Okay, tell the truth. At some point in your life, you dove head-in to a pile of “comfort food” when you were really, really stressed out, right?

Of course. We’ve all done it.  It might interest you to discover, then, that new research out of Ohio State University shows that the particular combination of stress and binging on so-called “comfort food” actually leads to a slower metabolism and more weight gain!

The extra calories in junk food are bad enough, but the slower metabolism alone- that is, not counting the extra binge calories at all- can lead to an extra 11 pounds over the course of a year.

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The Best Way To Take Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is a popular energy nutrient, but what’s the best way to take B12?  I like to take B12 in the mid to late afternoon, when I occasionally suffer from “brain fog”.

Oh, come on, you know what “brain fog” is.  It’s when you’ve been working or studying, and all of a sudden, you find yourself staring.  And staring.  And staring. And you just can’t seem to focus on anything. B12 is pretty good for cutting through that brain fog without having to resort to sucking down tons of caffeine, and then getting that dreaded post-caffeine crash and burn.  Take a little B12, and the fog clears without all the jitters or crash.  Works for me.

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Krill Oil Vs Fish Oil

A new popular product on the market is krill oil, a source of Omega-3 fatty acids similar to but different than fish oils.  So, not surprisingly, since I carry fish oil supplements in my product line, I often get the question “Krill oil vs fish oil… which is better?”

First off, in case you’re wondering, “What the hey is a krill?”, it’s a tiny shrimp-like animal that swims around in the ocean by the bazillion.  It sits at the bottom of the food chain and is food for all kinds of larger fish, including whales, who scoop them up by the bucketful and glup them down come feeding time.  Like fish, they too contain Omega-3 fatty acids, so the reasoning goes, if we squeeze fish to get Omega-3s, why not share the love with krill and squeeze them for the same reason?

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Live Longer with Green Tea, Study Shows

Live Longer with Green Tea, Study Shows

green tea health benefitsA study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that drinking green tea can help you live longer.  Many studies in the past have examined the specific health benefits of either green tea, or the active antioxidants in green tea, but this study examined the actual consumption of tea and compared it to mortality rates in Japanese adults.

The Ohsaki National Health Insurance Cohort Study

This study began back in the ’90s in Japan, following over forty thousand adults over the age of 40 without any history of major chronic disease (heart disease, cancer, that sort of nasty stuff).  Individuals were followed up on over the course of the next eleven years to see how many had died from any cause. Participants filled out a questionnaire that asked some basic questions about daily nutrition habits, including the consumption of green tea.  This makes this study very similiar to the Nurse’s Health Study, a study that has followed over 100,000 nurses over the course of decades (except, since it’s an American study, they don’t specifically ask about green tea).

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Plyometric Chest Exercises

Plyometric Chest Exercises

If you’re looking to push through a plateau in your training, or just try something extra challenging in your chest workout, try one of these plyometric chest exercises that I’ve been doing lately (and having a real love/hate relationship with).  Be forewarned, though… they’re pretty intense.

What’s A Plyometric Chest Exercise?

Plyometrics is a term for a particular type of exercise favoring fast, explosive movements.  The idea is to train the muscles to produce a lot of speed and power as quickly as possible.  While this is related to raw strength, this isn’t necessarily the same thing.

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