Monthly Archives: August 2012

Mercury Levels in Fish

The next time you go out to eat or to the store, consider the fish you are choosing.

Some fish have higher levels of Mercury than others.

High Mercury Level Fish

  • Tuna
  • Shark
  • Grouper
  • Orange Roughy
  • Sea Bass

Medium Level Fish

  • Cod
  • Lobster
  • Mahi-Mahi
  • Halibut
  • Snapper

Low Mercury Fish

  • Anchovies
  • Crab
  • Flounder
  • Crawfish
  • Haddock
  • Salmon
  • Tilapia
  • Sole

If your favorite fish is in the highest level you may want to cut back. Pregnant and nursing Moms need to be especially careful.

Dr. Nancy Scheinost
Rheumatology of Brazos Valley

Sleep & Weight Loss

Here’s another good reason to get your rest.

If you don’t sleep you will not be able to lose weight.  Lack of sleep wreaks havoc with your hormones.  There are two hormones in your brain that control hunger.  Ghrelin, (which stimulates hunger),  and Leptin, (which tells your body that you are satisfied and quit eating).

When you aren’t sleeping well this causes an imbalance of these hormones with Ghrelin winning out.  So not only are you sleep deprived, but hungry.  A recent study found that sleep deprived people were generally not satisfied with the food they were eating, so they kept looking for other food to satisy them.  These people consumed on average 1,000 extra calories a day!  Yikes!  Ghrelin also tells your body to seek out higher calorie foods!  Double trouble!

Diet sodas do the same thing as sleep deprivation.

So don’t sacrifice your sleep for anything….especially diet sodas!

Dr. Nancy Scheinost
Rheumatology of Brazos Valley