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The “Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay” or MIND diet is essentially the combination of two proven healthy diets, the DASH and Mediterranean, but it places an extra emphasis on optimizing brain health. Research has shown that it may lower your risk for mental decline over time and perhaps even reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s disease – even if you fail to rigidly stick to the (there is room for cheat days). It was developed by ScD. Martha Morris, a nutritional epidemiologist at Rush University Medical Center, through a study funded by the National Institute on Aging. Morris' team examined the food intake of 923 seniors over 4 ½ years.
It seems like current research concerning fat intake and heart disease risk coming from the highest echelons of the scientific community is still producing fluctuating conclusions. Recently, adages such as “butter is back” may have been seen when pursuing article headlines - suggesting that previous findings related to saturated fat intake may have over-suggested the associated risk for promoting cardiovascular disease. However, a study recently published in The BMJ concluded that saturated fat found in butter, red meat, frying oils, bacon and various other staples of the common carnivore’s diet does still appear to increase the risk of coronary artery disease. Harvard researchers analyzed health and dietary data from >115,000 people for over two decades and noted that higher intakes of the most common saturated fats - lauric acid, myristic acid, palmitic acid and stearic acid - were associated with an increase in the risk of coronary artery disease of up to 18%.
As most people have begun or at least contemplated taking on their new year’s resolutions, gyms have become more crowded with those who decide to take on fitness-related improvements to their lives. Recent research has identified an interesting element to the New Year’s start and stop pattern. Most will maintain participation for 5-6 weeks, the next attrition period occurs at 12 weeks and the rest fade by May.
Why do people procrastinate? Wouldn’t it be easier to simply address each issue or responsibility as they present in a timely manner. Case and point: Holiday exercise habits. Many people will make New Year’s resolutions to exercise and plan on it well before the Holiday season. But why wait? Why not start immediately and help mediate the additional Holiday pounds? According to scientists the problem lies in the way the brain processes thought. Human brains seem to be programmed for procrastination; it is interesting because it’s an exchange process that generally benefits the body (psychologically, physically or emotionally). Task driven aptitude provides future benefits in return for effort in the present. If you do a little now the benefits later are greater (e.g., regular exercise, saving for retirement). However, most people succumb to distraction and avoidance until the risk of not executing outweighs the benefit of the task or action.
It is almost the New Year, and gyms are hiring. Owners and fitness managers are going to need to retain trainers to meet the increased demand as new members flock to local studios and health clubs during the winter and spring of 2017. While personality and knowing the right person at the right time will certainly increase your chances of being hired at a facility, there are a variety of other necessities that a “Trainer-for-Hire” should have organized. From updating your resume, to ensuring you have your paperwork ready - the following list of steps can be used to assist you in your hunt for the right job this New Year.
For some, chronic stress seems to be a way of life. There are those that always feel overwhelmed or perceive each day as an epic struggle. For some, psychological disorders may indeed have a major impact on their perception of the world around them - but for most, stress is self-inflicted. Perception of consequence is a key driver but stress may be caused by negative environments, poor decision making, inefficient routines or reactive responses due to lack of insight or poor planning. The holiday season adds further duress, with much due to expectations – added seasonal costs, family responsibilities, travel, and event planning can add significant quantities of stress to an already full plate.
November is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month as observationally evident via social media posts for “Movember”. Men who grow out their mustache (often in unique fashions) post their refined visage with efforts to draw likes and attention to one of the most common forms of cancer. Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer among American men. It is estimated 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
Most people know that excess sugar intake is unhealthy and certainly presents consequences beyond the waistline. The physiological problems associated with high sugar intake may be more significant than many people think. On average, Americans consume as much as 26% of their total diet from sugar. With more than a quarter of the diet derived from simple sources it wreaks havoc on the normal metabolic system. In fact, one large cohort study demonstrated that participants who took in 25% or more of their daily calories as sugar were more than twice as likely to die from heart disease as those whose diets included less than 10% added sugar.