Skip candy and go for protein

Prone to mid-afternoon drowsiness? To keep your eyes open, do you reach for a candy bar or can of soda? Go for a protein shake instead. A new study from the University of Cambridge shows that protein, not glucose, activates the cells responsible for keeping us awake and burning calories. Scientists found that amino acids the building blocks of protein stimulate the release of hormones that keep our brains awake and energized.

Whats the most effective cardio machine?

According to personal trainer and fitness expert Ben Greenfield, it’s the treadmill. Walking briskly on a treadmill can burn up to 400 calories per hour, while running up an incline for 60 minutes can burn up to 1,200 calories and boost your metabolism for hours. Of course, using any cardio machine is better than sitting on your couch!

Emergency-room visits for brain injuries among athletes 19 and younger increased by 62% from 2001 to 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
To help avoid long-term impairment, the CDC recommends that parents and athletic programs adopt strategies that include properly fitted and maintained protective headgear, an emphasis on safe practices and proper technique, greater awareness of the signs of possible traumatic brain injury, and screening for concussions.

A British study suggests that mental function may start declining as early as age 45.

Q:What food has the highest levels of antioxidants?

A: Popular choices include sweet potatoes and blueberries, but the winner is small red beans. According to research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, this humble legume contains eight different antioxidant compounds called flavonoids and has twice the antioxidant capacity of wild blueberries. In fact, according to the research, many varieties of beans including black, pinto and kidney are antioxidant powerhouses.