eNews on Prevention, Wellness & Lifestyle
Feb. 5, 2014

What happens to our brains when we exercise and how it makes us happier
Fast Company
Exercise has been touted to be a cure for nearly everything in life, from depression, to memory loss, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's and more. At the same time, similar to the topic of sleep, I found myself having very little specific and scientific knowledge about what exercise really does to our bodies and our brains.More

Cold-weather benefit: Shivering may count as exercise
Shivering triggers a response in muscles similar to that of exercise, new research suggests. The study, published in the journal Cell Metabolism, found that the muscles of shivering people triggers the release of a hormone that activates brown fat, a type of fat that burns energy to generate heat. If this same response could be activated by a drug, then scientists could one day develop medicines that could amp up energy expenditure, without requiring people to break a sweat — or a shiver, said study co-author Dr. Francesco Celi, an endocrinologist at Virginia Commonwealth University.More

Study: Exercise the stress away
Counsel & Today
Stress can come from multiple aspects of one's life. Several studies have found that stress can be extremely debilitating if people do not know how to handle and manage it. In a new study, researchers examined the effects of stress that comes from balancing work and life. They reported that exercise could relieve the stress caused by the work-life balance.More

Added sugar in diet tied to death risk
HealthDay News via WebMD
Doctors have long thought extra sugar in a person's diet is harmful to heart health because it promotes chronic conditions such as obesity and diabetes. But the added sugar Americans consume as part of their daily diet can — on its own, regardless of other health problems — more than double the risk of death from heart disease, a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found.More

Diet drinks linked to snacking and weight gain
The Independent
Sipping on diet soft drinks is seen by many as a guilt-free indulgence, but a new study may have uncovered a link between the drinks and weight gain. Researchers at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the U.S. found that overweight and obese adults who drink diet soda eat food more high calorie food than those who opt for non-diet drinks.More

Study: Lack of regulation of fast food fueling obesity epidemic
Reuters via Fox News
Governments could slow or even reverse the growing obesity epidemic if they introduced more regulation into the global market for fast foods such as burgers, chips and fizzy drinks, researchers said. A study published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization suggested that if governments took firmer action, they could start to prevent people becoming overweight and obese — conditions with serious long-term consequences such as diabetes, heart diseases and cancer.More

What happens to our brains when we exercise and how it makes us happier
Fast Company
Exercise has been touted to be a cure for nearly everything in life, from depression, to memory loss, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's and more.More

Winter Olympics, extreme-temperature exercise: Safe or not?
Everyday Health
Sochi will host this year's XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Winter Games. The winter games offer a unique nexus between tremendous athletic skills and harsh cold environments.More

9 health problems you can treat with exercise
Rodale News via ABC News
It helps you live longer, lose weight and gain a stronger heart. It can help you cope with stress and depression and boost your self-esteem. More

The important vitamin you could be lacking
By Lauren Swan
Vitamin D3 is one of those supplements that many people forget they need and therefore rarely take, which can be a devastating combination when it comes to your immune system. Fortunately, this important vitamin can be obtained through sunlight, when in the presence of UVB rays, and in pill form. Vitamin D3 has been proven to boost the strength of a person's immune system and can aid in sleeping habits, as well as energy levels. But what else does vitamin D3 have to offer? Why is it so important to not become deficient, particularly during the winter?More

Vitamin C and E supplements may hinder athletes' training
Medical News Today
With the 2014 Winter Olympics just around the corner, hundreds of athletes are in training for one of the most important competitions of their lives. But according to new research, they should stay away from vitamin C and E supplements if they want to do well. A study has found that these supplements may hinder endurance training.More

Children's vitamin alert: Quantities far higher than recommended
Many of the popular children's vitamins on the market contain levels of vitamins much higher than the recommended daily allowances, according to a Research Letter published in the online edition of JAMA Pediatrics. Researchers from the LECOM School of Pharmacy in Erie, Pennsylvania analyzed the labels of 193 popular children's vitamins, dividing them into vitamins intended for babies under one year of age and those intended for children ages 1 to 3.More

When is fat a heart risk? Scientists re-evaluate its role in your health
The Dallas Morning News
When you think about body fat, you probably imagine a pillowy, inert substance about as active as the couch potatoes who tend to accumulate it. In fact, fat has a secret life. Recent studies have shown that it can communicate with the heart and influence the organs around it. It produces chemicals that regulate hunger and cause heart disease and diabetes. More

5 food and fitness trends: Healthy or all hype?
U.S. News & World Report
We're about a month into the new year, and many of us are probably test-driving new or growing fitness trends in search of weight loss, better health or even six-pack abs. Even if you aren't going to extremes to look and feel your best, chances are you're wondering if the steps you're taking to achieve your personal health and fitness goals are all they're cracked up to be. More