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Some Facts About IQ

Feb 21 2014

Many of you may have heard in the news recently about the young Arizona girl who became the youngest member of the Arizona Mensa chapter. Very impressive for this young lady with the big IQ! Have you ever wondered how your IQ defines (or doesn’t define) how smart you are in the grand scheme of things?  Click on over to CNN to learn what your IQ really means, what it doesn’t mean, and how it can change over time.

If you think your brain power needs a boost, visit the Huffington Post website to read Boosting Brain Power: 8 Ways To Sharpen Your Mind.  You might be surprised to learn how bustling coffee shops or bubble gum can accelerate your mind.

Best Diets for 2014

Jan 09 2014

It is a new year, so many of us are once again focused on a healthier lifestyle after the holidays.  With that said, do you know which diet is the best for your health?  If you want to do some research on your own, check out the Best Diets of 2014, as named by US News & World Report.  This report provides the breakdown on the best overall diets, as well as diets designed for specific needs, such as heart-health, vegetarian, diabetes, and more. 

In regards to diabetes, Time Magazine’s Healthland features a story on how the Mediterranean Diet Alone Can Fight Diabetes.  This latest research is great news because the diet is already linked to lowering the risk for heart disease and helping prevent memory loss. 

Before starting a new plan, you should consult with your doctor to talk about which diet best fills your dietary needs.

Cold and Flu Facts

Jan 07 2014

It is that time of year again, when the temperatures drop and the cold and flu count rises.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at whether the “weather” affects your risk for catching a cold.  Click on over to CNN to read the facts.

Next, raise your health knowledge even more by reading 12 Cold and Flu Myths on Parents.com.  This provides useful information about flu shots, fever, and more. 

Finally, visit Health.com to learn 14 Ways to Avoid Colds and Flus. Discover ways to lower your risk for illness.

Stay well!

Latest Alzheimer’s News

Oct 17 2013

Alzheimer’s Disease continues to be a mystery.  There is still so much to learn about diagnosing and treating, but researchers continue to work towards finding answers and a cure.  Recently, two separate studies researched blood and spinal fluid levels in search of early detection.  You can read more about both of these studies on Time Magazine’s Healthland website in the article, Early Warning: Detecting Alzheimer’s in the Blood and Brain Before Memory Loss.

Be sure to also check out on Huffington Post the article, Mediterranean Diet Boosts Brain Functioning, Lowers Alzheimer’s Risk.  Once again, the Mediterranean Diet provides amazing health benefits.  Previous research links this diet to a lower diabetes risk, better heart health, weight loss, and more!  With that said, be sure that your shopping cart always has plenty of fresh fruit and veggies, olive oil, and fish rich in omega-3’s.

Ways to Live Longer

Aug 26 2013

A long life isn’t guaranteed, but you can certainly take steps to improve your health and help your chances.  One fabulous way to live longer is by volunteering.  A recent review found that people who volunteer their time and services to others can reduce their mortality rate.  They believe that a large part of this is related to socializing, which brings several health benefits including a lower dementia riskRead more about these fantastic findings on Time Magazine’s Healthland website at this link.

Next, click on over to MSN Healthy Living to learn the Superfoods for a Long and Healthy Life.  This collection, provided by Health.com, reminds us of many of the things we should already be eating, plus you may even learn of a few more items to include in your diet.

Finally, remember that it is important to take care of your outer body to keep you looking younger as you age.  Health.com shares 8 Steps to Healthy Skin at Every Age, so find out how to prevent wrinkles, dryness, and more.

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