Health Radar

WE’RE NOT DOCTORS, WE JUST PLAY ONE ON TV.

BOMBS AWAY!
According to ESPN’s Sport Science Lab, UFC Heavyweight Cain Velasquez’s punch registers at 2230 lbs. of force, a harder punch than any boxer ever measured in the Sport Science Lab. Velasquez will try to utilize his power when he puts his UFC Heavyweight Title on the line against Junior dos Santos on November 12.

UNDER THE SEA
Forget the full-body seaweed wraps. Start chomping down on it. Scientists have identified seaweed as a rich source of heart-healthy compounds, including ACE inhibitors, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids (lipids).

CROATIAN LIBATION
Pat Miletich’s favorite post-workout beverage is a Blue Moon beer. The witbier packs 171 calories per pop, which means Miletich would need to play approximately 18 holes of golf (walking) to burn off a six-pack of the Belgian brew…not a bad way to spend the day in Iowa.

NOT SO NATURAL
Many herbal remedies available over-the-counter in pharmacies and health food shops are still lacking important information needed for safe use. For example, St. John’s wort can reduce the effectiveness of a contraceptive pill; ginkgo can increase the risk of bleeding; Asian ginseng is not suitable for people with diabetes; and Echinacea can cause allergic reactions. Your best bet is to thoroughly research each product and consult your physician before consuming.

INTERVAL INTEGRATION
A recent study suggests that interval training burns fat and improves fitness quicker than constant but moderately intensive physical activity. Athletes have long used interval training—short bursts of intensive effort interspersed with more moderate stretches—to improve performance, but the study shows that the practice also improves cardiovascular fitness and helps the body burn more fat.

GLUTEN-FREE GLUTTON
UFC welterweight Dennis Hallman suffers from celiac disease—an autoimmune digestive reaction to wheat gluten that can hinder his body’s ability to recover properly from physical activity. Hallman avoids gluten-containing foods such as bread, cereal, and pasta. To make your own gluten-free smoothie ala Hallman: blend one banana, two tbsp. peanut butter, and six oz. almond milk.

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