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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Stay Healthy through the Holidays

Christmas is right around the corner as I write this. I am looking forward to our kids coming home for a visit; other family members joining us for a special meal; friends and neighbors getting together.  Just like everyone else there is lots of shopping, cooking, visiting, family dynamics. There is also more stress, more eating, less exercise; a break in the usual routine. It's wonderful to have the break, but it also takes it's toll on our immunity. Take a look at what you can do to build your immunity. And exercise for me...

3 Steps to Building Immunity

41 days ago by in ( Nutrition , · Science & Health )

The immune system defends your body against bacteria, viruses and other harmful invaders. At full strength, it is an efficient protector against infection and illness. But like all aspects of your health, it takes healthy lifestyle choices to keep your immune system in top shape. Three vital areas in protecting and bolstering immunity are nutrition, exercise and stress reduction.

Immunity-Boosting Nutrients

Lunasin: Clinical studies continue to uncover the many benefits of this remarkable soy peptide. A recent study showed that lunasin boosts innate immunity by stimulating immune cell receptors. (See Dr. Carl Hastings’s message below for details.)

Antioxidants: Antioxidants are vitamins and minerals that remove free radicals from the bloodstream. Free radicals can damage DNA and suppress the body's immune system. A few of the most important immunity-boosting antioxidants include vitamin C, vitamin E and beta carotene.

Zinc: A review in the Open Respiratory Medicine Journal concluded that supplementing with zinc may shorten the duration of the common cold by up to 40%.

Vitamin D: A study at the University of Copenhagen found that vitamin D is needed to trigger the immune system’s killer T cells and that a lack of vitamin D can render these cells inactive.

Probiotics: Fight the flu bug with these friendly bugs! In a Swedish study, a group of employees given a probiotic missed less work due to respiratory or gastrointestinal illness than did employees who didn’t receive the probiotic. Another study showed people taking a probiotic plus vitamins and minerals daily for three months had reduced frequency, duration and severity of cold symptoms.

Get Moving

A study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found those who exercised the most were least likely to suffer from colds in the winter months. Researchers followed a group of 1,002 healthy adults aged 18 to 85 over a 12-week period during the autumn and winter seasons.
Each participant reported daily any symptom of respiratory illness they experienced (sneezes, coughs, fever, etc.). On average, they reported such symptoms for 13 days in the winter and 8 days in the autumn.
But those who exercised regularly were much less likely to develop a cold, and when they did, it was much less severe. The fittest 25% (those who exercised five or more days a week) had 43% fewer days with symptoms than those in the lowest 25% (one day or less of weekly exercise).

Don’t Stress Out

The negative effects of stress on the immune system have been well-documented. Stress impacts your susceptibility to infection and overall wellness in two important ways:
  1. Weakened Immune System: Chronic stress can raise cortisol levels, making us more vulnerable to colds and the flu, as well as more serious health problems.
  2. Unhealthy Choices: In stressful situations, we often fail to sleep enough, eat well or exercise, increasing the likelihood of illness.
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Monday, December 10, 2012

"Yes, Virginia, there really IS a Santa Claus!"

"Yes, Virginia, there really IS a Santa Claus!"

Is There a Santa Claus? was the title of an editorial appearing in the September 21, 1897, edition of The (New York) Sun. The editorial, which included the famous reply "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus", has become an indelible part of popular Christmas folklore in the United States.
In 1897, Dr. Philip O'Hanlon, a coroner's assistant on Manhattan's Upper West Side, was asked by his then eight-year-old daughter, Virginia (1889–1971), whether Santa Claus really existed.
O'Hanlon suggested she write to The Sun, a prominent New York City newspaper at the time, assuring her that "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." He unwittingly gave one of the paper's editors, Francis Pharcellus Church, an opportunity to rise above the simple question and address the philosophical issues behind it.
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Many people found Church's newspaper article very moving, in a time (post-civil war) when many were suffering from a lack of hope and faith. I find it interesting how something written so long ago is still relevant today.


Keep Moving to Fight Memory Loss

7 days ago by in ( Nutrition , · Healthy Living Tips )
There are many ways to help prevent Alzheimer's Disease and keep your gray matter in top shape.
Movers and Shakers
Research has shown that it is not one but a combination of activities and lifestyle choices that keep the brain healthy. Here are some ways to keep your mind agile and your memory healthy:
  • 1. Participate in recreational activities like chess, book clubs and discussion groups that encourage conversation and interaction
  • 2. Implement activities that require planning and forethought like gardening and scrapbooking
  • 3. Challenge yourself to complete common activities in reverse order or with the opposite hand (i.e. brushing teeth, getting dressed, etc.)
  • 4. Keep low-impact aerobic activities like dancing, cycling and swimming as part of your routine
Don't Forget to Remember
Recent studies have shown a strong correlation between vascular health and the influence of an active lifestyle. There are also activities that have been proven to increase memory retention. Give these a try and see if you experience improved memory capacity:
  • 1. Stay mentally active by working puzzles, learning to play a musical instrument or taking alternate routes when driving
  • 2. Socialize regularly with loved ones and friends or by volunteering with people of various ages
  • 3. Keep your appointments, tasks and other events organized in a single place or notebook
  • 4. Focus on one task at a time and give it your full attention
  • 5. Eat a healthy diet and include supplements like ReversAge® to promote youthfulness
  • 6. Make regular checkups at your doctor a part of your routine, particularly if you are managing chronic conditions
You're only as old as you feel, so treat your body well and remember to laugh and play. Surround yourself with young friends (especially the young at heart) and don't be afraid to act like a kid. When you reconnect with your younger self, you'll think and feel your best!
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