5 Ways To Avoid Winter Ills

It’s winter again and with that comes the annual host of coughing, sneezing, sniffling, aching and copious amounts of tissues. Besides committing yourself to total isolation, what can you do to avoid this season’s flu and cold du jour?

Broiled Red Grapefruit with Pomegranate Syrup

Ah, the holidays are upon us, and with that comes a parade of sinful desserts. Adapted from a Prevention magazine recipe, this vibrantly colored, tangy dessert is just the ticket for a guilt-free ending to your holiday meal. It features vitamin C packed grapefruit and pomegranate, which has countless health benefits.

Beyond Diet and Exercise: Controlling Blood Sugar

According to the recently published National Diabetes Report, over 29 million people in the United States have diabetes. That’s nearly 10% of the population. Perhaps more disconcerting is that nearly 30% of those folks go undiagnosed, unaware that they even have the disease. All told, adult type 2 diabetes accounts for 95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes.

Avoid these 7 drugs to decrease your dementia risk

Most of us harbor some nagging fears about the onset of dementia. To reduce the risk, you may take proactive steps like upping physical exercise, playing brain games and eating certain foods. But you should also be learning what not to do. There are certain kinds of toxins that you should avoid to protect your brain’s health. These drugs can range from seemingly innocent over-the-counter cold medicines to prescription pain medications. What do they have in common? They block acetylcholine, a key neurotransmitter in the body, which is a mechanism that leads to lower brain function. In fact, research has linked these drugs to increased risk of dementia and also to hospitalizations in older adults. They actually are thought to have the opposite effect of medications often used to treat Alzheimer’s, which work to increase acetylcholine. Sometimes, you can’t avoid taking certain drugs, but if’s definitely worth avoiding them if possible. Here are seven common types of anticholinergic drugs. Sedating antihistamines Take heed when you see “diphenhydramine” on the label (brand name Benadryl). Non-sedating antihistamines, containing “loratadine” (brand name Claritin) are much safer for the brain. PM over-the-counter painkillers Most of your favorite OTC painkiller, such as Tylenol and Motrin, …

Grilled Steak Tacos with Pickled Peach and Onion

Weary of the same tiresome summer grill standards? Us too! We’ve adapted a Prevention Magazine recipe that offers a fresh and flavorful respite from the same hotdog and burger fare. Don’t be put off by the pickled peach and onion mixture, as it’s super easy to throw together and will make your dinner guests think you slaved away in the kitchen all day! Swap out corn tortillas if you are going gluten-free.

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.

Blueberry Compote

Looking for an easy dessert that utilizes those luscious antioxidant-rich blueberries? We’ve adapted a simple recipe that our friends at Tufts University created for health-nuts who still have a bit of a sweet tooth. The secret ingredient in this dessert is chia seeds, which swell to form a gel when moistened. The newest addition to the super food list, chia seeds help thicken the juices in this compote made with convenient frozen berries

Memory Loss and Exercise

Sweat Yourself Smart New evidence says exercise can reduce dementia risk Here at Juvenon, we are fascinated by scientific research that delves into mitochondrial function (AKA your energy metabolism). To that end, we revisit and update our content as we discover exciting new evidence that links exercise with improved mitochondrial function. The proven benefits are many, from better energy and longevity to reduction of dementia risk. The Mighty Mitochondria Essentially metabolism is a collection of mitochondria. These are the spark plugs of the cells that are responsible for metabolism. The greater the activity of the cell, the more mitochondria it has. Regardless of their location, when these little dynamos aren’t operating cleanly and efficiently, it impedes your metabolism, resulting in energy slow down throughout your body. This in turn, puts you at risk for a host of illnesses and diseases of aging. How Exercise Can Repair an Inefficient Metabolism It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that exercise helps your metabolism, but you may be interested to know why. Aside from burning calories from the food we eat on a daily basis, exercise normalizes our metabolism by establishing balance. Our bodies seek an economy of scale in which certain aspects of physiological strength, capacity, endurance and speed are forfeited when they aren’t regularly …

4 Daily Practices That Are Bad for Your Heart

Smoking and obesity are two of the top habits that put us at higher risk for heart attacks. But did you know that there are other common behaviors that are harmful to your heart? Browse this list of heart-risky behaviors to see if you need to kick these habits … your heart will thank you!