Can your diet defeat diabetes?

Here’s some interesting information from a doctor who believes those with type 2 diabetes should ignore American Diabetes Association’s dietary advice and opt for a healthy low carb, high fat diet. Dr. Sarah Hallberg’s evidence comes from a study her clinic performed, where 50 people with type 2 diabetes were treated with her recommended low-carb high-fat diet. She treated another 50 patients with ADA guidelines. After six months, the study concluded that the patients treated with Hallberg’s recommended diet were able to decrease their insulin by nearly 500 units a day, on average. Those in the ADA group, however, had to boost their insulin by an average of 350 units a day.  

8 Foods to Reverse Inflammation and Chronic Diseases

Doctors are learning that one of the best ways to quell inflammation lies not in the medicine cabinet, but in the refrigerator. We all know that chronic inflammation is bad. But do you know exactly why it is unhealthy and how you can protect yourself from its effects? (Hint: the remedy may be found in the fridge instead of the medicine cabinet) Inflammation 101 Your trusty immune system is hardwired to attack anything in your body that it sees as foreign—such as an invading bacteria, germ, or chemical. The process is called inflammation and it means well. In fact, occasional bouts of inflammation protect you against threatening, health robbing invaders However, when inflammation is a constant visitor it’s bad news. You see, when there is no foreign invader to be found, chronic inflammation becomes your enemy. Many major diseases that plague us—including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression, and Alzheimer’s—have been linked to chronic inflammation. Eat This Not That According to a Harvard Medical School publication, one of the most powerful tools to combat inflammation comes not from the pharmacy, but from the grocery store. Experimental studies have shown that components of foods or beverages may have anti-inflammatory effects. Simply …

The Ageless Beauty Guide: Younger Skin Starts Here

A woman’s complexion is linked with her feelings of self-confidence and it’s the “face” she shows to the world. It’s no wonder women spend so much money on beauty products and make-up that promise ageless skin. But like the old adage reminds us,  beauty is not just skin deep. Women “in the know” understand that they must look beyond the surface if they want to enjoy beautiful, healthy skin. The anatomy of skin is linked to all our major functions – immune, respiratory, circulatory, lymph and neurotransmitter systems. In a nutshell, this means that improving your health will ultimately improve your skin. Here are five keys to unlocking your most beautiful skin … and not one of them involves spending a penny on expensive lotions, creams or serums! If you smoke, stop! Cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide, which displaces the oxygen in your skin, and nicotine, which reduces blood flow, leaving skin dry and discolored. Cigarette smoking also depletes many nutrients, including vitamin C, which helps protect and repair skin damage. Stress Less When you live in a chronic state of stress, you are constantly producing the hormone cortisol, which is responsible for weight gain, high blood pressure and collagen …

Four Foods To Feed Your Brain

Can eating the right foods make you smarter? Researchers say yes! In fact, recent studies prove that what you eat is one of the most powerful influences on day-to-day brain skills. Experts say the key is to fill your meals with essential nutrients to keep brain cells healthy and prevent inflammation that can cause damage to the brain. Here are four of our favorite brain-healthy foods.

5 Ways to Build Balance and Prevent Devastating Falls

Have you ever lost your step on a slippery sidewalk, flinging your arms in the air and sending your heart racing? Unfortunately, balance issues intensify as we age. What’s more, falling can result in life changing injuries for seniors including hip fractures and head injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the top cause of injury death among people 65 and older. Anywhere, Anytime Though our balance typically declines as we age, balance training and activities have been shown to improve stability and decrease the incidence of falls. Everyone’s balance can be improved and it’s easier than you might think. Plus, you can do balance exercises on the fly, anywhere, and as often as you like, as long as you have something nearby to hold on to. In the beginning, using a chair or the wall for support will help you work on your balance safely. 5 Balance Builders Our friends at the National Institute on Aging complied a great list of balance/strength exercises below to incorporate into your daily routine. Remember, to modify them as you progress. Start by holding on to a sturdy chair for support. To challenge yourself, try holding on to …

Why fasting bolsters brain power

There’s been much in the media recently regarding the health benefits of intermittent fasting. While it may not be for everyone, it could just be the silver bullet for some. If in doubt, check in with your doctor. Here Mark Mattson current Chief of the Laboratory of Neurosciences at the National Institute on Aging weighs in on the brain benefits of skipping a meal or two. He is also a professor of Neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University. Mattson is one of the foremost researchers in the area of cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Top 10 Anti-Aging Foods

From consuming piles of kale to exhausting exercise, many folks believe all healthy aging measures are decidedly unpleasant. But what if simply eating an array of flavorful, nutrient rich foods could fight the effects of time? Here are 10 foods that will get you started on the road to healthy aging. And we are betting that your taste buds will approve, as well!

The #1 reason you are growing old before your time

We all know that our energy declines as we age, and we have probably heard that our “metabolism slows.” But what does this mean in terms of premature aging and illness? Your energy metabolism is spread throughout your whole body. Every living cell in your body makes its own energy locally by combining oxygen from your blood with sugars and fats that are also delivered by your blood. These are combined in the “mitochondria” of each cell to make ATP, a form of energy your cells use to live. As a result of aging, energy metabolism degrades and becomes less effective. And why does this matter? Basically, this means that every cell in your body has less energy to do its job. And your organs have less energy to do their jobs. For instance, your liver has less energy so it detoxifies less. Your kidneys have less energy so they purify less. Your digestive system has less energy so it digests less. Your immune system has less energy so it protects you less. Your heart has less energy so it beats less strongly. And of course your brain, which consumes up to 25% of your total energy, thinks and remembers …