Antioxidant Vitamins

Antioxidant vitamins are enormously popular with people who exercise. The supplements are thought to alleviate muscle damage and amplify the effects of exercise. But recent studies have raised questions about whether antioxidants might be counterproductive for runners and other endurance athletes. And now a cautionary new experiment adds to those doubts by finding that antioxidants may also reduce the benefits of weight training.It is easy to see why people might think that antioxidants like vitamins C and E could be helpful to anyone who works out regularly. Both aerobic exercise and strength training lead to the production of free radicals, molecules that in concentrated amounts can cause tissue damage. Antioxidants sop up and neutralize free radicals. So, the thinking goes, taking antioxidant should lessen some of the damage and soreness after exercise and allow people to train harder.Antioxidants are man-made or natural substances that may prevent or delay some types of cell damage. Diets high in vegetables and fruits, which are good sources of antioxidants, have been found to be healthy.

Ho Ho Ho its Nutmeg

Now that thanksgiving is over , Christmas is right around the corner. My mother is a big fan of nutmeg , She always pulls it out for our Christmas parties.In these early days of the holiday season, as cooks begin sifting through recipes rich in spice and sugar, consider this small warning from toxicologists: Measure your nutmeg carefully.Toxicologists say that description is somewhat misleading, an overly romantic account of nutmeg’s generally unpleasant effects. It takes a fair amount of nutmeg — two tablespoons or more — before people start exhibiting symptoms. The main chemical culprit in nutmeg is called myristicin which forms naturally in the seeds (and in other plants, occurring in trace amounts in carrots). Myristicin belongs to a family of compounds with psychoactive potential that occasionally are used to make much stronger psychotropic drugs.Nutmeg is a popular spice that has a long list of associated health benefits, including its ability to relieve pain, soothe indigestion, strengthen cognitive function, detoxify the body, boost skin health, alleviate oral conditions, reduce insomnia, increase immune system function, and prevent leukemia, and improve blood circulation.

Dieting for Flat stomachs Good

The most important indicator of how people will manage a health crisis is how much belly fat they’re carrying. Because your health risks climb right along with your waist measurement. Not only are high levels of belly fat associated with heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancer, but obese patients are also 37 percent more likely to die from injuries sustained in a car accident. Of course, it’s a lot more fun to track what happens when the number on the scale falls—which is exactly what will happen if you take the following five simple prescriptions to heart. Without that extra flab, you’ll be healthier, more confident, and more energetic. And nothing says “health” better than having a flat, sexy stomach to show off to the world.Dieting problem is, your brain is a calorie hog, and it takes an immense amount of concentration to stick to a complicated diet. So don’t. Instead, focus on eating great-tasting, belly-filling foods that will keep you satisfied so you won’t be likely to overeat. These foods include whole-grain cereal, oatmeal, green tea, tuna, salmon, apples, walnuts, and lean chicken, beef, and pork.It’s possible to get a flatter stomach without doing endless sit-ups or crunches. In fact, all of the tips I’m going to discuss are non-workout-related, meaning it’s possible to flatten your belly by making changes to your lifestyle, not necessarily to your workout routine; first avoid salty foods , skip belly bloating beverages , eat foods that contain probiotics , get more sleep , lower stress level.

Good and bad about Energy Drink

The energy drink, as we know it, started in Japan. In 1962, a company called Taisho introduced Lipovitan D — a legal, energizing tonic sold in minibar-size bottles. Energy drinks generally contain caffeine, an ingredient not usually associated with good health. Contrary to what we may think about the effects of energy drinks on our health, Dr. Matteo Cameli of the University of Siena presented research at the European Society of Cardiology Congress suggesting that energy drinks are actually good for the heart, as they improve myocardial performance. Dr. Cameli noted that the above results show that the energy drinks improved contraction of both the left and right ventricles, thus “delivering a positive effect on myocardial function.” Dr. Cameli suggests that the improvement of the myocardial function could be directly related to the taurine contained in energy drinks, which “stimulates the release of calcium from the protoplasmic reticulum. Before I workout if I am a little tired I will take an energy drink to help boost my energy . Also me and my family drive to our vacations and when my dad gets tired he takes a energy drink to keep him going.

