This week, you’ll find green is the main theme: we’ve got articles about studies on avocados, asparagus, and green tea. With new nutrition studies coming out, 2013 might be a good time to reconsider your staple foods (or at least to include a few new ones)! It’s looking good for exercise apps as well, as Nike has come out with one that makes exercise much more like a game. You can check out a list of the big innovators in health & fitness, as well as a few articles on how to ensure you don’t consume too much as the holidays wind to a close.
1. Could Avocados Make Burgers Healthy? (Medical News Today)
A small pilot study done on the relationship between avocado consumption and risk factors for cardiovascular disease, avocados’ potential positive role in weight management and diabetes, and avocados’ ability to enhance nutrient absorption, suggests that avocados eaten with a burger may help neutralize interleukin-6 (a protein that’s a measure of inflammation). Now, while this doesn’t mean that you should be downing avocados and hamburgers all day, it might mean that if you are going to indulge in a burger, slicing some avocado on it wouldn’t be a bad idea.
2. Eating Asparagus May Prevent a Hangover, Study Suggests (Science Daily)
Planning on drinking this New Year’s Eve? You might want to plan on having some asparagus with dinner too: a study shows that the amino acids and minerals found in asparagus extract may alleviate alcohol hangover and protect liver cells against toxins. While the research isn’t totally conclusive, ingesting some more asparagus can’t hurt.
3. Eating Whole Eggs Can Improve Blood Lipids (Medical News Today)
Did you know that 13 critical vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin D and choline, can be found in one large egg? Eat an egg for breakfast and you’ll feel fuller longer, according to this article, which can cause reduction in BMI and waist circumference. Pretty good for one egg!
Greatist came up with an impressive list of their powerful innovators in health & fitness for 2012, and if you don’t recognize some of their names, it’s certainly worth checking out who has done what this year to move the health and fitness field forward.
2. Christmas Day Could See Britons Consume Half A Pack Of Lard (Telegraph)
A survey done about holiday eating found that for many, Christmas indulgence starts before the turkey is even in the oven: the average meal alone adding up to almost 700 calories. While it’s normal to eat less stringently than you would on any given day of the week, it helps to keep an eye on what you’re snacking on between holiday meals to keep you on the right diet track!
3. Fitness Matters: It’s Important To Fight Portion Distortion (Post Bulletin)
Don’t underestimate the power in tracking your calories – especially when eating out or having a “small” snack between meals, we tend to ignore certain things that go into our mouths when calculating our calorie intake for the day. This can lead to a big surprise when we step on the scale, so make sure to keep in mind the reality of what you’re eating.
Want to advance your exercise? Well, now you can: Nike announced its first game for its exercise tracking devices, NikeFuel Missions. You earn points, compete, and move up levels…it’s just like competing with that neighboring treadmill at the gym, only better.
5. Exercise and the Ever-Smarter Human Brain (New York Times)
Familiar with the stereotype of the dumb athlete? Some scientists are saying that it should, in fact, be the stereotypical genius athlete…one theory proposes that being in motion made our ancestors smarter, and it still holds true today: that exercise leads to more advanced mental ability.
Exercise To Stay Young? (KELOLAND)
It’s never too late to start exercising! Functional exercise methods are for us all, and help us, especially as we get older, to make the most of what our bodies can do, experience our full range of physical ability, and keep us healthy. Wouldn’t you like to be able to parasail at 60?
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