Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Laughter helps to reduce stress, boost the immune system, improve blood flow to the brain and reduce pain. Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore report that laughter has the same effect on blood vessels as exercise. A family dispute puts your longevity at risk. Nagging, long-running forms of stress hastens the cellular deterioration that leads to premature aging and also a large array of serious diseases. This information is from long-running research from the University of California, San Francisco. The solution is to come to peace with the people in your life. So you can have more life in front of you, put the past behind you. Forgive yourself and ,if possible, forgive your family. According to a study by researchers a the University of Geneva, taking the stairs instead of the elevator reduces the risk of dying prematurely by 15%. "Brain age" is shaved off six months by climbing the stairs daily. Researchers at Concordia University performed MRI scans on 331 people ages 19 to 79. Gray matter may shrink naturally with age, but the study showed less for those who stayed active. According to the latest federal figures, nearly 5,000 pedestrians are killed annually in the United States. Consider walking at a park, a mall or a community health center. The body's defense system may be boosted by a sense of awe(viewing the Grand Canyon or listening to Beethoven's Ninth). This is according to research from the University of California, Berkeley. Dacher Keltner, a psychologist and coauthor of the study, says "That awe, wonder and beauty promote healthier levels of cytokines. This suggests that the things we do to experience these emotions- a walk in nature, loosing oneself in music, beholding art- has a direct influence upon health and life expectancy".
Monday, June 26, 2017
Michael J. Fox is known for his roles as Alex P. Keaton in Family Ties, Marty McFly in Back to the Future trilogy and deputy New York mayor Mike Flaherty in Spin City. He may be more famous, though, for his battle with Parkinson's disease. Michael was diagnosed in 1991 and announced it publicly in 1998. 13 of his 18 Emmy nominations came after his diagnosis. As well as, 5 of his 9 Golden Globe nominations. In his own words, here are 6 rules of his for surviving adversity. (1) EXERCISE Especially if you have Parkinson's disease. "We've learned it will prolong your ability to operate positively in the world". (2) PACING "It helps me think- the physical motion creates intellectual motion." (3) ACCEPTANCE "It isn't resignation, and it freed me to actively deal with and endeavor to change my situation. I like to say, "My happiness goes in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations". (4) HONESTY Don't remain silent or ashamed about your illness. Once Fox went public with his condition, he says,"It was empowering to have people understand what I was going through- I immediately felt better". (5) OPTIMISM "I hate when people say, "You're giving them false hope". To me hope is informed optimism". (6) HUMOR "I laugh at (my involuntary movements and the scenes they create). There are times when I love these things".
Saturday, June 24, 2017
ANTI-DEPRESSANTS Avoid red wine, hard cheese and chocolate. This applies to MAOI monoamine oxidase inhibitor antidepressants. Hard cheese, such as Parmesan or Swiss, red wine and chocolate contain ingredients that can be harmful to the body. For example, they can raise blood pressure. The MAOIs block this enzyme, where as, normally the body breaks them down using monoamine oxidase. DIABETES Avoid too much cinnamon. In large amounts, this spice can lower blood sugar. This is what the diabetes drugs do. Your blood sugar could get dangerously low. A sprinkle of cinnamon in cooking is safe. HIGH CHOLESTEROL Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice. They interfere with the body's metabolism, so your intended dose might not be accurate. Some of the statins for high cholesterol to avoid grapefruit with: Lipitor(atorvastatin), Zocor(simvastatin)and Altoprev, Mevacor(lovastatin). BLOOD-PRESSURE MEDICINES Avoid large amounts of bananas and other high-potassium foods. Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors lower blood pressure but also boost potassium retention. Eating too many of these foods may cause harmful effects. Madelyn Fernstrom, a nutrition and diet expert featured on NBC's Today, and award-winning neuroscientist and pharmacologist John Fernstrom (her husband) are the authors of a new book, Don't Eat This if You're Taking That.
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Friday, June 23, 2017
SAGE- Finds show that sage can improve your mood, increase your alertness and sharpen your concentration. It contains rosmarinic acid. This polyphenol fights hormones that are linked to anxiety and reduced cognitive function. Pick fresh over dried for maximum benefits. SUGGESTED USE: Sweet and Savory Dish Toss 1 peeled cubed butternut squash with 1 sliced red onion, 2 Tbsp. chopped sage, and 2 Tbsp. olive oil on a baking sheet. Roast at 400 degrees F until squash is soft(about 25 to 30 minutes) CAYENNE PEPPER- Capsaicin is a compound that may fight high cholesterol by breaking up the waxy plaque compounds that clog arties. Capsaicin is ground in whole or ground red chile peppers. It also lowers blood pressure by encouraging blood vessels to loosen up and relax. Suggested use: Whisk 2 eggs with 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper and a pinch of salt and scramble in a pan with 1 tsp olive oil. Top with diced avocado or a little plain Greek yogurt for a cool, creamy contrast. PARSLEY: 6 sprigs of fresh parsley is more than a day's worth of vitamin K. Certain proteins are activated by vitamin K. These proteins help calcium bind to your bone tissue. By doing that it strengthens your bones. If you use dried parsley, you will still get vitamin K, but less of it. SUGGESTED USE: For an Easy Lunch Combine 1/2 cup chopped parsley with 3 oz cubed chicken breast, 1/4 cup chopped cucumber and tomato, 2 Tbsp. feta cheese, 2 tsp olive oil and a squeeze of lemon. Then stuff the mixture into a whole-wheat pita. TURMERIC Contains curcumin. Curcumin is an antioxidant that may help relieve joint pain by fighting inflammation. One study found it was as effective as ibuprofen to ease knee pain. Try to consume a teaspoon of ground turmeric regularly. SUGGESTED USE: Hot Cocoa In a saucepan, simmer 1 cup of almond milk, 1 tsp of ground turmeric, coconut oil and honey and 1/2 ground ginger for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Social pain is the pain we all experience when we feel humiliated. Studies have found that social pain may activate the same circuits in the brain as physical pain. Women may be particular averse to mistakes because they are often people pleasers. Women often look to other's opinions to determine what they should feel about their own selves. Elizabeth Lombardo, PH.D. says, "If we show our flaws, we think others will love us less." Elizabeth Lombard is the author of Better than Perfect: 7 Strategies to Crush Your Inner Critic and Create a Life You Love. Also, perfection and procrastination go hand in hand. Sometimes you get so worried about making a mistake, you become paralyzed. You put off trying anything new. Remember, sticking only with what you are already good at creates a very small life for you.
Friday, June 16, 2017
As of 2014, there were 46,870 residents in Georgia living with HIV. According to the CDC, that is the 5th highest number of cases in the nation. AARP is providing resources for caregivers who either have the virus or are taking care of someone with HIV or AIDS. Alice Bennett, who is the AARP associate state director for community outreach, said, "Anytime you take someone to the doctor or take someone something to eat, you are a caregiver." She goes on to say, "We want people to understand the resources we have." Go to aarp.org/caregiving for those resources. In general, some of the problems caring for people with HIV or Aids are the same as for the older population in general. Isolation, taking proper medication and transportation are a few examples. A big challenge is getting people with the illness to open up about their condition. That is why AARP Ga is participating in HIV/AIDS awareness days. It is for all individuals, but specifically aimed at women and girls and African Americans.