Fitness & Food

Researchers investigated whether there is an association between sleep timing and diet and physical activity levels in children between 9 and 11 years old. It is well-known that getting a good night’s sleep is important for health. Previous studies have shown that getting fewer hours sleep is associated with excess body weight and poor diet
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A recent study examined the effect of yogurt consumption on biomarkers of chronic inflammation in normal weight and obese individuals. Obesity remains a growing public health concern and is associated with some chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. Previous studies have determined that the gut bacteria in obese individuals are different
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A team of Norwegian nutritionists compared native and regular whey proteins to determine which supplement is most effective at building muscle. As any bodybuilder would tell you, protein intake is essential for stimulating muscle growth after exercise. Protein powders such as whey or soy are particularly popular amongst muscle builders to boost their protein intake.
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Having a good sleep schedule is vital for human health. A recent study published in Chronobiology International has investigated the effects of bright-light exposure during daytime sleeping following a night shift. Shift work has become a crucial component of our modern-day work system. However, shift work can negatively impact an individual’s sleep schedule. Past research
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A recent study investigated whether high or moderate protein intake would affect recovery and performance during strength training. There are three macronutrients that make up the total calories found in all the food we consume: proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. For active individuals, particularly those training for strength or muscle building, protein has been identified as
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A new review highlights different methods of food spoilage and the current strategies utilized around the globe for food preservation and processing. Food preservation, which is defined as processes and techniques used to prevent food spoilage, allows for an increased food shelf life while retaining the food’s original nutritional value, color, texture, and flavor. Conventional
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A recent investigation into the health benefits of black pepper assesses the potential of piperonal, a component of black pepper to fight obesity. With the exponential rise in obesity across the globe, researchers are conducting extensive research on limiting the prevalence of the condition worldwide. The prevention of obesity includes a well-balanced diet and regular
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In a recent study, researchers used an online survey to evaluate the benefits and behaviors individuals experienced when using fitness activity trackers. Wearable tech has seen increased use in the past few years following the gamification of physical activity and obsessive-compulsive stat-tracking software. Popularized by companies like Fitbit and Apple, the popularity of activity trackers
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Studies have shown that musical interventions have a positive impact on our physical health. A recent review published in Perspectives in Public Health looked at whether the benefits of music also apply to our mental wellbeing. Ways to improve our physical health and well-being are constantly being investigated and the results often contribute to the
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A study examined if salivary leptin levels and variations in sweet taste-receptor genes were involved in sweet taste sensitivity and satiety. Taste plays an important role in the preference for certain foods and the magnitude of food intake. Moreover, taste sensitivity can vary widely among individuals. For instance, people who have high oral sensitivity to
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In a recent systematic review, researchers evaluate the roles of hormones in overtraining syndrome. Trained athletes are aware that recovery periods away from training are just as significant as the time spent training. Inadequate rest and nutrition can lead to overtraining syndrome (OTS) among athletes, compounding problems concerning muscle fatigue, hormone, and metabolic function. An
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A study looked at the perceived barriers to implementing lifestyle changes for preventing heart disease among different socio-demographic populations. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains a leading cause of morbidity and death in many countries. It is well-studied that a healthy lifestyle leads to a 67-72% lower risk of developing heart failure and that 80% of CVD
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A descriptive study of food advertisement seeks to understand product promotion in the realm of online marketing strategies. Food and beverage giants influence poor dietary choices in both developed and undeveloped countries. The disconnect between nutrition and health may lie in the comprehensive online marketing strategies of food companies, which tailor their sales approach differently
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In a recently published review, researchers examine the relationship between parenting behaviours and childhood snacking. Childhood overweight and obesity have drastically increased over the past several decades. There are many factors that have likely contributed to this pattern, including activity levels, food availability, parenting practices and others. Research has shown that snacking can be a
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A recent study examines if a high-dose vitamin D3 supplement could replenish vitamin D stores in deficient heart failure patients. Roughly 600,000 Canadians currently live with heart failure and 50,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. The cost of the disease burden amounts to $2.8 billion annually.1 Prognosis is generally poor with an average one-year
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A study is investigating whether resistance training exercises or yoga has more beneficial effects on the wellbeing of patients with Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease which now affects more than ten million people globally. Whilst physical symptoms of this chronic illness are typically treated with medications which replace dopamine to
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Childhood obesity prevention is increasingly becoming a public health priority. This study examines parent experiences as they relate to childhood obesity. The obesity prevalence found among Latino children has been reported to be extremely high. The parents of these children are often of low income and living in urban communities, but even if educated they
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A study investigates the potential relationship between whole-grain and fruit and vegetable food groups with healthy kidney function. Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a global public health problem that is typically associated with high blood pressure and diabetes. CKD can lead to cardiovascular disease and consequently result in death. Consumption of whole grains, fruits, and
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Researchers investigated whether extremely high levels of HDL cholesterol are associated with increased mortality in men and women. HDL cholesterol, often known as “good” cholesterol, is known to have an inverse relationship with cardiovascular disease and mortality—higher HDL cholesterol levels are associated with lower cardiovascular disease. Randomized clinical trials, however, have failed to prove that
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A recent study assessed the association between chronic conditions, physical multi-morbidity, and sedentary behaviour among adults in six countries. Sedentary behaviour is associated with a wide range of deleterious outcomes such as diabetes, stroke, and premature mortality, irrespective of a person’s physical activity levels. There have been no studies that are nationally representative, multi-national, or
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An article published in the British Medical Journal discusses a study on the long-term use of statins for patients with high cholesterol. A recent study explored the long-term use of statins in patients with high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. LDL cholesterol transports fat to cells, where they can build up and cause atherosclerosis.
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There has been growing interest in the health benefits of nature therapy. Researchers recently reviewed the scientific evidence for these benefits. Poets and other writers have long expounded the spiritual and health benefits of nature. Now, there is increasing interest from clinical and scientific circles in whether there are quantifiable health benefits to going outdoors,
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