Browsed by
Month: January 2014

8 Ways to Keep Your Brain Fit

8 Ways to Keep Your Brain Fit

a Care2 favorite by AgingCare.com By Anne-Marie Botek, AgingCare.com Editor Cognitive reserve, the term used to describe the mechanism by which a person’s mind can compensate for damage to their brain, has become a buzzword in the medical community, thanks to its connection to one of the most infamous issues of modern aging: dementia. Research indicates that people who have solid stores of cognitive reserve are generally less likely to exhibit the classic signs of dementia—short-term memory loss, difficulty multitasking,…

Read More Read More

15 Simple Ways To Reduce Toxins In Your Life

15 Simple Ways To Reduce Toxins In Your Life

By Dr. Manisha Ghei   October 8, 2013 Every day, we’re exposed to toxins, from our food, water and air! Our body therefore, has a built in, efficient detoxification system which works 24/7, through our liver, gut, skin, kidneys and lungs. The liver, our main filtration system, has two detoxification phases, and each is very important. The Phase 1 pathway leads to the production of toxic intermediates (free radicals), which then must be rapidly acted upon by the Phase 2 pathway…

Read More Read More

The 5 Healthiest Nuts

The 5 Healthiest Nuts

1. Walnuts The walnut is, hands down, one of the best healthiest nuts to eat, and that is largely because of its high content of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of omega-3 fat. Just one-quarter cup of walnuts gives you nearly 91 percent of the recommended daily value for this healthy fat.3 Your body cannot make omega-3 fats on its own, which is why it’s so important to include omega-3-rich foods in your diet. Aside from helping to protect against…

Read More Read More

5 Ways Our Brain Sabotages Our Goals and How to Fight Back)

5 Ways Our Brain Sabotages Our Goals and How to Fight Back)

Erica Sofrina  January 16, 2014 As wonderful and fascinating as the brain is, it is not always our friend when it comes to achieving goals, according to Gregory Ciotti, the founder of Sparring Mind, who writes about understanding the science behind how our brain works, and how to use it to our advantage. I got interested in this subject because of the research I did for another article entitled, “Top 5 Regrets People Have on Their Deathbed.” I wondered why…

Read More Read More

Kids are becoming candyholics, and adults are to blame

Kids are becoming candyholics, and adults are to blame

Adults need to stop enabling kids’ candy addiction By Mark Schatzker, CBC News       Jan 14, 2014 Recently, my seven-year-old daughter uttered the unlikeliest sentence I ever expected to issue from her mouth: ‘Mummy, I think we need to take a break from candy.’ The date was December 29th, and my daughter – wise beyond her years – was reflecting on the three-week candy and calorie fest that is the holiday season. And she was, at that moment,…

Read More Read More

Can Winter Really Make You Sick? The Truth About Seasonal Affective Disorder

Can Winter Really Make You Sick? The Truth About Seasonal Affective Disorder

By Alexandra Sifferlin    Jan. 10, 2014 The cold is bad enough, but winter’s shorter days make the season a downer, to say the least. But how real is seasonal affective disorder (aptly known as SAD)? SAD is often a catch-all term to describe the winter dumps, but experts say it’s often misused and the condition is actually less common than people think. “There are a lot of myths. SAD is not a myth. It is a mental disorder that…

Read More Read More

What is Clean Eating?

What is Clean Eating?

January 9, 2014      Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD The first time I heard the word ‘clean’ in relation to food was way back in the mid 1990s. I attended a conference about supermarket trends, and learned that grocery chains were starting to “clean up” store brand ingredient lists by removing unrecognizable terms. Back then, this move was considered controversial, because it involved doing away with added nutrients, listed by their technical, non-household names (like pantothenic acid, a B vitamin),…

Read More Read More

5 Ways to Get Healthier & Happier With Age

5 Ways to Get Healthier & Happier With Age

Care2    Megan, selected from Experience Life In our culture, everything happens at the speed of youth. Whether it’s cell phones, computers, songs, movies, books or opinions, it seems that only the newest models and latest releases matter. Whatever it is, if it’s been around for a while, it’s probably lost some value along with its straight-out-of-the-package luster. And that might be inevitable when it comes to the latest iPad. But it makes no sense when it comes to people….

Read More Read More

Learning music early builds up brain’s reserves

Learning music early builds up brain’s reserves

Elderly who knew music were protected from normal decay in discriminating sounds CBC News       Jan 09, 201 Childhood music lessons could pay off in protecting the brain against dementia decades later, even in those who don’t continue to play, researchers are learning.  In one study, children who played instruments performed better on memory tests even decades later.   Music training benefits the brain’s cognitive function. Neuroscientists in Illinois tested for delays in how the brain responds to…

Read More Read More

Meat and Dairy Can Rapidly Alter Gut Bacteria and Cause Inflammation

Meat and Dairy Can Rapidly Alter Gut Bacteria and Cause Inflammation

Michelle Schoffro Cook     December 19, 2013 The adage “you are what you eat” might never have been truer. According to new research, your health may be determined by what you eat, and what microorganisms came along for the ride. A new Harvard University study published in the journal Nature found that diet rapidly alters the microorganisms residing in the gut. And if what you ate was either meat or dairy, you might not be happy with their findings….

Read More Read More