Skimming through some health and fitness articles the past few days, I found the following tidbits worth sharing…
**According to science out of New Zealand, cyclistists who downed drinks with lower carb and sodium concentrations exercised longer and harder than those who had Gatorade or Powerade. Try something less concentrated like G2, or my personal version of a sports drink which is mostly water with just an ounce or two of Gatorade mixed in. In a different, but related article about hydration: Dehydrated athletes not only run slower than hydrated ones, but they may also be in a worse mood and feel less energized after a run. Signs of dehydration include headaches, fatigue, thirst (duh!) and inability to concentrate. Weigh yourself before and then right after a big fitness event to learn if you need to drink more during it. Then re-read the first part of this paragraph.
Unusual use #46 for using dental floss. Researchers at New York University found that people with precancerous gastric lesions were nearly 3 times as likely to report that they flossed more infrequently, as the people who didn’t have the lesions. YuChen, Ph.D., M.P.H., explains that if your don’t maintain good oral hygeine, bacteria that builds up in your mouth can eventually migrate to your stomach, where they can trigger cancer causing inflammation. I find that keeping floss in more places than just the bathroom (ie, purse and car) makes flossing daily more likely.
By now most of us know that color has a lot to do with the values of food and the richer the color, the richer the value. Blueberries are a super food for the brain, high in vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants called flavonoids. Blueberries actually improve memory and learning and delay age-related cognitive decline like that seen with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Toss them into a smoothie, on a salad or just pop em like candy.
Finally, this statistic made me chuckle. Our thoughts are so easily manipulated, it’s kind of frightening….Apparently in a study of amateur golfers told that they were using a PGA players putter, (but in actuality, they weren’t) they improved their putting by a whopping 38%.
So drink your not too salty, drinks…floss your teeth…eat your berries and above all believe in YOU!