Top Ten Longevity Foods

1. Healthy Greens – Chlorophyll, present in all green plants, has anticancer and detoxifying properties. Green, leafy vegetables are high in vitamins and minerals that naturally reduce inflammation and help protect against cognitive decline. Many green foods contain calcium, which helps build strong bones and teeth and improve vision. It is recommended you eat at least one serving daily of leafy green vegetables. Alfalfa is becoming increasingly popular as a nutritional supplement that is rich in chlorophyll. If you choose to supplement with alfalfa, it is best to select a product that is made from premium alfalfa leaves (Medicago sativa) grown under carefully controlled conditions. Read the rest of this entry »

Ten Healthy Ways To Love Yourself

  1. Make adequate sleep a priority- Getting to bed a little earlier will help protect your mood and your health. Most of us need about 8 hours a night. Chronic sleep deprivation has also been linked to the development of obesity, impaired immunity, heart disease, and several kinds of cancer. You’ll know you are getting enough sleep each day if you wake up feeling refreshed. If you find that you have trouble staying focused, or it takes only a few minutes to fall deep into sleep, or that you ‘nod off’ during the day, chances are you’re not getting enough sleep. Sleep also helps us in less visible ways. During sleep, the body secretes a hormone that repairs and regenerates tissue throughout the body. It may also be instrumental in reinforcing our memories. Read the rest of this entry »

Breakfast, a necessary “break” in the “fast”

Did your mom tell you to always eat your breakfast because it is the most important meal of the day? Well, she was right. Eating a healthy breakfast is important for both short term and long term mental and physical health. Read the rest of this entry »

Osteoporosis and Bone Health

Poor bone health and Osteoporosis are not just concerns for the elderly. Most of us think that this is something to worry about later in life. However, we should pay attention to bone health at every stage of life.

We may think of bones as a hard brittle skeleton, but actually our bones are living organs made up of cells and body fluids just like other organs. Bone tissue is constantly being built up and torn down. This process is called remodeling and goes on for our entire life. Between ages 25 and 30, our bones reach their maximum density. Throughout adulthood, this process of building up and tearing down is at a finely tuned balance to maintain bone mass. Read the rest of this entry »

Seven Tips For Flu Season

People are referring to H1N1 as the swine flu, however, H1N1 Virus is not the pure swine flu virus of 1976. This virus has chunks of DNA that are consistent with human seasonal flu (influenza type A) and pieces that are consistent with avian flu or bird flu, so it is a new viral entity that has the backbone of swine flu, with chunks of human flu and avian flu inserted into it. The concern is that our antibodies (our T cells and our B cells) haven’t seen it before, so our immune system has to mount a full immune response the first time we are exposed to it. Read the rest of this entry »

Ten Ways to Keep Your Child’s Immune System Strong for Back to School

  1. Avoid Soda… sugar sweetened or artificially sweetened, it doesn’t matter. This is NOT a beverage that kids should be drinking. Water should be their principle beverage outside of milk.
  2. Avoid Sugar sweetened cereals. If you are using these, start to change things by adding multi grain cheerios into that box so they’re getting a little bit and then keep on adding it until you have all multigrain cheerios. Start to add a more protein centered breakfast such as eggs, yogurt or protein shakes.

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Five Back-to-School Nutrition Tips for Feeding the Brain

A healthy diet is just as important for children as it is for adults. When a child doesn’t eat enough healthy foods, his or her ability to learn may suffer. Imagine sitting in school all day when your brain and body is starving for good nutrition.

  1. Make sure your child gets in the habit of eating a healthy breakfast rich in whole grains, fiber, and especially protein.  Research suggests that a good breakfast helps a child do better in school. A study, published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, showed that children who ate breakfast regularly had higher reading and math scores, lower levels of depression, anxiety, and hyperactivity, better school attendance, improved attention spans, and fewer behavior problems. A study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research with researchers at George Washington University tested three breakfast types (high-carbohydrate, high-protein, and no breakfast at all) on 39 children with ADHD and 44 kids without the condition. For the hyperactive children, performance on several tests, including a test for attention, was significantly worse with the high-carbohydrate breakfast, as compared with the scores of the children who ate the high-protein breakfast. High-protein breakfast ideas might include natural peanut butter on whole grain bread, eggs (to save time, make hard-boiled eggs the night before) or a smoothie made with high quality soy or whey protein, yogurt and fruit.

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4 Sun Smart Tips

Whether you are hitting the beach or just your back yard, here are some tips that will help you protect your skin inside and out in order to enjoy the longer sunny days of summer safely.

  1. Prevention is the key. Limit sun exposure, especially between 10am and 4pm. You can be outside, but you should seek shade during these hours. If you cannot avoid the sun during these hours, wear a hat with a wide brim to protect your face, sunglasses to protect your eyes, and long sleeves and pants weather permitting. Use Enfuselle sunscreen everywhere else that is exposed. For the most effective protection, apply sunscreen before going outdoors. It only takes about 2 tablespoons of this sunscreen to adequately cover your body. And remember to get the common trouble spots, top of the feet, top of the ears, back of the neck, lips. Antibiotics, oral contraceptives and tranquilizers can all increase sun sensitivity. If you have light skin or are a redhead, you should be especially careful about sun exposure. One bad sunburn in childhood or adolescence or five or more sunburns at any age actually doubles your chances of developing melanoma later in life. Both tanning and sunburn are dangerous, because both the acute exposure that leaves you sunburned and the chronic exposure that gives you a tan, can cause the DNA damage that ultimately lead to skin cancer. Too much sun is simply…not healthy! A healthy dose of sun is about 15 to 20 minutes of sun exposure per day to synthesize enough daily vitamin D, which is a crucial nutrient for many body processes, including building healthy bones and teeth.

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Ten Weight Loss Tips for Swimsuit Season

With summer comes the dreaded swimsuit  and losing weight and exercising seem to always be near the top of the list as we look for more improved appearance and health benefits.  Women often look to fad diets that promise a quick fix, and end up drinking diet sodas and popping weight loss pills, which in turn, can lead to yo-yo dieting, having a negative impact on your long-term health.  There is still time!

Here are ten weight loss tips to help you achieve success!

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Seven Natural Remedies For Allergy Sufferers

Spring time brings long-awaited blossoms after bare months of winter, but along with beauty comes the misery of allergy season for many people.  Allergies can be frustrating, affecting the quality of life and productivity at work or home, school studies or athletic pursuits.

Many people find that natural remedies can be the answer. Read the rest of this entry »