IT’S ALL IN THE BUNS
Researchers from Auburn University suggest that strong glute muscles may help reduce of throwing injuries. They found that baseball catchers activated their glutes while throwing, stabilizing their core and potentially reducing their risk of shoulder injury.
MEATS CAUSE ASTHMA?
Warning for meat loves with asthma, new research indicates that eating cured meats such as ham and salami. French scientists studied people with respiratory disease and found that those who ate a lot of processed and cured meats were 76% more likely to see their asthma symptoms worsen over time. The reason: Cured meats are high in nitrates, which have also been linked to a higher risk of other diseases such as cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
EXERCISING WHILE SICK
Should you exercise when sick. Experts say it depends on how sick you are. The Mayo Clinic suggests using the neck rule as your guide. If your symptoms are above the neck, such as stuffy nose or sneezing from a mild cold you’re good to workout. If your symptoms are below the neck, such as coughing, fever, muscle aches, or nausea, exercising is not recommended.
COOLEST WAY TO TREAT INJURIES
A study in the Journal of Athletic Training found that using ice and menthol gel together nearly doubles the treatment punch. Used alone, either remedy for soft tissue injury – ice or a Bengay-type gel – reduced blood flow to the injury site by about 25 percent, easing inflammation and swelling. Used in combination, however, they suppressed blood flow by 39 percent. So for an ankle sprain or muscle strain, try this: Apply the menthol gel, cover the area with plastic wrap, and then place ice over the area for 20 minutes.
SMOOTHIES, NOT SO SMOOTH
A U.K. study shows that fruit smoothies can raise your risk of dental erosion, leading to tooth sensitivity and wear. Researchers who exposed teeth in the lab to the equivalent of an hour of sipping found the enamel weakened by up to 39 percent. The reason: Smoothies often contain highly acidic ingredients making them particularly damaging. Buy or make smoothies with milk or yogurt; calcium ions in dairy foods help minimize the effects of acids. And drinking through a straw can help shield
According to Harvard study, showering can influence your state of mind. Researchers found that morning showers can induce creativity and are good for relieving stress. While evening showers helped those who find it difficult to fall asleep. They also found that people can get the best of both worlds by mixing up the two times.