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Vol I September 2004

Village Green is committed to guiding your journey to optimal wellness through providing the latest research on health, nutrition and lifestyle. Read on to learn more about the following health topics...

Breaking the Fast
A recent study performed at the University of Massachusetts found that people who eat breakfast at home are much less likely to become obese. In fact, the study showed that people who skip breakfast are actually 4.5 times more likely to become obese than those who eat breakfast regularly. The same study revealed that those who eat breakfast away from home are still 2 times more likely to become obese. So, increase your chances of staying lean by finding quick and healthy breakfast choices that can be prepared at home.

Sleep and Weight Loss
We all know that sleep and exercise are vital to achieving health and weight loss goals… but are you missing something? The missing ingredient could be the quality and amount of sleep you are getting at night. Fluctuations in sleep will throw off the delicate balance of hormones that control appetite and metabolism. Here are a few helpful tips to achieving quality sleep:
  • Be sure you have a mattress that will allow your body to relax completely while you sleep. An old mattress will not support the body while you rest and your body will need to provide postural support throughout the night.
  • Try not to nap during the day, as this will deplete your need for rest at night.
  • Try eating a small healthy snack about 3 hours before bed. This will prevent your blood sugars from dropping which may disturb a restful night’s sleep.

  • Pick a Cherry
    Looking for a food that is not only delicious and healthy, but can actually help fight cancer? Look no further than cherries! Cherries can relieve pain, which will improve your likelihood of staying active as you age. This wonderful fruit is jam-packed with antioxidants, which are nutrients that promote circulation and boost your immune system. Not only that, but they are rich in quercetin, which is one of the most powerful cancer fighters available in food.

    Sugary Foods May Cause Birth Defects
    Women who are planning to become pregnant or are expecting mothers should beware of foods high in sugar. Research done by the California Birth Defects Monitoring Program found that women who are in their first weeks of pregnancy should avoid sugary foods to lower their chance of birth defects. Foods high on the glycemic index, like white bread and soda, can lead to high blood sugar in the mother. This in turn, can lead to malformation of the dural tube in the fetus. Obese women who consumed high amounts of sugar were found to be four times more likely to deliver an affected baby than those watching their sugar intake.

    Vitamin D Linked to Weight Loss
    Vitamin D may be useful to those looking to lose weight. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that helps the body to maintain levels of calcium and phosphorus in the blood as well as promote bone health. Scientists in New York found that women who are overweight have less Vitamin D in their blood. By taking Vitamin D as a supplement, this valuable nutrient will be available for use in the rest of the body and will not be completely absorbed into the fat cells.
    These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, nor are they or these products intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Information presented is of a general nature for educational and informational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health, you should always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional. References are available upon request.
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