March 30, 2012
March 29, 2012
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March 28, 2012
Fat is an important nutrient which we cannot skimp. Eating too little fat or the wrong type of fat will slow metabolism. We see this all the time with people on low-fat diets who are exercising daily and not losing weight. Don’t be afraid of healthy fats such as olive oil, butter, nuts, avocadoes, and coconut oil. The recommended portion with every meal and snack is approximately 10 grams. Avoid hydrogenated and other refined oils (corn, soybean, cottonseed, canola), as they can desensitize insulin receptors, which eventually leads to insulin resistance and weight gain.
March 27, 2012
Experts have reviewed the study Science Translational Medicine for WebMD and say it is one of the first to document how human muscle cells respond to massage, a popular therapy that has struggled to gain respect as serious medicine. It echoes a 2008 study in rabbits, which found that rubbed muscle tissue recovered more strength after exercise than muscle tissue that was simply rested, with less swelling and inflammation.
As encouraging as these findings are, however, there’s still a lot the study isn’t able to say. Priscilla Clarkson, PhD, who studies post-exercise muscle soreness, cautions that the study didn’t look at whether massage actually improved pain.
“If a massage gives you temporary respite from the pain, by all means, try it. However, these molecular changes may have no effect – or may need to be elicited many times to have a lasting effect.” Clarkson, who is distinguished professor of kinesiology at University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
What’s also not known is whether massage may still be helpful if a person gets a rubdown hours or days after a hard workout instead of just mites. Still scientists who say they were once wary that massage had any real benefits, beyond relaxation, say they are starting to come around.
“I went into all this truly skeptical”, says Mark H. Rapaport MD, chair of the department of psychiatry and behavioral services at Emory University in Atlanta. “I’ve changed. I think there is something there. We saw a profound biological changes associated with it.” says Rapaport, referring to a 2010 study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, which found that Swedish Massage boosted immune function and decreased stress hormones compared by a placebo.”
“There’s a real consistency between their results, and our results,” Rapaport says, “I was amazed at how positive their results were based on a really brief intervention.”
What are your thoughts on massage as pain management?
March 26, 2012
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According to WebMD Health News, “If someone starts an endurance exercise training program, after two or four months of training, depending on the intensity, you essentially double the volume of mitochondria in muscle” says researcher Mark A. Tarnopolsky, MD, PhD, a professor of pediatrics and head of Neuromuscular and Neurometabolic Disease at McMaster University in Hamilton, ONtario, Canada.
Mitochondria, he says help the cell to take up and use oxygen “The ‘muscles’ ability to extract oxygen is proportional to the amount of mitochondria that are there.”
“Exercise plus massage seems to enhance that pathway,” Tarnopolsky says.
If further research can duplicate and expand on these findings, Tarnopolsky says that would mean that massage may be uniquely beneficial to muscle recovery and muscle growth.
In recent years, a number of studies have shown that remedies for muscle soreness that work by turning down inflammation – things like ice baths or anti-inflammatory medications – may also have a downside. They may also block muscle repair and growth, which depends on inflammation. “People were starting to feel it was a one-to-one link: You suppress inflammation, you [lessen] adaptation,” says Tarnopolsky, “But this appears to be an intervention that suppresses the inflammatory response, but still allows, and actually enhances, the [recovery] response.” The study was published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.
So what are your thoughts on the subject? Can massage actually help with inflammation due to exercise? Do the muscles have an enhanced pathway when adding massage with exercise?
March 23, 2012
March 22, 2012
Aveda’s stress-relieving blue oil helps dissolve tension and raise energy levels with the balancing aromas of refreshing peppermint and soothing blue camomile. When gently touched to skin, its special rollerball applicator releases the perfect amount of concentrate for on-the-spot, cooling acupressure therapy.
Calms body and mind
Conditions and relaxes scalp
Eases tired muscles
Excellent for self-massage
Slips into pocket
March 20, 2012
According to Time Healthland, “living without pain may not require potent drugs, according to the medical journal “Pain” – all you need is a fusion, quiet corner, and a mantra. Research has found that people who practice Zen meditation are less sensitive to pain. The University to Montreal exposed 13 Zen masters and 13 comparable non-practictioners to equal degrees of painful heat while measuring their brain activity in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner.”
The meditators reported feeling less pain then the control group, in fact they reported feelings of pain levels below what the output was from fMRI. They were able to find that while they were aware of the pain, the sensation wasn’t processed in the part of their brains responsible for feeling it. They feel the sensations, but they cut the process short, refraining from interpreting it as painful.
An ancient Eastern text describes two temporally distinct aspects of pain perception, the direct experience of the sensation and habitual, negative, mentioned which follows. It was suggested that the so-called “second dart’ of pain could be removed via meditative training, obliterating the suffering associated with noxious stimulation. Remarkably, the first claim parallels modern science which has demonstrated that cognitive and affective factors can greatly influence painful experience.
March 19, 2012
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According to the New York Times, “massage after a vigorous exercise not only feels good, but it helps to reduce pain and help muscles recover. Athletes and health professionals have long contended that it eases inflammation, improves blood flow and reduces muscle tightness, however no one knew until now why it has this beneficial effect.”
Nicholas Bakalar reported that researches found what happens to muscles when a masseur goes to work on them, muscles reduced the production of compounds called cytokines, which play a critical role in inflammation. Massage also stimulated mitochondria, the tiny powerhouses inside cells that convert glucose into energy essential for cell function and repair. Dr. Mark A. Tarnopolsky stated that “The bottom line is that there appears to be a suppression of pathways in inflammation and an increase in mitochondrial biogenesis, thus helping the muscle adapt to the demands of increased exercise.”
March 16, 2012
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