Ketogenic Diets and Cognition

Ketogenic diets were first introduced to help epilepsy sufferers and many studies have found them to be effective at treating this condition. There is also a lot of evidence that ketogenic diets can help people who have suffered brain injury.

A lot of brain disorders occur due to a lack of proper energy production [1]. Ketones are seen by some scientists to be more efficient at producing energy than glucose, which could explain why ketogenic diets are so effective at treating these disorders.

What a lot of scientists are starting to claim is that the ketogenic diet may be effective as a neuroprotective. This means that the diet can help reduce the risk of certain brain disorders. A 2014 study found that “due to its neuroprotective capacity, the [ketogenic diet] may also hold potential benefit for the treatment of other neurological or neurodegenerative disorders” [2].

It’s early days yet, and people with neurological disorders shouldn’t immediately throw out their medication (definitely don’t do that). But this could be a real benefit in the future. Also, considering the more efficient production of energy, the ketogenic diet may help people think clearer, improve their memory, and their decision making skills.




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Cool Summer Workouts: How to Stay Active and Cool This Summer

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "Summer Workouts"Summer is not the time to give up on exercise just because of the heat. Some people have no trouble sticking to their exercise routine no matter how hot it gets, but that’s not most people. There’s nothing to feel guilty about if you can’t take the heat, but it also does not mean that we forgo exercise until the weather gets cooler. The whole objective is to continue an active lifestyle for a lifetime so we want to find ways to stay active throughout the the year.

Where to Start Beating the Summer Heat

It’s best to let go of any expectations about exercise. There ought to be no rules about how, when or where we should exercise and no rules about what type of exercise we should engage in. It doesn’t matter if running, walking, tread mills, or any other type of exercise is the latest rage. The important thing is that we move consistently. The body doesn’t care how we move – just that we move. It doesn’t even have to be considered exercise to be exercise. For example, playing with your kids or grandchildren in the pool may not be considered formal exercise but, if kept at a steady pace, it can be.

Just because you walk the rest of the year doesn’t mean you have to walk in the summer. If you take such an all-or-nothing approach to exercise and you can’t take the heat of summer, you’ll probably do nothing when it’s hot. In addition, this type of thinking keeps you from being creative enough to find other activities that are good exercise and will keep you active all summer.

Six Steps to Finding the Right Exercise for Summer

Here are some steps to take in finding the right exercise for those “too hot” days:

  1. Make a list of places you can exercise that are cool enough for you. These may include shady areas, your house, the office, the mall, outside in the evening, and in water.
  2. Make a list of ways that you like to “move.” This list might include dancing, stepping, swimming, water aerobics, cleaning house, jumping rope, gardening, using an exercise DVD, and so on.
  3. Review accurate information on how to exercise properly to get the results you wish to get. The objective here is to move at a pace that gets your heart rate up enough where your body needs to breath deeply but not to the extent where you cannot have a conversation with someone while you’re exercising. We want to be breathing heavily but not to the point of pain.
  4. Decide which exercises on your list you would like to start with and how you will be able to make them “aerobic.”
  5. Set aside the time when you will engage in your summer exercise program. If you had a doctor appointment you would make sure nothing interfered with that time. Your exercise time should be given the same priority. If anyone asks to see you during your exercise time, just say, “I’m sorry. I have a commitment then.”
  6. Nothing says that you have to do the same form of exercise all summer. The more you vary exercise, the more enjoyable it will be and the more likely that you will want to continue it.

The summer heat doesn’t have to get in the way of your work outs as long as you know how to stay active and cool.

Kettlebell Workouts Boost Strength and Stamina: An Old Execise Is New as Gyms Add these Rigorous Fitness Classes

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "Kettlebell Workout"Athletes and exercise buffs may be familiar with kettlebells, but most people have never seen these cast iron weights that look like a cannonball with a handle. They come in various sizes, from four pounds up to 108. Men often start out using a 35 pound kettlebell, and women, six to 15 pounds. Kettlebells have actually been around since the Russian Tsarist era when they were used as a strength training tool and then later for weight lifting competitions. They were little known outside of Russia until kettlebell guru, Pavel Tsatsouline, introduced these exercise routines to the U.S. military, police units and professional athletes. Within the last few years, kettlebell workouts have become more popular as they caught the attention of fitness trainers. You’ll now find ketttlebell classes in gyms and health clubs across the country.

Why the Interest in Kettlebells?

The kettlebell workout is a whole body workout using a variety of muscle groups, especially abdominal muscles, to lift and control the kettlebell as you power it through the various swing and squat exercises. The workout is high intensity, combining weight training and cardio. If you stick to it, you can get into good shape fairly quickly, said Artemis Scantalides, a master personal trainer and certified kettlebell instructor in the Boston area. Scantalides also taught kettlebell classes at health clubs in New York City and Washington D.C.

“The power movements give you quick results and that makes it different. And it’s more fun than doing a bench press or bicep work,” said Scantalides.

