fitbodylife I've had the same hairstyle for so long I decided it was time for a change. I used to have really wavy hair but since I shaved off all my hair 2 years ago its gone . I kinda liked nappy hair 2y

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fitbodylife Adding more yogurt to your diet without increasing the number of calories you eat may help lower your risk of high blood pressure, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research 2012 Scientific Sessions.

A recent study found long-term yogurt-eaters were less likely to develop high blood pressure and on average had lower systolic blood pressure than those who didn’t eat yogurt. Systolic blood pressure is the top number in a blood pressure reading. It measures the force of blood against the walls of your arteries when your heart is beating.

During the 15 year study, researchers followed more than 2,000 volunteers who did not have high blood pressure at the start of the study. Yogurt consumption was measured by questionnaires filled out by the volunteers at three intervals over the study period. Study participants were 31 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure if at least 2 percent of their daily calories came from yogurt, which would be like eating at least one six-ounce cup of low-fat yogurt every three days. In addition, their systolic blood pressure increased less than that of people who didn’t eat yogurt.

The study was funded by the Framingham Heart Study of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health and by a research grant from the Dannon Company, Inc.

When eating yogurt especially if it is regular yogurt, please choose plain flavor instead of the fruit flavors. The fruit flavors tend to have a lot of sugar added. You can buy the plain and add your own fresh berries to it. Fresh berries are low in sugar and very low glycemic. I also would stick with greek yogurt because you'll get much more protein in the same size serving as regular yogurt.
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fitbodylife Experimenting in the kitchen. Walnut tart on coconut flour crust lightly caramelized with natural organic local honey from the hood. Let's see how it turned out 2y

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fitbodylife Ask and you shall receive. This tshirt is now on sale. Please go to http://khoi.fitbodylife.com to buy 2y

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fitbodylife 2nd to last meal: lemon zest salmon grilled in olive oil with jasmine rice and asparagus. 2y

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fitbodylife Iron man brunch. 3 whole eggs, low sodium bacon, low sodium sausage & rye French toast 2y

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fitbodylife You may think you have your food all to yourself, but you’re actually sharing it with a vast community of microbes waiting within your digestive tract. A new study from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine reveals some gut microbes increase the absorption of dietary fats, allowing the host organism to extract more calories from the same amount of food. “This study is the first to demonstrate that microbes can promote the absorption of dietary fats in the intestine and their subsequent metabolism in the body,” said senior study author John Rawls, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology at UNC. “The results underscore the complex relationship between microbes, diet and host physiology.” Previous studies showed gut microbes aid in the breakdown of complex carbohydrates, but their role in dietary fat metabolism remained a mystery, until now. The research was published in the Sept 13, 2012 issue of the journal Cell Host & Microbe.

The study was carried out in zebrafish, which are optically transparent when young. By feeding the fish fatty acids tagged with fluorescent dye, the researchers were able to directly observe the absorption and transport of fats in the presence or absence of gut microbes.
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  •   fitbodylife The researchers pinpointed one group of bacteria — Firmicutes — as instrumental in increasing fat absorption. They also found the abundance of Firmicutes in the gut was influenced by diet: fish fed normally had more Firmicutes bacteria compared to fish that were denied food for several days. Other studies have linked a higher relative abundance of Firmicutes in the gut with obesity in humans. “Our findings indicate that the gut microbiota can increase the host’s ability to harvest calories from the diet by stimulating fat absorption,” said the study’s lead researcher, Ivana Semova, PhD, who was a graduate student at UNC at the time the study was conducted. “Another implication is that diet history could impact fat absorption by changing the abundance of certain microbes, such as Firmicutes, that promote fat absorption.” Although the study involved only fish, not humans, the researchers say it offers insights that could help inform new approaches to treating obesity and other disorders. For example, said Rawls, “If we can understand how specific gut bacteria are able to stimulate absorption of dietary fat, we may be able to use that information to develop new ways to reduce fat absorption in the context of obesity and associated metabolic diseases, and to enhance fat absorption in the context of malnutrition.” 2y
  •   buddieelovee Are these microbes found in the colon heath probiotic you take? I recently bought a 36 day supply! 2y
  •   beta.pegasi How do we prevent? or help this from happening besides clean eating supplements? 2y
  •   yeyito87 Very interesting article! I can guess it would be difficult to prevent something like this. 2y
  •   filipinofrequentflyer Reference 2y
  •   filipinofrequentflyer I'm glad I'm taking probiotics now :) 2y

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fitbodylife Go get em @courtmacxo for besting @itsrk 's time by a couple seconds and 6 calories. Awesome job! who else can #beatrandiagain by Friday? Who can beat @courtmacxo by Friday? 2y

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fitbodylife Dinner: grilled Ono with spinach 2y

