THE PRESSURE IS ON
New research reveals that “white-coat hypertension”—the stress of being in a medical environment—is not benign. It can be indicative of how your BP increases in response to stressful situations. If you’re among the estimated 30 percent of people whose BP
FORGET ABOUT BEING HAPPY TO BE HAPPY
New research from Rutgers and the University of Toronto Scarborough says the pursuit of happiness can actually make you unhappy. Four experiments found a correlation between the goal of pursuing happiness and feeling time-crunched, which can undermine well-being. The key to this dilemma, researchers suggest, is shifting focus from chasing what you think will make you happy to appreciating what is already giving you joy. Try keeping a gratitude journal and see if your mood doesn’t lift.
DON’T JUST DRINK YOUR TROUBLES AWAY
Imbibing can damage the mucosal lining of your GI tract and disrupt the digestion of nutrients. Alcohol also interferes with stomach-acid production, increasing the amount of harmful bacteria that survives the journey to your gut. Drink in moderation and on a full stomach, if at all. Glutamine supplements may also help protect the mucosal lining.
A RACE AGAINST TIME
Self-flagellation is unnecessary. Just spending 50 minutes of moderate training, three days a week, will steel your body against the march of time, the American Journal of Preventive medicine reports. Of course, hitting it a little harder never hurts. A Brigham Young University study found that men who go for a 40 minute run, 5 times a week, slow their biological stopwatch by as many as nine years
HACK YOUR METABOLISM
Evidence suggests that keeping calorie consumption confined to an earlier window means less weight gain than eating more later in the day. One new study tested the 16:8 diet—16 hours of fasting and 8 of eating. After 12 weeks, volunteers ate about 300 fewer calories a day than a control group and lost about 3 percent of their body weight—enough to cause a discernible drop in visceral fat compared with the control. Researchers say that’s critical for improving metabolic health in a sustainable way.