PCOS breakthrough- acupuncture and exercise normalize hormones

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition that affects up to 10 percent of women during their child-bearing years — and it’s a disorder than causes a host of heartbreaking problems. PCOS is the result of eggs that don’t mature and are not released from the ovaries. Instead, small ovarian cysts form, wrecking the balance of a woman’s sex hormones.
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6 Reasons to Get Back on a Bike

You probably loved riding a bike when you were a kid: legs turning, hair flying, heart pumping. Biking made you independent and kept you in motion. Now that you’re older, biking can still be a great way to get moving. It builds stamina, strength, and muscle tone, and improves cardiovascular fitness — while still going easy on the joints.

Not only that, research shows that aerobic exercise like biking helps fight middle-age pounds, preserves memory, soothes your stomach, and even works to ward off cancer.

bike, prostate, cancer, longevity

1. Battle prostate cancer

Biking may help you live longer. A study led by a Harvard School of Public Health investigator found that men with prostate cancer who were physically active biking, jogging, swimming, or playing tennis for about a half-hour per week had a 35 percent lower risk of death from any cause and a 22 percent reduction in risk of death from prostate cancer, Reuters Health reported.

“We recommend that men with prostate cancer do some type of physical activity for their overall health, even if it is a small amount, such as 15 minutes of activity per day of walking, jogging, biking, or mild gardening,” investigator Dr. Stacey A. Kenfield said in an e-mail. “Vigorous activity may be especially beneficial for prostate cancer, as well as overall health.”

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Cherry Juice Aids Post-Exercise Muscle Recovery

Purpose: Montmorency cherries contain high levels of polyphenolic compounds including flavonoids and anthocyanins possessing anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. We investigated whether the effects of intensive unilateral leg exercise on oxidative damage and muscle function were attenuated by consumption of a Montmorency cherry juice concentrate using a crossover experimental design.

Methods: 10 well-trained male overnight fasted athletes completed two trials of 10 sets of 10 single leg knee extensions at 80% one repetition maximum (1RM). Trials were separated by 2 weeks and alternate legs were used in each trial. Participants consumed each supplement (CherryActive(R), CA or isoenergetic fruit concentrate, FC) for 7 d prior to and 48h after exercise. Knee extension maximum voluntary contractions (MVC) were performed pre, immediately, 24 and 48h after the damaging exercise. Venous blood samples were collected at each time point and serum analysed for creatine kinase activity (CK), nitrotyrosine, high sensitivity C reactive protein, total anti-oxidant capacity and protein carbonyls (PC). Two way repeated measures ANOVA were used for statistical analysis of the data.

Results: MVC force recovery was significantly faster (24h: 90.9 +/- 4.2, CA vs 84.9 +/- 3.4, FC; 48h: 92.9+/-3.3, CA vs 88.5+/-2.9, FC; % of initial MVC; mean ?SEM; p<0.05) after CA than FC consumption. Only serum CK and PC increased significantly from baseline, peaking 24h after exercise (p<0.001). The exercise-induced increase in CK activity was not different between trials. However, both the percentage (24h post: 23.8+/-2.9, CA; 82.7+/-11.7, FC; %; p=0.013) and absolute (24h post: 0.31+/-0.03, CA; 0.60+/-0.08, FC; nmol/mg protein; p=0.079) increase in PC was lower in CA than FC trials.

Conclusions: Montmorency cherry juice consumption improved the recovery of isometric muscle strength after intensive exercise perhaps due to attenuation of the oxidative damage induced by the damaging exercise.

(C)2011The American College of Sports Medicine

New Cancer Guidelines Reverse Decades of Advice

“We have to get doctors past the ideas that exercise is harmful to their cancer patients. There is a still a prevailing attitude out there that patients shouldn’t push themselves during treatment, but our message — avoid inactivity – is essential,” Schmitz says. “We now have a compelling body of high quality evidence that exercise during and after treatment is safe and beneficial for these patients,


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Why Exercise-Induced Asthma is Linked to Obesity

A new study has demonstrated for the first time that as your body mass rises your risk for exercise-induced asthma1 rises.  Seventy-one percent of obese people have exercise-induced asthma. This is important because it demonstrates that weight gain progressively chokes off normal oxygenation of your body and proper oxygenation of your body is a core fundamental principle of health. (more…)

Training performance and recovery: Carbs

Carbohydrates seem to be a very misunderstood macronutrient these days. There are some who believe consuming any carbohydrates will make you fat and unhealthy, while there are others who consume absolutely enormous amounts of carbohydrates, believing them to be the key to health. In reality the truth, as usual, is somewhere in the middle.
While carbohydrates are neither evil nor perfect, they can be an excellent choice to help you train harder and longer, and recover faster. Consuming some carbohydrates before and after your training can have some incredibly powerful benefits which will help to maximize the results of your efforts. (more…)