BestHealth Nutritionals

  1. Your sleep position can help your brain

    Sweep away damaging brain toxins... in your sleep!

    How are you sleeping?

    Usually, that means how much rest you're getting, and how good that sleep is.

    Those are both critical measures of sleep, of course. But new research finds another factor that may be almost as important, but gets almost no attention at all: sleep position.

    When you sleep, your brain uses that time to put its internal cleaning crew to work clearing out toxins.

    It's called the glymphatic pathway, and it's like bringing your car in for an oil change. While you sleep, cerebrospinal fluid flows through the brain, replacing the interstitial fluid that carries out toxins such as beta amyloid and tau.

    Since the accumulation of those toxins can lead to neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, I don't think it's any exaggeration to say this is one of THE most important functions in your body.

    And if you're a side sleeper, I've got some great news for you today: You're really, really good at this without even trying.

    Side sleepers are better than both "back snoozers" and "belly floppers" at clearing out brain junk, according to the study from Stony Brook University in New York.

    But if you sleep on your back or belly, don't panic. It's an interesting study, but that's all it is -- an interesting study.

    I certainly wouldn't lose any sleep over it.

    At the end of the day -- or I guess, in this case, after the end of the day -- the two most important factors for clearing out brain toxins are still sleep duration and sleep quality. Rather than worry about shifting positions, focus instead on making sure you get the right amount and right kind of sleep.

    Along with protecting your brain from damaging toxins, proper sleep can help protect the rest of your vital organs and help strengthen your immune system.

    But if you're not sleeping well, don't turn to meds.

    They won't increase duration by much, and the quality of sleep can be all over the place. Plus, they come with risks up to, and including, death.

    Work instead to find the cause of your sleepless nights. Sometimes, it's a lifestyle issue such as too much late-day caffeine or too much late-night TV. In other cases, you may need a little of the "sleep hormone" melatonin.

    If you're having trouble getting to the bottom of it yourself, contact a holistic medical doctor who can have you sleeping like a baby in no time.

  2. Modified Mediterranean diet can make your brain younger

    Simple food hack slashes nearly 8 years off your brain age!

    I know folks who'll do just about anything to get rid of wrinkles and age spots, and I get it. No one wants to be reminded of the march of time whenever they glance into a mirror.

    But you know the old saying: it's what's inside that really counts.

    That's especially true when it comes to aging, because your vital organs also suffer some wear-and-tear over the years. And while you can see the lines on your face, you can't see the damage on the inside.

    You can't see it... but you CAN do something about it.

    Age-fighting antioxidants can help keep you young on the inside. And now, new research reveals how those same healthy nutrients can practically stop time in your brain.

    This study focused on a modified version of the Mediterranean diet that focuses on specific foods proven to help protect the brain.

    It allows fish, poultry, berries, beans, nuts, whole grains, olive oil, leafy greens and even a glass of wine a day. It also limits red meat, pastries and other sweets as well as butter and cheese, and practically eliminates fried foods and fast foods.

    It's a "sacrifice" worth making (I mean just LOOK at that list of delicious foods!), because the new study shows how following this diet closely can help keep you sharp as a tack well into your 80s.

    Seniors who stuck closest to this diet did so much better on cognitive tests that by the end of the five-year study -- when they were 81 years old on average -- they had brains that were 7.5 years "younger" than those of the folks who didn't follow the plan very closely.

    The study doesn't look at the reason, but it's not too hard to figure out.

    This diet is not only low in brain-rotting sugars and other carbs as well as unhealthy fats, it's also rich in the nutrients your brain needs most -- including antioxidants from berries and greens as well as brain-boosting fats from olive oil and fish.

    Those same nutrients are why a previous study found that following this diet closely can slash your risk of Alzheimer's disease by 54 percent -- and sticking to it even moderately can cut your risk by more than a third.

  3. Chili peppers lead to longer lives?

    Chili peppers might hold the key to longevity, according to new research out of China.
  4. Carbs can cause depression

    Carbs are often considered "comfort" foods, but new research shows they can do just the opposite and cause depression.
  5. Vaccination linked to autism in CDC whistleblower data

    Vaccination has been linked to autism in at least one set of kids, according to a CDC researcher who now admits to throwing out data that made the link.
  6. Beat osteoarthritis pain with better sleep

    Osteoarthritis patients who miss out on essential sleep often feel more pain. If you're fighting off this pain yourself, start by getting more rest.
  7. Testosterone won't cause a blood clot

    Testosterone therapy is supposed to come with an FDA warning over blood clots, but a major study finds no such risk linked to any form of this often-essential treatment.
  8. Chemotherapy fails end-stage cancer patients

    Chemotherapy is often a poor choice even in the best of times. But in dying patients, "last-ditch" chemo will actually lead to a faster decline in quality of life.
  9. ReShape Dual Balloon might be the worst weight-loss plan yet

    The FDA has just approved the ReShape Dual Balloon, a pair of saline-filled bags dropped in your belly that's supposed to help you eat less. But does it work?
  10. CT scans linked to DNA damage

    CT scans can cause DNA damage, including the type of damage your body can't repair and could lead to cancer, according to a new study.
  11. Cognitive impairment linked to coffee habits

    Could coffee lead to cognitive problems? New research finds that even a slight change in coffee habits over the years can double your risk of mild cognitive impairment.
  12. Cognitive decline linked to too much TV

    The slow drain of cognitive decline can begin on your sofa, as new research finds that both too much TV and too much sitting can cause lower scores on mental tests.
  13. Missing breakfast can cause blood sugar to spike

    Don't skip breakfast, especially if you're diabetic. Missing your morning meal can cause blood sugar to spike after lunch and dinner, according to new research.
  14. Beat prostate cancer with the Mediterranean diet

    The Mediterranean diet can help you to beat prostate cancer, slowing the DNA damage caused by the disease, according to a new study.
  15. Elderberry can prevent travel illness

    Flying? Be sure to pack elderberry, which can help prevent some of the nasty viral illnesses passed around in airplanes.
  16. Weight loss is impossible, study claims

    New research claims weight loss is impossible for the overweight and obese. But that's not the full story.
  17. Kale found contaminated with metal thallium

    Kale has been found to be contaminated with thallium, a toxic metal linked to 'mystery' ailments including fatigue, digestive problems, brain fog and even Lyme symptoms.
  18. Beat tinnitus with magnetic therapy

    Tinnitus can drive you crazy, but safe and effective magnetic therapy can end the ringing for good and restore your sanity.
  19. Erectile dysfunction (ED) linked to diabetes

    Don't ignore erectile dysfunction, and don't pop a sex med and assume everything is OK. This condition could be a warning that you've got undiagnosed diabetes.
  20. Why cognitive decline hits women harder

    Cognitive decline is more common in women, and new research finds that it can progress at twice the speed, too. But that doesn't mean you can't stop it.

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