide that in excess leads to diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, and premature death. So, what is sugar? Simply stated, Carbohydrates are sugars. Monosaccharides are one-sugar molecules such as glucose and fructose, disaccharides are two sugar molecules such as sucrose or table sugar, and polysaccharides are made of many sugars. There are two types of polysaccharides: indigestible and digestible. Indigestible polysaccharides are dietary fiber (both soluble and insoluble). Digestible polysaccharides are made of many sugars and are commonly known as starches (potatoes, flour, rice, and corn). When sugar is ingested into the body it is stored as glycogen in the muscles or the liver… unless the liver glycogen stores are full. Then you are left with high levels of circulating blood sugar. Excess carbohydrates are converted to a short-chain saturated fat that leads to increased levels of modified LDL levels in your blood (vLDL) that increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. Our bodies are controlled by hormonal communication. When you eat the pancreas is stimulated to secrete insulin that tells your body how to store the nutrients. The amount of insulin that is released increases as the amount of sugar ingested increases. Your body adapts to your eating

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0 6 October 2011

Jaime Scholz, MS Your basic chemistry lesson regarding saturated fats: Saturated fats are solid at room temperature, however, not all saturated fats are equal. Some occur naturally while others are artificially manipulated into a saturated state through a man made process called hydrogenation. By adding hydrogen atoms while heating the oil, a thickened oil is produced which helps prolong the shelf life of processed foods (and not much else). Coconut Oil – Not Your Average Saturated Fat Coconut oil is one of only two oils in creation that are made up of predominately medium chain triglycerides. The medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) are six to twelve carbon chains in length and are saturated (6:0, 8:0, 10:0, 12:0); they comprise two thirds of coconut oil’s fatty acids; the saturated long chain fatty acids or LCTs (14:0, 16:0, 18:0) are less than a third (28-30%) and the unsaturates (18:1, 18:2) less than a tenth of coconut’s fatty acids. Coconut oil is therefore more than 90% saturated, more saturated than other oils or fats [1]. Almost all medium chain triglycerides used in research, medicine, are food products from coconut oil. MCT from coconut oil are used in hospital formulas to feed the very young, the critically ill, and those who have digestive problems. MCTs differ from saturated animal and dairy fats (LCTs) in their metabolism and fat in the body[1]. MCT are broken d

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0 22 September 2011

Flexibility is defined as the range of possible motion around a joint. As we age, joint mobility proves crucial for muscular strength, proper posture, and full range of motion. Flexibility exercises—with their gentle movements—help increase the length of connective tissues and muscles. Flexibility exercises also can help reduce stress, alleviate lower back pain and greatly diminish the chance of injury. A program can be simple (such as stretching major muscle groups upon waking in the morning) or involved (such as doing yoga, pilates or tai chi). The recommended method to increase flexibility is a regular stretching program, practiced three-to-seven days a week.  

Flexibility exercise benefits

  • Increased flexibility and range of motion in joints. Vital for good posture, increasing flexibility (especially hip flexors and hamstrings) and helping to alleviate a majority of lower back pain. Some experts believe stretching can relieve up to 80% of lower back pain cases. One common cause of these pains: short, tight hip-flexor muscles. A stretching program to lengthen these muscles may reduce the risk of pain (The Genius of Flexibility, Bob Cooley, 2005). The American Arthritis Foundation advises moving joints through their full range of motion daily. They caution everyday activities do not accomplish this.

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0 2 August 2011

Exercise There are three main exercise categories: resistance/weight training, cardiovascular exercise and flexibility. Each offers specific benefits, creating a well-balanced exercise program with dynamic results. Resistance is found in many forms, from weight machines and free weights to stretch tubing and swimming pool activities. Body weight can add resistance in exercises such as push-ups, standing squats and crunches. Resistance training benefits include:

  • Reduced body fat and lowered cholesterol. Weight training is the best way to burn fat; it more effectively lowers weight than aerobic activity because it burns calories while you’re exercising and at rest (Cooper 1998).
  • After your resistance workout, metabolic rates remain elevated, as muscle fibers are being rebuilt. Many of the calories you consume will be put to work in the repair and rebuilding process, rather than being stored as fat. Conversely, metabolic rate typically returns to normal shortly after aerobic activity. No significant “after burn” occurs.
  • Once you succeed in adding lean muscle tissue, metabolism will be higher at rest than it was prior to your exercise program. Every pound of muscle added to your body increases the calories needed to get you through the day.

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0 6 April 2011

Cenegenics Chicago
Cenegenics Medical Institute – Chicago Cenegenics® has pioneered and developed the world’s largest age management medical practice. Thanks to our focus on preventive care, over 22,000 patients worldwide—2,500 of whom are physician patients—have made dramatic changes in health and vitality. Cenegenics® sidesteps traditional medicine’s fix-it-when-it’s-broken and diagnose-and-treat philosophies. Instead, we offer proactive, preventive medical care, enhancing health rather than waiting for disease to appear. We present a comprehensive, scientific approach to medicine, looking where others usually don’t. Our medical institute is highly regarded in the medical community for pioneering work in age management medicine—and recognized as the leading authority in our field. At Cenegenics®, you are recognized as an individual and not treated generically. Programs are tailored to your unique medical issues, goals and concerns, delivering short-term benefits with the best opportunity for long-term health and vigor. Most importantly, our proven protocols are not mere speculation. They are a reality and they work.
Cenegenics® is not part of the anti-aging movement, nor does it claim to increase longevity or affect aging at cellular levels. We are “pro-aging”, and view aging as a natural process that can be managed. We use the science of age management medicine to

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