Helping Others Is Good For Our Health

Helping others is good for our health

Helping others is good for our health

Reach Out to Stay Happy in Later Life

Reaching out a hand to help others will keep you happier and healthier in later life, according to research published in the Psychological Bulletin online.

An examination of all the available peer-reviewed evidence published over the last 45 years involving adults aged 50 plus, found that those who volunteered had reduced symptoms of depression, better overall health, fewer functional limitations and greater longevity.

All these benefits for just 2-3 hours per week!  Feeling appreciated or needed as a volunteer appears to support psychosocial wellbeing.

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Ditch the Junk Food

Ditch the junk food

Ditch the junk food

Junk the junk food!

Think of healthy and unhealthy foods as the difference between putting coals or paper on a fire. The paper will burn quickly with a big show of flames, but it doesn’t give out much heat and burns so quickly it’s not long before you have put more paper on the fire.

On the other hand, coal takes longer to heat up but it will give you a steady lasting level of heat for a much longer time. It’s quite a simple analogy. The aim is to eat the food equivalent of coal, not paper, no matter how attractive it may seem.

Refined and processed foods are like paper to the body’s fire. Natural whole foods are like coal. The more a food is refined (the greater proportion of natural substances are removed) the faster will be the hit on your bloodstream.

The more food you eat in its natural form, the steadier will be your blood sugar.

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Memory Boosting Foods

Memory boosting foods

Memory boosting foods

MOST of us can be a little forgetful sometimes, but what if you really seem to be forgetting things more than usual?

Well, there are some foods that help boost memory and are also rich in antioxidants which, let’s face it, we could all do with these days. Now where was I? Oh yes, memory boosting foods

Well, according to several recent studies reported in Science Daily, eating blueberries and strawberries could help prevent memory loss in old age. Berries are rich in antioxidants, which protect cells from free-radical damage. But new research has found they can have a direct effect on how neurons in the brain send signals. But berries aren’t the only memory boosting foods.

Avocados

These delicious fruits (yes, they are classed as a fruit) are a great source of ‘healthy’ fat and a good blood circulation booster. This is important when it comes to brain function, as this enhances blood flow to the brain, helping with healthy brain function.

Oily fish

The essential omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish such as sardines, herring, trout and mackerel, as well as walnut oil and flaxseeds, or linseeds, are high in Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a fatty acid which is vital to maintaining a healthy nervous system.  Low DHA levels have been linked to a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss. Fish also contains iodine, which is known to improve mental clarity.

Whole grains

Whole grains improve circulation and help regulate glucose levels in the blood. The more stable your glucose levels, the easier it is to concentrate, which is one of the reasons why it’s important to eat breakfast in the morning. Apart from revving up your metabolism it keeps your sugar levels balanced and protects against diabetes and heart disease.

Nuts and seeds

Nuts and seeds are a great source of the antioxidant vitamin, E, a lack of which has been linked with cognitive decline as you age. A good intake of vitamin E will help prevent memory loss. Nuts are a great source along with leafy green vegetables, seeds, eggs, brown rice and whole grains.

Blueberries

Blueberries and strawberries contain antioxidants, which are thought to protect brain neurons from damage, build communication receptors between each brain cell, and flush out waste. They also help protect against age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Blackberries are also a great brain booster, as they contain good levels of vitamin C that has long been known to help increase mental agility.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect against the kind of free radical damage to cells that occurs in the development of dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s.

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Pre-menopausal Breast Cancer and Vitamin D Deficiency

Pre-menopausal Breast cancer and vitamin D deficiency

Pre-menopausal Breast cancer and vitamin D deficiency

Vitamin D deficiency is really in the spotlight at the moment.

I think it’s mostly because we’re only just beginning to unravel all the intricate functions vitamins and minerals play in the role of health.

As time goes on I suspect we will discover that all vitamins and minerals, including the lesser-known ones, play an essential role in health and disease.

The latest vitamin D study led by researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, found that vitamin D deficiency in the months preceding diagnosis may predict a high risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer.

The study of blood levels of 1,200 healthy women found that women whose blood levels of vitamin D were low during the three-month period just before diagnosis had approximately three times the risk of breast cancer as women in the highest vitamin D group.

Several previous studies have shown that low blood levels of vitamin D are associated with a higher risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer. However, researchers warned against using mega doses of vitamin D, unless prescribed by a doctor for short-term use.

The best way to keep your vitamin D levels topped up is to have 20 minutes a day out in the sunshine, as well as eating plenty of oily fish and eating free-range, organic eggs.

I would also suggest that you have your vitamin D levels tested. You could then take a supplement to correct any deficiency, do a re-test to make sure the level is back to normal, and then maintain your levels by taking a multivitamin and mineral containing vitamin D as D3.

Source: Low Vitamin D Levels Linked To High Risk Of Pre-menopausal Breast  Cancer. Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl.

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Tummy Fat and Hypertension

Tummy fat and hypertention

Tummy fat and hypertention

Another reason for losing that fat around the middle was confirmed in a recent study published in the Journal of American College Cardiology.

The study indicates a greater risk of developing high blood pressure (hypertension) compared to others with a similar BMI but with fat concentrated elsewhere on the body.

903 patients enrolled in the Dallas Heart Study were followed for an average of seven years to track development of hypertension. They also received imaging of fat deposits in the body.

At the end of the study period, 25% of patients developed hypertension. While a higher BMI was associated with increased incidence of hypertension, when abdominal fat content, overall fat content and lower-body fat content were factored in, only abdominal fat remained independently associated with hypertension.

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How To Digest Food Better

How to digest food better

How to digest food better

A reminder about chewing well…

The first part of digestion happens in the mouth. To have healthy digestion it is really important to chew well. So take your time when you eat, slow down and your food will be digested better.

Chewing also signals the other parts of your digestive system to get ready to receive food.

So, if you are not chewing well, the first part of breakdown in the mouth doesn’t happen, the digestive system does not get the signal to prepare itself and the food will drop down to the stomach in larger molecules than the stomach can really manage.

Another advantage of eating slowly is you are less likely to overeat. Once you start eating it takes 20 minutes for your brain to register that you are full. So if you eat slowly you will end up eating less food because your brain will tell you that you have had enough.

If you eat quickly, you can consume a lot more food than you actually need before your brain realises. There is a big difference between hunger and appetite. Hunger is when your stomach rumbles and you need to eat. Appetite is when you want to eat because you fancy some ice cream because you just saw an advert on TV.

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Fiona

 

Time To Get Rid of Tummy Fat

Time to get rid of tummy fat

Time to get rid of tummy fat

I hate to have to tell you this, but tummy fat really is toxic fat.

The fat around your middle manufactures an array of chemical messengers including blood-clotting agents, substances that contract blood vessels and raise blood pressure, inflammatory agents, hormones and molecules that control hunger.

Fat cells are also able to produce an immune response in the body, which causes inflammation. Fat cells also secrete oestrogen and two other compounds — tumour necrosis factor alpha and resistin — both of which interfere with the functioning of insulin.

Not all fat in the body behaves in the same way and it is the fat around the middle that is more metabolically active than fat elsewhere. It has been called “toxic fat” because it increases the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, cancer, and diabetes.

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