Here is a look at 13 foods once considered “bad” which are now good for us…or at least for now…
As I write this, we just switched the clocks back one hour this past weekend as part of that usual fall ritual. “Gaining” an hour of sleep theoretically.
So I figured I would write something about one of my favorite topics. Sleep.
I am not implying that today’s election has ANYTHING to do with my disrupted sleep, but… 🙂
In short, sleep is far and away the most underrated thing you can focus on to improve your health. Sleep impacts your brain health, immune system, body fat percentage and now your heart health.
A recent study out of South Korea has demonstrated a clear connection between proper sleep and heart disease.
Specifically, people who had poor, inadequate or even too much sleep have an increased risk of artherosclerosis. The cause, it seems, is too much calcium in the coronary arteries – an early indicator of heart disease.
Now scientists can’t be 100% certain that the sleep issues directly cause the condition or if some other illness causes the poor sleep, BUT it is part of a growing body of evidence linking poor sleep and heart disease.
What I found interesting was the fact that people who got too much sleep (defined as 9 hours of more) had even MORE calcium in their arteries – up to 70% more than ‘good sleepers’.
The thing is, NO ONE I know sleeps more than 9 hours. I sure don’t. BUT, I do pay close attention to my bedtime and do what I can to hit a minimum of 6 or more hours each night. The reality is, we were designed for roughly 6-8 hours nightly.
The real “take away”? And I tell this to groups I speak to all the time…
If you have some type of poor sleeping pattern (too little or disrupted) you MUST find the cause ASAP. The connections are simply too powerful. Poor sleep can be a powerful contributor to declining brain health and a failing immune system!
Good enough reason to act on this info I think…
Good night and sleep well!
Oh, so Art finally decides to finally send a blog out…alert the media…
I know. I fell out of the habit of writing these. I used to be like clockwork every Tuesday. Then I drifted to a couple of times a month…and then after August 1st…nothing.
And the thing is…I really ENJOY writing these. I especially enjoy the emails I get in response to them. Thanks!
I would especially like to say hello to all the former members of my gym. It’s been a while.
Also, I would like to welcome all those folks who purchased my book, The Red Wine Diet. Welcome aboard! I hope you find this information very useful!
Let’s just say I have a TON of material saved up and I will now be sending out my boomer and red wine related blog out every week.
Let’s face it. I read a lot of studies (geek!) anyway, so why not get back in the habit of sending them out!
I will be shooting for a Tuesday delivery at about 10:30am…just in time for your morning coffee (Ok, maybe your second or third coffee).
A lot of this will be nutrition based…since that’s where the most confusion seems to be.
Speaking of coffee…If that’s your thing, you will like today’s blog.
I have a list of three things that have recently been shown to fight aging.
Let’s check them out…
1) Coffee: A study out of Hahvid (Harvard) says that consuming 3-5 cups of coffee per day (that sounds like a lot!) actually reduces the chances of dying prematurely. This applies to caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee!
2) Broccoli: Seriously, is there anything that broccoli DOESN’T do? There is apparently an enzyme in broccoli that apparently causes cells to “act” younger than they are. This is a good thing for those looking to live a longer life with a healthier brain as well (another thing ‘broc’ has been show to promote. This is in addition to the list of certain cancers broccoli has been shown to prevent.
3) Lentils: Yes. This basic little bean has been shown to be an affordable source of a crucial but sometimes elusive mineral – selenium. Selenium has been shown to be crucial in battling several forms of cancer. In many areas where selenium level in the soil are low there is a corresponding increase in cancer…subsequently impacting overall mortality rates.
Note: I include selenium in my daily supplement routine. Just saying…
Just to wrap up…I am going to have some pretty cool resources coming your way as we head into the winter months.
BTW: If there is a topic you would like me to research, just tell me. I’ll get a blog done on it!
Stay tuned and I will (definitely) see you next Tuesday!