Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Improve Your Mood With Exercise!

Need to shake off a bad mood? Exercise can make a big difference.

Research continues to show that adopting a regular workout schedule will not only improve your overall health and keep things like diabetes and high blood pressure away, but it can also do wonders for your mental health.

In a recent Mayo Clinic research finding, researchers found that exercise is effective for symptoms of depression and anxiety. According to researchers, exercise releases feel-good brain chemicals that may ease depression (neurotransmitters and endorphins) and reduces immune system chemicals that can worsen depression.

In addition, exercise has positive effects on your overall well being such as giving you confidence by making you feel better about your overall appearance and helping you cope with constant daily stressors.

If you are looking for a mood booster, strap on your workout shoes and get going. Even a simple walk will give you the boost you are looking for. By doing exercises that get your heart pumping, you will begin to see positive results that can brighten your overall mood. Anything that gets you off the couch and moving is exercise that can help improve your mood.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

10 Super Foods To Get You Ready for Summer!

Here are 10 "Super Foods" to help protect you from cancer, improve your cardiovascular health,and maybe even lose some weight!

Fruits

Guava is a slightly pear-shaped tropical fruit known for its sweet, acidic flavor and yellow or pink color. It contains such cancer-fighting agents as lycopene, known for warding off prostate cancer. And with 688 mg of potassium and 9 grams of fiber, this fruit is a must for anyone's diet.

Gogi berries resemble raisins, taste sweet and sour, and are red in color. Eating them can help protect the liver, improve sexual function and increase circulation. They also have the highest Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) rating (a method of measuring antioxidant levels in food) of any fruit, according to researchers at Tufts University.

Dried plums, also known as prunes, are somewhat infamous for their high fiber content. However, don't forget that they also include high amounts of neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acids which fight the "superoxide anion radical," known to cause structural damage to cells, one of the primary causes of cancer.

Pomegranate juice has been consumed for decades in the Middle East as a popular juice beverage; now it's becoming popular in the United States. Just 4 oz. a day provides 50 percent of your daily vitamin C needs.

Vegetables

Cabbage is a leafy, green vegetable. Its benefits: a healthy supply of nutrients including sulforaphane, a chemical which increases your body's production of enzymes that combat cell-damaging free radicals and reduce the risk of cancer.

Beets are roots known for their dark red coloring and are surprisingly sweet for a vegetable. They are one of the best sources of both folate and betaine, which help to lower your blood levels of homocysteine. That's good news because homocysteine can damage arteries and increase the risk of heart disease.

Swiss chard is a slightly bitter and salty vegetable. It contains huge amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin, plant chemicals known as carotenoids that protect the retinas from age-related damage.

Plants

Purslane is a broad-leaved weed. It features the highest amount of heart-healthy omega-3 fats of any edible plant and has 10 to 20 times more melatonin than any other fruit or vegetable.

Cinnamon is a common spice most of us think of when we make cake or cookies - but don't overlook a pinch or two on your oatmeal or in your coffee. Cinnamon's health benefits include controlling your blood sugar and lowering triglycerides and LDL (bad) cholesterol. Active ingredients include methylhydroxychalcone polymers, which increase your cells' ability to metabolize up to 20 times.

Pumpkin seeds are too frequently tossed away during the traditional October pumpkin carving. That's a mistake, because just 1 ounce contains 150 mg of magnesium. Pumpkin seeds also are high in zinc and phytosterols, shown to lower cholesterol and defend against cancer.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Drinking Too Much Soda? Cut Back On The Salt!

Cutting back on soft drinks can be a real uphill battle, especially where kids are concerned. Some days, it

A study from the United Kingdom found that when children's salt intake was reduced, their demand for soft drinks also went down. A group of 1,686 youngsters between the ages of 4 and 18 kept food and drink diaries for one week to track both their salt and fluid intake. The researchers found that a reduction of only 1 gram per day of salt (about 2 teaspoons) correlated with a 27 gram (about 1 fluid ounce) reduction in sugar-sweetened soft-drink consumption. The researchers also speculated that a decrease of 3 grams per day of salt could lead to an average reduction of 2.3 soft drinks per child per week.

Here are six easy ways to reduce your family's salt intake:
seems easier to give in to their demands. As strange as it may sound, one of the easiest ways to encourage kids to cut back on those sugar-laden, empty-calorie drinks might be to cut back on their salt consumption.

1. Read labels carefully.

2. Choose low-salt varieties of snacks and canned goods.


3. Rely less on processed, instant and frozen foods, and more on fresh foods like fruits and vegetables.

4. Don't add salt when preparing meals (or add as little as possible).


5. Reduce the temptation by taking the salt shaker off the table.


6. Find other ingredients to add flavor to family meals, such as lemon juice, herbs and spices.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Vitamin D vs. Amoxicillin?

According to some new research published on the Lancet Infectious Diseases site, Vitamin D can help you steer clear of antibiotics.  Two studies in the Lancet looking at respiratory tract infections give credence to Vitamin D over amoxicillin. The first study found that for patients where pneumonia is not suspected, "amoxicillin provides little benefit for acute lower-respiratory-tract infection in primary care both overall and in patients aged 60 years or more, and causes slight harms."

The second study divided a group of adults into two groups: those that took Vitamin D3 (4000 IU) every day for a year and those that were given a placebo. "The overall (respiratory tract) infectious score was significantly reduced for patients allocated to the vitamin D group compared with the placebo group."

These results, when taken together, provide an interesting picture of the potential health through nutrition rather than drugs.  Another interesting fact, research shows that people under regular chiropractic care take fewer prescription medications and experience fewer hospitalizations.