I froze myself at minus 130 degrees to see if anti-ageing and fat loss claims were just hot air

Weight loss? Fewer wrinkles? Body soothing? Within a fraction of the time it takes to boil an egg? Sounds miraculous, sign me up!

And that is how I ended up spending three minutes (mostly) naked in a minus 130 degree Fahrenheit chamber within London’s luxury shopping mecca, Harvey Nichols.

Slightly larger than an old-fashioned red British telephone box, this is the U.K.’s first electric whole body cryotherapy (WBC) chamber and the clinic has hosted around 2,500 appointments since opening last August. Its more established forebears – cryotherapy chambers which use liquid nitrogen to achieve the same freezing temperatures – have been around since launching in Japan in the late 1970s.

“The extreme cold in a way shocks the body into a response and we want to trigger this response which is a response of fighting back. So all systems are on. The heart starts beating faster, the blood flow increases and the brain wants to contain this stimuli that it’s getting from outside,” explained Dr. Yannis Alexandrides, founder of 111CRYO, the clinic that developed this chamber.

Inside the chamber

At risk of stating the blindingly obvious, the chamber was extremely cold. I was slightly surprised as I had thought that the shock to my body from the instant temperature drop would have caused a less intense reaction. As it was, it felt like standing in the snow with no clothes on or throwing open a window to icy winds after a hot shower. The impression was compounded by the tiny, fluttering snowflakes (due to condensation) around me. I was very focused on the large, neon countdown clock and relieved when it expired. That said, there was certainly no pain or discomfort beyond the generic feeling of coldness.

For the rest of the day, I did feel a persistent and pleasant light tingling sensation all over my body – similar to the warm feeling of invigoration provided by the recovery period shortly after diving into cold water. My body felt a little firmer and I also felt spritely and buoyant – both physically and psychologically. I must qualify this with the fact I took the treatment on a Friday with the weekend only hours away…but nonetheless, I can understand how clients become hooked on the lingering sensation and keep returning.

Not frozen in time

The technology and research around electric cryotherapy is constantly evolving and Dr. Alexandrides looks forward to the treatment assuming an ever broader application.

“We are going beyond the top athletes and the people who are professionals who know the benefits and now the wider public starts realizing that this is a treatment for every day. Like in the same category as going to the gym, keeping healthy, I think we’ll see it more and more being used as a way of life,” he predicted.

Excerpts of article from CNBC.com

Stevia Combats Lyme Disease

Stevia is shown to be more effective than antibiotics at combating the pathogen known to cause Lyme disease.

A recent study indicates that Stevia is more effective at combating Lyme disease than antibiotics. The study’s results were recently published in the European Journal of Microbiology and Immunology. Lyme disease is particularly challenging to treat as it shape-shifts in quite a frustrating manner. Traditional antibiotics are not guaranteed to generate a lasting cure for Lyme disease. Enter Stevia. This natural plant just might be a more effective and safer way to treat Lyme disease than conventional antibiotics and other treatment methods.

About the Study

A preclinical study conducted by academicians at the University of New Haven’s Department of Biology and Environmental Science shows that Stevia leaf extract boasts strong antibiotic activity against the pathogen known as Borrelia Burgoderfi. This is the pathogen responsible for the onset of Lyme disease. The study determined that Stevia whole leaf extract proved effective against all known varieties of Borrelia Burgoderfi.

The CDC has determined that a minimum of 300,000 individuals are afflicted with Lyme disease per year. Antibiotics are currently used to treat the malady yet they are toxic and merely address superficial components of the infection. Stevia proves more effective in combating Lyme disease below the surface of the infection. Stevia excavates it from the system to the point that it can’t induce harm.

The University of New Haven researchers compared an alcohol extract of whole Stevia leaf typically sold in the U.S. retail market to traditional antibiotics. Each treatments abilities were assessed in regards to their impact on Borrelia Burgdorferi. Stevia stems from a plant with inherent phytochemical defense mechanisms that guard against infection. The consumption of Stevia transmits some of these antimicrobial properties to the human body. Stevia’s phytochemicals likely include steviol, austroinullin, dulcoside, rebaudi oxides, B-carotene, stevioside and riboflavin that contain antimicrobial properties which combat pathogens. The purpose of these compounds is to prevent microbial infections.

The study’s authors made it clear that upwards of 20 percent of Lyme disease patients are treated with antibiotics in the initial two to four weeks following diagnosis. Side effects from this course of treatment range from fatigue to muscle and joint aches and general pain. Some such effects lasted half a year.

Study Results

Stevia proved quite effective at eliminating Borrelia Burgdorferi spirochetes as well as persisters. Stevia sub-culture experiments and antibiotic treated cells were studied for upwards of two weeks. Stevia drastically reduced Borrelia Burgdorferi compared to antibiotics. It can be concluded that Stevia leaf appears to be quite promising as a means of combating Borrelia Burgdorferi. It is important to note that Borrelia Burgdorfer’s most antibiotic resistant form (biofilm) actually heightened in mass when certain antibiotics were applied. Stevia leaf extract reduced such biofilm mass on collagen and plastic test surfaces by a whopping 40 percent.

A Word of Caution

It must be noted that the above-referenced study is a preliminary endeavor. Readers should not interpret the results to mean that the simple consumption of whole Stevia leaf extract will produce superior results for Lyme disease treatment than traditional antibiotics. However, the study will certainly catalyze additional research on this topic.

There is no indication that Stevia can cause any sort of harm. The same cannot be said of traditional Lyme disease treatments like antibiotics. Those who are looking for an all-natural way to guard against the onset of a Lyme disease infection should give Stevia serious consideration.

