Maintaining Good Health

Maintaining Good Health

Imagine it’s 12 months from now. You’ve just had your Spatz adjustable gastric balloon removed after losing 25 kilos. Now you want to maintain your improved health. Here are some tips to help you do so. In many cases, continuing the good habits you’ve developed over the past year will continue to serve you well. If […]

Is Junk Food Addictive ?

Junk Food

Not only is junk food actually addictive, it’s designed to be that way on purpose. So if you find it hard to stop eating sweets, salty snacks and heavily processed foods, it’s because food scientists, who know how the human body and brain reacts to certain stimuli in foods, specifically designed these foods to get […]

The Surprising Role of Stress in Digestion

The Surprising Role of Stress in Digestion

Our bodies are wired to cope with stress by shutting down all non-essential bodily functions so your body and brain can focus on survival. This state is referred to as the stress response. It’s when your sympathetic nervous system takes over. That’s very helpful when you’re facing acute, life-threatening stress, such as being in a […]

The Surprising Role of Relaxation in Digestion

Relaxation

I recently wrote about the stress response and how it’s counterproductive to digestion. When you’re in a state of stress, even chronic, low level stress, your body shuts down digestion. That makes calorie burning inefficient. Stress also signals your body to produce insulin and cortisol, hormones which tell your body to store fat. So if […]