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8 days ago was Thanksgiving here in Canada. Not sure why we celebrate it in October here and it's November in the U.S.- personally, I like having it not so close to Christmas... Same idea though- the whole family gets together and feasts which is always fun.
Now we are less than 2 weeks away from Halloween. It feels a little weird in the house this year because now my kids are too old for trick or treating and they're not really sure if they should even dress up for school or not. I admit I'm kinda sad to see that part of their lives go- they got almost as excited about it as Christmas.
What do these 2 holidays have in common?
The food. They always involve a large consumption of high glycemic foods.
Read on for yet another problem with this type of eating...
Bad news. It turns out you can add yet another problem to the other horrible health effects of high glycemic meals: basically, it makes you stupid.
Are Your Meals Making You Dumb?
Yep. A recent study published in the England Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that when you eat a low glycemic meal, your cognitive function is improved for up to 4 hours after your meal compared to when you eat a high glycemic meal.
A quick refresher for those who are new to my e-zine list or who have forgotten: a high glycemic meal is when the foods are quickly converted to glucose and low glycemic is when they are slowly converted to glucose. Go to this back-issued e-zine if you want more details on the glycemic index.
It makes sense that having a slow, steady supply of glucose for your brain (the only source of energy it can use) will improve your cognitive
function, but it's interesting that a high glycemic meal wouldn't be better even in the short time after eating when there's lots of glucose available.
So forget the Red Bull to help you with an exam or a presentation- it will actually make it worse!
The study also noted that the cognitive function of people that had better glucoregulation was better than those with poor glucoregulation. Glucoregulation just means how sensitive to your body's insulin you are so the glucose can get into the cells.
People with good glucoregulation are people that eat low glycemic meals regularly. When you eat high glycemic meals most of the time (ie: the typical western diet), you end up with poor glucoregulation that leads to many health problems, including obesity and diabetes. (I've discussed this in many of my e-zines before- check out the back issues for more information).
the bottom line: If you want to be smarter and, even more importantly, keep your brain working better for years to come, change your diet to low glycemic MOST of the time.
How do you do that?
Go to this back-issued e-zine for easy tips on how to change your diet to low glycemic.
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Because Laughter Really IS Good Medicine...
The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again invited readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.
Here are some of the winners:
1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.
2 Ignoranus : A person who's both stupid and an asshole.
3. Intaxicaton : Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.
4. Reintarnation : Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
5. Bozone ( n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future
6. Foreploy : Any misrepresentation about yourself for the
purpose of getting laid.
7. Giraffiti : Vandalism spray-painted very, very high
8. Sarchasm : The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.
9. Inoculatte : To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
10. Osteopornosis : A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)