Week Ending November 29, 2021

Your Vitamin D Status Has An Impact On Your Mood, Says Recent Research
“Though many people still equate vitamin D with bones (which is understandable considering that the sunshine vitamin is important for maintaining strong, healthy bones),* it’d be doing this powerhouse nutrient a true disservice to suggest its benefits start and end there.”

“As we begin to get back to a semblance of normal, or at least the new normal, we can learn from the past and be stronger in coping with our future. Honoring our past experiences, and embracing our realities makes us stronger and more resilient. As we approach the 2021 Holiday season, and prepare for 2022, we can all benefit from focusing on, and practicing gratitude.”

Do “anti-aging” diets work?
“Extensive research in animals suggests that strict diets that limit the intake of certain nutrients increase lifespan and reduce the incidence of age-related disease. It may even be possible to reproduce these effects using drugs. For now, however, there are no clinically proven anti-aging diets or drugs, and scientists have not yet established their safety.”

What Are Respiratory Allergies?
“Allergies occur when your body misidentifies a harmless substance (called an allergen) as dangerous. Your immune system responds to the false alarm and begins to make antibodies against the allergen.”

From equine to play: 10 nontraditional therapies
“Often nontraditional therapy is referred to as alternative or complementary medicine. This type of therapy is not intended as a replacement for traditional therapies but rather is meant to be used in conjunction with them. These therapies can enhance the benefits of traditional therapy.”

As Holidays Return to Normal, Here’s How to De-Stress
“Don’t get too focused on buying the perfect presents, making the best dinner or planning the perfect party. Try to be mindful of pleasant things and moments, suggested Jennifer Wegmann, a health and wellness studies lecturer at Binghamton University, State University of New York.”

4 Underrated Habits That Can Secretly Upgrade Your Health
“Thatcher Wine has had one serious health journey: Soon after undergoing surgery for chronic headaches (and experiencing trouble with his vision post-operation) the author and entrepreneur discovered three tumors in his chest—and was diagnosed with lymphoma.”

5 Major Improvements You’ll See From Doing Yoga Every Day, Says Science
“It’s safe to say at this point that yoga is more than a flash in the wellness pan or yet another fleeting fitness fad. After all, this ancient practice combining precise physical poses, deep breathing, and mental focus dates back over 5,000 years! If people have been practicing yoga for that long, there must be something to it.”

Eating Habits to Avoid For a Better Immune System, Say Dietitians
“For many people, the scariest thing about winter approaching isn’t the thought of digging out those snow boots and braving the increasingly bitter weather: it’s the return of cold and flu season. While washing your hands thoroughly, avoiding crowds, and steering clear of anyone you know to be sick can all help reduce your risk of coming down with something, those measures may not be enough to keep you safe.”

A Harvard nutritionist and brain expert says she avoids these 5 foods that ‘weaken memory and focus’
“No matter how old you are, it’s never too late to start eating in a way that gives you the best possible chance of staving off dementia as you age and making sure that you feel focused and sharp every day.”

Why the Body Mass Index Is So Often Misleading, According to Doctors
“Chances are at some point in your life, you and your doctor have discussed your body mass index (BMI) in relation to your health. Unfortunately, for many people (maybe you, too) these talks can be distressing, considering all the weight that those three little letters carry.”