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Though there are undoubtedly people who are born with “The Happy Gene” and are natural optimists, I’ve seen many people choose to be optimistic and not give in to their negative self-talk. Here’s what I use with my patients:
Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Mache Seibel, the founder and creator of My Menopause Magazine that’s available on iTunes.
Dr. Seibel teaches at Harvard and is an expert in many areas of women’s health. He offered up a wealth of information about how we can stay healthy as we age.
#1 Eat well – it almost goes without saying, but we can’t say it enough. Eating more vegetables, fruits and whole grains while avoiding packaged and pre-prepared foods is one of the best ways to stay healthy.
Years of research will tell you what you see with your friends and family who are healthy. By eating choosing to have at least ½ of your plate filled with vegetables and having less red meat, you can avoid heart disease and diabetes.
#2 Sleep – We often forget how important sleep is for our well being. We all know that less sleep means more irritability and a shorter fuse, but you may also be surprised to learn that more sleep means a lowered risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. Studies on night shift workers have found higher rates of obesity.
Many of us find that being tired leads to more food cravings. (more…)
Sex Boosts Immunity
Good sexual health may mean better physical health. Having sex once or twice a week has been linked with higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A or IgA, which can protect you from getting colds and other infections. Scientists at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., took samples of saliva, which contain IgA, from 112 college students who reported on the frequency of sex they had.
A Bacon cheeseburger with sweet potato fries sounds perfect for lunch or does it?
Should I skip the fries and have a salad instead? Really, I should skip all of it and have a salad, unless I want to overload on salt and fat. Since I don’t want to chain myself to the elliptical machine at the Y, I’ve been watching my portions and now am more conscious of another hidden risk, Salt!
I’ve never had back issues in my life, that is, until recently when I reached across the kitchen counter and suddenly, my lower back went into a painful spasm. I wasn’t doing anything out of the ordinary, really. Just reaching across the counter. I tried to walk it off and then went to do some stretches, but the pain only increased. “It must be the fallout from my recent road trip to Los Angeles,” I thought to myself as I dialed the chiropractor.
A recent study found that people with higher levels of HDL, what’s known as the beneficial or good cholesterol, also had a lower risk of having Alzheimers disease. HDL, high density lipoprotein, is the type of cholesterol that helps clear away the LDL cholesterol, known to cause narrowing of the arteries and clots. HDL can be increased by increasing exercise and from some medications such as Niacin.