Showing posts from March 25, 2018

Why You Need Antioxidants

        What Are Antioxidants? They’re chemicals that fight a process in your cells called oxidation. The main source is plant-based foods, but your body makes some, too. You’re probably familiar with vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, and the minerals selenium and manganese. Plant nutrients and chemicals like flavonoids, phenols, polyphenols, and phytoestrogens are also antioxidants. Swipe to advance 2 / 12 What Do Antioxidants Do? Each one works differently. Together they form a team that fights free radicals. These chemicals cause the oxidation process that damages your cells and the genetic material inside them. Your body makes free radicals as it processes food, sunlight, and toxins like smoke, pollution, and alcohol. Antioxidants either stop free radicals before they form or break them down so they’re harmless. Swipe to advance 3 / 12 Vit

Insulin Resistance: Know the Signs

        What Is It? Insulin is a hormone that acts like a key. It unlocks your cells to let in glucose (a kind of sugar) from your blood to make energy. Sometimes, this lock-and-key process doesn't work. Then glucose builds up in your blood, even when you make more insulin. Scientists have some ideas, but they aren't sure why your cells stop responding. Swipe to advance 2 / 12 Symptoms Usually, you won't have any. You could have this condition for a long time and not know it. People with severe insulin resistance sometimes get dark patches of skin on their necks, elbows, knees, hands, and armpits. Swipe to advance 3 / 12 What Puts You at Risk? Your chances of becoming insulin resistant go up if you're overweight, don't get enough exercise, have high blood pressure, or you smoke. Swipe to advance

Bad Habits When You Have ADHD

        Lack of Exercise If your memory is hazy, your ADHD may be to blame. And if you don't exercise much, you aren’t doing your brain any favors. However, physical activity can improve your memory. It can also help you make decisions, learn, and pay attention. Time to dust off those sneakers! Swipe to advance 2 / 11 Eating Out Often Making dinner may not be rocket science, but it takes a lot of mental effort if you have ADHD. You have to plan, prep, and follow steps. Sure, it’s easier to go out, but you should do so rarely. Healthy food can help you manage ADHD, but it’s hard to get on the go. Restaurant food is packed with calories, sugar, salt, and fat. You won’t get enough fruits and vegetables, either. Swipe to advance 3 / 11 Too Much Junk Food So far, science can’t answer the question of what, if any, foods make ADHD worse. But re

Inspirational Quote – March 31, 2018

“The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Being stuck in our ways feels very safe and reassuring to most of us doesn’t it? We know what to expect and how to respond or deal with it. No surprises there then, thank you very much! We often resist change, insisting that the old way of doing things worked just fine so why not just carry on? Why muddy the water? However, isn’t it occasionally wonderful when new opportunities come along and pry us loose from our comfort zone? So, instead of clinging like limpets to the rock of same old, same old, just let go and swim off into unknown but adventurous waters. How exciting to swim while anticipating reaching a hitherto unexplored shore and discovering all the wonders it has in store for you.

Three Lessons of Revolutionary Love in a Time of Rage

"Revolutionary love is the choice to enter into labor for others who do not look like us, for our opponents who hurt us and for ourselves. In this era of enormous rage, when the fires are burning all around us,...revolutionary love is the call of our times." In this TEDWomen 2017 talk, Valarie Kaur gives us the antidote to rising nationalism, polarization and hate. In her journey from the birthing room to murder site, Kaur shows us how the choice to love is a force for justice: see no stranger, tend the wound of those around us and who have done us harm, breathe together as we push together in our work in the world.

How to Reduce the Impact of Childhood Trauma

Children who experience adversity tend to have health problems later in life. Dr. Nadine Burke Harris explains why—and how we can help heal those wounds. BY  JEREMY ADAM SMITH   When Dr. Nadine Burke Harris set up the  Bayview Child Health Center  in 2007, she immediately noticed an association between traumatic experiences and health outcomes in the children she treated. “Day after day I saw infants who were listless and had strange rashes,” she writes in her new book,  The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity . “Kids just entering middle school had depression. And in unique cases… kids weren’t even growing .” Often, she discovered, these children had suffered “heart-wrenching trauma,” such sexual abuse, violence, or parental mental illness and incarceration. These are what researchers call “adverse childhood experiences”—or ACEs, for short. To understand what she was seeing in her clinic, Dr. Harris searched the scientific literature for e