How to get the junk out of your cells

DID YOU KNOW
Without the sweeping away of debris within the cell, cells could become choked with trash and malfunction or die. In recent years, some scientists have begun to suspect that faulty autophagy mechanisms contribute to the development of a range of diseases, including diabetes, muscular dystrophy, Alzheimer’s and cancer. The slowing of autophagy as we reach middle age is also believed to play a role in aging.

Link to article in the NY Times

4 rules thin people tend to live by

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You don’t necessarily have to completely overhaul your diet or exercise regimen to lose weight and keep it off. Recent research shows that it’s little, practically effortless changes to everyday habits that make the pounds fall off and stay off. Remember; for any change to be permanent, you must be willing to live with that change permanently, for the rest of our life. It’s all about healthy habits! Try incorporating some of these simple, science-backed steps into your day-to-day life.

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

Gratitude and your health

DID YOU KNOW? 

  • Turkeys have heart attacks. When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier, fields of turkeys would drop dead.
  • 91% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Fifty percent of Americans put the stuffing inside the Turkey.
  • More than 40 million green bean casseroles are served on Thanksgiving.
  • Contrary to popular belief, Native Americans did not eat cranberries. They did, however, find them extremely useful for dying fabric and decorating pottery.
  • A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour.

How to not get a cold or the flu this holiday season

DID YOU KNOW
Cold and flu share many similarities, but they are two distinct conditions. The American Academy of Family Physicians says more than 200 viruses cause colds, but few viruses cause the flu. If someone in your household is sick, prevent germs from spreading by providing separate (or disposable) cups and towels in the kitchen and bathroom. Many contagious diseases are transmitted by touch. The simple friction that occurs when you rub skin against skin while using hot water and soap, followed by drying, gets rid of potentially harmful germs.