Just as a healthy diet can help fend off chronic diseases, what we eat can help us keep our mental edge as we age. Approximately five million Americans over the age of 65 have Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia and a progressive disease that destroys brain cells. Second to Alzheimer’s disease is vascular dementia, which can occur when the blood vessels of the brain become damaged and adequate blood supply to parts of the brain is prevented. Studies have identified links between a heart-healthy diet and a healthy brain.
Centuries ago, warriors (the original athletes) ate the hearts of lions. Today, athletes seek out energy drinks and protein shakes. Clearly, times have changed. In case you are wondering what else is old – and new – when it comes to sports nutrition, I’ve compiled this update to resolve confusion and help you fuel for success.
Historically, doctors have either neglected the topic of weight management or wagged an admonishing finger. That admonishing finger is useless at best. At worst, it is overtly harmful. Studies have shown that especially among younger women exposure to anti-obesity bias actually fosters unhealthy eating habits in the short term.
Brazilian health officials have designed new guidelines to help protect the population against under-nutrition, especially children, which is already declining in their country, and also to prevent the health consequences of overweight and obesity, which are sharply on the rise. The guidelines are remarkable in that they are based on foods that Brazilians of all social classes eat every day, and that they consider the social, cultural, economic, and environmental implications of food choices.
This February marks the 50th anniversary of American Heart Health Month. Heart disease is the number one killer among all diseases in America. Fortunately, following a heart-healthy diet and lifestyle can make a big difference in the prevention and treatment of heart disease.
When you think about what it takes to raise healthy kids, good nutrition often comes first to mind. But there are many other aspects of parenting that can improve the chances of children to grow up as healthy as they can be. In fact, parenting has a huge impact on the choices kids will make on behalf of their well-being. Here are six practices parents can apply to help their children develop a health-promoting mindset, now and for many years to come.