Food And Habits To Boost Your Brain Health And End Inflammation

Andrew Weil, M.D., is a world-renowned leader and pioneer in integrative medicine, which incorporates body, mind, and spirit.

After a medical internship at Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco, he worked at the NIMH for a year and wrote The Natural Mind. As a Fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs, Dr. Weil traveled to North and South America and Africa to research medication use in different cultures, medicinal plants, and alternative disease treatments. From 1971 until 1984, he studied medicinal and psychotropic plants at the Harvard Botanical Museum.

Dr. Weil is the founder and director of the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. He also holds the Lovell-Jones Endowed Chair in Integrative Rheumatology and is a Clinical Professor of Medicine and Public Health. The Center is developing a comprehensive integrative medicine program. Through its fellowship, the Center currently trains doctors and nurse practitioners worldwide.

Dr. Weil is a well-known authority on healthy living, healthy aging, and the future of medicine and health care. Prevention magazine publishes Dr. Weil’s monthly piece. In addition, Dr. Weil is an international specialist in medicinal plants, alternative medicine, and medical education reform.

In this episode, Dr. Weil covers foods and habits that boost mental and physical health. Learn about inflammatory disorders, how to cure and avoid them, and the origin of most medical problems. This episode is essential.

Dr. Andrew Weil explains how to boost brain function, reduce inflammation, and live longer. Click here to watch the video. 

Exercising In The Summer: What The Wellers Need To Know

For those who live at the Wellings, exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. But it can be dangerous or even impossible to exercise outdoors during the sweltering summer months. It would be simple to move the workout indoors. However, one of the summer’s joys is that outside generally feels better. To your luck, if you’re careful and aware of the dangers, you can safely work out outside.

Here are a few outdoor exercises that you can do this summer:

Walking/Hiking
Take a walk whenever you can; it’s one of the simplest ways to get fit. You can also walk for long distances and stay cool even in the heat of the summer. However, hiking might be for you if you’re looking for more strenuous activity. You can experience the wild side of nature while you are protected from the sun by trees. Don’t forget to bring a lot of water with you on this trip.

Golf
Do you know golfing is a low-impact, high-intensity way to improve your strength and flexibility? During the summer months, golfing can be a great way to exercise. Even though you’ll spend a lot of time outside, there are usually shady spots on the course, and golf carts are readily available at most clubs. In addition, golf is an excellent way to meet new people and socialize.

Tai Chi/Yoga
Tai Chi and Yoga are two low-impact options to consider if you want to improve your flexibility and strength. Both of these workouts emphasize stretching, movement, and controlled breathing. As a bonus, they can be customized to fit a person’s specific athletic abilities. In other words, even if you’re just getting started, you can benefit from this.

Biking
Even though biking is more challenging than walking, you’ll get a better workout and burn more calories. The relief from the heat from riding in the open air is another benefit. Biking to the park for a picnic is an option if you have a bike basket.

Gardening
It’s no secret that gardening can be physically taxing, as anyone who’s done it before will attest. However, gardening can be therapeutic and a healthy hobby. If you’re going to be out for a while, don’t forget to bring extra sunscreen. It’s not just plants that need water! Don’t forget to stay hydrated.

Kayaking
If you’re looking for a fun way to get out on the water, kayaking may be the best option. The upper body gets a good workout while you relax on a boat trip around a local lake. Wear sunscreen and a hat to protect yourself from the sun’s rays, as there isn’t much shade in the middle of the lake. A life jacket is an absolute necessity.

Fishing
Consider renting a boat if you want a relaxing day on a lake without having to row yourself there. You might enjoy fishing. You can fish from the sand or take a trip out on the water to find larger fish. In either case, you can take a breather and enjoy the beauty of the natural world. If you catch a fish, reeling it in can be a good workout. However, standing is beneficial to human health.

Swim
Swimming in a pool, on the other hand, is a great way to stay cool and tone your muscles simultaneously. In addition, you’ll get a more challenging workout because the water adds resistance to your regular movements.

If you or someone you know appears to be suffering from heat exhaustion, seek shelter indoors or in a shady location, rest, and hydrate. Drink plenty of water and wear light clothing in the summer. So what are you waiting for? Go out there and have fun.

Don’t Give Up Hope

There are many ways in which life challenges us. The loss of a loved one, a layoff, or a health issue can all impact a person’s life. Positive thinking, on the other hand, can be a valuable ally. Choosing to be positive and thankful has a positive effect on your mind and body.

