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Exercise by “Weekend Warriors” Reduces Mortality

Exercise by “Weekend Warriors” Reduces Mortality

The term “weekend warriors” has been used to refer to individuals who exercised irregularly, perhaps just on weekends. It has long been thought that this pattern of exercise was not enough to get the cardiovascular benefit of more frequent exercise, and that these people were just opening themselves up to greater in juries than those who exercised more regularly. Now that thinking has changed. A new study of over 63,000 English and Scottish adults with an average age of 58, showed that exercising just one or two times per week lowered the mortality rate over the eight year study period, by a  whopping 30 per cent

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Eat Chili Peppers For A Longer Life

Eat Chili Peppers For A Longer Life

If you like spicy food it may contribute to your longevity. Research from the University of Vermont revealed in a study of over 16,000 people, that those who ate hot red chili peppers reduced their risk of death.

For hundreds of years, peppers have been thought to be beneficial for many health problems. This study lends credence to this belief. The data about chili consumption was collected from more than 16,000 Americans who were followed for approximately 20 years.

It is thought that capsaicin is the active component in chili peppers. Capsaicin is thought to effect both cellular and molecular mechanisms that improve the health of the cardiovascular system, and prevent obesity. Their ingestion also is thought to exert an antimicrobial effect, countering the overgrowth of harmful bacteria and improving the ecology of the gut. The researchers believe that chili peppers will become increasingly recognized as beneficial. “Because our study adds to the generalizability of previous findings, chili pepper — or even spicy food — consumption may become a dietary recommendation and/or fuel further research in the form of clinical trials,” says study author L. Chopan.

For more of the latest in nutritional/ lifestyle research check all of my blog posts at www.drsobo.com/blog

For the best care in Integrative Medicine call Henry C. Sobo, M.D., at 203-348-8805 or write us at optimalhalth@optonline.net

 

 

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Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Chronic Headaches

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Chronic Headaches

 

A new study from the University of Eastern Finland published in the journal Scientific Reports showed that Vitamin D deficiency was associated with an increased having of chronic headaches.

The study analysed vitamin D levels of 2,600 men aged between 42 and 60 years.

The men who had low  levels of Vitamin D in their blood were greater than twice as likely to suffer from chronic headache. These were found to be an even greater problem outside of the summer months of the year, when sunlight provides a natural source of vitamin D.

There have been many studies that have shown a link between Vitamin D deficiency and many types of medical problems.

For more information about Vitamin D deficiency please see other blog reports available on this website.

The Evidence Mounts for Vitamin D in Cancer , Heart Disease and Other Conditions.

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SEVEN ANTI AGING SECRETS YOU NEED TO KNOW

SEVEN ANTI AGING SECRETS YOU NEED TO KNOW

CHECK BACK TO DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE E  ANTI-AGING BOOK SOON TO BE  PUBLISHED HERE

1. EXERCISE

2. SLEEP

3. MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT

4. LOW GLYCEMIC INDEX NUTRITIONALLY CORRECT DIET

5. STRESS REDUCTION

6. SMART SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRIENTS

7. AVOID TOXINS AND DRUGS

Here are some of blog posts I’ve written that show the research behind these simple, proven recommendations

http://drsobo.com/added-sugars-greater-role-salt-high-bloo…/

http://drsobo.com/healthy-lifestyle-choices-dramatically-re…

http://drsobo.com/higher-dementia-risk-linked-common-drugs/

http://drsobo.com/mindfulness-improved-cardiovascular-heal…/

http://drsobo.com/category/anti-aging/

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A HEALTHY GUT MAY SAVE YOUR BRAIN AND YOUR LIFE

A HEALTHY GUT MAY SAVE YOUR BRAIN AND YOUR LIFE

 

As a member of the American Academy of Anti Aging Medicine I just attended their 2016 national conference in Las Vegas. I want to bring you crucial information about how the environment of your GI tract, called the Microbiome, may determine whether you are more susceptible to the onset of Alzheimer’s and other Neurodegenerative and other diseases. A great talk about this was presented by David Perlmutter, MD a board certified Neurologist a leader in the field of Natural Medicine as it relates to the mind and how we may be able to help ourselves through non drug therapies.

