There's a growing incidence of a certain type of eating disorder among male athletes. There have been documented cases in smaller numbers of men who compete in sports where weight class is a priority (wrestling, boxing and the like) having anorexia or bulimia, but a lesser known, more insidious one is showing up at a gym near you. Called Muscle Dysmorphia, it manifests from a skewed body image, thinking one has small, undersized muscles and takes great risks to increase size and leanness, to the detriment of health. Coaches, trainers, educators and parents should be aware and know the symptoms. These guys need help getting past such dangerous practices. http://www.appliedsportpsych.org/resource-center/health-fitness-resources/when-building-muscle-turns-into-muscle-dysmorphia/
Groundbreaking discoveries are being made on how your diet (and your mom's diet, and her mom's diet, you get the point) is affecting how your genes express themselves -- either in health-promoting ways or potential disease triggering ways. This is a great presentation on this study of Nutrigenomics. Love the last slide, "before there was medicine, there was food". http://nutrigenomics.ucdavis.edu/documents/NationalWIClRLR09232010.pdf
While I specialize in the muscular system and its health and integrity, we have to acknowledge that food, our fuel and the nutrients that communicate with our brains, bodies and nervous system play an integral role in the overall strength, stability and responsiveness of the muscles. Afterall, the muscles hold our bones in place, help us get through space and complete our daily activities. This article gives a very concise explanation of how the food we eat interacts with our body's systems and why you might make a choice to experiment with an elimination diet. You see, if you discover something in your diet that's actually becoming a stressor to your system, getting rid of that thing (or things) can help your body come back to an environment where healing and return to homeostasis can take place. Your body wants to be healthy, so exercise effective stewardship of it and it will thank you! Enjoy... http://www.precisionnutrition.com/elimination-diet
The Institute for Functional Medicine is deeming this year the Year of Nutrition! Finally! Click on the link below to read about how the foods we choose to eat, depending on our genetic makeup and environmental exposures, can predispose us to disease. And, how adjusting what you are eating can actually reverse those processes or keep those processes from ever starting! Wow. Time to take notice!