Dr. Clair Francomano, Kyäni Scientific Advisory Board
Fruits and vegetables are full of beneficial vitamins and minerals, as well as important phytochemicals called flavonoids. Studies reaching as far back as the 1970s have shown a link between countries that consume more fruit and vegetables and better cardiovascular health. The reverse is true as well: countries with less fruit and vegetable consumption have higher rates of cardiovascular disease, which is still the leading cause of death throughout the world. Green, leafy vegetables in particular have a positive effect—even just one serving a day can lower the risk of coronary heart disease by 23%. The inner lining of the circulatory system, called the vascular endothelium, is a key component in cardiovascular disease, and research has given strong evidence that endothelial cells are impacted by our diet. Two studies in particular have shown a positive relationship between the consumption of foods high in anthocyanins—such as blueberries—and improved endothelial function. And in one review of previous research, 13 of 15 studies examined showed a positive relationship between flavonoid consumption and cardiovascular health. Flavonoids have also been shown in other research to reduce platelet clotting, which is another factor in cardiovascular disease.
The cardiovascular system can also benefit from dietary nitrates, which have been consistently reported to reduce blood pressure; this is thought to be caused by increased Nitric Oxide availability. Nitric oxide also impacts platelet clotting, and increased levels of Nitric Oxide in the blood are associated with decreased risk of blood clots, and improved endothelial function overall.
In summary, decades of research provide abundant evidence supporting what we have been told all our lives by nutrition experts. Our dietary choices can have a significant impact on our cardiovascular health, and choosing a diet rich in fruits and vegetables plays an important role in our long-term wellness.
Functional training! Play, Move. Not be restricted to machines only. Good post!
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➡️ Gyms used to be places like this, where you could use your body in a variety of different ways. Climbing on stuff, over stuff, up stuff. Hanging, throwing, carrying, balancing, lifting, maneuvering...testing your physical capacity on a variety of different obstacles.
➡️ This is what fitness used to look like, and what it still should look like. We are starting to see a shift back to more obstacle oriented facilities, which is much needed. Gyms that are filled to the brim with machines and treadmills have come to dominate, and that is currently what most people think of as a ‘gym’.
✅ A gym should be a place where you are only limited by your creativity. Somewhere you can use your body in a multitude of different ways to test and train its capabilities. Somewhere you can play and have fun exploring movement while doing things that humans have evolved to do. It’s time we rethink what physical fitness is.
Querer es poder, no te quejes, podría ser mucho peor, podrías estar lesionado o enfermo pero mientras puedas da el máximo, cree en ti, no busques más, eras tú al que buscabas, perfecciona la obra maestra que es tu cuerpo, cree en ti como si fueras el único.
Sometimes, no matter how important your goals are to you, it's a struggle to bring your best effort to your gym session (or work up the motivation to make it happen at all).
But whether you're trying to lose weight, training for a race, or any of the other worthwhile reasons to make fitness a part of your life, keep your stress in check.
Staying consistent is key, even when you really, really, really don't feel like it.
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