The Best and Worst Health and Fitness News This Week

This week’s edition of the best and worst in health and fitness news. This week: italian spiced sausages, what to travel with to help keep your health up, a picture showing what years of sun exposure can do for your health, why you should be concerned about your child if they’re overweight, and more (including MTV’s contribution to the dropping teenage pregnancy rate).

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Paleo recipe of the weak: featuring grain free stuffed mushrooms with veggies and bacon and italian spiced sausages.

Blast from the past: Traveling any time soon? Keep your health up with a travel health checklist.

The Best In Health and Fitness News

1. Have You Seen This Picture?

An interesting picture/article was released in the NEJoM which highlights the longterm effects of sun exposure. The case study involved a truck driver who had decades worth of sun exposure to the left side of his face from the sun hitting him through the window when he drives. While the sun is an excellent source of vitamin-D it is also important to protect yourself from too much sun exposure.

2. What’s With All The Peanut Allergies These Days?

An interesting study published in the Lancet invovling children with allergies to peanuts. They divided the children up in two groups and gave the first group increasing peanut protein. The other group got nothing. Over the course of twenty-six weeks the children receiving peanut proteins gradually increased their tolerance to peanuts regardless of their allergy. On a side note; mothers who eat peanuts while pregnant are less likely to pass a peanut allergy on to their offspring.

3. Is Your Five Year Old Overweight?

If so, your child is four times as likely to be obese by the time they reach eighth grade when compared to those that are not.

4. Cause and Effect Or Just Coincidence?

A study from the National Beuraeu of Economic Research found that 18th months after MTV’s 16 and Pregnant aired teen pregnancies dropped 5.7%. I’ll let you be the judge of that one…

5. Fish Oil Saved This Man’s Life

Benefits of omega-3 aren’t just listed to your heart. Omega-3 – the type of fatty acid found in fish oil – is vital for brain growth and function as well. As evidenced by this man, it helped save his life.

The Worst Health and Fitness News From The Week

1. Are Environmental Toxins Making You Fat?

Alright, I’ll admit, environmental toxins definitely have their place. The argument here by this doctor is that over enough time environmental toxins cause our bodies to not be able to metabolise foods as well as we normally would. Thus leading to diabetes and obesity. It’s an interesting argument here because given enough time aging causes your body to not be able to metabolise foods as well as you normally would. Stephen Covey, author of the Seven Habits For Highly Effective People urges people to be more proactive by only worrying about things they have control on in their life. Environmental toxins would be one of those things you can’t really control. Instead, eat a healthy diet heavy in fruits and vegetables and get adequate activity and worry about the things you can control.

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