HERE’S A REASON TO EAT AT HOME
According to a Harvard study, the more you cook at home, the lower your diabetes risk. People who prepared 11 to 14 meals a week cut their risk by 13 percent over those who made six or fewer meals. The reason: At-home cooks probably use fewer unhealthy ingredients than restaurants do, says researchers.
Half a bar of dark chocolate has 300 calories. You’d have to do burpees for 30 minutes to burn it off.
POPEYE WAS RIGHT!!
According to researchers in Sweden, spinach may improve muscle strength. After 7 days of drinking water spiked with nitrate – a chemical found in high doses in spinach – mice developed stronger muscles. The reason: The nitrate increased their levels of two proteins that play a role in muscle contraction. Try to eat about 1.5 cups of cooked spinach a day.
STRESS AND FAT
High “perceived” stress causes the adrenal glands to produce more cortisol, which not only contributes to fat storage, but also diverts energy away from healing and inflammation control as part of the “fight or flight” response. We are more likely to succumb to illness when we are highly stressed, and we age more rapidly when under stress. To maximize health and youthful appearance, explore multiple methods to “de-stress” and reduce cortisol levels so that your “perceived” stress levels seem low and manageable, even if they are not.
SLOW DOWN TO LOSE WEIGHT
According to a Japanese study, rushing to eat meals can lead to extra pounds. The BMIs of fast eaters were 1.8 points higher, on average, than those who ate slowly. The reason: When you eat fast you may end up overeating before your brain receives the signal that you’re full, says study author.
SWING YOUR WAY TO EXPLOSIVE STRENGTH
According to The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, after 6 weeks of kettlebell training the participants explosive strength increased 19.8 percent.
DID YOU KNOW
In a healthy adult, the small intestine can range between 18 and 23 feet long, about four times longer than the person is tall.b About 90% of the body’s nutrients are absorbed into the bloodstream in the small intestine.
FIGHT THE FLU
At the first hint of symptoms from a cold or flu, (before symptoms have a chance to go “viral”) taking multiple doses of one or more of the following herbs or vitamins may quickly boost immune system function enough to stop illness in its tracts, or at least shorten illness duration. To maximize health, experiment with the effectiveness of the following remedies: Echinacea, Astragalus, Lomatium, Licorice, Andrographis, garlic, Elderberry, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, or Zinc. Of course the immune booster that trumps all others is sleep, as few remedies are powerful enough to overcome illness when rest is lacking.
According to a study from the University of North Carolina, motion-controlled video games might trigger overeating. Study participants who played active video games ate 376 more calories in snacks and beverages than they burned during an hour of playing. It’s not all bad news: Active gamers still burned more calories and overate less than sedentary gamers and TV watchers. All three distract the brain form satiety cues, says study author. To curb your overeating, portion out your snack(s) before you sit and place it nearby to limit yourself.
LOSE FAT LIKE AN SPACEMAN
A NASA scientist discovered that metabolism can be increased significantly (in some cases enough to double weight loss) with exposure to cold water. Metabolism is forced to speed up to maintain body temperature when exposed to cold. For those of us that cringe at the thought, experts in Cold Water Therapy suggest it is best to start slowly to avoid shocking the system. Begin with a regular shower, then at the end transition to cold water. If too unbearable, start with hands, feet and face and work up, or try drinking cold water. Build “cold” stamina slowly. Ice packs on the upper chest or back stimulate brown fat cells to increase metabolism. Other positive side effects of Cold Water Therapy include increased immune system function, improved cardiovascular function, and inflammation/pain relief. If you are brave enough, take the plunge to maximize health!
SINUSES AND STROKES
According to a Taiwanese study, sinus infections may raise your risk of stroke. In a 2-years study, people diagnosed with an infection were 39 percent more likely to experience a stroke than those with clear sinuses. The reason: Inflamed tissue may put pressure on brain arteries, says study author. Try saline nasal spray or a neti pot.
DID YOU KNOW
Only 26 percent of the population sit with correct posture – head, neck, and hips aligned.
SHOULD YOU EXERCISE WHEN YOU’RE SORE?
According to research presented at the National Strength and Conditioning Association conference, working out when you have sore muscles does not increase your risk of injury. Highly resistance trained weightlifters had their susceptibility to injury measured both before and 2 days after an intense lifting session, the result: They were no more likely to be hurt while lifting with sore muscles than with fresh ones. Still, for better strength efforts rest your muscles for at least 48 hours between workouts.
CANCER AND ACIDIC FOODS
Cancer thrives in an acidic environment, created by the following types of foods: 1. Fried foods (especially fried meats, as harmful acid-producing glycation occurs when sugar and protein in meat are heated together). 2. Nutrient-deficient, high calorie fast foods. 3. Frozen/boxed/bagged foods (nutrient-depleted processed foods). 4. Soda, which contains sodium benzoate, caramel color, sugar (or aspartame) and phosphoric acid. 5. Baked goods (especially those made with white processed flour). To minimize the risk of cancer, maintain a healthy body weight, and avoid foods which create an acidic, cancer-friendly environment in the body.
LIVER COD AND THE COMMON COLD
According to a study by CW Crampton published in 1944 in the NY State J Med found that 82.1% of 112 patients given cod-liver oil containing 150,000 IU’s of Vitamin A and 15,000 IU’s of Vitamin D were cured or mostly cured of cold symptoms in one day (30.3% symptom-free and 51.8% almost symptom-free). Study protocol gave the full dose on day one, 1/3 the dose on day 2, and 2/3rds dose on day 3 if symptoms remained. No side effects were reported and the study concluded that “Using this treatment, many patients avoided colds by stopping them in their prodromal stage.” Although many fear the use of high dose vitamins, this study suggests that very short term use of high doses may indeed have powerful and significant healing effects.
IMPROVING BRAIN FUNCTION
Current research suggests that there are some very promising natural substances to improve brain function (even for Alzheimer’s patients). Studies have found that therapeutic doses of rosemary, sage, curcumin, low dose lithium and niacinamide (Vitamin B3) have been very effective improving brain function and communication, dissolving amyloid plaques, improving neurotransmitter function, and improving brain blood flow. To maximize brain function, consider investigating further the use of these natural substances.
IMPROVE BLOOD FLOW WITH GRAPE SEED
Studies on the effectiveness of Grape Seed Extract to improve microcirculation (blood flow in very small vessels) are very impressive. Grape Seed Extract (concentration made from the grape seed) is a powerful antioxidant, and has been shown to help reduce blood sugar, increase glutathione (a natural antioxidant) and reduce inflammation. To maximize health, investigate the use of Grape Seed Extract to improve circulation, stabilize connective tissue, and especially to improve microcirculation.
DID YOU KNOW
Scientists have counted over 500 different liver functions. You may not think much about your liver except after a long night of drinking, but the liver is one of the body’s hardest working, largest and busiest organs. Some of the functions your liver performs are: production of bile, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, and detoxification.
*Consult physician before trying a new supplement, food or diet. Especially if you’re on any medications.