Is Tyramine The New Hangover?

A very interesting article that caught my attention…

Some researchers say a range of unexpected foods, from cheese to pickles to citrus fruit, can leave you feeling like you are experiencing a hangover, but there is still a lot of controversy over this. There is not enough reliable data for this to be proven true, however there are strong believers in this. Some experts believe there may be a chemical reaction that leads to some headaches, while others think foods could trigger a vascular response involving nerves and blood vessels around the head. A possible culprit is tyramine, a naturally occurring chemical in food. 

The National Headache Foundation suggests patients might want to limit their intake of tyramine to help control headaches.  Tyramine’s connection to headaches came to light with the advent of a class of antidepressants, MAOIs. The drugs block an enzyme that breaks down excess tyramine, which can boost blood pressure and cause headaches and nausea when it accumulates in the body. Other potential headache triggers include some foods with nitrites, such as processed meats; citrus foods and juices; freshly baked goods with yeast; soy products; and caffeine and alcohol, even in very small amounts. The most commonly reported dietary headache trigger is monosodium glutamate, or MSG.

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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324677204578185404253745608.html The Wall Street Journal  “Why That Banana or Onion Might Feel Like Three Martinis”

http://naturalmigrainereliefnow.com/migraines/most-common-migraine-food-triggers/

Japan Highest Life Expectancy In The World

“No one knows whether it’s their great diet, good health care or just great genes, but after two decades Japanese citizens are still the healthiest people in the world!”

Highest Male Healthy Life Expectancy:

  1. Japan
  2. Singapore
  3. Switzerland
  4. Spain
  5. Italy
  6. Australia
  7. Canada
  8. Andorra
  9. Israel
  10. South Korea

Highest Female Healthy Life Expectancy:

  1. Japan
  2. South Korea
  3. Spain
  4. Singapore
  5. Taiwan
  6. Switzerland
  7. Andorra
  8. Italy
  9. Australia
  10. France

Lowest Male:

  1. Burkina Faso
  2. Chad
  3. DRC
  4. Malawi
  5. Zimbabwe
  6. Mozambique
  7. Swaziland
  8. Central African Repbulic
  9. Lesotho
  10. Haiti

Lowest Female:

  1. Liberia
  2. Burundi
  3. Afghanistan
  4. Malawi
  5. Zimbabwe
  6. Mozambique
  7. Swaziland
  8. Lesotho
  9. Central African Republic
  10. Haiti

On average, men live 9.2 years of their life with a disability, while women on average live 11.5 years with one. The world may be living longer, but it is also getting much sicker.

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For more information: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/12/13/japan-tops-list-of-healthiest-countries/

Reported by Dr. Lauren Browne

Obesity Health Crisis

“Obesity is a bigger health crisis globally than hunger, and the leading cause of disabilities around the world, according to a new report published Thursday in the British medical journal The Lancet.

The report revealed that every country, with the exception of those in sub-Saharan Africa, faces alarming obesity rates — an increase of 82% globally in the past two decades. Middle Eastern countries are more obese than ever, seeing a 100% increase since 1990.

And for the first time, noncommunicable diseases like diabetes, stroke and heart disease top the list of leading causes of years spent sick or injured. On average, people are plagued by illness or pain during the last 14 years of life.”

All of these problems are all tied to obesity. We need to change this! It’s all about awareness and education– we can stop this together!

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For more information: http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/13/health/global-burden-report/index.html?hpt=he_c2 Danielle Dellorto, CNN

Who’s in Control, You Or The Food?

Enjoy the holiday season this year without worrying about your weight…

  • Write down what you eat — this may help you eat less! 
  • Think water, not sugary, high calorie drinks
  • Use small serving spoons to help you not fill your plate up as much!
  • Bring something healthy to a party or make healthier versions of foods if you are having a party at your house!
  • Exercise, exercise, exercise! Start the day out right and have more energy throughout the day

Remember portion control! You can have your favorite foods, but just make sure you don’t over eat them.

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For more information: http://news.fredericksburg.com/inmoderation/2012/12/07/dont-be-a-glutton-at-holiday-parties/

Be Aware & Take Care Of Your Kidneys!

Acute kidney injuries have more than doubled since 2000, causing nearly 39,000 deaths in 2009 alone, according to a new study.

It’s possible that newer medications are causing this kidney damages.  Although acute kidney disease is far more common among African Americans than whites, the study found that increases were consistent across races, genders and from middle age up.

In acute kidney injury, dialysis is meant to be temporary, until the kidneys can recover their ability to filter the blood. Nearly one-quarter of those with acute kidney injury die before they can be taken off dialysis.

Keep this in mind when starting new medications and be aware of what can cause damage to your kidneys!

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For more information: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/12/06/kidney-damage-injuries-health-medical/1751717/

LOOKING FOR A PICK-ME-UP?

We all have our moments when we are feeling down and need some energy to get us through the day! Here are some healthy ways to boost your energy..

Drink water: Being hydrated is an easy and inexpensive way to increase energy levels. You don’t need vitamin water or sports drinks!

Eat Breakfast: This is the meal that sets the stage for the entire day!

Protein: Not consuming enough protein during the day can be a primary reason for fatigue.

Think smart when it comes to carbs: Pick whole grains and avoid processed sweets.

Snacks: Having healthy snacks handy throughout the day is important. Don’t starve yourself, you will only over-indulge later!

Get up and move: When you’re feeling tired, get up and move around! Continuously sitting throughout the day will only make you more tired.

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For more information: http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/26/health/healthy-energy/index.html?hpt=he_c1

Where Americans Stand Nutritionally

New research shows that Americans are not reaching the nutritional recommendations overall, however some groups are better than others.

Researchers said that children and the elderly seemed to eat a healthier diet than younger and middle-aged adults, and women had a better diet than men. Hispanics also tended to have better quality diets than either blacks or whites.

“Regardless of socioeconomic status, age, race and education, the American diet as a whole needs to be improved,” said the study’s lead author Hazel Hiza, of the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) in Alexandria, Virginia.

Hispanic children were getting closer to the recommended amounts of fruit and vegetables compared to white children, and closer to the recommended amount of fruit compared to black children. The researchers say that children from poor families were meeting more of the USDA dietary recommendations than wealthy children in several food groups, which is possibly due to the low-income families’ participation in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs.

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For more information: http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/sns-rt-us-diet-standardbre8as1ey-20121129,0,2683588.story By Andrew M. SeamanReuters