eNews on Prevention, Wellness & Lifestyle
Jun. 25, 2014

Exercise and the 'good' bugs in our gut
The New York Times
Being physically active may encourage beneficial germs to thrive in your gut, while inactivity could do the reverse, according to an innovative new study. The findings suggest that, in addition to its other health benefits, frequent exercise may influence our weight and overall health by altering the kinds of organisms that live inside of us.More

Your doctor says he doesn't know enough about nutrition or exercise
The Washington Post
Does your doctor ever talk to you about nutrition or exercise? No? You're not alone. Polling shows that fewer than one-eighth of visits to physicians include any nutrition counseling and fewer than 25 percent of physicians believe they have sufficient training to talk to patients about diet or physical activity. And the number of hours devoted to teaching future physicans about nutrition in medical school has actually declined recently, from 22.3 in 2004 to 19.6 in 2009.More

Scientists find new molecular link between exercise and health benefits
Health Canal
A natural hormone that is increased by physical exercise and by exposure to cold improves blood sugar control, suppresses inflammation and burns fat to mold leaner bodies in mice, report scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The hormone, called meteorin-like or Metrnl, can be made in the laboratory.More

Diets high in dairy might boost colon cancer survival, a bit
HealthDay News via Medical Xpress
A diet rich in dairy products may slightly extend the lives of people diagnosed with colon cancer, a new study suggests. But at least one cancer doctor not involved with the study was skeptical of the research and its conclusions. The study found that people who ate the most dairy lived slightly longer and had a lower risk of dying from any cause.More

Eat more gluten: The diet fad must die
If you've got a hankering to make some money, now might be a good time to trademark a brand name for gluten-free salt. If they're all taken, try gluten-free sugar or gluten-free water. And if they're gone too, well, there's still gluten-free shoes. What's that? None of those things had gluten to begin with? More

Can diet help you fight chronic disease?
Fox News
With the cost of traditional healthcare rising, more and more people are turning to diet and nutrition to treat or prevent disease. Whether you are trying to lose weight, stay healthy, increase energy or beat a health problem, your diet options are endless and can be confusing. While simply eliminating or cutting down on processed foods can have a significant impact on your health, certain diets promise even greater benefits. More

Plant-based vs. synthetic supplements
While the idea that your body absorbs plant-based vitamins and minerals better than synthetic ones sounds like it should be true, it isn't. This mistake is often made with greens supplements. It is easy to assume because a powder is green and the ingredient list reads like the produce section at Whole Foods that it can replace your multivitamin and provide all the vitamins and minerals that you need. And this is a dangerous assumption. More

Report: Over-fortified cereals may pose risks to kids
USA Today
Young children who dig into a bowl of fortified breakfast cereal may be getting too much of a good thing. A new report says that "millions of children are ingesting potentially unhealthy amounts" of vitamin A, zinc and niacin, with fortified breakfast cereals the leading source of the excessive intake because all three nutrients are added in amounts calculated for adults.More

John Oliver issues brutal takedown of Dr. Oz and diet supplements
John Oliver spared no expense or cute animal for his takedown of Dr. Oz and the world of weight-loss supplements. Inspired by Oz's recent congressional testimony regarding inaccurate claims on his talk show, Oliver takes an in-depth look at the troubling aspects of an industry that succeeds by misleading consumers.More

Exercise and the 'good' bugs in our gut
The New York Times
Being physically active may encourage beneficial germs to thrive in your gut, while inactivity could do the reverse, according to an innovative new study.More

Exercise is a huge protector for your heart — Aim for 150 minutes a week
The Washington Post
Regular exercise and good nutrition are essential for overall health and wellness. We know that. But can exercise alone promote heart health?More

Overestimating how hard we exercise
The New York Times
Most of us know that moderate exercise is good for us. But surprisingly few of us know what moderate exercise means, research shows.More

It's time to get your brain in shape
From the outside, the human brain might not be much to look at. What makes it fascinating is hidden within, in the complicated circuitry of neurons that makes you who you are. Scientists are trying to understand this complex network and find the key to staying sharp as we age. In the meantime, use what they do know: that exercising these neurons can improve your memory and possibly stave off dementia.More

Women's breast size could be hindering their participation in physical activity
Medical Daily
Physically active women have a lot to consider when it comes to choosing the right sports bra, including support level, compression or encapsulation, strap width, and material. A survey conducted by the University of Portsmouth's Research Group in Breast Health has revealed that 1 of 5 women say their breasts are what prevent them from making it to the gym.More

Health and fitness app growth outpacing other apps by 87 percent
Inside Mobile Apps
Health and fitness apps are experiencing major growth this year, more so than any other year, according to data from Flurry Analytics. From December of 2013 to June of 2014, apps grew by 33 percent while health and fitness apps grew by 62 percent. More