Holly Creek LiveWell Tips

Health & Wellness

Posted: January 7, 2022

You Are What You Read

Holly Creek LiveWell Tip for January

Reading for just 3.5 hours a week (books more so than periodicals) is shown to reduce stress, enhance memory and promote better sleep. So, grab your favorite novel, and read your way to better health.
 

December – Shine On!

Sunshine. Just 10-15 minutes a day outdoors increases your body’s serotonin levels, which elevates mood. Safe exposure to the sun also creates Vitamin D, known to build bones, reduce inflammation, and boost immunity. This winter, make a point to get outside in the sun every day, even just a walk around the block. And shine on.
 

November – Talk to your Doc

Whether at a regular check-up or to address a concern, always talking honestly with your doctor is the single most important way to stay your healthiest. In fact, research shows that those who have good relationships with their doctors are more satisfied with their care—and enjoy better outcomes. Here are some tips to talk the talk with your doc.

 

October – Sleep Naked

Numerous studies indicate sleeping in the nude improves your health! Sleeping without clothing lowers your body temperature, which promotes falling asleep faster and better-quality sleep. It can also keep skin healthier, reduce anxiety and even prevent weight gain. That’s the naked truth!

 

September – Far Out!

More than just a hippie flower child activity from the 60s, meditation offers powerful health benefits. It’s very easy to do, doesn’t require much time and research shows it can enhance short- and long-term memory, aid digestion, circulation and sleep, decrease stress, anxiety and depression and much more. Help yourself from the inside-out!

 

August – Go Fish!

Fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines and tuna are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that protect against heart disease (especially in combination with statins), type II diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Plus, eating this type of fish at least once a week can slow the cognitive decline associated with aging by 10 to 13 percent a year! That’s no fish story. Learn more about the power of fish from the Cleveland Clinic.

 

July – Think Fast!

Thanks to our ancient hunter-gatherer roots, the human body evolved to function well without reliable food sources. Today, intermittent fasting may actually improve your health and longevity, and protect against Alzheimer’s, type II diabetes and heart disease. And it’s much easier than it sounds. Talk to your health provider or a nutritionist before starting any new eating regimen. Think fast to slow the aging process.

Read Healthline’s guide to intermittent fasting.

 

June – Brighten Up!

Being positive can influence a lot more than your mood. According to study after study, optimistic people feel healthier, actually are healthier, and live longer, too! Negativity stresses the body and elevates cortisol levels, which impacts heart health, sleep quality, weight and cognition. Always look on the sunny side of life! Learn more about positive thinking from Verywell Mind.

 

May – Espresso Yourself!

Whether espresso or regular Joe, enjoying 2–3 coffees a day reduces risk for several cancers, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Coffee is loaded with healthy antioxidants. Plus, a recently identified compound phenylindane may help prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease! Darker is better. Hold the sugar and milk. Learn more about the health benefits of drinking coffee from Johns Hopkins Medicine.

 

April – Get Your ZZZs

Sleep may be as important to the health of older adults as diet and exercise. A good, restorative night’s sleep (7–9 hours) helps improve concentration and memory, allows the body to repair any cell damage that occurred during the day and refreshes the immune system. Sweet dreams! Learn more from the Harvard Health Blog.

 

March – Venture Forth

Research shows traveling offers a host of physical and mental health benefits. Travel’s new environments and experiences stimulate your brain, give life more meaning and help you stay in better physical shape, too. What are you waiting for? Go, and enjoy the journey. Learn more from the Global Coalition on Aging.

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