As We Get Older
Almost everyone experiences some decline in memory and reaction time after age 40. But a rich network of neural connections...links between brain cells that allow them to communicate... can help compensate for these losses.
A rich neural network may even help keep people from being incapacitated by alzheimer's disease.
Extensive neural connections seem to act as a kind of cognitive reserve...allowing a person to function longer with the disease than someone whose mental resources were less extensive.
The Good News is: Brain cells can form new connections at any age. By developing a consuming passion your brain is involved in a wide range of activities, more neural circuits are created and maintained. Also by cultivation an interest in something totally different from your customary pursuits. A lawyer might take up bridge...or an accountant might learn to play the clarinet. It's also a good idea to take classes in unfamiliar subjects. Studies have shown that higher education early in life helps ensure proper brain functioning in old age. It seems likely that intellectual activity later in life builds cognitive reserves as well.
Get Regular Exercise
When making a point to exercise daily, you keep the heart and lungs healthy, exercise boost blood flow to the brain, fueling it with oxygen and glucose. Another excellent form of exercise is the gentle Chinese martial art tai chi.
Take Supplements sensibly; cellular damage caused by free radicals---renegade molecules formed in the body as a by-product of normal metabolism...is thought to be a major cause of age-related mental decline.
To neutralize free radicals, i make sure to get enough of the antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E. I eat lots of fruits and vegetables...and take a supplement containing over 10,000 international units (IU) of beta-carotene (the precursor of vitamin A)...1,000 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C...and 400 IU of vitamin E.
Are you aware of this sneaky sign that your body is fighting off an infection? (Photo: Getty Images)
When you have a bump or lump beneath the skin, your mind probably jumps to assume it’s either benign — like an itchy bug bite — or very serious — like cancer. But here’s something you may not have realized: That lump could actually be a swollen lymph node, an indicator that your body is fighting off an infection.
Many people are aware that swollen lymph nodes under the chin are a sign of sickness, but most don’t realize that those aren’t the only lymph nodes a person has. It’s understandable, then, that you might be a little concerned if you stumble across a swollen lymph node in a place you weren’t expecting — say, your arm or genitals.
The queen of pretty much everything, Oprah, recently released her Spring Fashion Handbook, and surprisingly enough, there was a section called Retinol Cream: Your Skin’s New Best Friend. The all-knowing Oprah and her team of best friend doctors and skincare pros shared how retinol creams changed their life and outlook on skincare. Today we’re going to tell you why you should be using a retinol cream and which one will change your life! Remember, if Oprah says retinol creams are her new best friend, then retinol creams should be your best friends too!
Retinol creams are made up of retinoids, a retinoid is a tropical form of Vitamin A. Vitamin A is the number one anti-wrinkle ingredient recommended by dermatologists. Its sole purpose is to promote cell turnover. It eliminates the old, bad cells and produces new, plump and healthy cells. Nothing works more effectively at eliminating the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines than retinol. It’s the best anti-aging ingredient. There is no argument to it. Piles of research prove that the vitamin A derivative can really undo wrinkles and even discoloration caused by sun damage.
We all know adequate protein (especially after a workout) is key to building and repairing muscles, but a high-protein diet may also be the secret to consistent weight loss. In fact, research has shown that doubling your protein intake can help you drop pounds without losing muscle mass. In one study, published in The FASEB Journal, researchers put 39 patients on a weight-loss regimen over 31 days; at first, all participants were on the same diet to maintain their current weight. After 10 days, they were split into three groups following calorie-restricted diets: those who ate the US-recommended daily allowance (RDA) of protein, those who ate twice the RDA of protein, and those who ate three times the RDA of protein. The participants exercised accordingly in order to lose an average of two pounds a week. The researchers found that those who ate double the protein were able to lose fat without losing muscle mass while exercising on the diet. The participants who ate triple the amount of protein didn’t experience any more weight loss than the double group.
Exercise can help control your blood sugar levels when you are diabetic. In addition, if you are overweight and diabetic, exercise will help you lose weight. However, as a diabetic, there are extra considerations and precautions that you need to take before you begin an exercise program. Nevertheless, exercise is an important tool in your effort to manage your diabetes.
If your blood glucose level is too low or high, it is better to wait to exercise. You can do more harm than good if you do not. It is particularly dangerous if your blood sugar is low when you begin to exercise. Physical exertion can cause your blood sugar to drop even further which can trigger an emergency situation.
As a precautionary measure, if you are exercising at a gym, be sure the staff are aware of your condition and have emergency instructions and numbers to call with you. If you walk or run outside by yourself, keep identification on you that shows that you are diabetic along with a contact phone numbers, a snack, and any other instructions necessary.
Be sure to wear proper footwear and socks since foot problems are common in diabetics. If you notice any sores on your feet that don't heal on their own, see your physician. If they are not healing they can lead to an infection and other related complications.
Otherwise, diabetics should follow the same guidelines that everyone else should follow. Warm up before exercising and stretch afterwards, drink plenty of fluids, and don’t try to exercise beyond current your fitness level. It is a good idea to check your blood sugars before and after exercising. If you are feeling light-headed during your workout, check it then too.
Even though there are risks involved to exercising for diabetics, the benefits are worth it. Controlling your diabetes only by watching your food intake can be difficult. Following an exercise program can make diabetes management easier and more effective.
Eating is not jut a pleasure, it's also a necessity. Food gives us energy after it's digested or broken down into small molecules of nutrients. The digestive system is made of several connecting parts: the mouth, esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Two adjunct organs, the liver and the pancreas, produce additional digestive juices that enter the small intestine via tiny ducts. When the digestive system runs smoothly, things are good. But when digestion goes awry, life can be most unpleasant. Digestive complaints are caused by lots of issues: improper storage and handling, poor nutrition, infectious diseases, and stress. The herbalists of antiquity and today have found stomach-soothing plants whose actions are gentle, effective, and documented by scientific research. Medicinal plants have a great deal to offer when it comes to digestive troubles. Not only can many of these cures be treated as foods or flavorings to spice up dishes, but they can also help the body digest them. (Ref: Fueling Up-Nature's Best Remedies-National Geographic) TO ORDER MEDICINAL HERBS!/store/c1/Featured_Products.html
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