Chai tea has numerous health benefits.

Chai tea is a spicy, pungent drink made from some of the world’s most medicinally active herbs. There are thousands of chai recipes – many of which come from India – but the basic components of chai include black tea, cinnamon, ginger, clove, cardamom and black pepper. While each of these ingredients has its own powerful health benefits, their synergy creates a potent tea that may help support digestion, prevent cancer, lower blood sugar and promote cardiovascular health. Anti-Inflammatory Effects Many of the component herbs in chai tea are considered powerful anti-inflammatory agents. The World’s Healthiest Foods website notes […]

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Pocket-Sized Sensor Gives Instant Fat Burning Updates

Pocket-Sized Sensor Gives Instant Fat Burning Updates

July 24, 2013 — Fitness fanatics may soon be able to gauge if their hard work is paying off without the need for weighing scales thanks to a new device that can instantly tell if your body is burning fat. The device has been presented today, 25 July, in IOP Publishing’s Journal of Breath Research. Acetone is primarily produced in the blood when fat is broken down; however, it is also expelled through tiny sacs, called alveoli, in the lungs during exhalation and is therefore present in exhaled breath. This new device, which is capable of detecting acetone concentrations […]

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Watermelon Juice Relieves Post-Exercise Muscle Soreness

Watermelon Juice Relieves Post-Exercise Muscle Soreness

Aug. 14, 2013 — Watermelon juice’s reputation among athletes is getting scientific support in a new study, which found that juice from the summer favorite fruit can relieve post-exercise muscle soreness. The report in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry attributes watermelon’s effects to the amino acid L-citrulline. Encarna Aguayo and colleagues cite past research on watermelon juice’s antioxidant properties and its potential to increase muscle protein and enhance athletic performance. But scientists had yet to explore the effectiveness of watermelon juice drinks enriched in L-citrulline. Aguayo’s team set out to fill that gap in knowledge. They tested […]

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BMI Not Accurate Enough

body mass index chartAug. 22, 2013 — Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine point out that the body mass index (BMI), based on the weight and height, is not an accurate measure of body fat content and does not account for critical factors that contribute to health or mortality, such as fat distribution, proportion of muscle to fat, and the sex and racial differences in body composition.

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Protein-enhanced foods: The good, bad and ugly

Protein-enhanced foods: The good, bad and ugly

picture of tomatoes stuck with syringeThere is a developing trend in the world of nutrition. It seems that protein enhancement of many foods is becoming increasingly popular. Any time that you begin to alter the natural state of food, especially food that is already considered healthy, you run the risk of causing more damage than good.

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How Much Muscle Can You Gain Naturally?

How Much Muscle Can You Gain Naturally?

000a03a9_mediumAs a strength training newbie, if you do everything right you can gain twenty to thirty pounds of muscle in your first year of proper training. Thirty would be high and require some decent genetics but I’ve seen it happen.

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