Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Health News October 2017 

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Friday, 6 October 2017

Can You Get Addicted to Steroids?


The debate about whether steroids are truly addictive or not has been going on for a long time. Steroids do cause changes in the brain and appear to cause dependency issues in some people.

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Thursday, 5 October 2017

Is Sleep Really That Important?


Getting seven to eight hours of quality sleep each night is essential to good health for all adults, especially aging adults and athletes. It keeps hormones in check and diseases at bay.

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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Researchers Have Developed New IGF-1 Drug

Insulin-like growth factor, or IGF-1, is an anabolic hormone that is sometimes used by athletes and bodybuilders for protein synthesis. A new IGF-1 drug now has fewer side-effects.

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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Can You Substitute Exercise for a Pill?


Many people try to avoid exercise by taking supplements and medications, hoping it will mimic the effects of leading an active lifestyle. Are myostatin blockers the new exercise pill?

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Monday, 2 October 2017

Anabolic Steroids Have Potent Effects on the Metabolism


Protein and fat metabolism are strongly influenced by the use of anabolic steroids and testosterone supplements. The effects could be long-lasting, but they might not be inevitable.

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Sunday, 1 October 2017

L-Leucine Critical for Protein Synthesis Balance


L-leucine is a branched chain amino acid which is critical for promoting protein synthesis rather than protein breakdown. Studies show they are an important part of an athlete’s diet.

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Saturday, 30 September 2017

ATP After Intense Exercise May Prevent Fatigue


ATP restoration is central to recovery after high-intensity activities like sports, weight training, or HIIT. Oral ATP supplements increase muscle endurance and promote recovery.

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Friday, 29 September 2017

Citrulline Deserves the Limelight


Citrulline is an underappreciated supplement despite the fact that it provides several benefits, especially with long-term use. Citrulline is great for both health and performance.

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Thursday, 28 September 2017

Beta-Alanine Increases Muscle Carnosine


Muscle carnosine is an antioxidant that guards against the cell destruction and buffers acids that fight fatigue. Beta-alanine supplementation increases muscle carnosine levels.

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Glutamine Can Boost Body Health and Help Prevent Cancer


Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the body, but during trauma, training, or illnesses, it can be depleted. Healthy glutamine metabolism can help your body prevent disease.

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Agmatine May Have Benefits, But Not for Performance


Agmatine, a breakdown product of the amino acid arginine, has shown some promise as a nerve protectant. However, companies who wish to add it to supplement mixes might be jumping the gun.

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Monday, 25 September 2017

Moderate-Intensity Exercise Less Effective than HIIT for Blood Sugar


High-intensity interval training has shown to be incredibly effective for a number of reasons. Most recently, it has been in the spotlight for its ability to help regulate blood sugar.

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Sunday, 24 September 2017

Researchers Developing Steam Treatment for Prostate


As men age, prostate enlargement becomes a source of worry, discomfort, and stress. Many current treatments are ineffectual. Steam treatment is a promising new idea being developed.

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Saturday, 23 September 2017

What an Hour in the Hot Tub Can Do


We’ve talked about how cold exposure can help you lose weight, but what about heat exposure? It turns out that an hour in the hot tub can help you shed a few pounds… provided you can stand it.

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Friday, 22 September 2017

NSAIDS May Carry Increased Risk of Sudden Death


Some bodybuilders take ibuprofen after every workout, and stressed workers reach for NSAIDs with every headache. However, doing so could mean they are putting their lives in danger.

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Thursday, 21 September 2017

How Much Does Salt Intake Matter?


A long-term study which measured the effects of sodium and water regulation within the body suggests that salt intake has less to do with our water balance than our own natural rhythms.

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Moderate-Intensity Exercise Important After Heart Attack


Most people are aware exercise can help prevent heart attacks, but what about after you have a heart attack? Research shows that moderate-intensity exercise improves survival rates.

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Full-Fat Dairy Not Related to Heart Disease


For 50 years, people have believed that dairy fat is bad. This is largely due to a government-backed set of nutritional guidelines from 1977. Diet rules are changing these days, though.

