Mental Attitude: Selenium For The Mind. Selenium is a mineral that acts like an antioxidant in the body. Research suggests the presence of oxidative stress in the brain is associated with cases of mild to moderate depression in the elderly population. With 200 micrograms of selenium a day there is a significant decrease in depression symptoms. Try to get at least the recommended daily allowance for selenium: 55 micrograms a day for both men and women. Whole grains are an excellent source of selenium. You can easily get 70 micrograms of selenium by eating several servings of whole grains such as oatmeal, whole-grain bread, and brown rice. Public Health Nutrition, 2007
Health Alert: Even Modest Weight Gain Can Harm Blood Vessels. Adding as little as 9 pounds of extra fat, specifically in the abdomen, increases the risk of developing endothelial cell dysfunction. Endothelial cells line the blood vessels and control the ability of the vessels to expand and contract. For those who gained weight in their abdomens, even though their blood pressure was normal, their regulation of blood flow through their arm arteries was impaired due to endothelial dysfunction. Once they lost the weight, the blood flow recovered. Blood flow regulation was unchanged in the people who maintained their weight and was less affected among those who gained weight evenly throughout their bodies. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, August 2010
Diet: Worst Foods in Your Fridge: Frozen French Fries. Frozen hash browns, French fries, or tater tots can be found in most American freezers. Just one serving (3 ounces) of some popular potato products (criss-cut French fries, tater tots, or curly fries), contains 8-11 grams of total fat, around 3 grams of saturated fat, 390-540 milligrams sodium, and about 190 calories. Many people eat double this amount in one sitting. Instead, try unprocessed potatoes, like baked or roasted red potatoes. Elaine Magee, MPH, RD
Exercise: How Much Exercise Do You Really Need? Get the most from limited training time by choosing activities that use large muscle groups all at once. Try standing up super-straight, with shoulders rolled back, abdominals tight and chin up. The trick is to set a timer for 5 minutes and hold that posture. Also, try repeatedly standing up and sitting down in a chair, jumping jacks or squats. Do these for 60 seconds, and then repeat it.
Preventive Medicine, 2006
Chiropractic: More Chiropractic Satisfaction! “Patients with chronic low-back pain treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement and satisfaction at one month than patients treated by family physicians. Satisfaction scores were higher for chiropractic patients. A higher proportion of chiropractic patients (56% vs. 13%) reported that their low-back pain was better or much better, whereas nearly one-third of medical patients reported their low-back pain was worse or much worse.”
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 2000
Wellness/Prevention: Vitamin D For Wellness. An increase of vitamin D by 600-1000 IU above the present level, would improve bone health in the elderly and decrease the risk of cancer, cardiovascular, metabolic and immune diseases.
University of California Riverside, August 2010