There are a lot of people who believe that drinking alkaline water has made a significant improvement in their health; and whether it's drinking more water in general -- especially if the individual is now replacing other less healthy beverages with water -- or the fact that the water is alkaline, I certainly can't say. While I have read quite a bit about the benefits of keeping the body in a more alkaline state, it has just always made more sense to me that eating the right foods, rather than using sophisticated and expensive filtration systems to change the pH of water, was a better and simpler way to go. In the following "Health Tips From The Professor", Dr. Steve Chaney takes a look at alkaline water and ionized water from the viewpoint of a scientist. At the end of the article, you'll find a link to a handy list of acid/alkaline foods and a simple, inexpensive way to have clean, great-tasting water!
According to the National Institute on Aging, "Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia among older people. Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning—thinking, remembering, and reasoning—and behavioral abilities, to such an extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life and activities. Dementia ranges in severity from the mildest stage, when it is just beginning to affect a person’s functioning, to the most severe stage, when the person must depend completely on others for basic activities of daily living." In my previous blog post, I shared Dr. Chaney's "Health Tips From The Professor" which offered suggestions for preventing Alzheimer's and Cognitive Decline. In this post, Dr. Steve Chaney goes into more detail about the role that B vitamins play. In addition, be sure to watch the videos at the end of this post to learn about MindWorks from Shaklee. Developed by an MIT-trained neuroscientist, MindWorks contains key ingredients shown in clinical studies to improve short-term mental sharpness and focus and help protect against age-related mental decline.
According to the National Institute on Aging, "Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually even the ability to carry out the simplest tasks." Symptoms tend to appear after age 60 and estimates suggest that as many as 5.1 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s disease. It's understandable that many of us are looking for ways to prevent Alzheimer's, dementia and cognitive decline. In this "Health Tips From The Professor", from Dr. Steve Chaney you'll learn of a research study that offers hope for preventing Alzheimer's and cognitive decline. Following Dr. Chaney's article, I share Information about the connection between aluminum and Alzheimer's Disease.
Many years ago (35 or 40) when my personal journey into the world of healthy living and organic foods began, there was no internet; so it took a bit of effort to find information and like-minded people that shared and supported my beliefs. Organic foods were not readily available; and "natural" nutritional supplements, household and personal care products weren't all that well understood or in demand. Fortunately, since that time, awareness about the benefits of organic foods and living a healthy lifestyle has grown dramatically. However, now we have too many experts and companies jumping on the "organic/natural/green" bandwagons and pushing their theories and products! It can be very confusing and misleading. Below, Dr. Chaney does a great job of explaining the benefits of organic foods; and even more importantly, why you sometimes need to look beyond "organic."
My last post, "Ladies, Ditch the Bra" was primarily for the ladies (and the men who love them) so this one, from Dr. Stephen Chaney, is primarily for the men and the women who love them!
From Dr. Steve Chaney . . . Many of you may remember the headlines from a few months ago: “Multivitamins Are a Waste Of Money”. Those headlines received a lot of press coverage at the time. But what if those headlines were wrong? In today’s issue of “Health Tips From the Professor”, I’m going to share the other side of the story – the one you never heard about.
About a year ago, I shared a similar post from Dr. Chaney, entitled, "Do Diet Sodas Cause Weight Gain?" Today's HealthTips From The Professor includes some of that information and more. Since summer has finally arrived and people are reaching for diet sodas thinking it's a better alternative to the sugar-sweethened kind, I thought this information was well worth repeating. Not only do diet sodas contain artificial sweeteners that have been linked to a host of health problems, they may be contributing to weight gain rather than weight loss!
Thanks to the internet, there is so much health and wellness information and mis-information telling us what we should and shouldn't eat and drink that it can become very confusing! A lot of it comes down to "moderation" and good old-fashioned common sense, but, as one friend said to me a while ago, "actually, it's uncommon sense." Below, our good friend, Dr. Steve Chaney , once again shares information that you can trust -- this time on sugar and it's link to inflammation and heart disease.
In yesterday's post, I shared an article about the importance of "Choosing Quality Fish Oil" to prevent DHA and EPA nutritional deficiencies. Most of us -- including children -- just aren't getting enough fish oils from diet alone. In addition to being important for a healthy heart and cardiovascular system and for healthy triglyceride levels, omega-3s are vitally important for brain development. You may have heard about studies that show how omega-3s might help with ADHD symptoms, reading and overall learning in children. (See my post, "Can Fish Oils Help Children Read Better?") In the issue of “Health Tips From the Professor” that appears below Dr. Steve Chaney comments on recent studies, and answers questions about which children are most likely to benefit from fish oil supplements.
Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, arthritis and more. Omega-3 fatty acids are also very important for brain health and behavioral function. (Click here for an overview and list of the many health challenges that benefit from consuming omega-3s.) In today's issue of “Health Tips From the Professor”, Dr. Steve Chaney talks about a recent study on the benefits of omega-3s for high blood pressure and lets you know how to apply the information to your life. (Be sure to see the suggestions at the end of this post for ultra-pure omega 3 fish oil supplements and learn about The Relaxation Response -- a simple, effective mind/body approach to relieve high blood pressure.