Health & Fitness Articles of the Week – 11/2/14

Revised Food Labels Still Won’t Tell Whole Story– I for one am really excited about our new food labels. Although I agree with the article, there is still quite a bit of room for improvement, it is at least a step in the right direction. I personally think the bigger challenge is not just giving people more information, but educating them on what it means. Like how many calories is needed for an individual’s body to be healthy.

How Can Exercise Boost Your Brains – “Tellingly, the children who had attended the most exercise sessions showed the greatest improvements in their cognitive scores.  Meanwhile, the children in the control group also raised their test scores, but to a much smaller extent. In effect, both groups’ brains were developing, but the process was more rapid and expansive in the children who ran and played.”

Against The Grain-First warning, this article is really long! However it is very interesting. The article discuss’s the growing phenomenon with people becoming gluten free. It asks the question is it gluten or is it due to carbohydrates or how bread is now being processed. “For reasons that remain largely unexplained, the incidence of celiac disease has increased more than fourfold in the past sixty years. Researchers initially attributed the growing number of cases to greater public awareness and better diagnoses. But neither can fully account for the leap since 1950”

Do You Really Understand Elite Performance?– This article discuss’s what it takes for elite performance and narrows it down to 6 key skills. “Put simply, the quality of your technical, tactical, mental, physical and lifestyle skills combined with the quality of your performance culture will dictate success or failure.”

The Science of the Midnight Snack– This article stems from jawbone who is one company in the growing pedometer category who just released information on their customers eating habits. Through the data it was found that people’s want for sugar, salt, and fat increased at night. In another study it found the same to be true from a group of volunteers. “And while their desire for vegetables stayed more or less the same throughout the day, their hunger for sweet, salty, and starchy foods increased dramatically around 8 p.m.—suggesting that our appetite for junk is governed more by our internal body clocks than by genuine hunger.”


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