Swedish Study: Dementia skips fit folks!

Dodge dementia with exercise, study proves According to a recent article in Easy Health Options, there’s now even more proof that exercise and brain health go hand in hand. Want to boost your brain power? Maintain your memory? Reverse age-related brain shrinkage? Then hop on that bike, roll out that yoga mat, dust off those weights and exercise. But as simple as that sounds, you may be wondering how much exercise it actually takes to keep your brain healthy. More specifically, how much time do you have to put in to prevent the most dreaded of age-related diseases — dementia? Will 30 minutes per day do the trick? Or should you shoot for an hour? Does moderate exercise count? Or do you need to get your heart pumping and brow sweating every time? So many questions! Luckily, science finally has a solid answer for you. A recent study determined a fitness goal you can set to obliterate your dementia risk. It’s not an easy goal. But it’s completely possible. And it’s worth achieving if you’re serious about keeping your brain sharp until the very end. A recent study conducted at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden found that women who …

Pickleball: A Fun Way for Seniors to Get Active

Our friends at Humana just shared a great video that will introduce you to the world of pickleball. Pickleball is a fun, easy-to-learn sport that can get people of all ages moving and healthy. Pickleball is more than just an interesting name! A cross between tennis, badminton and ping pong, pickleball can be played one-on-one or two-on-two. The sport, which is especially popular with seniors, is quickly growing in popularity. There are nearly 13,000 pickleball courts nationwide, and the sport is one of 19 played at the National Senior Games.

EASY Health Hacks to Try Today!

You’re eager to improve your health, but you may also be overwhelmed by the task at hand. We get it! How about trying these three scientifically proven health hacks first? Getting healthy can be easier than you think! 1. Munch these to control cholesterol: That’s right, eating just 1/3 cup of walnuts daily could lower your total cholesterol 12% — and your artery-clogging LDLs 18%, research in the journal Nutrients shows. Walnut compounds block cholesterol absorption in the intestines, plus their minerals and healthy fats reduce your LDL cholesterol output, says study author Emilio Ross, M.D. in an interview with Woman’s World magazine. Enjoying this filling snack regularly could cut your risk of heart disease by 50%, say Yale researchers. 2. Tip some tea, tame blood sugar: Research in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry suggests that drinking 6 oz. of chamomile tea with each meal cuts blood-sugar surges (and the risk of symptoms like tiredness) as much as 25% in three weeks, even if you already have insulin resistance or prediabetes. Chamomile helps muscles convert blood sugar to fuel before it can build up and damage tissues, says study author Rob Nash, Ph.D. 3. Read your way slim: …

Is diet soda safe?

Tufts University newsletter recently explored the issue of diet soda safety and why you might want to explore beverage alternatives. Diane McKay, PhD, an assistant professor at Tufts’ Friedman School weighed in on the latest research. “Some studies have linked diet soda consumption to negative health effects,” she says, “including obesity, type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart attack. But keep in mind that these studies are observational in nature, which means they can’t be used to show cause and effect.” McKay notes that it does raise the possibility that something other than the diet soda could explain the increased health risks. “We do know from food safety studies that the amount of artificial sweetener you get in diet soda has not been shown to be harmful,” she says. McKay suspects that if you are also eating an overall healthy diet, one diet soda in a day should be safe. But, to be on the safe side, she urges folks to try healthier beverage alternatives. If you like the bubbles, drink more sparkling water. You can flavor your own with a little spritz of fruit juice, allowing you to control how much and what kind of sugar goes into it. You …

4 scientifically proven brain boosters

Did you know that a whopping 75% of brain aging can be avoided by making small tweaks to your everyday routine? Three experts recently discussed these brain health hacks in Women’s World magazine. Here are four brain boosting tips that you can adopt today. It’s easier than you might think to cultivate good brain performance! 1. Grow new neurons by taking a stroll “Walking without breaks helps keep the part of your brain that grows brain cells more resilient,” reveals psychotherapist, Mike Dow, Ph.D. In fact, it’s so effective that strolling for 25 a few times a week will keep your brain’s “incubator for new brain cells in shape. 2. Take five for five Dr. Leanne Young says chronic multitasking causes the brain to shrink. “In particular, it reduces the size of the hippocampus, a brain region supporting memory and learning,” Young says. The fix? Cut back on multitasking and let your brain recharge five times a day by taking five minutes to rest – no social media, no TV, no emails … just rest. “Spend those five minutes stretching, going outside or meditating,” Young suggests. 3. Kids’ Play Mike Dow says game concentration is shown to sharpen memory. Try …

