Runner's high is real. Here's how you get it!Ranked right up there with the Loch Ness Monster and Shangri-La, the "runner's high" is one of the most elusive yet sought-after myths in modern lore. But is it a real biochemical response or just marathoners trying to justify spending their entire Saturday running?
The anecdotal evidence is mixed: For people who get a runner's high, it's not only real but amazing; but for those who've never experienced the high, it can seem like a whole lot of hooey. A new study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology takes a closer look at the runner's high-and the results are very interesting!
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The Real Deal
A team of researchers led by David A. Raichlen, Ph.D., assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Arizona, measured endocannabinoids (a brain chemical that indicates increased pleasure) in humans, dogs, and ferrets before and after a treadmill session. According to the results, humans and dogs both experienced a significant
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Runner's high is real. Here's how you get it!Ranked right up there with the Loch Ness Monster and Shangri-La, the "runner's high" is one of the most elusive yet sought-after myths in modern lore. But is it a real biochemical response or just marathoners trying to justify spending their entire Saturday running?Read More »from The Truth About Runner's High
By SHAPE Diet Doctor, Mike Roussell, PhD
The saying "you are what you eat" is especially true when it comes to your skin. With a few simple diet tweaks, you can help reduce signs of aging such as wrinkles, dryness, and thinning skin. Here are the best foods to incorporate into your diet to improve your complexion:
Flaxseed1. Flaxseed and flaxseed oil: Flax is a treasure trove for alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a plant-based omega-3 fat that's a key component of the lubricating layer that keeps skin moist and supple. In fact, low intake of ALA can lead to dermatitis (red, itchy skin).
One great way to get more flaxseed oil in your diet: Try Nutrition Garlic Chili Organic Flax Seed Oil as an alternative to olive oil for salad dressing; coincidentally olive oil has also been shown to be good for your skin so alternate between the two oils for maximum results.
Red bell peppers and carrots2. Red bell peppers and carrots: These twoRead More »from The Best Foods for Healthy Skin
These high-fiber foods are packed with nutrients and bursting with flavor. Add them to your diet today!Read More »from The Most Overlooked Foods for Weight Loss
Artichokes1. Artichokes: 8 g fiber | 87 calories
Frozen artichokes have nearly as much fiber as fresh ones. Love stuffed artichokes? Slim them down with this recipe for skinny stuffed artichokes.
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Raspberries2. Raspberries: 8 g fiber | 64 calories
These berries are high in cancer-fighting ellagic acid. Add some fiber to dessert with these nectarine and raspberry sundaes.
Pumpkin3. Pumpkin: 7 g fiber | 116 calories
Pumpkin is a rich source of alpha and beta carotene. Don't know what to do with pumpkin besides carve it? Try these tasty ideas for cooking with fresh pumpkin.
brussels sprouts4. Brussels sprouts: 6 g fiber | 65 calories
Brussels sprouts have more protein than most veggies . Don't think you like them? Think again-this recipe for braised Brussels sprouts in mustard sauce is flavorful and not at all bitter.
Kiwi5. Kiwi: 5 g fiber | 110 calories
One kiwi provides 273
While you may envision most guys only think about sports, beer, and sex, believe it or not, they're actually thinking about you, too. Or in this case, what they wish you knew about them. Consider it just one small step in figuring out the enigma known as the male species.
We checked in with guys ages 19 to 56-everyone from doctors to NFL players and music industry stars. Here's what they had to say.
Dr. Tom Hacket1. Time flies when you're a man: "There is 'man time' and 'woman time.' For men, time goes by faster than for women. Einstein tried to explain this with his theory of relativity and I think it was all about trying to get along with his wife. So, the next time a guy doesn't call or text a girl back right away or it's been two weeks since he last said 'I love you,' just remember that it doesn't mean he doesn't care it, it just means that time passes differently for him."
-Dr. Tom Hacket, 44, World-renowned Orthopedic Surgeon and Team Doctor for US Olympics Snowboarding
Whip up one of these recipes tonight and enjoy a delicious meal free of mystery ingredients.
Spinach and chicken stir-fry with raspberries. 1. Spinach and chicken stir-fry with raspberries:
616 calories, 4.7 grams sugar, 25.8 grams fat, 38 grams carbohydrates, 54.8 grams protein
This light and refreshing meal is the perfect spring stir-fry. Every ingredient, from fiber-packed quinoa to antioxidant-rich spinach , is not only good for you, but also delicious when tossed with pomegranate vinaigrette and tart, juicy raspberries.