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fitbodylife Can't wait to spar this weekend. I feel sorry for my opponent 2y
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  •   kickpunch Awesome @fitbodylife The martial arts lifestyle is getting popular. My parents have had a dojo for almost 30 years now! 2y
  •   fitbodylife @kickpunch that's awesome. What style 2y
  •   sefan12 Awww wanted to learn... 2y
  •   kickpunch Tae Kwon Do and Jiujitsu. 2y
  •   maryallgold I used to an online friend named Khoi and he trained in tkd too. My AIM username was buhbohleetawee or something like that.. Does that ring a bell at all? Lol sorry if I'm way off! 2y
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fitbodylife Meal 1: 5 egg whites, 4-oz grilled chicken breast, red onions, bell peppers & spinach 2y
  •   sterlzzzz Looks awesome! :D 2y
  •   shitnglitter @fitbodylife why chicken over lean organic red meat? 2y
  •   fitbodylife @shitnglitter why not? 2y
  •   shitnglitter @fitbodylife I dont eat meat and im thinking of going back and eating it once and awhile strictly for the protein. But I keep hearing red meat is bad etc. and I still need to drop a few lbs but idk..since I've been out of this loop for about 7 years! I feel it effects the way I want my body to look. Lean and toned. 2y
  •   fitbodylife @shitnglitter well I can't tell you to eat meat or not. Each person is different based on your medical and health background 2y
  •   shitnglitter @shitnglitter but do you know the if there's more/less benefits from chicken to lean red meat 2y
  •   fitbodylife @shitnglitter well chicken has less fat and cholesterol than the leanest red meats. It really depends on your macronutrient needs and medical background 2y
  •   leenlovely This looks yummy 2y

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fitbodylife It's Wednesday people! Who's going to #beatrandiagain in our new contest? @anna_bangs was so close yesterday. You guys can do it! Lets do it see tag #beatrandiagain for contest rules and info 2y

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fitbodylife Dinner. Tuna tataki salad 2y

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fitbodylife Congrats to @anna_bangs for almost beating @itsrk's 1000 calorie workout in the #beatrandiagain contest. She was 3 minutes shy of @itsrk's time. Come on everyone it's already Tuesday and the contest ends this Friday. What have all you been up to???? 2y

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fitbodylife Someone was sick. A little TLC 2y

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fitbodylife Do you want to lose belly fat? Belly fat is one of the worst kinds of fats because it is a biologically active fat that releases chemicals called adipokines, which lead to more fat gain and muscle loss. Belly fat is very difficult to lose because along with producing those bad chemicals, it slows your metabolism.
Men typically have more belly fat than women—think of the big “beer belly”—putting them at greater risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and the metabolic syndrome. Although beer may lead to greater belly fat gain, it is certainly not the biggest belly fat builder. Rather, high cortisol, poor insulin health, and gastrointestinal problems are greater influences on belly fat gain. Take control of these three factors and you’ll lose belly fat and be much healthier—and you’ll probably feel less stress!
Many people don’t realize that belly fat is not the fat that is right below the skin, which you can grab with your fingers. Rather, belly fat is the common term for visceral intra-abdominal fat—the fat that is deep inside the body behind your abdominal muscles and surrounding your organs. It can even get into your organs, such as your liver and heart, causing a host of bad things to happen.
Emerging research shows that one strategy for losing belly fat is to control insulin health and manage cortisol by taking a probiotic. There is a direct connection between belly fat gain, poor insulin health, and cortisol production, and probiotics have been shown to have rather amazing affects on all three. Indeed, there’s ample evidence that taking a probiotic will directly lead to belly fat loss without going on a diet. We also know that probiotics improve insulin sensitivity in diabetic and healthy individuals, and that probiotics decrease stress, lowering cortisol.
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fitbodylife People with high blood sugar are more likely to experience age- and disease-related brain shrinkage, according to a new study published in the journal Neurology [U.S. News & World Report]. Researchers studied 249 people between the ages of 60 and 64 who had blood sugar levels in the normal range. Each person had a brain scan at the beginning of the study and again four years later.

They found that people with higher fasting blood sugar levels (110 mg/dL) were more likely to have decreased brain volume in the hippocampus and amygdala (responsible for memory and cognition) compared to people with lower fasting blood sugar levels. After controlling for certain factors like age, high blood pressure, and alcohol or cigarette use, they found that higher blood sugar was responsible for six to 10 percent of brain shrinkage.

So what can you do? Eat minimally processed, high-fiber carbohydrates (at least 3 g per serving) and hit the gym. “Eating minimally processed, high-fiber carbs helps slow digestion, which stabilizes energy and blood sugar levels,” says Amanda Carlson-Phillips, vice president of nutrition and research at Core Performance. “Exercising also helps lower and balance blood sugar levels by burning off extra glucose (sugar) already in your body.”
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