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Thursday, 28 April 2011

HOW STRESS AFFECTS US IT CAN MAKE US FAT

 I came across this article and since this is a Holistic and well being site, it seemed only appropriate. As I have written before and it also mentions in here, stress is fine short term and the effects of short term stress will do us no harm, it's the effects of long term stress that is detrimental. The problem too with junk foods is that as well as being high calorie, high in salt, high in fat and low in fiber, they also contain many additives which in themselves are addictive. One example is MSG monosodium glutamate research has suggested it has a detrimental effect on the pancreas by tripling the amount of insulin it produces. So if long term stress causes some to crave sweet and fatty foods, the chances are they are also laced with MSG, this therefore will compound the effects.

High stress levels can make you fat, researchers claim

By Fiona Macrae
Last updated at 8:11 AM on 10th May 2010
Forget that punishing exercise regime or elaborate diet.
The key to losing weight could be as simple as putting your feet up and relaxing.
Scientists have found a gene that makes us crave sweet and fatty foods and pile on the pounds when under stress.
The 'comfort eating gene' has also been linked to type 2 diabetes - the form of the disease that usually occurs in middle-age and is related to obesity.
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Weight problem: Stress activates a gene which affects the metabolism and contributes to our cravings for sweet, fatty foods, according to a new study
It is hoped that studying the gene will lead to new diabetes drugs as well as weight loss pills.
But it seems finding time to relax could also do us the power of good.
Researcher Dr Alon Chen set out to find out why so many people reach for the biscuit tin when under pressure at home or at work.
In studies on mice, he pinpointed a gene that pumps out a protein called Ucn3 at times of stress.
 

Produced in the brain, the protein has profound effects throughout the body, affecting organs including the heart, muscles, liver and pancreas.
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It increases appetite and affects how full we feel as well as the way the body uses insulin, a hormone crucial in the processing of sugar into energy.
Mice that were made to make more Ucn3 than usual began to show the first signs of diabetes, the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports.
Ucn3 also seems to trigger a taste for sugary and fatty foods - providing the body and brain with extra fuel when under extreme stress.
But when the system is constantly activated by everyday stresses and strains, we can become fat and ill.
Dr Chen, of the Weizmann Institute-in Israel, said: 'Stress is good when you have to cope with an event, like when you meet a lion.
'Your metabolism is changing, you consume more sugars and more glucose goes to the muscles to help you escape the lion.
'But the stress response needs to be a tightly-regulated system. The
genes need to kick in at the right time. If they are not working properly it can lead to psychiatric and metabolic disorders.'
Drugs that target the 'comfort eating gene' or the Ucn3 protein could help prevent diabetes and keep weight down.
Previous work by British researchers has shown that almost two-thirds of people in the UK carry other 'junk food genes' that cause them to crave fatty and sugary foods.
Those with the genetic flaw eat 100 calories more at each meal - the equivalent of a Kit Kat or a bag of Wotsits.
Over the course of a week, that amounts to an extra 2,100 calories - or an extra day's food.
The findings, by researchers at Dundee University, help explain why some people find it hard to resist fast food - and why some diets are doomed to fail.
Britons are also the world's worst junk food addicts, beating even the Americans in their appetite for fat and sugar-laden snacks.
Figures show the average adult in this country eats just over three portions of fruit and vegetables a day and will get through 22,000 ready-meals, sandwiches and sweet snacks in a lifetime - little short of one a day.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1273866/High-stress-levels-make-fat-researchers-claim.html#ixzz1KqnHbqDh



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IS IT REALLY POSSIBLE TO FORECAST THE FUTURE AND OTHER QUESTIONS?

I am often asked various questions pertaining to the spirit world and various aspects of the psychic, here are some of them: I will in time feature more questions and answers as this webpage evolves

Q. Is a psychic or medium a fortune teller?
A. It may surprise you to know psychics and mediums are not fortune tellers
Q. Is it possible to forecast the future?
A.Well not 100% and this is because of free will.
Q. What is free will?
A. Free will is YOUR right to decide what you want to do about a situation, it is a choice
Q. How does free will affect a situation?
A. Well before we incarnate as Spirit in a human body, we decide on what experiences and challenges that will benefit our spiritual growth. However we are given the choice (free will) as to whether we go through with the experience or challenge. In effect we are allowed to change or mind.
Q. So are you saying we all know what lies before us?
A. Well in a way we all do. Remember we are 'Spirit' in a human body and your spirit does retain a memory but it is deep in our subconscious. This memory is retained deeply for a reason to help us fulfill our experiences and challenges we ourselves chose. However it is also at this deep level so we are not so aware. If you knew what lay before you would you go through with it? Probably not but we still retain this memory deeply and this reflects in our Aura.
Q. So what is the Aura?
A.The aura is The Aura is an electromagnetic field that surrounds living bodies, this includes people, animals, plants and crystals and is composed of several layers that are constantly moving. The Aura links us to whats known as Universal energy i.e. that is all the knowledge in the Universe past, present and future. It is on this aura that psychics are able to tap into and access your past, whats going on in the present and the possible future and I say possible specifically if your goal or desire is dependent on other people, for remember every person involved in a situation has free will.


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