By now you may realize—because all of the body’s systems are interconnected—that there is usually more than one cause con-tributing to your fatigue. When one of your body’s systems is out of balance (if, for example, your HPA axis is malfunctioning be-cause of chronic stress), then other systems (like your
High cholesterol can have wide-ranging effects—both direct and indirect—on your heart and several other organs served by your vascular system. As cholesterol builds in the arteries of your heart, brain, and throughout your body, it usually does so silently. In some cases, the first signs of atherosclerosis may be a
A good night’s rest actually may start hours before your bedtime by choosing foods that promote high-quality sleep and avoiding those that can interfere with your shut-eye. Two components of foods that are shown to be most helpful in improving sleep quality are melatonin and tryptophan.
Melatonin. Melatonin is a well-known sleep
Cruciferous vegetables are high in several nutrients and can play a significant role in maintaining your health. These vegetables, which include cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, kohlrabi, cauliflower, turnips, collard greens, watercress, radishes, and rutabaga, “are a rich source of fiber, vitamins A, C, K, and folate, and minerals like
The Folklore. Kale has aged well. In its youth, some 4,000 years ago, kale grew wildly in the Mediterranean region before being cultivated by Greeks, Romans, and Europeans, who brought it to the Americas in the 16th century. It built a reputation as a hardy, easy to grow cold weather
Is life going by too fast? Do you have trouble noticing—let alone appreciating—life’s moments? Do you find it hard to manage your mind as it races from one thought to another—or gets carried away by recurrent thought patterns? Cultivating mindfulness can help.
What is mindfulness? Jon Kabat-Zinn, creator of Mindfulness-Based Stress
Shingles pain can be debilitating for seniors. I experienced the effects of shingles several years ago, and it’s something I’d rather not repeat. I hope that sharing my personal experience will encourage you to get vaccinated or, if not, to recognize the symptoms of shingles early enough to benefit from
The Glycemic Index (GI) is a rating system that measures how much a carbohydrate-containing food raises your blood-sugar levels. The lower a food is on the GI, the lower the effect on your blood sugar. Low-glycemic foods also can reduce your risk for depression.
The standardized Glycemic Index ranges from 0
BPH is known by a number of names, among them enlarged prostate, benign prostatic hyperplasia, and benign prostatic hypertrophy. But, what is hypertrophy?
Hypertrophy is the process by which a cell grows beyond its normal size and causes tissue growth. Some forms of hypertrophy are positive–as when your muscles grow in
The feasting of the holidays is gone and thoughts tend toward healthier eating. Set yourself up for success by making over your pantry. Shelves filled with flavorful items and flexible staples can help you prepare delicious, healthy meals more quickly and easily.
“Stock up on non-perishable items that have the fewest ingredients