Published on Monday, 14 May 2018
Healthy pensioners have the power to create just as many new brain cells as young people in their 20s, research has revealed. Scientists said the findings showed the mental decline by your 70s is not the ''inevitable process many of us think it is.''
Researchers made the discovery after counting the number of new cells growing in the hypocampus, the part of the brain which processes memories and emotion. They found about 700 brain cells were created each day - even in the oldest people studied - and there was no size difference in the hippocampus in young and old brains.
However, the scientists warned that we still needed to keep our brains and bodies active to ensure new cells were not wasted. They examined brains of 28 women and men aged between 14 and 79. None had medical conditions or were on psychiatric drugs.
Lead author and associate professor of neurobiology at Columbia University, Maura Boldrini, said: ''We found that older people have a similar ability to make thousands of hippocampal new neurons from progenitor cells as younger people do.''
She advised exercise, social interaction, learning and a healthy diet as ways of keeping brains healthy.
Published on Saturday, 03 February 2018
The latest souped-up version of H2O is a moment thanks to its apparent ability to boost energy, keep your cells healthy and reduce muscle fatigue.
It's made by adding extra hydrogen molecules to regular water, and because hydrogen has no flavour or odour, it tastes near identical. Preliminary research suggests it may, in fact, be effective as an antioxidant and for reducing inflammation.
Japan's Ministry of Health recently approved the use of intravenous hydrogen-infused saline to help people recover from infection. However, the studies so far have been small scale.
That hasn't stopped it becoming the ''next big thing'' in the wellness industry, though. In the U.S., celebrity health expert Dr Nichilas Perricone recently launched a hydrogen-infused water in a can, and here in Australia you can buy hydrogen tablets (to drop into tap water) or alkaline ionisers that claim to produce ''hydrogen-rich water.''
It's unclear how much hydrogen water you need to get any therapeutic benefit. "The bottom line is we don't know yet how helpful it can be for health,'' a spokesperson for the US Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says. "It seems logical, but we need more research"
Published on Monday, 27 November 2017
There are many benefits to napping -- new research shows. fending off colds and improving cardiovascular health. Here's how to do it well:
1) PICK A REGULAR TIME: "A daily schedule helps train your body to know when its nap time," says Dr Christopher Winter, a board-certified sleep medicine physician. He recommends late morning or early afternoon to avoid interfering with your night sleep.
2) SET YOUR ALARM FOR 25 TO 30 MINUTES: That's enough time to help you wake up refreshed without falling into deeper stages of sleep -- at which point you wake up groggy, thanks to a phenomenon called ''sleep inertia.''
3) AVOID STIMULI: Turn off your phone and find the darkest, quietest place you can, since a bright, boisterous environment can keep you from falling asleep or wake you mid-nap.
4) SNIFF LAVENDER: No, really! In one 2012 study, when men and women fell asleep to that scent, they slept better and woke up feeling more alert. Definitely try it.
Published on Tuesday, 25 July 2017
Yoga and meditation can do more than help you feel relaxed in the moment. New research published in the journal Frontiers of Immunology shows that they can actually reverse stress-related changes in genes linked to poor health and depression. After analyzing 18 published studies on the biological effects of meditation, yoga, breathing exercises and tai chi, researchers found that these mind-body exercises appear to quiet the activity of genes that promote Inflammation.
Too much psychological stress can cause inflammation in the body, and when stress goes unchecked, the inflammatory response can become chronic and impair both physical and mental health. People who experienced stress but practiced these mind-body activities regurakly had fewer biological signs of inflammation, signaling a reversal of the effects of chronic stress. More research is needed, but this may translate into a reduced risk of inflammation-related diseases and conditions.
Inherited genes are not static, and DNA activity can depend on things within people's control. ''By choosing healthy habits every day, we can create a gene activity pattern that is more beneficial for ur health,'' says the study's lead author, Ivana Buric of Coventry Universityin England. ''Even just 15 minutes of practicing mindfulness seems to do the trick.''
Published on Tuesday, 23 May 2017
FLUORIDE ALERT !!
