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Exercise for the BRAIN

Friday, November 16, 2012

Dr Mercola puts out all sorts of health and fitness information. Today it is about ways to protect and help your brain (and related to alzheimer's). Here is an excerpt:

"Three Major Requirements for Brain Power

Cognitive changes related to aging are actually related more to today’s diet and lifestyle, rather than to the aging process itself. As you age, the cumulative effects of environmental toxins, exposure to free radicals, poor nutrition, stress and other factors take their toll on your body. What has been called “age-related cognitive decline” is really an accumulation of this damage to your cells. But this cognitive decay is NOT set in stone!

There are three primary factors that play a powerful role in maintaining sharp mental function, even as you age:

Regular exercise
The foods you choose to eat or avoid
Managing your emotional stress

The latest studies, discussed in the following section, really underscore just how important exercise is in order for your brain to function optimally. You already know how important it is to “exercise” your brain by learning new skills, adopting new and varied daily routines, and engaging in creative activities. Such mental and social exercises stimulate brain activity and promote new neural connections. However, physical exercise is even more important than mental exercise, when it comes to protecting your brain from cognitive decline."

The headline is "Forget Crosswords, this is the Best "Workout For Your Brain."
I think it is good information for all of us! Have a look for yourself.

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TATTER3 11/17/2012 7:37AM

    It all works together!

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CADDYBROWN 11/16/2012 6:58PM

    Very interesting. I definitely need to get more greens in this body. Thanks for sharing the article.

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SUGARSMOM2 11/16/2012 2:44PM

  love this site . good reading .

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MOMOSG 11/16/2012 10:05AM

    I read fairly often from Dr. Mercola's web site. There is so much information about health, especially regarding how good nutrition and exercise can allow you to really take control of your own health. Most of what I read on that site makes so much sense. Overall I feel I've learned a great deal by regularly reading what he posts.

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PYNETREE 11/16/2012 8:25AM

    Great article, thanks for sharing. Maybe this will spur me to make exercise a regular part of my day.

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Cayenne for a cure?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A friend posted this interests me both for the cancer link but also because it mentions the other uses of cayenne. I take it for my heart (have been for several years onw) and discovered it was protecting my hands from arthritis pain...I didn't know I had arthritis in my hands till I ran out of cayenne. Have a look. It is very interesting (in my opinion anyway!)

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TATTER3 11/14/2012 5:30PM

    Natural remedies are so interesting!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 11/13/2012 5:02PM

    Very interesting, thanks.

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CELEST 11/13/2012 12:07PM

    I loved this article. I'm one of those people who put cayenne on everything from my eggs to my salads. Its a permanent in my grocery cupboard.

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MOMOSG 11/13/2012 10:41AM

    Thanks for sharing! I have read various things about cayenne being good to eat, however, not much about what I've read has stuck with me. Time to read up on it again!

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FATDADDY531 11/13/2012 9:39AM

    I met a brother at Dist. Conv. who would eat cayenne on most of his food. He was bitten by a Brown Recluse Spider. Most peoples flesh deteriorate around the bite but his did not. His Doctor did confirm that a BRS did indeed make the bite, however he was amazed that this brother did not have any tissue damage. Eventually he mentioned to the Dr. that he eats a lot of cayenne and the Dr. said he had heard that it can act as an anti-venom in some people!

Thanks for the article Asta!

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"Choc it up"

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Better Homes and Gardens September 2012 page 174 Nutrition

"Chock it up
Go ahead and nibble a square off that stack. People who regularly enjoy chocolate weigh 5-7 pounds less than those who skip the sweet entirely, according to a study from the University of California, San Diego. Further research will explore the reason for the link, but why wait? An ounce or so a day makes a sensible treat. for a bonus nutrition boost, choose dark chocolate which is rich in heart-healthy antioxidants."
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SUNNYWBL 11/11/2012 12:15AM

    I haven't given it up, I just eat it rarely. I have no arthritis pain to use as an ex-er- reason to continue. I have it as a treat if I visit my bank, as they have a candy dish. I had a piece just yesterday. emoticon

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HONEYDRIPPER 11/10/2012 6:27PM

    This is one healthy habit I wholeheartedly endorse! I also found that the higher the cacoa percentage, the more satisfied I am with a small amount. My new fave is Ghirardelli Intense Dark Midnight Reverie. It is 86% cacao. emoticon

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BOOKWERME 11/10/2012 6:08PM

    I have a new favorite since the Xocai is so expensive and hard for me to obtain. I am purchasing Endangered Species chocolate...72% cocoa Dark Chocolate with blueberries. The Xocai also has blueberries AND acai berries. I can get these at Kroger (still expensive but I LIKE these which I can't say about some of the others!) emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 11/10/2012 6:00PM

    Arthritie Today mag. for N/D says the same but it has to be at least 65% dark chocolate. I quit months ago, I wonder if that's part of the reason for the high increase in pain. Wasn't near as bad when I was eating my Lindt.

