Turmeric equals exercise in its ability to prevent aging

A chemical that naturally occurs in turmeric root appears to protect the heart from aging as much as moderate aerobic exercise, according to a trio of studies conducted by researchers from the University of Tsukuba in Japan.

Turmeric root has been an important component of traditional Asian medicinal systems for hundreds of years. In recent decades, scientific studies have confirmed the potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of the trio of turmeric chemicals known as “curcuminoids,” which give the root its distinctive yellow-orange color. Although only one of these chemicals is properly known as “curcumin,” the name is commonly used to refer to all of them collectively.

The three new studies all compared the effects of exercise and curcumin on heart health and postmenopausal women over an eight-week period. All the studies were randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled. Curcumin was delivered by means of colloidal nanoparticles. (more…)

A little sitting, a lot of risk

Maybe chairs need warning labels like cigarettes — because the risks of too much sitting are every bit as bad as smoking.

And in some ways, they’re even worse.

Sitting can slow the body’s metabolism to a crawl, which is why it’s been linked to weight gain, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and even death — and a new study makes the connection again, especially in men.

The more you sit, the higher your risk — and all it takes for your own chronic disease risk to climb is four hours a day in a chair.

That’s just half a normal workday. (more…)

9 Reasons Why Exercise May Be the Best Medicine

Forms of Exercise

There is no debate, regular exercise is vital for maintaining health and wellness.  Again and again, research confirms that everyone can benefit from physical activity.  Want to live a long, healthy life?  Your chances of doing so are far better if you regularly work your body.  According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, regular physical activity has been shown to reduce mortality rates of many chronic diseases. Additionally, many illnesses and health ailments can be improved, or even prevented, by engaging in regular physical activity. [1] (more…)

9 More Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight

scale2A few years back, I wrote an article explaining 17 possible reasons why you’re not losing weight. It was a troubleshooting guide of sorts, aimed at helping people identify some of things they may be doing (or not doing) that’s causing their stalled fat loss. The etiology of obesity and weight gain is multifactorial, and can be complex. Additionally, we’re all unique human beings. So it can be difficult to pin down one simple cause – or even seventeen simple causes. While unwanted fat loss comes effortlessly to most people that eat according to the Primal eating strategy – as the success stories and hundreds of thousands of positive user experiences indicate – sometimes we inadvertently sabotage our best efforts, stray from best practices, or don’t fully grok what we need to do to become efficient fat-burners. So let’s take a look at nine more possible reasons, shall we? (more…)

5 Ways To Beat Cancer

Today more and more individuals are diagnosed with some type of cancer. But aren’t we all programmed to think: “This could never happen to me.” And yet it does. Yes, it can happen to you. And between you, your partner and you best friend, one of you may get it. So what exactly is going on in the world? Cancer is a relatively new disease and cause of death in the history of mankind.

The cancer institute online is dedicated simply to cancer statistics and occurances. Their rates between 2007 and 2009 extrapolate that over 40% of all men and women today will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. That is almost 50%!

First, what exactly is cancer? (more…)

The One-Shot Cure: Consistent Exercise

Those searching for the key to health and longevity need look no further.  Scientists now conclude that regular physical activity1 prevents multiple diseases that plague our society as well as being a proven path to the Fountain of Youth.

The new study is a comprehensive review of 40 scientific papers published between 2006 – 2010.  Risks for several dozen diseases were reduced, including coronary heart disease, stroke, various cancers, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, depression, dementia, obesity and high blood pressure.  On the positive side, consistent exercise improves quality of life and facilitates anti-aging gene function.  Benefit is seen with 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week.

“Physical inactivity results in widespread pathophysiological changes to our bodies. It appears that our bodies have evolved to function optimally on a certain level of physically activity that many of us simply do not achieve in our modern, sedentary lifestyles.  Study author, Leslie Alford from the University of East Anglia states,  “What is clear from the research is that men and women of all ages should be encouraged to be more physically active for the sake of their long-term health.”

Referenced Studies:

  1. ^Exercise and Health  International Journal of Clinical Practice  L. Alford.

Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

Exercise Associated with Reduced Cancer Recurrence

May 20, 2012

Spectacular news for the 14 million Americans living today with a diagnosis of cancer: this week, two impressive medical studies show that exercise helps to prevent recurrence of cancer. The first study of 45 peer-reviewed articles published from January 1950 to August 2011 shows that exercisers are less likely to die of their cancers than non-exercisers. Also, 27 observational studies strongly showed that exercise is associated with reduced death from breast and colon cancers specifically (J Natl Cancer Inst, published online May 8, 2012). Those who exercised were also less likely to die from other diseases such as heart attacks. (more…)

Daily Physical Activity May Reduce Alzheimer’s Disease Risk at Any Age

Daily physical activity may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline, even in people over the age of 80, according to a new study by neurological researchers from Rush University Medical Center that will be published in the online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology on April 18.

“The results of our study indicate that all physical activities including exercise as well as other activities such as cooking, washing the dishes, and cleaning are associated with a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease,” said Dr. Aron S. Buchman, lead author of the study and associate professor of neurological sciences at Rush. “These results provide support for efforts to encourage all types of physical activity even in very old adults who might not be able to participate in formal exercise, but can still benefit from a more active lifestyle.” (more…)