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The sad story of the out of whack body clock

The Sad Case of Out-of-Sync Clocks and Insulin Resistance Our bodies have metabolisms that run on a 24 hour clock. (circadian) During that time the body must do a variety of functions such as excreting digestive juices, actually digesting, resting, repairing, expressing genes and communicating down to the cellular and molecular levels. It is an well-organized and very important business. In our brains behind our eyes is the Master clock named the SCN who runs all the clocks in our body.  This "boss clock" named the SCN, instructs all the little clocks in the tissues and organs throughout your body when to go and do their stuff.  He is part of the brain. He sends his messages to all the...

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Time to Eat: Mitochondria Run on Timers

Neuroscience NewsMarch 16, 2016FeaturedGeneticsNeuroscienceWhen one eats may be as important as what one eats. New research at the Weizmann Institute of Science and in Germany, which recently appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), suggests that the cells’ power plants – the mitochondria – are highly regulated by the body’s biological, or circadian, clocks. This may help explain why people who sleep and eat out of phase with their circadian clocks are at higher risk of developing obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.   Dr. Gad Asher of the Weizmann Institute’s Biomolecular Sciences Department, who led the study, explains that circadian clocks, which are found in living things from bacteria to flies and humans, control our rhythms...

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How the thyroid effects your weight correction

Most people who convert to low carb experience fantastic health and weight correction. There are however those that find weight correction difficult even when approaching low carb correctly. Then there are people who do all that and still cannot lose weight. This is when it’s time to give serious consideration to thyroid dysfunction. By “thyroid dysfunction” I am referring to various degrees of hypothyroidism, i.e., low thyroid hormone levels. (I’m going to ignore hyperthyroidism, since this is much less common and does not impose any limitation on weight loss.) This is a big issue, so I’m going to cover it as a check list, a series of bullet points that you can run down to cover as much territory as...

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The Sad Case of Out-of-Sync Clocks and Insulin Resistance

Our bodies have metabolisms that run on a 24 hour clock. (circadian) During that time the body must do a variety of functions such as excreting digestive juices, actually digesting, resting, repairing, expressing genes and communicating down to the cellular and molecular levels. It is an well-organized and very important business. In our brains behind our eyes is the Master clock named the SCN that runs all the clocks in our body.  This "boss clock" named the SCN,  instructs all the little clocks in the tissues and organs throughout your body when to go and do their stuff.  He is part of the brain. He sends his messages to all the clocks in your liver and pancreas and elsewhere in...

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