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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Did You Know?

Tea is a great food for health!

  • Tea, without sugar or honey, only has two calories per cup.

  • Steeping tea for three to five minutes produces the most antioxidants.

  • Milk in your tea doesn't reduce the tea's health benefits.

  • The maximum amount of antioxidants contained in tea comes from brewing loose leaves or from tea bags. (Tea in powders or bottles has little or no helpful antioxidants!)

  • Tea in products applied to the skin has little or no health enhancing properties.

  • Teas, especially white and green teas, can help with the following: Stimulate mental clarity, reduce the risk of certain cancers, reduce the risk of heart disease, lower blood sugar levels, help prevent viral infections, help prevent bad breath, and help prevent tooth decay.

  • Also, because the water used in tea is boiled, this makes tea safer to drink than tap water.

Tip of the Month

Dietary Changes May Help ADHD.

Also: Consumption Of This Is Linked To Depression.

You are what you eat. This is not just a catchy saying - it is the absolute truth. Yet, most people ignore this "truth" and suffer from preventable diseases, aches and pains. Most seem to think it is easier to eat junk and take a pill later. There is always a miracle medicine to save you, isn't there? The truth of the matter is...

No, There Isn't.

It is abundantly clear and becoming clearer each and every day that taking medication is no substitute for eating right, exercising and practicing proper maintenance care. Clearly, having your teeth pulled and replacing them with dental implants is no replacement for brushing and flossing your teeth and going to the dentist for routine check-ups. Eating fat, sugar and processed foods for 40 years and then thinking a drug or surgery is going to save you is even more foolish. Here is some research on what you and your children eat that you find very interesting.

Study #1: What You Eat and ADHD

A recent study found putting children with ADHA on a restrictive diet to eliminate possible, unknown food allergies decreased hyperactivity for 64 percent of kids. In the study, 41 kids completed the elimination diet and 32 saw decreased symptoms. Here's a really important part: When certain foods thought to be "triggers" for each child were reintroduced, most of the children relapsed. The elimination diet, which lasted 5 weeks, consisted predominantly of rice, white meat and some vegetables. Among 50 kids given a "control" diet that was just a standard, healthy diet for children, significant changes were not noted. Due to the results, lead author of the study and a psychiatrist at the Nijmegan Medical Centre, Jan Buitelaar, recommended the elimination diet become part of the standard of care for children with ADHD.

Here's An Important Note About This Study

Many doctors frown upon the elimination diet, not because of its results, but because it is "difficult". Because it is perceived to be hard and many won't do it, it is tossed aside for an easier approach. Of course, it is "easier" to take medications, but is the easiest approach usually the best?

Study #2: Eating This Increases Depression Risk

According to Dr. Joseph Mercola's health blog, "Consumption of trans fats can increase your risk of depression, according to new research. However, healthier fats may actually reduce your risk." Participants in the study with the highest level of trans fat consumption had up to a 48% increase in the risk of depression.

Study #3: Report Says Energy Drinks Unhealthy

According to a new report published in the Journal of Pediatrics, popular energy drinks may be harmful to children's health. These risks are amplified if the child has diabetes, ADHD or a heart condition. The report also stated that 30-50% of children consume these drinks and they do not substantially increase performance of energy levels. Sales of products such as Red Bull, Full Throttle, Monster Energy and Rockstar are expected to reach about $9 billion in the U.S. this year, with children and young adults under 25 providing most of the revenue. Because these drinks are considered supplements, they are not regulated by the FDA.

Remember, we're always here to help your body heal and maintain the health you deserve.

How 55-80 Year Olds Increased The Size Of Their Brains!

Scientific Study Shows How You Can Stay Mentally Sharp As You Age

How would you like to have a bigger, more powerful brain?

Sadly, the hippocampus, a part of the brain key to memory and sepcial navigation, is known to shrink as we age.

This shrinkage starts in late adulthood and is responsible for memory loss and impairment.

Now, There is New Hope

According to the Los Angeles Times, a new study published by the Journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has revealed, "a program of aerobic exercise, over the course of a year, can increase the size of the hippocampus... in adults ages 55-80."

In the study, 120 people from ages 55-80 who did not exercise previously were split into 2 groups; 60 were put into an aerobic exercise program that consisted of walking around a track . days a week for 40 minutes per session; and the other 60 did a program consisting of stretching and weights.

Results: According to the Los Angeles Times article, "The group doing aerobic exercise had increases in hippocampus volume: up 2.12% in the left hippocampus, and 1.97% in the right hippocampus. The stretching group, on the other hand, had decreased hippocampus volume: down 1.40% on the left and 1.43% on the right."

What's important to note is the article said it is never too late to start and it suggested that some very simple exercise programs may be a cost-effective way to treat a widespread health problem, without the side effects of medication.