The Role Of Fatty Acids In Insulin Resistance

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The Role Of Fatty Acids In Insulin Resistance

New research into insulin resistance reveals that not all organs and receptor sites react in the same ways. This further complicates the problem. How do we ensure optimal levels are achieved and maintained?

This new research by Barry Sears Email author  and Mary Perry peels away another secret of the body’s endless complexity.

The human body has developed an extraordinary number of systems to maintain stable blood glucose and to avoid broad swings in its level. These systems include hormones that are directly or indirectly generated by the diet.

These hormones sense dietary nutrients and send appropriate neural signals to the brain (specifically the hypothalamus) to orchestrate fuel usage for either oxidation into energy or long-term storage. The central hormone involved in this metabolic communication system is insulin.

Insulin resistance is a multi-faceted disruption of the communication between insulin and the interior of a target cell. The underlying cause of insulin resistance appears to be inflammation that can either be increased or decreased by the fatty acid composition of the diet. However, the molecular basis for insulin resistance can be quite different in various organs.
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Why Squats Are So Awesome And How To Do Them Right

Thanks to  Jennifer Mosscrop for this squat primer. Be sure to check out  The Ultimate Squat Guide: 35+ Squat Exercises

man doing a full squatSquats. They never get easier. Every time my kickboxing instructor tells the class to do 10 power squats, I shutter because I know it’s going to hurt. I also know that squats are one of the best workouts for your body, so I grin and bear it.

 

Squats not only build muscle in your legs — including quadriceps, hamstrings and calves — but they also strengthen connective tissue, preventing injury in areas like your knees and ankles. It’s a functional exercise, so the more you do now, the better off your body will be when you’re older. The best part about squats: They lift your butt to make it look fantastic!

Don’t forget the fantastic aerobic benefits from doing squats. Try fives sets of twenty five without weight or a weight  you can work with. You won’t believe the capacity.

 

Technique

There are so many types of squat variations out there. However you choose to do them, be mindful of your form — otherwise you’re risking injury.

Squat in front of a mirror and look for the following in your form:

  • Tilt your hips back while you squat your butt down (like you’re sitting in an imaginary seat).
  • Keep your core tight throughout the whole exercise.
  • Hold your arms at shoulder level or extend them out.
  • Knees should never pass your toes.
  • Feet should always be flat on the floor. (you should be able to wiggle your toes throughout the squat)
  • Weight should be concentrated on your heels.
  • Knees should always be pointed at same direction as toes.
  • Inhale as you squat down; exhale as you come back up.

Here’s a quick video to use as a visual aid:

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