Three health tips. All part of my daily routine and all having a major impact on how I feel, physically and mentally.
Let’s start with blueberries!
They’re my go-to with my cereal, every morning. Sometimes I mix it up with strawberries, but unless Whole Foods is out of them (or I’m traveling), blueberries are integral to how I start my day. I find them very tasty.
I wasn’t even aware of their health benefits, e.g., blueberries have the highest quantities of antioxidants, as well as other phytochemicals that are believed to lower blood pressure, improve memory, and make aging a healthier process.
A total of five studies on blueberries were recently published in The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences.
The research looked at different health effects associated with eating blueberries, including changes in inflammation, memory, and avoiding age-related diseases.
Who knew those blueberries packed so much goodness?
Read on below for an update on how I’m doing with my shift to “mindful” drinking plus the latest on how walking and weight loss have been shown to keep Alzheimer’s at bay.
Mindful drinking works for me
I cannot even begin to explain how significant a change, Dry January made to my life. That 100% break from alcohol, not only made me much more aware of how much I was consuming overall, it also has made it increasingly easy to give drinking a pass. Not every dinner out needs to be accompanied by wine or cocktails.
I still occasionally end up having three drinks, but that has become extremely rare. Most of the time, I stick with one (maximum two) glasses of wine.
Waking up, hangover-free is just about the most fantastic thing I have done for myself.
My biggest tip for making this shift away from alcohol stick is to order lots of sparkling water. NYC’s finest tap water doesn’t inspire me not to drink the way bottles of sparkling water do. I also want to make sure my servers aren’t left high and dry when I’m on my sobriety kick.
Walking just 8,900 steps a day could help protect the brain from Alzheimer’s disease, based on a new study published in JAMA Neurology.
According to the study’s findings, increased physical activity led to less cognitive decline.
“Beneficial effects were seen at even modest levels of physical activity but were most prominent at around 8,900 steps, which is only slightly less than the 10,000 many of us strive to achieve daily,” per Reisa Sperling, director of the Centre for Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment.
The data for the investigation was accumulated by the Harvard Ageing Brain Study at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, USA, over eight years, from April 2010 until June 2018.
A new study from the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami in Florida has found a correlation between higher body mass/larger waist and a faster thinning of the cerebral cortex, which is a key characteristic of brain aging.
Since weight is a modifiable factor, researchers are very encouraged by these findings.
While our good health can be snatched away from us at any time, there are many things we can do to keep our bodies and minds in peak form as we age.
It’s never too late to start exercising and eating and drinking mindfully. From personal experience, I would say that maintaining a healthy weight is just about the most important thing we can do for ourselves.
Believe me when I say, without your health, you’ve got NOTHING!