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Regular yoga can help cancer survivors

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Regular yoga sessions can help cancer survivors sleep better and have a better quality of life, research suggests.

Those that did two 75 minute sessions a week for just four weeks were less tired and reported better social, physical and emotional well being.

Experts said classes should be offered as part of standard care of those recovering from cancer. They said no other help had shown better results in helping survivors to recover form the toll of cancer and related treatment.

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4 foods and beverages that will keep you alert and focused

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Each morning,  the alarm goes off,  and another battle in the never-ending war against drowsiness begins. For Americans, their main defense against a foggy mind is caffeine, with as much as 85 percent of the adult population drinking at least one caffeinated beverage each day.  But you’ll be relieved to learn there are other foods and beverages besides coffee (and caffeinated energy drinks) that can help us feel alert.

Staying alert is not simply a proverbial “state of mind”— it’s literal one.  The physiological reactions happening in your brain determine your ability to focus and stay awake. Normally, when the brain is active, it burns energy transported by the neurotransmitter called adenosine triphosphate (ATP). The constant degradation of ATP produces just plain adenosine, and when enough adenosine accumulates, it triggers the need to sleep and renew your energy source. The caffeine is affective at keeping us awake because it actually binds to and blocks the brain’s adenosine receptors, delaying the feeling of drowsiness.

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Wearable, tricorder-like device elevates health and fitness monitoring

Wearable, tricorder-like device elevates health and fitness monitoring
The Chem-Phys patch is the first wearable device to measure biochemical and electrical body signals simultaneously.

Star Trek fans will be familiar with the tricorder – a device used in the fictional TV series to scan and gather detailed information about places and living things. Now, researchers have brought the technology to the real world, creating a wearable, tricorder-like device that can measure biochemical and electrical signals in the human body simultaneously.

The device – called the “Chem-Phys patch” – measures real-time levels of lactate, a biochemical that serves as an indicator of physical activity, as well as the heart’s electrical activity.

Put simply, the novel technology monitors a person’s fitness levels and heart function at the same time, and it is the first device that can do so.

“One of the overarching goals of our research is to build a wearable tricorder-like device that can measure simultaneously a whole suite of chemical, physical and electrophysiological signals continuously throughout the day,” says co-project leader Patrick Mercier, of the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California-San Diego.

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4 Science-Backed Ways to Motivate Yourself to Work Out

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Are you looking to make your occasional strength class or Sunday spin session a regular ritual? Many casual exercisers want to sweat more often, but they struggle with finding the workout motivation to make fitness a part of their daily routine. Continue reading 4 Science-Backed Ways to Motivate Yourself to Work Out

To drink or not to drink water with meals…

Case study: Sonalika Singh is confused. Reason? The 12-year-old does not know whether to listen to her mother or her grandmother — one says that she shouldn’t have water with your meals and the other insists that one should have water along with meals. Sonalika is not alone — and neither is this debate new — to drink water with meals or not to. We spoke to clinical nutritionists and dieticians to find out more… Continue reading To drink or not to drink water with meals…

The 5 biggest breakfast myths

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The first meal of the day can have a very different meaning for different people. For some, it’s grabbing a granola bar to nibble on during the morning commute; for others, it includes a big omelet with a cup of coffee at home.
Then there are the millions who forego grub in the a.m. altogether.
But how do these morning behaviors really affect weight loss, energy levels and appetite throughout the day? In order to help you crack the breakfast code, we tracked down the latest research, in addition to insights from Katherine Zeratsky, a nutrition instructor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Before you do — or don’t — dig in, here’s a reality check on the biggest breakfast myths: Continue reading The 5 biggest breakfast myths

For Women – Getting Muscle Tone without Getting Big

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Unfortunately, most women incorrectly believe that the best way to “get muscle tone without getting too big” is to lift light weights for a high number of repetitions. This is not the right approach. Your fears of getting too big are unfounded and without substance. Continue reading For Women – Getting Muscle Tone without Getting Big

iPhone 6 to Put a Health Coach in Your Pocket

Health care systems could sign up their patients and corporations could use the app in wellness programs for employees.
Health care systems could sign up their patients and corporations could use the app in wellness programs for employees.

With the launch of Apple’s new iPhone 6 and the announcement of the forthcoming Apple Watch, the company signaled its intention to play a major role in how we manage our health. Apple has presented the watch as a fancy fitness tracker and Continue reading iPhone 6 to Put a Health Coach in Your Pocket

Should you eat before a workout?

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Anyone who makes fitness a priority has experienced that moment when a slight tummy rumble comes along just as you head out to the gym.
But do you grab a snack to get more out of your workout? Or skip the food to avoid stomach cramps and potentially “undo” everything you’re about to accomplish?
And if you do choose to fuel, should that be with a protein shake, an energy bar, a handful of nuts or a piece of fruit? Continue reading Should you eat before a workout?