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Sore Muscle Treatment: More Movement.

muscle-sorenessWhen I injured my hamstring a few years back, I was prescribed a common treatment called RICE – standing for rest, ice, compression and elevation.

However, new research by the same man who coined the term RICE shows that the treatment merely delays healing by reducing inflammation. In fact, the body’s inflammation response is important to the healing process. By icing an injury, an important hormone is blocked. You’ll still heal, but it’ll just take about a half day longer.

A half day can make a huge difference for competitive athletes who need to be ready for game day. For the rest of us, a half day won’t really matter much. And though icing can delay healing, it still helps reduce discomfort. For some people, that could be a worthwhile tradeoff.

But for faster healing results, the researchers recommend movement without pressure. If you injured your legs running, for example, taking a leisurely walk could actually help; it’ll keep blood flowing to your damaged muscles and boost recovery.

Moreover, the researchers found that anti-inflammatory or pain reliever drugs also delay healing.

As it turns out, our wise bodies are better suited for healing on their own.

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Is Multigrain Rice Healthy?

The other day, I was browsing my local grocer’s sushi counter. Because of the nutritional advantages including increased fiber, nutrients and essential oils, I always opt for brown rice rolls over rolls made from white rice. But just as I reached for the brown rice spicy tuna roll, I noticed something new: Multigrain rice sushi.

So what is multigrain rice? And is it healthy?

Much like multigrain bread, multigrain rice can really mean anything. It simply means that multiple grains of rice were used – potentially including white rice. In addition to having fewer nutrients, white rice results in a blood sugar spike and has been linked to type II diabetes.

As such, you really need to read the ingredients carefully and brown rice, which is generally regraded as the healthiest rice, should still be the primary ingredient. For color and texture, other healthy rices, grains or seeds may be added – including black rice (often called “the new brown rice” because of its nutritional properties) and sesame seeds.

If you’re unsure of an ingredient’s properties listed in the multigrain mixture, do a little research to ensure it supports your health and nutrition goals.

In chatting with the sushi chefs, I learned that the multigrain option has become popular with those folks that are avoiding white rice – but that don’t like the taste of plain brown rice. And indeed, after having a few samples, multigrain sushi does add a texture, crunch and flavor that consumers will likely find very appealing.

Have you tried multigrain rice? Let me know about it in the comments below!

Is Brown Rice Healthier Than White Rice?

In recent years, rice consumption has dramatically increased in the United States. While the vast majority of the rice we eat is white, are there health benefits of switching to brown rice?

First things first, brown rice is the whole grain with just the outer husk removed through a milling process. White rice, on the other hand, is brown rice that is heavily milled to take away the bran and much of the germ.

The germ contains essential oils which otherwise cause brown rice to go bad after 6 – 8 months. Because this germ is removed in white rice, it can last up to 10 years before spoiling. It is the longer shelf life of white rice has made it extremely popular. Unfortunately, the heavy milling process also removes the rice’s fiber, vitamins and nutrients.

When comparing white rice to brown, consider the follow statistics. Brown rice has:

  • About 7x more fiber
  • Fewer carbs
  • A lower glycemic index (doesn’t result in blood sugar spikes)
  • 2.5x more iron
  • 3x more vitamin B3
  • 4x more vitamin B1
  • 4x more magnesium
  • 10x more vitamin B6
  • Fewer calories

White rice has also been linked to increased risk of type 2 diabetes. According to researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, eating two or more servings of brown rice weekly lowers the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Eating five or more servings of white rice weekly increases that risk. In fact, researchers concluded that replacing 50 grams of white rice daily with brown rice would lower the overall type 2 diabetes risk in an individual by 16%.

The bottom line: If rice is part of your diet, brown rice is a much healthier option. Despite its shorter shelf life, it offers a number of benefits over the more refined alternative.