According to a study from Nova Southeastern University, those who do behind-the-neck presses and lat pulldowns are more likely to suffer chronic shoulder instability.
European researchers may have found out why you feel happier after a good workout. Long, intense exercise stresses your body and it responds by releasing hormones from your adrenal glands. The increases of cortisol in your bloods revs up a molecule of your endocannabinoid system called anandamide. Anandamide signals regions of your brain to release a substance called BDNF, which can protect your neurons and act as an antidepressant.
Scientists in England say a jumping warm-up can instantly make your legs stronger. Men squatted almost 18 pounds more after doing depth jumps – hopping from a bench to the floor and then immediately leaping vertically. Study author says performing jumps alerts your nerves, helping you recruit more muscle fibers during your next activity. Try five depth jumps 4 minutes before squatting.
Is there a strong gene? When Salk researchers suppressed NCoR1, a genome regulator in mice that naturally holds back muscle growth, they created rodents that were twice as strong. Their muscles were denser and larger, and had extreme speed and endurance.
According to a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, broccoli sprouts have five times the cancer-fighting power as the supplements made with them. Broccoli in its natural form contains an active form of an enzyme that may help your body extract beneficial compounds called isothiocyanates. Eat your broccoli raw or slightly cooked, heat reduces the enzyme’s activity.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an amazing fat-soluble substance necessary for energy production in the mitochondria and is especially concentrated in the heart and kidneys. Many heart patients have low CoQ10 levels,and Statin drugs used to reduce cholesterol significantly reduce CoQ10 levels. Adequate levels of CoQ10 are necessary to produce energy in every cell of the body. Consider adding CoQ10 for increased energy output, especially if taking Statin drugs or if cardiovascular disease is an issue.
Birth control pills are synthetically produced hormones, with side effects similar to those produced with Hormone Replacement Therapy including increased risk of breast and uterine cancers, and cardiovascular disease. Many alternative doctors suspect a connection between increased breast cancer rates and the dangers of synthetic hormones and are suggesting alternate methods of birth control for their patients. Consider alternative birth control methods (eliminating Birth Control Pills) to minimize dangerous side effects of synthetic hormones.
Consume one to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before a sweet treat to help moderate blood sugar swings and insulin response. Apple Cider vinegar can also be consumed up to 1 hour past sugar consumption to moderate blood sugar spikes and avoid immediate fat storage for those with insulin resistance.
A healthy pink tongue, without fuzz, coating or discoloration is an outward sign of vibrant health. Clear eyes, without yellowness, discoloration, or “bloodshot” appearance are also general signs of good health. Monitor your tongue and eyes for indications of stress on the body.
The herbs echinacea, lomatium, astragalus, goldenseal and licorice are all very effective in strengthening the immune system and shortening the duration of colds. They can be taken together or separately, in pills or tincture (liquid form). Results are greatest if taken at first signs of symptoms before infection has reproduced extensively. Most immune system herbs should not be taken on a daily basis, but only as needed during acute illness.
*Consult physician before trying a new supplement, food or diet. Especially if you’re on any medications.