Article from WorldHealth.net

Best Anti-Ageing Exercise is High Intensity Interval Training

HIIT it! We’re often told that exercise is the best medicine, and it now seems that regular high intensity interval training (HIIT), in particular, is great for reversing the declining ability of our cells to generate energy.

HIIT involves short bursts of very intense activity, interspersed with recovery periods of lower-intensity exercise. Sreekumaran Nair at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and his colleagues assigned groups of people aged between 18 and 30 and between 65 and 80 to three months of interval training, weight training or a combination of the two. Muscle biopsies were taken before and afterwards to measure the impact of these regimes on their cells.

Interval training boosted the ability of the mitochondria within cells to generate energy by 69 per cent in older volunteers, and by 49 per cent in the younger group.

Mitochondrial activity declines with age, which may aggravate fatigue and reduce the size and ability of muscles to burn excess blood sugar – a risk factor for diabetes. But this decline was halted and even reversed in the older interval-training group. “After three months of interval training, everything converged towards what we saw in young people,” says Nair.

Interval trainers also saw surges in lung, heart and circulation health. The amount of oxygen they could inhale and consume at full tilt rose by 28 per cent in the younger group and by 17 per cent in the older group. There was no corresponding change among weight trainers, although combination training boosted oxygen consumption by 21 per cent among older exercisers.

Nair says the greatest benefit from weight training was the addition of new muscle mass, but it triggered none of the mitochondrial and respiratory benefits. The combination regime generally produced intermediate results.

Article from NewScientist.com

9 Strategies on How to Do Intermittent Fasting

  1. By pushing your first meal later into the day, you give yourself a ton of dietary freedom. Now you have just a couple meals to hit your calories. This means you can eat big, delicious meals, while dropping fat!
  2. Intermittent fasting is amazing for productivity. When you no longer have to worry about preparing, cleaning and eating first thing in the morning and during the day, you can get way more work done
  3. Intermittent fasting will increase fat mobilization and even spare muscle protein, this is due to the massive increase in growth hormone
  4. Intermittent fasting has life extension benefits and has been shown to reduce the risk of numerous diseases. Mark Sisson has a great article on the health benefits of Fasting.

How To do intermittent fasting:

  1. Forget about the eating window, it is restrictive and unnecessary. Instead, simply focus on pushing your first meal 4-8 hours after rising. You don’t need to break your fast or end your fast the same time, each day. That is extremely restrictive. The only rule is to push your first meal after rising.
  2. Don’t think about fasting. Just go about your day, and understand this is very good for you, and this is what your body is designed to do. Your body will kick up energy through increasing fat mobilization. Going without breakfast isn’t a big deal!
  3. Use black coffee or cafe americanos (my favorite is Fasting Fuel), strategically to blunt appetite. One really powerful trick is to wait at-least 1-2 hours before utilizing black coffee. This will increase the appetite suppressing effects. Also, I recommend only using caffeine during the fasted state and at no other time. This will ensure your body maintains a sensitivity to caffeine.
  4. Drink some sparkling water during the fast to increase fullness and to dissolve any hunger.
  5. Break your fast with 1-2 pieces of fruit. The first sign of hunger, typically, is a depletion in liver glycogen. So if you break your fast with some fruit, you can stave off hunger for a couple more hours, with only 80-160 calories. Pushing your first meal later, will make dieting easier!
  6. When it comes time to eat, listen to your body. You don’t want to be hungry during the feeding window. In the past, I was too strict on my diet, with intermittent fasting, and it only backfired. Contrarily, if you’re full, it’s okay to go lower in calories if you’re satisfied. You’ll just lean up faster!
  7. Eat foods that really fill you up and satisfy you on your calorie intake. For me, this is plenty of meat, veggies, potatoes, pop chips and really good quality milk chocolate.
  8. You don’t have to have 2-3 conventional meals. You can have one main meal and some smaller snacks. You can be very flexible with the diet. It’s okay to eat right before bed, it will not interfere with fat loss at all.
    What Else Can You Do To Make Intermittent Fasting Easy?

Another important strategy for how to do intermittent fasting properly is eating the right foods.

If you’re looking for amazing meals to eat on your intermittent fasting plan, I definitely recommend checking out KinoChef!

Oh and one other, very cool tip, that works extremely well, is to break your main meal up.

Instead of eating the protein and carbs together. Fill up on an epic portion of meat, then, 30 minutes to 2 hours later, indulge in a plate of potato wedges or fries. By splitting the meal up, you’ll keep yourself fuller for longer! Cool, eh 😉

This article from Kinobody.com


Nasty or nice? Study links personality to brain shape

Personality traits such as moodiness or open-mindedness are linked to the shape of one’s brain, a study said Wednesday.

Researchers said they found a striking correlation between structural brain differences and five main personality types.

“The shape of our brain can itself provide surprising clues about how we behave — and our risk of developing mental health disorders,” said a statement from the University of Cambridge, which took part in the study.

Psychologists have previously developed a “Big Five” model of main personality types: neuroticism (how moody a person is), extraversion (how enthusiastic), open-mindedness, agreeableness (a measure of altruism) and conscientiousness (a measure of self control).

Using brain scans from over 500 people aged 22 to 36, the new study looked at differences in the cortex — the wrinkly outer layer of the brain also known as grey matter.

Specifically it focussed on combinations of thickness, surface area, and the number of folds in different people.

“We found that neuroticism… was linked to a thicker cortex and a smaller area and folding in some brain regions,” said study co-author Roberta Riccelli of Italy’s Magna Graecia University.

Conversely, openness, “was associated with a thinner cortex and greater area and folding”.

Neuroticism, the team said, was a trait underlying mental illnesses such as anxiety disorders, whereas “openness” reflects curiosity and creativity.

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