There are hundreds of skincare products that claim to reduce dark circles. Try doing a search and you’ll surely find yourself overwhelmed. Until you get to the root of what’s causing your shadows, it’s impossible to know which products (if any) can diminish them. Find out which one of these four types of dark circles you may have, and learn the best way to treat them. »
All this time, we physicians have warned you about the risks of eating too much red meat. We worried that the high saturated fat and cholesterol content was damaging to your heart; however, we got it wrong. Red meat is still linked to an increased risk of heart disease, but it’s not just from the fat. New research points to a substance found in red meat called L-carnitine. This new research suggests that L-carnitine, either from red meat or taken in supplement form, poses a threat to your heart. Prior to the latest research, we’ve promoted this supplement on this show. Researchers claimed that it could increase energy, speed up weight loss, and improve athletic performance. Some energy drinks add L-carnitine for this reason. Now, I’m saying DON’T take it!
Here’s how it works: After you ingest L-carnitine, it travels to your gut, and intestinal bacteria converts the L-carnitine into a substance called TMA, which then gets processed by the liver. The liver converts TMA into a compound that has been linked to plaque build-up in the arteries and heart disease. This conversion was most apparent in those who regularly ate red meat. Remarkably, vegans and vegetarians, even after consuming a large amount of carnitine, did not produce significant levels of TMA. It may be because they have different gut bacteria. »
Researchers have uncovered some good news for everyone determined to age well, and you can use this information to your advantage without spending a dime. All it requires is some awareness and repetition of some “successful aging” mental practices.
Scientists are now mapping the brain pathways responsible for successful aging. They have discovered that a bias toward positive thinking and an optimistic outlook may result in more emotional control and stability, and ultimately more resilience as we age. The part of the brain called the rostral anterior cingulate cortex has been linked to the ability to maintain emotional control and to minimizing the aging effects of stress and negativity.
What does this mean for you? Learning how to control your attention and focus may actually help you age more gracefully. Pessimism and a tendency to focus on the negative aspects of life have been linked to premature aging and poor health. Here are three tips to help build your mental muscles for healthy aging.
Emergency Rooms’ Role in US Healthcare Growing: According to a RAND study released Monday, emergency departments (EDs) “account for about half of the nation’s hospital admissions and accounted for virtually all of the rise in admissions between 2003 and 2009.” RAND researchers found that while EDs “are widely considered expensive places for diagnostic care, physicians are increasingly relying on them to determine whether a patient needs to be hospitalized.” The findings “raise important questions about how … [EDs] contribute to high health care costs in the United States and what their role will be in the future as the nation undergoes fundamental changes in health care delivery.” (New York Times)
Olive Oil and Nuts in Your Diet Helps to Guard Brain: According to a study published online May 13 in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, “adding a little olive oil or a handful of nuts to your diet each day may help keep your mind clear.” The study included “522 adults who were at high risk of vascular events.” Those who consumed the Mediterranean diet with olive oil ended up performing better on the Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE) compared to those who did not follow the diet. (MedPage Today)
Oncologist Discusses Outrageous Cost of BRCA Gene Test: After Angelina Jolie’s revelation that she has the BRCA gene mutation, which puts her at increased risk for breast and ovarian cancer, David B. Agus, a medical oncologist and a professor of medicine and engineering at the University of Southern California, discussed why the cost of the test for the gene was so high. He writes, “Unlike routine tests for diabetes or high cholesterol … the BRCA gene evaluation — performed by only one company in the United States, Myriad Genetics — is phenomenally expensive, with a ‘list price’ close to $4,000 when a related genomic-rearrangement test is included in the analysis, which oncologists typically recommend.” Patients and insurers are “paying this lofty price in large part because Myriad owns broad patents on these two BRCA genes, which it acquired in 1997 and 1998, respectively — and refuses to license the test to any other American company.” (New York Times)
A new study from the UK suggests that your purse may have up to 10 times more germs than the average toilet seat. Researchers from Initial Washroom Hygiene swabbed different parts of purses and compared them to swabs of toilet seats.
The results: Nearly 20% of handbags had more germs than a toilet seat and posed a potential health risk of contamination. The dirtiest part of the purse was the handle or the straps, which are the most frequently touched by your hands. Leather handbags posed the greatest threat because of their “spongy texture,” which provides perfect conditions for bacterial growth. In addition to the purses, their contents were also dirty, with hand or face cream being one of the most contaminated items, followed by lipstick and mascara.
We get advice constantly on what to do to improve health. Often, it’s based on a new study making headlines, sometimes it’s from a new book that has come out. Friends and family share what has worked for them, and what hasn’t. Worst of all, the advice is sometimes contradictory – even from the recent studies.
Knowing whom to believe is tough enough. But even when the advice is consistent and comes from respected sources, it’s difficult to know how important it is to follow the advice you hear.
Making changes in behaviors is hard, and it would be helpful to be able to prioritize the changes you want to make. One way to prioritize is by how hard something is to do – but that’s an individual assessment. Another way of doing so is by how much benefit you can get by making the change. This is where the RealAge Test can be helpful. »
I know I’m not the first to tell you about the benefits of exercise. I also know I’m not the first to tell you that exercise can do a body good from both an emotional and physical standpoint.
But I might be the first to tell you that exercise, and specifically the aerobic kind that gets your heart rate up for an extended period of time, can improve your sleep. If you’re in insomniac, listen up: A study from Northwestern Medicine has shown serious promise to the dramatic effects of exercise on people diagnosed with insomnia. »
This four-ingredient recipe is a great refreshing treat that can replace sugary Italian ice or ice cream, or can be served alongside savory dishes to create the perfect cooling finish. A great pick-me-up or a palate cleanser between courses, it’s also low in fat and big on flavor, which is a satisfying combination for dieters! »
One of the greatest longevity secrets you’ll ever learn is how to take care of your brain throughout your entire lifetime. Take these tips for a test drive and see if you don’t feel sharper in mind and body!
1. Omega-3’s for a Brain Boost
You may have heard that it’s great for your health to take fish oil every day, but did you ever wonder why? Fish oil, along with flax seeds and many nuts and seeds, contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. We’ve known for some time that omega-3’s support cardiovascular health, but the link between cardiovascular health and cognitive health is relatively recent. New scientific research indicates that people with higher omega-3 levels are more likely to perform well on cognitive tests of visual memory, attention, and abstract thinking, and to experience less age-related brain shrinking. Omega-3’s are also very helpful for reducing blood pressure, which can worsen your memory by inhibiting brain cell nourishment. »
Now that I have your attention, it has come to my attention that a recent study concluded that married people are actually having less sex than they did 20 years ago. Once I got up off the floor from fainting after reading about this disturbing trend, I decided I needed to make it a point to pontificate on this horrible statistic and give you solid, scientific reasons why you should be making love more often. »