Thursday, July 29, 2010

Health Tip

If you often feel worried or anxious, you can reduce your symptoms drastically by working out regularly.

For people with chronic conditions, worrying is often a way of life. Whether you know it or not, you may be suffering from anxiety. If you can’t sleep or if you feel nervous, apprehensive or irritable, exercise may help take the edge off. According to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, which examined 40 clinical trials, people who made exercise a regular part of their routine saw the greatest reduction in symptoms. According to the study’s author, working out can even help people who aren’t that anxious feel calmer. Aim for at least 30 minutes of walking or other aerobic activity five times a week.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Health Tip

Want to raise your GPA? After you hit the books, you may want to hit the gym. College students who regularly work out get better grades.

Hoping to make the dean’s list this semester? Maybe it’s time you started sweating it — literally. According to a report from the American College of Sports Medicine, university students who regularly engage in vigorous exercise have higher GPAs. While it could just be that people who push themselves physically are more inclined to work harder academically, other research has shown that working out helps boost brain function and may improve scholastic performance. Why? Exercise may enhance learning by promoting communication between brain cells

Daily Motivational

"Singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for success in life, no matter what may be one's aim"

John D. Rockefeller

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Food Tip

Need another reason to steer clear of fast food?

A small study suggests that high-fat meals could trigger an asthma attack.

New research may give new meaning to the phrase Big Mac attack. A preliminary study indicates that just one high-fat meal — in this case, fast-food hamburgers and hash browns — can increase airway inflammation and reduce lung function in people with asthma up to four hours later. Though more research is needed, another recent study found that kids who eat three or more burgers a week are at greater risk of asthma than those who follow a Mediterranean diet. While this doesn’t mean fast food causes asthma, it does suggest that diets rich in fruits and vegetables may help protect against conditions like asthma.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Daily Motivational

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.

- Albert Einstein

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Health Tip

Cooking with oil? Know its smoke point. Heating oil above its recommended temperature creates toxic fumes and carcinogenic free radicals.

Cooking with olive oil instead of butter? Good for you! Swapping butter for monounsaturated olive oil may lower your risk of heart disease by reducing levels of LDL cholesterol (that’s the bad stuff) in your blood. Virgin and extra-virgin olive oil are great for salad dressings, dipping sauces and low-to-medium-heat cooking methods, such as sautéing and stir-frying. Heating oil above its recommended temperature can produce toxic fumes and cancer-causing free radicals. So if you’re doing high-heat cooking, like browning, searing or frying, choose light olive oil, sunflower oil or avocado oil, all of which have higher smoke points.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Daily Motivation

"People with goals succeed because they know where they're going"

Earl Nightingale

Monday, July 19, 2010

Food Tip

Eating fruits and vegetables rich in potassium may reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and may help to decrease bone loss.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Daily Motivation

"People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success"

Norman Vincent Peale

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Food Tip

Working on getting your cholesterol levels down? You may be able to get your numbers in check by adding a handful of nuts to your diet.

A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine reports that eating more nuts is associated with lowered cholesterol levels. According to the research, participants consumed an average of 2.4 ounces of nuts a day and reduced their total cholesterol by 5 percent. Their “bad” LDL levels went down an average of 7.4 percent. Triglycerides declined as well, though only in people who had elevated levels (above 150) to begin with. Because nuts are high in calories and fat, be sure to swap out another high-calorie snack to avoid weight gain.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Food Tip

Hungry already? If it isn’t snack time yet, try drinking a glass of water first to curb your appetite.

While there’s nothing wrong with eating when you’re famished, sometimes it’s hard to tell if you truly need food. Sometimes our body sends out mixed signals and we can confuse hunger with thirst. So if you can’t figure out why you’re starving already, try downing eight ounces of H2O first. Drinking an extra glass of water is never a bad thing, and it could help you quench your thirst and recognize that those hunger signals were a false alarm.