The growth hormone hGH has for a while been
considered a possible potent antidote to aging. The growth hormone
replacement therapies substantially increase lean body mass and decrease
fat mass in both sexes. Of course this kind of therapy is not widely
available and even if it were, it is associated with quite a few adverse
effects like heightened glucose intolerance, joint pain, swelling and
carpal tunnel syndrome, especially in men. The good news is that fitness exercise,
rest, and proper diet and nutrition stimulate hGH secretion. Most of the hormone
is released by our body while we are sleeping, during stages three and
four of our sleep which are the stages that exercise improves. Intense
exercise actually acutely increases growth hormone (it gets released above
the anaerobic threshold).
Morning exercisers that worked out at least 3.5 to 4
hours per week have easier time falling asleep. Those who exercise
aerobically in the evening have more trouble falling asleep than those who
exercise in the morning.
According to scientific fitness research, resistance
training develops greater muscle mass and improves insulin sensitivity and
could be helpful in controlling type II diabetes more effectively than
just the aerobic exercise.
Eating citrus fruits reduces the risk of larynx,
stomach, and mouth cancers by up to 50%. This is due to their antioxidant
properties which have strengthening effect on the immune system,
inhibiting on tumor growth and normalizing effect on the tumor cells.
Cheap pedometers (measuring the number of steps we take)
may be fun but they are not particularly accurate (read extremely
inaccurate). Of course being that placebo effect works well with exercise
as long as you believe that it works, you will feel the benefits.
We tend to over-focus on our intake of saturated and
trans fats. If you happen to love French fries, ice cream or in my case
cheese and spinach stuffed pizzas (just thinking about it makes me want
it), you need a way to balance things out. Luckily, there is more than one
way “to skin the cat”. According to medical science, sonsuming the
articles listed below will keep your heart happy:
Whole grain: brown rice, breads, pasta, cereals
(whole grain), buckwheat, millet, bulgur, oatmeal are all super great for
Nuts help in lowering down LDL cholesterol levels and
prevent heart disease risk. Don't overdo it because of high caloric index
(200g/week of walnuts (highest in omega 3s), almonds, Brazil nuts,
hazelnuts and pecans should do it).
Omega 3s supplements, soy products, flax seed, fish,
and krills that are very rich in Omega 3s help in lowering down triglycerides,
work as anti-inflammatories, anti-depressants, enhancers of concentration
and cognitive function and mood stabilizers. Start eating fresh water fish
at least two times a week but stay away from sea water fish and krills in
times of Tsunami’s and nuclear radiation like happened in Japan and
if you hear any other problems that comprise the quality of sea water fishes.
Also as a general scientific rule, stay away from bottom feeders and large
fish as they are high in mercury, supplement with 1-3g or omega3s.
Plant Sterols and Stanols help in blocking the absorption
of cholesterol. Hard to get through regular diet although they are found
in fruits, nuts, seeds, vegetables, legumes, and veggie oils. Also, they tends
to be added to butter substitutes or you can take it in capsule form (need
about 2-3g for maximum effect).
Chocolate (me and my family’s favorite) are rich in
flavonoid antioxidants that dilate blood vessels and prevent clotting. Of
course there is a catch. The goodness hides in nonfat cocoa solids meaning
natural cocoa powder is the best, followed by unsweetened baking
chocolate, dark chocolate and then milk chocolate and chocolate syrup.
Soy and Garlic - the jury is still out on their
ability to lower cholesterol. Garlic certainly can’t hurt (except for the
killer breath it gives you) but soy can mess with thyroid function so you
should not overdo it.