Each week, our talented writers produce informative and thought-provoking content for our readers. Below, I’d like to highlight our Top 3 articles from last week. The articles listed below contain many helpful recommendations for healthy living in these strange and uncertain times. These include tips on stress relief, exercise, and natural wellness. Read on for what you may have missed.

Is Coffee Healthy? Here’s What the Research Says

Coffee may be a superfood. Surprised?

Coffee is part of the morning ritual for as many as 80% of Americans, depending on the survey. Yet, coffee is still considered a vice by some, mostly due to its caffeine content. For decades, caffeine was thought to be harmful, as it can increase blood pressure levels. This effect is temporary, however, and similar to that which occurs during exercise, sex, or while sitting in traffic. Hypertension, on the other hand, is marked by chronically elevated blood pressure, and research has made clear that the caffeine contained in coffee is not a culprit.

Not only has coffee been exonerated, but it has actually attained superfood status in recent years. As it turns out, coffee beans have one of the highest levels of antioxidants of any food on the planet. Special compounds in those beans have been shown to protect our DNA from damage. Researchers have churned out study after study demonstrating a potential benefit from regular coffee consumption in helping to stave off a range of health issues from diabetes and Parkinson’s to liver cancer and even heart disease. That’s on top of the boost in energy and focus.

If you’re sensitive to the effects of caffeine, you’ll be happy to know that decaf provides many of the same benefits. Thanks to George White for sharing this article and helping to debunk some long-standing myths about coffee consumption.

3 Cardio Workouts That Improve Muscle Growth

Walking lunges will jack up your metabolism, besides building your glutes, hamstrings, and quads.
Walking lunges will jack up your metabolism, besides building your glutes, hamstrings, and quads.

As a personal trainer, one of my biggest pet peeves is the oft-repeated notion that aerobic exercise inhibits muscle-building. Need proof that this is unfounded? Look at the pre-contest workout program of any competitive bodybuilder. Some of them spend as much as two hours per day on a treadmill or elliptical in the month before a show.

Can too much cardio chew up muscle? Sure. But there are ways around it. The heart is your most important muscle and getting and keeping your heart rate in a certain range is proven to reduce disease risk, beyond the fat-burning benefits. Many people find traditional aerobics to be boring and time-consuming. I’m one of them. That’s where interval-based cardio comes in. It’s much more efficient and weirdos like me actually enjoy it.

Many lifters fail to appreciate the muscle-building potential of some unconventional forms of cardio. In this article, Azariah Scott discusses three such options, as well as the best way to incorporate them so as not to detract from your strength training efforts.

What Is the Best Diet? Government or Native?

A traditional human diet is what your body wants and expects.
A traditional human diet is what your body wants and expects.

Once upon a time, I too was brainwashed into thinking that “healthy” whole grains and low-fat dairy would keep me lean and healthy. But then I gained weight and got sick. It’s the best thing that could have happened to me, as it forced me to take complete ownership of my health, to challenge conventional wisdom, and to get informed. It’s also what inspired me to pursue a career as a nutritionist and holistic health coach.

This article will resonate with anyone familiar with the Blue Zones, the parts of the world with the largest concentrations of centenarians. While each of these populations eats a diverse diet, a common feature among them is the absence of the processed grain and refined seed oils that have characterized the standard American diet for the past 50 years or so.

This isn’t about eating “paleo” or “caveman” style. It’s about eating for your DNA, most of which you share with your ancestors from long, long ago. As the growing number of chronic disease sufferers in this country have experienced, when you introduce foods to which your system hasn’t adapted, bad things happen. If you still blindly follow the government’s flawed and misguided dietary guidelines, this article will provide a much-needed wake-up call.

I look forward to being educated and entertained by our dedicated writers each day. I hope you can share in that enjoyment as well, as you read (or re-read!) the articles I’ll be showcasing here every week.

Each of our writers has a genuine interest and passion for health and wellness. I urge you to read these articles to gain insight into today’s hottest topics, as well as how to implement and benefit from them.

Maybe you’ll be inspired to try a new exercise routine or mood-boosting technique. Perhaps you’ve been considering a dietary switch but aren’t sure where to start. Whatever your goal, our aim on this page is to share our love of healthy living and to be your partner in wellness, now and for many years to come.

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Lou Donato