RERUN YOUR WILLPOWER
According to researchers at the University of Buffalo, watching TV reruns can give your willpower a boost. When people sat through a rerun of a favorite show, they scored higher on a survey measuring self-control than those who didn’t. The reason: Familiar episodes give you a pseudo-social experience that raises your energy and motivation, says the study author.
DID YOU KNOW
Only 1.4 percent of the people in the United States meet the dietary guidelines for potassium (4700 milligrams a day)
SUPER WITH SUPERFOODS
Superfoods rich in nutrients, minerals and antioxidants to supercharge your health include free-range eggs, spinach, asparagus, strawberries, blueberries, artichokes, sprouts, coconut oil, avocado, olives, walnuts, fermented vegetables, mushrooms and sprouts. To maximize health, try adding these nutritious foods to your diet while replacing processed, junk or fast foods.
READ DOCTORS NOTES
According to researchers at Harvard, reading your doctor’s notes can help you stay healthy. People who accessed their doctor’s notes after appointments took better care of themselves and were more likely to take meds as prescribed. The reason: Doctor visits tend to put people on edge, so it’s easy to forget key details, says the study author.
DID YOU KNOW
80% of the brain is water: Instead of being relatively solid, your brain 80% water. This means that it is important that you remain properly hydrated for the sake of your mind.
GMO AND HEALTH
According to a study published in the scientific journal Entropy, links the herbicide Roundup (glyphosate) with health issues ranging from Parkinson’s to infertility and cancer. Corn, soybeans, canola, and sugar beets are the the most likely to be genetically modified to withstand Roundup, and more than 185 million pounds of glyphosate was used by US farmers in 2007, double the amount used 6 years ago. To avoid exposure to glyposate, choose organically produced foods and avoid use on lawns, gardens and golf courses.
According to the American Heart Association, gum disease, contrary to reports, does not cause heart disease. But not flossing may. A study from the United Kingdom shows that one common bacteria, Streptococcus gordonii, can trigger blood clots. It can enter your bloodstream through bleeding gums and make molecule that mimics a clotting protein. If you see blood when you brush, see a dentist.
RETHINK YOUR FEMININE HYGIENE
Many feminine hygiene products contain chlorine, dioxins, disinfection-by-products, phthalates, BPA, BHS and other toxins and hormone disruptors. Exposure to these products internally may be contributing to abnormal tissue growth, immune system suppression, hormonal disruption and Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). To maximize health, investigate the use of organically produced feminine hygiene products used internally or on the skin.
BROKEN HOME, BROKEN BRAIN
According to a Canadian study, a broken family may lead to a broken brain. Those whose parents divorced before their 18th birthday had three times the stroke risk of those whose parents stayed together. One theory is that early exposure to the stress of divorce may change the way your body processes the stress hormone cortisol into adulthood. If future research confirms these findings, you may need to count your parents’ marital status as one of you family risk factors for stroke.
DID YOU KNOW
An estimated five million olfactory receptors are clustered in the membrane at the upper part of our nasal passages. These receptors help us distinguish among thousands of different odors.
MILK DOES A BODY GOOD?
We’ve all been taught that milk builds strong bones and teeth. (Good calcium, right?) Surprisingly, studies show that countries with the highest milk consumption also have the highest rate of osteoporosis. How can this be? The answer may lie in the acidic response pasteurized milk has in the body. Even though a cup of milk supplies about 300 mg of calcium, the acid reaction in the body requires calcium to be pulled from the bones to neutralize milk’s acidity. The ironic result is a net decrease in calcium in the bones. To maximize bone health, consider substituting rice or almond milk for cow’s milk, and/or adding unsweetened, cultured dairy products such as yogurt, kefir, or sour cream to the diet.
FINE AND DANDY FOR BETTER HEALTH
Dandelions are a wonderful source of both food and medicine. As food, dandelion leaves contain Vitamin A, C and K for blood clotting and bone health. They are also high in potassium, calcium, iron, folate and magnesium. As medicine, the root stimulates bile production and is a gentle detoxifier. For an added energy boost, consider adding dandelion leaves to your diet by munching them in the wild, or throwing a handful in your morning smoothie!
DID YOU KNOW
At about five feet in length, the large intestine is shorter than the small intestine. However, it is more spacious so it can store and process material that will be eliminated.
ALTERNATIVE PAIN REVILERS
One excellent alternative to over-the-counter pain relievers (aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen) is protoelytic enzymes. At younger ages the body produces plenty of proteolytic enzymes to relieve inflammation and break down fibrin, which is why youngsters heal so quickly. After age 25, enzyme levels drop and healing takes much longer. Contrasted with pain killers, which mask pain, have potential liver and gastrointestinal side-effects, and may interfere with healing, proteolytic enzymes ease pain and inflammation naturally. To maximize health when in pain, investigate the use of proteolytic enzymes as an alternative to over-the-counter pain relievers.
HEAL THY SELF
Studies on the Placebo effect suggest that the body has the ability to heal itself, especially when subjects believe they are being healed by a strong authority figure. Likewise, people often heal poorly or die when authority figures (doctors) tell them they are terminal. The take home message is that belief may have a very powerful effect on health outcomes. Furthermore, cultural societies that love and support each other have half the level of illnesses of comparable populations even with poor diet and lifestyle choices. To maximize health, consider surrounding yourself with support groups and authority figures that are positive, loving and supportive.
*Consult physician before trying a new supplement, food or diet. Especially if you’re on any medications.