An Iranian study revealed, peppermint may boost your running performance and help shed fat. When men drank mineral water mixed with three drops of peppermint essential oil every day for 10 days, their running stamina and power improved, and the amount of fat they burned doubled. The reason: Pre-workout peppermint may relax your muscles, increase the amount of oxygen transported to your muscles and brain, and lower your lactate levels, says study author. Sucking mints can have the same effect.
A type of potentially deadly drug resistant bug is more wide spread in US hospitals than previously thought. According to the CDC study, the so-called superbug has a wide range of genetic traits that make it resistant to antibiotics. The superbug causes about 9,000 infections and 600 deaths in the US each year, and the numbers are on the rise. The CDC calls it a nightmare bacteria because of its resistance to last resort antibiotics used to treat drug resistance infections.
When you wake up in the morning, drink 16 ounces of chilled water and you can raise your metabolism by 30 percent, according to scientists in Germany and Canada. The fat burning benefits don’t stop there: That same study found that the metabolic boost lasted for up to 90 minutes after people took their last sip.
A HOT DIET
A Dutch study suggests that you may burn more fat if you add meat and hot sauce to a reduced-calorie diet. People who more than doubled their protein intake and added 1,030 milligrams of ground cayenne (a teaspoon) to their daily diet felt fuller and burned more calories than folks on other diets. The reason: The pepper compound capsaicin spurs fat loss while protein keeps you fullers, says researchers.
LINK TO OVERWEIGHT AND LACK OF EXERCISING
Government researchers experimenting on mice found that those who were fed high fat diets became less active, then gained weight, not the other way around. The results of this study show that heavy mice had a harder time processing dopamine which regulates pleasure and encourages physical activity.
SKIP OUT ON SNACKS
According to a Japanese study, weight-bearing exercises, such as jumping rope or running, can help suppress hunger. Men who jumped rope for three 10-minute sets showed greater suppression of their appetites, especially for fatty foods, than those who burned a similar number of calories cycling. The effect lasted for 15 minutes after exercise. One theory: The jumping motion may create more fatigue and muscle discomfort than a non-weight-bearing exercise like cycling does, and that discomfort can tamp down your desire for food.
CHILI PEPPERS FIGHT BREAST CANCER
A recent study found that a compound found in chili peppers could prevent the growth of breast cancer cells. Researchers in Germany say the molecule that makes foods like chili peppers spicy causes cells of a particularly aggressive type of breast cancer to die off. Researchers say that consuming the compound is not enough, it has to be incorporated into a medical treatment. They hope the findings will lead to a new treatment approach for this type of cancer.
Clear eyes, without yellowness, discoloration, or “bloodshot” appearance are also general signs of good health. Monitor your tongue and eyes for indications of stress on the body.
DID YOU KNOW
Your feet can produce a pint of sweat a day: There are 500,000 (250,000 for each) sweat glands in your feet, and that can mean a great deal of stinky sweat.