Archive for the 'Whole Body Health' Category
When we were younger, getting sufficient physical activity just came with being a kid. We played outside with friends, ran around during recess, participated in organized sports, and attended physical education classes. But as we age, we tend to become less physically active, only exercising at prescheduled times for a run, at the gym, or [..]
While the advice to take 10,000 steps a day stems from a pedometer marketing campaign and did not originate from published research, it’s clear that a more active lifestyle (i.e. more steps per day) is better than a sedentary lifestyle. But what about the shoes we place on our feet when taking those steps? Are [..]
Music can have a variety of effects on an individual from altering their mood to triggering a memory. But did you know that music can also play a role in protecting the brain and helping it function?
In 2020, the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) gathered a panel of experts to examine the latest [..]
While nuts make for a tasty snack, they are also a great source of nutrients that are linked to better health. In January 2022, the American College of Cardiology reported that nuts contain healthy fats, protein, vitamins, and minerals, and regular nut consumption can reduce the risk of heart disease by up to 14%. Not [..]
For decades, the public has been told to avoid whole milk and other foods containing full-fat dairy products because such fare will clog arteries and promote cardiovascular disease. A trip around the grocery store will show many food products labeled as low-fat or fat-free. Even today, the American Heart Association warns us about this on [..]
Cholesterol is a type of lipid—or fat—that’s used by the body to build healthy cells. When transported through the blood, cholesterol is generally attached to a protein, creating a lipoprotein. There are two main types of lipoprotein, low-density and high-density, which are also referred to as the bad and good forms of cholesterol, respectively.
We all know we need to regularly exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle, but many don’t because they feel that they don’t have enough time in the day to work out. In recent years, a form of exercise called high-intensity interval training (HIIT) has gained attention in both gyms and the scientific literature as [..]
When one spends time in nature, it can be surprising how quiet the world can be and just how much noise we’ve grown accustomed to in our day-to-day lives. But what we may not understand is that some noises can be more than a nuisance and can actually be harmful to health.
An article published [..]
If there was one prescription that could reduce the severity or even prevent dozens of diseases—including diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, obesity, osteoporosis, some cancers, depression, and dementia—and it also had a low risk for adverse effects, who wouldn’t consider it? Good news. There is such a prescription. It’s EXERCISE!
In addition to better cardiovascular [..]
For centuries, people have reached for a cup of coffee to help focus the mind, but according to a study published in 2021, a morning cup of java could have the opposite effect.
Researchers recruited 32 habitual coffee drinkers and 24 non-coffee drinkers and asked them to complete questionnaires used to measure stress, anxiety, and [..]