Archive for Optimal Health

From the Mouths of Babes


Melissa sat on the couch, her grandson on her lap and her one-year-old granddaughter in a playpen next to them.  She was sipping on her favorite cup o’ joe when she noticed her four-year-old grandson sniffing around with his nose scrunched up.  He quickly gave reason for his facial expression.  “Nana, sissy pooped her pants.”  Melissa was certain that wasn’t the case, but checked just to satisfy her grandson and hopefully put an end to the sniffing.  She turned to tell him that sissy had indeed not pooped her pants when he pinched his fingers over his nose. “Yuck Nana!  Do you have poop in your mouth?”  Melissa was mortified but somehow relieved at the same time.  At least they weren’t in public and it had come from her grandson and not someone else.

It happens to us all at some point.  Bad breath.  Read more

Energy Fix- Nix the Caffeine


I stood there, waiting patiently.  Okay, not so patiently.  But I was there and I was waiting.  I needed my caffeine fix.  It had been a very long day.  I hadn’t slept so great the night before and I was getting a little on the edgy side considering there were still three people ahead of me, one of which I was certain didn’t have a clue what a Peppermint Mocha was, much less the difference between espresso and cappuccino.  That’s right, I was judging people in the line at Starbucks.  Further proof, I needed my coffee!  Stat. Read more

How do you like them apples?


Let’s get one thing straight.  I’m not a fan of clinical settings.  Dentists, hospitals, doctor’s offices.  Not a fan.  So, begrudgingly, I sat down in an empty chair to fill out my paperwork before my yearly checkup.  In the process, I plopped my purse down on the coffee table in front of me, right beside a bowl of apples.  I paused and stared at the fruit quizzically.  They couldn’t possibly be real apples…in a doctor’s office.  Could they?  I reached forward and picked one from the pile.  They were.  I laughed, louder than I realized apparently because the receptionist spoke up. Read more

More Vitamin C May Mean Better Lung Function

Woman smelling a lemon.

We know that Vitamin C plays a significant role in keeping your metabolism, heart, bones, and just about everything else healthy. Now, new research has found that a diet rich in Vitamin C and magnesium is crucial in improving lung function.

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Can You Overdose on Vitamin C?


I grew up in California. Oceanside, to be specific.

… Okay, that’s a lie. I actually grew up in Vista, a landlocked hovel about 10 miles outside Oceanside.  According to my parents, it was a positively awful neighborhood—full of violence, unearthly screams during the night, and definitely no place to raise a child. Read more

Weight Lifting Linked to Alzheimer’s Prevention


It turns out weight lifting is not just great for your muscles, bones, and joints – it’s great for your brain too.

Several new studies show that weight lifting is not just a great way to keep your heart and body healthy, it’s also an important step in preventing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

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The Truth About Osteoporosis in Men


Although we typically view osteoporosis as a disease most prevalent in women,

one in every five sufferers of osteoporosis are men. Roughly 2 million American men have osteoporosis and as many as 12 million are at risk of developing the disease. Luckily, The Clay Times Journal has some helpful tips on how men can reduce their risk and ensure that you avoid bone loss.

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Researchers Recommend Doubling Daily Vitamin C Intake


Vitamin C:

Researchers at Oregon State University are calling for the recommended daily allowance for vitamin C to be doubled to 200 milligrams a day in a new article in Critical Reviews in Food Science in Nutrition. Led by Professor Balz Frei, the article describes the current levels of vitamin C intake as the minimum amount to prevent scurvy. He calls for raising the current 75-90 milligrams minimum but 100% to increase cell and tissue saturation.

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Ironman Champion: Mind Exercises More Important Than Body


According to four-time Ironman champion and guest coach for CNN Health’s Fit Nation, Chrissie Wellington, the most important part of your body to train is your mind. Having seen the obsession over logbooks, cardio training, weight training, and everything inbetween, when it comes down to it, every athlete realizes that “a strong mind is the most powerful weapon of all.”

Wellington says that she really learned this from her coach who told her “You have to get over your [mental weakness] the same way as you improve your athletic weakness – by knowing and training it.” Chrissie believes that it was not simply her heavy muscle and cardio training but her mind that carried her to her toughest victories.

Among her tips for training minds, which she will use as a coach on Fit Nation, is the power of positive attitude. It is important for people to think positively and fill their minds with positive images and thoughts rather than worry, fear, or other negative thoughts. This also helps you develop focus and discipline as you are being driven by your positivity, not being weighed down by negativity.

Wellington suggests creating a mantra for yourself. Her’s is “Never, ever give up – and smile.” but everyone is different. Smiling is also important because it puts you into the right positive attitude. A mantra also helps you stay focused on your goal and is a constant reminded of why you are doing what you are doing.

Most importantly, Wellington says, is to develop the habit of training yourself to be strong minded. This includes a continual self-assessment of both your attitude and your body language. You can’t suddenly decide you are strong-minded, you have to train your mind like you would any muscle. Ultimately, Chrissie says the top thing to remember is to focus on your goals and why you are going for them. Oh, and an uplifting song like Cool Runnings really helps too.

Amino Acids For Hair Growth


Those who have dealt with hair loss at some point in their lives understand how frustrating it can be to deal with this condition. The underlying issue is often not obvious, and even when the cause has been successfully identified, hair loss can be difficult to reverse.

Amino acids are a vital component to hair growth. They are even more than that, they are the building blocks from which the body creates the proteins necessary for life. They link together to form short chains, otherwise known as peptides which then form larger structures called proteins.

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