The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #113 – Fluoride Could Cause Developmental Problems, Mental Health Issues Caused by Anabolic Steroids and a Study Showing Gluten as a Cause of Weight Gain


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

Developmental Fluoride Neurotoxicity: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

This study shows that fluoride exposure could negatively effect a child’s neurodevelopment. I really don’t know what to think about fluoride, but it just seems like there’s not enough data to prove that fluoride is beneficial, yet there’s quite a bit of research out there that support negative health effects of using it. I still use toothpaste containing fluoride, but that’s only because I’m working my way through a bunch of toothpaste I bought almost two years ago from Costco. When it’s gone, I’m switching to charcoal toothpaste.

2-A-Day Training for Radical Gains

I’ve never tried a workout program requiring morning and night workouts but athletes always talk about it. Of course they’re athletes and I’m not, so there you go. This program isn’t really for athletes though, since it’s designed to build mass as opposed to strength. If you have enough free time, money for extra food and a desire to put your body through some pain, this might be the workout for you!

Anabolic steroids may affect future mental health

Are the physical benefits offered by steroids worth the negative effects they have on the mind later in life? I say hell no! I want to be healthy and happy when I’m old.

How harmful is the pill?

I posted an article about this in last weeks update too, but after learning about it, I’ve become very interested in the topic. I’ve even convinced my partner to stop taking birth control. You don’t have to take hormonal contraceptives to prevent pregnancy or diseases. There are several birth control options listed here. One of the lubricants she mentions that can be used with condoms is Aloe Cadabra, which is organic and “practically edible.” Interesting! Check out the comments on the page for more helpful information.

Gluten-free diet reduces adiposity, inflammation and insulin resistance associated with the induction of PPAR-alpha and PPAR-gamma expression

The mice they tested in this study were fed either a 4.5% diet of gluten or no gluten at all. Despite there being no changes in the amount of food either groups were fed, the ones who consumed no gluten showed a reduction in body fat and weight gain.

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