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Are You Getting Your Omega-3s?
- Written by Chuck Guilford
A new study conducted at Ohio State University and reported in The Atlantic, demonstrates that a healthy balance of omega 6 to omega 3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) may actually slow the aging process by lengthening the telomeres at the ends of our chromosomes.
Yes, this sounds pretty technical, but the main point is that supplements such as fish oil and hemp oil are beneficial not just because they improve our circulation, but because they reduce inflammation caused by oxidative stress and reduce vulnerability to age-related diseases.
Nutritious Food Also Appears to Benefit the Brain
- Written by jo
Yahoo! News reports that a new study of elderly folks indicates that a healthy diet, resulting in more of certain nutrients and omega-3 fatty acids in the bloodstream, can be beneficial to people's brains, both for physical volume and for people's performance on tests of cognition. Though the study still needs confirmation, one of its researchers is excited "to think that people could potentially stop their brains from shrinking and keep them sharp by adjusting their diet."
Which Five Habits Take the Biggest Toll on Your Health?
- Written by Chuck Guilford
If you are like a lot of people, you have probably done things that aren’t good for your health. Many people don’t realize how certain bad habits can affect their health. They might not think that having the occasional cigarette or eating junk food for dinner can negatively affect their bodies. However, you must take care of yourself properly if you want to live a long life. You have to be willing to break your bad habits in order to lead a healthy lifestyle. Here are five bad habits that take the worst toll on your health.
Smoking is one of the worst things you can do for your health. Smoking can put you at risk of developing chronic diseases like lung cancer, emphysema, heart disease and pancreatic cancer. If you smoke cigarettes, you can also stain your teeth and develop more wrinkles on your face. Cigarettes are filled with thousands of chemicals that are harmful for your body. If you are a regular smoker, ask your doctor how you can quit your habit.
A nice tan can look attractive and help you feel better about yourself. Tanning in the sun, however, is very bad for your skin. When you expose your skin to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, you are putting yourself at risk of developing skin cancer. Skin cancer can be deadly if it’s not caught early enough. Tanning can also cause premature wrinkles and dry skin. Your skin won’t look beautiful and young if you have been tanning it for a long time. Instead of basking in the sun, apply a sunless tanning product to your skin.
Drinking Too Much Coffee
If you have to wake up early for work every day, you probably drink coffee to give you energy. The occasional cup of coffee is okay, but constantly drinking it can take a toll on your health. Frequently drinking coffee can raise your blood pressure, increase your heart rate and cause acid reflux. Instead of drinking coffee every morning, try drinking tea or orange juice.
Not Exercising Enough
Exercise is something you should not put off, even if you have a busy schedule. Avoiding exercise not only can cause you to gain weight; it can also lead to chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Aim to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day.
Brushing your teeth is not enough; you will need to floss regularly to keep your teeth and gums healthy. If you don’t floss properly, you put yourself at risk of developing gum disease, which can impact the health of your heart.
These are just a few bad habits that can severely take a toll on your health. Try to break these bad habits, so you can lead a healthier lifestyle. To find out about more risk factors that may be affecting your health, visit your doctor to develop a specific plan to help improve your health.
Exercise Benefits the Brain and How
- Written by jo
You knew exercise is good for you, but did you know it benefits cognition?
Several studies summarized in a recent NYT Well posting suggest that exercise improves both memory/recall (even among young males in college) and performance of skilled tasks (such as those performed by airline pilots). The studies also point to a particular protein, BDNF for short---one that's already known to aid in nerve cell health, as an important factor in memory and skilled-task performance improvements with exercise. This news is important for us all. And it could become especially important to those who have a gene variant (common among people of European and Asian "backgrounds") that results in decreased amounts of BDNF with increasing age.