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5 Unhealthy Habits Everyone Needs To Ditch Now: A Doctor Explains

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Article via @mindbodygreen by dr Rachel Abrams

“Is it possible to avoid heart attacks, ulcers, headaches, cancer, and other poor health events? YES! It is true that we don’t have complete control over the universe, and sometimes, “shit happens,” but it is very clear that negative health triggers increase our risk for poor health events. Knowing what they are and avoiding them just might save your life.” [Abrams:2017]

Dr Rachel Abrams tells us how bad stress, inactivity, unconscious eating and a few other bad habits, can influence our physical well-being.

Read the full article here.

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ABRAMS, Rachel, Dr.  2017.  MBG (Mind Body Green)

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An Important Question About Alzheimer’s Finally Answered

Via @mindbodygreen by @emma_loewe

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Alzheimer’s is a debilitating disease that affects an estimated 5.3 million Americans.

But beyond its widespread reach, there’s not much we know for sure about the brain disorder. Its cause and progression have yet to be conclusively explained, and scientists can’t figure out why it’s so much more common in older populations. (More than 90% of cases occur in people 60 or over.)

Amidst all the questions surrounding Alzheimer’s, researchers at the University of California just uncovered an important answer. After compiling data from previous studies, they’ve located the brain region where the disease first strikes: the locus coeruleus (LC). [Continue reading here.]

Source:

LOEWE, Emma.  2016.  Researchers Just Answered An Important Question About Alzheimer’s [Web:] Mind Body Green.  [Date of Access:] 19 February 2016.

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Delicious Smoothie that Promotes Clear Skin

Via @eHow by #LillyWallace

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“A nutrition-dense diet abundant in fresh, organic, antioxidant-rich vegetables and fruits does more than make you feel good — it helps you look good too with healthy, glowing skin. The following smoothie recipe includes five taste-pleasing ingredients that provide plenty of skin-healing vitamins, antioxidants and other essential nutrients.” [1]

How will your skin benefit from the ingredients?

Cucumber – very hydrating with anti-oxidant and anti-inflamatory benefits.

Carrots – provide high amounts of vitamins and phytonutrients which will protect the skin against sunburn.

Banana – vitamins and flavonoids with anti-oxidant effects.

Coconut water – contains vitamins B and C, which are anti-oxidants and helps to repair damaged skin.

Oranges – source of vitamin C that promotes skin elasticity.

Click here for more information on the beneficial effect of the smoothie as well as the recipe.

Source:

  1. Smoothie Recipe for Clear Skin (with Pictures) | eHow

5 Signs of Stroke

Via @PreventionMag

One is never too young to suffer a stroke. Alexa Tucker says in her article for Prevention Magazine: “While the majority of strokes do occur in people ages 65 and older, about 10% of all strokes happen to those under 45—and women are more at risk than men. In fact, according to the American Heart Association, each year more than 100,000 women under the age of 65 will have a stroke. That means you or someone you know could be affected at some point in her life—and sooner than you’d expect.” [Tucker: 2015]

Here are five signs you should be watching for:

  1. Feeling weak or numb on one side of your body.
  2. Having trouble speaking.
  3. Severe headache.
  4. Vision loss.
  5. A sudden onset of any or all of these symptoms.

[Click here to read the full article.] 

Source:

TUCKER, Alexa.  2015/09/18.  You’re not too young to have a stroke: Here are 5 signs you need to watch for.  [Web:] Prevention Magazine. [Date of Access:] 21 September 2015.

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The 8 worst foods to eat at night

Via @preventionmag

Original article by Victoria Wolk

Having a big meal before retiring for the night or late night snacking can be hazardous for your health; and not only because your Mother told you to refrain from such practices. The old wives’ tale that the food would ‘’lie in your stomach and give you nightmares’’ may not be accurate, but it can cause something that will definite be a source of discomfort. It is something called ‘’silent reflux’’.

Victoria Wolk explains: ‘’No doubt you’re familiar with acid reflux, which occurs when digestive juices back up into the chest and/or throat and cause a burning sensation. But there’s also something called “silent reflux,” which is different from common heartburn. It has the same causes but without the usual symptoms. Instead of indigestion, sufferers get sore throats, chronic coughs, and have difficulty swallowing.” [1]

Wolk continues to discuss the findings of Jamie Koufman, a New York City laryngologist. She discovered that nearly 50% of Americans suffer from silent reflux and they do not even realize it. Koufman continues to say that: “The single greatest risk factor is, by far, the time that people eat dinner” [1]  and suggests that we should be “having supper no later than 3 hours before bed”. [1]

In addition to restricting your final meal of the day to no less than 3 hours before bedtime, Wolk adds that one should avoid snacking before going to sleep and, if you cannot resist the temptation, there are 8 types of food that one should definitely not have:

  1. Alcohol
  2. Soda
  3. Fatty foods
  4. Chocolate
  5. Cheese
  6. Nuts
  7. Citrus
  8. Coffee

[The reasons why Wolk suggests avoidance of these foods before bedtime is detailed in the original article. Read it here.]

This, of course, doesn’t mean that one should go to sleep hungry. From time to time we will all be struck by sudden cravings at midnight. The secret is to choose wisely. Dr. Koufman suggests that you select food low in acid like bananas or a bowl of low-sugar cereal with low-fat milk. She says that she is, herself, partial to soothing chamomile tea.

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Tired All the Time? Try These Natural Energy Boosters

Health News / Tips & Trends / Celebrity Health

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If you’re tired all the time you’re not alone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have gone so far as to call Americans’ lack of sleep a “public health epidemic.” Chronic fatigue is also related to a variety of medical conditions including autoimmune disease, thyroid disorders, depression, and anemia. Combine any of these possibilities with long hours at work and it’s no surprise you’re reaching for a third cup of coffee by 3 o’clock. But there are other natural ways to boost energy that will provide a more sustainable lift and won’t compromise your ability to wind down in the evening so you can finally get the rest you need. Read on for a few research-supported strategies to stay energized all day long.

Balance your carb consumption

That afternoon slump may happen because you’re bored at work, but more than likely it has a lot to do…

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