The Health Benefits of Eating Emu
These days, plenty of people are looking for ways to fine-tune their diets, in order to maximize their health and longevity. This emphasis on healthy eating has led many health-conscious eaters to look beyond beef, when choosing a red meat to serve at the dinner table.
But, what else is there? To those raised on a typical American diet, beef might seem like the only red meat. However, some healthy eaters are discovering that the health benefits and mild flavor of emu meat make it a great alternative.
Profile on Leptin: the Fat Hormone Part 2
In part one of this article, we discussed the role of hormones in every physiological process in the human body. We talked about the role played by Insulin in determining whether energy from food was burned immediately, or stored for future use. But this article is, after all, about the hormone leptin, so…
How Does Leptin Work in the Body?
At this point, you might be wondering what all of this has to do with leptin. Well, leptin plays a big role in fat storage, and appetite regulation, as well. As leptin is a relatively recent discovery, researchers are still learning about exactly how it functions. Here are some of the things they have discovered so far:
First, it has been shown that leptin blocks appetite-stimulating hormones, such as AgRP, Neuropeptide Y, and ghrelin. These hormones put us in feast mode, making us eat more, and move less, in order to stockpile energy for the lean times our body thinks may lie ahead.
All About Leptin: the Fat Hormone
Hormones carry instructions from the endocrine system to cells in the body. There are approximately 50 hormones at work in the human body.
Hormones regulate nearly all of our physiological processes. Metabolic rates, muscle growth, heart rate, sexual desire, sleep patterns, and menstrual cycles are all influenced by the endocrine system. Some hormones are compatible with a wide variety of cells, and others only affect very specific cells or tissues.
Hormones travel through the body until they reach a target cell, then bind with the protein receptors inside the cell, which read the information contained in the hormone, and enacts the hormone’s instructions.
Portland: CrossFit SW Profile
Most Paleo enthusiasts are well-aware of the benefits of CrossFit exercising and how it goes hand in hand with a high-protein, low-carb diet. Unlike the typical machines you see in an average gym, CrossFit “boxes” feature an open floor of ropes, pull-up racks, and rings hanging from the ceiling. It is a fitness program that combines the best of every sport into a comprehensive workout.
Steve Weiland, certified CrossFit trainer, power lifter and Olympic lifting trainer, and his wife, Shannon Weiland, own and operate CrossFit SW Portland. They can scale any workout to an individual’s level. Each class consists of a warm-up, mobility, skill training, and a workout of the day, followed by a stretch and cool down. Continue reading
Since When Did Eating Local Become So Popular?
Eating local has been a hot topic lately. Over the last few years, conscientious food-lovers have been seeking out locally grown produce, and locally raised meats, in ever-increasing numbers. So, what defines the locavore movement? What’s behind this upswing in sourcing one’s food close to home? What are the benefits of buying local, and are there drawbacks?
Merriam-Webster defines a locavore as “one who eats foods grown locally whenever possible.” Locavorism was born in San Francisco in 2005, when a small group of concerned foodies decided to challenge themselves to eat only food that had been grown within a 100 mile radius of their city. Their efforts were widely publicized, and since then, the locavore movement has gained many adherents. Continue reading
Explore the History and Health Benefits of Eating Water Buffalo
Water buffalo have been domesticated for over 5,000 years. They are used as draft animals, pulling carts and plows. They supply nearly 1/3 of farm power in southeast Asia, where they are sometimes referred to as “the living tractor of the east.” Their horns are used to build musical instruments, and their leather is prized for its toughness. Their rich milk is the traditional raw material for mozzarella cheese.
Traditionally, water buffalo meat has not been utilized as a food source in the West. However, that is quickly changing. Water buffalo meat is gaining traction as a prized beef substitute in Mexico and South America, and could soon experience the same boom in popularity in the US, as well.
The consumption of red meats, such as beef, has long been considered an excellent source of protein, iron, B vitamins, and other nutrients. However, there has also been considerable concern about the cardiovascular effects of red meat consumption. Most red meat is high in fat and cholesterol. Studies have clearly indicated that these substances can contribute to health problems, such as obesity, heart disease, and cancer.