Health & Fitness Articles of the Week – 10/26/14

Let the Body Rest, for the Sake of the Brain–  This article does not present anything ground breaking per say, but I think is a good reminder on why sleep is so important. “Getting less than five hours of sleep a night makes people dumber and less able to concentrate, and it can make people more susceptible to false memories, according to a new study published in the September issue of Psychological Science.”

Milk Choice May Affect Vitamin D– This is a quick read, short and sweet.  “Researchers found that children who drank only milk from sources other than cows were almost three times as likely as those who drank only cow’s milk to have vitamin D levels below 20 nanograms per milliliter, a level generally accepted as normal for children.”

The Dangers of Eating Late At Night– I for one do it, I eat right before bed. I try to avoid it however life gets busy and you just end up eating late or needing a little something before bed. This article lists some good reasons on why people should move up their eating times and why it is important to not eat at least 3 hours before bed time. “Many of my patients find that eating earlier alleviates their allergies,sinusitis, asthma, sleep apnea and diabetes symptoms.”

 Is Exercise Bad for Your Teeth?– “Over all, the more hours that an athlete spent working out, the more likely he or she was to have cavities. The researchers found no correlation, however, between consuming sports drinks or any other elements of the athletes’ diets and their oral health.”

Over 35? You’re Screwed – I really liked this guy’s point of view towards fitness and how he talks about the way younger vs older athletes approach it. My favorite quote in the article was  “The body is a collection of systems – skeletal, muscular, circulatory, digestive, etc. — none of which operate in isolation from the other. In short, you can’t redline it in some areas and expect the others not to be affected. In our case that means doing stuff that supports recovery from heavy training. Get to bed earlier. Practice good sleep hygiene. Meditate. Practice gratitude. Enjoy yourself. Enjoy good food. Enjoy some bad food. Stop stressing about bullshit. Maintain good cardio function.”

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