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The summer sun is shining, and as nice as it feels on your face, chances are it makes you think twice about aging, or rather how to prevent (or slow!) the signs of it. While year-round, daily sun protection is an essential step to maintaining youthful skin, the most effective way to fight aging is from the inside out.
How often do you read the labels on food packaging? If you’re like most Americans, you glance at the information and go on your merry way. Unless you’re a disciplined label reader, you likely don’t take time to do the math of package size versus serving size, which can be two very different things.
That’s about to change. The Food and Drug Administration is mandating changes to nutrition labels that will make them easier to understand.
Need yet another reason to take an omega-3 supplement? If you suffer from dry eye, you’ll want to keep reading. Recent studies continue to show omega-3 fatty acids reduce the risk of dry eye syndrome, a pesky eye condition that leads to itchy, stinging eyes and sensitivity to light. Left untreated, it can even impair vision.
Picnics. Graduation parties. Trips to the shore. Summer fun has arrived and while the change is great for your mental health, it can take a toll on your digestive health, particularly as you get older.
“As a naturopathic doctor, I often help people optimize digestion,” says Melissa Josselson, ND. “If you suffer from digestive symptoms, such as bloating or indigestion, Res-Q All Essential Enzymes may be beneficial for you.”
If you feel tired and run down, if you get frequent colds, or if you have digestive issues, you may want to check your gut. An imbalance of gut bacteria can lead to digestive issues and make you more prone to infections. In fact, 80 percent of your immune system is located in your digestive tract.
So, how do you balance gut bacteria? Taking a probiotic supplement is a great first step. “Probiotics increase your ‘good’ bacteria, which helps to both relieve and prevent digestive and immune system issues,” says Melissa Josselson, ND, a naturopathic doctor.
It seems like a simple question, right? As it turns out, the answer may not be as straightforward as you think. A new infographic from GOED, the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s, reveals huge gaps in what different countries recommend for daily intake of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and DHA docosahexeanoic acid (DHA), the two most researched omega-3 fatty acids.
Russia suggests 1300 milligrams daily. Norway checks in with a middle-of-the-road 450 milligrams. Australia advises just 160 milligrams. And many countries, including the United States, don’t make any official recommendation at all.
A new study out of Australia suggests B vitamins enhance the homocysteine-lowering effect of omega-3s. This is good news for people who are concerned about a high homocysteine level, which has been linked to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and certain neurological diseases, as well as to lowered bone mineral density in women.
Homocysteine is an amino acid that forms in your blood as a byproduct of digesting animal protein. It also is produced in our bodies from another amino acid called methionine. People who consume a diet high in animal protein and low in leafy green vegetables, fruits and grain-based foods – all of which have high levels of folic acid and B vitamins – may develop high homocysteine levels.
Warm weather is coming and you have decided this is the year you will get into shape. You will lace up your sneakers and get moving. You will trade in your muffin top for a tank top. You will feel younger! Energized! Slimmer! Good for you – that’s the spirit!
One quick question before you start: Do you know what you’re doing? If the answer is no, follow this advice from our medical advisors and you’ll be on the path to looking and feeling your best. And remember, if you haven’t been active in quite a while, you may want to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, just to make sure there aren’t any limitations based on your health.
Ready to get started? To do it safely, your exercise routine should consist of: