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The Bitter Side of Artificial Sweeteners
Date:  Apr 18 2017
 
 

Artificial sweeteners appear to wreak havoc with the body's metabolism, and high consumption may promote fat accumulation, especially in people who are already obese, per study results to be presented at the Endocrine Society's 99th annual meeting this month.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Have You Heard of the MIND Diet? If Not, You Will Soon.
Date:  Mar 27 2017
 
 

The “Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay” or MIND diet is essentially the combination of two proven healthy diets, the DASH and Mediterranean, but it places an extra emphasis on optimizing brain health. Research has shown that it may lower your risk for mental decline over time and perhaps even reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s disease – even if you fail to rigidly stick to the (there is room for cheat days). It was developed by ScD. Martha Morris, a nutritional epidemiologist at Rush University Medical Center, through a study funded by the National Institute on Aging. Morris' team examined the food intake of 923 seniors over 4 ½ years.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Will science come to a conclusion on saturated fat?
Date:  Feb 11 2017
 
 

It seems like current research concerning fat intake and heart disease risk coming from the highest echelons of the scientific community is still producing fluctuating conclusions. Recently, adages such as “butter is back” may have been seen when pursuing article headlines - suggesting that previous findings related to saturated fat intake may have over-suggested the associated risk for promoting cardiovascular disease. However, a study recently published in The BMJ concluded that saturated fat found in butter, red meat, frying oils, bacon and various other staples of the common carnivore’s diet does still appear to increase the risk of coronary artery disease. Harvard researchers analyzed health and dietary data from >115,000 people for over two decades and noted that higher intakes of the most common saturated fats - lauric acid, myristic acid, palmitic acid and stearic acid - were associated with an increase in the risk of coronary artery disease of up to 18%.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Genetics and The Desire to Workout
Date:  Jan 10 2017
 
 

As most people have begun or at least contemplated taking on their new year’s resolutions, gyms have become more crowded with those who decide to take on fitness-related improvements to their lives. Recent research has identified an interesting element to the New Year’s start and stop pattern. Most will maintain participation for 5-6 weeks, the next attrition period occurs at 12 weeks and the rest fade by May.

 
 
 
 
 
 
5 Tips to Reduce Procrastination
Date:  Dec 22 2016
 
 

Why do people procrastinate? Wouldn’t it be easier to simply address each issue or responsibility as they present in a timely manner. Case and point: Holiday exercise habits. Many people will make New Year’s resolutions to exercise and plan on it well before the Holiday season. But why wait? Why not start immediately and help mediate the additional Holiday pounds? According to scientists the problem lies in the way the brain processes thought. Human brains seem to be programmed for procrastination; it is interesting because it’s an exchange process that generally benefits the body (psychologically, physically or emotionally). Task driven aptitude provides future benefits in return for effort in the present. If you do a little now the benefits later are greater (e.g., regular exercise, saving for retirement). However, most people succumb to distraction and avoidance until the risk of not executing outweighs the benefit of the task or action.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Trainers – Be Ready for the New Year Hiring Spree
Date:  Dec 12 2016
 
 

It is almost the New Year, and gyms are hiring. Owners and fitness managers are going to need to retain trainers to meet the increased demand as new members flock to local studios and health clubs during the winter and spring of 2017. While personality and knowing the right person at the right time will certainly increase your chances of being hired at a facility, there are a variety of other necessities that a “Trainer-for-Hire” should have organized. From updating your resume, to ensuring you have your paperwork ready - the following list of steps can be used to assist you in your hunt for the right job this New Year.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Stop Stressing Your Day Away!
Date:  Nov 29 2016
 
 

For some, chronic stress seems to be a way of life. There are those that always feel overwhelmed or perceive each day as an epic struggle. For some, psychological disorders may indeed have a major impact on their perception of the world around them - but for most, stress is self-inflicted. Perception of consequence is a key driver but stress may be caused by negative environments, poor decision making, inefficient routines or reactive responses due to lack of insight or poor planning. The holiday season adds further duress, with much due to expectations – added seasonal costs, family responsibilities, travel, and event planning can add significant quantities of stress to an already full plate.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Limiting Risk for the #2 Cause of Cancer-Related Death among Men
Date:  Nov 22 2016
 
 

November is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month as observationally evident via social media posts for “Movember”. Men who grow out their mustache (often in unique fashions) post their refined visage with efforts to draw likes and attention to one of the most common forms of cancer. Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer among American men. It is estimated 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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