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Your Morning Cereal – How to be a Morning Person

Hate mornings?

Here are some tips on becoming a morning person. I do this stuff and it seems to work.

First, get up at the same time everyday – even weekends. No sleeping in on weekends. All that does is throw off your biological clock for the next week.

Second, when you wake up, spend a few minutes (maybe five) outside. Fresh air and sunshine will help you get motivated and sharpen the senses. It also helps to get stale air out of your lungs and more oxygen into the bloodstream.

Third, eat a light breakfast. No donuts or bagels everyday. Actually buy some fruit. Don’t like raw fruit? The jarred stuff is okay. I like DelMonte Citrus Salad in the glass jar (I hate plastic jars). A little juice, some cold cereal, or even a microwaved egg is okay. No breakfast, saps your energy for the rest of the day, and leaves you tired.

That will do.

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Cholesterol Drugs for Kids???

A group of doctors is recommending that some children as young as 8 be given cholesterol-fighting drugs to combat heart disease.

They are also recommending low-fat milk for 1-year-olds and wider cholesterol testing.

Several of these drugs are approved for use in children and data show that increasing numbers are using them.

“If we are more aggressive about this in childhood, I think we can have an impact on what happens later in life … and avoid some of these heart attacks and strokes in adulthood,” say Dr. Stephen Daniels, a former consultant to Abbott Laboratories and Merck & Co.

The idea here is to administer drugs to combat the “bad” cholesterol. For overweight children who lack HDL, “good” cholesterol, the first course of action should be weight loss, more physical activity and nutritional counseling. But apparently, drugs are on the table.

Of course all of this makes perfect sense. The drug industry has saturated older Americans with cure-all pills that deal with everything from heart disease, to limp penis issues, to farting – now we need to hook the kids!

And why not!

After all, the marketing plan is already built in. McDonald’s created the market for the drug industry, so now the same parents who bought the burgers, and their insurance companies, can foot the bill! Brilliant!!

No one wants their kid to die of heart failure at twenty-five do they?

I have an idea.

How about every American parent backs over their kid’s cell phone and video game console, then forces them to play kick ball for an hour, and eat an apple afterward.

Oh the torture!

The simple truth is that this type of non sense coming from the AMA and the American Association of Pediatrics (being sold by a former drug company consultant turned kid-cholesterol-drug spokesman), was only a matter of time in reaching us.

Unfortunately, many naive people will buy into this silly idea in an effort to ward off our failing collective national health.

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Your Morning Cereal – Food Mom Eats May Influence Baby’s Gender

Snips and snails and puppy dog tails … and cereal and bananas?

According to new research, what a woman eats before pregnancy may influence the gender of her unborn baby.

Having a hearty appetite, and eating potassium-rich foods including bananas, is a key in determining gender. Not skipping breakfast seemed to raise the odds of having a boy as well.

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Your Morning Cereal – Health Benefits of Coffee

A study has shown that drinking up to six cups of coffee a day may lower the overall odds of dying prematurely, mainly because it cuts the risk of dying from heart disease,. But the study also found that heavy coffee drinking doesn’t cut your chance of dying from cancer.

One out of two ain’t bad! When you eat that bowl of cereal this morning, be sure to wash it down with a cup-of-joe.

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Your Morning Cereal – New Drug ‘Zometa’ Helps Fight Breast Cancer

A drug called ‘Zometa’ used to prevent bone loss during breast cancer treatment, also substantially cut the risk that the cancer would return. This was the result of a recent study. It is the first large study to affirm wider uses for anti-cancer drugs, in particular for Zometa and other bone-building drugs called bisphosphonates. Zometa, made by Novartis AG, is used now for cancers that have already spread to the bone.

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Your Morning Cereal – Drinking Milk Helps After Exercise

This information comes to us from the blog Biosingularity.

Did you know milk can help build muscle mass after exercise? If you already did your sit-ups and deep knee bends this morning and are sitting down for that morning cereal, you should be aware of this.

 After certain exercises like heavy weightlifting, researchers have found that milk helps burn more fat. The study was done at McMaster University and published the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 

The researchers took three groups of young men, ages 18-30 years, and put them through a rigorous, five-day-per-week weightlifting program over a 12-week period. Following the workouts, participants drank either two cups of skim milk, a soy beverage with equivalent amounts of protein, or an equivalent carbohydrate beverage. Amazingly, researchers found that the milk drinking group had lost nearly twice as much fat, while the carbohydrate beverage group lost only one pound of fat.

Those drinking soy lost no fat – another reason not to ingest anything containing soy as far as I’m concerned.

Muscle gain was much greater among the milk drinkers than either the soy or carbohydrate beverage study participants as well.

“The loss of fat mass, while expected, was much larger than we thought it would be,” says Phillips, associate professor of kinesiology at McMaster. “I think the practical implications of these results are obvious: if you want to gain muscle and lose fat as a result of working out, drink milk.”

So remember, when you fill up that bowl of Cheerios, add a little extra milk, like your mom said…its good for you. 

 

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Secondary source: Biosingularity   

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