The Largest Health Crisis in History is Sugar. You already know that eating too much sugar causes your teeth to rot and can lead to diabetes and obesity. But could it also trigger high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease and possibly even cancer? Because sugar is so prevalent in food today — in obvious items like ice cream, cookies and soda, as well as in “healthy” foods like crackers, energy bars and salad dressings -– experts contend that most people are living in toxic overload. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.
Running 5 Minutes a Day Has Long-Lasting Benefits. Running for as little as five minutes a day could significantly lower a person’s risk of dying prematurely, according to a large-scale new study of exercise and mortality. The findings suggest that the benefits of even small amounts of vigorous exercise may be much greater than experts had assumed. Read more at nytimes.com.
Why Seven Hours of Sleep Might Be Better Than Eight. Several sleep studies have found that seven hours is the optimal amount of sleep—not eight, as was long believed—when it comes to certain cognitive and health markers, although many doctors question that conclusion. Other recent research has shown that skimping on a full night’s sleep, even by 20 minutes, impairs performance and memory the next day. And getting too much sleep—not just too little of it—is associated with health problems. Read more at wsj.com.