Rheumatoid Arthritis and Omega 3s

If you have an inflammatory type of arthritis, like rheumatoid arthritis (RA), you’ve probably heard of omega-3 fatty acids. They help reduce inflammation throughout the body, and studies have shown benefits for pain relief, heart health, brain function and diabetes. There are two major types of omega-3 fatty acids in our diets. One type is… Read more »

Magnesium Deficiency and Joint Pain

Joint pain due to arthritis can stop you in your tracks, making you avoid your favorite activities and instead wanting to curl up in bed all day.  There are many factors that can contribute to joint pain, but research has found that magnesium deficiency is one of them. Magnesium is an important mineral that plays… Read more »

Inflammation? Avoid These Foods

When you are in chronic pain, your body is in an inflammatory state. What you eat may not only increase inflammation, it can also set you up for other chronic conditions such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Here are four foods you should avoid to decrease inflammation. Saturated Fats – Several studies have shown… Read more »

It’s Never Too Late to Get in Shape

  When the US Department of Health and Human Service’s introduced guidelines for physical activity in 2008, they included specific recommendations for older people.  The guidelines encourage all Americans to engage in some sort of physical activity to stay in shape. For optimal health, they recommend a total of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity… Read more »

True or False – Exercise and Aging

Just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean you have to give up on exercise.  But a lot of people do – just one out of four people between the ages of 65 and 74 exercise on a regular basis.  Many people assume that they’re too out of shape or sick or tired or just plain… Read more »

B Vitamins Decrease Brain Shrinkage

There is strong evidence to suggest that your daily dose of B vitamins may help protect against brain shrinkage and Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease affects 36 million people worldwide. Therefore, a lot of research is put into finding a cure, but unfortunately some of the more promising studies have failed late-stage clinical trials.  Recently, scientists have… Read more »

Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

September is World Alzheimer’s Month.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Alzheimer’s disease, a type of dementia, is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that affects an estimated 5.7 million Americans. It is the sixth leading cause of death among all adults and the fifth leading cause for those aged 65 or older.That number… Read more »

How Much Exercise Does Your Aging Brain Need?

We have heard time and again the importance of living an active lifestyle.  But exactly how much exercise we need to gain various health benefits, including heart health and brain health is still unclear.   A recent study aimed to determine just how much exercise is needed to improve your ability to think. Researchers recruited 101… Read more »

Brain Food to Slow the Aging Process

Growing older is one of life’s certainties.  But the average lifespan of Americans is increasing and it has to do with lifestyle choices people are making to slow the aging process.  Growing old gracefully isn’t about avoiding wrinkles and gray hair; the ultimate goal is to maintain brain alertness, preserve energy levels and prevent disease…. Read more »

The Inflammation Connection to Alzheimer’s

According to a recent study from November 2017, people who show signs of inflammation in middle age are more likely to suffer from brain shrinkage later in life, a possible precursor to dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. The findings in the journal, Neurology, are the latest to uncover an association between dementia and inflammation, in which… Read more »