SOY AND CANCER
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Science, Japan researchers compared those with a high-soy diets with people who have a low soy diet and found no difference in stomach-cancer rates.
BLOOD PRESSURE AND TEA
Australian scientists say black tea may lower blood pressure. In the study, people who drank 3 cups of black tea every day for 6 months had a 2-point drop in blood pressure. The reason, flavonoids in the tea may reduce a protein that constricts blood vessels.
DARK CHOCOLATE BOOSTS CARDIO
In a Wayne State University study, mice fed epicatechin (which is dark chocolate) maintained their cardio gains after 5 weeks of no treadmills training. The reason, epicatechin may help preserve the ability to efficiently transport oxygen.
LESS IS MORE FOR WARM UP
A study from Tunisian revealed that athletes who performed 3 sets of lower-body dynamic stretches, sprinted slower than those who did 1 to 2 sets. The reason, doing more than 10 minutes of dynamic activity can cause acid buildup in muscles, which slows you down, says study author.
SPICE UP YOUR HEALTH
Include horseradish in your diet. It’s low calorie, high-flavor, and has glucosinolates, which help fight cancer – according to a 2009 study by Indian researchers.
DID YOU KNOW
Your brain has huge oxygen needs: Your brain requires 20 percent of the oxygen and calories your body needs — even though your brain only makes up two percent of your total body weight.
CARBS AND CANCER
Studies show that cutting starchy carbohydrates (pasta, potatoes, bread, cereals, grains) from the diet decreases risk of breast cancer by almost 10%. Consider reducing or eliminating starchy carbohydrates to reduce weight and decrease risk of breast cancer.
ANTIBIOTICS, SUPERBUGS, AND BEEF
80% of all antibiotics used in the US are fed to livestock on factory farms to increase their growth rate, and to avoid disease created by crowded living conditions. This practice leads to antibiotic resistant superbugs, and to absorption of antibiotics from eating the meat. To minimize your exposure to antibiotics, look for USDA Certified Organic beef, Animal Welfare and Certified Humane beef, or American Certified Grass fed beef.
COCONUT OIL AND YOU
Coconut oil has been demonized for years because of its high saturated fat content (90%). However, it converts to the medium chain fatty acid monolaurin which is a component of breast milk known for strengthening the immune system, promoting brain development, strengthening bones, and protecting against viruses and bacteria. Studies show it may speed up metabolism to aid weight loss, and it is stable at higher cooking temperatures. Consider adding virgin, organic, non-refined coconut oil to your diet to maximize health.
VITAMIN D FLU FIGHTER
A meta analysis of over 5000 studies of flu vaccine effectiveness over the last 45 years found that only 1.5 of every 100 people are prevented from getting the flu by vaccination. In contrast, increasing Vitamin D through sunshine, fish consumption, and supplementation has been shown to drastically reduce the incidence of flu. To help prevent the flu, check you vitamin D levels (25 hydroxy Vitamin D test) and increase Vitamin D if below 30 ng/mL.
DID YOU KNOW
You are taller in the morning: Throughout the day, the cartilage between your bones is compressed, making you about 1 cm shorter by day’s end.
*Consult physician before trying a new supplement, food or diet. Especially if you’re on any medications.