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Month: April 2014

Green Tea Improves Working Memory

Green Tea Improves Working Memory

New evidence for the cognitive benefits of tea comes from a study published in Psychopharmacology. Researchers at the University of Basel have now found that green tea extract can improve working memory (Schmidt et al., 2014). Working memory is vital to holding pieces of visual, verbal or other information in your mind while you manipulate them. Better working memory has been linked to improved learning, attention and other vital outcomes. Synaptic functioning In their study, participants were given a drink…

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What 10 Things Should You Do Every Day To Improve Your Life?

What 10 Things Should You Do Every Day To Improve Your Life?

10 things that scientific research shows can help improve your life. 1) Get out in nature You probably seriously underestimate how important this is. (Actually, there’s research that says you do.) Being in nature reduces stress, makes you more creative, improves your memory and may even make you a better person. 2) Exercise We all know how important this is, but few people do it consistently. Other than health benefits too numerous to mention, exercise makes you smarter, happier, improves…

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It’s Time to Pay Attention to Sleep, the New Health Frontier

It’s Time to Pay Attention to Sleep, the New Health Frontier

Alexandra Sifferlin   @acsifferlin    April 9, 2014 Your doctor could soon be prescribing crucial shuteye as treatment for everything from obesity to ADHD to mental health as experts say carving out time for sleep is just as important as diet and exercise After being diagnosed with brain and lung cancer in 2011, Lynn Mitchell, 68, was averaging about an hour of solid sleep a night. Stressed about her treatments, she was paying for it in hours of lost sleep. The…

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5 Steps to Quitting Artificial Sweeteners

5 Steps to Quitting Artificial Sweeteners

Health.com / Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD @goodhealth The fake stuff actually increases your cravings Yet another new study supports what I’ve seen in my private practice for years – artificial sweeteners actually increase cravings. Scientists say that faux sugars activate the brain’s pleasure center, without satisfying it, which triggers an increased desire for sweets. That’s probably why statistically, people who drink diet beverages aren’t slimmer–one report found that two-can-a-day diet drinkers had a 54.5% chance of becoming overweight or obese,…

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California bill requiring warning labels on sugary drinks advances

California bill requiring warning labels on sugary drinks advances

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California Wed Apr 9, 2014 (Reuters) – A California bill to require sugary soft drinks to carry labels warning of obesity, diabetes and tooth decay passed its first legislative hurdle on Wednesday, the latest move by lawmakers nationwide aimed at persuading people to drink less soda pop. If enacted, the legislation would put California, which banned sodas and junk food from public schools in 2005, in the vanguard of a growing national movement to curb the…

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4 Surprising Foods Packed With Estrogen — The Chemical Linked to Obesity and Sexual Dysfunction

4 Surprising Foods Packed With Estrogen — The Chemical Linked to Obesity and Sexual Dysfunction

Many otherwise healthy foods contain high levels of estrogen. April 10, 2014  It is no secret that our bodies and our environment are swimming in estrogen. Puberty is occurring as early as eight years old in children and recently babies in China have developed breasts. Frogs and fish are becoming “intersex” and losing their male characteristics from excreted estrogens in the environment and waterways. In England, the Daily Mail ran a feature on the phenomenon of women’s bra cup sizes…

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An Excerpt from “What Are You Hungry For?” by Deepak Chopra

An Excerpt from “What Are You Hungry For?” by Deepak Chopra

Margaret Manning In his new book What Are You Hungry For? The Chopra Solution to Permanent Weight Loss, Well-Being, and Lightness of Soul bestselling author Deepak Chopra discusses how overeating is really just a symptom of a much larger problem – an inability to find true fulfillment in our lives. Since living a healthy life after 60 is a goal of many members of our Sixty and Me community, I reached out to Deepak and his team to see if…

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Why Materialistic People Are Less Happy and Less Satisfied

Why Materialistic People Are Less Happy and Less Satisfied

New research explores the fact that materialistic people are more likely to be depressed and unsatisfied with life. The study finds that a focus on what you want — and therefore don’t currently have — makes it more difficult to appreciate what you already have, according to the Baylor University research. The study, published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, recruited 246 people at a private university (Tsang et al., 2014). The researchers tested:     how materialist and needy…

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Flaxseed

Flaxseed

by Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN What They Are Flax, a crop cultivated since ancient times, produces fibers that are processed into linen cloth. The plant’s seeds (aka linseeds) are used as cattle feed and, when eaten regularly by humans, impart fantastic health and nutritional benefits. Flax seeds are coated in shells that serve as armor against your digestive system. For this reason, they need to be ground up in order to release their nutrients. You can grind the seeds…

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4 Health Benefits of Chamomile

4 Health Benefits of Chamomile

Kara, selected from TreeHugger    April 7, 2014 Chamomile is one of the oldest and most popular medicinal herbs, but it has also become one of the best studied by modern medicine. According to one medical paper, more than one million cups of camomile tea are consumed per day around the world. For good reason, as this little white flower can have some big benefits for your health. There are two types of chamomile typically used for medicinal purposes, German Chamomile…

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