We’ve all heard “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” But is it?
A statement from the American Heart Association indicates it might be. Their researchers found that we metabolize foods differently at different times of the time. They found that people who eat within two hours of waking had lower heart disease risk factor compared to those who skip breakfast.

The Association cautions that these results are not conclusive because researchers did no further study to determine if people who ate a healthy breakfast also had other health habits that contributed to their lower risk factors.

Nonetheless, the report offered these general guidelines to lower your chances for heart disease and type-2 diabetes:

  1. Stick to a meal routine. Don’t eat whenever or change you schedule from day to day/
  2. Schedule your snacking. Just as with meals, planning and timing your snacks can help keep you from indulging in too much junk food.
  3. Eat less at night. It’s easier for your body to process sugar earlier in the day.
  4. Eliminate late night snacks altogether. Overnight, your metabolism is at its slowest. Throwing in more calories during this time is asking for trouble.

Few people realize that it IS possible to overdose on certain vitamins. Here's a few you might want to watch out for:

Vitamin B6: More than 100mg a day might cause nerve damage

Vitamin C: One study indicated that consuming high doses of Vitamin C increases the risk of developing kidney stones among men

Vitamin D: Taking over 10,000 IUs a day may lead to problems like loss of appetite and kidney problems

As always, consult your medical professional about any vitamins you may be taking.

Our teeth get more sensitive to things like hot and cold foods as we age. That’s because, like it or not, your gums will recede as you grow older.

Here are some tips to combat that:

  • Use a “Sensitive Toothpaste”
  • Avoid Acidic Food – Like orange juice and tomatoes
  • Don’t Brush So Hard!
  • Avid “Whitening Toothpastes – They can be very abrasive

The World Health Organization has news about coffee.

First, the bad news. There is evidence to suggest that drinking any hot beverages at or above 140 degrees Fahrenheit may increase the risk of esophageal cancer.

Now, the good news, as long as it's below 140 degrees, there doesn't appear to be any cancer risk from drinking coffee.

A new study indicates that a diet rich in vitamin C can cut the risk of developing cataracts in people over 40 by 33%.

Researchers stress that the benefits does NOT come from popping vitamin C tablets, but from natural food sources, such as citrus fruit and dark green vegetables.

Bon appétit!

 

 

 

As we grow older, many of us begin experiencing trouble sleeping through the night. If you find yourself waking up in the dark multiple times during the night, try these “sleep hacks” to getting a good night’s rest:

  1. Stay in the Dark – If you do wake up, don’t turn on a light, check your cell phone, or get up to watch TV. This can mess up your internal clock and make you more likely to wake up at the same time the next night.
  2. Upgrade Your Bedding – Is your pillow worn out or uncomfortable? How long has it been since you replaced your mattress? New bedding may be your ticket to dreamland!
  3. Stick to a Schedule – Our internal clocks are not as adjustable as they once were. Try and keep your bed time and the time you rise the same – 7 days a week. (No matter how tempting it may be to sleep in on Saturday morning.)

Mentioning that we should eat healthier is something we all know. But what other things can you do to help stay you stay “in the pink?”

  1. Regular Doctor Visits – Don’t wait until something’s wrong. See your doctor regularly. They may detect something that’s easy to deal with – provide it’s caught early.
  2. Manage Your Meds – As we get older, there are often more medicines we find our selves taking. On those regularly scheduled tips to your doctor, make sure you review your medications with him or her.
  3. Sleep – Getting a complete night’s rest make be more challenging as we age. Experts say dimming the lights in the hours before bed time as well as a cool , quiet bedroom can help you get the sleep you need.
  4. Socialize – Visiting friends or relatives (or having them visit you) helps you stay connected to the world and is shown to improve your attitude, which is related to your health.
  5. Don’t Neglect Your Eyes or Teeth – In addition to visits to your primary care physician, make sure you visit the optometrist and dentist regularly as well.

Believe it or not, your cell phone can cause back pain!

If you're on the phone for long periods of time, bending your neck to cradle to phone or read all those text messages can add up to 60 pounds of additional stress to your back!

Experts recommend two things to combat this:

1.) Invest in ear buds and wear them during long conversations. That way, you don't have hold the phone near your ear.

2.) Keep your head up and your eyes down when reading texts.

No, really!

Walking can boost your memory as you get older.

Researchers have found that people who walk between 6 and 9 miles a week had a lower risk of memory loss.

So you’ve finally decided you want to get in shape. Your plan is to join a gym and reclaim that hard body you had at 25. Good for you! But here’s a tip.

Gym owners tell us that a large percentage of new gym members only last about a month before their visits start to trail off and then stop all together.

Before you make a long term financial commitment, test your resolve. Find a gym that will either charge you per visit or allow you to go month to month with no long term contract. If you’re still going strong after a few weeks, then you might want to consider signing up for the long haul.

We pretty sure you’ve probably never heard of “oil pulling.”

It’s a practice that comes from ancient India that involves swirling coconut or sesame oil in your mouth for 20 minutes a day. Studies show that the oil “pulls” bacteria from the mouth.

There are those who also claim it whitens teeth, but there is no current research to back up that claim.

Page 5 of 9

Pop Up Player

Latest Posts–Health & Wellness

  • Taking the Burn Out of Heartburn
    As we get older, sadly, we can’t eat like we once did and heartburn may become a problem, particularly during the nighttime hours. The experts say these foods can be part of the problem: Caffeine…
  • A Weight Loss Solution, By Gum!
    Worried about packing on a few pounds this holiday season? Research has shown people who chew sugarless gum throughout the morning consumed 67 fewer calories at lunch and then never make up the difference over…
  • This Week's Health Tip
    If you’re taking a blood thinner, avoid fish oil supplements. Those supplements can also thin the blood. If you like eating fish, don’t worry. Fish that we eat contain very small amounts of fish oil,…
  • Beating the 4 AM Blues
    Many us find sleeping all the way through the night more of a challenge than we did a few years ago. Here are some of the most common cause…and cures! Eating Too Close to Bedtime…
    Read more...
  • Stop Heartburn!
    Waking up in the middle of the night with heartburn? Relax! It could be your diet. Cut down on these foods and see if that doesn't make a difference: Alcohol Chocolate Tomatoes Citrus Fruit Spicy…
  • We're Not Your Mother, But...
    Have you been keeping up with all your vaccinations? Experts estimate that nearly 66% of Baby Boomers over 65 have not yet had their shingles vaccine. More than 40% haven't had a tetanus booster in…