DID YOU KNOW
Hearing is one of the less acute senses in humans, compared to the many other animals which can detect sound at much higher and lower frequency than humans can.
THIS ISN’T YOUR GRANDPA’S WARM-UP
Researchers at the University of North Carolina say stretches that include dynamic movement can make you stronger and more flexible. They had two groups stretch for 10 minutes before exercising; one group did static, motionless stretches while the other performed a dynamic warm-up with stretches like high-knee pulls, leg swings, skips, and shuffles. In a subsequent workout, the people who had stretched dynamically showed significantly greater quadriceps strength and hamstring flexibility.
LIGHTEN UP YOUR WEIGHTS
According to research in the Journal of Applied Physiology, lifting a light weight to failure can stimulate just as much muscle growth as lifting a heavier weight. In a study, some men performed many reps using light weight while others used a heavier weight performing less reps. After 10 weeks, both groups had the same increase in muscle mass. The researchers speculate that pushing muscles to failure plays a greater role in muscle growth than the amount of weight does.
HOW TO BUILD AN ATHLETIC BODY
Researchers in Taiwan say, you need to train explosively to build an athletic body. They recently outlined five different methods for doing just that. Speed – moving a light load quickly. Power – moving a medium load quickly. Starting Strength – putting a heavy load into motion. Plyometrics – stretching and contracting a muscle quickly for maximal force. Athletic – sport-specific movements with added weight.
B-A-A-D SIDE EFFECT OF SLEEPING PILLS
Researchers at the Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California say sleeping pills may shorten your life. People who took hypnotic sleep aids, such as Ambien and Restoril, were nearly five times as likely to die over the next 2.5 years as those who did not take them. The potential for overdose and dangerous sleepwalking, they may also increase your risk of respiratory infections and even cancer, says study auhtor.
BETTER WITH BLUEBERRIES
According to a study in the Journal of Nutrition, mice that were fed low doses of wild blueberry powder for 24 weeks developed fewer atherosclerotic lesions in their arteries, fatty buildup that restricts bloodflow in your arteries. The reason, blueberries may boost the antioxidant enzymes in vascular systems, say study authors. More research is needed to prove the effect in humans.
CAFFEINE AND DIABETES
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who drank at least 4 cups of coffee a day were 23 percent less likely to have type 2 diabetes later in life. Data from 42,659 participants, the polyphenols in coffee may reduce oxidative stress linked to the development of chronic diseases.
DID YOU KNOW
Complex and poorly understood, the brain is what makes everything work properly. The body may be kept alive, but without the brain, a person can’t truly live. Here are some interesting and weird facts about the brain.
TOP 10 ALL TIME WORST FUNK FOODS
1. French Fries (unhealthy fats, chemicals) 2. Doughnuts (sugar and fat) 3. Chips (salt and oil) 4. Soda (sugar, chemicals, dyes) 5. Snack Cakes (sugar, high fructose corn syrup, chemicals) 6. Candy Bars (sugar, fat) 7. Pork Rinds (unhealthy fat, salt) 8. Fat-free cookies (extra sugar or HFCS) 9. Crackers (unhealthy fats, bleached flour) 10. Pretzels (sugar, salt). These foods are damaging because they are high calorie, but provide almost no nutrition. Avoid or minimize them to maximize health.
DARK OR WHITE MEAT
Even though many mainstream health resources discourage dark meats in chicken and turkey because of the high fat content, studies show that women with high cholesterol who have the highest levels of taurine (found in dark poultry meat) have a 60% less chance of dying from heart disease. The taurine content offsets any negative impact of higher fat content. To maximize health, especially if you are female and have high cholesterol, consider increasing consumption of dark poultry meats.
GO NATURAL FOR HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS
To minimize exposure to toxic household chemicals, consider making your own chemical-free cleansers from baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, or hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle is an excellent anti-bacterial cleanser, and works wonders on carpet stains. Baking soda is also great for stain removal, and equal parts distilled water and vinegar (with a little lemon thrown in) makes an excellent cleaner for all surfaces, including windows! To maximize your health, avoid chemicals and clean naturally!
BREAST CANCER & SHAMPOO
New studies show that 99% of breast cancer patients test positive for parabens, (Ethyl, Methyl, Propbyl, Butyl, and Isobutyl Paraben) which are often found in cosmetics, deodorants, and shampoos. Parabens mimic estrogen, and possibly increase the incidence of breast and other cancers. To protect your health, read product labels carefully to minimize exposure to chemicals and heavy metals, especially those containing parabens or cadmium, which have been positively correlated with cancer.
ADRENAL FATIGUE & ILLNESS
Adrenal fatigue is a factor in almost all types of illnesses from colds and flu to allergies, joint pain, autoimmune disease and even cancer. Cortisol released by the adrenal gland balances inflammation throughout the body, as well as strongly influences the immune system. Stress in all forms (lack of sleep, work pressure, illness, pain) overextends the adrenal glands and contributes to further “disease”. To maximize health, schedule rest and recovery times frequently to allow the adrenals healing time. Take naps, and retire to bed early as often as possible.
LIGHT & SLEEP
Excessive exposure to light before bedtime from computers, i-Phones, T.V. or streetlights sends our brains the message that it is still daylight and time to be awake. If you have difficulty sleeping, consider dimming the lights an hour or two before bed to allow normal sleep hormones to kick in and put you to sleep, and remember to darken the room you sleep in as much as possible to ensure sleep hormones remain balanced.
*Consult physician before trying a new supplement, food or diet. Especially if you’re on any medications.