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Month: May 2022

Negative Thinking Linked To Dementia In Later Life, But You Can Learn To Be More Positive

Negative Thinking Linked To Dementia In Later Life, But You Can Learn To Be More Positive

Are you a pessimist by nature, a “glass half empty” sort of person? That’s not good for your brain. A new study found that repetitive negative thinking in later life was linked to cognitive decline and greater deposits of two harmful proteins responsible for Alzheimer’s disease. “We propose that repetitive negative thinking may be a new risk factor for dementia,” said lead author Dr. Natalie Marchant, a psychologist and senior research fellow in the department of mental health at University…

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Which Foods Boost the Immune System?

Which Foods Boost the Immune System?

Can certain foods boost the immune system? We look at what to eat to prevent illnesses and stay well Can foods boost the immune system? If this thought has ever crossed your mind, you’re not alone. When it comes to preventing infections, we roughly know the drill. Wash your hands thoroughly. Sanitize surfaces. Stay home if you’re not feeling well. But many of us remain unsure as to what to eat to prevent our bodies from constantly getting ill. It’s…

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Having a ‘Life Purpose’ Is Linked with Better Brain Health, Study Shows

Having a ‘Life Purpose’ Is Linked with Better Brain Health, Study Shows

New research shows that positive mental well-being may help protect brain health as we age. The findings strongly linked having purpose and meaning in life with a reduced risk for mild cognitive impairment and dementia. Meaningful activities that engage the mind, body, and spirit may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The meaning of life might just be about finding meaning in life itself. A new meta-analysis in Ageing Research Reviews suggests that a life lived with purpose and…

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9 Simple Ways To Be Happy Every Day

9 Simple Ways To Be Happy Every Day

Cloud 9 isn’t as far out of out of reach as you might think. We asked the experts for simple strategies to wake up with a smile each and every day. Sure, life is filled with ups and downs. Who doesn’t feel sad, anxious or a little bit lost every now and then? But these feelings don’t define us—and they don’t define our year, our week or even our day. The ability to change our thoughts, moods and, in effect,…

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How To See Through The ‘Health Halo’ That May Be Hiding Ultra-Processed Foods

How To See Through The ‘Health Halo’ That May Be Hiding Ultra-Processed Foods

The main issue is finding time to read labels and figuring out what they really mean, experts say. Most of us have probably heard that food marketers play it a little fast and loose with health claims. So how much of what we read on a label can we trust? What, exactly, makes my bag of cereal clusters “lean,” for example? We asked two Toronto registered dietitians to separate fact from fiction to make it easier for us to navigate…

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