Sunday, June 21, 2009

5 Diets: The Real Secret to Good Health, Ideal Weight, Beautiful Skin and Long Life

( - The Yogurt Diet is based on a compilation of scientific studies as well as the author’s personal experiences. The book corroborates the health benefits of yogurt, not only to help people live a long and healthy life, but also to achieve ideal weight. The key to both is the presence of probiotic bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract.

The tone of the read is colloquial and easy to comprehend, and reflects
the conversational yet passionate personality of the author. Ana narrates
anecdotes from her childhood in Spain, growing up with family and feasting on
the delicious Mediterranean diet, learning to cook, and being in a place where
yogurt was always part of the culture. At the same time, she offers scientific proof
to support each and every claim espoused in the book on the subjects of obesity
and declining health.
The Yogurt Diet stems from the ground-breaking thesis that the growing
number of diseases and the obesity epidemic in the world today are caused by
an imbalance of the intestinal bacterial flora. This is an innovative theory which
the scientific community has been actively investigating in recent years and
discovering a wealth of supportive evidence. The Spanish-born wellness coach
and holistic chef, Ana Luque, is the first authority on the subject to write a
comprehensive book for the general public – complete with both theory and
recipes – that focuses on resolving this increasing and frustrating dilemma.
Various changes that have taken place in industrialized countries over the
last few decades – such as high consumption of processed foods and sugar in
the diet, chlorinated water, stress and lack of sleep, as well as the ingestion of
antibiotics – are, among other causes, the assassins of the intestinal gut flora
needed to maintain health and ideal weight. When this first line of defense in the
body faces extinction, harmful microbes take the opportunity to proliferate. The
result is that the body’s health is compromised, leading to obesity and disease such as infections, allergies, lactose and gluten intolerance, diabetes, infertility,
high cholesterol, arthritis, acne and other skin imbalances, digestive problems
and more.

“The intestinal flora is the heart and soul of our health,” Ms Luque explains
in her book. To correct the growing problem of bacterial imbalance, the author
has created a diet that focuses on both the extinction of damaging organisms
and the proliferation of probiotic bacteria in the digestive tract. The result is a
return to a total balance of gut flora followed by the restoration of radiant health
and ideal weight. Fortunately, this goal is achievable by eating yogurt three
times a day while enjoying nutritious and delicious foods at the same time.
Unlike other diets, The Yogurt Diet does not focus on weight loss, but
rather on reclaiming one’s health. This is inevitably one of the positive results that
naturally and effortlessly occur, which is a gratifying surprise.
The Yogurt Diet is considered among many health experts as the
definitive answer to the obesity and health crises of the twenty-first century, and
something that we have been anticipating for many years.

( - Everything you know about dieting is wrong. We’ve been taught that controlling your weight begins and ends with the stomach, and that dieting is all about creating a better ratio of “calories in versus calories out.” But where do you think this metabolism takes place? The truth is that your stomach doesn’t control your weight at all. Weight loss occurs in your brain.

Eric Braverman, M.D., best selling author of “Younger You” and “The Edge Effect”, uncovers new information to help keep you healthy in his newest title, “YOUNGER (THINNER) YOU DIET”. Dr. Braverman expands upon concepts introduced in Younger You to present a totally new approach to lifelong weight management, where the key is not found in counting carbs, fat grams, or calories.

The key to losing weight, and keeping it off forever, is to literally grow new brain cells. YOUNGER (THINNER) YOU DIET will teach you how to boost your brain chemistry and recreate a younger, more vibrant brain—one that raises your metabolism and burns more calories with every bite. The YOUNGER (THINNER) YOU DIET educate you on how to compensate for a genetic predisposition to gain weight by eating right.

You will learn how to choose foods, supplements, teas, and spices—even hormones and medicine—to avoid the effects of other aging organs that can destroy one’s metabolism. You will learn how to personalize the diet for specific health concerns, such as heart problems, aging skin, weak muscles, and achy joints.

Every process in your body, including weight gain and disease, is governed by your brain’s electricity. Four critical brain chemicals—dopamine, acetylcholine, GABA, and serotonin—insure that this electricity is transferred to the body in the right power, speed, rhythm, and synchrony. If you are deficient in any of these chemicals, your brain will create specific food cravings leading not only to weight gain and ill health but further unbalances your brain chemistry.

One of the foremost experts in integrative medicine, known for his work on the brain-body connection, Dr. Braverman explains that any brain chemical imbalance is reversible once you learn how to address your health head-first. “By retraining your brain, you will be able to get rid of your food addictions and your cravings, so that you are not relying on fattening foods to self-medicate. By changing the foods you eat to those that enhance brain chemistry, you will increase your metabolism and immediately start to lose weight.”

YOUNGER (THINNER) YOU DIET teaches readers which foods naturally boost the body’s production of dopamine, the chemical in the brain that tells the body to start its fat-burning engine. Eliminating the frustration and deprivation of conventional dieting, YOUNGER (THINNER) YOU DIET will help anyone turn back the clock to a slimmer, healthier, younger you.

Proven to help thousands of patients lose weight, reverse aging, and fight disease, the YOUNGER (THINNER) YOU DIET is the key to a younger brain, younger body, and younger (thinner) you.

