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Diet is Your Destiny

Please don’t cheat yourself. Prematurely hoisting the white flag, accepting disease as a natural part of aging does not have to be the answer. My hypothesis: our toxic modern diet of “food-like substances” has exacted its toll...

Think to Drink!

A natural part of aging includes the body’s diminished ability to signal the brain to do simple things such as drink enough fluids to stay hydrated. The sensation of thirst is the body’s cue to drink water and indicates that de...

Get Your FREE Guide to Avoid Food-Drug Interactions

The medications prescribed by your doctor are designed to help you stay healthy or address ongoing chronic health conditions. But you could be inadvertently keeping those medicines from doing their job—or even doing you harm—if...

Seasonal Eating in the Fall

Fall – what a great time of year. The leaves are turning, the air is growing crisp and the harvest is in full swing. The seasonal change brings so many life-affirming things to enjoy…apple orchards, pumpkin patches, fall festiv...

Romancing the Farmer's Market

There's something warm and fuzzy, borderline sacred about the farmer's market.  It's an important social affair linking rural and urban populations, friends and neighbors in mutually rewarding exchange.  Broad-smiling vendors s...

The Six Dimensions of Wellness

Practicing improvement in one or all of the six dimensions of wellness can protect your brain from cogntive decline that comes with aging in adults according to Dr. BIll Hettler, co-founder of the National Wellness Institute. C...

Are Supplements the Magical Answer to our Ailments?

We live in a world full of easily accessible and cheap processed foods - foods that are laden in salt, sugar and fat to make them taste good – so, we eat them. A lot.  It's understandable because processed foods are just so ...

This is Your Brain on Food

We’ve all heard, “You are what you eat,” and though we often shrug it off, there’s more truth to that saying than we often give it credit for. The benefits of eating healthy are often touted as giving one a better swimsuit body...

We (Heart) Brain Boosting Oats

Oats have long had the reputation of being heart healthy. They are promoted as lowering cholesterol, helping with weight management and even helping to manage blood sugars – all of which benefit brain health as well. But what m...

Sodium: A Quiet Threat

Happy New Year! I love new beginnings and the promise of what a new year may bring. Change is the one thing we can count on with each New Year and I have discovered it is best to embrace change instead of resisting it. As I age...

High Sodium Diets Cause Cognitive Decline

Eating high sodium foods causes cognitive decline by reducing blood flow to the brain, according to a recent Weill Cornell Medicine study(1) published in the journal Nature Neuroscience. The study, conducted on mice, showed tha...

Spicing Up Your Food

Salt is the most common seasoning in the world. It is found in almost everything we consume. However, salt is a mineral, not a spice or herb.  Therefore it does not add a lot of nutritional value - beyond a few minerals natural...

Eating and Drinking: Managing the Need For Proper Nutrition

For most people, choosing and preparing a good meal is one of the joys of life. For people with dementia, however, it can be a confusing and overwhelming task. Physical side effects of these conditions can also make eating and ...

Soaking Beans for Better Nutrition and Easier Digestion

Beans are an important part of a healthy diet. The MIND diet and the Mediterranean diet both recommend one and a half to two cups of beans per week (3 to 4 ½ cup servings). Beans are an excellent source of plant proteins and B ...

The Mediterranean Life

There are regions of the world that have remarkably low rates of dementia. Those regions include the Okinawa Islands of Japan, the Nicoya are of Costa Rica, rural areas of Central and South America, rural areas of India and poc...

Happiness Is A Healthy Diet.

A consistently healthy diet can have a virtually limitless positive impact on your life – not just in physical health, but emotional well-being. What we eat has a profound impact on how we feel. However, just as healthy foods h...

Team Up Your Superfoods for Brain Healthy Results

In the movies, heroes often team up to fight the bad guys. Whether it's Oceans 11, The Magnificent 7 or The Fantastic 4, there's strength in numbers. The same is true when the villain is the potential for cognitive decline. Wit...

Say Yes to Healthy Snacks

One thing that doesn't change as we get older is our love of snacks. Those little treats that help reward the pleasure center in our brains whenever we get a little hungry or a little bored. But choosing the wrong snacks only f...

Take a Few Steps Toward Preventing Falls

It's fall! The perfect season for leaves turning gorgeous colors, crisp weather, tailgate parties, and more. And the ideal time to have a discussion about a different type of fall --- the kind that trips up one in four older ...

Say Yes to Healthy Snacks!

One thing that doesn't change as we get older is our love of snacks. Those little treats that help reward the pleasure center in our brains whenever we get a little hungry or a little bored. But choosing the wrong snacks only f...

Foods to Avoid To Keep Inflammation in Check

Inflammation works behind the scenes as the underlying cause of many health issues, including brain health. But eating the right foods --- and avoiding the wrong ones --- can help you fight inflammation and its many negative si...

Foods to Avoid to Keep Inflammation in Check

Inflammation works behind the scenes as the underlying cause of many health issues, including brain health. But eating the right foods --- and avoiding the wrong ones --- can help you fight inflammation and its many negative si...

Spices Add A Dash Of Brain Health To Holiday Meals

With its large meal portions, high calorie desserts and abundant snacks, the holidays aren't usually thought of as a time for healthy eating. But there is likely to be a secret ingredient in many holiday dishes that adds a dash...

Talking Turkey as Part of a Brain Healthy Diet

The holidays are turkey time in many households. This distinctively American centerpiece for any family feast is not only delicious, but also has some impressive health benefits for both the body and the brain.  A food with al...

Just Desserts: How the Right Treats Can Be Healthy

With the holidays upon us, we seem to be surrounded by tempting snacks and desserts. And the conventional wisdom is to avoid these treats if we have any regard for our calorie count and our waistlines. But desserts have gotten ...

Don’t Let Winter Keep You from Exercising Your Body—and Your Brain

Exercise is important for seniors since it can have a significant impact on both physical and mental health. Unfortunately, the winter months can make it difficult to spend time outdoors, and fewer daylight hours can restrict t...

Making—and Sticking—to Resolutions for Better Nutrition

With every new year come those resolutions to turn away from bad habits and get a fresh start. Eating more sensibly is usually at the top of the list, especially after all that holiday splurging that has gone on since Thanksgiv...