eNews on Prevention, Wellness & Lifestyle
Nov. 13, 2013

Keep telling yourself 'this workout feels good'
The New York Times
Tell yourself during exercise that you're not as tired as you think you are and you could make that statement true, a new study shows, reminding us that the body intertwines with the mind in ways that we are only starting to understand. For the new experiment, which was published last month in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, researchers from the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, and other institutions turned to a group of 24 healthy, physically active young men and women and asked if they would be willing to ride a bicycle to the point of limp exhaustion, repeatedly.More

Exercise during pregnancy gives babies' brains a boost
Los Angeles Times
Attention pregnant women: If you want to help your child get into Harvard, lace up those sneakers and exercise. Hardly a week goes by without science delivering new evidence that exercise boosts the brain. Studies have linked exercise to brain health in senior citizens, middle-aged adults and kids. A trio of researchers from the University of Montreal figured the same might hold true for babies in utero as well.More

High-intensity, simple workouts gain popularity
Reuters via Fox News
While people are becoming more dependent on high-tech gadgets in many areas of life, fitness experts say they are turning back to basics for their workout routines. They see more exercisers shedding prop-heavy fitness classes for short-burst, equipment-free workouts. "It's my theory that we've hit a critical mass in group fitness," said Donna Cyrus, senior vice president of programming Crunch Fitness. "Mats, Bosu (stability) balls, body bars: by the time you put all this stuff on the floor it's 10 minutes into your workout."More

20-minute exercises for your heart, from Dr. Oz
The Huffington Post
Is there a heart-healthy exercise that you can do every day, even if you only have 20 minutes? According to Dr. Oz, daytime Emmy Award winning host of "The Dr. Oz Show," the answer is yes. Even if you only have 20 minutes to squeeze in a workout on the fly, there are a few full body workout options that will do the trick. More

Gluten takes a beating from fad dieters and grain giants
Grain sellers want to have their gluten-free cake and eat it, too. As the stretchy protein found in wheat and other grains has become the latest dietary bogeyman, sales at companies like General Mills Inc., Kellogg Co. and Britain's Warburtons Ltd. have come under pressure. Yet instead of fighting back against a fad many dietitians contend lacks scientific grounding, they're boosting output of pricier gluten-free foods while leaving industry groups to defend their traditional products.More

50-something diet: Is it time to go vegan?
The Huffington Post
Ex-heavyweight champion Mike Tyson credits his vegan diet with helping him lose 140 pounds. Ellen DeGeneres went vegan after watching a documentary about the cruelty of factory farming. Former president Bill Clinton has dined vegan-style for more than three years to protect his heart. These are just a few of the many Americans barring all animal products from their diets, including meat, fish, eggs, dairy and even honey.More

Acidic diet tied to diabetes risk for women
MedPage Today
A diet high in acidic foods — meat, fish and sodas, for instance — may put some women at greater risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, researchers found. In an analysis of data from the E3N-EPIC cohort, French women with higher scores on a measure of dietary acidity had about a 70 percent greater risk of developing diabetes than those whose diets were more alkaline, Guy Fagherazzi, Ph.D., of Gustave Roussy Institute in Villejuif in France, and colleagues reported online in Diabetologia.More

Keep telling yourself 'this workout feels good'
The New York Times
Tell yourself during exercise that you're not as tired as you think you are and you could make that statement true, a new study shows, reminding us that the body intertwines with the mind in ways that we are only starting to understand.More

Exercise: It's what we evolved to do
When it comes to healthcare, Americans disagree about much, but we do agree that our $2.7-trillion-a-year healthcare system is broken. More

What's your 'fitness age'
The New York Times
Trying to quantify your aerobic fitness is a daunting task. It usually requires access to an exercise-physiology lab.More

Do vitamins and supplements help fight the common cold?
Your News Now
Zinc is a popular choice to help fight a cold. Dr. Steven Lamm said, "Zinc has been shown actually to reduce the severity sometimes by one or two days when used early on, and used as a lozenge primarily." Echinacea is another common cold form of relief. Some people say it can help boost the immune system, but there is very little data to support it. Vitamin C is also similar. People are often told to use vitamin C to fed off a cold, but it's not as good as you may think.More

Experts: Vitamins don't prevent heart disease or cancer
NBC News
There's not much evidence that vitamins can prevent heart disease or cancer — the two leading killers of Americans, experts said. Even though half the U.S. population pops vitamins in the belief they can help people live longer, healthier lives, a very extensive look at the studies that have been done show it may be a waste of time when it comes to preventing the diseases most likely to kill you.More

A closer look at energy drinks with a natural kick
Los Angeles Times
Energy drinks — sugary, caffeinated beverages that are supposed to provide a quick pick-me-up — have been taking some hits lately. The natural food industry has responded with a flurry of alternatives, including replacing high-fructose corn syrup with organic evaporated cane juice and agave, sucralose with stevia, synthetic caffeine with yerba mate. Add South American "super foods" and vitamins, and you've got a new category of energy drinks.More

10 common mistakes that prevent you from being happy and healthy today, backed by science
The Huffington Post
There are choices that you make every day, some of which seem completely unrelated to your health and happiness, that dramatically impact the way you feel mentally and physically. With that said, here are 10 common mistakes that can prevent you from being happy and healthy, and the science to back them up.More

Exercise may help prevent depression later in life
Runner's World via NBC News
Running, walking and other forms of activity can help people shake off the symptom of depression. Now, a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine suggests that exercise may prevent the disorder later in life. Researchers at the University of Toronto analyzed 26 years' worth of studies and concluded that even low levels of movement — walking or gardening for 20 or 30 minutes a day — show promise of warding off depression in people of all ages.More