ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE
According to a study from the University of Michigan, having strong muscles can keep melanoma from killing you. Researchers examined the muscles of people with an advanced form of the deadly skin cancer found that those with denser muscle tissue were 45 percent less likely to die. The reason – dense muscles are a sign of better health and maybe a stronger immune system, says study author.
58 percent reduction in Americans’ blood levels of trans fat since 2000.
According to research out of Taiwan, people diagnosed with kidney stones were 50 percent more likely to have a stroke within the next 5 years than those who never had them. One theory: Stones caused by excess calcium and oxalates in your urine, along with not enough citrate, may promote hardening of the arteries in your brain, say the researchers.
STALL FAT GROWTH
A study out of Purdue University found that a compound called piceatannol (found in grapes and blueberries) stalled the growth of immature fat cells, however, more data are needed to know all the effects it will have on the human body.
SNORING AND WEIGHT LOSS
According to scientists in Canada, weight loss could be a sign of sleep apnea. In the study obese men who were following a weight loss regimen and have sleep apnea lost 43 percent less fat then those without the disorder. Sleep disturbances can alter your metabolism by disrupting hormones that regulate hunger, says study author.
A full bladder is about the size of a soft ball: When your bladder is full, holding up to 800 cc of fluid, it is large enough to be noticeable.
FASTING AND CHEMO
Preliminary studies on animals fasted for 2 days prior to chemo treatment demonstrated strengthening of healthy cells and weakening of cancer cells, increasing the effectiveness of chemo treatments. Human trials will follow, but short fasting may have positive benefits for longevity, weight loss, and now cancer treatment.
BE HAPPY AND LIVE LONGER
Recent studies published in Psychology and Aging reveal that smiling faces are judged to be younger while angry, sad, and disgusted faces are judged to be older. Happy people also tend to live longer. Some studies suggest that how you feel and your emotional outlook can add up to 30 years to your life, regardless of genetic risk. Consider focusing on happiness and personal peace in whatever form you perceive it to increase longevity!
DON’T BE FOOLED BY “NATURAL” LABELS
Don’t be fooled by food labeled as “Natural”. There are no official legal criteria for using the term, and many chemicals, additives, toxins and unhealthy products are now deceptively being called natural due to increasing public awareness of food additives. The safest bet is to buy USDA Certified organic products, or buy from local farmers who may not be certified organic due to the high cost but who do not use commercial chemicals. Read labels carefully and avoid foods with long, scientific sounding names, which are usually far from “Natural”.
DEHYDRATION AND ILLNESS
Chronic dehydration may be a contributing and overlooked factor in many illnesses. Most healthy people may need one half of their body weight (in pounds) in equivalent ounces of pure water daily. (100 ounces for a 200-pound person.) An additional 8 ounces is required for each 30 minutes of strenuous exercise, and an additional 4 ounces for each 30 minutes outdoors above 80 degrees. Coffee, caffeinated soda, and tea do not contribute to hydration, and equivalent measures of water should be consumed to compensate when caffeine is consumed. More water may be required during the three D’s – dieting, diarrhea, or detox. Consult a physician for water and electrolyte requirements under these conditions.
MORE ON OMEGA-3 SUPPLEMENTS
If consumed as a supplement, the quality of the oil is key to positive outcomes, since rancid oils and those processed with toxic solvents may actually cause more damage than they prevent. Look for fish oil from less polluted northern waters, and whose labeling states the oil is mercury/heavy metal free. It is also best if the extraction process is chemical free. Avoid oils that smell bad (a sure sign of rancidity), and always take Vitamin E with fish oil as an antioxidant just in case the oil has oxidized.
FLUORIDE AND KIDS
A multi-million dollar study done by NIH (US National Institute of Health) found no correlation between fluoride use in children and dental decay. However, 41% of US children aged 12 to 15, and more than 60% in fluoridated communities show fluorosis (mottled, pitted teeth and bones) from overdosing of fluoride. Initial fluoride studies used sodium fluoride, not the fertilizer byproduct (considered hazardous waste) used in municipal water supplies now.Babies drinking formula made with fluoridated water are at highest risk of fluoride overdose. Study and understand the benefits and the risks of fluoride before consenting to its use.
CALORIC RESTRICTION AND LONGEVITY
Severe calorie restriction has been found to turn on longevity genes in a wide variety of life forms, including humans. Conditions of severe stress like starvation stimulate a family of genes called sirtuins, which to preserve life, cancel the effects of aging. Since living in starvation is not an overly appealing thought for most of us, one alternative is to increase consumption of a compound called EGCG (epigallococatechin-3-gallate) found in green tea. Drinking green tea will not compensate for a poor diet, but 5-6 cups daily (or in supplements) combined with a healthy diet and exercise might contribute to increased longevity.
*Consult physician before trying a new supplement, food or diet. Especially if you’re on any medications.