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MIND DIET

MIND DIET

MIND SUPPORT Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) is the early stage of cognitive ability loss (such as language/hearing/ visual/spatial perception) in individuals who maintain the ability to independently perform their activities of daily living. The 4 ½ year study done by Rush University nutritional epidemiologists found that people who followed the MIND diet had 53% less reduced risk of moving onto the dementia spectrum. The overall findings: Maintain good blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar levels. Stop smoking and Limit…

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8 Steps to Engage Your Brain While Sitting

8 Steps to Engage Your Brain While Sitting

The dangers of sitting are crystal clear. Sedentary Life Style = increased risk of heart disease, cancer, brain shrinkage(!) back pain and poor posture.  Best Health = Move 5 minutes of every 30 minutes you are awake. “An active brain has neurons firing to form new connections, that equal brain reserve and back up cells to avoid plaques and neuron tangles” according to Dr. Budson Chief of Neurology at VA/Harvard Healthcare system. Keep your brain active even while seated: Expand…

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7 Steps to Clear Thinking

7 Steps to Clear Thinking

Step it up, physical movement helps prevent illnesses that can lead to memory loss by releasing protein ( FDA recommended 50 grams a day) needed by the brain for healthy nerve cells. Park at the end of the lot and walk into stores. Walk the store once and then go get what you came in for! Try Mediterranean diet research has shown a 20 decrease in memory problems, due to lots of fruits, vegetables, and fish and the use of…

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Brain Gains…7 Steps

Brain Gains…7 Steps

Step it up, physical exercise helps prevent illnesses that can lead to memory loss by releasing proteins needed by the brain for healthy functioning cells. Try a Mediterranean diet that has shown a decrease in memory problems, as it is primarily fruits, vegetables, and fish and uses good extra virgin olive oil. Remember lo-fat protein is the brain’s fuel= 50 grams a day for adults. Measure for success! Engage your brain with new, different mentally challenging activities each day to…

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4 Horsemen of Memory Loss

4 Horsemen of Memory Loss

The following are the 4 horsemen of memory loss development. Each in itself is a sign but together they need immediate attention. This research at Johns Hopkins reveals that experts don’t know how to prevent Alzheimer disease. Recently, some evidence showed that detecting the disease early can lead to better treatment options. A. Personality shifts B. Clumsiness C. Confusion D. Inability to recognize sarcasm E. All the above When you recognize any of these personality challenges happening in someone you know, a professional (neurologist) should…

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HARNESSING STRESS

HARNESSING STRESS

Harnessing Stress Today we are no stranger to stress. The key isn’t to deny stress, but to recognize and acknowledge it. When you see that their is an upside to living in anticipatory anxiety, that will allow you to find YOUR correct reaction to stress. Realize people can learn how not to live in a constant state of “anticipatory anxiety. Understand a typical stress response, our response, affects our cardiovascular system, immune system and general sense of well-being.  While some…

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SPOOKY STATS!

SPOOKY STATS!

Ok, Halloween Dare! Do you know your real body mass index ( BMI)? Here is how to calculate YOUR BMI  to better understand your level of healthy. The following is an example. Take your weight and multiple times 703    145 x 703 = 101,935 Divide 101,935 by height in inches 65 101,935 by 65 = 1,568.23077 Divide 1,568.23077 by your height in inches 65 again = 24.1266272 Your BMI is 24.12 Now here is the Spooky Scary part. Under…

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WHAT ISN’T A PILL THAT CAN GIVE YOU ALL THIS?

WHAT ISN’T A PILL THAT CAN GIVE YOU ALL THIS?

Lowers risk of heart disease and DM Increases bone density, decreasing risk of osteoporosis Conditions your heart and lungs Strengthens your muscles and bones Improves flexibility Improves cholesterol Reduced back pain Relieves stress and anxiety Lowers blood pressure Helps you sleep better Improves mental skills Helps weight control Helps you maintain independence as you age EXERCISE IS THE ANSWER! What we often attribute to aging, is due to many cases the inactivity that comes with aging – both physical and…

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BRAIN – GUT CONNECTION

BRAIN – GUT CONNECTION

“The gut–brain axis is involved in a multitude of physiological processes including satiety, food intake, regulation of glucose and fat metabolism, insulin secretion and sensitivity and bone metabolism” according to a recent study by the Clinical Nutrition Association. Your amazing gut handles so much more than just digestion. Your digestive tract is also lined with millions of neurons that comprise your enteric nervous system or “second brain.” The gut-brain connection is no joke; it can link anxiety to stomach problems…

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7 Tips: Retrain Taste Buds

7 Tips: Retrain Taste Buds

Cleveland Clinic studies have shown that our taste buds diminish as we age. However, taste buds are adaptable and can be “purposely reprogramed”. Here are 7 steps to retrain your taste buds to enjoy a healthier palate. Start Small. Start by reducing the amount of added salt in your food over a 6-week period. Increase Flavor. Adding healthy herbs and spices entices  your other sense, smell. Avoid artificial sweeteners. NIH reports that artificial sweeteners are 180-13,000 (yup) times sweeter than…

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