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What Really Matters for a Healthy Brain

With the increase in dementia and Alzheimer’s, everyone is concerned about keeping their brains sharp. But the solution may not be supplements, Sudoku, or learning a new skill.  Turns out, habits for a healthy heart also maintain brain health. Unobstructed blood flow and clean arteries are important for preventing heart attacks, but they also ensure […]

The One Little Act That Improves Mental Health

It sounds like a Pollyanna approach to life. But science backs it: Smiling is good for mental health—whether you feel like it or not.  The simple act of allowing your cheek muscles to lift your mouth into a curve releases neurotransmitters—the same brain chemicals that antidepressants raise. These neurotransmitters help lower stress and relax the […]

One Thing Many COVID-19 Patients Have in Common

A hospital in Spain with 216 COVID-19 patients found that 80 percent of them had low vitamin D levels. Another study of nearly 500 people showed that a person who was vitamin D deficient was more likely to test positive for COVID-19 than someone who wasn’t. Lacking this important nutrient also seemed to make the […]

The Simplest Weight Loss Tip Ever

Perhaps people wouldn’t be reaching for weight loss pills if they realized they already have access to a free weight loss beverage: water. Scientific trials revealed that people who drank two cups of water experienced an increase in the hormone noradrenaline. This hormone helped boost the metabolism of participants, speeding up weight loss by 44 […]

The Habit That Might Be Disrupting Your Sleep

Have you ever woken up still feeling exhausted? You thought you had a full night’s sleep, but it sure didn’t feel like it. Your late-night snack may have been hindering your beauty slumber. Because our bodies function on circadian rhythms, eating close to bedtime can disrupt that rhythm, causing your digestive system to have to […]

Two Minutes of Exercise to Sharpen Your Mind!

Looking for ways to improve your mental acuity? Try a little exercise. Researchers in Sweden analyzed 13 studies that looked at the connection between exercise and the brain. They discovered that as little as two minutes of cardiovascular exercise improved “learning memory, planning and problem solving, concentration” and “verbal fluency” in participants aged 18 to […]

Dairy Consumption Linked to Obesity

It’s frightening that over one-third of American adults are obese. But even more frightening are the statistics showing that an increasing number of children suffer from obesity. While several societal factors are at play, the USDA Dietary Guidelines on dairy may not be helping, as a 2012 literature review has uncovered a biological link between […]

Sleep Cold, Sleep Better

Most are aware that sleep quality has an impact on health and cognitive function. But did you know that the temperature of the room you sleep in also matters? In fact, those who sleep in hot environments tend to have higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This may explain why ICU patients sleep so […]

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