A 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola has 143 calories. You’d have to do burpees for 15 minutes to burn it off.
OIL UP YOUR SALAD
According to a study from Purdue University, low-fat salad dressings may inhibit your body’s ability to absorb nutrients. People who ate salads with a moderate amount of an oil rich in monounsaturated fat (olive oil for example) absorbed more disease-fighting carotenoids than those whose salads were drizzled with a small amount. The reason: Carotenoids are fat soluble, so heir absorption may be boosted by dressings that contain more mono fats, the scientists say.
HUMILIATION AND YOUR WAISTLINE
According to research in the journal Appetite, when you feel ashamed you’re more likely to overeat. The reason: Food can make you feel better about yourself, helping you overcome threatened social status, says study author.
WASHING AWAY GOOD BACTERIA
Antibiotics in factory farmed meats, and now in many hand soaps and hand sanitizers may be contributing to illness due to their debilitating effects on the good bacteria in the gut. Triclosan, often found in hand soaps, is especially damaging. Plain soap and water, and alcohol based hand sanitizers work just as effectively without damaging probiotics in the gut. To maximize health, minimize the use of antibiotics and additives like triclosan in sanitizing products.
PULL YOUR WEIGHT
According to a study presented at the National Strength and Conditioning Association conference, you may not be doing enough pulling exercises. The scientists found that most men could bench press significantly more weight than they could row. This imbalance of strength can lead to injury.
DID YOU KNOW
A normal weight man is 4.6 times more likely to be considered for a supervisor job than an obese man.
PROCESSED FOODS AND ORAL HEALTH
Observational studies by Dr. Weston Price (1930’s) suggest societies without processed foods (white flour, processed sugar, pasteurized dairy) showed a marked decrease in both dental decay and physical degeneration. Price found significantly higher blood levels of vitamins and minerals in societies that consumed a natural, whole foods diet. Holistic dentistry evolved from his observations, with recommendations to eat nutrient-dense whole foods, avoid root canals, avoid mercury amalgam, and minimize extractions to reduce possible infection entry points. To maximize health, investigate holistic dentistry techniques and strive to consume a whole foods, natural, nutrient-dense diet.
CHEER FOR BETTER RESULTS
According to a study from Western Illinois University, having someone cheer you on as you lift weights can lead to big gains. When encouraged by a coach, the study participants were able to flip a 513-pound tire across 20 yards an average of 12 percent faster. The reason: The positive feedback helped motivate the athletes to perform better, says study author.
FAT IN FAT OUT
According to report from University of Illinois researchers, your’e more likely to stick to a fasting diet if you eat plenty of fat. The study participants severely limited their caloric intake every other day. Those who ate 45 percent of their calories from fat on fast days were more likely to succeed than those who ate less fat. The reason: They didn’t feel deprived, says study author.
GIVE YOUR ENERGY LEVELS A BOOST
Natural energy boosters for that 2:00 pm low energy period include ribose, CoQ10, sublingual B12 and Rhodiola Rosea. Ribose is a form of sugar used in the Krebs Cycle to create energy, but it’s configuration does not affect blood sugar levels. CoQ10 is a co-factor needed for energy production. B-12 is an essential vitamin used to produce energy, and Rhodiola is an adaptogenic herb that improves symptoms of fatigue. Rather than artificially stimulating the adrenals with caffeine and further depleting resources when fatigued, consider supplying one or more of the natural nutrients needed for energy production instead. Results will vary based on individual deficiency levels.
DID YOU KNOW
Red blood cells are basically shells. Before being released from the bone marrow, most of a red blood cell’s internal structure is ejected, creating a disc-shaped balloon that is ideal for carrying oxygen and a small amount of the body’s carbon dioxide.
RX’D METABOLISM BOOSTER
According to research from Australia, a common asthma medication could someday be a diet drug. When men took formoterol for a week, their metabolism increased and they burned 23 percent more fat. The reason: The drug acts on hormone receptors involved in metabolism, say researchers. Additional trials are needed before it can be prescribed as a weight-loss aid.
SKIN HEALTH FOR BETTER HEALTH
Skin is the largest organ of the body, and it also is a major source of absorption. Make-up, cleansers, air pollution, and creams all enter the body through the skin so it might be wise to think about whether we would feel safe eating the products we allow on our skin! Healthy looking skin is best attained internally by eating healthy carotenoids that prevent and repair damage and may decrease wrinkles. Tomatoes, peaches carrots, bell peppers, greens, and most brightly colored fruits and veggies are the best sources of carotenoids. To maximize health, analyze the potential “bad stuff” you put on your skin, and consider eating the “good stuff” for that healthy skin glow.
FOOD AND TOXINS
Sometimes, supplements or nutrients can not compensate for an overwhelming exposure to a harmful substance. As individuals, we all react differently to various foods or toxins. It is vital to understand your reactions to various foods, and remove those that cause weakness or symptoms for you. Once reactive foods or toxic overload is removed, adding nutrients will be beneficial. If you continually add nutrients but do not feel better, consider investigating the root cause of your symptoms and work to remove overwhelming problems at the source.
DID YOU KNOW
The feet have approximately 250,000 sweat glands.
NO LAPTOP ON YOUR LAP
According to Italian researchers, laptops on your lap are not a good idea. Analyzing electromagnetic field emissions (EMF) from 5 laptop brands strongly suggest not placing them directly on your lap. The strong electric current is higher than recommended for pregnant women, and it reduces sperm motility and DNA viability in men. We have known for many years not to sit too close to the TV because of EMF, so it makes sense that laptops might be a danger too. To maximize DNA health, keep your laptop out of your lap.
EASY ON THE OJ
According to a study in the journal Advances in Nutrition, drinking orange juice can stall your fat burning. When people drank OJ at breakfast, their resting fat oxidation – the rate at which you body burns fat – fell an average of 20 percent over the next 2 hours.The reason: Your body prioritizes carb burning over fat burning, so when sugar hits your bloodstream, your body works on it first, says study author.
HARD TIME LOSING WEIGHT, READ THIS
Studies suggest that thyroid function may drop as much as 50% each time calories are significantly decreased, making weight loss increasingly difficult and weight gain after dieting much more likely. The body, in its attempt to preserve life, perceives decreased calorie intake as a threat to survival, and drops the body’s metabolism accordingly. For long-term weight loss success, consider adding nutrient dense vegetables and healthy foods to the diet to crowd out nutrient-depleted processed junk foods instead of drastically decreasing caloric intake.
*Consult physician before trying a new supplement, food or diet. Especially if you’re on any medications.