The salt debate rages on outside these halls, but I've never really opened MDA's doors to the tempest (beyond a short dalliance several years ago). Today, though, I am. We've likely all consumed a fair bit of sodium chloride over the past holiday weekend, and I imagine a few of us are wondering whether that's a problem or not. Ever timely, reader John has written in with his salt story and a simple question: how much salt is suitable for humans?
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Friday, December 30, 2011
Mark Sisson sets the record straight on the demonized element and blood pressure.
Friday, December 23, 2011
Margaret Durst discusses four natural, safe alternatives to aspirin.
K is for klotting – which doesn’t really start with a ‘k’, but it’s what I want to write about. Many people take an aspirin a day to prevent stroke and heart attack based on aspirin’s ability to thin the blood and prevent blood clots.
Most alternative doctors have been against aspirin for a long time because it damages the stomach lining and causes kidney and liver damage. Aspirin is responsible for a significant number of emergency room visits because it causes gastrointestinal bleeding.
New studies are now showing that an aspirin a day actually increases risk of stroke and heart attack in 40 percent of the people who take it. Research is also showing that long term use of aspirin increases your risk of macular degeneration and cataracts by as much as 44 percent. Read more
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Caloric restriction is the only proven strategy to significantly increase lifespan, and, of course, it's the only way to lose weight. One of the easiest ways to reduce your calories is to eat fewer meals. You can skip either dinner or breakfast, and eat regularly for the other two meals, and end up eating fewer calories without feeling deprived. Based on history and anthropological studies, this seems to be the natural human meal plan.
If you need more information about how to follow a two meal a day plan, the 2 Meal Solution is by far the best resource.What is the two meal plan?
It is a healthy lifestyle practice where you eat just two meals each day with no snacks in between.
It may seem like a radical approach, but it's the healthiest way to eat. Read more
Monday, December 19, 2011
The order of your morning routine could impact your weight loss or gain a new study reports.
The premise: Breakfast is billed as the most important meal of the day—but you may want to hold off on eating it until after your daily workout. Researchers in Belgium set up a six-week study to determine if the order of men’s morning routines would make a difference in terms of weight loss and other health aspects. “We hypothesized that training in the fasted state would be a better strategy to improve fat metabolism,” says the study’s lead author Karen Van Proeyen, Ph.D. “However, we were rather surprised that almost all measured parameters were more beneficially affected following a training program before breakfast, compared with a similar training session after breakfast.” Read more
Friday, December 16, 2011
Did you know that with that with proper diet, fitness, and practice, memory can actually improve as we age? Besides that, there is an exercise that can wildly improve your memory.
If you ask any elementary school teacher what children forget in the classroom every day, you’ll learn that in addition to forgetting facts, they also leave behind all sorts of things: books, pens, iPods, etc. But what you won’t hear from the kids is, “What’s the matter with me? I’m eight years old, and my memory is going!” or “Gosh, another junior moment!”
Unfortunately, in our society, after age 25 or so, many folks begin to focus on any glitch in memory as evidence for its demise. Normal forgetting is cataloged as a “senior moment,” and the decline of memory becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Neuroscientists agree that with proper diet, fitness and practice, memory can improve as we age. They’ve also discovered that learning something new is one of the best ways to strengthen your brain over the years. Read more
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
The only way to reduce your weight is to reduce calories. The Alternate-Day Diet developed by James B. Johnson, M.D. achieves calorie restriction by severely limiting calories every second day so the result over time is a reduced calorie diet. This program is based on animal studies that indicate that restricting caloric intake on alternate days can turn on the “skinny” gene.
Getting started on the Johnson UpDayDownDay Diet™ plan is easy... and unlike many other diets, long-term adherence is easy, too! The diet is ideal for individuals who are trying to lose weight, but it is appropriate for anyone who is looking to improve their health and prevent premature aging. Dr. James Johnson developed the diet based on studies showing that alternate-day calorie restriction decreases the risk of disease and prolongs life in virtually all organisms tested. Resveratrol is also believed to promote similar effects. Read more
Monday, December 12, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
Bruce Lee’s go-to abs exercise is your ticket to true core strength.
The dragon flag, a move named after its supposed inventor, Bruce Lee, isn’t just a flashy exercise that got dumped into the Rocky IV training montage because it looked cool. “It’s intense and very tough on your entire core,” says Jon Chaimberg, a strength coach for some of the world’s top MMA fighters. “The key is to work it slowly.” Despite the obvious advantages most guys still don’t write it into their programs. Remedy that by grabbing onto a bench and following the simple steps below. You’ll feel like a champ once you’ve finished a few sets. Just be careful. Screaming “Drago!” while you’re doing it will probably get you kicked out of the gym. Read more
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
Mark Sisson's fitness plan requires minimum effort for maximum effect. If you just want to be fit, this is the simplest, easiest program you will find.
... But what’s the best way to exercise?
The mainstream prescription for exercise is ineffective, unsustainable, and downright unpleasant. Don’t believe me? Head down to your local gym and tell me what you see:
Men and women logging endless miles on a treadmill, slogging through their workouts with miserable looks on their faces and a perpetual spare tire around their waists – that never seems to go away.
Pencil-legged guys using machines to isolate individual arm muscles, staring in the mirror, and getting nowhere.
People trudging wearily across the gym parking lot, looking like they’re heading for an execution.
I don’t know about you, but that sounded like an awful way of exercising to me, so I decided to come up with my own program.
I call it Primal Blueprint Fitness, and it’s incredibly simple, to-the-point, and highly effective. Read more
Friday, December 2, 2011
A fish-rich diet speeds it up and boosts memory, says Sadie Whitelocks.
Eating oily fish such as salmon and trout can significantly improve your memory say scientists.
A new study found that a fatty acid found in fish and seafood can boost memory function by 15 per cent.
Scientists are now highlighting the importance of a fish-rich diet for maintaining optimal brain health and preventing the onset of dementia. Read more