You toss and turn. And you count sheep until the cows come home. But did you know that getting insufficient shut-eye could be making you fat?
At this writing, plenty of Americans – in the East, Midwest and even the South — are enduring the winter of 2014-2015 chills. And so what do we do when the mercury plummets? Turn up the thermostat, of course! You see, we modern Americans have been programed to crank up the heat in the winter.
Vitamin D has long been touted as the “sunshine vitamin” that is essential for bone health. But now scientists have found that it may also help protect the aging brain against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
The Champagne corks have popped. The big ball has dropped. And all the confetti has been swept away. Now it’s just you and your annual batch of resolutions.
Cracking the code on aging remains one of the biggest challenges in science today. As recently as a decade ago, the general aging theory focused on the oxidative stress model. Basically, the idea was that aging is due to the sustained accumulation of cellular damage and a lifetime of reactive oxygen species and free radicals coursing through our veins.
According to government statistics, prior to 1921 the leading cause of death in the United States had fluctuated between tuberculosis and influenza pneumonia. However, since then, heart disease has reigned supreme as the major cause of death.
According to U.S. News and Report, Coenzyme Q10 (or CoQ10 for short) is the third most popular supplement in the United States. CoQ10 supplementation is prescribed by many doctors for treating or preventing a range of conditions from headache relief to Parkinson’s disease.
There is something deeply primal about feeling hungry. However, from biological and psychological standpoints, the cause of that gnawing feeling is anything but simple. Indeed, it is a puppet with many masters.
Recently, conflicting information has emerged on the topic of fasting, starvation and weight gain. On the one hand, there is the ‘starvation myth’ based on the theory that starving oneself to lose weight can cause weight gain. However, on the other hand, there is now compelling new research showing the beneficial effects of caloric restriction, e.g., weight loss, decreased oxidative stress, inflammation, and increased longevity.
“Oh I wish I still had her metabolism,” laments a middle-aged mother, while watching her slim teenaged daughter tuck into her second helping of calorie-laden pasta.