North Shore Times : March 15th 2016
stuff.co.nz Your health Decaf isOKbut green tea is best NewZealand’s favourite wellbeing expert answers readers’ questions about their health and wellbeing. I’ve recently changed to decaffeinated coffee but someone toldmeit’s worse for you than ordinary coffee – is this true? Thanks Greg. Hi Greg. The answer to this question truly depends on the individual, their biochemistry and howsensitive they are to caffeine. Originally the process used to extract caffeine from the coffee used chemicals,which meant the decaffeinated coffeewas essentially a poorer choice than caffeinated coffee. However, nowmore and more companies use awater extraction method, also known as the Swisswater extraction process, which is certainly a better alternative. However, green tea is a preferential choice as it contains many other health benefits including the calming effect of an amino acid l-theanine, and plenty of antioxidants. Be aware that green tea still contains some caffeine though. If youwant a caffeine free milky drink, try roasted dandelion tea (available from the supermarket) and add your favourite frothed milk to it. That way you support liver detoxification pathways and can enjoy a lovely flavour. Whyis it that any time I become stressed I gain weight? I try to eat less but I just feelmy clothes getting tighter and tighter. Thanks, Sarah Hi Sarah. The human body makes two dominant stress hormones. They are adrenalin and cortisol. Cortisol is our chronic WITH AUTHOR AND NUTRITIONAL BIOCHEMIST DR LIBBY AskDr Libby Email your questions for Dr Libby to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, only a selection of questions canbe answered. your arms and you growwhat I lovingly call a back veranda.Most people’s response to fat accumulation around their tummies is to go on a diet,which means eating less food. This only confirms to your body what cortisol has driven your body to believe is true, when in fact the opposite is true and food is likely to be abundant for you. When you restrict your food Decaffeinated coffee used to be the poorer choice but is now a better alternative thanks to companies using a different process to extract the caffeine. stress hormone. In other words, we tend to make too much of it when we are stressed for a long time. Historically, the only long-term stresses humans had were floods, famines andwars; all scenarios where food may have been scarce. Today, our long-termstress tends to come from relationship or financial worries, or health or weight concerns. However, because cortisolwas designed to save your life when foodwas scarce, even though food may be abundant for you today, cortisol sends amessage to every cell in your body that your metabolism needs to be slowed down so that those precious fat stores can keep you going until the food supply returns. Cortisol has a distinct fat deposition pattern. It lays fat down around your middle, on the back of intake on your ‘‘diet’’ you slowyour metabolism even further,making it feel like you only have to look at food for weight to go on. Stress is having a huge impact on our ability to lose weight and secondly, to keep it off, something I talk about in mybook Accidentally Overweight. ❚ Dr Libby is a nutritional biochemist, best-selling author and speaker. The advice contained in this column is not intended to be a substitute for direct, personalised advice from a health professional. To read more from Dr Libby, be sure to get her monthly newsletter. Simply complete the form at drlibby.com. MARCH 15, 2016, NORTH SHORE TIMES 19 SUBSCRIBE NOW Visit mags4gifts.co.nz/sunday-star-times Or call 0800 SUNDAY (786 329) It’s not Sunday without it.
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