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Do Training Mask Really Work?

The Q&A question I have is about the “breathing masks” that I often see runner’s using…not sure what they are doing, but wondered if they could/would play a role for cycling? You’ve no doubt seen them: those sleek, tight-fitting masks worn by UFC fighters, NFL players and Cross Fitters. These masks seem to be taking the fitness world by storm. Do they play a role in endurance sports like cycling? But the question remains, do training masks really work? First, we need to explore the differences between hypoxia, resisted, and restricted breathing. Resisted Breathing Breathe in and out through a straw, that’s a classic example of resisted breathing. It is more like weight training for your lungs. It recruits those muscles called accessory muscles like the intercostals (between your ribs) and abdominal muscles. Resisted breathing also increases your tolerance for increased retention of carbon dioxide. In fact, when you hold your breath, the discomfort that you experience is in reality a buildup of carbon dioxide and not so much the lack of oxygen. Restricted Breathing Imagine swimming and holding your breath under water while you breathe. Or you only take a breath every 5 strokes, instead of every 2 strokes. This is an example of restricted breathing. The body experiences brief periods of oxygen deprivation. Hypoxia You find yourself at a mountain resort based at 8500 feet in altitude....

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Give Processed Food A Break – Article Review

It’s rare that I come across an article that I think everyone should have the chance to read. This WSJ article about processed foods is certainly one of them. If Americans could wean themselves from processed foods, much of the man-made diseases like diabetes and certain forms of arthritis would diminish. Although the author writes about some of the benefits of processed foods, the consequences of eating processed foods are clearly highlighted.  The following is adapted from a new book “Best Before: The Evolution and Future of Processed Food,” by Nicola Temple. Another interesting post about processed foods is the Anatomy of a Twinkie Highlights Educating ourselves about food must include a better understanding of processed foods. A half-century ago, American households spent an average of 2.4 hours a day preparing their food; now they spend around 30 minutes. After 10 days, fresh green beans, for example, have little more than half the vitamin C of green beans frozen for 90 days Commercial tortilla wraps contain a humectant, an additive that attracts water and keeps them lovely and soft for days     In this age of culinary enlightenment, consumers are asking more questions than ever about what we eat. Many of us want food that comes with edifying stories—organic farming, sustainable fishing, artisanal cheesemaking—and shun the processed products of the global food industry. But we should reconsider our disdain...

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Cancer Podcast by Dr. Scott Sherr Dr. Scott Sherr, MD is the Director of Integrative Hyperbaric Medicine and Health Optimization at Hyperbaric Medical Solutions, in addition to operating his own independent hyperbaric consultation practice and performing in-person consultations in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is also a hard working Internal Medicine Doctor who really gets it about health and wellness in general. Dr. Sherr aims to create access and educate all those who may benefit from HBOT through telemedicine consulting, advocacy, and education practice worldwide. In addition to his role at HMS, Dr. Sherr is a medical advisor to the One Hit Away Foundation, a founding member of Health Optimization Medicine (HOMe) U.S., prolific podcaster, and Vice Chairman of the Communication, Marketing and Media Committee of the IHMA. He is also a member of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Society and the Society of Hospitalist Medicine. Dr. Sherr believes that Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) — the administration of 100% oxygen at greater than atmospheric pressure — is one of the most powerful ways to decreasing inflammation, accelerate wound healing, and optimize both physical and mental performance. He is one of the few HBOT providers in the country that creates personalized treatment plans for patients that include cutting edge & dynamic HBOT protocols, adjunctive technologies, laboratory testing, and nutritional interventions.  Learn more about Dr. Sherr and his work:

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