When we think about depression, lack of motivation, or difficulty focusing and concentrating, the well-known brain chemical (neurotransmitter) serotonin often comes to mind. While it’s true that serotonin deficiency is a problem for many people with depression and other mental health issues, researchers have known for years that other neurotransmitters
Are you besieged by fatigue plus one or more nagging other problems, such as insomnia, weight gain, or depression? If so, you could be suffering from adrenal fatigue.
Specific lab tests are available to confirm an adrenal dysfunction problem, but just knowing the typical adrenal fatigue symptoms is often quite
You already know to avoid added sugars, but now the evidence is mounting that another type of carbohydrate may also be implicated in weight gain and diabetes risk—starch. That’s tricky, because identifying high-starch foods requires doing a little arithmetic on the Nutrition Facts label (see box). But the health rewards
Continuing to exercise as you age really can make a difference. Researchers reported in the journal Circulation that even people in their 70s have much lower risk of stroke and heart attack with regular moderate exercise such as walking.
“When older men and women were more active, they did much better—especially
The Benefits of Activity
We’ve seen how smart dietary choices can help protect your brain against age-related decline. But the truth is that the most important lifestyle changes you make for your brain happen between meals: To maximize your chances of maintaining peak brain power as you age, increase your level
Q: Are sweet potatoes better for you than white potatoes?
A: Potatoes come in many different shapes, sizes and colors and offer an array of nutrients at an affordable price. Recent research in the journal PLoS One in May 2013 revealed that potatoes offered the most nutrition-al bang for the buck,
To gain the most health rewards from your diet, prepare the bulk of your foods yourself. By doing your own cooking and putting some thought into a healthy eating plan, you can control what goes into your food and what doesn’t.
Fast-food establishments and even upscale restaurants typically serve up
Researchers from Warwick University, UK, and Fudan University, China, have identified the areas of the brain that are affected by depression.
At any given time, more than one out of 20 Americans 12 years of age and older report moderate to severe depressive symptoms, according to CDC statistics from 2009-2012. Almost
“Eat your vegetables” is oft-repeated advice at the dinner table, but how many times do you hear it at breakfast? While vegetables are not typically at the forefront of Americans’ minds when it comes to the first meal of the day, it can be an ideal opportunity to improve your
Your health habits today can impact your health decades into the future. These are the findings from a new German study published in Psychology of Sport and Exercise (January, 2014). In the study, about 500 men and women were followed from 1992 to 2010. The scientists analyzed many factors that