How To Treat Muscle and Pain From Exercising

It is no secret that exercising is one of the best things that you can do for your body, hands down.

Regular exercising will reduce your dependence on your doctor and the over burdened health care system.

Regular exercising will keep you looking and feeling like you are 10-20 years younger.

Regular exercising, if done in the right way, will reduce your aches and pains and prevent them from progressing and getting worse as you age.

Along with all of these benefits, exercising can cause some irritation. The way that exercise makes you stronger is that when you exercise, you tear muscle fibers. These torn muscle fibers then repair themselves stronger and bigger than what they were prior to the workout. Continue reading How To Treat Muscle and Pain From Exercising

How Much Should You Exercise?

With so much information out there on exercise, most of it contradictory, how can you know the correct amount of exercise for yourself?

How much exercise you require might be different then the person next to you who is the same age and shape. The right amount of exercise is dependent on so many variables.

It depends on your past medical history (do you have heart disease? High blood pressure? History of thrombosis or embolism?). It also depends on your past injuries (do you have a bad shoulder from playing football when you were younger? Do you have a bad hip from falling too many times while cheerleading?). Continue reading How Much Should You Exercise?

Exercise and Brain Health part 3

Exercise is an amazing thing. Studies keep coming out that discover new ways that exercise benefits our bodies, and more recently, our minds.

Exercise will keep our brain healthy. Exercise will improve brain function. Exercise increases blood flow to the brain, which results in more oxygen to the brain. Increased oxygen to the brain perks you up and increases alertness. The main purpose of yawning is to increase oxygen in the brain. Continue reading Exercise and Brain Health part 3

Exercise And Impact

There has been a rash of young NFL players retiring early. If you are like most people, you are might be wondering why someone who is in the prime of their life, and in a career where they make millions of dollars, and they have years left of playing, would walk away.

I have treated NFL players for years. I am not surprised that these young players are walking away from their profession. Any high impact sport like football causes injury.

 

http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/12/opinions/jones-nfl-early-retirement/index.html

Sugar Withdrawal

There is such a thing as sugar withdrawal.

In a study performed by Carlo Colantuoni and colleagues at Princeton University back in 2002, it was observed that rats, when deprived of food for 12 hours would binge on sugar instead of natural food and then go into withdrawal.

The rats who were undergoing withdrawal suffered from chattering teeth, paw tremors, and head shaking.

Sugar has been called as addictive as any drug. Indeed it stimulates the same neurological pathways that highly addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin do. Continue reading Sugar Withdrawal

Not All Supplements Are Created Equal

In the past, there have been issues with nutritional supplements not containing the ingredients they claim to contain.

Due to a loop hole in a 1994 law spear headed by a senator who was sponsored by the supplement industry, dietary supplements do not have to get FDA approval.

Therefore, unscrupulous dietary supplement companies have been known to add fillers in many supplements such as sand. Continue reading Not All Supplements Are Created Equal

“We’re All Fat Again”

These are the recent headlines from contestants on the popular weight loss show “Biggest Looser”.

Millions of viewers tune in each week to monitor the progress between contestants to see who lost the most amount of weight. Millions of people have become inspired by the contestants overcoming insurmountable obstacles to loose weight, and feel and look better. Continue reading “We’re All Fat Again”

Alcohol

Do you imbibe? Do you like to have a drink or a beer or a glass of wine every now and then?

Does it ever progress past now and then? How much does this affect your health? And how many calories are you really consuming?

I like beer. I like to have one or two beers occasionally. Even Lance Amstrong, who was meticulous about his food, liked to have an occasional beer. He was known to even weigh his food to make sure he was eating the right amount. Continue reading Alcohol

Vitamins and Nutritional Supplements

As anyone who reads my articles can attest, I am a big fan of vitamins and supplements.

I believe that when they are taken as designed, as a supplement to a healthy lifestyle, they have a positive effect on our health.

People get in trouble when they take vitamins and supplements as a replacement for a healthy lifestyle. I have heard the mindset of “I don’t have to exercise or watch what I eat since I take vitamins.” This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Continue reading Vitamins and Nutritional Supplements

Added Sugars and Weight Gain

Sugar has been getting a pretty bad rap as of late. It has been compared to addictive drugs like heroin or cocaine.

Indeed, it has been observed that when people eat sugary foods, the same brain pathways and neurons are lit up as when using addictive drugs.

The difference between drugs and food is that with food, the euphoria/ high/ bliss lasts momentarily. It lasts only as long as the food is on your lips and in your mouth. Then it is done leaving you wanting more. This cycle can go on all day long. Continue reading Added Sugars and Weight Gain