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Monday, 18 September 2017

Vinegar Can Help Stabilize Blood Insulin After Eating


Diets high in carbohydrates which are not paired with regular exercise may be a significant factor in the obesity epidemic. Neutralizing blood sugar and insulin spikes might help out.

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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Proper Iron Levels Important for Heart Health


Low levels of iron in the blood is associated with anemia and a handful of other serious health disorders, but what about high levels of iron? Unfortunately, too much of a good thing is bad.

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Saturday, 16 September 2017

How to Get More Nitrates


Nitrates increase nitric oxide secretion, which is a component for effectual blood flow within the body. Increased nitrate intake is linked to improved running speed and efficiency.

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Friday, 15 September 2017

We Aren’t Kidding: You Need Carbs


Protein’s importance has been stressed lately, but athletes need to remember to maintain a healthy, well-balanced diet which meets all of their nutritional needs throughout the year.

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Thursday, 14 September 2017

Beets to Beat Out Competition


Beets are proving themselves to be incredibly nutritious! Not only are they good for the inner lining of your blood vessels, but studies show they can actually benefit your brain as well.

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Low-Carb, High-Fat, Bad Liver


Fatty liver disease is a serious, deadly condition which causes inflammation within the liver and extensive scarring. High-protein, high-fat diets low in carbs promote this disease.

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

What Does “Fit but Fat” Mean?


People have debated for years over the concept of “fit but fat” and whether or not it can possibly exist. It turns out that it’s technically true – to a point – and you can be skinny and unfit.

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Monday, 11 September 2017

Melatonin Promotes Healthier Gut Microbes in Obese Mice


Melatonin, as a supplement, is well-known as a natural sleep aid. It’s also produced within the brain, and scientists have discovered that supplementing it helps promote a healthy gut.

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Sunday, 10 September 2017

Should You Stretch Before Training?


Stretching has long been stressed as an important factor in the exercise routine, before and after workouts. However, studies show that stretching might be better only after exercise.

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Saturday, 9 September 2017

The World is Your Gym


Many people buy gym memberships and never actually go to the gym. While this helps fund gyms for those of us who do go, it’s important for everyone to keep up an exercise routine regardless.

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Friday, 8 September 2017

Pre-Breakfast Fasting Exercise Best for Fat Burning


Carbohydrates are an important fuel for exercise, but what if you are trying to lose weight? Researchers have determined that the body’s state before breakfast is most ideal for fat loss.

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Thursday, 7 September 2017

HIIT Continues to Be a Hit


High-intensity interval training continues to impress researchers with its ability to help people improve their bodily wellness in short periods of time. HIIT is great for your health.

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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Small Study Supports Protein Pacing


Protein pacing is the practice of eating five or six meals with 2 grams of protein per kilogram of bodyweight. A small study shows promise for meeting your training goals with this diet.

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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Are You Doing Optimal Sets and Reps?


When you’re planning your training program, do you know what your goals are? Do you know what kind of exercises will get you to your goals efficiently? Learn about the differences here.

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Monday, 4 September 2017

Does CLA Increase Inflammation?


CLA, or conjugated linoleic acid, is one of the newest supplements making waves in the weight loss world. However, recent studies suggest it might be linked to inflammation in the body.

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Sunday, 3 September 2017

Cold Exposure and Nutrients Most Important for Brown Fat


Even though exercise is an important factor in stimulating the sympathetic nervous center, which affects thermogenesis, it doesn’t impact brown fat activation for middle-aged men.

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Saturday, 2 September 2017

Body Weight Control Linked to Heat Generation


Thermogenesis has been linked to the sympathetic nervous center of the brain. Thermogenesis is critical for a more effective metabolism, which leads to efficient weight management.

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Friday, 1 September 2017

Fasting Won’t Guarantee Long-Term Weight Loss


Fasting every other day is a viable option for some people who are struggling to lose weight by other means. However, it is no better than other diets in the long run. Do what’s best for you.

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Thursday, 31 August 2017

What is Different About a Bodybuilder’s Heart?


