Researchers recently set out determine if there was a relationship between fruit and vegetable intake and bone density. Surprisingly, fruit intake was more powerfully associated with healthy bones than was vegetable intake. This relationship was true for both young and older women. It is interesting to note that women in the United States consume calcium to an extent far beyond that of most other countries, and yet we have one of the highest bone-fracture rates due to osteoporosis! A balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and low in acidic foods such as soda and coffee will help you to build bones that last! And don't forget exercise, whey protein , and good mood! See the study here.
Cocoa is a hot topic in research these days. Cocoa contains a complex array of compounds that have been shown to increase blood flow to the brain (important in delaying/preventing age-related dementia), improve blood vessel function (important in prevent heart disease and strokes), improve sensitivity to insulin (preventing/treating type 2 diabetes), and lower blood pressure! A recent study showed that cocoa may be preventative against certain types of cancer. Much of the research on this subject comes from observing the island-dwelling Kuna people. These people drink more than 5 cups of a cocoa-rich drink per day. They have very little cardiovascular disease and very little hypertension. When these peoples move to nearby Panama, they tend to drop cocoa from their diet and cardiovascular disease and hypertension rise accordingly. Cocoa is a rich source of antioxidants and of a beneficial group of compounds called flavanols. Cocoa is also a natural source of arginine--an amino acid that can be converted to nitric oxide, which has a relaxing effect on blood vessels. Currently you can buy raw cocoa powder or nibs at health food stores. The powder can be mixed with whole, organic milk and agava nectar to produce the best hot cocoa you've ever had. The nibs can be sprinkled over yogurt or organic vanilla ice cream! Please note, regular processed chocolate does more harm than good! Learn how to use raw cocoa, or buy only organic dark chocolate!Research on the Kuna People
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A new study in the journal Manual Medicine compared exercise only to exercise plus chiropractic adjustments for people suffering from low back pain. Astonishingly, patients doing exercise only were eight times more likely to get worse than patients receiving adjustments plus exercises! The reason for this is simple. Exercise with a dysfunctional back is like revving up your engine when there's a problem with your radiator--the added stress will bring out the problem, not solve it. Chiropractic restores the radiator!--then suitable exercises can do their job in strengthening the low back. Check out this awesome study here