Regular naps are ‘key to learning’
The benefits of eating vegetables, particularly the non-starchy variety, are uncontested. Thanks to their bounty of protective and healing nutrients, you can essentially name the disease or malady, and studies show eating vegetables reduces your chances of getting it.
Plus, because they are high in water and fibre, vegetables can also promote weight loss by filling you up on fewer calories.
Despite all this, most of us fall woefully short of getting enough. We should be filling half our plates with produce at each meal, but a 2013 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says American adults eat vegetables just 1.6 times a day on average and nearly a quarter of us eat less than a serving a day.
If you are going to pick one health-related resolution, make it to eat more vegetables.
And don’t just make the promise; commit to a specific strategy for getting more.
Include a vegetable at every meal or snack: toss chopped tomato into your scrambled eggs at breakfast, stuff your sandwich at lunch with extra sliced cucumbers and radishes, and start every dinner with a salad or vegetable soup. LONDON —The key to learning and memory in early life is a lengthy nap, say scientists.
Trials with 216 babies up to 12 months old indicated they were unable to remember new tasks if they did not have a lengthy sleep soon afterwards. The University of Sheffield team suggested the best time to learn may be just before sleep and emphasised the importance of reading at bedtime.
Experts said sleep may be much more important in early years than at other ages. People spend more of their time asleep as babies than at any other point in their lives. Yet the researchers, in Sheffield and Ruhr University Bochum, in Germany, say “strikingly little is known” about the role of sleep in the first year of life.
Learn, sleep, repeat They taught six- to 12-month-olds three new tasks involving playing with hand puppets.half the babies slept within four hours of learning, Up your omegas Fat is a hot topic nowadays – and one that’s rife with different opinions. But everyone seems to agree that we should be eating more omega-3s, the type of fat found in fish, walnuts, flax and chia seeds and leafy greens.
Besides being essential fats (we must obtain them from the foods we eat to prevent deficiency), omega-3 fats have an antioxidant-like effect, reducing inflammation in the body, which is thought to be at the root of all sorts of problems, including rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease and skin flare-ups.
The best way to get omega-3 is from fish, so plan to eat at least two servings a week.
Tossing some walnuts, flax or chia into your morning cereal or yogurt is also a clear win. while the rest either had no sleep or napped for fewer than 30 minutes. The next day, the babies were encouraged to repeat what they had
Reduce added sugars
Whether or not you buy into the latest sugaris-the-devil zeitgeist, it is clear that sugar is worse for us than we once thought, not only adding empty calories but also increasing our risk of heart disease.
There is an across-the-board consensus that the less we have, the better. (To be clear, I am talking about added sugars here – the stuff put into food for added sweetness — not the sugars inherent in foods such as fruit and dairy.you’d be missing the mark if you avoided those healthful foods because of the sugars they naturally contain.)
So take determined steps to cut back on added sugar. The biggest culprit is sugary drinks, so switch to water, flavoured with a splash of juice or citrus slices if plain doesn’t been taught.
The results, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showed “sleeping like cut it for you.
Also get plain varieties of yoghurt and add fresh fruit and a touch of honey instead of getting the heavily sweetened flavoured kind. And gradually step down the amount of sugar you use in coffee and tea so your taste buds have a chance to readjust. Eat closer to the source In general, the more manufacturing steps a food goes through to get from the farm to you, the more nutrients it loses and the more highly concentrated its calories become along the way.
Focusing on foods closer to their original state can put you on the path to losing weight and getting healthier. So this year, resolve to prepare more food at home using minimally processed ingredients. You can’t go wrong. — Washington Post a baby” was vital for learning. On average one-and-a-half tasks could be repeated after having a substantial nap.yet zero tasks could be repeated if there was little sleep time.dr Jane Herbert, from the department of psychology at the University of Sheffield, told the BBC News website: “Those who sleep after learning learn well, those not sleeping don’t learn at all.”she said it had been assumed that “wide-awake was best” for learning, but instead it “may be the events just before sleep that are most important”.and that the findings showed “just how valuable” reading books with children before sleep could be. Dr Herbert added: “Parents get loads of advice, some saying fixed sleep, some flexible, these findings suggest some flexibility would be useful, but they don’t say what parents should do.”
Sweet dreams A study last year uncovered the mechanisms of memory in sleep. It showed how new connections between brain cells formed during sleep. Prof Derk-jan Dijk, a sleep scientists at the University of Surrey, said: “It may be that sleep is much more important at some ages than others, but that remains to be firmly established.”
He said babies “should definitely get enough sleep” to encourage learning, but concentrating learning just before bedtime may not be best.“what the data show is sleeping after training is positive, it does not show that being sleepy during training is positive.”
There is also growing interest in sleep and memory at the other end of life.the two go hand in hand in your twilight years, particularly with underlying neurodegenerative disorders such as dementia.t is hoped that boosting sleep would “slow the rot” of memory function.— BBC
The benefits of eating vegetables, particularly the non-starchy variety, are uncontested.
Trials with 216 babies up to 12 months old indicated they were unable to remember new tasks if they did not have a lengthy sleep soon afterwards.