Students of nutrition are aware that today's food is less nutritious than foods consumed by the previous generations.
As the global demand for food has grown, farming methods have become more efficient. Attention has shifted from nutritive content to food production volume. Unfortunately this has resulted in food being less nutritious than in times past.
While the addition of external vitamins and minerals to food products has been successful in times past (with the addition of niacin to bread), foods grown to be nutritious are still the best option. The body absorbs naturally occurring vitamins and minerals more efficiently than their synthetic counterparts.
Still, the addition of vitamins and minerals to food will give bodybuilders peace of mind that they are protected against any nutrient deficiencies.
Source: John Finley. NUTRITION FROM THE LAB: Selenium-Enriched Foods Boost State's Potential. Grand Forks Herald.
Many bodybuilders drink coffee prior to exercise because of its caffeine content. Caffeine has been used as a performance enhancer for years.
However, bodybuilders should question this practices as new research has shown that consuming more than one cup of coffee per day is linked with cardiovascular inflammation.
Caffeine is a potent drug and should be used with caution and care. Bodybuilders who abuse this drug can damage their bodies and diminish their health.
Source: Zampelas A, Panagiotakos DB, Pitsavos C, Chrysohoou C, Stefanadis C. Associations between coffee consumption and inflammatory markers in healthy persons: the ATTICA study. Am J Clin Nutr. 2004 Oct;80(4):862-7.
Scientists are researching ways to offset the side-effects of alcoholic binge drinking in the ongoing quest to defeat the morning-after hangover blues.
The good news is that prickly-pear extract has shown promise as a hang-over treatment. Users report a significant decrease in, or the absence of, symptoms like dehydration and dry-mouth.
While the development of a hangover preventative is welcome news, the best and healthiest cure for a hangover is to be responsible and exercise restraint.
Alcohol consumption in excess is detrimental to the bodybuilders physique. It matters little if alcohol is low-carb or high-carb: alcohol increases estrogen levels, promotes dehydration, and this will result in fat storage and a reduction in free testosterone.
No matter how you slice it, a hangover pill is not the answer. Taking your health seriously is about making health-conscious choices - not making wrong ones and attempting to escape the consequences.
Acupuncture has been an important part of the traditional Chinese medicine system for thousands of years. Acupunctures popularity in the West has increased in the past decade, and it is estimated that 50 million North Americans undergo acupuncture procedures annually.
People who suffer from arthritis are one of the largest groups to undergo acupuncture treatments, and new research has shown that arthritis drugs are more effective at eliminating arthritic pain when used in conjunction with acupuncture.
The low-carb fever that once swept the nation is slowly giving way to common-sense and sound nutritional practices.
New research has shown that low-carb diets can hurt your heart. Many foods like brown-rice and oatmeal are high in fiber and vitamins and minerals, and the elimination of these foods from the diet can adversely impact health.
Avoiding simple carbohydrates and consuming limited amounts of complex carbohydrates is the answer to losing body fat. Carbohydrates have limited application, but they should not be entirely removed from your nutrition plan.
Source: USA Today.
Every bodybuilder knows that antioxidants are useful and necessary. Antioxidants help you make gains in the gym by protecting muscle tissue and overall health. Because of these benefits, bodybuilders use nutritional supplements like multivitamins to ensure that they maintain high antioxidant levels.
Grapes have long been known to be a rich source of antioxidants. Scientists have examined the antioxidant content of both wine and grape juice and have found that grape juice made from concord grapes has higher antioxidant levels than wine. It has been said that wine is good for your heart because of its flavonoid content. Grape juice now seems to be superior for this purpose, so drink up!
Source: Medical News Today. Grape Juice Beats Wine in New Antioxidant Tests.
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