In tandem with my own experience as well as incorporting Dr. Perlmutter’s presentation of the latest sci4ece , my advice to patients is the following:


1. Take broad spectrum Pre and Probiotics. It’s not just the number of organisms on the bottle, but the variety of species that counts.
2. Avoid sugar. The government’s long campaign against fat has been proven to be an enormous national mistake. Sugar is the culprit.
3. Relieve “leaky gut” inflammation by finding out about your food sensitivities, and avoiding those foods.
3. Get at least 7 hrs of sleep per night. Americans are getting less sleep than ever before, and it’s bad for your brain and your body.

It has always been my passion to prevent disease, not just treat it. I hope to help you learn how to prevent the worst types of illness for which no good treatment exists.

For more of the latest in nutritional/ lifestyle research check all of my blog posts at www.drsobo.com/blog

For the best care in Integrative Medicine call Henry C. Sobo, M.D., at 203-348-8805 or write us at optimalhalth@optonline.net

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More Scientific Evidence of the Mind-Body Connection

More Scientific Evidence of the Mind-Body Connection

Neural pathways between the adrenal gland and the brain have been discovered, revealing a physical connection between stress and its effect on the body. This research by the University of Pittsburgh’s Brain Institute provides another potential explanation for the health benefits of meditation, yoga and other stress reducing, natural modalities.

The adrenal gland  is responsible for the body’s rapid response in stressful situations. Nervous system cells’ links with the adrenal medulla were discovered in areas of the brain known to show changes in bipolar disorder and have also been shown to increase their are activity  during mindfulness meditation.”One way of summarizing our results is that we may have uncovered the stress and depression connectome,” says lead research author Dr. Peter Strick, director the Brain Institute.

Acute responses to stress from the adrenal gland produces a faster and pounding heart rate, sweating and dilated pupils. These responses help prepare the body for action and often are characterized as “fight or flight responses.” Many situations in modern life call for a more thought-out reaction than simple “fight or flight,” and by thinking, we have some  control over our responses to stress.

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Sleep Deprivation Promotes Overeating, Study Says

Sleep Deprivation Promotes Overeating, Study Says

A new study, published  in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that sleep-deprived people consume an average of 385 calories more per day. Lead researcher Dr Gerda Pot, of the Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences Division at King’s College London says, “There may be some truth in the saying, “early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy and wise”.

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Exercise Helps Protect Against Inflammatory Changes of Excessive Diet

Exercise Helps Protect Against Inflammatory Changes of Excessive Diet

Research in the past has shown that  inflammatory markers that can be measured in simple blood tests  are elevated in obesity. Also, it is known that a fairly brief period of overeating can raise these inflammatory markers. New research from the University of Michigan researchers shows that exercise protects against the changes in inflammatory markers that can occur after  a week of overeating.

In this study, the researchers studied four lean and active adults who ate 30 percent more calories than they normally would for one week. During the study, the subjects continued their regular exercise habits.

Dr Alison C. Ludzki lead researcher says,”Our preliminary findings suggest trends for increases in markers of inflammation (C-reactive protein, pJNK/JNK) after one week of overeating in people who do not exercise. ” They also found, however , that  among study subjects who were exercising  “overeating did not increase the protein content of markers of adipose tissue inflammation (i.e., pJNK/JNK, pERK/ERK) or circulating C-reactive protein.”

“Our preliminary findings expand on existing work to support a protective role of exercise in the metabolic response of adipose tissue to brief periods of overeating,” the researchers concluded

For more of the latest in nutritional/ lifestyle research check all of my blog posts at www.drsobo.com/blog

For the best care in Integrative Medicine call Henry C. Sobo, M.D., at 203-348-8805 or write us at optimalhalth@optonline.net

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Children’s Reading Improved With Omega-3/ Omega-6 Supplementation

Children’s Reading Improved With Omega-3/ Omega-6 Supplementation

A newly published study of 154 Swedish schoolchildren between nine and ten years old showed that three months of supplementation with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids improved reading their reading skills. The children in this study were divided into two groups to receive either capsules with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, or identical looking placebo capsules that did not contain them. Until the study was completed neither the children, their parents or the researchers knew which children had received the  fatty acids and which had received the placebo capsules.

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