Knee Pain & Diet

Here's an interesting article showing the impact a low-carb diet has on knee osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis of the knee tends to progress as we age where the cartilage and underlying bone break down causing pain, stiffness and sometimes swelling. This is one of the most common forms of arthritis impacting 15% of the population. A study published in Pain Medicine looked at two groups with knee osteoarthritis who were on two different diets for 12 weeks: low- carb diet and low fat diet. The study measured individuals' functional pain, self-reported pain, quality of life, level of depression and blood work measuring oxidative stress. The results: the low-carb diet (compared to low fat diet) red

The Health Benefits of Fish Oil Supplementation

Here's an interesting study! (Side note: it was funded by a Japanese fishing company; so I'm sure there was no monetary incentive or motivation for a positive result *insert sarcasm*). The study was published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition and found that those who ingested EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) lost less muscle strength, had less delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and experienced less muscle soreness after exercise. 16 participants (small sample size) ingested 600 mg of EPA and 260 mg of DHA or placebo daily while doing 6 sets of preacher curls EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids are mainly found in fatty, oily fish such as

Vacation is Good For the Heart!

Here's an interesting study showing the protective effects of vacation on heart health. A study from Syracuse University found that vacationing decreased the risk of metabolic syndrome, which is a collection of risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD). The more risk factors you have, the higher risk of CVD. Shocker right? Time away from work, in a foreign place, relaxing and being worry-free is good for your health? Who knew! But why? The study used blood measurements and physical measurements and found the following: 24% decreased risk in metabolic syndrome (if vacationed in past 12 months) 46% increased risk in metabolic syndrome (if no vacation was taken) Each additional vacation (in

Calling All College Students!

Lack of sleep has been linked to mental health problems. With each night of insufficient sleep (defined as number of nights students did not sleep to feel rested) mental health symptoms increased by almost 20%. Over 110,000 students were analyzed through the National College Health Assessment and for each night of insufficient sleep: Loneliness increased by 19% Depression increased by 21% Anxiety increased by 25% Desire to self-harm increased 25% Suicidal thoughts increased 28% Exhaustion increased 29% Similar findings were seen in 8,500 student athletes. The numbers are alarming and this should give a different thought process to 'pulling an all nighter'. Most people know my opinions on nap

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