Stop health problems before they start!
Think achy joints and occasional forgetfulness are inevitable as you get older? Not so! Research proves you can stop those minor health problems in their tracks with easy, natural solutions!
1 Maximize your memory with tea!
Forgetting names or having other memory lapses now and then? Drinking caffeinated tea will sharpen your memory with your first cup and help block Alzheimer’s disease! ✤ It works! In a recent study, women who drank at least one cup of antioxidant- and antiinflammatory-rich tea daily were 68% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s. And those who inherited a gene predisposing them to the disease were 86% less likely to get it! And play video games! The quick decisions and focus needed to play Candy Crush and other video games improve brain function and increase brain volume, leading to better concentration, navigational skills and working memory!
2 Dodge diabetes with eggs!
If your blood sugar is higher than optimal, try eating four eggs weekly— a dietary tweak proven to drop the risk of Type 2 diabetes 37%! ✤ It works! Nutrients in eggs— including protein, carotenoids and healthy fats—reduce the inflammation linked to the onset of diabetes and improve your response to glucose, helping balance blood sugar! Lower your diabetes risk 22% with carrots! Eating more carrots and sweet potatoes can send your Type 2 diabetes risk plunging 22%! The beta-carotene in these foods is shown to reverse oxidative stress linked to the onset of the disease.
3 Boost your mood with yoga!
Not feeling sunny? To feel upbeat now and for years to come, practice yoga and deep breathing! ✤ It works! Women with major depression who spent 60 minutes doing yoga poses and 20 minutes doing slow breathing twice a week in class, then did 15 minutes of both at home the other days, felt far happier! Yoga and slow breathing KO the stress and inflammation tied to down moods. And focus on the details! Overgeneralizing experiences (e.g., saying, “My job interview went badly”) tends to make you bluer than thinking in specifics (e.g., “I flubbed one question, but the rest of the interview went smoothly”). Details help you recognize the positives, which reduces rumination, a key culprit behind down moods.
4 KO knee pain by cutting back on fat!
Knees creak when you climb stairs? Avoiding saturated fats (like fatty cuts of beef and full-fat dairy) and “simple” carbs (like white bread) helps keep noisy knees from developing osteoarthritis! ✤ It works! Acids in fatty foods wear away the cartilage between knee joints; nixing those foods keeps cartilage healthy! Have rheumatoid arthritis? Eating two weekly servings of fatty fish (such as salmon) reduces painful flareups, thanks to the healthy anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats in fish! — Gabrielle Lichterman
5 Stay strong with vitamin D!
Find your grip isn’t as strong as it once was or you can’t carry as much with ease? It’s not a sign of aging, it’s a sign that you’re low on vitamin D, The Lancet reports. ✤ It works! Numerous studies show a daily 1,000-mg. to 2,000-mg. dose of D-3 (the most absorbable form of the vitamin) cuts your risk of dying prematurely from any disease! D is involved in everything from managing blood pressure and cholesterol triglyceride levels to strengthening muscles and bones, yet most of us come up short in it. And add heat to meals! Cooking with chili peppers cuts your risk of serious ailments 13%! The compound that gives peppers their heat (capsaicin) revs metabolism, which reduces body fat, improves blood flow and creates changes in gut microbes that lower the odds you’ll get sick!