The World's oldest and prestigious medical journal ''The Lancet'' has officially classified Fluoride as a neurotoxin !
Are the chemicals in toothpaste making you sick? It is one of the most common, yet overlooked daily essentials to our hygiene routine.
Commercial toothpaste is loaded with chemicals, which can make those sensitive amongest us....sick. Artificial flavours, artificial colours, artificial sweeteners, plus numerous toxic chemicals such as Sodium Lauryal Sulphate, Salicylate and Fluoride can place a heavy burden of the Immune System.
If you think that because you don't swallow your toothpaste it is safe...think again. It is a fact that Sublingual absorption is one of the most direct and effective routes that can fast track chemicals into your blood stream. Toothpaste stays in your mouth for 2-3 minutes - more than enough time for chemicals and additives to find their way into your systemic system.
Now, I don't make of habit of advertising on my website but I found something I want to pass on to you to increase your future health potential. It's called Alfree plain toothpaste. Alfree is 100% flavour, sweetener and colour free, and is also free from other toxic chemicals found in other toothpastes, making it suitable for those with salicylate allergy, chemical sensitivities, mint allergy or anyone wanting to reduce their exposure to fluoride, one of the worst neurotoxins next to mercury (which is found in many vaccines).
Alfree is now available at Priceline Pharmacy, Terry White Amcal, Chemist Warehouse.com.au check out (www.alfree.com.au)
Published on Thursday, 27 April 2017
If I could tell you ONE thing that you could do each morning right as you wake up to help youbody eliminate some toxins, improve your digestion, stimulate your metabolism, and boost your energy, would you do it? Of course you would.....and it takes less than 2 minutes.
Here's the trick...... Squeeze about half to a full lemon (depending on size) into a glass of room temperature purified water. Then add 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider vinegar and a teaspoon of honey. The honey makes this gentler on your stomach . Drink this at least 10 minutes before eating any food.
5 Major Benefits of this Morning Drink.
For centuries, it has been known that lemons contain powwerful antibacterial, antiviral and immune boosting components. Lemons are even great as a digestive aid and liver cleanser.
1) Supports the Immune System: Lemon enhances the body's ability to absorb iron, an important nutrient for a healthy immune system.
2) Aids Digestion: As lemon juice is similar in atomic structure to the stomach's digestive juices it can relieve indigestion, heartburn and bloating.
3) Balances pH levels: Lemons are one of the most alkalising foods for the body and a good pH level is essential as too much acidity in the body can e inflammatory.
4) Detoxifies the liver: As mentioned previously, the liver benefits as lemon juice and apple cider vinegar stimulates the liver by encouraging the production of bile. This drink can also help in assisting detoxification.
5) Freshens Breath: The antiseptic qualities of the lemon juice apple cider combination help kill off bad bacteria in the mouth by acting as a disinfectant. Most health professionls agree room temperature is closer to your own body's temperature and seems to calm the digestive system. You'll see that a glass of this ''pep water'' (as I call it) is also a healthier morning wake-you-up than coffee. Give it try !
Published on Monday, 20 March 2017
It's always easier said than done, but we all need to do whatever we can to minimize the number of things that cause us stress. As the poet Sara Teasdale wrote, ''.....make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes.'' In addition to that advice, there are supplements that can help you deal with the everyday pressures of your life.
Magnesium reduces stress and protects the brain against its harmful effects. Plant flavonoids such as Hespeidin (from oranges), Luteolin (parsley and celery), and Quercetin (teas and onions) have all been shown to calm the brain. L-thenine lowers stress by reducing excitotoxicity, and Melatonon (taken 30 minutes before sleep) protects the brain by stimulating antioxidant enzymes.
In fact, one new study found that a combination of gren tea extract and L-thenine significantly improved memory and other cognitive functions, as well as the EEG (brain wave test) in patients with mild cognitive impairment, better known as MCI.
Humans are social beings and the more pleasant social interactions we have, the richer and fuller our lives become. One study found that people who were social and enjoyed spending time with others were less likely to develop progressive MCI.
In addition, people who worship regularly have been shown to experience significantly less incidence of conditions such as MCI. Therefore, we should take time to thank our creator for all that He does for us.
