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NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
November 27, 2013
Dear Valued Subscriber,  

 

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.

 

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

November 27 - Open 9AM to 5PM

November 28 - Closed for Thanksgiving

November 29 - Open 9AM to 5PM

November 30 - SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY Open 9AM to 4PM

Make sure you check you email inbox on November 30th for information on our Small Business Saturday surprises!

  

Have a happy, healthy day. Bonnie and Steve Minsky.

 

Put Your Brown Fat to Work.
Until recently, brown adipose tissue, or brown fat, was only supposed to be found in babies and that it was lost as you age. Now that brown fat has been discovered in adults, why is this important?
 
Brown fat is a highly metabolically active "good fat" that burns calories, maintains your body temperature, and may play a role in conditions like diabetes and obesity. Developing mechanisms that activate brown-fat production could play a significant role in treating obesity.

All adults contain some level of brown fat, but until it's activated, brown fat doesn't really do much. Here are three ways to put it to work, if tolerated.

1. Turn down your thermostat.
Open a window when you're driving or whatever will cool your living space down a few degrees. Exposure to cold temperatures is the most effective way to stimulate activity of brown fat. When you're cold, even just mildly cold, your tissues activate brown fat as a way to generate heat, burning calories in the process. However, our increasingly comfortable homes, cars, and offices are reducing our body's reliance on brown fat as a way to generate heat. Tip: Try to spend at least two hours a day at a less-than-comfortable temperature.

2. Grab an apple.
Apple skins contain ursolic acid, a compound that has been found to increase production of both skeletal muscle and brown fat. One to two apples per day do should do the trick. Ursolic acid is also prevalent in cranberries, peppermint, rosemary, lavender, oregano, thyme, and prunes.
 
3. Add some strength training to your workout routine.
Skeletal muscle, which also burns calories, can help your body produce more brown fat.
 
Help for the Holidays.
Capitalize on Well Rewards Before 2013 Ends.
For the fourth year in a row, our NCI Well Rewards Loyalty Program was a success. It will be back for 2014. Before the year ends, make sure you stock up on your supplements because:
  1. Your 2013 reward points reset to zero at 5PM on 12/31/2013.
  2. The more reward points you have accrued throughout the year, the larger the discounts become.   
  3. For details about NCI Well Rewards Loyalty Program, click here.