Phillip Minton M.D.

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SALT: Getting the humble miracle mineral right

In cardiovascular, diet, Uncategorized on May 16, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Our common, humble table salt is much more important to our health and well-being than we can imagine. Getting sodium-chloride right can make or break our health, just as it does to the palatability of a great chef’s cuisine.

An overabundance of salt in our diet acts as a poison. It can destroy healthy organ functioning and raise the blood pressure to damaging extremes.

On the other hand, this humble mineral, in the right amounts, is essential to life. A review of all the amazing life processes in which sodium-chloride is involved easily leads us to conclude that, although humble, it is a miracle mineral.

The essential thing is for us to have the right intake amount of salt – not too much or too little. Knowing that number has recently become a little easier. The most recent research suggests it is about one and a half teaspoons a day. Consumption less than this 2300mg per day does not seem to benefit most people, and extended periods of extremely low salt intake can be dangerous. 


Obesity in Your Genes? Change Your Genes

In diet on April 11, 2013 at 4:47 pm

It’s spring. Time to slim down to get into that new pair of jeans. But it’s so hard to lose weight. Why? Many people think that their genes keep them from fitting into their jeans.

Our genes are the microscopic bits of genetic material within our cells that contain the instructions for our inherited traits. If we inherit genes that influence us towards obesity, weight loss is much more difficult.

Is it possible to change pro-obesity genes? Science is showing us that sometimes our actions can influence the activity of those genes, lessening their ability to keep us fat.

One of the actions we can take to change the expression of our genes may be surgical.

Life is all about TIMING

In diet on July 4, 2012 at 10:50 pm

It’s a well-known fact that what we eat has great consequences for our health. But do you know that when we eat also makes a difference? Our bodies run on a complexly timed cycle of hormonal releases and physiological activity. We need to become aware of these “timing” factors in our daily lives, and match our eating and exercise patterns to them in order to maximize health and longevity.

Aim to eat every 3 to 4 hours. Most people eat three meals and one snack, while others may prefer four smaller meals; you’re free to find the combination that works best for you. Timing your meals in this way will improve your fat loss by preventing excess insulin, allowing leptin to work its magic on appetite control and metabolism, and by balancing the stress hormone cortisol. You should also enjoy your meals at the same time every day.

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Artificially-Sweetened Soft Drinks Linked to Surprising Medical Problems

In cardiovascular, diabetes, prevention diet on May 20, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Are you one of the huge numbers of diet soda drinkers? Many of us (sometimes we seem like the minority) never got started with artificially sweetened soft drinks. We didn’t like the taste and were not concerned about calories or our weight. But there are many of us who drink so much diet soda that they seem addicted.

Why did they begin drinking it? The reason, most likely, was to lose weight and avoid sugar-related diseases like diabetes and heart disease. It makes sense. If there is no sugar, surely you will lose weight and not develop diabetes or high blood pressure, isn’t that true? Maybe not. Keep reading

Health Chocolate versus Chocolate Candybars

In anti-aging, cardiovascular, chocolate, diabetes, diet, health food, low carb diet, prevention diet on May 4, 2012 at 4:37 pm

It may be apt to say that for many people, perhaps even most, who do not have a major health problem such as diabetes, chocolate itself is so healthful that even consuming chocolate in the form of candy may be better than eating none at all. The reason is that cocoa solids, the raw material from which all chocolate confections must, at least in part, be made is so very healthful.

Let’s think about it. What are the main differences between the common chocolate candy bar and health chocolate? Keep reading…

Daniel Plan Diet: A Role for Cocoa and Chocolate

In diet, prevention diet on January 27, 2012 at 12:34 pm

The Daniel Plan is an anti-obesity lifestyle designed by members of the Saddleback Church along with expert collaborators. It combines wise tenets of eating and physical activity. Very significantly, it includes spiritual and social support. Foods are focused on the simple and natural.

For anyone seeking to change their dietary habits to fight obesity and secure better health, such as is true with those engaged in the Daniel Plan, cocoa and quality low-carb dark chocolate are important to consider. Keep reading…

Make A Delicious New Year’s Resolution

In anti-aging, cardiovascular, dementia, diabetes, diet, health food, immune system, low carb diet, prevention diet on December 31, 2011 at 11:15 am

At this time of year we often determine to do better in life. We determine that this new year will be a better year. We will end it looking better, feeling better and having improved our life over the course of the year. These aspirations are laudable, but are they realistic? Are they achievable?

Let me tell you about one resolution that you will love to keep, and that will truly be likely to improve your quality of life and well-being. Keep reading

Choc-full of Antioxidants!

In chocolate, immune system, prevention diet on December 5, 2011 at 11:26 pm

There is only one food that we all love, that tastes good and is choc-full of antioxidants. Chocolate. Yes, chocolate is the big power hitter in the ball game of dietary antioxidants versus the oxidative free radicals. Try to find another food so universally loved, and filled with such antioxidant power. Chocolate has no real rival. It is in a league all its own. Keep reading

Oxidation of Chocolate Confections

In chocolate, prevention diet on November 14, 2011 at 6:25 pm

The oxygen in the air we breathe is crucial to sustaining our lives. But there is a down-side to it. Oxygen interacts with many types of foods and “spoils” them. Oxidation by oxygen in the air degrades and damages foods, and in particular turns fats and oils rancid. Rancidity ruins the nutritional value of healthful oils such as omega-3 fatty acids, and ruins their taste as well.

Does it also do this to chocolate? Keep reading

Understanding Dietary Antioxidants

In anti-aging, chocolate, prevention diet on November 5, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Antioxidants in our diet are the components of foods that assist our body to control the oxidation of food into energy, and to quench or destroy unwanted harmful byproducts of energy metabolism. Food, after digestion, travels through the bloodstream and into the cells. Each cell contains tiny little energy producing factories called mitochondria. These little power plants convert portions of our food into energy for the cell to use. Keep reading