The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #154 – Why You Can’t Remember Being a Baby, Why Sunscreen in the US Sucks, and Food Ingredients That Sound Dangerous But Aren’t

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Research explains why you can’t remember being a baby (Science Alert)

When we’re babies we form brain cells at a higher rate than at any other time of our lives, because we’re learning so much. New research suggests that all the new neurons that we form as infants could be pushing out established memory circuits.



Paleo Portion Sizes: How Much Is Just Right?

People are so used to restricting how many calories they eat that they find it hard to believe that calories aren’t as meaningful when they’re on a paleo diet. That doesn’t mean the paleo diet can’t be unhealthy though. You need to eat a variety of foods for optimal nutrition and you certainly shouldn’t gorge yourself everyday.



Death by Caffeine

This neat little tool will tell you much caffeine it would take to kill you based on your drink of choice (coffee, energy drink, etc.) and your bodyweight. The only caffeine I drink is coffee, so based on my bodyweight (154 lb.), it would take 97.77 cups of coffee to kill me.



Your Sunscreen Is Really Out of Date. Here’s What Congress Is Doing About It

I’ve never been happy with the ingredients in even the best of sunscreens I can find, but I didn’t realize that it was because I live in the U.S. Sunscreen has evolved so much around the rest of the world. It’s good to see that the FDA approval process is finally being expedited after being stalled for 12 or more years.



18 Ingredients That Sound Dangerous, But Aren’t

It’s common for people to say that if you can’t pronounce it, you shouldn’t put it in your body, and in many cases that’s probably true, but not all cases. For example, did you know that propylene glycol alginate is simply a powder derived from kelp and algae? Or how about carboxymethyl cellulose, which is derived from the cellulose of plants and trees.



Google Maps App Will Show Cyclists the Flattest Route

This is a cool Google Maps update. I’ve pretty much ridden all the different routes I can take to and from work so I don’t really need this feature but it would be cool to have if I decide to take a weekend ride up to the mountains. It’s Android-only now so if you have an iPhone, you’ll have to wait.



This Infographic Shows How to Prevent Bites from Dangerous Animals

If you spend a lot of time outdoors and in the mountains, like many of us here in Colorado, you should probably know how to protect yourself from dangerous animal bites.



Is There Really a Benefit to Special Exercise Clothing?

I’ve worked out in many different types of clothes in various climates and situations. I absolutely recommend specialized clothing. I have cycling shorts with a padded butt and a short-sleeved cycling jersey for riding in the summer. I also have cold weather gear for riding or jogging in the winter. I have workout clothes for home too. All of it is sweat wicking. When I first starting working out, I wore cotton t-shirts and that sucked. Some people will say that working out isn’t meant to be comfortable, but screw them. If you’re not comfortable, you won’t enjoy your workout and you’re not likely to stick with it.



Review: The Hatfield Strapworth is expensive but worth considering for PF relief

I’ve never had to deal with plantar fasciitis before so i had no idea that people needed products like this. Good to know if I ever have issues or if I meet someone who does.

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