The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #118 – Taco Flavored Kale Chip Recipe, How Vegans Can Boost Metabolism, and a Remedy for Insomnia

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Here’s a recap of the best health and fitness articles I’ve read over the past week.



Spicy Taco Flavored Kale Chips

A coworker sent this to me but I haven’t tried it yet. I love plain ol’ homemade kale chips using olive oil, salt and sometimes cayenne, so I’m sure I’ll love these. Very gourmet!



My Unexpected Journey into PubMed

If you love doing research and if you’ve ever thought about trying to get a study published, there are some helpful tips for first-timers here. Some researcher I am though, I didn’t even know about jissn. It’s open-access and all articles are freely available to everyone and without registration. Cool!



This DIY Treadmill Desk Helps You Stay Fit While You Work

I would have never thought about buying a simple adjustable workbench to use as a standing desk. It’s not likely that I’ll set up a treadmill desk, but a simple standing desk would be awesome.



Increase Metabolism on a Vegan Diet

I never thought much about my body temperature being regulated by the food I eat but I get it checked regularly as part of my blood donation routine and I’m normal (usually around 98.4). I’m interested in seeing how some of my other vegan friends test.



Spybike and Spylamp bicycle GPS trackers

My local news station ran an investigative story about how bike thieves will steal pretty much any bike and they used the SpyLamp from this company to track down the thieves. I want one! It’s a GPS built right into a working taillight which will notify you by text messages if your bike moves.



Can’t Fall Back Asleep? “Sleepy Dust”—An Unconventional Nutritional Remedy for Insomnia

I don’t wake up in the middle of the night very often but it does happen occasionally. It happened just last weekend actually, but I don’t mind too much when I don’t have to work the next day. I wish I would’ve known about this a long time ago. Al you need is 5 tbsp organic cane sugar, 1 tbsp sucanat/rapadura, and 2 tsp. real sea salt. Easy! When you need it just take a pinch of your mixture.



16 Foods That’ll Re-Grow from Kitchen Scraps

We’ve grown only green onions from their scraps here at our house. We love it! I can’t wait to try these other ideas.

The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #117 – Homemade Non-GMO Corn Tortillas, Safe Sunscreens and Toxic Tampons

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Here’s a recap of the best health and fitness articles I’ve read over the past week.



In search of non-GMO corn tortillas

I’ve been doing my best to avoid GMOs and non-organic foods in addition to gluten, so in those regards, I’ve stopped eating flour tortillas. I’ve been buying organic tortillas from my local health food store, but I don’t believe they are non-GMO, which led me to search the web for a brand that is and in my search I came across this recipe. It sounds really easy and Bob’s Red Mill Masa Harina is really cheap too.



Whistle Activity Monitor for Dogs

Whistle is a technology company dedicated to creating products that benefit the health of pets. Their first product, The Whistle Activity Monitor, is like a FitBit but for dogs. The Whistle attaches to your pet’s collar, collects data on activity and provides a report for you or your veterinarian so that you can make informed healthcare decisions. The Whistle will cost 99.95 and can be preordered right now. I don’t know when it will officially launch.



BPA, the plastic food packaging, may be partially responsible for obesity

Yet another study showing the negative health effects of consuming foods that have come into contact with BPA. I don’t know if all of my Tupperware is BPA-free but after reading this I’m finally going to go through all of my containers and make sure.



Sun protection and safe sunscreen tips

I’m one of those people who never use sunscreen even though I know I should. It’s not because I want a tan or anything like that. I’m just lazy. There’s a handy list of safe sunscreens at the end of this article if you want to jump right to it. I like the Kiss My Face brand because they don’t test on animals so I’ll probably pick up a bottle of that.



One set, not three, is enough for strength gains over a 10-week session, says new research

If three sets of an exercise resulted in the same outcome as one set, which option would you rather do? I’m guessing you’d do one set and get the hell out of the gym. Well this study shows that one set actually could be better than three. I think this is basically what Doug McGuff, MD has been teaching for a while now.



Anti-smoking medication shows promise for treating alcohol dependence

I love seeing studies like this. It’s so cool that a drug that was created for one purpose also works to treat other illnesses. Science! I have two family members who struggle with alcoholism so hopefully this study results in something bigger.