Bodybuilders often use a variety of supplements and subject their bodies to greater strain than the average person – causing changes in heart wall thickness and ventricle elasticity.

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

How Growth Hormone Can Heal


Growth hormone has been tested on burn patients, and it has been shown to promote healing even in severe burn cases. Growth hormone can help promote physical fitness and quality of life.

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Should Nandrolone be Used Instead of Testosterone?


Nandrolone decanoate has a chemical structure similar to testosterone, but has been shown to build muscle better than the 2 most commonly prescribed testosterone therapy injectables.

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Monday, 28 August 2017

Alcohol Won’t Get You Gains


Researchers have discovered alcohol inhibits anabolic signaling, preventing the body from efficiently building muscle. Alcohol has a negative effect on muscle protein synthesis.

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Sunday, 27 August 2017

What is Growth-Promoting Therapy?


Growth-promoting therapy could be the future of professional athletics or Olympic competitions, but there are many concerns and ethical questions to face before we cross that bridge.

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Saturday, 26 August 2017

Some Herbal and Dietary Supplements Linked to Liver Damage


A number of hospital cases involving liver damage have been linked to supplement usage. Common supplements include green tea extract, garcinia cambogia, CLA, steroids, and vitamin A.

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Friday, 25 August 2017

Long-Term Multivitamin Use Protects Your Health


Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden have determined that long-term multivitamin usage can promote good overall health.

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Thursday, 24 August 2017

We Love Leucine


We have said it before and we’ll say it again: Leucine is one of the best things for your body, especially as you age. Leucine plus aerobic exercise can promote muscle protein synthesis.

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Taurine Won’t Improve Your Performance


Taurine, according to a Brazilian study, does not improve high-intensity running performance. It is featured in energy drinks and supplements, but it may not be as great as we thought.

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Purple Mangosteen Keeps You Happy, but Fails to Prevent Fatigue


Garcinia mangostana, or purple mangosteen, has been shown to have no effect on biochemical markers of fatigue. However, it is possible it could help keep you in a positive state of mind.

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Monday, 21 August 2017

High Quality Whey Means High Quality Sports Nutrition


Whey protein has become very popular over the past several years, but bodybuilders and other athletes should know the differences between high quality and low-quality protein sources.

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Sunday, 20 August 2017

More Protein is Good for You


The recommended daily allowance for protein is likely too low, according to recent studies. More protein helps with many issues, from building muscle to improving your quality of life.

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Saturday, 19 August 2017

Older Adults Should Feed Their Muscles with Protein


Muscle loss occurs naturally as we age, but the degree to which it affects us depends on the choices we make. High protein intake prompts muscle protein synthesis and muscle preservation.

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Friday, 18 August 2017

Cherry Juice is a Real Treat for Blood Pressure


Cherry juice might be seriously beneficial for cellular health. It can reduce systolic blood pressure within hours, promote recovery, prevent muscle damage, and provide nutrients.

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

Low Vitamin D Linked to Arterial Stiffness


Blood vessel stiffening is an issue that we all face with age. However, there are ways we can help ourselves fight back against this. Research shows vitamin D aids blood vessel health.

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Protein Recommendations are Changing


The recommended daily allowance for protein is currently 0.8 grams per kilogram of bodyweight per day. New research suggests this should increase to 1.5 to 2.2 grams per kilogram a day.

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Sunshine Feels Good, but Is It Good for You?


Most of us have known for a while that too much sun exposure is not good for you. Sun exposure does have some benefits, so it’s more of a matter of drawing the line on too much of a good thing.

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Monday, 14 August 2017

Take Care of Your Blood Vessels


Blood vessels typically stiffen as we age, especially in middle-aged men and women. Lifting heavy weights can cause systolic blood pressure to rise, which can lead to serious injuries.

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Your Thirst Should Guide You


For years, people have said that proper hydration requires a strict 8 glasses, 8 ounces each, of water every day. However, many do not need to follow the 8-times-8 rule every single day.

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Saturday, 12 August 2017

What’s Best for Long-Term Weight Management?


Should you be more concerned about dieting or exercising for long-term weight control? Experts say that exercise is king when it comes to managing your weight, even if it makes you hungry.

