Slowing Brain Aging with Vitamin B12

An important study appeared in JAMA Psychiatry in June 2016, providing additional evidence that high blood levels of vitamin B12 can slow the shrinking of the brain that commonly occurs after age 60. Previous studies have shown that vitamin B12 and other B vitamins (folic acid and vitamin B6) can slow the rate of brain atrophy in older subjects with … Continue reading

Wildfire Inside of You

Comparisons between the inner world and the outer world have been frequently drawn by philosophers, nature writers, and visual artists. For example, “seeing the universe in a grain of sand” is a well-known aphorism. The number of neurons in your brain has been compared to the number of stars in the Milky Way. The golden ratio (1.618), derived from the … Continue reading

Basic Tenets of a Healthy Diet

  Use fresh unprocessed or minimally processed plant based food whenever possible. Ex. Cooked brown rice is more nutritious than brown rice cakes. Salad made with fresh greens is more nutritious than canned or frozen greens, cooked oatmeal is better than packaged breakfast cereals. Vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, and whole grains are more nutritious than animal products, including dairy products. … Continue reading

Balancing Your Systems With Mindfullness

Mindfulness has become a very hot topic and is now consistently featured in mass media. This may be considered a good thing, as more and more of us allow ourselves to become distracted throughout the day by the never-ending onslaught of text messages, emails, and the pings of calendar reminders. Instead of turning off our phones, we persist in peering down … Continue reading

Proven Osteoporosis Treatment Via Exercise

Effect of two jumping programs on hip bone mineral density in premenopausal women: a randomized controlled trial. Tucker LA, Strong JE, LeCheminant JD, Bailey BW. Abstract PURPOSE: To determine the effect of two jumping programs on hip bone mineral density (BMD) in women. DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial. SETTING: Approximately 20 cities in the Mountain West. SUBJECTS: Sixty premenopausal women, aged … Continue reading

Smart Summer Footwear

Summer has arrived and, on the weekends at least, many of us have replaced our boots, oxfords, heels, and pumps with sandals and flip-flops. We want to lose all traces of the long winter and revel in warm, fragrant summer breezes. The summer experience is enhanced by freeing our feet from their long confinement and exposing our toes to the … Continue reading

Stay Hydrated

  According to the U.S. Geological Survey, approximately 71 percent of the earth’s surface is composed of water. Similarly, 60 to 70 percent of the average adult human body is composed of water. If you’re a 120-pound female, you’re made of at least 72 pounds, or 36 quarts, of water. If you’re a 175-pound male, you’re carrying around at least … Continue reading

Improving your Health and Well-Being

  We all know people who are light on their feet. Fred Astaire comes immediately to mind, as do tennis star Andy Roddick, the great Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter, and WNBA star Candace Parker. Closer to home, we may recognize similar combinations of grace and athleticism in a family member or friend. We may believe that such qualities are inborn … Continue reading

Fruits and Vegetables

In decades past, very few urban kids had ever even heard of a parsnip, a fennel bulb, or a bunch of kale. In those days, fruit and vegetable consumption typically consisted of apples, bananas, corn, potatoes, peas, and lettuce. Oranges were infrequent and grapefruit was a rarity. Today a veritable cornucopia of produce is available year-round, providing the possibility for … Continue reading

Good Pain vs. Bad Pain

Being able to distinguish between a good pain and a not-so-good pain is critically important for all of us who engage in regular vigorous exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle. Even highly trained athletes such as those on high school and college teams, dancers, and those training for long distance races or multisport events may have difficulty knowing when … Continue reading