Saturday, January 31, 2009

5 Ways to Boost Testosterone

Whether you're training to get bigger, faster, leaner, or stronger, testosterone is the hormone that can make a world of difference. Chad Waterbury discusses five ways to naturally boost your testosterone levels.
... The role of Testosterone goes far beyond big biceps and a monstrous deadlift. When it's high you'll boost libido, have more energy, and protect yourself against osteoporosis. The brain loves Testosterone, too. When you have high physiological levels of T it boosts cognitive functions such as memory and attentiveness.

Of course, that means when T levels are low you're heading down a cognitive slope. Slide down far enough and you might be susceptible to all kinds of nasty neurological disorders.

So it probably doesn't warrant any real arm-twisting to convince you that you need to maximize Testosterone to reap all of the health, athletic, and aesthetic benefits you surely desire.

Here are the five steps you should follow.

1. Train with Big, Complex Movements

The simplest alteration you can make to your training program to boost Testosterone is by incorporating complex, compound movements. But not just any compound movement: the bigger, the better. Read more

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Size and Shape of Body Parts Predict Health, Fertility, Personality

Top athletes have longer ring fingers, and women with larger hips have more intelligent children. Roger Dobson explains how the size and shape of body parts can speak volumes about our health, fertility, and even our personality traits
Forget good feet, it's the hands that are the mark of a good runner. Successful sprinters and endurance athletes are more likely to have long ring fingers than the also-rans, according to new research – based on the running speeds and times of young men.

Athletes with long ring fingers in relation to their index fingers also had superior aerobic capacity.

According to the researchers, it's all down to the ratio between the ring and index fingers being a marker of exposure to testosterone in the womb. Read more

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Masturbation May Help Protect Men over 50 against Prostate Cancer

Masturbation may help protect men over 50 against prostate cancer by removing toxins built up over a lifetime.
Masturbation may be good for you – or bad, depending on your age. The solitary sexual activity that is widely practised but little discussed, is linked with an increased risk of prostate cancer when practised frequently by young men in their twenties and thirties, doctors say. Read more

Monday, January 19, 2009

Australian research has found that prolonged poor eating habits are capable of permanently altering our DNA, .
Human genes remember a sugar hit for two weeks, with prolonged poor eating habits capable of permanently altering DNA, Australian research has found.

A team studying the impact of diet on human heart tissue and mice found that cells showed the effects of a one-off sugar hit for a fortnight, by switching off genetic controls designed to protect the body against diabetes and heart disease. Read more

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Get More Sleep, Get Fewer Colds

New research reveals another reason to get adequate sleep: lack of sleep raises the risk of catching a cold.
Sleeping for under seven hours a night greatly raises the risk of catching a cold, US research has suggested.

A team from Carnegie Mellon University found the risk was trebled compared with those who slept for eight hours or more a night. Read more

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Start Doing Stepups

Sean Hyson at Men's Fitness explains the benefits of step-ups, an exercise no one is doing - but should be.
... So let's talk about stepups. I must be the only guy I've seen do this move in a public gym in five, 10... in my entire life. Why is it so unpopular? Probably because it's tricky to do, and it doesn't allow you to use a ton of weight. Nevertheless, it's a tremendous exercise for training balance and building hip, quad, and hamstring strength. It also improves hip and ankle mobility and knee tracking, making it a great rehab move if you have pain or tightness in those areas. It should be a part of almost any athlete's workout (especially if his sport involves running and jumping--and most do). Read more

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Grape Extract Kills Cancer Cells

In a University of Kentucky study, 76% of leukemia cells exposed to grape seed extract were killed off within 24 hours while healthy cells were unharmed.
An extract from grape seeds can destroy cancer cells, US research suggests.

In lab experiments, scientists found that the extract stimulated leukaemia cells to commit suicide.

Within 24 hours, 76% of leukaemia cells exposed to the extract were killed off, while healthy cells were unharmed, Clinical Cancer Research reports. Read more

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