Chipotle Starts Labeling GMO Ingredients On Website Menu

I’m a big fan of Chipotle, but now that I know that most of their menu consists of GMO ingredients, I probably won’t be eating there much anymore. If I avoid GMO’s at Chipotle, I can eat black beans, guacamole, lettuce, and any of their salsas. I can’t eat their tortillas, tacos, chips or rice. Also, I really hate when people call Chipotle, Chipoltay, like the guy in this video does. I hate it almost as much as GMOs.



Toxic Tampons: Feminine Hygiene Alternatives

Not being a woman myself, I would have never thought about this, but I’m sending this to my significant other for sure. I care about her health as much as I do mine.

The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #116 – Yoga is Good For Your Brain, Heavy-Ass Dropsets, and DIY Farmer’s Walk Bars

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Here’s a recap of the best health and fitness articles I’ve read over the past week.



A 20-minute bout of yoga stimulates brain function immediately after

We all have time for a quick 20 minute yoga session, don’t we? I know I do, but I admit that I don’t make time for it, even though I know all of the benefits. I really should make it a goal of mine to do yoga at least a couple of times per week.



Better than “Bulletproof” Coffee

Uh oh, someone is calling out Dave Asprey, the creator of Upgraded Coffee. She makes some very interesting counterpoints to Dave’s claims. Personally, I really like Dave Asprey, but I do find some of his beliefs to be somewhat questionable. This was really a great post. Her blog is going into my regular rotation!



High Intensity Back Training – Heavy Ass Dropsets

Dropsets are hard enough, but to reach failure on a dropset and then go back up the ladder with more weight is going to take a strong mind and a will that most people probably don’t have. Keep your bucket nearby 😉



Suja Juice, Cold Pressed Juice delivered to your door

These juices sound delicious. Too bad they’re so expensive. For the cost of three of these you could buy all of the ingredients needed to make all of the different flavors. Of course, most people don’t typically have a cold-press juice machine. I’m actually going to use the ingredients in these to make smoothies.



DIY Farmer’s Walk Implements

I was going to build my own farmer’s walk handles using 4×4’s but the cost of all of the plumbing parts needed to attach sturdy handles to the wood (about $130 total), I would rather spend another $30-50 for professionally welded bars. But this version of DIY farmer’s walk handles is much more affordable. If I purchased these parts new at Home Depot it would cost around $60-70 total (I already priced it) , but I bet I can find these pipes at the scrap yard for under $20.

The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #115 – Wifi May Be Harmful To Your Health, Mastering the Squat and the Health Benefits of Smoking

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Danish Students Attract International Attention with Cress and Wifi Experiment

Whoa, I’m not sleeping with my phone next to my bed anymore. Or I’ll at least put my phone in airplane mode from now on. I’ve been using airplane mode all week so far. I was thinking about unplugging my router before bed, but I wonder if it would be better to put it on a plug-in timer. I’ll just have to set it late enough so that it doesn’t mess with our internet use on the weekends.



Five Best Exercise Headphones

I’ve never had luck with earphones when exercising until I found these Sennheiser MX85 Sport Series II Twist to Fit Earbuds on Amazon. I’ve put those things through some strenuous workouts and I’ve never had a problem. They have made my ears a little sore though on some of my longer bike rides. They also don’t have a mic or in-line controls.



Master the Squat

Another fantastic article to help you work on your squat technique. There are a lot of technical tips here, warm-up info and even some notes on additional exercises to help supplement the squat exercise. I love the section on modifying squat stances based on leg and back length.



Growing glutes without growing the legs

I’m sure many women worry about their legs getting too muscular when they start doing exercises like squats and deadlifts. This article explains how to prevent that from happening while still being able to workout the glutes. Personally, I love women with strong muscular legs. 😉



The Health Benefits of Smoking

If there is an article that requires being as open-minded as possible, this would have to be it. Could you imagine smoking tobacco for the health benefits? In addition to what the author discusses, if you click some of the links near the end of the article, you can see that nicotine may help in treatment for schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and people with autoimmune diseases. It can prevent cartilage deterioration and can stimulate cognitive function and creativity. I don’t plan on ever smoking again, but to all of my smoking friends, I will definitely recommend that they switch to roll-your-own, organic, additive free, pure tobacco. And if they can afford it, to smoke it in a vaporizer.

The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #114 – Cinnamon May Prevent Alzheimer’s, Alternative Glute Ham Raise Exercises and Are Diet Sodas Really Making You Fat?

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Here’s a recap of the best health and fitness articles I’ve read over the past week.



