Archive for June, 2013

If aging with radiance is on your agenda, add the word telomere to your vocabulary. My online dictionary defines radiance as “an attractive combination of good health and happiness.” I want that. A 2010 article in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry defines telomere as “the DNA-protein complex that protects the ends of human chromosomes. Telomere length is an indicator of biological aging. Telomeres […]

Why is it often our impulse to think that food grown in some exotic, far-off place is more super-duper than food grown in a modest garden out in our own backyard? Think about it. Himalayan sea salt. Amazon rainforest acai berries. Borojo pulp (AKA: jugo de amor) from the jungles of Panama. Noni, goji, mangosteen. […]

Brain games: jumping jacks for neurons

· Category: Blog, Brain Boosters, Longevity

I’ll start this post with a few tips and awe-inspiring brain facts to blow your mind (so to speak), then we’ll head to a cognitive gym class called Lumosity. The human brain contains about 100 billion neurons. Yes, that’s billion with a B. A neuron is a specialized cell that transfers information via electrical and chemical […]

According to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (a service of the National Institutes of Health), 25.8 million Americans of all ages have diabetes and 79 million Americans aged 20 and over have pre-diabetes. Fifty percent of people aged 65 or older have pre-diabetes. That’s a lot of people with a lot of associated complications. These […]

I’ve been doing a lot of research lately on brain health and which nutrients and lifestyle behaviors play a role in keeping cognitive discombobulation at bay. I’m guessing most of us who are midlife or older occasionally worry about losing more than just our car keys. Like maybe our marbles. The thought of memory loss […]

I have a wandering mind (see my About page for details) and although I’ve been practicing yoga for well over a decade, I’ve never mastered that whole “let go of your thoughts” thing. I’m a fairly incompetent meditator. I prefer to be moving to settle my mind and find a peaceful rhythm for my ricocheting […]