Do You Really Need To Drink Eight Cups of Water A Day?

Do You Really Need To Drink Eight Cups of Water A DayYou know those ads that remind us that even a small drop in hydration levels can massively affect performance so you need to keep hydrated with whatever brand of isotonic super drink they’re selling?

They seem pretty scientific don’t they? Man in white coat, athlete with electrodes attached and so on. And it’s not a hard sell because drinking feels right – you’re hot and sweating so surely replacing that fluid must be beneficial.

Well earlier this year sports scientists in Australia did an extraordinary experiment that had never been done before (British Journal of Sports Medicine, September 2013, Current hydration guidelines are erroneous: dehydration does not impair exercise performance in the heat, Wall BA). [Read more...]

Sprite Could Help Get Rid of Hangovers Following Booze-Benders

Sprite Could Help Get Rid of Hangovers Following Booze-BendersResearchers have claimed that a drink, known as Sprite in Britain could help you cure your hangover from yesterday.

After boozing, the human body undergoes 2-stage-metabolic-process to break down the ethanol.

In the beginning the liver metabolises ethanol into acetaldehyde through an enzyme, alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH), before breaking it into acetate by aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH).

Researchers from Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou observed the way a number of drinks affected the way in which the body metabolised alcohol.

They analysed 57 different drinks, which includes herbal infusions, teas, and carbonated beverages, and measured their effects on ADH and ALDH and found that each brew had a different effect. [Read more...]

Chinese-Pinoy Pastries Under P100!

Chinese-Pinoy Pastries Under P100!The Mooncake festival may be over, but that doesn’t mean we’ve gotten tired of frequenting popular Chinese-Pinoy kiosks and stores to satisfy our sweet (and sometimes, sour!) tooth!

Here are just some of the other Chinese delicacies that we can’t get enough of, all year round!

Mooncake (P100 and above, for two pieces)

Mooncakes are eaten to celebrate China’s Mid-Autumn festival, on August 15, which is all about lunar worship. These sweet pastries are usually filled with lotus or sweet bean paste, and stamped with the name, in Chinese characters, of the bakery they come from. These stamps, though, weren’t always of bakery names. During the Yuan dynasty, Ming revolutionaries were said to have used mooncakes to spread secret messages against the Mongolian rulers of China. The guerillas stamped their messages on the mooncakes; their recipients had to cut up the pastries and put the pieces together like a jigsaw puzzle to figure out the message. And to destroy the evidence, they ate the mooncakes after reading the message. [Read more...]

Diet Issues For Middle-Aged Men

Diet Issues For Middle-Aged MenAdvancing years don’t necessarily mean a change for the worse. Most doctors and nutritionists agree that the right diet can keep a middle-aged man healthy.

Here are some of the most repeated issues on the subject.

1. Supplements, multi vitamins, protein pills; or should I concentrate on my diet?

What can really make a difference is your diet. Men in their thirties generally burn more calories and have more demanding lifestyles where they may be taking on a variety of projects like starting careers and families, buying and fixing up houses, socializing and working hard. [Read more...]

Why Fish Is Good For You

Why Fish Is Good For YouFish is considered one of the most power-packed foods for a healthy diet. It is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to prevent a huge range of diseases. Read on to know how:

1. It protects against heart disease.

Several studies that have been conducted reveal that eating a regulated dose of fish every week reduces the risk of heart disease and increases the chances of survival after a heart attack. Fish oil is also known to reduce the stickiness of the blood, thereby limiting its tendency to clot. [Read more...]

What You Shouldn’t Do Immediately After Eating

What You Shouldn't Do Immediately After EatingThere are many suggestions on what to eat and what not to eat immediately after your meals. While some of these suggestions are true, the rest are just myths. Let us bust a few myths and present a few facts by listing down four things you should not do after you have had a meal. At the very least, you should wait over 30 minutes to an hour after you’ve eaten to do these things.

1. Don’t swim. There have been debates about this subject, but we quote data from Men’s Health, which sought the opinion of Christine Carter-Kent, M.D., a gastroenterologist with the Cleveland Clinic. She said that it’s best to wait for at least more than 30 minutes after eating before you swim because “more blood is drawn to your gastrointestinal tract after eating, which can cause minor cramps.” Now, cramps don’t always happen, but isn’t better to be safe than sorry? [Read more...]

How to Boost Your Metabolism in the Morning

How to Boost Your Metabolism in the MorningWhen it comes to exercising, there are two kinds of people in the world: those who work out in the morning and those who’d rather not get up before the sun. No matter which category you fall into, what you do in the morning can help or hurt your metabolism; just ask trainer Yumi Lee, co-owner of Reebok CrossFit Lab who’s known for getting Jessica Alba into shape. While you can count Yumi in the morning exercisers club, she has a recommendation for those who don’t: eat breakfast almost as soon as you wake up. “Either start off with a good breakfast or a good workout,” she says. “If you’re going to work out within an hour of waking up, then don’t eat. But if you can’t work out within an hour of waking up, then eat. Either your workout or eating a healthy breakfast is going to jumpstart your metabolism.” [Read more...]