eNews on Prevention, Wellness & Lifestyle
Apr. 9, 2014

The single most proven way to get smarter and happier
Many of the fixes for our problems aren't complex — something that's clear in the things I recommend people do every day. What's a scientifically validated way to get smarter, happier, healthier and calmer? Stop reading this right now and go for a walk. It's that simple. Here's why.More

Runners: Why failing to prepare is preparing to fail
By Heidi Dawson
OK, class, hands up. Who performs a thorough warm-up before going for a run? I would put good money on this number being less than 50 percent, maybe even as low as 25 percent. And, no, a slow first mile doesn't count. There are numerous reasons why runners often don't take the time to warm up properly before they set off. These may include time constraints, confusion over what they should be doing, or a feeling that they just don't need to warm up. But all three of these reasons aren't valid excuses, and I'm going to explain just why you should make the time for and put in the effort to warm up prerun.More

Too much running tied to shorter life span
HealthDay News via WebMD
Running regularly has long been linked to a host of health benefits, including weight control, stress reduction, better blood pressure and cholesterol. However, recent research suggests there may be a point of diminishing returns with running. A number of studies have suggested that a "moderate" running regimen — a total of two to three hours per week, according to one expert — appears best for longevity, refuting the typical "more is better" mantra for physical activity.More

Diet's link to longevity: After 2 studies diverge, a search for consensus
The New York Times
Two rival research groups set out in 1987 to answer a tantalizing question: Could a diet kept meager in calories pay off in longevity? Both teams, one at a National Institute on Aging laboratory in Baltimore and the other at the University of Wisconsin, studied colonies of rhesus monkeys, which can live past age 40, and it was 22 years before the first results were released. The restricted diet, the Wisconsin team reported in 2009, seemed to be working.More

Mediterranean diet might decrease inflammation
The Huffington Post
Consuming a diet rich in fish, produce, olive oil and whole grains could decrease two markers of inflammation, according to a new study. The research, published in the journal Blood, shows an association between following a Mediterranean diet and having lower levels of platelets and white blood cells. High platelet levels are associated with vascular disease and cancer, while high white blood cell levels are associated with ischemic vascular disease.More

Is a paleo vegetarian diet possible?
The Washington Post
Is it possible to follow a paleo vegetarian eating plan? The short answer is that it's possible. But in entertaining this eating plan, you've got to examine your health goals, the plan's nutritional soundness and whether you can follow it long-term.More

The single most proven way to get smarter and happier
Many of the fixes for our problems aren't complex — something that's clear in the things I recommend people do every day.More

Mom was right: Eat a lot of veggies
The Washington Post
People who eat seven or more portions of fresh fruits and vegetables each day may reduce their risk of dying by as much as 42 percent over people who consume less than one portion.More

10 exercise cheats that blow your calorie burn
Health.com via ABC News
You put in the time and effort, show up at the gym, and pride yourself in not taking shortcuts. So why is the scale not budging? More

Get the most from your vitamin supplements
Fox News
Should you take vitamin supplements on a full or empty stomach? It depends. Many nutrients are readily absorbed in combination with other nutrients, but for some the presence of other nutrients can interfere with absorption. So, here are some general guidelines for taking common supplements.More

Jury still out on benefits of vitamin D
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Two new reports that analyzed research on vitamin D supplements found there's no reason to get excited yet about any possible health benefits. One review, from international researchers, found hardly any benefit. The other analysis suggested it may have what a specialist called a "huge" effect on lifespan, but the findings aren't definitive.More

Nearly 100 hepatitis cases linked to OxyElite Pro diet supplement
The Huffington Post
A popular diet supplement has caused an outbreak of severe liver disease, sickening nearly 100 people in 16 states since it was first reported in Hawaii last year, according to a new paper. The publication calls for a better system to remove dangerous supplements from the market.More

Fatigue and sedentary behavior effects of a junk food diet seen in study
A diet that contains high quantities of junk food makes a person more likely to feel fatigued and become sedentary, according to research scheduled for publication in the April 10 issue of the journal Physiology and Behavior. UCLA psychology professor Aaron Blaisdell and his colleagues placed 32 female rats on one of two different diets for a period of six months. More

Beans, peas can reduce bad cholesterol
Financial Express
Eating one serving a day of beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils can significantly reduce bad cholesterol and therefore the risk of cardiovascular disease, a new study has found. Researchers at St Michael's Hospital in Canada said that by eating one serving a day of pulses, people could lower their LDL cholesterol by 5 percent.More