In a New Zealand study, men generated 3% more power while hearing encouraging words on how they were performing the exercise. Reason: it’s easy to lose focus and motivation while lifting, which decreases performance.
A Georgia Tech study found that people ate 30% more food when the food was the same color as their plate. The scientists say that less color contrast makes your brain work harder to figure out how much to serve.
British researchers say that exercising may reduce snaking. When people did 15 minutes of before doing a mental task, they ate about half as much chocolate while working as those who had stayed sedentary. Exercise may reduce stress, which curbs cravings.
In a study from the Netherlands, 11 obese men who took a daily supplement of the antioxidant resveratrol at 150 mg had lower blood sugar after 30 days. How many glasses of wine is that? Over 2 gallons! More work is needed to see the effects of smaller doses.
In a study from NYU, people who shared their weight-loss goals with others were less likely to enact them. One reason: Calling attention to your goals can create a sense of attainment, researchers say.
Studies show that consuming fast food even one meal per day adds an average of 187 calories per meal, not considering the poor quality of nutrients consumed. Reduce or eliminate fast food meals to reduce calories consumed, and to improve the quality of nutrients eaten.
Aluminum in antiperspirants is particularly dangerous because it is absorbed through the skin and stored for up to 15 days in surrounding tissue. Aluminum mimics estrogen in both men and women, and potentially damages DNA resulting in increased prostate and breast cancer risk. To minimize cancer risk, choose aluminum free antiperspirants, or try known natural anti-bacterial agents like baking soda and water, or a rubbing alcohol splash.
Drinking fluids that contain fructose (energy drinks, fruit juice, soda) after a workout may sabotage weight loss, stop Human Growth Hormone production, and contribute to insulin resistance and obesity. Consider water or any other non-fructose drink for several hours after exercise to maximize health and wellness.
Johnson and Johnson recently received a serious scolding from the Chinese Government’s news agency for using the preservative quaternium-15 in their Baby Shampoo. It appears that quaternium-15 releases formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. Johnson and Johnson is reformulating the Baby Shampoo, but the whole incident illustrates that dangerous chemicals are everywhere, even in trusted Baby Shampoo. Consider purchasing products with only natural ingredients, or make your own to minimize chemical exposure.
Foods high in histamines may trigger allergic reactions (eczema, digestive upset, headaches, hives) in sensitive people. Histamine levels rise the longer a food is stored or matured. Foods high in histamines include alcohol (especially red wine and champagne), pizza, fish, cheese, bananas, strawberries, coffee, processed and smoked meats, and sometimes veggies. If an allergic reaction occurs, try eliminating these types of foods, and add them back one at a time to determine reaction. Digestive enzymes and probiotics may help sensitivity issues.
*Consult physician before trying a new supplement, food or diet. Especially if you’re on any medications.