( - Winston-Salem, NC – The mismatch between today’s typical diets and our genes has been a major contributor to the nation’s health crisis, including obesity and chronic inflammatory disease. Shifting the paradigm to focus on gene-based strategies to nutrition and lifestyle is the goal of Gene Smart Wellness, and its ground-breaking new approach to health and fitness announced today.

The Gene Smart Program officially debuted this week with the publication of The Gene Smart Diet (Rodale Books, June 2009) by Floyd H. “Ski” Chilton, PhD, a pioneer in the study of gene-based nutrition and inflammatory diseases, as well as the launch of a comprehensive new health and wellness web site ( features numerous tools and resources such as diet tips, exercise programs, recipes, nutritional supplements, and motivational success stories to educate consumers and help them get started on the program.

The Gene Smart Program is based on the groundbreaking research of Dr. Chilton, a professor of Physiology and Pharmacology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Director of the NIH-sponsored Wake Forest Center for Botanical Lipids, and Senior Associate Director for Research for the Program for Complementary and Integrative Medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Recent findings suggest our diets and lifestyles are working against our genes rather than with them, resulting in a net effect that has been devastating to our waistlines, not to mention our overall health.

“Clearly, the research has pointed to the typical American diet as the cause of numerous health issues, from obesity to chronic inflammatory diseases,” said Dr. Chilton. “But through proven principles that use our bodies’ own survival systems, we can start to reverse that trend and help people to not only lose weight, but prevent a host of diseases and live healthier, more vigorous lives.”
Dr. Chilton’s latest research in nutrient/gene interactions, as published in the June 5, 2009 issue of Journal of Biological Chemistry, has played a role in the development of the Gene Smart Program, which focuses on five key principles:

Increase Polyphenols -- Eat more dark-skinned fruits and vegetables. Drink more 100% fruit juices, green tea, red wine and dark chocolate.
Add Omegas -- Increase Omega-3 consumption, targeting 1,250 – 1,500 mg of combined EPA and DHA acid per day by eating more fish and through a high quality fish oil supplement. Add 400 - 500 mg daily of a specific omega-6 called GLA.
Increase Fiber -- Increase daily fiber consumption to 14-16 grams for every 1,000 calories consumed, or about 30 grams of fiber for a 2,000 calorie diet.
Reduce Calories -- If you are overweight, reduce your daily caloric intake by 20% to 30% of what is needed to maintain your current weight.
Exercise to Reduce Inflammation -- Exercise at least 5 days a week, for at least 30 minutes, in a specific manner focused on reducing whole body inflammation.

Gene Smart is one of the few wellness programs proven to work in a clinical study. In addition to hundreds of clinical trials from established medical institutions supporting the individual elements of the Gene Smart Program, Dr. Chilton’s research laboratory recently completed an eight-week long clinical study on 68 individuals of all shapes and sizes. Participants following the Gene Smart program lost weight, decreased whole body inflammation, reduced risk of disease, and reported improvements in mood and energy.

Gene SmartTM Wellness (GSW) is a science-based preventative health care company that combines expertise in consumer marketing, behavioral science, and the science of nutrition, inflammation, gene expression and health. GSW develops, markets, and implements programs and supporting products that empower individuals to prevent disease and improve overall health in order to live life abundantly.

( - GREAT FALLS, VA — The American Psychiatric Association says 8 out of 10 Americans are significantly stressed by the economy. Job losses, declining stock and housing markets, terrorism, lack of health insurance, and global instability are all major concerns in this day and age. Worse, the stress resulting from these problems can make us fat and sick: Stress causes obesity, which can lead to diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and even death.

So why does stress make us put on weight? Stress eating, a common but little understood problem, is the culprit, causing us to overindulge in candy, cookies, sugar, and refined carbohydrates. Not only are these foods often high in calories, but they also can make our blood sugar dip so low we want to eat even more. And women are especially at risk: 82% of them overeat versus 71% of men.

A new book, The Stress Eater Diet, aims to stop this harmful cycle. This unique program—created by Robert B. Posner, M.D. and top nutritionist Linda Hlivka explains the dangers of stress eating and provides a solution to reduce and eliminate it. It also consists of sound nutritional advice and plans, exercise suggestions, and expert calming techniques to reduce stress and increase metabolism. Together, Posner and Hlivka have helped thousands lose weight, reduce stress, and lead happier, healthier lives.

'Red Carpet Ready' 3 Day
Skin Diet

Updated: Saturday, 20 Jun 2009, 9:59 PM EDT
Published : Saturday, 20 Jun 2009, 9:59 PM EDT - Beautiful skin never goes out of style. Would you like your skin to be as perfect as a movie star's?

Dr. Nicholas Perricone says a 'three day skin diet' can change not only the way you feel, but also the way you look.You can be red carpet ready in just a matter of days.

Fox's Courtney Friel explains (video, below).

The diet consists of foods that will battle inflammation, one of the most common skin problems. Eating salmon twice a day, green salads with lemon juice and olive oil, and fresh fruit will all help to calm your skin and ease inflammation.

Dr. Perricone says an added bonus is losing water weight. "People who follow the three day program the average weight loss is 4-5 pounds. You're not losing 4-5 pounds of body fat, you're losing all this excess water which add beautiful lines to your face once you do that."