The New Science Behind America’s Deadliest Diseases

[Image 2]These days there are all sorts of different body problems, diseases and sickness’ that people and scientists have a hard time figuring out exactly what is causing them; there are just so many different factors. But what some do not realize is that heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, stroke and cancer have a lot in common. All of these, for certain, have one thing in common; scientists have found a connection from each of these to a condition called chronic inflammation. Along with this, they are also studying how a diet that is high in fatty foods, as well as having an exuberance of body weight, can also increase the risk for fatal disorders.

Chronic Inflammation is nothing out of the norm but is rather a natural response for the body; naturally responding to injury and outside irritation. Often those irritations do not go away, and this happens because of poor diets, being overweight and smoking. All of these components can then negatively affect the immune system which then increases the risk for disease. If the inflammation becomes chronic it can cause damage to the heart, brain, increase the chance of stroke and bring on diabetes. The worst part is that chronic inflammation is also linked to the development of cancer. Chronic inflammation is most common due to its relation to cardiovascular disease. Inflammation is natural, for instance, when the body has a cut, scrape or wound, and then the immune system rushes to the rescue. However, too much inflammation causes serious damage.

Research is being done to fight chronic inflammation with drugs, but a number of scientists are researching how a change from an unhealthy, high in fat diet to a healthy diet can actually lower the risk; dietary fiber and even dairy may protect from inflammation. Eating healthy and watching your weight is a good way of lowering the risk of chronic inflammation. Consuming a diet high in complex carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables, nuts, eggs, unsaturated fats and dairy in moderation is a great way to lower the risk of inflammation. Along with a healthy diet, exercise is a key component when battling inflammation. Obesity is one of the easiest ways to promote inflammation. Fat cells create molecules called cytokines, which then give the okay for inflammation to occur when there is an excess of fat cells in the body. Dr. Peter Libby, chief of the division of cardiovascular medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and a professor at Harvard Medical School says, “We’ve learned that abdominal fat tissue is a hotbed of inflammation that pours out all kinds of inflammatory molecules.” Losing excess body weight can dramatically decrease inflammation in a short period of time.

Cancer is caused by many different abnormalities but one for sure is inflammation. Inflammation can be dealt with by keeping off excess body fat and eating a healthy diet. By living a healthy lifestyle the chance of inflammation is lowered which then eliminates at least one factor towards cancer.

How Sex Might Affect Your Ability to Grow Muscle

[Image 2]Have you ever been concerned that sex may be cutting your ability to grow muscle? If so, you are not alone. This is an age old concern, and many have sacrificed their bedroom time in order to maximize their gym time. There is a connection, but it may not be what you expect. Here are some important points on sex and muscle building.

Zinc-Testosterone Relationship

Possibly the most important relationship between sex and muscle building is the affect your activities have on your zinc levels. Every time a male has an orgasm some zinc is lost in his semen. Zinc is needed for sperm growth and development but also affects testosterone levels.

Reduced testosterone will often lead to diminished muscle growth, and eventually a lower sex drive, too. Without properly resupplying zinc lost through sex and your workouts, it is possible to become deficient. To achieve libido and muscle building balance, a diet high in zinc rich foods like oysters, pecans, cashews and more may be appropriate.

Sex vs Strength

Many sports coaches warn their athletes to abstain from sex before competition. The feeling is that burning your energy in the bedroom will sap your strength on the field. This may have to do with relaxation hormones, such as oxytocin, that are released after sex. The stereotypical image of a tired and sleepy post-sex male holds some truth in this case.

Needless to say, going from the bedroom to the gym may result in a flat workout.

Testosterone and Your Libido

Aside from zinc depletion, there is a close relationship between testosterone levels and libido. More frequent sexual activity often elevates libido. Less sex will often lead to a lower libido. In turn, higher testosterone levels often raises libido as well. Maintaining high testosterone should benefit both sex and your workout, meaning an active sex life may actually lead to muscle growth if everything else is in balance.

Sexual deprivation can cause a lack of focus for many people. Excessive amounts of sex may do the same. For many, this is a non issue, but maintaining a proper balance between your sex life and gym time is essential for your quality of life.

The next time you question the impact sex has on muscle growth, consider these points. A healthy balance between sex and gym time can lead to the best of both worlds.

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