Fourth Quarter Blog Recap
October 7, 2019—Straight Answers on Breast Cancer
Claudia Harsh, MD, an expert in the field of women’s medicine, answers questions about the connection between menopause and breast cancer.
October 14, 2019—Great Answers on Breast Cancer Prevention
Once again Dr. Harsh offers thoughtful answers to some of the most pressing questions women have regarding breast cancer.
October 21, 2019—Ninety-Nine Bottles of Beer on the Wall
Two glasses of wine a day may lead to a greater chance of contracting breast cancer, especially in women with a family history of the disease. The good news? Exercise lowers the odds!
October 28, 2019 Foods as Prevention in Stopping Breast Cancer
Regular, focused exercise is the number one breast cancer risk reducer, but making friends with vegetables and cutting back on red meat and processed foods come in second and third.
November 4, 2019 Keeping Your Balance
Keeping your balance throughout your life is an empowering –and do-able goal.
November 11, 2019–Great Remedies For Winter Illnesses
Cold and flu season is one time where non-pharmaceutical remedies excel at bolstering the immune system to efficiently squash symptoms before they evolve into a serious illness. Adding more Vitamin C, D, and zinc to your daily regimen strengthens your immune system and may help you avoid that nasty cold.
November 18, 2019: Raising Our Awareness to Help Prevent
Exercise, proper diet and rest, social connections, and lowered stress all play huge roles in lowering one’s propensity for developing Alzheimer’s. Learning to play an instrument shows promise, as well.
November 25, 2019 A Gratitude Attitude is Where It’s At
Embracing gratitude makes people physically, socially, and psychologically healthier. Grateful people feel less stress, less anxiety, greater life satisfaction, and better sleep—especially in combination with my Gratitude Meditation: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/gratitude-meditation/id461484572
December 2, 2019–Great Remedies for Winter Illnesses
Herbs and dietary supplements — one area where non-pharmaceutical remedies excel at bolstering the immune system to efficiently squash symptoms before they evolve into a serious illness. The qualities of Vitamin C, zinc, and Vitamin D are covered in this post.
December 9, 2019–Get Hygge, Be Happier!
Hygge, pronounced “hoo-gah” is a Danish term defined as “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.” (The Little Book of Hygge). This superior Scandinavian practice has no direct translation in English, but “cozy and comfy” comes close. Find time, especially during busy holiday seasons, to recharge, reflect, reorient, and revive, in other words, find time to hygge!
December 16, 2019—Some Ideas for Bringing In 2020
The year 2020 seems especially auspicious, being the sequential year of the century, and the beginning of a new decade. I offer a winning, triple-play suggestion to bring in the New Year—combining exercise, a personal commitment to oneself, and being fully present.
December 23, 2019—A Plan for 2020
Regular exercise boosts our testosterone, lengthens our telomeres, and helps our adrenals make more estrogen. These actions allow our brains to fire on all fronts and our memory banks to stay as crisp as a cracker. They also give us a greater sense of well-being, help us feel less irritable and more balanced, and contribute to our sexual comfort and desire. Move it to keep it should be our theme for 2020!
December 30, 2019—Fourth Quarter Recap
Fourth Quarter Blog Recap
July 8, 2019—Set in Our Ways
This behavior is happening in the US in greater numbers and is becoming a growing concern for seniors’ friends and family. More and more these seniors refuse to hear anything that defies their set beliefs, or their worldviews.
July 15, 2019—Tapping into a Better Brain
The latest research cites dancing as one of the outstanding ways to lay down new tracks in our aging brains and grow new brain cells along with sleeker muscles. I’m a work in progress but my personal experience with tap class has enriched my life.
July 22, 2019—It’s Never Too Late to Help Our Aging Brain
Telomeres, the protective end caps of our chromosomes, are found in every cell in our bodies. The longer and stronger our telomeres are, the higher functioning our brains and minds will be, and the less our bodies will decline and age. Exercise looks like the number one magic bullet to lengthen and strengthen our telomeres.
July 29, 2019—Food For Thought
Our telomeres become shorter when fat accumulates around our middles, and the focus of our choices needs to be on our metabolic health by maintaining ideal levels of blood sugar, triglycerides, good cholesterol, blood pressure, and waist circumference. A delicious upside for you: choosing fresh, whole (unprocessed) foods will ensure better metabolic health.
August 5, 2019—Your Brain on Food
For a longer, healthier life follow a Mediterranean diet rather than the traditional American diet of refined carbohydrates. Eating organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible and cutting back on sugar consumption will also ensure better gut and brain health.
August 12, 2019—Best Brain Foods for Memory, Concentration and Brain Health
Based on the latest research, here are a dandy dozen of the best things to “feed” your brain to help it, and you, function at your most vibrant.
August 19, 2019—Sugar Land
Knowing I was eating too much sugar, I decided to drop it from my diet for the days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The resulting weight loss was beneficial, but more importantly, I was free of the sugar pull, free from wanting sweet things. That was empowering, very empowering, a sensation I continue to relish.
August 26, 2019—The Gut Brain Connection
Researchers have found a strong connection between the health of the gut and the general health of the rest of the body, most importantly for this discussion, the brain. By eating better, adopting a regimen of vitamins, and making a few lifestyle changes, we can strengthen our brains by lowering inflammation in our guts.
September 2, 2019—Let Me Sleep on That
Adequate sleep each night enhances every facet of our health and aging process. It strengthens different types of memories, clears waste products from the brain, offers immune protection against infections, and may lower the possibility of weight gain, depression, and the development of Type 2 diabetes.
September, 9, 2019—Sleep and Women at Midlife
The National Sleep Foundation Senior Health website recommends for adults 65 and older, 7-8 hours of sleep per night for better cognition, mental, and physical health. Seniors, especially women, suffer from sleep deprivation due to trouble falling asleep, tiredness, and the perchance for napping. Sleep issues affect as many as 25% of senior women.
September, 16, 2019—Sleep Suggestions, Part One
Setting a sleep schedule—and sticking with it is the number one suggestion for improving one’s sleep. Keeping a sleep journal, taking time to relax, reviewing medications, and monitoring caffeine and alcohol also help.
September, 23, 2019—Sleep Suggestions, Part Two
Several other hints for achieving the best sleep possible include cool bedroom temperatures, soothing books or music, monitoring light and outside noise, yoga, pillow position, and maintaining a mentally stimulating life.