Nutrition

When to Take Vitamin Supplements

When to Take Vitamin Supplements

Are vitamin supplements effective? The answer is yes — especially for older folks — but it’s best to check with your doctor or dietitian first about the need for a supplement, and your trusted pharmacist about the supplement’s brand, before starting any vitamin regime. Also ask them what a particular supplement will do and not do, then carefully follow instructions....

Make Strength Training a Part of Your Daily Routine

Make Strength Training a Part of Your Daily Routine

Regular physical activity is essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It is important to make daily activity a regular part of your life. But research has shown that strength training is just as beneficial as an aerobic exercise. Strength training regularly can reduce signs and symptoms of numerous diseases and chronic conditions such as, arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, back pain...

Put ‘Brain Food’ on the Daily Menu

Put ‘Brain Food’ on the Daily Menu

Get smart.  Eat brain food.  And here’s a handy list to think about: Fish, the oily the better, like salmon, tuna and sardines. AARP calls it “Miracle-Gro for the brain.” Blueberries and grapes.  Same as above. Beets.  Increases blood flow to promote neurons in the hippocampus, the “re-membery” part of your brain. Tomatoes and avocados.  Same as above.  They help...

Drinking Causes Hangovers; Effect is a Matter of Degree

Drinking Causes Hangovers; Effect is a Matter of Degree

If you drink alcohol — which includes beer, wine and liquor — you WILL have a hangover. The difference in severity is a matter of degree. The human body is a well-oiled machine, built to last well into old age — an average of 81 years for American women and 76 for American men. The introduction of any amount alcohol into...

Don’t Forget To Eat Your Beans!

Don’t Forget To Eat Your Beans!

The guidelines are simple for a healthy diet: Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, unsaturated oils, whole grains, omega 3 fats, no red meat and lots of water. And don’t forget your beans. Beans are cheap, convenient, versatile, filling and nutritious. They come in red, green, yellow, white, black and brown. They’re full of protein, folate (B vitamins) and fiber. They...

‘Core Values’

‘Core Values’

Women outlive men two-to-one. But it hasn’t always been this way. I read a study recently that found men and women died of so-called natural causes at about the same rate until about 1900. But by the year 1970, men have become twice as likely to pass away of old age than women. Why is this? Because of heart disease...

Moderation is Key in Salt Consumption

Moderation is Key in Salt Consumption

Moderation is Key in Salt Consumption Too much salt in your diet can kill you. Not enough can kill you too. So how much is enough? Although everyone requires some salt intake, the American Heart Association recommends a maximum of 1,500 milligrams daily for adults. That’s slightly less than three-quarters of a teaspoon. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and...

Another Reason To Eat Chocolate!

It’s been said before that eating chocolate can improve declining memory loss, and now it may be good for our heart as well. Former “no-nos,” could actually be a “yes” for heart health. Eating up to 100 grams of chocolate a day is linked to lowered heart disease and stroke risk. There also doesn’t seem to be evidence for cutting...

What Nutritionists Eat For Breakfast

We’re used to seeing pancakes piled high, topped with butter and syrup, but there’s a much lighter way to enjoy these treats. The simple solution is pancakes that have flourless batter consisting of old-fashioned oats, egg whites, grated apple and a dash of cinnamon. The key is to let the mixture sit for 5 to 10 minutes before cooking, so...

Exercise, Not Diet, Has Most Impact On Weight As We Age

Older Americans typically attempt to shrink their midsections by consuming more greens and lean meats, and fewer calories. More effective is regular to moderate physical activity.   “Americans should meet the federal physical-activity guideline: 150 minutes of moderately intense physical activity per week,” Russell Pate said. “If most American adults met that guideline, rates of overweight and obesity would be...

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