Wednesday, May 24, 2017
It is never too late to be a better person with an amazing brain. The first steps to a healthier, stronger mind are eating a balanced diet, regular exercise and getting plenty of sleep. Here are more suggestions. TAKE A NEW ROUTE TO WORK. The brain functions mainly out of habit. When you do something unfamiliar, the brain fires off neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters improve communication between the different areas in the brain. WRITE THINGS DOWN. You will remember the grocery list or a new word easier by using a pencil instead of typing. Writing helps you process the information. In a study students using pen-and-paper wrote down only what was important, while students who used a laptop in class mindlessly transcribed. SNACK ON SEEDS. Sunflower and pumpkin seeds both contain magnesium. Most of us do not meet the 400mg per day that is recommended. Magnesium soothes the nervous system which keeps you calm. It also fuels brain growth. DRINK MORE MILK. Calcium will keep your brain cells healthy. One study found that participants who recently had milk also had higher levels of an antioxidant called glutathiune. Glutathiune prevents cellular damage in the brain. Try to drink three 8oz. servings a day. Low-fat and skim milk are fine. You can also get calcium from cheese, yogurt and dark leafy greens. SWAP IN WHOLE-GRAIN BREAD. Whole-grain bread is an excellent source of zinc. Zinc helps the olfactory part of the brain process smells and flavors. These two senses decline as you grow older. PLAY BALL. To give the circuits that connect your eyes, hands and brain a good workout, throw a tennis ball against a wall. Then catch it with one hand. You can also bounce it on a racket. For a greater challenge, use a smaller ball (Ping-Pong). Any throwing and catching will do. READ A NOVEL. Research has shown that fiction gives you emotional intelligence. It helps you empathize with others, the way you would with characters.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
In a small study, 60% of people with mental illness said their pets play a major role in managing their disease. One example is by keeping the individuals in a routine. Researcher Helen Brooks, Ph.D., of the University of Manchester in England says, "This suggests that pets can reduce stress and improve quality of life." A few studies on the relationship between health and pet ownership have found that having a pet can reduce anxiety, lower blood pressure and improve the odds of surviving a heart attack. In a report published by journal Circulation, the American Heart Association recommends for those seeking to reduce their risk of heart disease to own a pet. They particularly recommend a dog because dog owners are likely to be more physically active. The report also says that dog owners are less vulnerable to the effects of stress.
A Harvard study shows women whose homes are surrounded by greenery live longer, and are more likely to overcome diseases like cancer. This also includes living on a tree-lines street. Plants filter out pollution. If you are close to a park you might be more active. The study also found that women were less likely to suffer from depression. Researcher Peter James says this explains the reason for the nearly 30% difference in mortality rate.
Friday, April 14, 2017
Helping your heart. (1) LAY OFF THE SALT According to the Centers for Disease Control and prevention, 89% of Americans consume more sodium than they should. This is a huge risk for high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. Use as many fresh ingredients as possible when cooking at home. "Processed foods are often salted to extend their shelf life," says Cheryl Anderson, Ph.D., a spokesperson for the American Heart Association and an associate professor in the division of preventive medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. (2) STOP SMOKING No matter how little you smoke, the chemicals in cigarettes are damaging to your heart and blood vessels. If you are trying to quit, download the free app Kwit. It will tell you how much money you have saved since going smoke-free and track the impact it has on your health, unlocking feel-good reminders. (3) DON'T LET STRESS GET TO YOU Over time tension like traffic jams, work deadlines and toddlers who throw very public tantrums can wear on your heart. Those who wallow in anxiety, according to a Penn State study, had lower heart rate variability. This is a risk factor for heart disease. You have to find ways to bounce back, "by talking to a supportive friend, exercising, doing something else you enjoy; says study author Nancy Sin, Ph.D. Doing so can help decrease inflammation and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. She says, "If anything, having a meaningful work and relationship,even if they're at time stressful, makes your life richer." Blogger:Being Sane Takes Too Much Work
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
According to a study conducted at Marist College in New York and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, people who use curse words artfully and persuasively tend to have a wider vocabulary, which is considered an indicator of intelligence. Also, expletives may have benefits. A 2011 study conducted at England's Keele University found that cursing can help us reduce and endure physical pain. In the workplace, other studies have shown, that cursing can help us communicate more persuasively and forge better teams. Of course, some expletives are more taboo than others. Be mindful of the risks of swearing when in public. There may be scientific acceptance, but not the same acceptance from family or coworkers.
Neuroscientists say, small fibs might not be as harmless after all. Published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, a British study showed brain scans of the amygdala, which is the region that responds to unpleasant emotional experiences, the brain became desensitized with each successive falsehood. The brain responds less the more we lie. Researchers said, the result is a "slippery slope: What begins as small acts of dishonesty can escalate into larger transgressions." Blogger:Being Sane Takes Too Much Work
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
It is estimated that nearly 100,000 hospitalized people die each year from preventable errors according to a report in the 90's published by the Institute of Medicine. An eight-year study by Johns Hopkins University found that more than 250,000 deaths a year were caused by mistakes by the American health care system. Medical errors are the third-leading cause of death, after heart disease and cancer, in the U.S. According to a report by federal government investigators that was published July 2016, nearly 1 in 3 patients in America's rehabilitation facilities suffered harm from the care they received. This ranged from getting the wrong medication to picking up an infection or bedsores. Found out more about the doctors and hospitals in your area: byhospitalsafetyscore.org Hospital Safety Score gives hospital a letter grade based on a range of safety measures nursecredentialing.org Nurse Credentialing Center rates hospitals on a range of care measures. It's 'magnet hospitals" tend to have lower death and infection rates. ahrq.gov Agency for Healthcare research and Quality has a step-by-step discharge checklist and a down-loadable guide "Taking Care of Myself: A Guide for When I Leave the Hospital." medicare.gov/physiciancompare Physician Compare is from Medicare. It offers background on physicians and ratings from patient surveys. medicare.gov/hospitalcompare Hospital Compare uses Medicare data to rate hospitals on variables such as effective care, complications, readmissions and patient experiences.