HEALTH & FITNESS TIPS

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5 ways to power up your brain in the morning — January 13, 2017

5 ways to power up your brain in the morning

DID YOU KNOW
Plasticity, is believed to underlie the brain’s capacity to control behavior, including learning and memory. Plasticity occurs when neurons are stimulated by events, or information, from the environment. However, sleep and sleep loss modify the expression of several genes and gene products that may be important for synaptic plasticity. Certain forms of long-term potentiation, a neural process associated with the laying down of learning and memory, can be elicited in sleep, suggesting synaptic connections are strengthened while you sleep.

The great cholesterol myth — December 28, 2016

The great cholesterol myth

Essential to good health, especially women’s wellness, cholesterol should not be something that is feared and revered when eating a nutritious diet. It is a naturally occurring product found in the body which is made by the liver. It is vital to normal cell function and is the parent molecule for such major hormones as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. It is critical to the immune system and the brain. Even if you did not consume any cholesterol at all, you would still find it present in your body. Your diet is actually secondary when it comes to looking at cholesterol levels, but this is often ignored by doctors.

The truth about cholesterol

Surviving the Holiday party season — December 21, 2016

Surviving the Holiday party season

Whether it’s the office party or another Holiday social event it’s a given there will be something to eat. Usually it’s a smorgasbord of many different food items, ranging from a broccoli and carrot plate with dipping sauce, to deep fried cheese, and you can fill in the rest. It can be tricky tying not to pack on a few pounds this time of the year.

One thing that can help is to recognize that your body gauges fullness by the volume of food in your stomach. Understanding this allows you to actually eat more while taking in fewer calories by choosing foods based on their energy density…

Avoid putting on those extra holiday pounds — December 5, 2016

Avoid putting on those extra holiday pounds

DID YOU KNOW
It’s commonly thought that the typical holiday weight gain is around 5 pounds. In reality, it’s probably less. The catch, though, is that even a small holiday weight gain is seldom lost — adding to the cumulative weight gain that happens over time for most adults. Between the colder weather, shortened daylight hours, and seemingly endless indulgent holidays (from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day), there’s no question that winter creates a perfect storm for weight gain.

Simple changes with big benefits — November 28, 2016

Simple changes with big benefits

DID YOU KNOW?
Not paying attention to your posture can put an abnormal amount of stress on particular muscles. Poor posture can be due to weak core muscles, which prevent you from holding your torso and hips in proper alignment. It can also be caused by tight muscles, a common issue for those who sit long hours throughout the day. Long-term poor posture effects include problems with bodily systems such as digestion and breathing.

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