Blast from the Past
As we age, our brain’s ability to process information with speed and efficiency steadily declines. But a new study shows that higher levels of fitness can curb cognitive decline in older adults by increasing the volume of key parts of the brain, especially those responsible for reasoning and problem solving. These results suggest that we can improve our brain health by changing our lifestyle even as we age.
I’ve said it before: poor cognitive function as we get older is not inevitable. If you want to age well, minimize neurodegeneration and protect against common (but not normal) conditions associated with aging, you need to take matters into your own hands.
Exercise is one of the key strategies for keeping your brain sharp as you get older. I’ve outlined other strategies in this post from way back in 2011, nearly all of which are a component of my healthy lifestyle program 14Four. There’s no reason to expect significant cognitive decline as you age, and it’s important to make these lifestyle changes well before your cognitive function is even an issue.
- Dealing with stress is more important for health than reducing stress.
- It took just 2-3 days for men in this study to start developing insulin resistance.
- This study compares effect of caffeine and light on melatonin production before bedtime.
- A new study not funded by a drug company shows that Paxil is not safe for teens after all.
- Another study suggests that modulating the gut microbiome affects cholesterol metabolism.
- Our sinus microbiome plays a role in chronic sinus problems, according to a new study.
- Another study explores how antibiotics may disrupt the gut biota.
- From ‘Me’ to ‘We’: identification with social groups can protect and enhance health and well-being.
- Statins could be sapping your energy right at the mitochondrial level.
Worth a Look
- This standing desk solution on Kickstarter looks like a good one.
- Get free access to my keynote, “Healthcare from Scratch” — or buy the full access pass.
- Autism and gluten-free eating: results of an anticipated study have been released.
- Mark Sisson examines three primary arguments against widespread adoption of gluten-free diets.
- Are negative thoughts keeping you from living your healthiest life? The Ancestral RDs discuss how to improve your mindset and start living more positively today.
- The diet industry goes through crazes non-stop, from low fat, to low carb, to ketogenic, and beyond. But could these diet crazes be harming us more than helping us get healthy?
- Are you accidentally destroying your metabolism? Overtraining and undereating can cause self-induced hypothyroidism.
- Better posture: Why ‘shoulders down and back’ isn’t the best advice.
- The diets of our ancestors went through a profound shift with the addition of meat. But researchers argue that another item added to the menu was just as important: carbohydrates.
For the Foodies
- Nom Nom Paleo: Simple Egg Drop Soup
- Bare Root Girl: California Avocado & Egg Casserole
- PaleOMG: Thai Sweet Chili Sauce Pork Burgers
- The Healthy Foodie: Pork Scaloppine Roll-Ups
- The Domestic Man: Chicken Cacciatore
- Paleo Newbie: Smoked Salmon Salad
- Relish: Cauliflower and Mushroom Curry
- Paleo Magazine: Chilled Cucumber Mash
- Grazed and Enthused: Blistered Carrots with Lemon Cream Sauce
- Mel Joulwan: Zucchini Noodles with Fresh Tomato Basil Sauce
- Perchance To Cook: Fall Spiced Meatloaf
- Lexi’s Clean Kitchen: Healthy Eggplant Parm Bites
- The Chic Life: Pumpkin Pie Macaroons
- Thriving on Paleo: Toasted Coconut Chips
- A Girl Worth Saving: Apple Coffee Cake
- My Heart Beets: N’Oatmeal Raisin Cookies