New research reveals 4 ways to keep brain young

Perhaps you’ve heard that exercising and sleep slows brain aging. But now researchers have dug deeper and found other lifestyle tweaks that can have an equally beneficial impact on your brain. 1. Energize brain with squash: That’s right, the Journals of Gerontology reports that eating squash daily could cut your dementia risk by 20%, plus help your brain function as if it were three years younger. It turns out that beta-carotene – the orange pigment – in butternut and acorn squash nourishes and energizes brain cells, plus block the formation of damaging plague inside brain arteries. 2. Clear brain fog with broccoli: A study in the journal Genesis suggests that eating three cups of cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, etc.) weekly could shake off brain fog, often within six weeks. 3. Sweep trouble away with onions: Spanish researchers say that consuming as little as ¼ cup of any type of onion each day slows brain aging 21% or more – and makes your brain function as if it’s six years younger. 4. Your brain’s fav drink: Sipping two cups of green tea daily revs the flow of oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood to your brain 25%, staving off brain aging. According to …

More Veggies, Less Meat Linked With Longevity

It shouldn’t come as a big surprise that a plant-based diet has plenty of benefits. A recent study in the JAMA Internal Medicine concludes that eating more legumes, vegetables, fruits and less meat is associated with lower mortality risk. Alice Lichtenstein, director of the Tuft University’s Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory discussed the chink in the vegetarian armor in a recent newsletter. “It’s important to note that vegetarians in the study were more highly educated, less likely to smoke, exercised more and were thinner,” she says. She notes that as with anything, you need to think of it in terms of the whole package. For instance, all meat substitutes are not created equal. Cheese is high in saturated fat, so quiche on Meatless Monday is not going to get you the hoped-for results. However, a rice and bean casserole might. In the Tufts Newsletter, Lichtenstein says it’s OK if you’re not ready to swear off meat completely. It’s better to think about the whole diet. She says that if animal products are part of your normal diet they should be mostly fish and poultry. And it’s always a wise idea to boost your servings of veggies and fruit, opt for whole grains …

4 Delicious Stress Busters

The holidays are upon us and with them comes joy and laughter. But let’s be honest … there’s always an element of stress involved with these festivities. Here’s a tip: incorporate these super stress-zapping foods into your diet and breeze through this busy season!

6 natural ways to boost your energy without caffeine!

Yawn … it’s 2 p.m. and all you want to do is take a snooze! If this sounds familiar, you are not alone. In our busy world, many of us observe our energy level dipping on a regular basis. However, if your exhaustion is lifestyle-related, there are many ways you can up your energy levels … without downing another cup of joe! Stress Less: Constant high levels of stress will leave you feeling tired and drained. It’s important to Incorporate stress busters in your daily life. Strategies include meditation, talking with a friend, taking Sparky for a long walk or even watching a funny movie (laughter is the best medicine!). Get Moving: We all know that regular exercise is important for your health. However, it may seem counterintuitive to exercise when you’re feeling tired and all you want is a nap. Luckily, you don’t have to run a marathon to experience energy boosting benefits. In fact, one study found that sedentary people with persistent, unexplained fatigue decreased their tiredness by 65% just by regularly participating in low-intensity cycling. Other studies prove that even a 10-minute walk is a better pick me up than a snack! Quit Smoking: Of course, you …

Four Reasons To Love Tea

Lately, everyone from Dr. Oz to Oprah has been touting the benefits of tea. The Tea Association of the United States cites health benefits as the main reason tea consumption has grown steadily for the past two decades. Technically tea is anything that comes from the tea plant, including green tea, black tea, white tea and oolong tea. So, if the tea leaf is present, you’ll get all the health benefits. When you learn of its many healthy charms, a cup of tea just might replace your favorite Starbuck’s standard.