Offers Variety

Shortly after 9 a.m. one morning at the Boston Sports Club in Newton, Massachusetts, a group of five fit women were powering through a kettlebell class, beads of sweat visibly running down faces, as they each swung a kettlebell over their shoulders, around squatted knees and snapped them forward to chest height with the strength of their legs and glutes. Anyone passing by looking into the window of the studio took a double take. After 15 repetitions of each exercise, and close to an hour of kettlebelling, the women had a truly exhaustive workout. For a few of the women, it was a great way to spice up their exercise routines.

“I like to mix up my workouts and kettlebells are really challenging,” said Maureen Sullivan.

For Madeline Searle, the class gives her a chance to try something different and focus on weight training. “I run a few days a week, go spinning one day and other days work out on the elliptical, so this gives me the chance to do something I don’t do.

Take A Class or Get a Personal Trainer

To learn the proper techniques and form, regardless of your level of fitness, it’s best to have some training. If you use the kettlebells incorrectly you could easily injure your back, neck or shoulder or bruise your forearms or shins. It’s important to start with lower weights, increasing slowly when an experienced trainer thinks you’ve perfected each movement. There are many videos available, but it’s best to get some one-to one training. Classes are often small because trainers know they need to watch each person carefully when they’re first learning the exercises. As kettlebells enter the mainstream, classes and certified trainers are now easier to find than ever before.

It is also important to stay hydrated during an intense training session and use the top intra-workout supplements that will assist in improved performance, reduced fatigue, and hydration.

Some of the science behind the intra-workout ingredients: L-Leucine, Betaine, and Citrulline.

“The fitness industry evolves just like any other and is always looking for the next thing to help people feel good and see results,” Scantalides said.

Other workouts that can boost strength and stamina: The Ultimate Shoulder Workout for Huge Delts

How to Have a Playground Workout: Tips for Working Out on Swings, Jungle Gyms, Slides and See-saws

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "Playground Workout"Playgrounds aren’t just for kids. They make ideal workout centers for adults as well as children. If you don’t have the money to invest in a gym membership, take heart. All you need to do is find a nearby playground as it works as a good gym substitute. That’s what many mothers of small children, as well as childless adults are doing to stay fit. What’s more, a popular DVD, “Playground Workout” helps to outline how to use a playground as a gym for a full bodied workout.

Bench Stretches and Push-ups

Stretching – Before you start any exercise routine, you need to first do stretching exercises. You don’t have to look far, as playground benches are ideal for doing stretches. Besides stretching your legs, there are other good stretching exercises you can do from a playground bench including stretches that focus on legs, calves, hamstrings, and thighs.

Push-ups – Find a low-lying bench. With each palm planted on a bench seat, pull yourself up and do as many push-ups as you’re able to do. Challenge yourself by doing more each time .

Jungle Gym Chin-ups and Squats

Chin-ups – Also known as money bars, jungle gyms are excellent for doing chin-ups. Find a bar that’s low enough, yet just high enough to pull yourself up. Jump up and grab a bar. Then pull your chin up as far as you can go, repeating the process.

Pole squats – Jungle gyms also work well for pole squats. Grab a pole and squat down, pulling yourself up.

Slides for Stair Walking

Stair workout – It’s better to use the slide for a stair workout when the playground isn’t filled with children, as you don’t want to get in their way. Run and down the stairs of the slide, just as you would climb any set of stairs. Some daring gymnasts even run up the slide and back, but that doesn’t set a good example if a child may be watching.

See-saws and Swings

See-saw weight lifts– Have someone else (about your size or larger) sit on one side of a see-saw. Then place your hands firmly down on the other side of the see-saw, pushing down as you try to lift the other person in the air as high as you can.

Swing push-ups – Push-ups can also be done with swings. Find side-by-side swings used by toddlers (that are lower to the ground than the ones used by older kids). Place a hand in each swing and do push-ups. You can also use a playground bench for push-ups. Again, make sure you’re not hogging swings from small children .

Picnic Table Push-ups

Get in a face down position with your chest on a picnic table. While still supported by the table, place your hip bones at the edge. Then lift your legs up straight, keeping them parallel to the ground. Repeat the push-ups at least ten times (or more if you’re able.)

Additional Tips

Don’t go alone. Have a friend (or several buddies) join you. It’s a good idea not only for safety reasons, but you can encourage one another, as well as have fun together.

Bring music. Working out is always more fun when done to music, so bring along a CD player or boom box.

Finally, keep a journal of your workout routines. Challenge yourself by gradually increasing the exercises you do. After a few months you’ll be surprised at your progress, as well as how much money you‘ve saved by not joining a gym.

Buy Workout Clothes that Give Back to Charities: Athletic Clothing Gifts for Her that Benefit Breast Cancer Research

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "workout clothes"When it is time to purchases workout wear for yourself or as a Christmas gift for her, consider buying brands that give back to charities. Some brands make donations to charities for purchases during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Brands like Nike, Under Armour and New Balance have programs that donate funds to breast cancer research for purchases all year long or until a maximum donation has been reached. It’s a win-win purchase everyone can feel good about even after Breast Cancer Awareness Month ends.

