The Power Of Sleep – Better Than Winning The Lottery

Improving the quality of your sleep can make you feel as good as winning the lottery, a new study suggests. British researchers analyzed the slumber patterns of more than 30,500 people over the course of four years and found those who made positive changes in their sleep habits were significantly happier and healthier. In fact, researchers said, the mental and physical advantages of better sleep were similar to improvements observed in British lottery winners two years after they’ve hit a $250,000 jackpot, reports ScienceDaily.com. It’s estimated that more than one-third of adults in the U.S. don’t get enough sleep, which puts them at higher risk of developing diabetes, obesity, depression, and other chronic health issues. Are you one of the many people that occasionally has problems sleeping? You should know that Melatonin is important for your body’s sleep cycle and supports restful sleep patterns. Melatonin is a natural hormone made by your (Read More)

NSAID’s Link to Heart Attacks

Many people don’t think twice before taking painkillers to ease everyday aches and pains. But new research adds to mounting evidence that commonly used non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) – such as Advil, Motrin, and Aleve- could substantially increase the risk of heart attack. Canadian and Europe researchers’ pooled data  from several studies on 446,000 people ages 40 to 79. They found that taking NSAIDs for just one week increased the risk of heart attack by up to 53 percent. The risk depends on the drug, and climbs over time and at higher doses. The study doesn’t prove NSAIDs cause heart attacks, and the absolute risk of suffering a cardiac episode after taking the drugs remains small. But lead author Michele Bally says the finding should encourage patients to discuss their needs with a doctor. “People are often not aware of their own baseline cardiovascular risk,” she tells The New (Read More)

Speaking of Our Diet – Wine & Dementia Risk

There is volumes of research demonstrating the positive health benefits of moderate wine consumption. It is important to note that Resveratrol is found in the skin of red grapes. Malbec has a thick skin and contains much resveratrol. Vine grapes grown in cooler climates have higher resveratrol levels than those from warmer climes (such as California and Spain). The varieties with most resveratrol in the wine include malbec, petite sirah, st. laurent and pinot noir.

95% of Our Population is Deficient in Iodine

Did you know that an estimated 95% of our population is deficient in Iodine? Do you suffer from lack of energy, headaches, irritability, muscle cramps, hair loss, brittle nails, cold hands and feet or muscle weakness? These are all symptoms of Hypothyroidism associated with low levels of Iodine.

Omega-3 Deficiency Cause Nearly 100,000 Deaths a Year

The science behind omega-3 fatty acids is more compelling than ever. How critical is our need for enough omega-3 fatty acids? Extremely critical, according to a report in the Public Library of Science Medicine Journal. Harvard researchers looked at twelve dietary, lifestyle and metabolic risk factors such as tobacco smoking and high blood pressure and used a mathematical model to determine how many fatalities could have been prevented if people took control of their health.

Low Vitamin D Linked to Mobility Loss and Potential Disabilities

Despite what traditional medicine has preached for years, emerging science has removed all doubt that regular, unfiltered sunlight exposure, which helps promote and maintain optimal blood levels of vitamin D, plays a critical role in health promotion and disease prevention. And a recent study published in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Science further confirms this, having found that inadequate blood levels of vitamin D can lead to decreased mobility and even disablement, particularly among the elderly.

Stressed Out? Cheer Up – 17 Reasons It Is Great To Be Alive Today

The great comedian Jackie Gleason once quipped, “The past remembers a lot better than it lived.”  Honestly, there is much truth in this statement. It is easy to get overwhelmed with the frenetic pace of our non-stop world and even the nightly news is a source of fear and trepidation when we see the seemingly endless carnage and despair in so many corners of the world. But it is also helpful to be reminded that our world and society is in many ways much better than years past. If you are feeling overwhelmed, there are healthy, natural ways to deal with stress.