senior health

  1. Vitamin D improves quality of life

    Vitamin D can help you live longer and better

    We don't just need the sun to keep the Earth at the right temperature for life and for plants to grow. We need sun because it stimulates the production of vitamin D in our bodies.

    Now, new research confirms that D isn't just critical to life itself. It's also essential to the quality of that life -- and the lower your levels, the lower that quality.

    Specifically, low D levels will increase your risk of mobility and mood problems, the study of nearly 1,500 Canadians finds.

    The higher your D levels, on the other hand, and the lower your risk of those physical and mental problems -- and the more likely you'll remain both happy and independent, according to the study in Quality of Life Research.

    D is also essential to your immune system, heart, brain, bones and more. And as I'm going to tell you on Sunday, it could even help keep you alive...literally (watch your inbox for that).

    It's hard to tell exactly how much D you're getting from sun -- and of course, too much sun exposure can lead to sunburn and even skin cancer.

    Call it too much of a good thing.

    So practice sun safety, and then take a quality supplement to make sure you're getting all you need. I recommend between 2,000 IUs and 5,000 IUs of quality D3 per day from a maker you trust.

    And since a supplement with my recommended dosage can sometimes be hard to find, I’ve included one in my BestHealth Nutritionals line. Click here to learn more and pick up your own bottle.

  2. Dealing with stress can save your life

    A happy home is a healthy home, and that's true in so many ways as new research confirms that people who don't argue with their spouse, relatives and other neighbors live longer.

    Overall, stress in and around the home will boost your risk of an early death by between 50 percent and 100 percent making dealing with stress of the utmost importance.

    But if you tend to argue with those closest to you, such as your spouse, your risk of an early death is even higher -- up to three times higher, according to the study in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

    The study finds that work-related stress, especially stress from losing a job, is also a major risk factor for an early death.

    And while the study was observational and can't prove that one causes the other, it makes perfect sense to me. Chronic stress leads to chronic inflammation, and chronic inflammation is major disease risk factor.

    Stress can also cause blood pressure to rise, and constant stress can cause you to turn to unhealthy habits such as poor diet, smoking and drinking to excess.

    So if you've got a lot of stress at home, maybe it's time for a new approach to dealing with stress -- time to re-focus on what's important to you, restore peace to yourself and your family and bring calm back into your life.

    There's no drug that can do that, and I don't even think psychotherapy will do the trick for most people. Instead, focus on improving your lifestyle and dealing with stress using natural stress-relief techniques and remedies.

  3. Slash stroke risk factors in half

    Eating more fresh produce can slash your stroke risk by nearly a third, according to the latest research. Get the details on the super-simple and delicious “diet plan" that could have you cutting your stroke risk in HALF.
  4. Why you need to watch your sodium intake

    Some are saying maybe you don't have to watch your salt intake so closely -- but that flies in the face of decades of research.
  5. Brain protecting benefits of green tea

    Green tea can protect the brain, helping the different regions to communicate with each other and enhancing your cognitive function, a new study finds.
  6. Beat LDL cholesterol with beans

    Eating beans every day can cut your cholesterol levels naturally, reducing your LDL "bad" cholesterol by 5 percent, a new study finds.
  7. Test for Alzheimer’s disease

    A new blood test being pushed for dementia is so inaccurate that two-thirds of the people who test positive will never get the disease.
  8. Senior moments not mild cognitive impairment

    Memory lapses or "senior moments" might feel like warning signs of dementia, but they're not. Four of five seniors who experience them will never develop the disease.
  9. Get fit or boost dementia risk

    Poor fitness in middle age can quadruple your risk of dementia in your senior years, according to new research.
  10. Blood pressure meds cause crippling falls

    Common meds given to seniors to slash blood pressure can increase the risk of falls and potentially crippling injuries due to falls.
  11. Advanced glycation end products

    Grilling, frying and charring meats can produce a substance that damages the brain and may even cause cognitive decline.
  12. Boost immune system with vitamin D

    The best immune-boosting nutrient is... Your immune system is like your bank account. It's important at every age -- but the older you get, the more essential it is to your overall wellbeing. I can't do much about your bank account. But I can help you with your immune system, because I have a long list of ways you can invest in your good health. And the one deposit you should make daily is a stash of vitamin D, because new research confirms that the sunshine vitamin just might be the most powerful immune-boosting nutrient of all. Continue reading →
  13. Clean gums can protect joints

    A clean mouth with healthy gums means more than just fewer cavities and fresher breath. Good oral hygiene is essential to your overall health because the same bacteria responsible for tooth decay and gum disease can wreak all kinds of havoc inside the body, damaging your arteries, heart, brain and more. Continue reading →
  14. 2 pronged arthritis relief

    It's bad enough when mainstream doctors are ignorant about natural remedies. But what's much worse is when they out-and-out lie about them -- like all the doctors who tell their osteoarthritis patients not to bother with glucosamine and chondroitin. This bad advice means millions of patients suffering from the pain and misery of osteoarthritis never try the one thing that might actually help them. Continue reading →
  15. A supportive spouse can protect you from cardiovascular disease

    Having a supportive spouse can lower your risk factors for serious heart problems, new research finds.
  16. Lack of sleep can cause pain

    Lack of sleep or low-quality sleep can increase your risk of widespread pain, new research finds.
  17. A brisk walk can grow brain cells

    A regular brisk walk can help brain cells to grow and may even prevent dementia, a new study finds.
  18. Reaction test can predict death risk

    A videogame that tests reaction times can help tell if you're at risk for an early death.
  19. The benefits of probiotics

    Probiotics can enhance your immune system and help your body fight off infections, new research finds.
  20. Vitamin D can slow Parkinson's

    Vitamin D can slow the cognitive decline that often comes with Parkinson's disease and may even help relieve some of the physical symptoms.

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