Get Healthy This Summer with these Simple Tips
Boost Your Brain Health
When you think about health and wellness, what first comes to mind? Most likely it’s along the lines of fitness, healthy eating and doctor’s appointments. But have you ever considered the importance of brain health as you age? Stay sharp as you age with these easy ways to boost your brain power:
Eat brain food. Some of these top “brain foods” include wild salmon, nuts and seeds, avocados, blueberries, dark chocolate and whole grains.
Continue to learn. The learning shouldn’t stop once you leave school. Continue to try new activities and test your brain by reading, taking classes or learning a language.
Take a well-rounded supplement. The three B vitamins (folic acid, B6 and B12) are all related to healthy brain function.
Keep a sleep schedule. Not only is sleep fundamental for regenerating your physical body, but it has restorative properties for your brain as well. A good night’s sleep helps you to look at problems in a new light and improves your ability to think creatively.
Maintain your social calendar. Humans are social creatures who need a variety of brain stimulation to maintain a sharp mind, including social activity. This becomes especially relevant as you age and your neurological processes start to slow down.
Gut Check: Simple Ways to Beat the Bloat
With swimsuit season upon us, beating the bloat and easing digestive issues can change the way you look and how you feel. The good news is that the majority of belly complaints can be dealt with relatively easily, resulting in a well-functioning digestive system that will energize you.
Chew slower. The more you chew and help break down food before it enters the digestive tract, the better your digestive system will function.
Avoid intolerances. Everyone is different, so listen to your body and eliminate any unfriendly foods like dairy or certain hard-to-digest carbohydrates commonly.
Bubble bubble can spell trouble. Carbonated beverages also tend to inflate your stomach with gas. Chew gum you often swallow air – both of which can result in gas.
Enzyme power. Supplementing with digestive enzymes may help heighten the action of your own enzymes
to break down food, soothe digestive distress, promote regularity and increase nutrient absorption.
Drink up. Drinking plenty of fluids, especially water, helps your body get rid of waste and can help prevent constipation.
Seek medical advice. If bloating and digestive discomfort are becoming your norm. Once you rule
out anything serious, you can work on changing your diet and lifestyle to support your health.
Power Packed Recipe: Tour de France Pistachio Rice Cakes
Nigel Mitchell, head of nutrition for British Cycling and educational ambassador for American Pistachio Growers
Nigel’s Pistachio Rice Cakes
Yield: 25 servings
Ingredients: 2 cups Risotto (short grain) rice 4¼ cups water 1/8 tsp cinnamon or vanilla 1 tsp sugar (optional) 1¼ cup low-fat cream cheese 1 tsp coconut oil 1 tsp honey or agave nectar ½ cup chopped roasted pistachio kernels
Instructions: Cook rice according to package directions. While rice is still hot, add all other ingredients and mix well. Cover a baking sheet with plastic wrap and spoon rice mixture onto wrap. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap, use a rolling pin to compress the rice. Let it cool to room temperature and place in refrigerator overnight. Remove and cut into 1-inch squares.
The hottest ‘new’ health remedy that’s been around forever: chili pepper
Do you love the snap that chili peppers give to your food? Are you a fan of the heat they impart to a variety of dishes? Even if you’re not, you may want to take another look at the humble chili pepper. From migraine relief to weight control, researchers are verifying what some cultures have known for centuries: the chili pepper and its key constituents, like capsaicin, deliver
a host of health benefits. If you’re not a fan of spicy foods, however, don’t give up on the health benefits. Many of the natural remedies under development lack the heat associated with chili peppers.
Here are some of the few of the country’s most common health conditions that chili peppers are helping to fight:
• Migraine relief
• Weight control
• Cancer treatment
• Arthritis treatment
• Fighting diabetes
• Natural nutrition