Health & Nutrition #76 by Nutrobalance

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The Best Fitness Plan is to Do What’s Fun

Often times I’m asked, “What’s the best workout for fat loss?” To which I promptly reply, “45 minutes of vigorous running uphill paired with 30 minutes of lifting weights.” Just kidding. The truth is, there is no one best exercise. Although its not a particularly exciting answer, the very best exercise you can do is  continue reading…..

How Eating Less May Prolong Life
Three new studies show that restricting calories, even in non-obese people:
• reduces inflammation (Aging, July 2016)
• helps to prevent cancers (Cancer Research, July 14, 2016)
• increases autophagy (PLoS Genetics, July 14, 2016)What is Autophagy?
Autophagy or cellular recycling extends the lives of many different species. Autophagy means “self-eating.” When a cell dies, the body has a quick way to break down the dead cell’s parts (protein-making, power-generating and transport systems) into small molecules that can be reassembled to be used for making new cell parts and supply the energy to power these processes. That means that the body can use old cells to supply its needs and not depend entirely on food for new energy and new building blocks. “By removing this junk in old cells, autophagy serves as the garbage disposal and recycling system to keep bodies healthy and helps to delay aging and prevent cancers” (Nature, Nov 2015;527(7576):105-9). Poorly-functioning autophagy can cause aging, cancers, neurodegenerative diseases, muscular disorders, diabetes and weight gain. Much of the current research on prolonging lives and preventing diseases is aimed at analyzing and improving the autophagy process.   read more.

What is nerve pain?

Nerve pain is a particular type of pain that feels different to other types of pain. It often feels like shooting, stabbing or burning pain. Sometimes it can be as sharp and sudden as an electric shock. It’s often worse at night. It might be mild or it might be severe. Nerve pain can be due to problems in the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), or in the nerves that run from there to the muscles and organs. Nerve pain is usually caused by disease (such as diabetes or vitamin B12 deficiency) or an injury to the brain, spinal cords or a nerve. Your doctor will diagnose it by listening to you and examining you, and perhaps doing some tests. There are many ways to treat nerve pain. Treating the underlying cause, if there is one, is the first step. Painkillers and a range of different medicines can help. So can non-drug treatments like exercise, acupuncture and relaxation techniques.

Recipe of the Week:  Vegan Chinese Noodles  –   click here!