1/2 c. uncooked quinoa, rinsed
1 c. chicken broth
Dash garlic powder
1 tsp. canola oil
2 chicken breasts, sliced
Salt and pepper
1/2 small red onion, sliced thin
1 6-oz. bag baby spinach
1/4 c. bottled pomegranate vinaigrette (or other fruity salad dressing)
1/2 c. fresh or frozen-then-thawed raspberries
2 tbsp. chevre or feta cheese
Directions:Read More »from Stir-Fry Recipes that Are Better Than Takeout
Combine quinoa, chicken broth, and a dash of garlic powder in a saucepan. Bring to a boil then cover and turn
Start building up a tolerance to hot peppers!By Cynthia Sass
Today I listened to a podcast about hot new flavors and one of the top trends was spicy peppers , particularly interesting combinations like jalapeno mango or chili lime...yum! I was thrilled because hot peppers are one of the natural seasonings I feature in my newest book S.A.S.S! Yourself Slim. Rather than adding salt or sugar, I flavor each meal with five types of natural seasonings: hot peppers (jalapeños, chili pepper, crushed red pepper , cayenne, etc.); herbs and spices (basil, garlic, rosemary, cinnamon, vanilla, ginger, etc.); vinegar (balsamic, champagne, brown rice or infused options like fig, pear, or pomegranate); tea (green, black, white, and oolong); and citrus juice or zest. In some recipes I combine several seasonings, like stir-fry options that use brown rice vinegar, a splash of fresh squeezed citrus juice, garlic, fresh grated ginger, and crushed red pepper. I also like to use hot peppers as a garnish, like in this picnic snack, which includesRead More »from The Superfood that Fires Up Your Metabolism
We all know the saying "beauty is pain," but can it be downright dangerous? Shapewear smooths out all those unwanted lumps and bumps, and six-inch stilettos make legs look oh-so-sexy. But what happens if said shapewear is cutting off your circulation and said stilettos squish your feet to the point of deformity?Hidden inside some of our favorite fashion choices are scary things like fungal infections, hammertoes, and even hunchback! Here are seven fashion hazards that can be bad for your health.
Think twice before slipping on those sexy heels!1. High heels: You don't have to be a brain surgeon to figure out that high heels are bad for your feet. But who knew those six-inch stilettos could also cause posture problems, skin irritations, and even toe deformities?
"High heels put all your body's weight on our forefoot, causing you to adjust the rest of your body to maintain balance," says Dr. Ava Shamban, board certified dermatologist and author of Heal Your Skin. "The bottom half of your body leans forward so the top half mustRead More »from 7 Health Dangers Hiding in Your Closet
Michelle Lovitt understands the pressures an A-list actress faces to always look camera ready. As personal trainer to Cougar Town's Courteney Cox and Parenthood's Lauren Graham, she's constantly coming up with ways to mix up their workouts and target trouble spots such as the hips, butt, and of course, thighs.
"Increasing strength in your lower body increases lean body mass, which raises your metabolism and helps your body burn calories at a higher rate, even at rest," Lovitt says. "So the most important thing you want to do for lean legs is strength train them by lifting weights that will cause your muscles to fatigue after 10 to 15 repetitions," adds the Zobha Brand Ambassador and celebrity trainer. "Then, add in cardio exercises like hill running, hiking, walking, skating, and bike riding to sculpt the quads, hamstrings, calves, and glutes by aiding in body-fat loss."
Lovitt designed this lower-body workout to help you get slimmer thighs-just in time for summer!
Surprising new research may hold the key to getting a flat stomach. Exercising and eating clean are two great ways to lose weight and be healthy, but we know it can be frustrating to feel like you're never going to see those stubborn pounds around your midsection melt away. So we went to our diet doctor, Mike Roussell, PhD, to get his take on whether there are any weight-loss strategies you can follow to get a flat stomach, fast. Here's what he had to say:Read More »from The Latest Science on Belly Fat
Cleaning up your diet and adopting a regular exercise schedule (a mixture of cardio and weight training) is essential for losing belly fat, but there's one secret that's even more effective. By strategically changing characteristics of your diet, you can actually target specific regions of body fat . And I'm not talking about some late-night-infomercial type cure for belly fat; This is based on real scientific research.
A 2007 study published in the scientific journal Diabetes Care reveals what you need to do to move fat away from your midsection. Over the course of the study, every participant was
As the weather gets warmer, who doesn't love a refreshing smoothie post-workout? Mix up the perfect meal or snack in minutes with these recipes!
Strawberry pistachio smoothie. 1. Strawberry pistachio smoothie:
Flaxseed oil can be overpowering in flavor, but its high concentration of heart-healthy omega-3s and lignans-unique antioxidants that may help protect against breast cancer-make it a superfood you need to be eating. The solution: Flavored flaxseed oil. Barlean's Organic Oils Omega Swirl Omega-3 Flax Oil is the perfect ingredient for smoothies since it allows you to add healthy flaxseed oil without the raw flax taste.
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/4 cup pistachio
1/2 cup strawberries
2 tsp strawberry banana flavored flaxseed oil
3 ice cubes
1.5 cups water
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. For a thicker shake add less water or more ice cubes.
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