The Archives of Internal Medicine reports that chocolate may help you stay thin. People who ate chocolate a few times a week had a lower BMI than those who had it less often. The antioxidants in cocoa may rev up your metabolism, which helps you burn more calories. Don’t go crazy, limit it to 100 calories of dark chocolate, the higher the percentage of cocoa the better, per day.
Group training may lead to more weight-loss. Participants in group training are more likely to loss at least 5% body weight than those who trained by themselves.
A study showed that when a group wore cooling gloves during exercise for 12 weeks, their speed increased, blood pressure dropped, and they lost three inches from their waist. The study authors say chilling your hands sends cool blood back to your heart, which helps decrease fatigue while boosting endurance.
Researchers at Bellarmine University say the exercise may help protect your hearing.In a national study, fit people were 6% more likely to have better hearing than those who are less fit. Working out gets your heart pumping which may send more oxygen and nutrient rich blood to the auditory portion of your ears, increasing your ability to perceive sound. To ensure your headphones doesn’t counteract this benefit, keep your volume at 60% and remove your headphones ever hour.
The British Journal of Nutrition reports that watercress, an antioxidant-rich leafy green, may help protect you from the stress of hard workouts, which can produce free radicals that cause minor damage to your DNA. The study showed that participants were more resistant to harm if they ate about two cups of the spicy green two hours before exercising.
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for healthy brain function, to prevent cardiovascular disease, to reduce homocysteine and hypertension levels, to support cell walls, to control blood lipids and cholesterol levels, and to decrease cancer risk. Increase your Omega-3’s, and reduce your Omega-6’s if necessary to obtain the optimal ratio of 1:2.
Aluminum absorption in the body has been associated with both Alzheimer’s Disease, and breast cancer. Avoid cooking in aluminum pans or with aluminum foil, and choose deodorants that do not contain aluminum to minimize aluminum absorption.
The skin is not only the body’s largest organ for elimination, but it also absorbs many chemicals as well. Check the labels on your personal care products (deodorant, lotions, shampoo, soap) to ensure their safety. Don’t put anything on your body that your wouldn’t feel safe eating!
Mercury is a neurotoxin and is especially harmful to brain development in small children. If mercury toxicity is high due to exposure to metal amalgams (metal fillings in teeth), many vaccinations with thimerasol, or extensive fish consumption, consider having your mercury levels checked. If found high, consult your alternative physician about using Chlorella as an effective detoxing agent that binds with mercury and escorts it from the body.
Diligently read the labels on the products in your home to determine the potential risk of exposure to deadly toxins, and eliminate dangerous ones.