Most people are familiar with “iron poor blood.” But there’s another deficiency that’s less well-known—one that can cause a variety of troubling symptoms and occurs even when people do their best to eat a healthful diet. Vitamin B-12 levels that are lower than normal can be associated with muscle weakness, fatigue and/or memory problems. More severe deficiencies can cause irreversible nerve damage…or be a factor in premature death.
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Want to eat less at lunch? Choose oatmeal for breakfast. Recent study: Volunteers who ate a bowl of hot instant oatmeal with skim milk reported feeling fuller longer and ate significantly less at lunch than on the days that they ate a breakfast of cold oat-based cereal and skim milk. Explanation: Although both the oatmeal and cold cereal consumed in the study had the same number of calories, oatmeal has more fiber, which increases satiety.
An analysis of 160 people found that smokers are three times more likely than nonsmokers to develop chronic back pain. Possible reason: Smokers have a stronger connection between two brain regions that play a role in addictive behavior and chronic pain. Good news: Study participants who quit smoking showed a drop in this brain circuit activity, decreasing their vulnerability to chronic pain.
Half of children between the ages of six and 19 are not adequately hydrated. Chronic dehydration can result in kidney problems, heatstroke, headaches, irritability, poor circulation, reduced physical performance and poor mental functioning. Children are more susceptible to dehydration than adults because they adapt to heat more slowly. Best: Encourage kids to drink plain water, not juice or sports drinks. Infuse it with fresh fruit such as oranges… vegetables such as cucumbers… or herbs such as mint to enhance the taste without adding sugar. Serve it ice-cold when possible (or use frozen water bottles in lunch bags)—cold water tastes better to children than room-temperature water.
Having cocktails before dinner may lead to more eating. A small study found that mild intoxication (from the equivalent of about two glasses of wine) resulted in a greater response to food aromas in the hypothalamus –an area of the brain linked to hunger, eating and satiety. Participants who had alcohol ate significantly more than when not under alcohol’s influence.
Adults who ate spicy foods almost every day had a 14% reduced risk for death from any cause compared with those who ate these foods less than once a week, according to a recent seven-year study of nearly 500,000 people. Most reported eating fresh and/or dried chili peppers, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce risk for some cancers, high blood pressure and heart disease. Other research has found garlic and ginger to also be healthful spices.
Dancing the tango improved balance and functional mobility in 40 Parkinson’s patients who took twice-weekly classes for 12 weeks. Dancers also reported better cognitive function and less fatigue. Why: The rhythmic forward-and-backward steps of the tango stimulate cognitive functioning and promote better balance.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, the following advices are recommended:
1. Set a sleep schedule and stick to it.
2. Create a relaxing bedtime routine.