Make Your #Heart Younger

What’s the secret to aging well? Activity, of course. The saying use it or lose it has proven to be the best way to keep the temple in supreme condition. NPR reported on the facts in keeping seniors heart and body younger.

Regular exercise for people throughout their lifetime has proven to keep their body in good working order.  

Regular exercise proved to be very helpful for people as they age because their cardiovascular strength remained younger. This is verified by their oxygen levels when they exhale. 

Exercise does a body good. Getting into a routine of doing it today proves to be the best way to defy the aging process. In return, you’ll feel better, look healthy, and be the envy of the inactive peers. Let’s not forget how great it makes us feel.

When you’re in your 70s and your heart looks 40, you’ve defied the aging process.  Cultivate a love of outdoor activity. Fresh air, sunshine, and a healthy heart makes a beautiful outlook on life. Now you know the secret to aging well, what will you do with it?

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Fastest Growing #Wellness Activity

Believe it or not, the fasted growing wellness activity in the US is meditation. Unless you ignore the writing on the wall, healthcare providers and lay people alike are imploring a movement toward a less stressed lifestyle with a focus on mindfulness.

Prescription drugs are sometimes like a life raft you throw at somebody once they’re knee deep into illness. Meditation is the most proactive measure you can take to prevent anything from going unnoticed in the body. Being mindful allows you to be fully aware of when something feels emotionally or physically off. Call it intuition. You can never have too much of it.

The use of holistic measures, alongside the use of mainstream medicine can help to ensure that health and wellness stay on-point. The holistic options most preferred by Americans are yoga, meditation, and chiropractic  maneuvers.

When we practice meditation, we remove the thought of self from the picture. We are just being. Sometimes, when we dwell on self, thoughts like what needs to be done, what was done wrong, who needs what, why am I doing that… get the picture? It can culminate in the moment for just being to become a loop of negative thoughts. That never ends well.

Darkness is the absence of light. Identify your sources of light and focus on those throughout your day. Learn to live your life lovingly. Avoid falling into a negative loop. Escape to enjoy the silence of mindfulness. It’ll be the best free vacation you can take anywhere!

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#Alcohol Inhiibits #WeightLoss in #Diabetes

It’s no surprise that alcohol can add empty calories to a healthy person’s life. When you have diabetes to contend with, the added calories from alcohol add-up and make it even harder to achieve long-term weight loss, says a study.

The three main nutrients consist of carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Alcohol is classified as a drug, as it’s addictive and your body can overdose on it. It is metabolized in the liver, which is adding insult to injury for people with Type 2 diabetes. Fatty liver disease is a higher risk for people with T2D so drinking alcohol is a bad idea.

When we lose weight, it’s expelled from the body in molecules. These molecules are in our breath, urine, and our sweat. The natural metabolism of carbohydrates is deranged by diabetes. So when you drink alcohol, it’s adding more weight to an already overloaded organ.  

Simple sugars are metabolized quickly but proteins and slow-acting carbs are broken-down and stored in the liver for “time-release” glucose. When a person with T2D drinks alcohol, it’s like putting sand in the Vaseline. It’s icky and less effective.

Now for the study results: in a 4-year study of 5,000 participants, the group that didn’t drink alcohol lost significantly more weight than the group who drank alcohol. See how that inhibits the efficacy of the liver? Do it a favor and do yourself a long-term weight loss favor and lay off the booze.

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Sleep, Glorious #Sleep

Sleep is quantified in cycles. The two cycles of importance for sleep are non-REM and REM. The reason they are called cycles is because we sleep in cycles, containing non-REM which include light and deep sleep, followed by REM sleep.

Wearing a sleep tracker or using apps can help us figure out how much of each we are getting at night. As we age, we tend to get less deep, regenerative sleep. This gives rise to a weaker immune system and less cellular regeneration and tissue repair. Not good news for anybody.

Light sleep is the period where you’re breathing begins to slow along with your heart rate and body temperature dropping. Ever get startled as you’re trying to fall asleep? It’s likely you were still floating with light sleep. This occurs in the first 5 to 10 minutes of sleep.

