There have been a lot of great studies on health and wellness recently published. Just wanted to share the most important ones with all of you. Make sure to click on the links for more information!
A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has confirmed that “waist circumference and hip-waist-ratio to be more reliable than body mass index in stratifying mortality risk in coronary artery disease patients.” In other words, it’s not how much you weight, but where you carry your weight, that is a greater determinant of health. Coronary artery disease is directly linked to an excess of fat tissue around the middle, rather than fat stored in the thighs or buttocks. (Source: CBC News)
We’re all familiar with the role that Vitamin D plays in regulating mood and bone health, but research is showing that a lack of Vitamin D is also linked with multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, dementia and even some cancers. We recommend you get at least 1000IU of Vitamin D per day from food sources, exposure to sunshine and supplementation. The best way to supplement Vitamin D is with an emulsified (liquid) D3 (rather than D2).
The Healthy Skeptic (a great blog!) has published a post about the ways pre-natal health can influence your children’s lifelong health trajectories. This is a must-read for all of you moms-to-be!
And last but not least, for those female athletes out there, it might be a good idea to take it easy on the workouts during the first week of your cycle. Australian researchers have found that thanks to reduced levels of estrogen during menstruation, female athletes are more likely to get injured at the beginning of their cycles than during other times of their cycle. But of course, this doesn’t mean you should skip out on exercise during that week! Numerous studies have shown that exercising helps elevate mood, lessen cramps, reduce bloating and alleviate headaches.