Hangover Relief!

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“Chances are you’ve all tried all the old wives’ tale sures for the hangover, inluding drinking more, but recent research from Korea suggests that asparagus may be the solution. Researchers from Jeju National University exposed human liver cells to asparagus extract and found that the vegetable more than doubled the activity of two key enzymes that metabolize alcohol in the body, a process critical for alleviating hangover symptoms. In addition, asparagus was found to help protect the liver from toxic insults of alcohol.

Try It At Home: Take 1,000-2,000 mg of asparagus officinalis extract after a night of drinking and in the morning upon waking, without food.”

Source- Journal of Food Science (In Press), 2009. Muscle and Fitness

Image source- www.worldcommunitycookbook.org/…/asparagus.jpg

“Muscle out the Fat”

“Here’s a simple biology lesson: The more muscle you build, the easier it is to lose bodyfat. After all, muscle is a highly metabolic tissue that requires a lot of fuel to maintain. The more fuel (calories) you burn, the less bodyfat you’ll have. New research shows just how muscle influences fat-burning. Researchers from the University of Hawaii (Honolulu) genetically built overly muscled mice and found that their fat cells produced higher amounts of mRNA proteins – signaling agents the genes use to build specific proteins – associated with greater fat-burning. This supports what we’ve said for years, but now we better understand how having more muscle directly influences fat cells to stay small.”

Source: Muscle and Fitness, the EDGE. p. 42

BENCH MORE – Try This

“Researchers at Southwest Minnesota State University reported in the May 2009 issue of The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research that using elastic bands in addition to the weight may increase your one-rep max for your bench press. Here’s how you can try it for yourself: Tie each end of an elastic band around a barbell (outside of where you’ll have your hands for the lift) and lie faceup on the bench, slipping the band under your back, underneath your armpits. Lift the bar from the supports and perform the list as usual, being sure that you have a spotter throughout.

Source- The Body Shoppe: Training. Muscle and Performance Mag, December 2009.

14 Foods That Will Change Your Life

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Beans- reduce obesity

Blueberries- lowers risk for cardiovascular disease

Broccoli- lowers incidence of cateracts and fights birth defects

Oats- reduces the risk of type II diabetes

Oranges- prevents strokes

Pumpkin- lowers the risk of various cancers

Wild Salmon- lowers the risk of heart disease

Soy- lowers cholesterol

Spinach- decreases the chance of cardiovascular disease and age-related macular degeneration

Tea- helps prevent osteoporosis

Tomatoes- raises the skin’s sun protection factor

Turkey- helps build a strong immune system

Walnuts- reduces the risk of developing coronary heart disease, diabetes, and cancer

Yogurt- Promotes a healthy gastrointestinal tract helping to reduce the risk of disease.”

For more visit: www.superfoodsrx.com or…

Sources:

Text- Pratt, Steven. Superfoods Rx: Fourteen foods that will change your life/Steven G. Pratt and Kathy Matthews. – 1st ed.

Chew Gum, Get Smart

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“News Flash: Chewing sugar-free gum enhances standardized math test scores, at least in eighth graders. Although researchers from Baylor College of Medicine aren’t sure why, they theorized that chewing gum increases blood flow to the brain, and as a result reduces stress and improves alertness. So chew on my friends. Sugar-free gum can promote dental health (less plaque buildup), helps stem dragon breath, and may even make you smarter.”

Source: Muscle and Body Magazine – Muscle Talk News & Research;

Go Green, Go Lean

“A more fit humanity just may save us all.
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– We may have stumbled upon the ideal renewable energy source: you. While enormous investments by the U.S. government and private gazillionaires are planting wind farms and funding other climate saving projects, the rest of us can do our part just by getting in the gym and buffing up. Researchers out of London claim that obesity is creating tons of extra greenhouse gases due to the demand of creating all the extra food that fatties are shoving down their throats. Scientists calculate that the lean population of a billion people would create 1,000 million tons less carbon dioxide than a billion obese folks. Yeah, that’s alot! In other words, your body’s either an Escalade or a Prius. So streamline your chassis, and you just may save the planet.”

*Research from: Muscle and Body Magazine – muscle talk news