An important measure of your heart’s health

It would not be uncommon among a group of guys, for one of the men who’s been lifting weights to build his biceps, to push up his sleeves, lift and bend his arms, tighten his fists, and flex his biceps. Showing off the results of all that hard work in the gym. Too bad we can’t do the same type of thing to demonstrate the strength and size of our heart. People tend to forget that the heart is a muscle too, and it responds to exercise the same way other muscles do, by getting bigger and stronger. A well trained heart can be 30 to 40 percent…

Breathe right when exercising and lower your heart rate

Differences in breathing between men and women – Even when the smaller physical size of women is taken into account, their lungs are still smaller than men’s. Women also have narrower airways (breathing tubes), which means it’s harder to move air in and out of the lungs. Because women are unable to ‘heavy breathe’ as well as men in response to strenuous exercise, research has shown that many women may experience a drop in the amount of oxygen in their blood and a corresponding increase in their breathlessness.

3 more pain fighting foods

Ever since my fit tip, of several weeks ago, on the pain relieving benefits of gin soaked raisins, I have paid more attention to other foods that either by folk medicine reputation, or by proven science, tout the ability to relieve pain.

Botanist James A. Duke, PhD, and author of The Green Pharmacy Guide to Healing Foods. says, “Almost always, if we find pharmaceuticals doing the trick (that is relieving pain), we’ll find a plant doing the same trick − and doing it more safely.”

So here are three more pain fighting foods…

How to get the junk out of your cells

DID YOU KNOW
Without the sweeping away of debris within the cell, cells could become choked with trash and malfunction or die. In recent years, some scientists have begun to suspect that faulty autophagy mechanisms contribute to the development of a range of diseases, including diabetes, muscular dystrophy, Alzheimer’s and cancer. The slowing of autophagy as we reach middle age is also believed to play a role in aging.

Link to article in the NY Times

6 quick questions and answers about coffee

Ah, the coffee controversy! Trying to keep up with the latest medical science on the health benefits, or lack thereof, with drinking coffee is not easy. However, with over 18,000 studies now published we know more now than we used to.

1. Is coffee good for you?
2. Does coffee help you lose weight?