You probably know that problems can occur when you combine different drugs or use certain drugs in conjunction with certain foods. Yet are you aware that a wide variety of commonly used drugs—including prescription, over-the-counter and herbal products—can affect your response to exercise, potentially increasing your risk of injury? Discover how to stay safe using these tips from Carol Krucoff, coauthor of Healing Moves: How to Cure, Relieve and Prevent Common Ailments With Exercise (Harmony Books, 2000).
A new study indicates that older women who consume too much vitamin A may increase their risk of hip fracture. Researchers found that women with the highest total intake of vitamin A, from both fortified food and multivitamin supplements, had double the risk of hip fracture compared to women with the lowest intake. The study appeared in the January 2, 2002, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The new energy drinks available are gaining popularity. Athletes use them to boost performance, college students drink them to pull all-night study sessions and bar goers mix them with alcohol to keep partying. Manufacturers allege that the drinks are mostly caffeine and sugar—similar to soda pop—and harmless.
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Eating Whole Foods
re you having trouble getting enough nutrients to fuel your active lifestyle? Do you want to achieve optimum sports performance? Eating a diet of whole foods--foods that have not had vital nutrients refined out of them--can help you get the nutrition you need to meet these goals. Below, Patti Tveit Milligan, MS, RD, corpor...
By Debra Wein, MS, RD
he glycemic index (GI) is often used to help people eat healthfully, reduce the risk of diabetes and improve exercise performance. GI is used to calculate glycemic load, which reflects the rate at which blood glucose (blood sugar levels) is raised by the carbohydrate content of different foods. Since sugars, starches and fiber are all carbohy...