Intermittent fasting is a currently popular diet trend that does not restrict what or how much you eat, but rather when you eat. There are several versions of intermittent fasting: Eat-Stop-Eat Alternate day fasting: no eating for 24 hours for anywhere from 1 to 4 non-consecutive days per week, most commonly 1-2 days of fasting […]
Standing desks: Are they worth the hype?
A major problem for office workers (and even physicians), is that they sit down for most of the day working at a computer. People who sit a lot every day have an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and early death. Sitting burns fewer calories and research has shown a link to weight gain and […]
Let’s walk 10,000 steps a day
You’ve probably heard that you should walk 10,000 steps per day for fitness and weight loss. How did they come up with this amount? Is this a fitness myth or is there any research that shows that it works? In 1965, Japanese company Yamasa Toki introduced their new step-counter, which they called Manpo-Kei. This translated […]
The Importance of Getting our ZZZZZs
For those of us who suffer from a poor night’s sleep, we all know that feeling cranky and irritable the next morning is to be expected. But did you know that chronic sleep deprivation can have much more serious and surprising consequences than just impairing our memory and affecting our mood? Ongoing lack of sleep […]
The Healing Properties of Medical Cannabis Oil?
Background: What is CBD? Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical occurring naturally in the cannabis plant. Cannabis contains many different chemicals, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which has psychoactive, intoxicating properties. CBD does not have intoxicating properties. What is CBD used for? CBD oil (oil containing CBD extracts) is marketed and sold for use treating a variety of […]
Don’t Skip the Gym: It Could Be as Bad as Smoking!!
How surprising is to hear that not exercising can be worse for your health than smoking? According to a new study published at the Cleveland clinic this was in fact found to be true. Background Current literature shows that the better your cardiorespiratory fitness (aka fitness level), the lower your risk of mortality. Exercise can […]
The RBG Workout
How does Just Ruth Bader Ginsburg remain so active and fit even at the age of 85? The RBG Workout is an hour-long routine that Justice Ginsburg does twice a week with her personal trainer, Bryant Johnson. Do you want to be as fit as the Notorious RBG (a.k.a Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg)? […]
How much alcohol is good for you?
All the studies about alcohol can leave you a bit confused. But research suggests that you still need to keep moderation in mind when you raise a glass. I have previously written about red wine in particular, and the suggestion that it can boost health, especially heart health, because of its antioxidant resveratrol. Alcohol use […]
Is your Mattress or Pillow Causing you Spine Pain?
We spend nearly one third of our lifetime in bed. It’s natural to presume all this time on mattresses and pillows has an effect on the musculoskeletal system, pain levels while awake, and ultimately our ability to function. The evidence on this topic is sparse. Furthermore the evidence that exists is diluted with sensational articles […]
Artificial Sweeteners: The Science
What are artificial sweeteners? Artificial sweeteners or Low-calorie sweeteners (LCS) are synthetic sugar substitutes up to 8000 times sweeter than sugar but with less food energy. They are metabolized more slowly than sugar which allows for stabilization of sugar levels. The FDA has approved 6 artificial sweeteners saccharin (Sweet ‘N Low) acesulfame (Sunett) aspartame (Equal) […]