Is Cramping Holding You Back?

More and more, it seems that the conventional wisdom on cramping is changing.  No longer is considered just an electrolyte or dehydration issue, its a combination of factors that include extreme muscle fatigue and an overloading the nervous system.  I’m seeing more and more evidence that its not the introduction of strong electrolyte sources (like pickle juice and mustard) that help reverse it quicker but its the strong flavor shocking the nervous system into resetting.

Thanks to decades of marketing, most athletes believe that cramping is due to dehydration or lack of electrolytes. However, dehydration is very rarely the cause. Research shows that cramping can and does happen in hot and cold temperatures, with no changes in hydration status or body water loss, and no changes in blood electrolyte levels. So then what is the cause?

Source: Trail And Ultra Running

Can swearing increase your physical strength?

I sure as F#%k hope so!

A recent study from Keele University finds that the act of swearing out loud can increase strength and power output in physical challenges.

Source: Medical News Today

Spring Shoe Review

Our feet have been busy testing the Spring shoes that are out this season! There are so many good options to choose from, finding the right shoe for your needs is easier than ever – picking just one might be the hardest part.

Great review source for a number of new footwear options for 2017

Source: Trail And Ultra Running

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Carbs

Eating carbs won’t make you fat. Eating too many calories will.

This right here says it all.

I eschewed carbs as much as possible for a long time and only started reincorporating them into my diet plan in the last couple of years.

I still think it pays off to be highly selective.  I avoid sugars and processed carbs and wheat as much as possible and there is a noticeable difference in the way I feel when I splurge on cheat meal.

If low-carb works for you great.  But incorporating moderate carbs into your diet can definitely be beneficial.

Source: Muscle & Fitness

Italian-style coffee could halve the risk of prostate cancer

New research brings some good news for men who like a caffeine kick. Drinking more than three cups of Italian-style coffee daily could more than halve the risk of developing prostate cancer.

The findings come from an analysis of almost 7,000 men from Italy – a country where coffee drinking is a culture

The researchers found that men who consumed at least three cups of Italian-style coffee every day were at a 53 percent lower risk of developing prostate cancer, compared with men who consumed fewer than three cups daily.

Can the news get any better Medical News Today?  First they publish a study on the health benefits of Gin and Tonic prevents asthma and now Coffee helps prevent cancer!  Keep you fingers crossed that they have an ice cream study in the works.

Source: Medical News Today

Tonic water compounds prevent allergic asthma in mice

Asthma affects around 1 in 12 people in the United States, and this number is on the rise. A new study, however, finds that two compounds added to tonic water may be an effective treatment for the disease.

Researchers from the U.S. and Australia reveal how chloroquine and quinine prevented the development of allergic asthma in mice by activating the rodents’ bitter taste receptors

Gin and Tonic – Miracle Cure!

Source: Medical News Today

Gut bacteria tell the brain what animals should eat

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Neuroscientists have, for the first time, shown that gut bacteria “speak” to the brain to control food choices in animals. In a study publishing in the Open Access journal PLOS Biology, researchers identified two species of bacteria that have an impact on animal dietary decisions.

the gut bacteria “seem to induce some metabolic change that acts directly on the brain and the body, which mimics a state of protein satiety,”

Interesting study that may explain why some people seem to crave certain foods while other people have no interest.  This study was on fruit flies and needs a lot more work before it can correlate to humans.  Interesting observation.


Source: Medical News Today

The Truth About High Fat Diets

For some strange reason there has been a pendulum swing from low fat to high fat diets over the last decade. As high fat diets have become popular, there have been many claims made about the use of high fat diets and why they might be the best tool for fat loss.

Interesting data-driven article about the many misconceptions of high-fat diets.  I’ll admit to riding the Keto wave for a while and I felt pretty good while on it.  Finally started eating carbs in greater numbers again a couple of years ago when I hit a plateau at the gym.

There’s a section on satiety that I’d like to see more data on because it doesn’t jive with my own experience, but if there is one takeaway from the article you should remember it’s this:

Dietary fat is stored as body fat with roughly 96% efficiency. Dietary carbohydrate is stored as body fat with roughly 80% efficiency, while it is stored as muscle glycogen with roughly 95% efficiency. It is quite clear that dietary fat is stored far more efficiently as body fat than carbohydrate.

We can say with about 95.8% confidence that diets high in fat intake are more efficient at storing food calories as fat than diets high in carbohydrate intake.

Source: Science Driven Nutrition