(September 3, 2014) Waking Up Well. According to the glossy Retirement Community brochures and the sexy Cialis commercials, our golden years promise to include long walks on the beach, golf and games with friends, and loving physical contact when the “time is right.” So if you can handle a few laugh lines, age spots and gray hair, and find a trendy pair of reading glasses that enhance your intellectual demeanor, life is worth the wait as the final chapters are best. But more and more of us are suffering as … Read more
Food cravings can be powerful and as irresistible as a bright orange bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos. Even the thought of such foods increases dopamine, a brain chemical that controls emotions, motivation, and feelings of pleasure. Addictive foods like Doritos trigger the same chemicals and pleasure pathways in the brain as cocaine and heroin. The fat in Doritos is a mouthwatering sensation; the brain’s trigeminal nerve, which detects fat, conveys the signal straight to the brain’s reward center. Processed foods high in fat, salt, and sugar can be as addictive … Read more
The World Health Organization would really like it if you put down that soda. In March, the United Nations’ health agency came out with new recommendations for sugar consumption that might ruin your next ice cream sundae. Citing research from 9,000 studies – because we needed 9,000 studies and an international coalition of health experts to tell us that Big Gulps are not a good idea – WHO dropped its recommended daily sugar intake to 5 percent of total calories consumed. (The previous recommendation had been 10 percent of total … Read more
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