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What Is The Best Time To Exercise?

The right time to exercise may vary from one person to another. It depends What is the best time to exercise 6 Canadian Academy of Sports Nutrition caasnon few factors: a) health status of the person, b) whether you are a professional athlete or a recreational exerciser, c) how disciplined and committed you are, d) endurance sports versus strength sports, and e) what you are expecting from your exercise!

From sports medicine standpoint, the best time to exercise is evening. If you are not committed as much as you think you should be, then morning sessions are good for you to put you in a discipline to exercise. Moreover, morning exercise may ease the tension and anxiety, boost your energy level, and elevate your mood. However, overall, the best time to exercise is evening for the following reasons:

1) The risk of back injury is lower in the evening sessions. The main component of an intervertebral disc is water (up to 80%). During the course of a day, physical activities reduce the height and volume of discs by about 20% by squeezing some water out of them due to compression and they lose a tiny bit of their heights. During the night, when the spine is relatively unloaded, swelling pressure of the discs sucks in water from surrounding tissues, causing them to get fully rehydrated in the morning. This is why young people are slightly taller in the morning than at night!

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Ultimate Truth about Hormones & Antibiotics in Foods:

A common concern among public is the presence Ultimate Truth about Hormones and Antibiotics in Foods 1 Canadian Academy of Sports Nutrition caasnof biologically active substances, such as hormones and antibiotics, in foods. This is completely true and I am going to shed some light on this subject. Synthetic hormones and antibiotics have been used in farm animals to boost their production of food and dairy products. However, the alleged negative impacts on consumers, animals, and environment have challenged health authorities. In the cattle industry, they may feed the cows with three types of synthetic drugs for the following reasons:

a) To increase milk production with growth hormone.

b) To increase muscle growth and fatten livestock with steroid hormones.

c) To fight infections with antibiotics.

Let`s review those drugs one by one.

Growth Hormone in Foods:

To produce more milk in dairy cattle, the FDA has allowed the use of recombinant bovine growth hormone (rbGH) in cattle since 1993. However, Canada, Japan, Australia and the European Union have banned the use of rbGH due to the alleged harmful effects on both animals and humans. What is the effect on animals? The use of artificial growth hormone in cattle increases milk production, which requires “frequent milking”. Frequent milking causes mastitis (bacterial infection of the udders) for which they have to use antibiotics. What are the effects on humans? There are no documented studies. Scientifically, the synthetic growth hormone given to cattle breaks down to IGF-I (Insulin Growth Factor – I) by the liver of the animal. Therefore, it is not easy to detect artificial growth hormone in meats or milk. The milk produced by rbGH given cattle contains IGF-I. Keep in mind that there are normally small amounts of IGF-I in humans and animals’ milks even if they are not fed by rbGH.

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Nutritional Weapons against Ice Bucket Challenge Disease (ALS):

ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) is a progressive motor neuron disease and a ALS 4 Canadian Academy of Sports Nutrition caasndevastating neurodegenerative disorder. It is the disease for which “ice bucket challenge” went viral worldwide to increase public awareness in 2014. For this reason, I call it "Ice Bucket Challenge Disease". 

The exact cause is unknown. However, there are few risk factors. Approximately 20% of cases are familial and 80% of cases are sporadic. In people with familial ALS, there are mutations in the genes encoding Superoxide Dismutase (SOD). SOD is a manganese-zinc-copper containing enzyme and one of the naturally found antioxidants in the body. Along with catalase and glutathione peroxidase, it is the first line of defence of the body against damages caused by free radicals.

According to Harrison`s Principles of Internal Medicine, edition 18th (the most valid reference textbook in medicine), nutritional deficiencies of copper, manganese, zinc, folic acid, vitamin B12, and vitamin E may increase the risk of developing sporadic forms of ALS. Based on this medical textbook, another etiologic factor is toxicity with heavy metals, especially lead and aluminium.

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Carbs Cut Off Time: The First Rule in Weight Loss

Industrialized lifestyle and growing numbers of obese people have madeCarbs Cut Off Time 2 Canadian Academy of Sports Nutrition.caasn weight loss seekers and weight management programs rise significantly. Weight loss could be a fun journey, a challenging endeavour, or no-results-seeing dieting.

From bariatric medicine perspective, the first rule in weight loss and lowering LDL cholesterol level is to learn how to deal with complex carbohydrates. If you are planning to lose some weight or decrease your cholesterol level, you would need to set a “Carbs Cut Off Time” for yourself.

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