A study from Australia reports that wearing compression tights can speed up recovery. Men who wore them during interval training and recovery had lower heart rates and lactate levels than those who didn’t. Reason: Compression garments boost blood flow to your heart, says study author.
A New Zealand study showed that low-carb, low-sodium sports drinks are absorbed fastest during a workout than ones with higher levels. In the study cyclists who consumed a drink with lower carb and sodium concentrations than those in an average man exercised longer and harder than those who drank Gatorade or Powerade. The drink used in the study is not sold in the U.S, so try Gatorade G2.
According to University of South Florida research, dehydration not only effects performance, but your mood and less energized after a workout. “Signs of dehydration – headache, fatigue, thirst, inability to concentrate – can lead to negative feelings,” says study author. To gauge your fluid requirements, weigh yourself before and after an event or workout. If you lost weight, you may need to drink more during and after your next event or workout.
Researchers in Brazil say weight training may help lower high blood pressure. When a group of men with hypertension stopped their meds and lifted weights 3 days a week for 12 weeks, their blood pressure dipped on average 11.5%. Study author believes weightlifting directly improves blood vessel or nervous system function. The participants BP stayed lower for 4 weeks after they quit lifting.
Weightlifting can reduce your risk of developing metabolic syndrome by 37%.
Source: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Tea Tree Oil, used medicinally by the indigenous people of Australia, is antimicrobial, anti-fungal, and antiseptic. It is an excellent treatment for cuts and burns, and its leaves were often used to relieve cold symptoms. It is also effective against acne, Athlete’s Foot, and hangnails. Consider adding Tea Tree Oil to your First Aid Kit.
Use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) may damage the intestinal lining allowing proteins and toxins to enter the bloodstream creating free radical damage, and also decreasing the ability of good bacteria to function optimally. Minimize NSAIDS to protect a healthy gut.
Tomatoes and broccoli are two veggies high in antioxidants that help reduce cancer risk. Mice studies done by the American Institute of Cancer Research found that animals who ate a diet of tomatoes and broccoli together had smaller and fewer tumors than those eating just one of the veggies. To optimize health, consider eating tomatoes and broccoli in the same day, or same meal to increase the antioxidant effect of both.
Environmental pollutants including heavy metals, pesticides/herbicides and man-made chemicals may alter or disrupt many enzymatic processes in the body resulting in malfunction. Even newborn infants now test positive for hundreds of diverse, man-made chemicals. Buy organic foods and natural products when possible, and support legislation to protect the environment to minimize exposure to pollutants.
Seniors with the highest levels of Vitamin B, C, D, E and Omega-3 Fatty Acids have the biggest and most productive brains. Evaluate your vitamin intake through both food and supplements to ensure you are getting adequate levels of these vitamins and healthy fat to maintain your “big” brain as you age.
*Consult physician before trying a new supplement, food or diet. Especially if you’re on any medications.