People who have a more positive attitude on life live longer and are less likely to suffer from heart attacks and depression. According to one study, thinking positively about aging can add 7.5 years to one’s life expectancy. However, after considering factors such as gender, wealth, and overall health, the results are much more striking.

If you have a positive mindset, it may encourage you to exercise and eat healthier. Because you’re feeling better, you’re more likely to remain optimistic and joyful. If you’ve ever heard of a “virtuous circle,” you’ll know what I mean.

Things like low blood pressure and cholesterol have enhanced life spans by roughly four years, but if you view the glass as half-full, it could have a more significant impact.

Optimism is a skill that may be acquired. Time and practice are all that is required.

A few options are as follows:

  • Smile, even if it’s a phony one. It has the potential to alleviate some of the symptoms of stress.
  • Reframe. Instead of focussing on the negative, focus on the positive.
  • A thankfulness diary is a good idea.
  • Do good deeds for the sake of good.
  • Make friends with folks who make you happy.
  • And remember, you can’t change everything.

Honey Dressing, with Jaime Oliver

In this video, we see Jamie Oliver keep it simple and let the ingredients shine. We spend a lot of time thinking about food and flavour but make no mistake, we truly appreciate learning from the experts.

This recipe features honey and as natural or raw honey is more readily available in-store and on-line, the flavour comes together easily.

I love Peace River honey from Canada. It’s a flavour I remember from childhood, and would be perfect in this recipe.

At this time of year, you can sub in maple syrup from your favorite Sugar Shack! Adjust the amount to your own tastebuds.

Enjoy Jamie Oliver’s simple and delicious recipe and why not share it with a friend? Click here to watch the video. 

Did You Know? Eating Blueberries Protects Your Heart

In a study conducted in the United Kingdom, researchers looked into the benefits of eating a daily serving of blueberries among adults at high risk of cardiovascular disease. According to the findings, the 138 participants ranged in age from 50 to 75 years, and they were all classed as overweight or obese. They were given a cup or a half cup of blueberries every day for six months, while the other individuals were assigned a purple-colored placebo pill.

Results showed that eating a daily cup of blueberries cut the risk of heart disease by 12 to 15 percent via sustained improvements in vascular function and reduced arterial stiffness. However, the amount seems to matter – the researchers found no significant benefit from eating a half cup of blueberries daily. Instead, they credited the anthocyanin – flavonoids responsible for the red and blue color in fruits – with the health benefits seen.  

Every day, try including a variety of berries, including blueberries, into your diet. While the benefits of eating in lesser quantities were not immediately apparent in this study population, a half cup of blueberries offers the same antioxidant potential as five servings of any following vegetables: peas, carrots, apples, squash, or broccoli.

Blueberries are also a good source of fiber, with a half-cup serving containing approximately three grams of fiber per cup of fruit. According to recent data, anyone suffering from metabolic syndrome may be relieved to learn that consuming a daily portion of blueberries can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in individuals who have the illness.

Furthermore, berries have a vital role in preventing and treating cancer, diabetes, and neurological ailments, among other diseases.

Despite their small size, blueberries are mighty when consumed regularly.

How To Be A Good Communicator

“Communication is a skill that you can learn. It’s like riding a bicycle or typing. If you’re willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life.”
-Brian Tracy

What does it take to be a good communicator? Click here to join Nat and Kat on a heart-to-heart conversation around ways we can all grow and communicate more authentically each day.  

Step Your Way To A Healthier Life!

Do you know that achieving 10,000 steps a day for health is highly promoted but often not achieved by most people? Well, there is no need to worry for those who find this a daunting task. A new study posted in September 2021 in JAMA Network Open suggests that logging even 7,000 steps a day may go a long way toward better health. The key is to get up and move. As we complete our daily activities, we gain steps, but we can do more. A simple way is to introduce little exercise snack bites into our daily routines. These snack bites encourage you to move more.

Weekly, the Fitness Powers team will be posting on Facebook and Instagram fun activities you can do to step things up in your life for “the health of it.” Join the following video to obtain your little exercise snack of the day. Click here to watch the video. 

Should You Help Your Child Buy a Home?

I’ve been noticing that in the last several years, more parents and retirees are inquiring about, and making the decision to, assist their children in purchasing their first home. Perhaps you are contemplating this decision right now, and this trend resonates with you. It isn’t a decision that should be taken lightly, and it will require some research into how it will affect the health of your retirement portfolio or further, how it will affect the length of time you will need to continue working if the funds are withdrawn.

If there are questions you may have about the benefits and risks of such a decision, I am happy to discuss options with you.

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