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STEADFASTNSEE 11/10/2012 5:17PM

  You bet! "Save the planet; it's the only one with CHOCOLATE!" HUGS!

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Friday, November 09, 2012

I've commented before that I am amazed at the tremendous amounts of weight others have lost in the years I have been a SP member...and I couldn't seem to budge a mere 20-30. I finally had an effect change I needed to make a change. I had done that in the beginning but just got comfortable...and stuck in place.

If you look at my recent blogs...I began a series of tiny changes. First no wheat, then dropping diet soda. Then I began the 100 steps at a time to make up for not being out mowing or dancing in recent weeks.

I finally broke through the pound barrier and hit 169....something that had eluded me as I went up and down and up and down.

I've discovered I am down a clothing size. I am frequently stepping extra steps just randomly during my day. (goal is at least 10000 a day) I am making extra trips up the stairs just to get to ten flights a day. My weight has been absolutely steady since I quit the yo yo bouncing up and down.

Today I got a shock...DOWN one more pound. REALLY down! Am I pleased??? emoticon You might say that!!!! emoticon

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon So inspiring! emoticon

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SUNNYWBL 11/10/2012 12:01AM

    I'm so happy to hear it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FATDADDY531 11/9/2012 9:29PM

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ONLYTEMPORARY 11/9/2012 8:53PM

    emoticon I am too! Love this fitbit.

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CELEST 11/9/2012 4:33PM

    emoticon What a feeling...utter elation. I'm so glad for you my friend.

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STEADFASTNSEE 11/9/2012 2:42PM

  Now if only I could make some more changes! But you are doing so great!! emoticon emoticon

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COOLCALLALILY 11/9/2012 12:32PM

    Awesome, Mom! Great job! emoticon

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LRK4CHRIST 11/9/2012 10:47AM

    Congratulations! It's worth it to keep living healthy. U can do this!

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The thing about 100 steps

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

I bought a Fitbit last June. I was mowing all summer..usually an hr at a time, and taking dance classes each week. I didn't always make 10000 steps, but those activities really help boost the number of steps in a day. I began seeing stair climbing in a positive light...and make it a daily goal now to do at least ten flights of stairs each day (sometimes doing the last ones right before bed!) emoticon

The first time I was close to 10000 and felt it doable to add steps till I met the goal..I had taken the dog out for last "tinks" before bed..and I decided to just walk in the circles. emoticon The dog followed for a while, and then lay down to watch her crazy human. I reached my goal that night. I was just walking.

Now that the mowing season is over and DH is working construction we aren't going dancing much...I am suddenly confronted with a challenge of getting those 10000 steps in. So...I began jogging in place...just counting to 100. This began as a means to reach the 10000 goal ...and I was jogging on the porch while Daisy went Tinks. But then I began doing it more and odd times during the day...just because I had a minute and could do it.

Lately circumstances have had this 100 step thing be my main activity for exercise along with the stair climbing. I can do it ANYwhere...any time. AND, apparently I am building stamina...I did a quick 500 on the porch and was neither breathless nor sore...nor tired. Now I am beginning to wonder how many 100 steps can I do together?

Anyway..I have found this a great way to boost activity. I can do it in the bathroom, on the porch, in the yard, in my bedroom...any time I have a minute or am waiting for something/someone. No equipment needed. It gets the heart rate up, builds muscle and stamina...and is quick and easy.

So the thing about 100 steps is.....that it is helping me reach my goals...and might help YOU, too. emoticon

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JOS4EVER 11/11/2012 6:36PM

    Great idea. Easy to do. No equipment needed. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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    THANK YOU emoticon

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    Asta, makes me think of the power of 10... or in this case, 100! :)
What an awesome idea! emoticon

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PYNETREE 11/7/2012 8:21AM

    This is making me realize I NEED to get moving. Wondering if I would be compelled to do more if I track it closer? That is what I am going to try...

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CELEST 11/7/2012 7:31AM

    It will make you strong and it will burn calories long after you stop also. Win win...good for you and you have awoken the need in me to get moving again.
Looking forward to my first REAL walk. Not just in fs or cleaning house, but walking for lifting my heart rate with is the calorie burner we need.

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TATTER3 11/7/2012 6:39AM

    Keep Sparkin'!!

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SANDYW1945 11/7/2012 6:32AM

    Good idea. I don't have a fitbit.

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BOOKWERME 11/6/2012 11:43PM

    No challenge intended..but hey, if it spurs you on, GO for it!!! emoticon


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ONLYTEMPORARY 11/6/2012 11:42PM

    Awesome, I'll do what I can too as long as this body lets me. emoticon

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STEADFASTNSEE 11/6/2012 11:22PM

  I'm gonna try it right now. HUGS

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