Under Armour Athletic Clothing

Under Armour is one company that is committed to help fund breast cancer research. The company’s Power in Pink campaign includes Under Armour’s zip hoodies as well as tops, pants, shorts, socks, sweatbands and more. For every Power in Pink purchase, Under Armour donates $2 to breast cancer charities. Under Armour’s Partner Organizations and funding recipients include the American Breast Cancer Foundation, ASL Cancer Fund, Casting for Recovery, Hoffberger Breast Center at Mercy, and The Red Devils.

Know a woman who loves to run and is committed to finding a cure for breast cancer? Under Armour tank tops may be the perfect birthday or Christmas present for her. Sizing guidelines with U.S. sizes, bust, waist and hip measurements are available online at the company’s website.

Nike’s Kay Yow Basketball Collection

Nike’s commitment to funding breast cancer research comes as a partnership with the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund. Yow was a former North Carolina State University head women’s basketball coach and a past president and founding member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. She established the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund in 2007 and succumbed to breast cancer in 2009. The cancer fund receives $2 from each purchase from the collection.

Nike’s Kay Yow Collection includes basketball equipment like women’s basketball shoes. The Kay Yow Blue Chip Low Basketball Shoe ($70), Nike Kay Yow t-shirt ($20) and Kay Yow basketball ($25) feature the Kay Yow pink ribbon logo. Purchase a basketball for a teen girl for Christmas and encourage her love of basketball while feeling good about a purchase that gives back to charity.

New Balance Lace Up for the Cure

New Balance has perhaps the most extensive collection of women’s workout clothing products that benefit cancer research. The company’s Lace Up for the Cure® collection donates 15 percent of wholesale sales from the collection to Susan G. Komen for Cure®. Each year, Komen receives a minimum donation of $500,000 up to a maximum of $1 million from New Balance.

The Lace Up for the Cure collection includes running pants, capri pants, athletic shorts, polo shirts, tank tops, henleys, vests, fleece zip-up jackets and New Balance walking, training and running shoes. Not all of the items are hot pink, but they all feature Komen’s signature pink logo and they all contribute to finding a cure for breast cancer. New Balance’s website has a fit guide for shoes and apparel to make choosing Christmas and birthday gift purchases easier.

When it’s time to replace workout clothes, consider choosing brands that give back to charities. Under Armour, Nike and New Balance are three popular brands of women’s athletic clothing that make donations to fund breast cancer research all year long instead of just during Breast Cancer Awareness month. Buy workout clothes as Christmas and birthday clothing gifts for women from the Power in Pink, Kay Yow and Lace Up for the Cure collections to feel good about purchases that help fund cancer research.

Are Gym Workouts Good for Your Health?

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "Gym Workouts"One of my patients – let me call him Robert for reasons of anonymity -has recently started going to the gym three days a week.

Programme of Regular Physical Exercise

Now there is nothing strange in a man deciding to commence a programme of regular physical exercise and working out in a gymnasium (although I am amazed at what some of these modern gyms charge their customers for the privilege of exhausting themselves in air-conditioned comfort) but in the case of this particular patient, the news of his sudden interest in physical exercise amazed me.

The reason for my amazement is that Robert has just turned fifty. Moreover, he is of those people who during the past half century, never did much physical exercise. About the only weight lifting he used to do in school was when he had to carry from one class to another some of those heavy books he was so fond of reading – and the fastest running he has even done is running out of breath when walking up the stairs!

Physical Activity Prevents Ill Health

But I have realized that Robert is an example of that increasing band of people (who in the past we would have described as middle aged) who are now taking to regular physical activity. There are many grey haired folk pumping iron these days – lifting barbells, curling dumbbells and pushing or pulling weights on pulleys and machines – with the aim of building or toning up their muscles.

Why this 21st century desire to workout in gyms? Surely, by the time one reaches the halfway mark in life, there is no need to build up one’s biceps and try to look muscular – like Charles Atlas for those of my vintage (or like Arnold Schwarzenegger for those of the younger generation who are too young to remember Charles Atlas).

Resistance Exercises Prevent Diabetes

I believe that the main reason for all this enthusiasm on the part of folk like my friend Robert is that gym workouts (“Resistance exercises” as they are termed) are one of the best forms of maintaining good health. Keeping the muscles and joints working helps prevent the inevitable stiffness, arthritis and wasting of one’s muscles that comes on as one gets older. In very simple terms, exercising one’s muscles against resistance helps to burn up blood sugar. It then stands to reason that muscles which are used regularly burn up more blood sugar than muscles which are inactive – and strong well toned muscles obviously can burn up more blood sugar than weak muscles. Strengthening one’s muscles and using them frequently will help prevent the onset of diabetes – while for those who do have diabetes, physical exercise certainly helps achieve better blood sugar control.

Maintaining Normal Blood Pressure

And running on a treadmill or working out on a rowing machine or stepper is a good way of exercising your heart – which has to pump more strongly and move blood round your circulation faster as you move your limbs more rapidly. So this type of aerobic activity (which can be done in a gym even when the weather prevents you from doing it outside) helps keep the heart in good nick and the blood pressure within the normal range.

As an added benefit, if you burn up calories and tone up your muscles, you can naturally expect your weight to come down as well.

I think Robert has made a good decision. I don’t think he will ever win a body-building contest.