In an age where we're busier than ever and bombarded with information 24/7, many of us complain we don't get enough sleep.
But getting too much shut-eye could actually be bad for your health, an expert has warned.
'The lowest mortality and morbidity is with seven hours,' says Shawn Youngstedt, a professor at Arizona State University Phoenix who studies sleep duration. Read more
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Seven hours of sleep is the best, new research suggests, and more than eight is "hazardous" to health.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Burpees are a great whole-body exercise, but they are just too hard for some beginners. This video shows several ways to modify burpees to make them a little easier when you're starting out.
Friday, July 25, 2014
Margaret Durst says that turning on your longevity genes can help to slow aging, store less fat, and reduce the risk of serious disease.
Genetics have lots to do with who we are and what our health is like, particularly as we age. We tend to put up with arthritis, high blood pressure, a little weight around the middle, etc. because we see them as symptoms of age as determined by our genes.
Scientists are discovering more and more about our genetic makeup – and more importantly, how to control it, or at least limit the worst aspects of it as it applies to our health. One interesting aspect that has come out of this research is the ‘longevity’ genes or sirtuin genes which decrease chances of heart disease, diabetes and other inflammatory processes.
These longevity genes are turned on and off by certain factors in our diet and environment. The favorable condition is to have these longevity genes turned on and active. Calorie restriction has long been understood to increase the chances of a long and healthy life, and now has also been found to turn on certain longevity genes. Read more
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
There are seven ways beer improves your health if drunk in moderation.
Man has been relaxing with a beer on a hot summer day for thousands of years. No one knows who brewed the first beer — an anonymous Sumerian in ancient Mesopotamia is usually given credit — but according to Greek philosopher Plato, "He was a wise man who invented beer." Perhaps even then, Plato knew what modern science is proving: Beer contains vitamins and antioxidants that make us smarter, protect us from many ailments, and can even help us live longer. Read more
Monday, July 21, 2014
Friday, July 18, 2014
Before taking drugs for low testosterone, it would probably be a good idea to check your diet to make sure you're not consuming soy protein.
The health detriments of soy consumption are reiterated in a new study out of the University of Connecticut that highlights the importance of avoiding soy at all costs. Researchers from the school found that men who consume soy protein rather than whey protein for muscle recovery and growth experience considerable reductions in their testosterone levels, as well as marked increases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Read more