Deep sleep is when your body officially “taps-out”. The repair and maintenance crew take over.  When it comes to recovering from the toils of the daily grind, this is where it happens. Cell repair, bone growth, all the good stuff that keeps us spry happens now. The body sorely needs its time in deep sleep.

REM sleep is the fun  time for your brain. The relaxation goes even deeper than the time in deep sleep. However, this is the time when your heart rate and breathing can speed up. Why? Here’s the fun part…

REM sleep goes even deeper into brain recovery, dreaming and processing memories and emotions. Some researchers theorize that when we dream, we are storing things we learned in the day to our memory. Isn’t that interesting?

The body is truly nature’s perfect machine. Our brain is like our CPU. Our body is like the chassis and wheels of a car. Our heart is the engine. Like your car, if you maintain your sleep hygiene (aka maintenance) – it’ll go the extra mile for you.

If you invest in 1-thing to improve your sleep quality, consider a sleep light that dims  and shines to gently wake you . Totally worth it and a great gift for a loved one!

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Why Are #Yawns Contagious?

When we yawn, the reason we do it is to get more oxygen to our brain. A recent article argues that yawning may help us succeed in life. Given it’s purpose, it certainly has it’s reasons for existing and sustaining the test of time.

Why do we yawn when we see someone else yawning? Interesting question and the answers scientists have hypothesized are just as interesting. It’s likely due to survival but it changes based on our species whether we’re a parakeet, a monkey, or a human.

Another really interesting reason we may yawn when tired is to “cool” our brain. It’s like a computer that runs hot. We really are the most perfect machines ever created.

But why is it contagious to others? One theory is this it’s a subconscious attempt to bond with another person. Seems basic but makes sense. Everything happens for a reason. What makes the most sense for you?

The magical mystery of the yawn unfolds within this video. A yawn study revealed that the contagiousness was strongest among family, then friends, then acquaintances, then lastly strangers.

Heard animals yawn to alert others it may be time to rest. Dogs can be triggered to yawn when they see their owners yawn. Isn’t that adorable? Yes, a yawn in any form is precious.

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What Happens When We #Die?

Hopefully you find the interest in this article and not focus on the dark details of the moments beforehand. Scientists are reporting that we are able to sense what goes on around us minutes, even hours, after our heart stops beating.

Researchers realized that although our heart stops beating, it does not officially shut-down our nervous system.  This means that our brains are still able to perceive our surroundings to some degree.

Patients who had been declared dead because of their heart stopping were able to recount conversations in the room following the “time of death”. However, these patients were resuscitated, otherwise this story would be complete hogwash.

On the flip-side, I was looking for a video on YouTube to describe what happens to us when we die.This information comes from someone who is alive but can communicate with the dead. A psychic medium explains how people describe the experience of death like being handed a glass of water that quenches a thirst you didn’t realize existed. That’s the description of having total fulfillment of life.

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Climate Change. We hear about it all the time but how does it affect us? There may be a shortage of grapes for wine, this year. This hurricane season is going to be an active one. Going to South America? Don’t go if you’re pregnant and don’t plan on conceiving for 3-6 months after your return. Ladies and gentleman, those are all statements courtesy of climate change.

Check-out the All-State Insurance commercial. We’ve had way too many “super storms” in the last 10-years for the projected models in previous years. Climate change is impacting your insurance rates. After Super Storm Sandy, people on Long Island were hard-pressed to get coverage for water damage.

So what can we do about this climate change? There is something called “Climate Change Denial”. We all have free will. Someone denies something exists but you can’t argue the facts. The sea level is rising. The temperatures are rising. Food supplies are being threatened by the difficult growing conditions.

Science is reading the writing on the wall. Climate change is real. We may not be able to stop it (at this time) but there are certainly ways to slow it down. Maybe those people who deny climate change exists are waiting on the singularity event. Put all the big problems on the desk of humanitarian artificial intelligence and it’ll be solved, pronto!

