We’re all looking for the easy way out or short cut to make life that much simpler, right? Well, Men’s Health just posted a nice long list of activities that may just help you cut corners yet still achieve “perfect” health. Here are a few nutritional avenues that may leave you with more time to… exercise? (Because we all know there is no replacement for it!)
Hate fish? Or simply don’t eat enough? Supplementing with omega-3 fatty acids could fill the void! When you do so you will help “reduce your risk of heart disease, ease post-workout muscle soreness, help you fight depression, and possibly even protect you from Alzheimer’s.” But don’t simply grab any omega-3 supplement off the shelf, you have to scan the label and make sure they haven’t passed their prime. Also make sure they list vitamin E as their second ingredient, this vitamin will protect the oil from going rancid.
So you’re laying on the floor, viciously doing crunches while thinking about that sexy six pack on your favorite celebrity or model… but really are you doing anything beneficial? According to Alwyn Cosgrove, a personal trainer in Santa Clarita, California, you should probably stand up when performing your ab exercises. “When you weight-train standing up, your abs have to work to stabilize the spine and keep you upright, giving you more bang for your buck.”
That drink that tastes like grass (to some) that’s served at Japanese restaurants around the globe can actually shield your skin from getting sun burnt, that is, if you use it as your chaser to your multivitamin (that you should be taking every morning). Green tea gave rats, “51 perfect fewer incidences of skin cancer… even after prolonged exposure to damaging ultraviolet rays,” after they were given green tea. It’s suspected that green tea’s antioxidants help neutralize free radicals that damage skin.
Feel a little bloated and [ahem] clogged but stumped because you eat more fiber than a cow? Try getting some cardiovascular exercise in your life, specifically running. While you get moving, you will get things moving, which is a good thing because the less time food spends in your colon, the less likely that it has the chance to turn into something cancerous.
Ah yes the dreaded question from your dentist… have you been flossing? Well if you purchase a Sonicare (or any electric tooth brush) toothbrush, you will be able to smile widely and tell your dentist “yes!” Apparently this rotating brush is “about 75% as effective as flossing,” according to Joseph T. Abate, D.D.S., D.M.D., and a Philadelphia dentist.
Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Apples… these fruits and vegetables just don’t sound as good as lets say, a cream filled donut now do they? Well no one is advocating you chow down on the donut but since it is a bit hard to get your 6 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, every day, drinking V8 juice may just fit the bill! You might still need to eat one or two pieces of fruit to round out the day but that’s painless considering fruit is nature’s candy.
NADH. Sounds like you’re back in grade school chemistry, right? Well no one is about to have you calculate any formulas; instead what you should do with this formula is consider supplementing with it if you skimp on shuteye. Step away from the coffee and creamer and instead pop this coenzyme that “may increase alertness and concentration.” Margaret Moline, Ph.D., a researcher on the study of NADH, believes that taking 20 milligrams of NADH will help people “perform significantly better overall.” When at your vitamin shop, look for supplements called ENADA, which contains NADH.
To check the rest of the short cuts… go to the Men’s Health website!
Boulder has tons of grocers such as Whole Foods and Vitamin Cottage as well as vitamin shops such as GNC and Vitamin Shopee where you can purchase a few of these “quickies”.