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Friday, 11 August 2017

“Biggest Loser” Contestants Retain Low Resting Metabolism


Even though contestants on “The Biggest Loser” have lost more than 130 pounds on average, many have regained around 90 pounds after six years. Their resting metabolic rates remain low.

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Thursday, 10 August 2017

Hold Back Hunger with Keto


Typically, diets which are low in calories end up increasing a person’s appetite. The ketones produced with the ketogenic diet help suppress hunger, but it may also be hard on the liver.

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Bitter Melon Extract High in CLA


Bitter melon extract is high in conjugated linoleic acid, which is known to fight fat with an impressive arsenal of cell shrinkage and metabolism boosting. But is it actually safe to use?

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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

What Should You Do for Long-Term Weight Control?


Most people who lose a large amount of weight sadly end up gaining most of it back – if not more – after a year. Despite this, it is possible to lose weight and keep it off. But what’s the secret?

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Monday, 7 August 2017

Cold Exposure is Exciting for Brown Fat


An hour of cold exposure every day for six weeks caused small increases in brown fat levels and calorie burning ability in Swedes. People in cold climates also have more brown fat activity.

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Sunday, 6 August 2017

Should You Train to Failure or Load?


Training to failure is a tried and true method for many athletes, especially in the offseason. But does load make any difference? Research suggests that no, it works regardless of load.

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Saturday, 5 August 2017

Can One Minute of Exercise Help?


150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise is recommended every week (or 75 minutes of intense exercise) for most people. But what if you could stay healthy with just 3 minutes a week?

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Friday, 4 August 2017

Hexagonal Barbell Deadlifts Superior for Non-Competition Powerlifting


The hex bar has been put to the test against the straight bar, and the results are in: The straight bar doesn’t hold a candle to the safety and power output you can experience with the hex bar.

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Thursday, 3 August 2017

Rest Longer to Optimize Anabolic Hormones


Longer rest intervals help to maximize gains (three minutes instead of one minute) while performing the bench press and other lifts by optimizing levels of total and free testosterone.

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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Breakdown and Failure Training are Equally Effective


Breakdown training is essentially an extended version of failure training, but it doesn’t appear to give any additional benefits. But, if it makes you feel good, it’s still okay to do it.

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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Do You Burn More Calories with Single or Multiple Sets?


Weight training isn’t really a big calorie burner, but training with multiple sets will burn more calories than singles. It will also increase your carb usage and get your heart rate up.

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Monday, 31 July 2017

Neck Thickness Could Signal Heart Trouble

Having a thick neck circumference has been linked to an escalated risk for cardiovascular disease and premature death. The risk of heart attack can even increase by 25% with a large neck.

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Sunday, 30 July 2017

Is Thyroid Medication the Answer?


Synthetic thyroid hormone replacement therapy is one of the most prescribed drugs in the world. However, it seems as though people are still having problems despite receiving therapy.

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Saturday, 29 July 2017

Eating Fish Is Heart-Healthy


Researchers have discovered that eating up to five servings of fish per week can make significant beneficial changes to your blood pressure. Fish is without a doubt a heart-healthy food.

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Friday, 28 July 2017

Going Shopping? Wash Your Hands


It may come as little surprise to those who have left the grocery store and fallen ill shortly after, but shopping carts are laden with more germs than most other objects you encounter.

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Is Exercise Good for Your Brain?


Exercise isn’t just good for your body. According to a 30-year-long study, exercise can help your brain, too. Even moderate activity can help older adults stay sharp and ward off disease.

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Can Weight Training Help Blood Pressure?


People with metabolic syndrome can use weight training to make small but important changes in their resting blood pressure. Weight training should be a part of a full exercise regimen.

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Monday, 24 July 2017

Prostate Cancer Risk Linked to Low Selenium


Although taking selenium won’t stop you from getting prostate cancer, it helps you stay alive if you are unfortunate enough to develop the disease. Ask a doctor before supplementing.

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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Masters Athletes Can Recover Faster with Protein and Leucine


Masters athletes have different nutritional needs than younger athletes. It takes them longer to recover from exercise and injury, and they have greater amino requirements for training.

