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Living a healthy lifestyle

Walk away inflammation!!

Did you know that just 20 minutes of walking can help reduce inflammation?  New research shows that a single 20-minute moderate intensity workout session can have anti-inflammatory effects.  The cool thing about this study is that it does build upon other studies showing the benefits of physical exercise, but more importantly it showed that even people with reduced strength or mobility can benefit, even if they just perform some fast walking for 20 minutes or more.  This may also help develop new therapies for individuals with auto immune disease!!  Go for a fast walk and enjoy the benefits!!

Running knees better than sitting knees?

I just read an interesting article that discussed a study from Brigham Young University about the effects of running and knee pain.  It found that in healthy runners between the ages of 18-35, running for thirty minutes did not cause soreness and swelling. In fact, it actually reduced inflammation. In other words running might be beneficial for the knees and help prevent arthritis.  Though, I believe the key terms here are “healthy runners” and “thirty minutes,” because much longer runs might not be as helpful to the knees and if the runner isn’t as healthy, running may not be as beneficial. The study went on to state that running is actually better for the knees than sitting!  Running outdoors is also considered better than on a treadmill due to the varying terrain and the effects of gravity.  Treadmills can more easily cause repetitive stress injury because there is less variation in that particular running surface.

Pick up the pace!!

Did you know that increasing your fitness level, just a little, might help reduce your chance of dying an early death.  Researchers looked at the records of more than 10,000 people and found that simply ramping up the fitness levels a from low to intermediate or higher, made men 44% less likely to die from an early death compared to the couch potato.  More research is now concluding that exercise is literally the fountain of youth.  Re-examine your exercise priorities now that the nice weather is upon us. Pick up the intensity just a little, it will pay off…!!

Your neck does more than you think!!

Did you know that your neck helps sub serve the senses? Think about it for a moment. If you hear an unusual noise, you turn your ear towards it. When you bring a spoon or drink up to your mouth, you will generally bend your neck to allow it to meet your lips. When you catch something out of the corner of your eye, you turn your head to get a better glimpse. When you smell something nice or pungent you generally turn your nose toward or away from the odor. When your face feels something brush across it, you usually turn the head to find the source. The neck has 7 vertebrae that help make this all happen, so do not take injuries to this part of your spine too lightly. Motor vehicle accidents are notorious for injuring the neck. Talk to your chiropractor to find out how they can help with neck injuries!!

TV & Blood Clots!!

Most people know that sitting too much can contribute to obesity, but did you know that spending too much time watching the TV may contribute to blood clots in the lungs?  A large study of 85,000 people suggests that adults who sit and watch more than 5 hours of television daily were more than 2.5 times likely to have a pulmonary embolism compared to those who watched less than two-and-a-half hours of TV.  The authors suggest that a way to reduce this risk is to constantly stand and stretch your legs and just reduce the amount of TV time daily.  Increasing physical activity can also help inhibit these types of clots!!

Low fat, high sugar diets…probably not good..!

Did you know that those diet products you eat are probably making you fat?  This may be why.  Keep in mind that this is a study about rats, however, those rats that were fed a low-fat, high-sugar diet, added the same amount of fat as the control rats who were fed a balanced diet. Unfortunately, they only needed HALF the amount of calories to add the same amount of body fat.  In other words, those rats on the low fat, high-sugar diets needed less than half the calories to generate the same amount of fat.  Scary eh!  This diet also resulted in chronic brain inflammation and intestinal tract inflammation as well as possibly contributing to non-alcoholic fatty liver.  Please take heed of this information. We know that inflammation is also a driver in cardiovascular disease..!!

Reduce the bad carbs, live longer?

I touched on a study published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine in which they concluded that we should rethink worrying about lowering saturated fat in our diets to prevent heart disease.  They conclude it is more important to focus on decreasing insulin resistance and inflammation in the body by targeting exercise, diet and reducing stress. During a review of previous studies the researchers found that even those people who lowered there LDL cholesterol and overall cholesterol and replaced their saturated fat with omega-6 fatty acids, still had a higher rate of death. Researchers went on to say that we should concentrate on a Mediterranean style diet.  The problem is that when people try low fat diets (to avoid saturated fats) they tend to eat more refined carbs which leads to insulin resistance, higher blood sugar, higher risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and obesity.  The bottom line is that we as a society must be more focused on lifestyle changes that prevents insulin resistance and reduces inflammation.

Eggs to lose weight?

If you like eggs, and want to lose some weight, this might be just for you. A recent study of men and women who ate two eggs at breakfast (as part of a reduced-calorie plan) lost a whopping 65% more weight than those who ate a bagel breakfast of equal calories. The egg eaters also felt more energetic. As far as the yolk, nutritionists are encouraging you to eat the yolks in that they contribute to the weight loss, but also increase the HDL cholesterol as well as being a good source of vitamin B12 and choline. I wouldn’t recommend the buttered toast, hash browns and bacon to go along with those eggs, if you are trying to lose some weight, however, having protein to start the day, helps reduce appetite and keeps blood sugar levels from wild fluctuations.

Eat the fat, not the sugar!

I am always amazed when I read health news. It seems as soon as one study comes out, the next research contradicts the previous one.  I read an interesting but controversial article where the researchers (three cardiologist from Britain) say that saturated fat does not clog your arteries and that the “clogged pipe” model of heart disease is “plain wrong.”  They go on to say that in people over 60, the number one risk factor for heart attacks is inulin resistance, driven by a number of dietary factors, especially increased sugar and other refined carbohydrates.  In other words, its not the saturated fat in your burger that causes the problem, it is the bun, fries and sugary drink that you wash it down with, that you should be concerned with. Remember inflammation is a driver of cardiovascular disease and pro-inflammatory ingredients are the sugars, refined carbs and industrial seed oils found in processed foods.  I will have a bit more on this next time!

Diet Pop, Stroke & Dementia…!!

Did you know that your artificially sweetened diet sodas may increase your risk of stroke and dementia?  A recent study from the Boston University School of Medicine reports that there is an association between those people who drink artificially sweetened diet pop on a daily bases and the risk of stroke and dementia.  Those who drink these specific beverages daily, have a three times greater risk, than those who drink one a week or less. This is the first of such studies to provide evidence of the connection between risk of all cause dementia and dementia because of Alzheimer’s disease and daily intake of artificially sweetened beverages. Surprisingly, researchers did not find the same risks for sugar-sweetened beverages.  However, they did find other risks for those who regularly consume sugary juices and sodas, such as smaller brain volumes, poorer memory function and smaller brain hippocampus, which is the area of brain important for memory consolidation.  Knowledge is power, maybe it’s time to reconsider our beverage consumption…!!