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Interval Training Revs Up Metabolism

Fewer Reps, Less Time, More Results by Lisa Marlene Labels may vary, but results are what count. Whether called high-intensity intermittent exercise (HIIE), interval or burst-style training, recent research proves that this form of exercise improves insulin levels. This is promising news for the estimated 50 million American adults who have abdominal obesity and are on the path toward metabolic ... Read More »

Raisins Lower Blood Pressure and Diabetes Risk

Researchers from the University of Kentucky have determined that snacking on raisins can decrease high blood pressure and reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes. For 12 weeks, 46 men and women snacked on either processed snack foods or raisins. At the beginning and at end of each month, the researchers tested for blood glucose, diabetic risk markers and blood ... Read More »

Pre-K Education Linked to Better Health 26 Years Later

In addition to an increased likelihood of achieving academic success, children that participate in game-based educational training also have significantly lower risk of future cardiovascular disease, according to University of North Carolina researchers in a paper published this spring in Science magazine. Launched in the 1970s, the Carolina Abecedarian Project studied more than 100 children beginning when they were just ... Read More »

Yoga Boosts Hearts, Shrinks Waistlines

Two scientific reviews of human clinical research have found that hatha yoga significantly reduces heart disease risk factors. Researchers from Germany’s University of Duisburg-Essen reviewed 44 studies involving more than 3,000 people. Overall, the studies found that hatha yoga significantly reduced both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Yoga participants also showed lower respiratory and heartbeat rates, significantly reduced triglycerides and ... Read More »

Finding Your Yoga Fit

by Amy Vetter Yoga is about the practice of connecting ones breath with the movement of the body. The literal meaning of the Sanskrit word yoga is “to add, to join, to unite or to attach.” But yoga is more than just a physical practice; it attaches physical movements to the mental practice of controlled breathing and joins mind and ... Read More »

Flaxseed Lowers Blood Pressure

Eating flaxseed reduces blood pressure according to researchers from Canada’s St. Boniface Hospital Research Center. They attribute the effect to its omega-3 fatty acids, lignans and fiber. The researchers examined the effects of flaxseed on systolic (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP) in patients with peripheral artery disease, a condition typically marked by hypertension. Patients consumed a variety of foods ... Read More »

Sun’s Rays May Help Heart Health

In addition to triggering vitamin D production, the sun may have other health benefits.  University of Edinburgh researchers studied 24 healthy volunteers that used lamps that produce ultraviolet A (UVA) light mimicking the sun’s UVA rays, compared with similar lamps that only produce heat. Two sessions under the UVA lamps significantly lowered blood pressure and boosted nitric oxide levels in ... Read More »

Personal Bio-Tech

The Latest Devices to Aid Wellness by Linda Sechrist When President John F. Kennedy announced in 1961 that the U.S. could send a man to the moon and return him safely by the end of the decade, few suspected the bounty of technological spinoffs that such National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) space missions would yield. Today, many of NASA’s ... Read More »

Hit the Ground Walking

How to Make Walking Work for You by Lane Vail Hippocrates called walking “man’s best medicine,” and Americans agree: According to the U.S. Surgeon General, walking is America’s most popular form of fitness. It’s free, convenient and simple. Recent studies show that 10,000 daily steps helps lower blood pressure, shed pounds and reduce the risk of heart disease and Type ... Read More »

Beets Beat Down Blood Pressure

Two small studies have linked beets with lower blood pressure. A study from the University of Reading, in England, gave a beet-fortified bread or bread without beets to 23 healthy men. Those that ate the fortified bread experienced reduced diastolic blood pressure and less artery stiffness during the six hours afterwards. Australia’s Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute studied 15 ... Read More »

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