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Saturday, 22 July 2017

Can You Perform Better with Nitrates?


Beetroot may not make you feel energetic, but due to the nitrates present, it helps prevent muscular fatigue during exercise and therefore improves your overall training performance.

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Friday, 21 July 2017

Carbs Plus Protein after Exhaustive Exercise Equals Performance Boost


During a Scandinavian study, trained cyclists exercised to exhaustion, drank either a placebo shake or a mixed drink of protein and carbs, then later repeated the routine. Carbs won.

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Reduce Inflammation from Intense Training with DHA

DHA, widely sold as fish oil supplements, has been hailed as an important supplement in the fight against heart disease. Spanish researchers now say it can help reduce inflammation.

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Couch Potatoes Kill


Sitting for more than three hours a day officially makes you a couch potato. Unfortunately, living like this can shave almost a year off of your life expectancy, even if you do exercise.

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Why Your Body Needs Monounsaturated Fats


Monounsaturated fats, found in olive oil, avocados, canola oil, and nuts, seem to hold the key to help activate the genes responsible for fat regulation and the breakdown of bodily fats.

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Yes, a Little Dark Chocolate Might be Good for You


Chocolate lovers, rejoice. Dark chocolate contains a large amount of flavonoids which increase nitric oxide, a chemical which helps to control blood flow and can improve endurance.

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Monday, 17 July 2017

Soy Protein: Good or Bad?


Soy is one of those products that people love, hate, or sometimes even love to hate. While it can be a cheap, benign source of vegetable protein, you should be aware of how it can affect you.

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Sunday, 16 July 2017

What is the Bod Pod?


Want to know just exactly what your fat-to-lean mass ratio is? Climb inside a Bod Pod and have your body measured using air displacement. These pods are accurate, safe, and reliable.

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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Why We Love Brown Fat


Brown fat, or BAT, is a heat-generating adipose tissue that immediately converts food energy into warmth. We need it to adapt to the cold, but can it help fight obesity? Research says yes.

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Friday, 14 July 2017

Low-Carb Rarely Means Long-Term Fat Loss


Low-carb diets are extremely popular and people seem to take to them without question these days. But what are the real long-term results? According to researchers, it doesn’t look good.

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Do Mediterranean Diet Eaters Tend to Have Less Belly Fat?


The Mediterranean diet is full of fish, lean meats, olive oil, fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Strictly adhering to this may keep your belly fat down and help you live longer.

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The Maximum Waist Recommendations are Getting a Makeover


Similar to BMI, maximum waist circumference recommendations for men and women are often used as a predictor of poor health. Recently, they’ve been getting some attention.

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

The Latest on Green Tea Extract


At least 20 consumer complaints have been lodged which link green tea extract to liver damage. Animal and human studies have linked this popular fat loss supplement to liver toxicity.

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Monday, 10 July 2017

Rapid Fat Loss by Pairing Intense Training with High Protein


In only four weeks, you can trigger considerable changes in body composition by pairing a calorie-restricted, high protein diet with high-intensity weight training and intervals.

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Sunday, 9 July 2017

How Fat Will the World be in 2025?


By 2025, the projected obesity rate amongst adults around the world will reach 20 percent. Right now, in the US alone, the obesity rate is almost 36 percent. The world needs to go on a diet.

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Saturday, 8 July 2017

Can Altitude Changes Improve Fat Metabolism and Endurance?


Simulated high altitude exposure, experienced for 15 minutes at a time, has enhanced fat metabolism and bolstered endurance in mice. More research is needed for true effectiveness.

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Friday, 7 July 2017

…But Hold Off on Regular Cold Dips for Better Gains


Although cold water immersion helps with muscle soreness and recovery, it might not be the best choice for athletes who are looking to make gains. It can interfere with hypertrophy.

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Thursday, 6 July 2017

Dive into Cold Water for Better Recovery


Post-training soreness is a difficult problem for many athletes, but there might be a natural method of soothing your muscles after an intense workout: Immerse yourself in cold water.

