The Link Between Stress and Alzheimer’s

chronic stress associated with Alzheimer's in new studies

You know stress contributes to heart disease, digestive difficulties and sleep disorders such as insomnia. But now research has linked stress to Alzheimer’s disease.  And it’s not just any stress, it’s the daily stress – the ongoing, unrelenting stress you experience as you navigate life – that’s to blame. The University of California, San Diego… Read more »

ABCD’s of Alzheimer’s

national alzheimers awareness month is in November

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness month and according to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, as many as 5.1 million Americans suffer from this mind-bending disease. A is for Alzheimer’s Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia, a universal term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to impair daily living. While Alzheimer’s… Read more »

What Is High Fructose Corn Syrup?

how to avoid high fructose corn syrup

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is an extremely processed, inexpensive, man-made sweetener found in many of the foods you consume. Commercially used high fructose corn syrup is made using enzymes and sometimes acids to break down corn starch into simple sugars, fructose and glucose. And while it might start with corn kernels, HFCS goes through… Read more »

The Worst Halloween Candy for Your Waistline

unhealthy halloween candy

According to the National Confectioners Association, Americans will buy more than 600 million pounds of candy this year – just for Halloween. That adds up to $2.5 billion spent on sweets in the weeks leading up to October 31st.  Some of those sweets are worse for your waistline than others. Topping the list: Snickers –… Read more »

The Truth About Sugar

5 facts about sugar that you should know but probably dont

The recent documentary Fed Up examines the roots of obesity in America – ultimately blaming sugar – and offers some staggering statistics related to its consumption in the US. From 1977 to 2000, Americans have doubled their dietary sugar intake. In 1980 the number of documented type two diabetes cases amongst American adolescents (ages 8-19)… Read more »

Five Physical Effects of Sleep Deprivation

5 Effects of Sleep Deprivation on the Body

A startling study published in the journal Sleep found that nearly one quarter of people who sleep fewer than six hours a night have some kind of cardiovascular disease (clogged arteries, an abnormal or weak heartbeat, etc.). Worse – Harvard Medical School experts say that if you routinely fail to get five hours of sleep,… Read more »

5 Foods that Help You Sleep

5 foods that can help you sleep

Sleep has a significant effect on your daily mood, productivity and health. Nutrition plays a large role in how well you sleep. Food relates directly to serotonin, a key hormone that — along with Vitamin B6, B12, and folic acid — helps promote healthy sleep. If a good night’s sleep is important to you, try… Read more »

Fall Back Without Feeling Tired

daylight saving end can wreak havoc on the body

Saturday, November 1st, daylight saving ends and we change our clocks back an hour. This seems great in theory – we gain an hour, right?  You go to sleep at 10:00, but really it’s now 9:00. An extra hour of sleep! But in reality, that one hour can wreak havoc on our internal clocks. Our… Read more »

Colorado and Oregon Voters to Decide on GMO Labeling

colorado and oregon to vote for gmo labeling

You have a right to know what’s in the food you’re buying, right? You can pick up almost anything and know if it’s organic, if it contains nuts and how many trans fats are within. But you don’t know if it includes ingredients derived from genetically modified crops, or GMOs. In just a few weeks,… Read more »

How to Shop for Non-GMO Foods

learn how to read labels to buy gmo-free foods

According to a very recent Consumer Reports National Research Center survey, more than 70 percent of Americans say they don’t want genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their food. 92 percent say they want GMOs labeled. The problem is, it’s hard to avoid them – they’re lurking in everything from breakfast cereals to chips. Three common… Read more »