Whole foods burn 50% more calories than processed foods.
Do processed "diet" foods leave you with lingering hunger and a desire to nibble on other foods, thus leading you to consume more calories than if you had prepared a wholesome meal? Researchers have found we burn 50% more calories metabolizing whole foods (WF) than comparable processed food (PF) meals with the same number of calories. Diets with a high percentage of PFs result in increased energy assimilation and may contribute to obesity.
PositiveTip: Eat wholesome foods which are lower in calories and burn more in metabolism.
Inability to curb caffeine use is a growing health concern.
People often joke about their daily dependence on coffee, but new research is finding caffeine dependence is no laughing matter. A recent literature review cites population-based studies in which over 50% of regular caffeine users have serious trouble reducing or quitting their consumption, even if they have conditions negatively impacted by caffeine (pregnancy, heart condition, bleeding disorders). Consistent withdrawal symptoms and difficulty functioning also point to problematic use.
PositiveTip: Regular exercise, a wholesome diet and adequate sleep will help you stay alert without caffeine.
The majority of food supplements are untested and unregulated.
A 28-year-old female bodybuilder with no risk factors for liver disease was hospitalized with acute liver failure after taking herbal supplements as recommended on the label for increased energy and burning fat. These uncontrolled supplements contained usnic acid, green tea, and guggul tree extracts. An immediate liver transplant saved her life. Dietary supplements are responsible for almost 20% of drug-related liver injury, up from 7% ten years ago.
Volunteering in schools improves seniors' health, especially those with poorer health.
Seniors who volunteered in elementary schools teaching children to read for 15 hours a week for 9 months, were found to have better physical condition than before volunteering. Those in fair health prior to volunteering improved the greatest, with improved strength and energy, walking speed and stair-climbing.
PositiveTip: Volunteering to help others improves both mental and physical vitality of seniors.
Tired and exhausted most of the time? Try some moderate exercise!
Many humans today report they feel exhausted and tired most of the time. People who have well-defined medical conditions such as heart disease or cancer consistently report improved feelings of energy and less fatigue when they exercise regularly.
A recent six week randomized controlled trial of healthy young adults who reported persistent fatigue found improvements in feelings of energy. The subjects were randomly assigned to a moderate-intensity, low-intensity, or no treatment group. Participants visited the exercise lab three times per week for their exercise depending on which group they were in. Aerobic fitness was measured before and after the intervention.
Feeling tired & out of gas? Sleepiness interferes with daily activities in 1/3 of Americans.
Adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night for optimal performance and health. Without adequate rest on a regular basis the risk increases for:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Inferior work performance
- Risk of injury
Those who responded to the 2009 National Sleep Foundation poll indicated if they sleep less than 6 hours compared to 8 hours or longer they were less likely to:
- Exercise (28% vs. 8%)
- Eat a healthy diet (23% vs. 7%)
- Work efficiently and well (21% vs. 9%)
- Experience positive leisure time activities (30% vs. 7%)
PositiveTip: Sleep 7-9 hours on most days to experience your best!