That nutrition plays a central role in our health is no secret. After all, the old adage “you are what you eat” acknowledges how important nutrition is for our well-being. This concept is taking on an added dimension as research demonstrates the impact of diet on sleep. It is estimated that nearly one-third of Americans suffer from insomnia and related sleeping problems. Dietary problems are also abundant with an obesity rate in America hovering near 40%. Researchers studying both of these public health problems have noted a strong link between sleep and obesity, and there is strong reason to believe that improving diet can improve sleep and vice versa. A detailed article on the subject of food and sleep has been published at sleephelp.org. It talks about specific diets, review foods that can help and hinder sleep, and answer many frequently asked questions about nutrition and sleep.
The sleeping beauty diet attempts to address hunger not with eating but with sleeping, adhering to the idea that time spent sleeping is time not spent taking in calories. In order to accomplish this, many followers of this diet use sleep aids or painkillers to sleep for as many as 20 hours per day. For much more... visit sleephelp.org for the detailed article on Dieting And Sleep.
Everyone knows kale is the superfood of the day. And spinach has been known for years to be one as well. But how about other veggies? How well do you know the “not-so-famous” greens? Here is an infographic with some great information. Full post...
There’s nothing better than getting your hands dirty and reaping the rewards of your hard work, especially when it comes from the garden. Organic, home grown fruits and vegetables are free of pesticides and other chemicals that can damage our bodies over time.
There are different ways to accommodate growing a garden even if you don’t have a lot of space for a dedicated garden plot.
Raised garden beds are gaining in popularity, and for good reasons. You don’t need to have a lot of ground space in which to cultivate the garden, and keeping the whole setup off the ground not only provides good drainage but helps keep pests, like snails and slugs, away from the crops. The sides of the vegetable bed also help keep the soil from eroding or being washed away due to heavy rainfall. Keeping the garden raised also means you can have a longer growing season because you are able to plant earlier and the soil will be well-drained and...
Telomeres, what are they? Before I talk about what telomeres are, what they do and what their connection is to meditation, let me ask you: Do you meditate? If yes, that’s great. If not, have you thought about it? Or is this concept so foreign to you that maybe you feel a bit uncomfortable with the idea?
The practice of daily mediation appears to be far removed from mainstream science. And yet, at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), a team of biochemists is immersed in a study about how meditation affects our physical health. Not what you would expect mainstream western science to be doing. Here is a recap of findings from the research at UCSF. Full post...
Did you know that March 12 – 18 was Brain Health Awareness week? In recognition of this very important subject, we thought it would be beneficial to share with you some helpful tips on managing your brain health.
There’s very little your doctor can give you to keep your memory sharp and ward off dementia. Our brain matter shrinks as we age, and this loss of volume has been linked to memory and cognitive deficits. (Brain size matters!!) While researchers are desperately searching for cures for neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, the best advice anyone can give you is to eat foods, herbs/spices that support brain health and to live an active lifestyle. The saying “healthy brain, happy life” is spot on! Without a healthy brain, finding happiness in life can be a huge challenge.
So today we are going to share with you some tips on how to keep your brain healthy and happy.
The biggest one is FOOD. Here are some of the top brain foods you should include in your diet. Full article with a list of all Brain foods...
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