Published on Friday, 30 December 2016
Our mood can vary depending on a lot of different components. Stress, diet, exercise, toxicity, sleep and even spinal misalignment can impact how we feel, think and behave. (see ''Exciting Research Results for Chiropractic'' article in News page's ''Office Updates'')
Our emotional state can be very powerful and can even make us sick if not dealt with appropriately. It is often very difficult to separate the mind from the body, even if we are not consciously aware of this connection. Your body constantly responds to your thoughts and feelings. This is often referred to as the ''mind/body connection.''
When you are stressed, anxious or upset, your body tries to tell you that something isn't right. Many of us have experienced the onset of a headache, nausea or abdominal cramps after a stressful or upsetting event. In turn, we can also recall the euphoric sensation that comes from a rush of adrenaline or even just after having a really good laugh. Suddenly, our bodies feel ten years younger and full of energy!
Likewise, the opposite can also be true; that the way we physically feel can greatly affect our mood. Chronic pain or dysfunction can often lower one's mood significantly and at times leads to depression. The good news is, because of this immensely strong mind/body connection it is therefore possible that when you correct one, you can also correct the other.
Published on Friday, 08 July 2016
The mobile phone industry has now targeted children ages 5 and under -- even toddlers -- with their promotional campaigns. One advertisement shows a picture (above) of a product called a Baby iPhone Rattle Ring. There's also a colourful ''Rattle Case'' that fits over an iPhone for babies to play with.
Another advertisement promotes an app that makes ''White Noise.'' It is meant to be placed under the child's head to encourage sleep. Young children's skulls are much thinner than adults' skulls. Electro-Magnetic radiation have been shown to penetrate the entire brains of children when their heads are placed near such devices.
To be exposed to this radiation for hours is extremely hazardous. Yet I now see very small children using theses devices everywhere I go. Such gadgets have become the modern pacifiers for babies and small children. It's worth noting that your cell phone emits microwave radiation even when not in use so don't keep it tucked into any areas near your reproductive organs..
The frightening thing is that studies have shown that exposure to mobile phones before the age of 20 TRIPLES the risk of developing brain tumors like acoustic neuromas, meningomas, and malignant glioblastomas, all brain tumors that were relatively rare beore the advent of mobile phone use.
In my opinion, the people who created this campaign knowing of the many studies now warning of how EMFs (Electromagnetic Fields) can affect children, much less all of us, should be put in prison.
Published on Sunday, 22 May 2016
Feeling frazzled? Try these short easy ways to take the edge off and embrace a life of calm.
''The Smiling Mind'' is a free web and app-based program designed to help cultivate calm and contentment by learning mindfulness meditation, I mentioned this previously that in recent years mindfulness meditation has surged in popularity for use in the treatment of stress, resilience, anxiety, depression and other physical and mental illnesses. Visit smilingmind.com.au.
I've also mentioned this in a previous posting but it pays to repeat that research suggests lack of sleep may trigger anxiety. Make getting a good night's sleep a priority. Read my article: ''The Secret to a Good Day? A Good Night to Start!'' (January, 2016)
EXERCISE & BE REGULAR
Working out a few times a week combats stress by increasing feel-good endorphins, lowering the so-called stress hormone cortisol, plus it improves mood and aids sleep. As model Gisele Bundchen has said, ''In order to be your best, you have to honour your own needs first.''
BE SERIOUS ABOUT POSTURE
Think about all the hours you spend each day sitting at work or school, commuting, on your computer or other mobile device and watching television. Poor posture used during these activities increases pressure on your spine which causing stress and tension on your low back and neck pain and headaches. Download the Chiropractors'Association Back App and improve your postural habits for a stress-free life. Visit www.backyourinnerathlete.com.au and it wouldn't be a bad idea to get a spinal check-up to see if damage has already been done.
LAST, BUT NOT LEAST.....
Do a Digital Detox ! Studies have shown the average user checks their mobile phone 220 times a day !!! So...start detoxing with a phone-free Sunday to really unwind and be in the now.