How to Keep Your Brain Young – Infographic

Regular readers know that the brain is a subject near and dear to my heart. Talk about vital organs. The brain is it.

My family has had both Alzheimer’s and dementia in the last generation. I am resolved to do everything in my power to escape them. To learn more check out my Page – Important Facts About Your Brain (and Exercise benefits).

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20 Ways to Use Coconut Oil for Your Skin – Infographic

Regular readers know that I am big fan of coconut oil. I start every morning with a tablespoon of peanut butter dipped in coconut oil before I ride my bike. To learn more health benefits of consuming coconut oil please check out my Page – Coconut Oil – Why You Should Include it in Your Diet.

This infographic has external uses – not just for women.

A note on Number 17 – Shaving Gel: The photo shows a woman about to shave her legs. I happen to be a male ‘wet shaver.’ That means I shave with a razor blade. I have to confess that I had grave misgivings this afternoon when I shaved with only coconut oil. Incredibly, it seems, I got an excellent shave. I had to make two passes, but I normally do when I lather up, anyway, so there was no loss. I do miss the fun of lathering though. It is really neat to create a lather, not just a bunch of soap bubbles to brush on my face. Anyway, men, feel free to give coconut oil a try shaving and let me know how it works for you.

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10 Totally Awesome Ways to Stay Healthy – Infographic

In the nearly six years I have been writing this blog, I have come to realize something very important. Although losing weight is a subject on which many people focus, the real trick is staying healthy. I think the reason 60 percent of us are overweight and another 30 percent are obese is because most people focus on the wrong thing. I was overweight for years and the reason is that I wanted to eat as much as I could and not gain weight. That is a prescription for failure. You don’t have a negative aim. Once I got my focus on staying healthy the pounds just melted off. I ate intelligently, both quantity and quality, and made sure I got my exercise daily. You can do the same. There are some super suggestions here.

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Seven Summer Fitness Strategies

Tony:

There are some useful ideas here. Really nice perspective.

Eat less; move more; live longer.

 

Tony

Originally posted on Perspectives On....:

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It is no secret that being physically fit prevents illness, keeps or gets us lean, and is ideal for overall health. Everyone has their own definition of fitness. Although May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, fitness should be an attainable goal all year long.

The trouble with summer fitness is…it’s hot outside! Heat for many can be a huge deterrent to consistent exercise. Other barriers to working out in the summer-time? Vacations and travel, chasing kids, new injuries as a result of weekend warrior syndrome, and other pesky summer issues.

If you have any doubts about your exercise and fitness regimen, here are some summer fitness strategies and tips to freshen up your summer routine and keep you healthy and motivated.

1. What are your time obligations during the summer?  Does the nature of your job change with the seasons? Perhaps you are a…

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10 Amazing Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

I love to eat pumpkin seeds and consume them year ’round.

Here are some previous posts:
6 Reasons You Should Eat Pumpkin Seeds Year ‘Round
Pepitas (pumpkin seeds) – Awesome Healthy Snack
6 Tricks to Eat Healthier – Harvard 57d84082f207e6686ea04f808f985225-1 Check them out. You may find a tasty and very healthy snack. Tony

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The Result of Eating Too Much Salt Can be Measured in Blood Pressure

Tony:

More than 75 percent of sodium in the U.S. diet is found in the salt added to processed food. In the United States, about 9 of every 10 people consume too much sodium. The Salty Six foods – breads and rolls, cold cuts and cured meats, pizza, poultry, soup and sandwiches – are the leading sources of overall sodium in the U.S. diet.

Because of this it is really important to beware of eating processed food. Lots of folks cut down on their table salt, but that isn’t the real culprit in the sodium problem. They need to beware of the stealth sodium in the processed foods they eat.

Here are a few of the posts I have written on salt:

High Salt Diet Doubles Thread of Cardiovascular Disease in People with Diabetes

How Much Salt is Too Much Salt?

Some Sneaky Salt Statistics

Where Does All the Salt in our Diet Come From?

Tony

Originally posted on Cooking with Kathy Man:

People who gradually increase the amount of salt in their diet and people who habitually eat a higher salt diet both face an increased risk of developing high blood pressure, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

In a Japanese study of more than 4,000 people who had normal blood pressure, almost 23 percent developed high blood pressure over a three year period. Those who ate the most salt were the most likely to have high blood pressure by the end of the study. Participants who gradually increased their sodium intake also showed gradually higher blood pressure.

