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. »
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.
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. »
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. »
Cut kitchen prep time, reduce waste, and boost your nutrient intake with these easy-to-follow tips:
1. Kiwi: Yes, You Can Eat the Skin!
I recently did a segment with Dr. Oz touting the health benefits of this tart and tasty green ball of energy, but did you know that you can also eat the kiwi peel? That’s right – eating the whole fruit, including the peel, will more than double the fiber of the fruit, as well as help to preserve its vitamin C. With especially ripe kiwi, the rind can actually help hold the fruit intact, making snacking on a slice that much easier.
2. Baby Beet Peels and Greens
I love the sweet, earthy taste of beets, but I’m always looking for an excuse not to have to cut them. Not only does it save me a step in the kitchen, but as anyone knows who’s sliced into one, the dark red pigment of beets (called anthocyanins) can be messy and leave dramatic stains on cutting boards and countertops. There are two reasons baby beets are a great choice. »
With the warm weather approaching, people are starting to wear a lot less clothing. But everyone, regardless of skin color, can get skin cancer.
New regulations by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should make choosing an effective sunscreen easier this summer. The American Academy of Dermatology and dermatologists across the country feel that these new labeling requirements will help consumers make good decisions when choosing a sunscreen.
- According to the FDA, sunscreen labels are now required to provide information about whether a sunscreen will protect against skin cancer and premature skin aging, as well as reducing the risk of sunburn.
- Sunscreen labels are banned from using terms such as “waterproof” or “sweatproof” because they are misleading and can result in an over-estimation of how much sun protective factor (SPF) the wearer is actually receiving. »
A small but growing number of Caribbean beauticians, scientists and entrepreneurs are pioneering a movement to bring awareness back to the many natural treasures that the region abounds with. They are hoping to shed light on the cornucopia of plants, leaves, fruits and flowers of the islands that, although a staple part of health and wellness in the past, has fallen out of favor with younger generations.
When I read Angelina Jolie’s article in the New York Times, like everyone else I was struck by how straightforward, beautifully written, informative and brave it was. Most of the comments that followed the article applauded her decision to take a very private matter public. But there were also a number of disturbing comments, like the reader who wrote, “I think this is a crazy thing to do. I do not think there is a direct link between gene fault and cancer…[she should just] avoid toxins: eat organic food … drink clean water, and live in a wooden healthy home.”
It reminded me that there are still many people who refuse to acknowledge that while lifestyle choices can have an impact on health, some people are simply dealt a bad set of genetic cards and develop cancer in spite of doing everything right (and living in a healthy wooden home!).
That’s why, when I wrote The Essential Guide to Hysterectomy, I fought my editor tooth and nail to ensure that the chapter on genetic reasons why women opt for hysterectomy should be included. My editor insisted that the number of women at risk was too small to be of general interest and that the chapter should be omitted. At one point she said, “This is only going to frighten women … there can’t be that many women that really need to know about this!”
Well, I’ll tell you exactly how many women need this information: Each year 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. Roughly 22,000 are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Of those, 5-10% are carriers of a BRCA mutation, which is responsible for their cancer. Half a million women in the United States have this gene mutation, but only 4% are aware of it. In other words, 96% of woman that are at very high risk for developing breast or ovarian cancer don’t even know it. »