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Stressed? Take a Nature Pill

In All Health Watch, Cognitive Health, Diet and Nutrition, Featured Article, Longevity, Mental Health by Garry Messick0 Comments

More than 20 million Americans feel so stressed that they feel they have to take anti-anxiety drugs to help them get through the day.

Xanax (alprazolam) is the most common one. It’s one of a class of drugs called benzodiazepines (sometimes called benzos).

Although the opioid epidemic gets most of the headlines, benzos like Xanax are also highly addictive. Overdose deaths involving benzos increased more than sevenfold between 1999 and 2015.

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Doing This One Thing Makes Your Brain Younger

In All Health Watch, Alzheimer's and Memory, Anti-Aging, Cognitive Health, Featured Article by Garry Messick0 Comments

Everyone knows you can’t turn back the clock, right?

When it comes to your brain, researchers recently discovered that you can.

Dr. Sara Lazar is a neuroscientist. Years ago, she injured herself while training for the Boston Marathon. Her physical therapist suggested she stretch. That led her to take a yoga class.

She took yoga for the physical benefits, but soon noticed positive mental and emotional side effects.

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5-Minute Breathing Trick Lowers Blood Pressure, Study Finds

In All Health Watch, Blood Pressure, Heart and Cardiovascular, Longevity by Garry Messick1 Comment

Exercise has long been one of the go-to natural remedies for high blood pressure. Typically, people with hypertension are told to do cardio…the more, the better.

The problem is that the results are usually modest. You might get a couple of points lower. Some people don’t get any drop at all.

Now, a new study has found an exercise that is far more effective than cardio.

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Yes, You Can Grow More Brain Cells

In All Health Watch, Alzheimer's and Memory, Anti-Aging, Cognitive Health, Featured Article by Garry Messick0 Comments

You’ve probably heard this scientific “fact”: You cannot grow new brain cells. Once they die because of injury, disease, or age, brain cells are lost forever.

It’s a depressing thought.

Fortunately, it’s completely wrong.

In 1999, scientists confirmed that adult human neurogenesis is possible. Neurogenesis is the creation of new neurons or brain cells.[1]  

This discovery had a profound effect on the field of neurology.

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All Seniors Need One Thing to Stay Healthy

In All Health Watch, Anti-Aging, Featured Article, Longevity by Garry Messick0 Comments

As we get older, almost all of us have aches and pains.

Your hips might hurt when you get out of a chair. Your knees may be stiff when you wake up in the morning. You may feel a twinge in your shoulders when you raise your arms.

All of these things are signs you have osteoarthritis.

In the back of your mind, you wonder if and when it will turn into a full-blown disability that will mean you won’t be able to do the things you love…or even care for yourself and live independently.

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Study Uncovers Secret of People Who Lose Weight and Keep It Off

In All Health Watch, Anti-Aging, Diet and Nutrition, Featured Article, Fitness and Exercise, Weight Loss by Garry Messick0 Comments

As most dieters know, the hardest part is not losing weight. It’s keeping it off.

When your body gets thinner, it goes into starvation mode, ratcheting up your appetite in an effort to make you eat more.

Mainstream doctors have one answer for this problem: willpower.

They urge you to stay disciplined and fight through the hunger pangs.

A new study shows there’s a better way.

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