Some of the Things They Said Were Good For Us… and Some of the Things We Were Told to Avoid

Some of the things they said were good for us… Nature Walks can make you healthier and happier by driving out obsessive, negative thoughts. A Stanford University study found that strolling in a natural setting decreases activity in the subgenual prefrontal cortex, a brain region particularly active during rumination. “It was pretty striking that a 90-minute walk had this much of an impact,” says author Gregory Bratman. For people with a tendency to brood, interrupting an endless stream of negative thoughts reduces the risk for depression and other mental illnesses. Green spaces may also make kids smarter. A separate study of roughly 2,600 fourth-graders in Barcelona found that those with greater exposure to nature were more attentive and experienced a 5 percent increase in working memory. Awe-inspiring experiences can help you live longer. Gazing out over the Grand Canyon or beholding an artistic masterpiece can trigger positive emotions with immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory effects (Read More)

Drowsiness Linked to Dementia

Persistent daytime drowsiness may be a warning sign for Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests. During sleep, the brain clears away clumps of a sticky protein linked to dementia, called amyloid. It’s well known that people with Alzheimer’s often have trouble sleeping. To examine the link between amyloid deposits and sleep, Mayo Clinic researchers surveyed 283 older people without dementia about their sleep habits and monitored their brains for amyloid buildup over a period of seven years. They found those who reported trouble sleeping, with frequent daytime sleepiness, were more likely to show rapid amyloid plaque accumulation than those who didn’t. Study author Prashanthi Vemuri tells Time​.com that the results highlight the importance of proper sleep. “It can prevent amyloid, which is one of the primary proteins underlying Alzheimer’s disease,” he says.

Depression & Vitamin D

The large volume of research regarding vitamin D continues to grow. Despite the overwhelming emerging science that has brought Vitamin D (specifically vitamin D3 found in our Dense Bone formula) to the forefront of nutritional health – a whopping 77% of the population is lacking in sufficient vitamin D. The link between low levels of vitamin D and depression are garnering increased attention because of the growing prevalence of depression in our society.

Essential Nutrients for a Happy and Healthy Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be overwhelming and full of stress, but it is vital that you get the essential nutrients to ensure that your baby is healthy and that you stay happy. While there is no magic potion that will give you everything you need, a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains will keep you and your baby healthy and happy. Folate and folic acid, which are B vitamins, are important for the development of a baby’s brain and spinal cord. Diets rich in folate and folic acid decrease the chances of low birth weight and premature deliveries. Mayo Clinic suggests that you get 800 micrograms of folate or folic acid each day. You can get these nutrients from peanuts, beans, orange, spinach and fortified cereals. Calcium is another essential nutrient that you and your baby need. specifically for strong teeth and a strong skeletal system. An average (Read More)