Smoking textation

Another study has highlighted the power of regular electronic messages in helping to create healthier and higher quality lifestyles. The newest research was published today in the Lancet and tracked almost 6000 smokers attempting to quit for six months. The researchers found that people who received regular text messages reinforcing their health goals were twice as likely to achieve them. The study follows other research and anecdotal reports HumanaNatura receives from NaturaLife subscribers, indicating the power of electronic health promotion messages. Learn more about the new study at Texting Helps Smokers Quit and receive regular health messaging from HumanaNatura via the Subscribe, Facebook, and Twitter links on this page.

Soda coda

A new study presented at this week’s American Diabetes Association conference casts further suspicion on the health effects of diet sodas. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Texas, tracked the diet soda consumption of almost 500 adults over nearly ten years. It found that regular diet soda consumption was closely linked with increased waistlines and weight gain. A related study reported at the conference found that lab mice fed aspartame, a common diet soda sweetener, had significantly elevated blood glucose levels – suggesting a possible causal link for the Texas study results. Both studies come on the heels of recent findings linking diet soda with higher stroke and heart attack risk, and increased cravings for sweets. Learn more about the new study and find links to the earlier research at Diet Soda & Weight Gain, all suggesting it may be time for a diet soda coda.

Diet matters

If you think you can out-exercise a bad diet, think again. A new study of lifestyle interventions for adult-onset diabetes suggests that diet is far more important than exercise in mitigating this growing chronic health problem. The new study, published this past week in the Lancet, followed almost 600 patients diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes. It found that dietary changes produced the largest physiological improvements across the treatment regimens studied. While adding exercise did not improve diabetes treatment, the lead researcher emphasized that “individuals who exercise have reduced rates of cancer, reduced mortality, and other benefits from exercising, such as enhanced sense of well being…but dietary change should be the focus of your lifestyle intervention” when seeking diabetes control. Learn more about the new study at Diabetes Treatment Study.

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Fatal fries

An interesting but perhaps not surprising new study by Harvard Medical School has found that fried potatoes are the most fatal food, if your goal is to maintain a healthy adult body weight over time. The new and quite large longitudinal study looked at daily food consumption across more than 100,000 women and men over twenty years, permitting new weight-gain calculations for various foods. As should be clear to everyone by now, unnatural insulin and hunger-inspiring carbohydrate foods dominate the list of the most weight-advancing things to eat. French fries finished first, closely followed by potato chips, with sweetened beverages and other starches and refined carbohydrates such as white bread, white rice, low-fiber breakfast cereal, candy, and desserts in close pursuit. Importantly, also near the top of weight-advancing foods are red meats, which are limited to 25% of protein intake on the HumanaNatura natural diet plan. Learn more about the new study and see how your foods of choice rank at Long Term Weight Gain.

Rehydrate now

Whether you’ve been on an alpine trail and dried food for several days or are just feeling the need to perk up your body, delicious natural rehydration is always minutes away. This water and vitamin-rich salad mixes diced cucumber, cut grape tomatoes, blueberries, a bit of chopped red onion, and a few pistachios…served on a bed of greens and seasoned with parsley, coriander, black pepper, and anise…

Brain drain

Scientists at Harvard University have found a new correlation between childhood poverty and compromised natural brain development. The study, reported to be the first to link general conditions of poverty with a specific neurological impairment, examined brain measurements from 400 children of varying socioeconomic backgrounds and found a link between household income and functioning of the hippocampus, a critical area of the brain that controls memory and emotion. The lead researcher has proposed that “differences in the hippocampus, perhaps due to stress tied to growing up in poverty, might partially explain differences in long-term memory, learning, control of neuroendocrine functions, and modulation of emotional behavior.” Learn more about the new study, with important implications for community and childhood health policy, at Growing Up Poor.

Urban stress

A team of researchers studying sensitivity to stress has found that subjects raised in urban areas are significantly more susceptible to stress activation than counterparts who grew up in non-urban settings. The new findings are consistent with other research suggesting important natural health limitations from human life principally in urban settings and lacking regular contact with the larger natural environment. In the study, published in the new edition of Nature, researchers examined the brain scans of German students placed in challenging situations and found a clear difference in stress activation between urban and non-urban raised groups. Learn more about the new study at Urban Stress Sensitivity.