The researchers estimated the amount of salt an individual was consuming by analyzing the amount of sodium in the urine of people who were visiting their healthcare provider for a routine check-up, and conducted follow-up urine analysis for approximately three years.

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Jessica Alba’s Honest Company Sunscreen Harming Customers

Jessica Alba’s Honest Company which prides itself on selling healthy organic products seems to have really dropped the ball with its Sunscreen product.

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Time reported, “Users of Jessica Alba’s Honest Company Sunscreen Are Posting Photos of Epic Sunburns”

“In a statement to the Today Show, the Honest Company stressed that the sunscreen is tested by an independent third party with positive results and that “the number of complaints received on our own website about our Sunscreen Lotion constitute less than one half of one percent of all units actually sold at Honest.com. We stand behind the safety and efficacy of this product.”

This statement seems strange to me in view of the fact that users commenting on Amazon go back all the way to April and the company continues to stand by their product.

Out of 189 customer reviews on Amazon, more than 140 were negative.

Here are a couple of the Amazon comments:

WARNING! Do Not Use! Increases Sunburns!
By Adam Watson on May 13, 2015
Sunburn Accelerant! I feel like filing a lawsuit against Honest. You don’t mess around with something this important. We applied this before going to the beach and reapplied at the beach after swimming. We all got burned, especially my daughter. I feel like a bad parent. I had a bottle of Neutrogena sunscreen spray but forgot to take it. The Honest sunscreen seemed to make my daughter burn even more than if she had no sunscreen at all. Continue reading

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The Benefits of Optimism

Tony:

If you always see the brighter side of things, you may feel that you experience more positive events in your life than others, find yourself less stressed, and even enjoy greater health benefits.

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This is not your imagination.

I have written time and again about the benefits of a postive mental outlook. Check out the following to read further:

How You Can Benefit From a Positive View of Life – WSJ

How to Become a Positive Thinker

How to Harness Positive Psychology for You – Harvard

These are just a sample. Search out Positivity in the SEARCH box at the right for more.

Tony

Originally posted on Our Better Health:

Staying positive can improve stress management, productivity, and your health

By Elizabeth Scott, M.S.   Stress Management Expert    April 02, 2015.

Do you know someone who seems to always have a smile and a positive thought? Or are you yourself one of those people who is full of optimism? Hardships are seen as ‘learning experiences’ by optimists, and even the most miserable day always holds the promise for them that ‘tomorrow will probably be better.’

If you always see the brighter side of things, you may feel that you experience more positive events in your life than others, find yourself less stressed, and even enjoy greater health benefits.

This is not your imagination.

Researchers like Martin Seligman have been studying optimists and pessimists for years, and they have found that an optimistic world view carries certain advantages.

The Benefits of Optimism

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The Lighter Side of Weight Loss – Number Five

A further light weight look at a heavy weight subject.

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Lay off the sugary snacks …

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Detecting Nutritional Deficiencies – Infographics

The longer I write this blog, the more amazed I am at the complexity of the human body. What an amazing system we are! It is no wonder then that we can develop a nutritional deficiency even while we are eating healthy and exercising regularly. I think this infographic has some useful information on it.

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High Soda Intake May Boost Diabetes Risk, Even Without Obesity

Tony:

This new study removed weight as a factor, and still found that every daily serving of sugar-sweetened beverages increases any person’s risk of type 2 diabetes by 13 percent over 10 years.

Check out the following posts for more:

Possible Side Effect of Soda
Soda Sabotages Your Diet
Some Insights on Sugary Soda Drinking
Health Advocates Remake Famous Coke Ad.

I have a Page on – What’s wrong with soft drinks? with words and pictures.

Tony

Originally posted on Cooking with Kathy Man:

Daily sugary drink tied to 13 percent increased risk over a decade, study finds.

Whether you are slim or obese, if you drink lots of sugary soda or other sweetened drinks you are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, a new analysis reveals.

Until now, health experts have thought that sugary drinks and type 2 diabetes were linked because sugar promotes weight gain, and body fat contributes to insulin resistance, which precedes diabetes.

But this new study removed weight as a factor, and still found that every daily serving of sugar-sweetened beverages increases any person’s risk of type 2 diabetes by 13 percent over 10 years.

If this is correct, sugary drinks could lead to 2 million new cases of type 2 diabetes in the United States between 2010 and 2020, the researchers reported in the July 22 online edition of the BMJ.

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Exercise is my hobby

Tony:

Here is a wonderful write up about exercise that I think can help you on your way to good health and eliminating problems with your weight.

