Walking is the best medicine to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s – and cut your risk of getting it, claim researchers.
They prescribe five miles of walking a week to reduce the chances of the disease getting worse.
Healthy people should walk six miles to reduce their chances of developing it, says a new US study.
It found regular daily walking strengthens the brain’s memory circuits and also helps people who are starting to become forgetful. Read more
Monday, November 29, 2010
Can't remember where you left your keys? Walking just six miles a week can ward off cognitive decline, says Jenny Hope.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
We know that loss of sleep can lead to health problems, but does sleep deprivation pose a risk of cancer? A new study has found a link between sleep duration and risk of polyps, which are tied directly with the risk for colon cancer.
Perhaps nothing is scarier than receiving a diagnosis of cancer, even if it's caught early and therefore treatable. Theories abound on ways to prevent cancer and even help heal the body during treatment, from changing one's diet to managing stress and engaging in mind-body activities like meditation and deep breathing.
But what about paying attention to sleep? Have there been any connections made between sleep and cancer?
There's no question that getting restful sleep is beneficial for both healthy people and those battling cancer, but now we have evidence that people who sleep less than six hours a night could be more likely to have dangerous polyps in their colon or rectum compared to better-rested patients. The study, which was published by the journal Cancer in October, reflects the first time anyone has ever found a link between sleep duration and risk of polyps, which are tied directly with the risk for colon cancer. Read more
Monday, November 22, 2010
Stay away from these highly contaminated common foods and buy organic instead, says Joseph Mercola.
The FDA states that more pesticides are found on apples than are found on any other fruit or vegetable – a grand total of 36. One test found seven chemicals on a single apple. Sounds like a good reason to switch to pesticide-free organic produce to me.
Of course, if you do eat apples or any other fruit, use them sparingly and never consume them in the form of fruit juice, which is basically just a glass full of fructose.
2. Baby Foods
An infant's immune system is less developed than an adult's, and more vulnerable. Nonorganic baby foods tend to use fruits and vegetables that have been treated with chemicals. Read more
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Health & Fitness Solutions made a list of top 25 best exercise and health websites.
The web is a vast resource of fitness tools and information — it can sometimes be difficult to discern the quality sites from the fluff. So we’ve put together a list of sites that we admire to help get you started. Many of these are very well known, others are hidden gems that we chose to give some well-deserved exposure.
The sites with blogs are regularly updated and focused on sharing useful information, with a focus on reader interest rather than just advertising and product promotion. The sites with community aspects aim to get people together in a supportive atmosphere to help each other with fitness goals and challenges.
The list is organized in no particular order. A true fitness portal may be followed by a simple blog managed by one individual. Read more
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
If you're creating a large calorie deficit through diet and exercise and still have a bit of fat that you can't shake, Rusty Moore says the estrogen mimicking effects of "Xenoestrogens" might be to blame.(Is this how the term "girly men" originated?)
So all of us have at least a little stubborn body fat. For the most part it is the last little bit of fat that stops you from having the muscle definition you are after. So what if you are creating a large calorie deficit through diet and exercise and still have a bit of fat that you can't shake? Well you might want to blame the estrogen mimicking effects of "Xenoestrogens". Don't know what xenoestrogens are? Keep reading…
[I'm going to talk about ways to limiting your exposure to xenoestrogens...as well as foods to eat that counteract the xenoestrogens you do get exposed to. None of this will involve wearing a freaky suit, like pictured above!]
Excess Estrogen May be "Softening" Up Your Body
The body is meant to balance estrogen with other hormones in the body…progesterone in women and testosterone in men. Before the widespread use of chemicals, the body did a great job of regulating hormones. Today, the body is out of whack! The onslaught of estrogen mimicking compounds is so large, that it takes an active approach to maintain hormonal balance. If you don't take precautions, there is a good chance that you will accumulate stubborn body fat that is hard to get rid of. Read more
Monday, November 15, 2010
Almonds contain an amino acid called arginine that helps to relax blood vessels and improve blood circulation.