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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Beginners Can Safely Train for Strength and Endurance


Training both strength and endurance at the same time did not hinder muscle protein synthesis in untrained, beginner athletes. More research is needed for experienced athletes.

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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Leave Failure Training for the Off-Season


Training to failure can result in a variety of physical deficiencies up to 48 hours after completing the workout. If you are expected to perform, leave failure training off the program.

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Monday, 3 July 2017

Squats with Moderate Weight and Slow Speed Don’t Add Power


Performing squats slowly, three seconds down, three seconds up, with high tension is popular with some bodybuilders. It increases strength and size, but won’t increase power output.

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Sunday, 2 July 2017

Trigger Greater Weight Loss with Sequential Diet and Exercise


Although not very practical in the long run, you can trigger large amounts of weight loss by alternating high-intensity interval training and dieting in a sequential exercise program.

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Saturday, 1 July 2017

Should You be Concentrating on Working Specific Muscles?


A recent study shows athletes can increase activation of triceps and pecs by focusing on them during the bench press, but training like this should most likely be for bodybuilders only.

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Friday, 30 June 2017

Sexual Function Inhibited by Anticoagulants


Internal blood clots can be life-threatening, but there are several anti-clotting medications on the market to deal with them. Unfortunately, they have unpleasant side-effects.

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Thursday, 29 June 2017

Melatonin: For Sleep and Obesity Prevention


Melatonin is not just for sleep any more. By altering the microbes in your gut to provide a more pleasant digestive biome, melatonin can actually stave off obesity and promote fat loss.

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Boost Performance with Citrulline


Citrulline is a popular amino acid which is frequently supplemented because it helps to increase nitric oxide levels. Take this important amino with exercise to maximize its benefits.

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Lifelong Heart Trouble Triggered by Youth Steroid Usage?


Since the 1970s, approximately 6 percent of high school students try steroids. Many continue to use them in adulthood. Either way, it causes heart troubles, but more research is needed.

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Monday, 26 June 2017

More Arterial Plaque Seen in Testosterone Therapy Patients


Older men receiving testosterone therapy supplements have shown increases in non-calcified plaque volume in their coronary arteries. There have been no increases in heart attacks.

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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Anabolic Steroids Cause Hypertension and Blood Vessel Stiffness


Anabolic steroid usage can lead to blood pressure problems, which in turn can lead to stiffening of the blood vessels in the abdomen. Increased strength also puts a burden on the heart.

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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Prostate Inflammation Linked to Low Testosterone


Low testosterone causes many problems for some men, from depression to obesity, cardiovascular issues, and insulin resistance. It has now also been linked to prostate inflammation.

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Friday, 23 June 2017

Is Your Blood Pressure Okay?


Worldwide, blood pressure rates are rising. Nearly 1 billion people have hypertension, or high blood pressure. Hypertension is an entirely preventable and treatable silent killer.

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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Does Music Stimulate Learning Ability?


The process of learning/re-learning new skills is called neuroplasticity. Researchers theorize that music may help bolster the brain’s ability to build new connections for learning.

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Bad News for Male Pattern Baldness


Those with male pattern baldness and untreated high blood pressure have  a higher risk for heart attack. Untreated high blood pressure kills approximately 120,000 people every year.

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Testosterone: Does it Keep You Young?


If you watch TV, you’ve seen ads targeting men worried about “low T” and aging. But do you need supplements to fix or prevent low testosterone problems, even as you get older? Find out here.

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Monday, 19 June 2017

Is Your Gym Time Enough?


Time spent in organized, planned training sessions is excellent and very important for your health, but don’t let yourself become sedentary in-between. Keep yourself moving all day.

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Sunday, 18 June 2017

Can You Fight Fat with Dairy?


While increasing your dairy intake doesn’t have an impact on weight loss, those who eat dairy tend to be leaner than those who don’t. Dairy keeps you satisfied and provides many nutrients.

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Saturday, 17 June 2017

Can Broccoli Keep You Skinny?


Cruciferous vegetables are sometimes avoided because they can cay  se gas, but it may be time to start eating them. They may promote fat loss, prevent heart disease and fight off cancer.

