Exercise To Stay Alive

This post was originally published on this siteA team of Brazilian researchers interviewed 1,451 seniors over age 60 about their health and rated how well they could perform such normal activities as bathing, dressing, getting from bed to a chair, going to the bathroom and feeding themselves. They also queried the participants about whether or […]

Exercise To Boost Memory

This post was originally published on this siteYou can improve your memory up to 30 percent if you’re willing to put some time and effort into exercise. Researchers at Canada’s McMaster University report that healthy seniors between the ages of 60 and 88 who completed three weekly sessions of high-intensity interval training for 12 weeks […]

Why You Do Have Time To Exercise

This post was originally published on this siteResearchers from the CDC and the Rand Corporation looked at how 32,048 Americans age 15 and older actually spend their time and concluded that there’s plenty available for exercise. Results showed that most people have more than five hours of free time daily, much of which is spent […]

Are Scented Candles Harmful to Health?

This post was originally published on this siteBurning candles is a convenient, inexpensive way to add ambiance, calm and serenity to a home or office throughout the year. Their warm, soothing touch creates an inviting and comforting atmosphere. For everyday indoor use, you should opt for unscented candles. Some researchers note that unscented candles create […]

Testing Alzheimer’s Risk

This post was originally published on this siteThe tests are used to predict the risk of developing dementia, but they also can be used to help rule it out. One of the two assesses mental functioning. The other is a smell test, which assesses the ability to identify odors. Researchers from Columbia University found that […]

Avocados & Your Cholesterol

This post was originally published on this siteEating one avocado a day may do the trick, according to Penn State researchers. The investigators recruited 45 obese or overweight adults for a study to compare three low and moderate fat diets, one of which included a daily avocado. Results showed that the avocados helped reduce LDL […]

Soft Drinks Can Ruin Your Teeth

This post was originally published on this siteA new study from the UK has found a link between being overweight or obese and bad teeth. Researchers from King’s College London have linked the increased consumption of sweetened soft drinks to the erosion of tooth enamel and dentine in obese patients (dentine is the tooth layer […]

Concerned About Mid-Life Transition?

This post was originally published on this siteMid-life transition is a natural process, and a normal part of maturing. It happens to many people, usually around age 40. Common issues that arise with mid-life transition include discontent, boredom or confusion with your current life/lifestyle, the questioning of the meaning of life, and a yearning to […]

How Weather Affects Pain

This post was originally published on this siteThe findings linking weather and pain come from a University of Manchester study that recruited people throughout the UK suffering from arthritis, migraines, and other types of chronic pain to record their daily symptoms on their cell phones. At the same time, the researchers were collecting information on […]

Can Blue Light Shorten Life?

This post was originally published on this siteA study from Oregon State University suggests that blue light from smart phones, tablets and laptops can shorten life, possibly by damaging cells in the brain and retinas. So far, the researchers have demonstrated this effect only with common fruit flies, which share cellular and developmental mechanisms with […]

How Not To Break A Hip

This post was originally published on this siteThe research, which included 77,206 women who were followed for an average of 14 years, concluded that those who regularly walked briskly or jogged had a 12 percent lower risk of hip fracture than less active women. The more often the women walked at any speed, the lower […]

The Legacy Of Silence & Moral Injury

This post was originally published on this siteReflection: If we don’t write a legacy letter to accompany our wills (our material valuables) and fail to share the contents of the letter in conversation with our families… If we don’t write a legacy letter to accompany our living wills/health directives (our values and requests regarding our […]

4 Foods To Boost Your Metabolism

This post was originally published on this siteAs we age, our metabolism slows down, which may lead to weight gain. But small dietary adjustments can help minimize unwanted pounds in our middle years. Try these suggestions: Choose healthy carbohydrates. Replace refined, high-glycemic index carbs with unrefined, low-glycemic choices such as sprouted grain breads or beans and […]

Addressing Seasonal Depression

This post was originally published on this siteThe shorter daylight hours of the autumn and winter seasons can affect sleep, productivity and state of mind. Light therapy (also known as phototherapy) may help. It uses specially designed boxes that emit full-spectrum light to simulate sunlight. While still a relatively unknown treatment, light therapy has been […]

When To Take Your Vitamins & Supplements

This post was originally published on this siteIf you take daily supplements, vitamins or herbs, the following guidelines can help to lessen or prevent any side effects – and help to promote the full benefits supplements can provide: Take your supplements during or right after a meal, unless directed otherwise, and drink plenty of fluids […]

