How football players "almost never get sick"
Weirdest football fact of the season
Alex Reid here with your Monday roundup.
Football playoffs are heating up, and it's a great time of year for even non-fans to appreciate the work ethic and ambition of these players.
There are plenty of lessons to be learned on the football field, not the least of which is how to keep your body healthy as you age. And with star players like Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Ben Roethlisberger all in their late 30s or early 40s, it's clear the league is figuring it out.
But here's the crazy part:
Many people assume that these older athletes are succeeding DESPITE the brutal workouts and having their faces constantly pounded into the mud. But new research suggests the health of football players actually BENEFITS from the intense physical conditions.
And this may, in fact, keep football players from getting sick "almost ever."
According to former player Ryan Riddle:
You would think that being exposed to all the stress and travel during the winter months, along with the close proximity to sweat, dirt and harsh weather conditions, would put football players at high risk for contracting illness. Yet it was incredibly rare that anyone would end up getting sick. More often than not, an entire football season would come and go, and not a single teammate of mine would show symptoms of a cold.
And sure enough, his assertion is backed up by research in the BMJ medical journal, showing that:
Severity of common cold symptoms fell by 41 percent in those who were the fittest and by 31 percent among those who were the most active.
Get more on Ryan Riddle and the rest of that story right here on Bleacher Report. It's something to seriously consider as more and more parents are keeping their children from playing contact sports like football.
Playing outside is CERTAINLY better than constantly eating sugar.
Unfortunately, that's what children are doing at alarming (and INCREASING) rates. A new study out of England reports, "The average 10-year-old has consumed as much sugar in their lifetime as the recommended limit for an 18-year-old."
That full story is right here.
In other news, LSD and psilocybin mushrooms are continuing to gain mainstream acceptance.
Johns Hopkins and NYU are conducting a range of research on these formerly taboo substances, but the resurgent interest has gone far beyond these research institutions.
"Microdosing," taking small amounts of these drugs to boost creativity and open-mindedness, is soaring in popularity, including among white-collar professionals.
NBC has more on that right here.
To your health,
President, Clear Health Now