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Fun Fact Friday

Fun Fact Friday

Eat slowly. Your body takes 20 minutes to recognize it’s full. Humans cannot walk in a straight line without a visual point – When blindfolded, we will gradually walk in a circle.   People who regularly eat dinner or breakfast in restaurants double their risk of becoming obese. Oddly enough, people on the Internet are more real than people in real life. The ability to act anonymously makes us much more genuine. Happy Friday! source: @Fact

This Nutrient Balance Reverses Brain Aging

This Nutrient Balance Reverses Brain Aging

The right balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may help promote healthy cognitive aging, new research finds. While we are used to hearing about the benefits of the fatty acids in fish and fish oils, that is only half the story. Omega-6 fatty acids can come from nuts, seeds and other oils. Typically, Western diets have too much omega-6 and not enough omega-3. Together, a balance of these fatty acids may help to reduce age-related decline and maintain the…

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If You’re Looking For A Healthy Heart, Go Nuts!

If You’re Looking For A Healthy Heart, Go Nuts!

Eating 28 g of peanuts or tree nuts at least twice a week reduced the risk of heart attack or stroke by 15 per cent and 23 per cent, respectively If you’re looking for foods to keep your heart in tip-top shape, add nuts to your smart-snacking list. According to a new study from Harvard University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, eating nuts regularly can help prevent heart…

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Nicotine in Nightshade Vegetables Linked to a Lower Risk of Parkinson’s

Nicotine in Nightshade Vegetables Linked to a Lower Risk of Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s disease is a movement disorder striking 1 percent of our older population and is the 14th leading cause of death in the United States. While we don’t really know what causes it, we do know that people with a smoking history only appear to have about half the risk. Of course, “[s]moking is hugely damaging to health; any benefit derived from a reduction in risk of Parkinson’s disease is outweighed by the increased risks of cancer and cardiovascular disease,”…

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Another Good Reason to Eat More Mushrooms

Another Good Reason to Eat More Mushrooms

New research suggests that two antioxidants found in mushrooms may help protect us from age-related health issues, like Alzheimer’s. The study, published in the journal Food Chemistry, found that mushrooms are the highest dietary source of the antioxidants ergothioneine and glutathione. These compounds may help prevent some of the neurodegenerative diseases associated with aging, like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases. Add that to the list of great reasons to eat more mushrooms! Mushrooms Contain Compounds that Protect us from Age-Related Diseases…

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Drinking Coffee Linked To Lower Risk Of Heart Failure And Stroke

Drinking Coffee Linked To Lower Risk Of Heart Failure And Stroke

U.S. research has suggested yet another health benefit of drinking coffee, finding that it may decrease the risk of developing heart failure or having a stroke. Previous research has already suggested that drinking coffee may also reduce the risk of certain cancers, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, multiple sclerosis, and even reduce the risk of mortality. For the new study, the team of researchers gathered data from the long-running Framingham Heart Study, which includes information about what people eat and their cardiovascular…

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The Most Overlooked Factor in Depression Recovery

The Most Overlooked Factor in Depression Recovery

Only relatively small changes are needed to see benefits to depressive symptoms. A healthy diet is one of the most overlooked factors in recovering from depression, recent research claims. The Mediterranean diet in particular provides the vitamins and minerals the body and brain need. Dr Vicent Balanzá, one of the study’s authors, explained that the brain… “…needs an adequate intake of key nutrients, such as polyunsaturated fatty acids Omega-3, essential amino acids, B-group vitamins (B12 and folate), vitamin D and…

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 A Healthier Halloween For Kids, Without Cutting Out Candy? Yes, Really.

 A Healthier Halloween For Kids, Without Cutting Out Candy? Yes, Really.

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. As a child, I looked forward all year to dressing up and going trick-or-treating. I still love putting on costumes and carving pumpkins. But as much as I love the holiday, it also has its share of detractors. There is plenty of debate about whether parents should limit their kids’ access to Halloween activities and candy, in the name of fending off a lifetime of sugar cravings, or let them eat their fill….

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10 Simple Things All Healthy Kids Have in Common

10 Simple Things All Healthy Kids Have in Common

Changing a handful of little habits can help ensure you have super healthy kids. These are the pediatrician-approved qualities of the most robust kids around. They get plenty of sleep Many kids—especially as they hit their teen years—don’t get the recommended amount of sleep. “Prioritize sleep,” says Natasha Burgert, MD, a pediatrician in Kansas City, Missouri. “Sleep is required for healthy growth, body functions, and mental health. Plus, sleep protects against obesity and its associated risks.” For toddlers, expect 11…

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Child And Teen Obesity Soars Tenfold Worldwide In 40 Years: WHO Report

Child And Teen Obesity Soars Tenfold Worldwide In 40 Years: WHO Report

GENEVA (Reuters) – The number of obese children and adolescents worldwide has jumped tenfold in the past 40 years and the rise is accelerating in low- and middle-income countries, especially in Asia, a major study said on Wednesday. Childhood and teen obesity rates have leveled off in the United States, north-western Europe and other rich countries, but remain “unacceptably high” there, researchers at Imperial College London and the World Health Organization (WHO) said. “Over 40 years we have gone from…

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