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3. Your Cognitive Health

The mind-body connection is a strong one and just as strength-training has been shown to improve cognitive function, tending to your mental well-being can benefit your physical health. Maintaining an active, engaged mind and positive mental outlook can help you live a fuller life and lower your risk of certain

“Exergaming”: Can It Boost Your Brainpower?

“Exergaming”: Can It Boost Your Brainpower?

Combining physical exercise with video games can help boost motivation when it comes to getting enough physical activity, but “exergaming” isn’t just for kids—it may benefit adults, too. In a recent small study, older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) who played exergames—video games that double as exercise—experienced improvements when

Lewy Body Dementia Symptoms: How They Differ from Alzheimer’s Symptoms

Lewy Body Dementia Symptoms: How They Differ from Alzheimer’s Symptoms

Lewy body dementia symptoms are often confused for signs of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Both conditions are characterized by declines in thinking skills, and both can lead to mood changes and difficulty communicating. But while AD always results in significant memory loss, Lewy body dementia doesn’t always cause serious memory problems.

Brain Fog: What It Can Tell Us About Our Health

Brain Fog: What It Can Tell Us About Our Health

Ahh, brain fog. Why do you toy with me so? The other day I looked everywhere for my car keys. I was rushing so I could drop off my kids at school (finally!) when I realized they were missing (the keys, not the kids). I searched frantically: the kitchen, the

Welcome to Your Thyroid

The thyroid gets blamed for a lot of things—especially weight gain—and a quick internet search will turn up all sorts of information about foods to include—or exclude—for a healthy thyroid. But, what exactly does your thyroid do, and are these nutrition claims for real?
What Does the Thyroid Do?
The thyroid is

COPD Prognosis: What to Do When It Worsens

COPD Prognosis: What to Do When It Worsens

One of the lung problem symptoms people in the last stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may experience, according to the standard COPD GOLD classification, is a low level of oxygen in their blood. This condition is called hypoxemia, and can cause increased difficulty breathing, and further impair the ability

Coconut Water: Can Drinking Too Much Be Dangerous?

Coconut Water: Can Drinking Too Much Be Dangerous?

Editor’s note: When used safely, coconut water benefits can include lowering blood pressure and boosting hydration. Below, we discuss coconut water disadvantages; to learn more about the benefits of drinking coconut water daily, click here.

One of the best-known coconut water benefits, an uncommonly high amount of potassium, is also the

Glioblastoma: Understanding an Aggressive Form of Brain Cancer

Glioblastoma: Understanding an Aggressive Form of Brain Cancer

Glioblastoma is a relatively rare brain cancer that affects 3 of 100,000 people in the United States. Pronounced “gly-oh blass toh mah,” it develops in star-shaped cells called astrocytes (see sidebar below) that spread quickly to other parts of the brain or spinal cord but not to other parts of

10. Beverages with Benefits

Foods aren’t the only way to get important nutrients as you age—certain beverages also can contribute beneficial nutrients. You can think of these beverages as a form of “liquid plants,” since they are derived from plants and retain many of their sources’ healthy nutrients, especially the phytonutrients. The most convincing

This Is Your Brain on Vitamin D

Natural vitamin D production is an elegant idea: Spend time outside and your body will simply soak up what it needs directly from the sun. For people who spent most of their time outdoors and live near the equator, it works beautifully, but for office workers in Minnesota and most

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