This week’s edition of the best and worst in health and fitness news is out. This week: Recipe of the week featuring: ribboned asparagus and fennel salad. See what happens to your brain with sleep deprivation. Big news in the world of chocolate this week. Spring is here – how to use the seasons to accomplish your goals. The effect of the new statin guidelines. All that and more…


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The Best Health and Fitness News This Week

1. and I’m pretty excited about it. The largest study to date is to test chcolate flavanoid extracts and the benefit to health. I can’t wait to see the results in four years.

In other news, while one study is looking at harnessing the effects of chocolate in pill form, another one is looking at WHY chocolate is beneficial. The researchers found that compounds in chocolate help bacteria in your gut to produce anti-inflammatory compounds reducing your risk for heart disease or stroke. The study was done in test tubes that modeled a human gut.

2. Antibiotic resistance is a huge problem facing the world of health. Now researchers are turning to honey to fight antibiotic resistance. Researchers have identified many different compounds that help kill bacteria including its high sugar content, hydrogen peroxide, and antioxidant compounds. Now, just how do they use it?

3. Did you escape the flu this year? Maybe it’s because of your vigorous exercise. A study out of the United Kingdom found that when people surveyed (about 4800 people) had at least two and a half hours of vigorous exercise a week the chances of getting the flu decreased around ten percent. Moderate exercisers didn’t have the same luck. Can it really help you avoid the flu? Who knows. But exercising vigorously won’t be bad for you…unless of course you hurt yourself.

4. More bad news for shift workers. Lack of sleep is well known for increasing the risk factors for just about every disease (diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, cancer…) and now a new study found that lack of sleep causes brain damage. the study found that in sleep deprived mice they lost about 25% of their neurons associated with cognitive function. The study found that just after a few days of shift work sleep patterns, the brain cells started dying off at an accelerated pace. The researchers now plan on studying people to help develop medications that will help the people cope with the consequences of irregular sleep schedules.

The Worst Health and Fitness News This Week

I don’t buy that low protein intake during infancy reduces childhood obesity risk – because what infants eat now is leaving them obese. The researchers had one point right: the focus should be on breastfeeding.

In case you missed the news a few months ago that changed Statin guidelines, it’s now estimated that as many as thirteen million people may be put on statins because of the guidelines. Statins are a cholesterol reducing drug that come along with a plethora of side effects. Given that about half of people with normal cholesterol levels have heart attacks, cholesterol is not the issue but inflammation which damages cholesterol is. Reducing inflammation in the body is the key to maintaining a healthy heart and preventing heart disease. There are a plethora of foods that can help you maintain healthy cholesterol levels, reduce inflammation, and help you get healthy fats. The choice is yours, do you want to take pills or take control of your life?

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