Building muscle as you age, by eating right, is not a once-size-fits-all formula. It depends on your starting point with one particular hormone – the Great Wizard of All Hormones – LEPTIN. Read more… »
You haven’t lived unless you’ve experienced a mackerel head smoothie. Absolutely delightful. And more nutritious than almost anything else you can put down your gullet. Just in case you’ve been holding back until you could find a good recipe, here is how to make one. Easy-peasy. The whole family will just love it. Read more… »
Building muscle is not as difficult as most people think. Since maintaining adequate muscle mass is crucial for overall fitness and health, adopting the simplest and most effective ways to do so will be more likely to ensure your success.
Start out by forgetting about and ignoring the majority of what you’ve heard or done yourself for muscle building. Diet, exercise, and supplements can only be helpful if you know which foods, workouts, and nutrients are truly useful. Each of these is a topic by itself, so this post will focus on one of these categories: muscle building supplements.
By the way, the benefits of certain supplements diminish as you age. Here is what you should know. Read more… »
Good luck if you rely only on modern food for good health. No matter what you eat, your diet will be deficient in many, many nutrients. That means that your body will be, too.
Maybe your nutritional deficiencies will begin to show up in seemingly small health problems, or maybe they will show up in disastrous ones. The absolute certainty is that they will show up.
People in different cultures are famous for living to 100 years old in good health. The question is, why don’t more people do so? One part of the answer is, of course, poor nutrition. This is where multivitamins come in handy. They are the foundation for making up for modern nutrient-deficient foods.
The purpose of this article is to give you some ideas on what to look for when it comes to finding a good multivitamin supplement. Fortunately, there are some excellent ones on the market. Unfortunately, there is also plenty of absolute crap that you should avoid. Read more… »
Homocysteine isn’t the evil that it is made out to be. It is a naturally occurring amino acid that plays an important role in many aspects of good health. Chronically high homocysteine levels, however, can damage your inner arterial walls. Indeed, homocysteine levels, not cholesterol, are a critical risk factor for heart disease.
High homocysteine levels indicate chronic vascular inflammation. This sets the stage for atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and plaque formation that blocks blood flow. Vascular plaque leads to blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes. Fortunately, certain B-vitamins can go a long way in keeping homocysteine in check, right where it is supposed to be. Read more… »
Unfortunately, scientific jargon about AGEs has kept this all-important topic from becoming a popular subject on social media and at parties, picnics and family gatherings. We clearly need a new term that the public can understand and talk about intelligently.
Since AGEs represent oxidation gone amok, and since oxidation is a burning of sorts, I propose that we refer to AGEs as Burnt Crap in Foods (BCFs). There, isn’t that better? Now let’s delve into BCFs to see what they do, where they are, and how to minimize damage to your health from them. Read more… »
Smart people like Dr. Oz can sure say some dumb things that can be downright scary. His latest diatribe against red meat warns about yet another heart risk in this food. As usual, he cites weak or nonexistent science to support his view. Read more… »
Fitness trainers are generally clueless about the science of fitness. Most workouts cause more harm than good. What you really should know is the exercise ‘sweet spot’ – i.e., the frequency, intensity, and duration that provides optimal fitness.
A little known study by Japanese researcher Professor Izumi Tabata, published about a decade ago, nails it. His work is now popularly referred to as a Tabata workout. The original study shows how to get maximal results from a 4-minute workout, no more than 5 days a week. Here is what you should know about his research on achieving maximal fitness is less time than ever. Read more… »