5 Myths Debunked: Nutrition & Your Body

Chocolate causes acne. Eating crust makes your hair curly. You shouldn’t eat before swimming. These are but a few food myths that may have spooked you as a child but which you now probably know to be entirely false. However, many other nutrition myths that remain ingrained in our imaginations will persist in conventional discourse and continue to misinform our diets until we learn the cold, hard truth about their legitimacy. Here are five mainstream nutrition myths that you can rest easy have been debunked by modern science.

Nighttime Eating Causes Weight Gain.
This nutrition myth supposes that late-night eating makes you more likely to pack on pounds than does daytime eating – a food myth further propagated by diets that prescribe tapering off calorie intake throughout the day by eating a large breakfast and a minuscule dinner. However, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, weight gain, loss, or maintenance is influenced not by what time you eat, but by what foods you eat and your physical activity levels.


Ten Things You Should Look For in a Personal Trainer

Congratulations! You’ve decided to take the next step on your fitness journey and work with a professional who can help you reach your health and wellness goals. Not only does having the support of a personal trainer keep you more motivated and accountable when it comes to weekly workouts, but he or she can also play a role in helping you maximize your time at the gym, prevent injury and see more consistent results.  But there’s a fine line between making a sound investment in your future fitness success and simply throwing money out the window on something that doesn’t work. The difference? Knowing how to choose the right person who will help you set the correct goals to achieve your desired results.

Therefore, it’s crucial to do your due diligence as you go about choosing a trainer; all it takes is a little legwork to determine whether or not someone will be a good fit for your needs. After all, it’s called “personal” training for a reason — working closely together creates a bond that will help you to stay engaged and motivated throughout the process.

Still stumped? Take into consideration the following 10 criteria they next time you’re selecting a personal trainer.


How Physical Therapy Can Aid in Rapid Recovery From a Stroke

Previous research on stroke rehabilitation has not established whether increase in physical therapy lead to better intrinsic recovery from hemiplegia. A detailed study was carried out of recovery of arm function after acute stroke, and compares orthodox physiotherapy with an enhanced therapy regime which increased the amount of treatment as well as using behavioral methods to encourage motor learning. In a single-blind randomized trial, 132 consecutive stroke patients were assigned to orthodox or enhanced therapy groups. At six months after stroke the enhanced therapy group showed a small but statistically significant advantage in recovery of strength, range and speed of movement. This effect seemed concentrated among those who had a milder initial impairment. More work is needed to discover the reasons for this improved recovery, and whether further development of this therapeutic approach might offer clinically significant gains for some patients.