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Friday, 16 June 2017

IGF-1 Production Increases with High Protein Intake


IGF-1, a highly anabolic hormone, is important for maximizing your training goals. Consuming high amounts of protein stimulates your body to produce and release more IGF-1 for gains.

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Muscle Protein Synthesis Aided by Oral Phosphatidic Acid


Oral phosphatidic acid, with or without whey, has been shown to increase the activity of a metabolic pathway necessary for muscle protein synthesis. It may be an effective supplement.

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Turkey Ham and Soy Chicken: Do You Know Your Subway?


First, people were surprised to hear that Subway uses turkey-based meats for many of their cold cuts. Now, there is controversy over soy-based chicken meat, which has been DNA tested.

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Low-Calorie, High-Protein Weight Loss Strategy Better for Your Heart


Adding 12 to 15 percent protein to a low-calorie weight-loss diet, even with the majority inclusion of animal protein, provides equal fat loss benefits while promoting heart health.

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Monday, 12 June 2017

Thermogenesis Through Cold Exposure


Cold exposure might just be a natural, effective way to boost thermogenesis and reduce body fat. Researchers studied cold exposure on male adults for a month and monitored weight loss.

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Sunday, 11 June 2017

Are You Fat or Fit?


The difference between being fat or fit is not as clear as it might seem. Research has shown that high levels of cardiovascular fitness reduces abdominal cavity fat, regardless of BMI.

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Saturday, 10 June 2017

Is Keto Bad for Lean Body Athletes?


The ketogenic diet is popular for weight loss, but studies have shown that athletes may not want to use it for weight loss. The keto diet lowered fitness levels and decreased lean body mass.

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Friday, 9 June 2017

Anti-Aging Alpha-Lipoic Acid Supplements May Bolster Energy


Alpha-lipoic acid has been shown to trigger small decreases in bodyweight. It’s believed that it works by aiding cell mitochondria, promoting your longevity and metabolic health.

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Thursday, 8 June 2017

Yes, Chronic Stress Can Make You Fat


Chronic stress has been linked to elevated cortisol and insulin levels, increased blood pressure, and high amounts of abdominal fat. Some people gain more abdominal fat during stress.

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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Alcohol is a Triple Threat to Your Gut


Alcohol is fat’s best friend: It has been shown to prevent fat cells from releasing fat for fuel. It also has a high calorie count and, despite this, it has a tendency to increase hunger.

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Monday, 5 June 2017

Occlusion Training Can Promote Muscle Growth


Everyone knows a night without sleep makes for a rough day, but when you’re an athlete, it can spell seriously bad news for your body. Even a single night of poor sleep impairs recovery.

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Sunday, 4 June 2017

Unilateral Training Puts Less Stress on Your Heart


Training one side of your body at a time is less popular, but it might be better for your cardiovascular system. Training on both sides at once is slightly more challenging for your heart.

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Saturday, 3 June 2017

What is a StepMill?


Training one side of your body at a time is less popular, but it might be better for your cardiovascular system. Training on both sides at once is slightly more challenging for your heart.

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Friday, 2 June 2017

Is Your Squat Technique Hurting You?


Poor squatting technique can put abnormal stress on your back, ankles, knees, and hips. Not only can this cause injury, but it will slow your progress. Learn about the differences here.

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Thursday, 1 June 2017

Get Motivated and Reduce Pain with Caffeine


Caffeine is a great motivator which raises energy levels and keeps athletes in good spirits. Researchers have discovered it can also help reduce soreness and decrease recovery time.

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Is Going Paleo Worth It?


The Paleo diet increased its popularity because of endless celebrities swearing by its wonders. Though this is the case, experts say more research is needed.

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Marijuana and Its Effects on Your Body


Many people partake in marijuana because they feel it is a better alternative to alcohol, but is it really safer or healthier for you? As with anything, there are many benefits and risks.

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Monday, 29 May 2017

Visit Saunas to Lower Alzheimer’s Risk


A sauna might sound like a relaxing diversion from stress and problems, but in reality, it might just be the best way to keep Alzheimer’s disease at bay. Do saunas help with mental health?

