SLEEP AND WORK
69 percent increase in workers’ risk of poor sleep when they’re unhappy with their jobs.
A study review in Lacnet shows that when peoples’ systolic BP differs from left and right arms by 10 points or more they are 2.4 times more likely to have a blood-vessel condition that increases heart attack risk.
YOGA AND MEMORY
A study from Brazil found men who did yoga twice a week to their workout sessions for 8 months did better on memory tests than those who didn’t. The reason, yoga may reduce levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that can impair memory when elevated, says study author.
LIFT FOR YOUR GENES
Swedish scientists say exercise may modify your genes in beneficial ways. They analyzed the DNA of people before and after 30 minutes of working out at 80 percent of max effort. Exercising altered how DNA produces muscle proteins that boost the metabolism. Which caused the muscles to burn more calories.
LOWDOWN ON A RUBDOWN
According to scientists at McMaster University, a short postworkout massage using a foam roller can speed up muscle recovery. They discovered that 10-minute leg massages reduced cyclists’ postexercise inflammation.
TREADMILL VS. KETTLEBELL
Research from Truman State University revealed that running may burn more calories than a kettlebell workout. Treadmill runners torched about 5 more calories minutes than those who did kettlebell swings at the same level of effort. Add jump rope between sets of swings to burn more calories, suggests study author.
DID YOU KNOW
Being right-handed can prolong your life: If you’re right-handed, you could live up to nine years longer than a lefty.
Studies show that statin drugs may reduce heart attack risk slightly in MEN who have already experienced a heart attack. Benefits have not been shown for men who have not had a heart attack, women, or children under any condition! There are currently 12 million women taking statins in the US now, with no statistical evidence that the drug benefits them. The side effects do effect women, however, and include muscle weakness, memory loss, increased stroke risk, and diabetes development. If you are a woman taking statins, investigate lifestyle and dietary changes for healthy, positive results.
LIGHTS OUT WHEN SLEEPING
More studies confirm that it is very important to sleep in a completely dark room, or use a sleep mask to block out light, which adversely affects sleep hormones. Exposure to light decreases melatonin, which will affect sleep quality, human growth hormone production, immunity, and the ability of the body to make repairs during sleep. For optimal health, kill the lights at night!
SUNLIGHT AND FERTILITY
Studies show increasing vitamin D (preferably through sun exposure without burning) increases fertility in both men and women. It increases production of estrogen and progesterone in women, which helps regulate the menstrual cycle making natural conception more likely. It also is essential for healthy nucleus development of the sperm cell, and it increases testosterone and sperm counts in men. If you or someone you know is struggling with infertility, consider increasing vitamin D3 for optimum reproductive health.
COCOA AND CANCER
More studies confirm the polyphenols found in cocoa may prevent many forms of cancer, including colon cancer. Positive effects are found in organic, minimally processed dark chocolate with at least 85% cocoa. To maximize health, consider adding 100% cocoa powder to smoothies, or sprinkle over cereal or other foods. Milk and sugar cancel the positive health effects, so sweeten with stevia or fruit if necessary.
SODA AND LUNG DISEASE
Yet another study (a large one using 16,900 subjects) shows a positive correlation between soda consumption (regular and diet) and increased risk of lung disease. Other studies have shown correlation with weight gain, stroke, and diabetes, but this one found a 30% increased risk of asthma and a whopping 80% increased risk of COPD due to airway constriction from the body’s reaction to soda. To minimize risk of lung disease, consider skipping the soda and drink water instead. The soda companies will not like this study!
FOODS FOR OVERALL HEALTH
To increase overall health, consider adding as many of the following foods to your regular diet as possible: 1. Organic flaxseed – for omega-3 fatty acids and bowel health -best if ground immediately before eating. 2. Raw organic nuts – for fatty acids and minerals. 3. Foods containing sulfur for anti-oxidant properties – like organic eggs, onions and garlic. 4. Green tea- for anti-oxidants, weight loss, and anti-cancer properties. 5. Healthy oils (organic) – Olive oil for salads, organic Canola oil for baking, and butter for frying.
DID YOU KNOW
The brain changes shapes during puberty: Your teenage years do more than just change how you feel; the very structure of your brain changes during the teen years, and it even affects impulsive, risky behavior.
*Consult physician before trying a new supplement, food or diet. Especially if you’re on any medications.