Thanks Giving dinner

Thanks giving is right around the corner.If you haven’t started thinking about vegetarian main dishes for Thanksgiving, now is the time.Four out of five of this week’s Recipes for Health qualify as main dishes for vegetarians a delicious purée of white beans and potatoes ,they are substantial and high in protein.Eating beans regularly is good for your heart, and you don’t need to eat a hill of them to benefit. A study published last November in the Journal of Nutrition suggests having just 1⁄2 cup of cooked pinto beans daily might lower cholesterol. My mother is a vegetarian and loves beans , on the other hand I am not a bean person but they are good for you. So now I try to  add beans to a dish because beans are an inexpensive and easy-to-use source of protein that can be very versatile.Although the exact nutritional composition of beans depends on the type you consume, beans contain an average of approximately 116 calories per 1/2-cup serving, along with 8 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber and almost no fat. Beans are good sources of fiber, copper, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. Their high fiber and protein content helps to fill you up so you eat fewer calories, making it easier to maintain a healthy weight.

Early Fitness

The more physically active you are at age 25, the better your thinking tends to be when you reach middle age, according to a large-scale new study. Encouragingly, the findings also suggest that if you negligently neglected to exercise when young, you can start now and still improve the health of your brain. These slight, midlife declines in thinking skills strike some people later or less severely than others, and scientists have not known why. Genetics almost certainly play a role, most researchers agree. Yet the contribution of lifestyle, and in particular of exercise habits, has been unclear.Occasional memory lapses and foggy thinking are a normal part of the aging brain. However just how much impact lifestyle has on this process has until now been mostly unclear.Those who had been the fittest and had run for longer than 10 minutes on the treadmill as young adults generally performed the best on their cognitive tests later in life.

High-Impact

Past experiments have definitively established that subjecting bones to abrupt stress prompts them to add mass or at least reduces their loss of mass as people age. What has been in dispute, however, is how much force is needed to stimulate bone — and how to apply that force in daily life.  Young people and healthy adults should probably pound the ground, at least sometimes. Sprint, Jump off a box 15 inches or higher at your gym and jump back up, Hop in place. Women between 25 and 50 who hopped at least 10 times twice a day, with 30 seconds between each hop, significantly increased their hipbone density after four months. What was interesting about this study is the participants that experienced impacts of 4.2 G’s on their joints had only done so occasionally. This is what led the researchers to conclude that people should probably run pretty fast or jump high on an occasional basis as this is the type of force that matches the 4.2 G’s experienced by the study participants.

 

Bad Air in Gyms

A new study of air quality in gyms raises some interesting questions about whether the places in which we work out are as healthy as they should be. Science and common sense tell us that exercising in polluted air is undesirable. People who frequently run alongside heavily trafficked freeways and breathe great lungfuls of exhaust have been shown to have an increased risk of heart disease, even if they are otherwise in admirably good shape. For about two hours at each gym, the monitors measured the levels of commonly found indoor pollutants. These include carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, ozone, airborne particulates such as dust, and various chemicals released by carpeting, cleaning products, furniture or paint, including formaldehyde.  I work at L.A Fitness gym and we monitor the air in the suna and pool determing if the chemicals are too high and what not . I never thought about the actually gym though how the air is and what people are breathing in when they work out.

Tolerate Pain

Regular exercise may alter how a person experiences pain, according to a new study. The longer we continue to work out, the new findings suggest, the greater our tolerance for discomfort can grow.For some time, scientists have known that strenuous exercise briefly and acutely dulls pain. As muscles begin to ache during a prolonged workout, scientists have found, the body typically releases natural opiates, such as endorphins, and other substances that can slightly dampen the discomfort. This effect, which scientists refer to as exercise-induced hypoalgesia, usually begins during the workout and lingers for perhaps 20 or 30 minutes afterward.Pain separates real athletes from the weekend warriors. While some men give up at the slightest cramp, others push through the pain in order to climb one more excruciating hill.

Exercise Bad for Your Teeth

Vigorous exercise is good for almost all of the body ,except perhaps the teeth.There have been hints in the past that athletes could have a heightened risk for cavities and other oral issues. The extent of the changes in the athletes’ saliva during a workout, prolonged endurance training might be a risk factor for oral health.And if you’re a serious endurance athlete, consider visiting a dentist with a specialty in sports dentistry.Even when your workout habits are healthy, the effects of that exercise could be contributing to poor dental hygiene. After comparing saliva samples taken from athletes during periods of running with samples from a control group of healthy adults who did not exercise, scientists discovered that athletes’ saliva production decreased, causing their mouths to become drier and the alkalinity of their saliva to increase, which is thought to bump up the chance of developing cavities.