If you indulge in coffee, alcohol, sex and commuting to work, you just might be putting yourself at risk for a heart attack. A new study suggests that these are all triggers for heart attacks. Topping the list…commuters sitting in smog filled highways. Even the act of riding a bike to work can put you at increased risk, especially if you ride in a polluted city like New York. Daily activities where you exert yourself physically results in over a 6% increased risk and that includes sex. Of course you should still stay active, its better than sitting on the couch.
If you want to stay regular, make sure you are getting enough fiber in your diet. It’s recommended that you consume between 25 and 35 grams a day depending on your sex and age. Most people do not get nearly enough fiber.
If you’re having trouble sleeping at night try getting into this routine…avoid stimulants like caffeine and nicotine 6 hours before bedtime and stay away from alcohol. While alcohol may make you sleepy, it can actually disrupt the quality of sleep.
When you need a quick pick-me-up do you reach for an energy drink? Think twice. There are new charges that the popular drinks may not be everything they claim to be. A study just published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that the drinks did not improve energy, boost weight loss or improve concentration; and they may actually be dangerous.
Those most at risk include children and teens, especially those with a history of diabetes, seizures, and mood and behavior disorders. Most energy drinks contain between 70-80 mg of caffeine, double that of most cola drinks, as well as guarana – a plant that contains caffeine, taurine – an amino acid, vitamins, herbals supplements and sweeteners. The American Beverage Association responds, “This literature review does nothing more than perpetuate misinformation about energy drinks, their ingredients and the regulatory process.”
By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of The American Academy of Personal Training
Want to lower your risk of heart disease? Start eating more fiber. The National Cancer Institute reports that eating a diet rich in fiber can reduce your risk of dying from heart disease by 22%. Eating more fiber can also lower your risk of getting some cancers, diabetes and obesity. The USDA guidelines encourage Americans to up their fiber by eating certain fruits, vegetables and whole grains. You should try to eat 25 grams of fiber per day.
New research suggests that people who get less than 6 hours of sleep a night have a 50% increased risk of developing colon cancer adenomas or benign tumors. This is compared to those who are lucky enough to get at least 7 hours of sleep time. If not treated, adenomas can turn into cancerous tumors. Sleep problems have also been connected to heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
You may be proud that you made the switch from sugary soft drinks to low calorie sodas, but new research suggests that decision may have put your head and heart at risk. Scientists followed over 2500 New Yorkers for over nine years. What they found was alarming…
People who drank a diet soda every day had a 61% higher risk for heart attack and stroke. Surprisingly, researchers are not suggesting giving up the diet sodas for good. Not yet, anyway. More studies are needed because this report only established a link, not a cause and effect. Still, unsweetened beverages are a better choice.