admin - March 15, 2013
Although it may seem to be out of your control, there are things you can do now to keep your brain active and sharp while lowering your risk of cognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s or dementia. In fact, certain foods have been proven to aid in brain health and reduce risk of Alzheimer’s.
Some of these foods include a variety of nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts), salmon and other fatty fish like mackerel and sardines, berries (strawberries, blueberries, cranberries), spinach, other leafy greens and even coffee. The key is to consume a diet that contains healthy fats rather than trans fats and sugar.
Read the full article on the best foods for your brain here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/23/alzheimers-prevention_n_2734550.html
The Downside to Snacking at Night
New findings from a study published in the journal Current Biology found that the body’s ability to regular blood sugar changes throughout the day. This impact on metabolism leads to an increase in fat production at night and less fat production during the day.
Previous studies found that night-shift workers are more prone to obesity and diabetes. This new study backs up those findings by pointing out the body’s increased fat production during the day.
“Disrupting your biological clock leads to a disruption of metabolism such that there’s more of a tendency to put on fat” even with the same amount of calorie intake, said co-author of the study Carl Johnson in the news article.
Read the full study results here: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/02/25/why-snacking-at-night-is-bad-for/
Sleep Deprivation and Your Genes
You’ve probably heard over and over how important quality sleep is to your health. Did you know that lack of sleep can actually have a negative impact on your genes?
A new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that regular sleep deprivation can disrupt the activity of your genes and even affect functions like metabolism. These disruptions can lead to long-term effects on the body.
“If people regularly restrict their sleep, it is possible that the disruption that we see…could have an impact over time that ultimately determines their health outcomes as they age in later life,” said study co-author Simon Archer in the news article.
What’s Trending on LifeLongHealth.com
You can get involved with the health and nutrition discussions going on right now at LifeLongHealth.com. Here’s what’s trending:
- Generic Drugs: When you’re prescribed a generic drug over a brand-name drug, do you feel like the quality is lacking? Share your thoughts here.
- What Suggestion Would You Give a Company to Promote Wellness? Wellness and prevention are two central themes that are taking center stage lately. Do you have any suggestions for companies looking to get involved? Share them.
- Hard Topic – Emotional or Physical Abuse: How have you removed yourself from an abusive situation or helped someone you know remove themselves? Please join the discussion here.