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I was recently reminded of America’s health crisis when I read an article in our local paper about the top 10 ranked states for childhood obesity. South Carolina (my state) was ranked 2nd in the nation for childhood obesity, and 10th in the nation for overall obesity.
This is a topic that is difficult to discuss because no one wants to come across as judgmental. However, the percentage of children with diabetes has been on the rise for many years now. Children who are obese, turn into adults who are obese (more often than not). This leads to a whole range of health problems for people of all ages- children turn into adults, and adults turn into seniors. Obesity increases your risk for: diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and even things you wouldn’t even consider…. like pain in the joints from excess weight. Read the rest of this entry »
Current research says that a lack of Vitamin D in your diet means you might be at greater risk for dementia. According to this article, a diet high in Vitamin D may reduce your risk for dementia. I know many people who say they rarely drinking milk as an adult. Many people shy away from fatty foods like cheese. But, according to this article, make sure you get enough of Vitamin D! Being out in the sun will also help, but remember to limit your exposure. Overall, having a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, spending time outdoors and keeping your mind stimulated is all necessary to maintain a youthful mind. Some sources of Vitamin D are: Fish (especially salmon and tuna), milk, fortified cereal, pork, eggs, mushrooms, beef liver and ricotta cheese!
This 116 year old woman from Peruvia claims to be the oldest woman. She has an identification card to prove she has lived in three centuries. She said she eats a “natural” diet of “potatoes, goat meat, sheep milk, goat cheese and beans,” (and no soda!). The only thing she wishes she had? Her teeth.
The oldest person alive is Mrs. Okawa. She is Japanese and is 116 years old. Her life has spanned three centuries. She credits oily fish such as mackerel and eight hours of sleep per night to her longevity.
This is a great video on foods you should avoid in order to help protect your brain.
You should reduce/avoid:
-saturated fat (red meat and dairy high in fat)
-trans fat (cake, donuts, chips)
-cooking in these metal pans: iron, copper, aluminum
The article discusses that it is better to cook in a stainless steel pan (rather than cast iron).
You should eat:
(*Almonds are particularly good for the brain)
Don’t forget exercising: Getting out three times a week, (even for a brisk walk) for 30-40 minutes changes your brain for the better!
Isn’t it great that we can buy inexpensive items right at our grocery store that help boost our memory? According to this article, these foods can help your mind stay sharp:
Eggs (eat the yolk), apples (eat the peel), chocolate (it doesn’t clarify this- but based on past articles I’ve read, its dark chocolate, not milk/sugary chocolate that is best), spinach, and blackberries.