by Mike Roussell, ph.D., SHAPE Diet Doctor
Should you drink coffee before your morning workout? Is it best to drink coffee before or after a morning workout? We went to SHAPE Diet Doctor Mike Roussell, ph.D., to find out.
Caffeine has powerful nootropic effects, meaning it manipulates neurotransmitters to alter how the brain functions. While we all think of caffeine as a stimulant, it doesn't directly stimulate as much as it prevents or blocks the action of neurotransmitters that promote sedation and relaxation.
Your pre-workout caffeine-packed cup of coffee isn't just going to give you the mental edge, though-it will also help you burn more fat. The exact mechanism in which caffeine works to enhance fat-burning has yet to be conclusively nailed down (as it probably works via several different mechanisms), but it primarily seems to work by increasing the breakdown and release of fat.
Now let's get to the nitty-gritty.
What kind of coffee should I drink?
An easy way to adjust how much caffeine you consume is to change the type of
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While you think you're getting rid of germs, you might be spreading them more.
We Asked: Jennifer Quinlan, Ph.D., associate professor of nutrition sciences at Drexel University
The Answer: Despite what your mother or the Food Network may have taught you, washing your chicken before you cook it does more harm than good.
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Between 3 and 13 percent of commercial chicken harbor salmonella (some estimates are as high as 50 percent), and upwards of 70 percent contain the bacteria campylobacter. Chickens can carry these pathogens without getting sick. The problem: These bacteria do make humans sick. When chicken is processed for sale, the salmonella and campylobacter in their systems become dispersed throughout the thighs, breasts and wings you buy at the store.
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Why do we yawn?Before we can answer why it is that we yawn, let's talk about what a yawn is in the first place. Yawning is an involuntary action that causes our mouth to open wide and breathe in deeply. That air fills your lungs, causing your abdominal muscles to flex and the diaphragm to be pushed down. The yawn ends when you expel some of that air back out through your mouth. Research has shown that even fetuses yawn, proving that a yawn really is involuntary. So why do we yawn in the first place?Read More »from The Surprising Reason Why We Yawn
Why we yawn has been debated for centuries and some interesting theories have surfaced, attributing yawning to a lack of oxygen or of course, boredom and sleepiness.
The most recent research about yawning suggests that we yawn as a way to cool down our brain. A 2007 study done at the University of New York in Albany concluded that people yawned more in situations where their brain was more likely to be warmer. They performed their research by taking advantage of another curious phenomenon - contagious
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ON DECEMBER 16, 2011, 14-year-old Anais Fournier went to the Valley Mall in Hagerstown, Maryland, with her friends for an everyday teenage-girl afternoon of trying on clothes and eating at the food court. At some point, Fournier popped in to Gardners Candies and picked up a 24-ounce Monster Energy drink. The next day at the mall, Fournier drank another massive Monster. Afterward, she felt jittery; her heart beat erratically. Shortly after arriving at home, Fournier went into cardiac arrest. By the time the ambulance arrived, she was unconscious. Her parents spent the next six days at Johns Hopkins Hospital, praying for their daughter's life, but the damage to her heart and brain was too extensive. On December 23, they took her off
In a recent episode of Dr. Oz, he talked about the most important health-enhancing activity in his life - yoga. But not just because it's a great mind/body workout; according to Dr. Oz, yoga has helped him be a better husband and healer.
The ancient practice is lauded for its wide-range of benefits, some of which you may be taking prescribed medications to relieve including:
-Combating Aches and Pains
-Treating Tension Headaches
-Easing Low Back Pain
-Lessening Hip Stiffness
-Improving Heart Health
According to Phil Swain, CEO of YogaWorks, "Yoga can have enduring health benefits. Stress and anxiety are major contributors to decreased health and illness. Yoga is a mind-body practice that teaches you to relax, settle your mind, and allows you to rejuvenate and put your body at ease. A consistent yoga practice will help mitigate stress and allow you to achieve a peaceful mind and a healthyRead More »from Even the “Dr.” Promotes a Daily Practice
Sleep on planes
I've been making a lot of cross-country treks for work lately, and because I hate to lose a day to a six-hour plane ride and three-hour time difference, I often take the red-eye. That's right-I take off at 11 PM, land at 7 AM, and head to the office after a quick freshening up in the JFK bathroom.
And while cozying up in seat 31A will never be my ideal way to sleep, I've developed a routine that ensures I'll get at least a good four hours of shut-eye before touching ground. On your next red-eye, follow these tips to sleep like a bi-coastal baby.
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If possible, take the last flight out of town. I've made the mistake of leaving at 9:30-and taking off an hour before my usual bedtime makes it pretty hard to get to sleep. On the other hand, if you depart at 11:30 or 12 when you're extra-tired, you're much more likely to pass out as soon as your cozy up in your not-so-spaciousRead More »from 8 Tips for Actually Sleeping on a Red-Eye
The relationship between inductions and c-sections.As pregnant women get closer to delivery, many begin taking birthing classes, creating birth plans, doing research, and getting advice from friends and family about their childbirth experiences, all in the hopes of taking charge of their own childbirth, to feel more in control of an endeavor that seems to be very daunting. What most expecting mothers don't want is a C-section, though, and when told that induction will most likely lead to a caesarian section, many women wince at the thought of being induced. However, this week the Obstetrics and Gynecology Journal released new findings to debunk what has been said for many years related to C-sections.Read More »from Do Inductions Always Lead to a C-Section?
Their study found that women who elected to be induced verse women who waited longer to go into labor on their own, ended up with fewer C-sections than their counterparts. It is important to note that this study looked at women who were full term (37-40 weeks), who chose induction themselves, and who have not had previous C-sections.
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That's not surprising, according to New York City psychotherapist Robi Ludwig. "This is really developmentally the time of life that women plug into themselves and respect themselves, listen to their own voice, and develop their own voice, so it makes perfect sense that they would really feel good, because they're doing that," she tells Yahoo Shine.
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With age comes wisdom, she says. "Women in their 20s today are still very much young-minded…They almost see themselves as kidlike. As they're into their 30s, they're beginning to make more adult choices that will serve as the foundation [of the future], but there's still a bit of wanting to please parents, wanting to please bosses, be
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Bound Angle PoseYoga has many benefits - a sculpted core, a lean body, improved posture - but one of its most beneficial is that it instantly reduces stress. Because yoga requires such focus, the practice forces the mind to relax and forget any worries weighing it down. However, not all of us have time to hit the yoga studio every day for a full session. So we reached out to Pure Yoga lead teacher Kay Kay Clivio for simple movements we can turn to when we only have a minute to stop, pose and breathe.
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1. Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose) Sit with the soles of your feet together and heels in close to your pelvis. Hold your feet and lift your spine as long as possible from your tailbone to top of head. Gently, with slow deep breaths, begin to ease your body forward to your range of motion. Hold for 10 slow breaths.
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Potassium is a vital mineral for the function of all cells, tissues and organs in the human body--i.e., life as we know it. "We also know that potassium is important for controlling blood pressure, and there's a lot of evidence that it reduces your risk of stroke," says Walter C. Willett, MD, chair of the nutrition department at the Harvard School for Public Health. And, as many athletes are aware, it can help prevent muscle cramps and post-workout soreness.
You need: 4,700 mg a day
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You get: National survey data shows over 90 percent of Americans don't get the recommended daily allowance, says Willett, who is also the author of Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating.
Good sources: Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables that have higher levels, like broccoli, cantaloupe, winter squash, sweet potatoes and, yes, bananas (these foods should be eaten raw, steamed or baked but not
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