Aerobic training might be an answer to alzheimer’s disease(AD)

Hopefully, this inspires those in this life stage (baby boomers and beyond) to do aerobic and strength training. Regular exercise (150 minutes/week) also helps offset the lean muscle mass that we naturally lose each year with age.

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Alzheimer’s disease(AD) is a neurodegenerative disease responsible for most cases of dementia in elderly population. A lot of trials with drugs are ongoing in order to find the prevention and cure of AD. But recent research have shown life style modification and behavioral changes to be as effective as drugs in the prevention of AD.

A study published in the journal of gerontology has shown 6 months of aerobic exercise effective in reducing the symptoms of AD in the elderly population.

This study used 6-month cycling intervention to older adults of a selected community with mild-to-moderate AD. The exercise was a standardized, supervised, and individualized, moderate intensity cycling for 15 to 45 min a session (excluding 10-min warm-up and 10-min cool-down activities), 3 times a week for 6 months.

The outcomes of this training regimen were evaluated by measuring the cognition, ADL(Activities of daily living), BPSD(Behavioral and psychological symptoms of…

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What Are Eight Health Benefits of Cherries? – Infographic

Cherries are in season for Michigan. In addition to the benefits listed below, I have learned of a new helpful use for drinking cherry juice….It turns out that cherry juice is a great sleep aid. A friend told me about it and I recently tried it (the organic kind) and it really does work! So, if you want a more natural remedy for helping you get some zzz’s, try some organic cherry juice.

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Warm weather is here if not the official first day of summer. So, it’s time to think about some of the seasonal fresh fruits and veggies we will be enjoying. Here is a fun and informative infographic on cherries.

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Please keep in mind that you can have too much of a good thing. I posted about eating too many cherries.

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April 25 is National Zucchini Bread Day

Interesting tid bit is that zucchini has more potassium than a banana. I recently tried someone’s homemade chocolate zucchini bread, what a treat.

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Interesting Food Facts about Zucchini Bread

  1. A zucchini has more potassium than a banana.
  2. The word zucchini comes from ‘zucca’ the Italian word for squash.
  3. Biggest is NOT best. The most flavorful zucchinis are small- to medium-sized.
  4. According to World’s Healthiest Foods Nutrition info, nutrients and vitamins found in zucchini can help prevent cancer and heart disease.
  5. The flower of the zucchini plant is also edible.

Fun Fact:

The world’s largest zucchini on record was 69 1/2 inches long, and weighed 65 lbs. Bernard Lavery of Plymouth Devon, UK, grew the humongous veggie.

Mild bitterness in zucchini, like that in related species like cucumbers, may be result from environmental factors such as high temperature, low moisture, low soil nutrients, etc. The bitterness is caused by compounds called cucurbitacins.

A zucchini has more potassium than a banana.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1856 Charles Luttwedge Dodgson met a little girl named Alice Liddell. Alice had…

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The Super Seeds: Which is Healthier

These “super seeds” are showing up everywhere these days. And they offer many nutritional benefits. I added flax seed powder in my smoothie this morning.

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Leslie Beck wrote in The Globe and Mail …..

What’s the difference between them? Hemp seeds outshine chia and flax when it comes to protein: Two tablespoons serve up almost 7 grams, the amount found in two egg whites. Plus, the protein in hemp seeds contains all essential amino acids, something that’s unusual for plant foods. (Amino acids are the building blocks of protein; essential amino acids must come from your diet because your body can’t make them on its own.)

Hemp seeds are also an outstanding source of magnesium, a mineral that helps regulate blood pressure and blood sugar. Blend two tablespoons into your smoothie and you’ll get one-quarter of a day’s worth of magnesium (116 mg).

Chia seeds are high in magnesium too and, unlike hemp seeds and flaxseeds, they’re also a good source of calcium. When it comes to fibre, chia seeds have the edge, providing 5…

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Barre Fitness – What’s all the Hype?

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It seems that more and more studios and gyms are offering the barre fitness classes. This is a ballet-inspired type of a workout. While all barre workouts differ slightly in structure, most methods incorporate exercises done at a ballet barre (you can use the back of a chair at home) combined with elements of ballet, Pilates, and yoga.

I recently have taken some “booty barre” class with a friend. This form of the barre fitness incorporates a mix of pilates, yoga, and strength-training moves (utilizing resistance bands and fitness balls). Many of the exercises rely on using one’s own body strength for resistance. The moves challenge your core stability and balance. This workout helps improve your posture, and give you a stronger physique. “You should feel more stronger, flexible, and coordinated with each class.”  Though it seems to be more geared toward women, men can benefit from this challenging workout too.  Huffington Post featured an article on this a few months ago, to prove the point.

The Chicago Tribune recently featured an article on the barre workout, including a bungee ballet version.

Not ready to brave the barre class? Self has some at-home techniques to try.

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April 14 is National Pecan Day

Pecans are a good heart-healthy fat option, as they have both mono and polyunsaturated fats. They provide a source of protein, fiber, and antioxidants. They also contain trace minerals which help with brain function, energy, and the nervous system. According to research from Harvard School of Public Health, consumption of nuts (including pecans) helped with long term weight loss than those who followed a low-fat restricted diet. Nuts provide satisfaction and satiety.

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Interesting Food Facts about Pecan

  1. Pecans come in a variety of sizes – mammoth, extra large, large, medium, small and midget.
  2. Before a shelled pecan is ready to be sold, it must first be cleaned, sized, sterilized, cracked and finally, shelled.
  3. There are over 1,000 varieties of pecans.  Many are named for Native American Indian tribes, including Cheyenne, Mohawk, Sioux, Choctaw and Shawnee.
  4. Texas adopted the pecan tree as its state tree in 1919.
  5. 2 Pecans provide nearly 10 percent of the recommended Daily Value for zinc.

Fun Fact:

Albany, Georgia, which boasts more than 600,000 pecan trees, is the pecan capital of the U.S. Albany hosts the annual National Pecan Festival, which includes a race, parade, pecan-cooking contest, the crowning of the National Pecan Queen and many other activities.
The U.S. produces about 80 percent of the world’s pecan crop.
Native Americans utilized and cultivated wild pecans in the…

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Tomato and Asparagus “Carbonara”

This recipe by Cooking Light caught my attention, so I decided to make that today. According to the Almanac, asparagus is in prime season right now.  Asparagus is a heart-healthy veggie that is packed with folate (B vitamins) as well as vitamins A, C, and E. I followed this recipe pretty closely, except that I added a bit more olive oil to the cooked noodles and also added about 3 Tbs of basil pesto sauce.

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Tomato and Asparagus Carbonara Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound (1-inch) diagonally cut trimmed asparagus
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 ounces pecorino Romano cheese, finely grated (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 8 ounces uncooked penne pasta
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves

Preparation

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  1. Bring 3 quarts water to a boil in a Dutch oven.
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add asparagus; sauté 3 1/2 minutes. Add garlic; sauté for 1 minute. Add tomatoes; cook for 6 minutes or until tomatoes are tender.
  3. Combine cheese, salt, pepper, and egg in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk.
  4. Add pasta to boiling water; cook 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain and toss pasta immediately with egg mixture. Add tomato mixture, tossing until sauce thickens. Divide pasta equally among 4 bowls. Sprinkle each serving with 1 tablespoon basil. Serve immediately.

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