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Sunday, 28 May 2017

Bad News for Diets High in Red Meat and Processed Meats


Diets high in red meats and processed meats have been linked to a variety of health problems, from diabetes to coronary artery disease, heart failure, stroke, and some types of cancers.

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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Is Alcohol Bad for Your Heart?


Alcohol has been linked to endothelial, or arterial lining, damage. If you drink, even moderately, you should make sure you take measures to protect your circulatory system’s health.

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Friday, 26 May 2017

Hot Peppers for Spicy Elder Years


Capsaicin is the “heat” in chili peppers. The more capsaicin, the hotter it is. Apparently, capsaicin is also heart-healthy. People who eat more peppers have healthier blood vessels.

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

What Can Caffeine Do for You?


Caffeine was, for a while, blamed for many health problems. Now it is being hailed as a helpful chemical. Caffeine targets inflammation and fights low-grade inflammation effectively.

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Protect Your Liver from Toxic Supplements


Many weight-loss and performance enhancement supplements can damage your liver, especially if you do not take them responsibly. Always be completely aware of everything you are taking.

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Creatine Gives Young Muscle Power a Boost


Creatine monohydrate is generally considered very safe, but no definite guidelines have been created regarding its use amongst teenagers – despite its popularity with highschoolers.

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Monday, 22 May 2017

Increase Muscle Endurance with Oral ATP


Oral adenosine triphosphate supplements enhance blood flow during intense, prolonged contractions, but are the supplements worth it? Creatine monohydrate may be more efficient.

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

IGF-1 Activated by Vitamin D and Exercise

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Vitamin D has been shown to help insulin-like growth factor 1, important for the development of muscles, move throughout the body. Vitamin D and exercise will help to get you easy gains.

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Saturday, 20 May 2017

Creatine Monohydrate for Patients on Dialysis


People with poor kidney function unfortunately need dialysis sometimes, which depletes kidney creatine and therefore further damages kidney function. Creatine monohydrate can help.

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Friday, 19 May 2017

Are You More Alert with Tea or Coffee?


Tea or coffee? The debate has been going on for centuries. However, only tea contains L-theanine, which is a “caffeine neutralizer” of sorts. Coffee keeps you much more mentally alert.

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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Decreased Output Seen in High Fat, High Protein Diets


High protein/fat diets which shun carbohydrates or restrict carbs to a very low percentage of intake cause a reduced level of performance, fatigue resistance and overall efficiency.

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Carbs Cushion Physical and Mental Stress


Ever reach for bread or sweets when you’re dealing with something difficult? It might be because carbs really do help you get through the worst. Carbs protect the body against stressors.

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Fish Oil DHA Gets Sperm Swimming


Some men struggle with sperm quality and volume as they age, partly due to low testosterone. Fish oil DHA could help improve sperm quality and raise the chances of having healthy babies.

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Monday, 15 May 2017

Is There Scientific Evidence to Back Sugar Claims?


Years ago, fat was the enemy. Now, sugar is the enemy. Sugar replaced fat in low-fat items to improve taste. Are we just going in circles or is there support from real scientific evidence?

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Sunday, 14 May 2017

Too Much Iron Can be Bad for Your Muscles


Iron is a popular supplement which is often considered a necessary choice. Many people reach for it when they start feeling fatigued. But, too much iron has some dangerous side effects.

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Saturday, 13 May 2017

Can Coffee be Good for Your Liver?


Fatty liver disease is a serious ailment which has a surprising number of causes. Coffee may be a simple and easily available way to help protect against this life-threatening ailment.

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Friday, 12 May 2017

Feel-Good Dopamine Makes Brown Fat Happy, Too


Dopamine is very important for our mood as well as many of our natural responses to stressors. As it turns out, our brown fat also reacts to dopamine, and that’s a good thing for weight loss.

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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Does L-Carnitine Aid Fat Loss?


L-carnitine is popular with bodybuilders and endurance athletes. However, could it have uses outside of the athletic industry? Critics argue that the benefits are too minimal to bother.

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