A word of advice for men who want a healthy sex life — take more almonds, reported Sin Chew Daily.
The daily said a study showed that almonds have a high quantity of a type of amino acid called arginine, which helps to relax blood vessels and improve blood circulation.
It, however, added that if almond was not a person's cup of tea, other food items that are high in arginine were beans, salmon and wheat. Read more
Friday, November 12, 2010
Tired? Moody? Got the winter blues? Put on some shades and reset your body clock, says Lucy Elkins.
Suffer from daytime tiredness? Poor concentration? Feel you’ve lost your ‘get up and go’? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then lack of daylight could be to blame.
We all know that, at this time of year, exposure to daylight is important for avoiding the winter blues.
However, scientists have now found that exposure to bright daylight is actually vital throughout the year.
Without enough light – and, at the right time of the day – our body clock isn’t set properly. It then races ahead – or occasionally lags behind – the actual time. Read more
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
With the introduction of trackable, traceable microchipped drugs, even the police could know what you're taking, says Mike Adams.
The age of pharmaceutical microchipping is now upon us. Novartis AG, one of the largest drug companies in the world, has announced a plan to begin embedding microchips in medications to create "smart pill" technology.
The microchip technology is being licensed from Proteus Biomedical of Redwood City, California. Once activated by stomach acid, the embedded microchip begins sensing its environment and broadcasting data to a receiver warn by the patient. This receiver is also a transmitter that can send the data over the internet to a doctor. Read more
Monday, November 8, 2010
Push-ups are a great exercise, but beyond a certain point (20-30), you shouldn't try to make progress by doing more of them. Instead, make them harder. Parth of At Home Intense Workouts suggests six ways to make push-ups harder.
... Here are a couple of other ideas to make your pushups harder:
Stability Ball Pushups
Get into pushup position with your feet on a stability ball. Perform the pushup. This is a tough variation, especially if you have poor abdominal strength. To make the movement easier, place your shins on the ball. Read more
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Puffy, bloated, swollen. Sound attractive? Sounds like inflammation, says Mark Sisson.
On the most basic level, inflammation is the way in which the body reacts to a disturbance, be it infection, irritation or other injury. More specifically, however, the inflammatory response – which in addition to swelling can also include redness, warmth and pain – occurs when blood, antibodies and other immune system components rush to the scene of the crime to attempt to repair the damage.
In most areas of the body, the pain associated with inflammation informs you of the damage, the swelling limits injury site mobility and prevents further irritation and the increased heat, redness and occasional itching are all signs that the immune system is doing its job! However, if this inflammation goes undetected – or is ignored – it can build up in the body, causing damage to other surrounding tissues and organs. In cases where inflammation is not adequately controlled, symptoms of chronic inflammation can occur, manifesting as arthritis, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, hair loss and dozens of other ailments and conditions.
Lucky for us, small tweaks to our diet and lifestyle can help dramatically reduce inflammation. Here are 10 all-natural tips that can help us sidestep the inflammation landmine: Read more
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Why does lack of sleep affect people differently? A new study suggest that in may be in our genes.
Ever wonder why some people breeze along on four hours of sleep when others can barely function? It may be in our genes, according to new research and an accompanying editorial published in the October 26, 2010, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Read more
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
A new study claims that alcohol is more harmful to health than crack cocaine or heroin. The takeaway from this is not how harmful alcohol is when it's abused. That isn't news. It's how misguided the "War on Drugs" is.
Scientists from Britain's Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs (ISCD) recently released a study that assessed which drugs cause the most overall harm to both users and society. According to their analysis, alcohol is the most harmful drug, scoring higher on the list than both crack cocaine and heroin.
Published in the journal Lancet, the study used a system called multicriteria decision analysis (MCDA) to assess damage caused by various drugs. Nine of the criteria evaluated specific harm inflicted on users of the drug, while seven criteria looked at the harm caused to others. Upon investigation, alcohol scored nearly three times more harmful than cocaine and eight times more harmful than ecstasy. Read more