Healthy Hints!

The latest tips and research you need to know!

Might as well face it, you’re addicted to carbs!

If you’ve ever said the bagels from the deli down the street are “like crack,” you may be on to something. A study published by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition states that simple carbohydrates stimulate the regions of the brain involving addiction, leading to intense cravings and overeating. Can’t do without your morning bagel? Choose a whole-grain option, cut it in half and spread on a healthy fat, such as hummus or nut butter, to slow the overload of carbs to the brain.

Nothing but a Number

We’ve been saying it all along—put away the scale! An analysis of body mass index (BMI) showed that “overweight” people actually have significantly lower mortality rate than people who are underweight, of normal weight or obese. The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medicine Association, suggest weight is not a fool-proof indicator of health. The bottom line: Eat right and exercise for health and happiness, not to hit some number on a chart!

Running on Empty

Experts have developed a stick-on monitor to help runners keep tabs on their stamina. The nickel-sized biosensor, applied to the skin like a temporary tattoo, measures lactate levels in sweat and alerts athletes when they’re about to “bonk.” Though not yet available in your local running store, the sensor may be the next big thing to help athletes (and their trainers) monitor fitness.

Shine On

Even with the curtains shut and an eye mask in place, the full moon may be messing with your sleep. Swiss researchers have found that during a full moon, people take 5 minutes longer to fall asleep, get 20 fewer minutes of sleep per night and experience a 30 percent drop in the restorative brain activity that occurs during deep sleep—  proof positive that our bodies are aligned with the patterns of the lunar cycle.

Chill Out

Does holiday shopping put your stress level in the danger zone? Before you go to the mall, head out for a run! Researchers from Princeton University found that running actually reorganizes your brain, making it less likely anxiety will interfere with normal thought processes. Knock out a 30 minute run in the morning so that you don’t, er, knock out someone in the checkout line.