eNews on Prevention, Wellness & Lifestyle
Dec. 4, 2013

The power of a daily bout of exercise
The New York Times
This week marks the start of the annual eat-too-much and move-too-little holiday season, with its attendant declining health and surging regrets. But a well-timed new study suggests that a daily bout of exercise should erase or lessen many of the injurious effects, even if you otherwise lounge all day on the couch and load up on pie. To undertake this valuable experiment, which was published online in The Journal of Physiology, scientists at the University of Bath in England rounded up a group of 26 healthy young men. More

Certain hormones which are increased during exercise may help improve memory
Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine have found further evidence that exercise may be beneficial for brain health and cognition. The findings, which are currently available online in Behavioural Brain Research, suggest that certain hormones, which are increased during exercise, may help improve memory. Hormones called growth factors are thought to mediate the relationship between exercise and brain health. The hippocampus, a region of the brain crucial for learning and memory, is thought to be uniquely affected by these hormones.More

Top 10 reasons to exercise regularly
You've been told a hundred times that exercise is good for you and it's true — but it's good for a lot more than just losing weight or building muscle. Here are 10 other benefits you'll see from just a little daily exercise.More

Short fasts for weight loss vs. traditional diets
The Wall Street Journal
In an effort to make losing weight — and keeping it off — easier, researchers are studying what happens to the body when people eat next to nothing every few days. Dieting books in the U.K. and elsewhere have used these studies as a springboard to tout the benefits of intermittent calorie restriction, such as the 5:2 Diet, which suggests five normal eating days and two restricted ones. Some research shows that this more radical-sounding approach may be a struggle at first but ends up being easier to stick with compared with the typical route of cutting calories each day. Some animal studies suggest it also offers other health benefits, including cognitive improvements.More

8 fad diets to avoid this holiday season
The Huffington Post
The holiday season is right around the corner, and that means one thing for millions of consumers: weight gain. According to multiple studies, the average person gains one to two pounds of hard-to-lose fat during the holiday period, and those who are already overweight can add as much as five additional pounds. While most people never lose those extra holiday pounds, that doesn't stop them from trying.More

Winterize your diet with these 5 superfoods
The Boston Globe
With peaches, blackberries and summer squash getting harder to find on supermarket shelves, it's time to switch over to cold-weather fruits and vegetables that pack a strong punch of antioxidants, vitamins and other plant chemicals.More

The power of a daily bout of exercise
The New York Times
This week marks the start of the annual eat-too-much and move-too-little holiday season, with its attendant declining health and surging regrets.More

7 nutrients lacking in your diet
Fox News
Think you eat pretty well and get enough key nutrients? Hopefully you do, but unfortunately the diets of most Americans are far from ideal.More

Cotton ball diet trend is extremely dangerous: How some replace food with cotton to stay slim
Medical Daily
Diet and nutritional experts say the so-called "cotton-ball diet" has been around for quite some time now, but a string of recent YouTube videos and social media shares has turned it into a growing diet fad.More

Vitamins: Potential damage to body's defenses
Vitamin supplements are a billion dollar industry. We want to stay healthy and fit and help our bodies with this. But perhaps we are achieving precisely the opposite? "We believe that antioxidants are good for us, since they protect the cells from oxidative stress that may harm our genes. However, our bodies have an enormous inherent ability to handle stress. Recent research results show that the body's responses to stress in fact are important in preventing our DNA from eroding. I fear that the fragile balance in our cells can be upset when we supplement our diet with vitamin pills," says Hilde Nilsen to the research magazine Apollon.More

The risky business of dietary supplements
The Dallas Morning News
The Food and Drug Administration can't protect you. It didn't protect Sonette Marras, a 48-year-old mother of seven who died in Hawaii last month. It didn't protect Michael Lee Sparling, a 22-year-old Army private who died at Fort Bliss two years ago. Nor can it protect the more than 2,000 Americans a year who will die or suffer illness after taking over-the-counter dietary supplements. The laws it enforces protect the $30 billion-a-year industry that makes and sells the supplements, not the 53 percent of Americans who take them.More

Study: Benefits of vitamin D and calcium supplements are minimal
Women's Health via The Washington Post
Many women take calcium and vitamin D supplements after menopause, in hopes of reducing their chances of breaking a bone and of attaining other health benefits. How well do these supplements perform over the long term? This study involved 36,282 post-menopausal women, 50 to 79 years old, who were randomly assigned to take both calcium and vitamin D supplements or placebo supplements daily. More

Maintaining a healthy body weight is key to a healthy body
Over recent years, we have been hearing conflicting messages concerning obesity and excess body weight and their implications for health. Much of the confusion has stemmed from different studies that appeared to be capturing different aspects of the problem and arriving at very different conclusions. Body mass index, or BMI, the most widely used measure of obesity, is based only on a person’s weight and height and does not take into account actual body composition. Nor does it capture the distribution of fat throughout the body. For these reasons, researchers have investigated other, more sophisticated and costly measures of adiposity.More

Can you be obese and healthy? Study says no
CBS News
If your body mass index says you're obese but you've managed to avoid related diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure and cholesterol, does that make you healthy? According to a new study, the answer is no. Researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto reviewed eight studies conducted between 1950 and 2013, and found obese people who were otherwise healthy were still more likely to die prematurely or have a heart attack or stroke in the long term than healthy normal-weight individuals.More

Energy drinks speed heart contractions, MRIs show
Los Angeles Times
This is your heart on an energy drink, and it's contracting significantly faster than it was before you opened that can full of liquid stimulant. So says a team of cardiac radiologists who wanted to figure out why energy drinks like Red Bull, Monster, 5-Hour Energy and Rockstar are sending tens of thousands of people to emergency rooms each year, including nearly 21,000 in the U.S. alone, according to a 2013 report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. More