Foot Pain: Try MagniLife Pain Relieving Foot Cream in the foot aisles of drug stores. Suggested in AARP, 9.15, issue.
Supercheap Superfoods: Inexpensive nutritious foods include bananas, beans and lentils, cabbage, canned salmon, carrots, green or black tea, oatmeal, peanut butter and sweet potatoes. AARP, 9.15, issue.
East Your Way
to Brain Health
Olive Oil, green tea and leafy greens (broccoli, spinach and kale). East of these antioxidant superfoods helps fight inflammation. And while inflammation is the body’s nature response to injury, uncontrolled inflammation over time can damage the brain. Intervene with these anti-inflammatory foods before neurons die and you may be able to restore normal brain function.
Beets, tomatoes and avocados. These three darkly hued foods help ensure that your brain receives the blood it needs to stay sharp. Studies suggest increased blood flow to the brain promotes neuton growth in the hippocampus, the area of the brain associated with learning and memory.
Nuts (especially walnuts, curcumin (tumeric) and pomegranates. These foods work deep in the brain to fight amyloid plaques. While amyloid is required for brain cells to communicate, when it accumulates several thousand times beyond normal levels, it forms plaques. These plaques kill neurons while creating inflammation, which kills even more neurons.
Fish, blueberries, grapes, coffee and dark chocolate. These nutrient powerhouses have been shown to increase the level of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a protein that supports the growth of new neurons. It’s like Miracle-Gro for the brain. Stimulating the release of BDNF not only reverses the effects of aging, but also triggers the brain to make more neurons.
By Amy Patruel, a health and science writer, AAP, 9.15 issue.
Make every day with diabetes easier!
More than 25 million Americans are living with Type 2 diabetes and the numbers continue to climb. While 80 percent of cases are said to be caused by lifestyle choices, some cases are attributed to genetics. But, no matter what your genes say, you don’t have to be a statistic. Check out these four simple tips for lowering your risk of Type 2 diabetes:
1. Got milk? The Journal of Nutrition reports the more low-fat dairy women eat, the lower their risk is of developing diabetes. To boost dairy and decrease calories in your diet, swap out a pastry for non-fat yogurt and fruit in the morning.
2. Skip the white rice. A Harvard University study found that white rice boosts blood sugar and diabetes risks. Opt for quinoa or couscous instead.
3. Eat more fruits and veggies. While this sounds like common sense, researchers found adults who eat six servings of produce a day cut their diabetes risk by 21 percent.
4. Move more! One daily habit that can change your body’s response to insulin and sugar is by getting out of your seat. Sitting for more than 5 hours a day does significant damage to your health, so be sure to take a quick walk every hour.
The Doctors, Internet.