eNews on Prevention, Wellness & Lifestyle
May. 7, 2014

People who sleep well say they exercise
Consumer Reports via The Washington Post
How do you get a good night's rest? Consumer Reports posed that question to 8,900 people who reported having few sleep difficulties in the previous 30 days. Here's what it found: Good sleepers are more likely than others to exercise during the day, go to bed and wake up at a set time, unwind for 30 minutes before going to sleep, and engage in sexual activity before bed.More

Exercise vs. diet: The truth about weight loss
The Huffington Post
When it comes to slimming down, which one matters more — exercise or diet? Two experts weigh in. "Yes, you can lose weight with diet alone, but exercise is an important component. Without it, only a portion of your weight loss is from fat — you're also stripping away muscle and bone density. Since working out stimulates growth of those metabolic tissues, losing weight through exercise means you're burning mostly fat. More

Brain benefits of exercise
STACK via Yahoo News
When you work out, your muscles are not the only things getting stronger. Substantial data shows that a moderate amount of intense exercise improves memory. It's long been thought that a body mass index between 21 and 25 is associated with better academic performance. But regardless of your BMI, doing 20 minutes of intense exercise three times a week increases the size of your hippocampus, the memory center in your brain.More

Foods that are bad for you are bad for the environment too
Reuters via Business Insider
Foods with the largest environmental footprint tend to also provide less nutrition and cost more per unit than foods with a smaller impact on the environment, a recent French study found. But that isn't the rule across the board. Cutting meat intake has been one recommended strategy for curbing greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming. More

Top 5 food facts vs. fiction
The Huffington Post
Krista Yoder Latortue writes: In a recent individualized nutrition counseling session, I was discussing the evidence and science behind many of the eating habits my client was practicing. When I finished explaining the facts, she looked at me in a state of shock. "So the evidence is totally opposite of what everyone else, even my family, says." She was alarmed that the information she was receiving from the media, friends, family and other outside sources was not evidence-based and yet still so rampant.More

Whole30 Diet: Could it work for you?
ABC News
The hottest new trend for shedding extra pounds quickly includes one surprising no: no stepping on the scale. "So many people are so obsessed with that number on the scale," said Melissa Hartwig, co-founder of Whole30. "The scale will blind you to all the amazing progress that you're seeing in your medical condition."More

What we know about vitamins, diet and health
Medical Xpress
Matt Shipman writes: Here's the short version: Your kid probably doesn't need a daily vitamin, and there is no magic ingredient in food that will keep you healthy. When I told folks that I was going to start writing a series of posts that addressed scientific questions about food, I was inundated with questions people wanted me to address.More

Mixed results from vitamin D and weight loss study
Many women gain weight after menopause. What if a simple vitamin supplement could assist in their weight loss efforts? Low blood levels of vitamin D have been associated with insulin resistance and chronic inflammation, both conditions that can increase the risk of obesity. Researchers recently conducted a study to see if raising vitamin D levels by taking vitamin D3 pills would help dieters lose weight. More

Should you drink orange juice? It depends on your goals
Yahoo News
You know how nutritional advice seems to come in cycles? Last decade's "bad" food is this year's "good?" Think butter versus margarine and you'll know exactly what's going on. It's time to take another look at orange juice. Consider this.More

People who sleep well say they exercise
Consumer Reports via The Washington Post
How do you get a good night's rest? Consumer Reports posed that question to 8,900 people who reported having few sleep difficulties in the previous 30 days.More

Fitness for duty: Exercise can make you a better leader
Okay. Even with a few late snows, spring is officially here. Birds are chirping. Trees and flowers are blossoming, the weather's warming up.More

How to fit exercise into your routine
The Huffington Post
We all know by now that maintaining an active lifestyle should be one of our top priorities in life.More

Is overprescribing really to blame for antibiotic resistance?
By Lauren Swan
The World Health Organization recently released a report regarding antimicrobial resistance and how it's being found in every part of the world. According to the WHO, the cause of this resistance is overuse and abuse of antibiotic medications, posing a potential threat for civilization as more diseases become drug resistant. However, antibiotics are only available with a prescription, and it's no secret they have become harder to receive in the past 10 years due to possibilities such as this. Yet more drug-resistant diseases have been popping up — whooping cough, gonorrhea and TB, just to name a few. Is overprescribing really at fault? Or are there other factors to consider?More

Energy drinks tied to unhealthy teen behavior
Health Central
Not only are sports and energy drinks not as healthy as advertised because of their high sugar content, but now a study concludes that teenagers who consume them regularly are more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking cigarettes or playing video games for hours. More

Study: Young blood rejuvenates older animals
CBS News
Three new medical studies show young blood may be able to improve lives. Researchers took old mice and gave them blood, and blood proteins, from young mice. They found the old mice showed improved muscle and brain function. The older animals ran faster and longer on a treadmill, had an increased rate of new brain cell creation, were more sensitive to changes in smell and improved on age-related memory taskMore