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Top health tips from 2014, Part 2

In our last post we listed our top health tips of 2014 in the men’s health and women’s health categories. Today we cover the areas of exercise; and diet and food.


  1. Exercise can partially reverse aging of the skin

         As we age, our deep skin layer thins, gets weaker, and sags. Wrinkles form. But a 2014 Canadian study compared skin biopsies from people who exercised regularly, and also from sedentary people, and found that the older people who exercised regularly had skin thicknesses that looked like people in their 20s and 30s under the microscope. This study confirms a previous study done on mice. Mice that exercised had better muscles, as well as fuller—and less grey—fur.

  1. Short and intense exercise sessions are best 

         This is good news for those of us who don’t have much time for aerobic exercise. More studies were published in 2014 showing that people who engaged in High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) had better cardiovascular and blood sugar fitness results than people who adhered to traditional, longer, aerobic workouts. A12 minute HIIT training may be healthier than a 45-minute traditional workout. (See more details about this or any hint by clicking on the blue titles.)

  1. Sitting too long counteracts the good effects of exercise

         The news is that even if you faithfully perform a daily one-hour aerobic exercise, that if you spend most of the rest of your day sitting, you undo all the good effects from your exercise program. Sit more than 30 minutes at a time and your body sends hormone signals indicating that you don’t need calories for moving or exercise, so the body converts these calories into fat for long-term storage. So move around, maybe just stand up, every 20-30 minutes if you are sitting.

Diet and food 

  1. Emotional hunger can make you overweight

         This post describes the difference between emotional hunger and physical hunger. Emotional hunger is eating out of some psychological need; We list some ways you can reduce that habit. Cut down on emotional eating and your diet plan might finally succeed!

  1. Is a gluten-free diet for you?

         Gluten-free diets are necessary for people with celiac disease, and a good idea if you have gluten sensitivity. However, for most people, a gluten-free diet is more difficult, more expensive, and probably unnecessary. Our three-part post on gluten discusses how to tell if you might have gluten sensitivity, and how to deal with it.

  1. Sugar worse for blood pressure than salt

Salt has forever been considered the element in our diet that most contributes to high blood pressure. However, new data published in 2014 suggests that the sugar we add to our diet is actually more damaging to our blood pressure, than salt. This research is just one more in a string of recent scientific studies showing sugar is a major villain to a healthy lifestyle.

We covered many more topics in 2014. You can look up any other subject by entering your topic in the search box at the top of the right column.

 Poll Results and New Poll

Below that search box you will see our new poll question for our readers. We want you to tell us which types of articles most interest you. Select: You can select any number that interest you. Thanks for your input. This will help us choose future topics for the blog posts.

Our last poll question asked what our readers thought about the value of home remedies vs. traditional medicines, and what home remedies they especially liked. The results were:

47% agreed with “I use conventional remedies, but also believe home remedies can help, such as warm tea or chicken soup”.

20% agreed with “I only believe in conventional remedies that are bought in a pharmacy”.

19% believe “I believe that home remedies are usually sufficient”.

14% of our participants volunteered their suggestions for the best home remedies, which included: “Descansar, Cama e Comida, Associação de tratamento convencional e alternativeo, suco laranja, suco de limao, chá de capim santo, alho”.

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