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Plant based diet study debunks eating for your blood type for weight loss, health

You may have read that it's important to eat certain foods based on your blood type. Depending on whether your blood type is O, A, B or AB, proponents of the blood type diet say there are foods to eat and foods to avoid for optimal health and a longer life.  Can eating certain foods based on blood type really help you live longer? The blood type diet was first introduced in 1996 by a naturopathic physician, Peter D'Adamo who alleges that even the spices you put on your food could contribute to better health and should be individualized for your specific blood type.  The theory is that certain foods and even the type of exercise you do should be individualized.  For instance, if you have type O blood you should eat plenty of meat and fish protein, vegetables and fruits but stay away from legumes - at least so the dietary guidelines say.  Recommendations for weight loss include avoiding dairy, corn and wheat and filling up on red meat, broccoli, spinach and olive oil.  Type A ind

This is how your cell phone can ruin your power walk

Researchers for the first time uncovered a cell phone danger that could ruin your power walk. Michael Rebold, Ph.D., assistant professor of integrative exercise science at Hiram College and colleagues recently looked at how your phone can thwart your exercise efforts. Two new reports published in Computers in Human Behavior and Performance Enhancement & Health highlight how talking and texting can throw you off balance and decrease the intensity of your workout. Talking to your BFF during your power walks not a good idea According to the researchers you can’t divide your time by talking and texting and still pay attention to getting in your 10,000 steps at a brisk pace. Texting on the cell phone was  found to negatively affect balance as much as 45 percent and talking by 19 percent -  which could lead to this! Credit Wikimedia commons "If you're talking or texting on your cell phone while you're putting in your daily steps, your atte

This is how we keep our brain fit for life

Study shows brain health linked to physical fitness in older adult Staying active with aging is good for brain health and memory. Researchers recently highlighted the brain connection and physical fitness in a study published in Science Direct. MRI shows link between physical fitness and memory Researchers used fMRI to test the link between physical fitness and memory and brain health. What they found is that aging does cause some memory decline, but physically fit older adults' brain activity is more youthful. Physically fit older adults had better memory compared to those lacking aerobic fitness capacity. The study authors write: "Cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) is one individual difference factor that may attenuate brain aging, and thereby contribute to enhance source memory in older adults.' The study Researchers tested 26 older and 31 younger adults who performed treadmill tests with measurments of peak VO2 - an indicator of cardiorespiratory fitn

Could chili peppers save your heart?

Chili peppers linked to lower heart and stroke risks Eating spicy foods can be good for your health. I don’t know about you, but I find natural health tips especially valuable. There is a new study showing hot peppers just could help you live longer by preserving heart health. Hot peppers seem to keep heart attack stroke  at bay What researchers found is a lower chance of heart attack and stroke among people who enjoy hot peppers. Interestingly, the study also comes on the heels of a recent study showing Indian long-pepper - a 3000 year old spice used in Ayurvedic medicine kills cancer cells. The study was published recently in PLoS ONE shows an association between a longer life and eating chili peppers. Hot peppers contain the ingredient capsaicin that is found in some over the counter pain remedies and muscle rubs and patches and have been well studied. The study The finding is observational and certainly no guarantee that you’ll live longer if you enjoy hot peppe

How natural healing comes from just twenty minutes of exercise

Researchers recently uncovered what happens to the body at a cellular level with just twenty minutes of moderate exercise. Walking on a treadmill at a moderate pace heals the body, quells pain and boosts the immune system in ways not previously known, Suzi Hong, PhD, in the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at UC San Diego School of Medicine“shared in a media release exercise is known to have anti-inflammatory benefits. Discovering the underlying process is important to help patients with chronic illness.   Intense exercise is undoubtedly difficult for anyone suffering from fibromyalgia, arthritis and other debilitating health conditions related to inflammation. Immunity gets a boost with a  short treadmill walk The researchers collected blood before and after exercise in 47 study partiipants. Exercise sessions were geared to the subjects' level of fitness. The results showed a boost in immunity at a cellular level