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What is Your True #Age?

Have you ever met someone who looked remarkably good for their age? Plenty of us know people who look eons older than their age. Plastic surgery and fillers can plump anybody from a prune to a plum. What’s the organic way to defy the odds?

We all have an established age based on our birthday. That’s your chronological age. But researchers are touting a second age, called the biological or phenotype age. This is a more accurate measure of markers that tell us how healthy we are

Alas, doctors can take measures of your blood sugar, kidney, liver and heart health, as well as inflammatory markers. These are closely tied to our mortality risk. When we’re “off” the markers, it’s looking ominous for our long-term health.

Don’t dwell on the numbers. Although the biomarkers are used to guestimate where we stand on overall health, there are things that can be done to defy the outcome of our phenotype age. Tweaks to your lifestyle, diet, exercise, and sleep habits make all the difference.

Fitness Magazine put up a more detailed article on 10 All-Natural ways to stay young. It highlights the importance of exercise but it also explains the need for a break, the importance of lovemaking (not hedonistic sex), eating fat, and drinking wine. You’re welcome.

The saying goes, age is just a number. Our genes give us an idea of what could happen and what kind of risks we run in certain situations. But the key to your health is absolutely in your hands. Look at this information with a “glass half full” POV. Ignorance is bliss but knowledge is power. Which do you choose?

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What is #Happiness to You?

If you’ve ever been a victim of your own devices, you may have been caught in a loop of negative thoughts. This can happen to the best of us. This interrupts the brain’s ability to use rational thinking, which inhibits us from making good decisions. The good news is that we can quantify if your personality is an unhealthy one and find ways to guide it back to health!

Our subconscious mind is arguably more powerful than our conscious one. We are subconsciously programmed to ignore “self”. If you take nothing more from this post, think positively at all costs! Better yet, checkout this article to see if you have a “healthy personality“. The kid inside us wants nothing more than a pursuit of happiness. Follow your rational thinking gut.

Experts and laypeople agreed that a healthy personality consists of low neuroticism along with high levels of openness to feelings, warmth, positive emotions and agreeable straightforwardness. So being neurotic, emotionally unavailable, cold, negative, and argumentative is a bona fide unhappy person. Try not to be that person.

Harvard took this finding one step further. Researchers over there asked what kind of happiness do people value most? A Nobel Prize winner distinguished it by asking the question: are you happy in your life or are you happy about your life?

The line in the sand about happiness is drawn in a moment-to-moment versus big picture way. Like the tides in the ocean, everything ebbs and flows. Harvard said that our overall picture of happiness is defined by how we see it. We saw how challenged most of the kids were with the marshmallow test. What does that say about adults? Life is neither a box of chocolates nor a marshmallow. I’m team big picture.

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#Morning #Exercise May Change Your #Life

Better sleep, better conditioning, better brain power? Why wouldn’t you take advantage of this valuable benefits to a morning workout? Keep reading for the ways to reap the benefits now, instead of kicking the can down the road…like many of us do.

Getting up early in the day is like kryptonite for some of us. I include myself in that bunch. But after realizing how morning workouts can increase your productivity throughout the day, improve sleep quality at night, and enhance brain performance in-between, it seems like a no-brainer, no pun intended. Grab an effective sunrise alarm clock and let’s get started.

Don’t be too discouraged by the early morning “tweak”. It’ll be a little uncomfortable, at first. As you lean into it, the early rising will come easier. Your hormones fluctuate during the night and day. As you shift your routine, your body will shift, too. It’s like weight loss or endurance – it doesn’t happen overnight.

Imagine having a more optimistic outlook for your day. A morning workout would gift you a “gold rush” of feel good endorphins. Now imagine how impeccable your work productivity would be the following 8-10 hours. Keep daydreaming of how wonderful you’ll feel when you get home in the evening, decompress, relax and sleep soundly. Where do I sign up? FYI writing this post was as much (if not more) for my own benefit.

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