March 2008: The Healthy Back and Neck ENewsletter

The Healthy Back and Neck eNewsletter is for people who want to live a healthy lifestyle. Arcticles about neck pain and low back pain to help people live optimally as possible. Includes inspiration stories and Information provided about the best neck and low back pain supports and products. Tips on maintaining a proper posture. Here is a snippet from March 2008:
Article - New Study Explains How To Keep Hunger In Check Plus: Important Warning About Caffeine And Miscarriage Risk

Good gosh. I just ate. So… why am I still hungry? And why am I so darned hungry all the time?

Ever ask yourself those questions? Sure you have. Because we ALL have.

Fact of the matter is: almost everyone, at some time in there life, struggles with the “why am I so hungry all the time” issue.

Well… what if science figured out what types of foods made you hungry… and… what types of foods actually curbed your appetite – would you be interested?

Well, guess what?

It looks like they have!

What Keeps Hunger In Check

Reuters reported on January 18, 2008 that U.S. researchers are now offering new insights into how diets work.

According to the study, diets high in protein may be the best way to keep hunger in check.

They found that protein does the best job at keeping a specific hormone in check, while carbohydrates and fats did not fare nearly as well.

The study, which will appear in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, looked at the effectiveness of different nutrients at suppressing ghrelin, a hormone secreted by the stomach that stimulates appetite.

"Suppression of ghrelin is one of the ways that you lose your appetite as you begin to eat and become sated," said Dr. David Cummings of the University of Washington in Seattle, who worked on the study.

The researchers gave 16 people three different beverages, each with varying levels of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.

They took blood samples before the first beverage, then every 20 minutes for six hours afterward, measuring ghrelin levels in each sample.

Fat Still A “No-No!”

Many popular diets say it’s okay to eat decent amounts of fat. The interesting thing about this study is that it found fats suppressed ghrelin “quite poorly” and that they fared the poorest overall.
"Proteins were the best suppressor of ghrelin in terms of the combination of the depth and duration of suppression," Cummings said.

"That is truly satisfying because high proteins are essentially common to almost all of the popular diets.”

Yo-Yo Sugar Effect

They also found that eating carbohydrates resulted in strong ghrelin suppression at first, but ghrelin levels rebounded with a vengeance, rising to an even higher level.

This shows what many have surmised for a long time: That carbohydrates can make you hungrier in the long run. Which also answers the question – why am I so hungry even though I just ate so darned much?

Cummings said the findings may aid in future research on the effectiveness of different diets.
Clearly eating carbohydrates (like a bowl of ice cream) right before bed every night is NOT the best idea!

Now, here’s something different everyone should know about…

Caffeine’s Shocking Effect

On Miscarriage Rates

According to a new study, pregnant women who drink two or more cups of coffee a day have twice the risk of having a miscarriage as those who avoid caffeine.

For quite some time, there has been a debate as to whether caffeine affects miscarriage rates or not.

Researchers are saying this study may finally put that debate to rest.

They said the study provides strong evidence that 200 milligrams of caffeine per day or more significantly increases the risk of miscarriage.

This was considered a high dose of caffeine… but in reality… 200 milligrams is the equivalent of only 2 cups of coffee.

No Coffee For At Least 3 Months

"Women who are pregnant or are actively seeking to become pregnant should stop drinking coffee for three months or hopefully throughout pregnancy," said Dr. De-Kun Li of Kaiser Permanente Division of Research, whose study appears in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

There have already been several studies done but none were conclusive. One problem was women often stopped drinking coffee during the study because it made them nauseous.

This skewed the results. But this time the study was designed to rule out that variable and finally get a more definitive answer.

Their study involved 1,063 pregnant women who were members of the Kaiser Permanente health plan in San Francisco from October 1996 through October 1998. Women in the group never changed their caffeine consumption during pregnancy.
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March 2008

-In this Issue-
  1. Article - New Study Explains How To Keep Hunger In Check Plus: Important Warning About Caffeine And Miscarriage Risk
  2. Inspirational quote- Unfair Advantage and Strange Coincidences
  3. Health Tip of the month- Do You Have “Supernatural Powers”?
  4. Testimonial of the month - The Cervical Traction Neck Pillow- For effective neck pain relief of the neck for better sleep
  5. Featured product -The HealthyNeck System- For muscle spasm and trigger points

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