~ I'm working up a post now on Intermittent Fasting, weight loss, muscle gain and its relation to "slowed metabolism" and "low body temperature." As you might suspect, I laugh. I laugh a lot. Here's a couple of things to give you a head start and get you thinking.
Increased p70s6k phosphorylation during intake of a protein–carbohydrate drink following resistance exercise in the fasted state. To summarize, post-workout muscle biopsies revealed much higher levels of the goodies that stimulate muscle growth in those doing resistance workouts fasted than those doing them fed. No surprise there, when one understands that animals don't hunt on full bellies.
Study on fasting and dieting suggests why diets fail -- and why a weekly fast might work. Basically, this suggests that since people don't seem to automatically overeat the day after a fast but gain back the weight slowly, over 10 days or so, that a weekly fast might just be the ticket for sustaining weight loss over a long period.
~ Vitamin K2 has been one of my favorite topics for a long time. Here's new evidence that higher vitamin K intake is tied to lower cancer risks.
In general, the researchers found, the one quarter with the highest intakes of vitamin K2 were 28 percent less likely to have died of any one of the cancers than the one-quarter of men and women with the lowest intakes of the vitamin. That was with factors like age, weight, exercise habits, smoking and consumption of certain other nutrients, like fiber and calcium, taken into account.
Of the one-quarter of study participants who got the least vitamin K2, 156 -- or 2.6 percent -- died of one of the four cancers. That was true of 1.6 percent of participants with the highest intakes of the vitamin from food.
When Linseisin's team looked at the cancer types individually, there was no clear link between either form of vitamin K and breast cancer or colon cancer. However, greater consumption of vitamin K2 was linked to lower risks of developing or dying from lung cancer -- a disease for which smoking is the major risk factor -- or of developing prostate cancer.
Of the one-quarter of study participants with the lowest vitamin K2 intakes, 47 -- or 0.8 percent -- developed lung cancer, versus 0.4 percent of the one-quarter who got the most vitamin K2 in their diets.
When it came to prostate cancer, there were 111 cases among the one-quarter of men with the lowest vitamin K2 intakes, and 65 cases in the group with the highest consumption.
K2 has been on my short list of supplements for a couple of years. I now take the LEF K2 Complex product and the results have been far superior and more consistent to any of the others I've tried.
~ Underground restaurants, i.e., operating outside the law? You bet. It's catching on and I love the idea.
~ This is really just more moronic than anything political. Here's House Representative Hank Johnson expressing concern that the island of Guam might "tip over and capsize" with the addition of 8,000 US troops and their families.
What a dummy. Certainly, if he had any brains, the much longer term concern would have been Guam floating away. And here you thought Idiocracy was just a movie. I'm sure everything will improve, though, right after the next election.
~ Heading off for Spring Break tomorrow and will probably be gone a week. But I should have no problem getting a couple of posts up, at least.