Your Finances & Your Heart Health

This post was originally published on this siteThis news comes from a 17-year-long study involving 8,989 people in four states that examined the effect of changes in income on heart health. Researchers reported that over a six-year period during the study income dropped among 10 percent of the participants, rose among 20 percent and remained […]

Timing Your Workouts

This post was originally published on this siteResearchers at the Universities of Bath and Birmingham conducted a six-week study with 30 obese or overweight men and scheduled their workouts before or after breakfast. Results showed that the men who exercised before breakfast burned twice as much fat as those who worked out afterward. One study […]

Why Children Should Eat Fish

This post was originally published on this siteThis news comes from Norway where researchers found that children introduced to fish (or cod liver oil) when they’re about a year old are 28 to 40 percent less likely to develop asthma, eczema or wheezing by the time they reach age six. The investigators compared children who […]

The Health Benefits Of Fall’s Favorite Fruit: Apples!

This post was originally published on this siteThis portable, mildly sweet source of nutrients may indeed help “keep the doctor away” if eaten daily. Apples are packed with, daily fiber, antioxidants, and phytonutrients, including: Contain abundant soluble and insoluble dietary fiber. Provide vitamin C, which helps support healthy immune function. There are numerous varieties of apples […]

Your Weight & Cancer Risk

This post was originally published on this siteInvestigators from Norway’s University of Bergen reviewed data on the weight of 220,000 adults from Norway, Sweden and Austria and followed these individuals for an average of 18 years to find out how much being overweight or obese affects the risk of developing different types of cancer. They […]

Can Supplements Really Help You?

This post was originally published on this siteWhile there is ongoing debate over the optimal use of supplements and their effectiveness, and while supplements cannot take the place of a healthy diet, Dr. Weil recommends them for a variety of reasons: A good daily multivitamin/multi-mineral supplement can work as insurance against gaps in the diet […]

Smartphone Use & Posture

This post was originally published on this siteNew research from Florida’s Orlando Health system showed that, on average, American adults spend more than three and a half hours a day looking down at their phones. Results from a national survey found that only 47 percent of those responding said they were concerned about the consequences: […]

No Smoking Is Safe

This post was originally published on this siteHere’s the stark bottom line: Smoking a few cigarettes daily does about the same damage to your lungs as smoking more than a pack a day. That conclusion came from a study that examined the smoking habits of more than 25,000 Americans who provided information on how much […]

Sleeping Long Enough To Save Your Life

This post was originally published on this siteIf have high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease or stroke, getting less than six hours of sleep at night makes the difference between life and death. A study from the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine found that among the more than 1,600 people participating those who […]

When We Eat Most

This post was originally published on this siteThe investigation also found that you’re not likely to eat more than usual when you’re with people you don’t know well. And results of earlier studies showed that obese women eating socially consume up to 29 percent more than they do when eating alone. A study team from […]

Bleach And Indoor Air Pollution

This post was originally published on this siteIf you combine bleach with other cleaning products that have orange or lemon scents, you could be putting your family at risk of respiratory problems. Off gassing from bleach containers can accumulate in poorly ventilated homes and react with citrus scents (limonenes) found in some personal care products, […]

Is IBS Affecting You? Try These 4 Suggestions

This post was originally published on this siteA healthy diet can help the body in its efforts to heal itself, and in some cases, particular foods can lessen symptoms. To address problems commonly associated with irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, try the following: Eliminate milk and milk products. It might be an intolerance to the […]

Have Joint Pain? Try These 5 Dietary Tactics

This post was originally published on this siteA healthy diet can help the body in its efforts to heal itself, and in some cases, particular foods can lessen symptoms. To address problems commonly associated with arthritis, try the following: Decrease protein toward 10 percent of daily caloric intake. Replace animal protein as much as possible […]

Worried About Your Heart? Reduce Your Intake Of This

This post was originally published on this siteWant a simple way to promote heart health? Reduce your intake of trans fats, which most commonly come from hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. These inflammatory fats (found in most margarines, snack foods, processed foods and some cooking oils) may encourage heart disease. Instead, use extra virgin olive oil […]

Can Hoodia Help With Weight Loss?

This post was originally published on this siteHoodia gordonii – a cactus found in Africa’s Kalahari Desert – is making a splash as a weight-loss aid, but without much scientific evidence to back it up. Traditionally eaten by the San Bushmen to ward off hunger on long journeys, the Hoodia cactus contains a molecule that theoretically […]