A Danish study reports that a daily serving of cheese won’t raise your LDL cholesterol levels. Even though it’s full of fat, it keeps you satiated for a long time. So add cheese to your diet to help build muscle and lose weight. Just be careful not to over do it, so limit your consumption to one serving once a day.
Doing mental math relieves pain, say scientists in Finland and Denmark. In the study, people who did math in their head reported feeling less pain from heat than those who listened to music or soothing sounds. Math may block pain in two ways: It distracts your brain from the ache and alters levels of key neurochemicals, says study author.
New York University researchers found that people who reported flossing infrequently had a higher probability of precancerous gastric lesions than those who flossed regularly. Study author, explains that if you don’t maintain good oral hygiene, bacteria may build up in your stomach, which can trigger cancer-causing inflammation. Plan when, where, and how you’ll floss each day and you’ll be more likely to do it, a German study found.
An average 5 point drop in systolic blood pressure of people who took L-arginne supplements for an average of 4 weeks.
Source: American Heart Journal
In a study from California State University, cyclists had higher power output and less leg pain by their sixth day of high-intensity intervals. Over time, interval training boosts muscle stores of glycogen and phosphocreatine, two fuels for intense exercise. As your body adapts, your perceived effort declines, says study author.
Herbs shown to be effective against depression without the side affects of prescription drugs include St. John’s Wort, Ginkgo, Gotu Kola, and Rhodiola. If depression is problematic, consider adjusting diet, and adding exercise, both of which have been shown to be more effective against depression than prescription drugs. If exercise and increased nutrition are not enough, consider trying an anti-depressant herb.
Cancer and infection share three common traits. 1) They both thrive in an anaerobic environment (low oxygen) 2) They both thrive on glucose and 3) They must have iron. To obtain optimal health and minimize risk of cancer and infection, 1) Maintain aerobic, oxygenated blood with exercise and a healthy diet 2) Limit sugar and high fructose corn syrup consumption and 3 )Check iron levels to prevent fueling cancer growth.
Gout is a painful accumulation of uric acid in the joints (usually feet) caused by an inability to break down purines from excess consumption of red meat and alcohol. Consuming cherries or non-sweetened cherry juice helps break down the acid, but limiting further red meat and alcohol consumption is a natural dietary change to improve the condition.
Visceral body fat (fat around the major organs of the stomach) is considered especially unhealthy because it is correlated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. It is recommended that the measurement of the waist not be greater than 35 inches for women, and 40 inches for men. Measure your waist near the belly button and take action if you are in a high-risk category.
Refined sugar, refined flour, and excess fried foods adversely affect the healthy bacteria in gut, shifting the balance towards the bad bacteria. Consider reducing or eliminating sugar, flour and fried foods, and increasing whole, organic fruits, veggies, and lean protein to maximize health.
*Consult physician before trying a new supplement, food or diet. Especially if you’re on any medications.