Eat less; move more; live longer.

I have a Page that may give you a further incentive to exercise daily. Please check out my Page – Important Facts About Your Brain (and Exercise Benefits).

Read on!

Originally posted on Joseph Sacco:

We find too many people that view various forms of exercise as something they should do to lose weight or look better, which is fine, but there are many of us who view it as a hobby. When exercise becomes a hobby you no longer dread your workouts in fact you often think of them, looking forward to them. Developing a perspective that you are not exercising to achieve some goal, but instead it is a form of pleasure, provides you with a long term outlook. If I exercise to lose 10 pounds, what happens when I shed the 10 pounds? Maybe I will stop exercising because I have achieved my goal, but if the weight loss was just one of the results of enjoying my hobby, I am more likely to keep pursuing my hobby.

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Some Positive Lessons You Can Take From a Biking Accident

I stumbled across a man about my age lying bleeding in the alley with his bicycle on the ground a few feet away. His eyeglasses scattered in smithereens on the ground. A young man approached me looking distraught and asked if I would mind watching the victim, his father, while he went to get his car so he could take him to the ER at the hospital. I agreed.

First of all this was unnerving to see a man around my age who had obviously been biking lying on the ground a bloody mess. The words, there but for the grace of god … rolled through my mind. I ride my bike in this same place every day of my life.

Here I am making circuits on Chicago's Northery Island bike path.

Here I am making circuits on Chicago’s Northerly Island bike path avec pooch.

I inventoried his condition. A gash about 1-1/2 inches above his eye bleeding that was going to need at least a dozen stitches. Obviously, his face had hit the alley.  Both hands bloody and dirty with pieces of broken glass and other debris obvious. His elbow was also bleeding. I was dying to ask how it happened, but didn’t want to disturb him as he lay there in obvious pain.

It wasn’t long before his son came and helped him into the car. They locked up the bike on a nearby rail. Continue reading

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How Posture Affects Your Spine – Infographic

My mother was always saying, “Stand up straight.” Turns out she was right. Here are some useful facts on posture.

Don’t forget that sitting for prolonged periods is also very unhealthy.

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20 Health Benefits of Bananas – Infographic

Bananas are another of the common foods that we sometimes overlook when we are searching for good nutrition. Superfoods can be good, but don’t overlook diamonds in the rough like bananas which are sold everywhere, don’t cost much money and provide wonderful nutritional benefits.

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Older Adults Can Improve Brain Function by Raising Fitness Level – University of Kansas

Science Daily reported that a professor of neurology at KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center, led a six-month trial conducted with healthy adults ages 65 and older who showed no signs of cognitive decline.

The randomized controlled trial attempted to determine the ideal amount of exercise necessary to achieve benefits to the brain.

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Before proceeding, I would like to add that I am now in my sixth year of writing this blog. To continue that long at a healthy pace (+2500 posts) you have to be motivated and get positive feedback.

Reading about this new study on exercise benefiting the brain was extraordinarily positive feedback. I have written about the benefits of exercise and the brain for several years. You can check out my Page – Important Facts About Your Brain (and Exercise) for more details. Suffice it to say that the KU report was most welcome.

The KU Medical Center press release continued:

“The randomized controlled trial attempted to determine the ideal amount of exercise necessary to achieve benefits to the brain. Trial participants were placed in a control group that did not have monitored exercise, or they were put into one of three other groups. One group moderately exercised for the recommended amount of 150 minutes per week, a second exercised for 75 minutes per week, and a third group exercised for 225 minutes per week.

“All groups who exercised saw some benefit, and those who exercised more saw more benefits, particularly in improved visual-spatial processing — the ability to perceive where objects are in space and how far apart they are from each other. Participants who exercised also showed an increase in their overall attention levels and ability to focus.

” ‘Basically, the more exercise you did, the more benefit to the brain you saw,” Burns said. “Any aerobic exercise was good, and more is better.”
The research indicated that the intensity of the exercise appeared to matter more than the duration.

“For improved brain function, the results suggest that it’s not enough just to exercise more,” said Eric Vidoni, PT, Ph.D., research associate professor of neurology at KU Medical Center and a lead author of the journal article. “You have to do it in a way that bumps up your overall fitness level.’”

“…Scientists at the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center have focused on the relationship between exercise and brain metabolism for years and are conducting a number of research studies on how exercise may help prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s.”

Remember, eat less; move more; live longer.

It works.

Tony

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