TREADMILL vs KETTLEBELL
According to Truman State University, running may burn more calories than a kettlebell workout. Treadmill runners torched nearly 5 more calories per minute than people who did kettlebell swings at the same level of effort. To kick up your cardio, jump rope between sets of swings, suggests study author.
DID YOU KNOW
Information in your brain travels at different speeds: The neurons in your brain are built differently, and information travels along them at different speeds. This is why sometimes you can recall information instantly, and sometimes it takes a little longer.
FRUITS, VEGGIES, AND TOBACCO
According to scientists at the University at Buffalo, eating fruits and vegetables can help you quit smoking. In a 14-month study, people who consumed at least four daily servings of produce were three times likely to stop smoking than those who ate less than two servings. The reason: Smokers often mistake hunger for tobacco cravings, so the satiating effect of fiber-rich produce may keep them from lighting up, says study author.
BALANCING YOUR BLOOD SUGAR
Two nutrients found to be helpful in balancing blood sugar levels are cinnamon and chromium. Cinnamon works with insulin to move sugar into the cells, and chromium is necessary for proper insulin function. If weight gain and insulin spikes are problematic, consider adding cinnamon and chromium to the daily diet in food or supplements.
Appalachian State University scientists found that cyclists who ate a banana experienced the same energizing boost in blood glucose as those who drank liquid carbohydrates.
BENDERS AND STROKES
According to Finnish research, intoxication can raise your risk of stroke. In a 16-year study, men who were hit one or more hangovers a year were 2.3 times more likely to experience a stroke as those who’d never been hung over. The reason: As you process excess booze, your blood pressure spikes, raising your risk of a stroke, says study author.
ACIDIC FOODS AND OSTEOPOROSIS
Foods that create an acidic reaction in the body like sugar, soft drinks, fried foods, fatty meats, and processed junk foods may contribute to osteoporosis by forcing the body to pull calcium out of the bones to neutralize the acid these foods create. Consider reducing these foods, and increasing healthy fruits and vegetables to create a more alkaline environment in your body, and to reduce your risk of osteoporosis.
BALANCE YOUR SPORTS PERFORMANCE
According to research from Croatia, balance may be more important to sports performance than speed and strength. In agility drills, athletes with the best balance scored higher than both the fastest and the strongest athletes. The reason: Knees and ankles are naturally inflexible, so quick changes of direction will challenge your stability. Making balance crucial, says a researcher.
BAD BREATH AND DEATH
According to scientists in Sweden, poor dental hygiene may increase your risk of dying of cancer. In the study, people who had the highest levels of dental plaque were 79 percent more likely to die from cancer in a 24-year period than those with clean teeth. As with gum disease, the bacteria in plaque can trigger inflammation elsewhere in you body, says study author.
START EATING FERMENTED FOODS
Adding fermented foods in your daily diet increases the colony of “good” bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. Foods like Kefir, Coconut Kefir Water, Kombucha, organic sauerkraut, and fermented vegetables are all excellent sources of good bacteria. Avoid pasteurized yogurts unless live cultures are guaranteed, as most of the useful bacteria are destroyed during the heating process. Cultured and fermented foods contain trillions of active bacteria, while probiotics contain a wide variety of strains. Using them together creates a strong immune system and optimal health.
SPORTS DRINKS AND ASTHMA
According to a study from Australia, drinking sports drinks may raise your risk of asthma. People who drank about two cups a day of sugary beverages, including sports drinks, were more likely to have asthma than those who drank none. The reason: The sugars and preservatives may inflame your lungs, setting you up for asthma, says study author.
STICKER CODE REVEALED
The numeric codes on fruits and vegetables reveal how they were grown. Look for the five-digit stickers that start with 9 – that’s code for organic.
DID YOU KNOW
Earwax production is necessary for good ear health. While many people find earwax to be disgusting, it’s actually a very important part of your ear’s defense system. It protects the delicate inner ear from bacteria, fungus, dirt and even insects. It also cleans and lubricates the ear canal.
SAY NO TO GMO
Monsanto will not release the internal studies it has completed on Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) foods, but the few studies completed outside of Monsanto show tumor growth, DNA disruption, gut bacteria disruption and infertility when animals are fed GMO feed for a lifetime. Organic products do not contain GMO foods by definition, so avoid the risks of GMO foods by purchasing organic foods whenever possible.
LONG-TERM FAT LOSS
Studies show the following behaviors increase the likelihood of long-term fat loss success:
- Belonging to a support group or having an accountability partner/nutrition consultant doubles successful outcomes.
- Keeping a food diary doubles weight loss.
- Making small lifestyle changes rather than drastic/severe changes works best.
- Eating mindfully (focus on emotions and hunger cues) contributes to success.
- Focusing on adding nutritious foods rather than on deprivation – fill up with healthy foods so there’s no room left for nutrient-depleted junk foods!
POWER OF CELERY
Celery may be one of the healthiest veggies around, packing oodles of vitamins (A,B,E,C,K) and minerals (iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, selenium, and potassium) all of which produce the wonderful health benefits of
- Lowering Blood pressure
- Fighting Colds/flus and boosting the immune system
- Aiding digestion/bowel problems and kidney/gall stones
- Detoxifying the liver
- Inhibiting cancer cell growth
- Lowering cholesterol
- Improving joint health (with anti-inflammatory properties)
- Decreasing migraines
- Decreasing insomnia
Just be sure to buy organic celery, since conventional forms may be loaded with pesticides, and restrict celery seed consumption when pregnant.
*Consult physician before trying a new supplement, food or diet. Especially if you’re on any medications.