According to Colorado State University, men performed 25 minutes of interval training burned an additional 242 calories in a day.
WALK BEFORE YOU RUN
A study from Western Kentucky University found that walking before you run may be the key to running faster. Runners who walked for 10 minutes before a race shaved time from their baseline sprint, while those who performed static stretches after the same walking routine saw no such improvement. Why? By not stretching, you might be keeping the muscles and tendons in your hips stiffer, which may help your legs swing forward faster, says study author.
POLLUTION AND ALZHEIMER’S
According to researchers at Lancaster, Oxford and Manchester Universities, air pollution might contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers found tiny magnetic particles produced by car engines and brakes can travel into the human brain and may trigger Alzheimer’s disease. Those with Alzheimer’s have a higher level of magnetic particles in their brain, although it doesn’t prove it causes the disease.
According to a study in the Journal of Chemical Sense, your tongue may be able to sense starch. Researchers say starch should be considered a sixth taste after sweet, sour, and salty.
TEA, NO SUGAR
Recent research suggests that the secret to better health could be in tea leaves. When mice were fed EGCG, an antioxidant found in green tea, along with a starchy meal, the rise in their blood glucose was 50 percent lower than the rise experienced by mice given starches only. Why? EGCG may reduce the activity of an enzyme that helps break down starches, restrict blood-sugar spikes.
DID YOU KNOW
97 percent of the entrees at chain restaurants exceed the USAD nutritional guidelines for fat, saturated fat, and sodium.
DROP THE 5 SECOND RULE
You know, the rule that says you have 5 seconds to pick up food off the ground before it can be contaminated. Researchers at Rutgers University say food can be contaminated in less than a second. Also, the more moisture on the floor the quicker the bacteria can contaminate the food, carpet seems to be better than hard floors because it has slower transfer rates.
PRODUCE A GOOD MEAL
According to researchers from University of Leeds, kids who eat a meal with family everyday consume an extra 1.5 servings of produce.
According to a study published in PLoS One, eating monounsaturated fatty acids may protect your skin. Those who consumed more than 2 tsp of olive oil a day showed fewer signs of sun-related aging than those who consumed less. The reason: The researchers say the monounsaturated fatty acids in olive oil are especially beneficial because they contain squalene, which may protect you against free radical damage.
Spices that stimulate the body’s vitality to expel illness include black pepper, cayenne, cloves, garlic, and ginger. Consider adding these spices to your current recipes when possible to minimize illness.
CARBS AT DINNERTIME
According to Israeli researchers, eating most of your carbs at dinner may be healthiest. They had one group consume most of their carbs at dinner, while the other group spread their intake throughout the day. Conclusion: The dinnertime group had lower daytime levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin; they also had higher levels of leptin, a satiety hormone, and adiponectin, a hormone linked to lower insulin resistance and reduced diabetes risk.
DID YOU KNOW
About 32 million bacteria call every inch of your skin home. Germaphobes don’t need to worry however, as a majority of these are entirely harmless and some are even helpful in maintaining a healthy body.