The Best Health and Fitness Articles of the Week #168 – Easy Homemade Mayo, Preventing Side Stitches, and Home Pesticides Causing Cancer


This week’s update includes:

  • Easy homemade mayonnaise in less than 2 minutes
  • 25 healthy sweet potato recipes
  • How to prevent side stitches
  • Why running injuries increase in the fall
  • 3 Exercises you should never do
  • Home pesticides can cause cancer

The Food Lab: Homemade Mayo In 2 Minutes Or Less (Video)

This is my go-to recipe for homemade mayo, which is the only mayo I eat. It’s easy to make and it tastes great. I think the key to making homemade mayonnaise work is to use a wide container. The container I use leaves about 1 inch on all sides of the stick blender. Here’s another tip; if you don’t have dijon mustard on hand, regular mustard with just a dash of white wine vinegar is a good alternative.

25 Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes

I don’t hate sweet potatoes, but I’m not a huge fan of them either. I wish I was because they’re so healthy. I ate them nearly every day due to their health benefits for about two years. I hoped that I would eventually learn to enjoy them, but no luck. I hardly eat them at all anymore, but maybe some new recipes will help me get them back into my routine.

There’s are a lot of different recipes here. There are your typical recipes like fries and potato wedges, but also more interesting dishes like casserole, soup, quesadillas, dinner rolls, and pudding.

How to Beat Side Stitches

Side stitches are a real pain in the abs. 😉

Sports-medicine physician Jordan Metzl says that the most likely cause of side stitches while running are diaphragm spasms. Beginner runners or runners who are increasing their pace are most likely to suffer from side stitch due to the stress placed on the diaphragm.

There are some great tips in this article for preventing it.

Running injuries increase in the fall, often because of technique, failure to see signs

A lot of us start hitting the trails and pavement as soon as the good weather hits in the Spring. We continue putting stress on our bodies through the summer and fall and eventually our bodies can no longer take the damage, so we are more susceptible to injuries.

Keep this in mind throughout the year. Take care of your body and let it recover. Make sure you use good form in everything you do. And be particularly cautious as the year nears its end. It’s not worth it to keep pushing because if you get an injury, you can be out of commission for 2-3 months, potentially losing all of the progress you made in the last few months.

3 Exercises NEVER to Do (Bally edition)

I’m willing to bet that the majority of people who exercise are doing the three exercises called out in this article: calf raises, crunches, lunge jumps. The author explains why these exercises are bad and provides better alternatives.

HOME pesticides may cause cancer

This outcome is the result of a meta-analysis on 16 observational studies. The researchers found that the use of indoor pesticides, herbacides and fungicides can increase the risk of childhood cancer, specifically leukemia and lymphomas. Another interesting point made in this post is that parents should check what sort of pesticides are used in their children’s schools and daycares.

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