Cinnamon compounds have the potential ability to prevent Alzheimer’s

Cinnamon is no cure, but it shows promise in preventing Alzheimer’s. There aren’t any recommended dosages yet, but the researchers of this study suggest not using more than what you would typically use when cooking. If you’re not already using cinnamon in your food, it’s time to start!



Squat Like A Boss: How To Fix The 3 Most Common Squat Mistakes

Tony Gentilcore is now a contributing author on bodybuilding.com and his first article on the site is awesome. It’s packed full of squat tips. He also followed up on his own site on head position, which commenters on bodybuilding.com kept asking about.



Sadistic Strength Methods: Sadiv Sets

This sounds like a brutal routine. I think I’m too afraid to try it. If I ever need a shock to my system, for example if I plateau, maybe I’ll come back to this one and give it a try.



Teaching your kids about food will not cause eating disorders

There are good ways and bad ways to teach kids about food. You don’t want to deprive your kids of certain food groups, but you should educate them. And when you give your kids sweets and snacks, make it a healthier version of that food. Instead of giving them a bag of highly processed BBQ Lays potato chips, find some organic non-GMO chips with an ingredient list you can read. Or you can even make your own chips. With kids being diagnosed with high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes at earlier ages and more frequently then ever before, education is becoming very important.



“Natural” Glute Ham Raise (GHR) Alternatives – YouTube

I just started a new routine and one of the exercises is the glute ham raise and since I work out from home, I don’t have a glute ham raise machine just laying around so I had to look for some alternatives. This video shows a whole bunch of different ways to do the exercise. I used a barbell in my power rack to hold my feet and an ab roller to assist me.



The Risks of Sitting and 5 Things You Can Do To Counteract Them

This is an awesome PDF article. By now, most of you should be familiar with the negative health effects of sitting, and this article goes into a few of those details, but most of what this article discusses are the things you can do to counteract those negative health effects. There’s some great stuff here and lots of links to additional info. The friend who sent this article to me also sent me a link to this sweet standing desk. How awesome would it be to have that?! Too expensive for me though.



Sitting Is the Smoking of Our Generation

And while were on the topic of the risks of sitting, here’s an interesting post from the Harvard Business Review. Walking-meetings are a great idea! I rarely do meetings, but the next time I have a meeting I’m going to suggest taking a walk instead of booking the conference room.



What You Need to Know About Rhabdomyolysis: Insights from the University of Iowa Incident

I’ve never had Rhabdomyolysis caused by over-exertion during exercise, but I wouldn’t doubt if I’ve been really close. One time I actually had to call in to work because my legs hurt so bad I couldn’t walk. If you’re a trainer or even if you’re not a trainer but helping to train a friend or partner, heed the tips at the end of this article to prevent exertional rhabdo.



The Kale Shake is Awesome – So Upgrade It

I keep hearing about Joe Rogan’s awesome famous Kale Shake, but I also hear that it tastes pretty bad. If it doesn’t taste good, there’s no way I’ll be able to stick to it, but Dave Asprey has made some upgrades to it and he claims that it tastes great. I’ll see about that! Ben Greenfield took Dave Asprey’s idea and made some modifications of his own to the kale shake, namely the addition of cinnamon and protein powder and swapping kale out with spinach.



Bug and weed killers may up Parkinson’s risk

Exposure to pesticides, and bug and weed killers increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by 33 to 80 percent. That’s a lot! More reason to buy organic foods, or use a veggie wash when not buying organic, and to not use poisons on your lawn or around the house.



A Love Affair with Pulp

Anyone who has ever juiced has thought about ways they can re-use the pulp leftover from their juices. Here’s a great recipe on using pulp to make wraps, or if you dehydrate longer, chips. I’m doing this!



The Vitamin Deficiency That is Written All Over Your Face

If you’re deficient in Vitamin K2, you may have extensive wrinkles or skin sagging. That’s a visible symptom. Vitamin K2 is also needed for bone and kidney health, protecting against heart disease, preventing cancer and promoting brain function. Since I’m vegan, the best source for me to get K2 is in natto, or fermented soybeans, which I’ve tried before and didn’t really enjoy. Maybe I just need to suck it up and keep trying. I did eat it plain though, so perhaps I should mix it in with something tastier.



As Seen On Twitter: Diet Sodas Make You Fat

You might have seen all the news all over Facebook and Twitter this past week about the dangers of diet sodas. I saw it myself several times. Well here’s an interesting point of view from Keifer who disagrees with some of the points the media are making in regards to the study.