<![CDATA[HEALTHY LA VIE - Blog]]>Fri, 01 May 2020 12:41:07 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Prevent Alzheimer's with these 5 Lifestyle Changes]]>Sun, 15 Sep 2019 07:00:00 GMThttp://healthylavie.com/blog/prevent-alzheimers-with-these-5-lifestyle-changes
As Seen on Script Save Well Rx's Ask a Pharmacist blog
Alzheimer’s is an irreversible brain disease best known for the hallmark sign of dementia. It is believed that Alzheimer’s is caused by plaques that form in the brain and damage your memory, thinking skills, and ability to do simple tasks. Usually the disease shows up around 60 years of age, with rare exceptions.
Treatment for Alzheimer’s
Currently, there are a few treatments to help with the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease including agitation, loss of appetite, mood, and paranoia but there is no cure for the disease itself. In the past, Alzheimer’s disease seemed to be a random occurrence in old age. The good news is that we now have research to suggest that it can be prevented or delayed.
Five ways to Prevent Alzheimer’s
There is not one specific behavior that you can start to prevent or delay Alzheimer’s. Rather, the Rush study lends evidence to suggest that it is a combination of four or more of these lifestyle behaviors that can lower your chances of getting Alzheimer’s. These findings even apply to people with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s due to genetic factors and family history.
Not Smoking
Exercising for at least 150 minutes a week at a moderate or vigorous level
Eating a brain supporting diet
Very light to moderate alcohol consumption
Engaging in late-life cognitive activities
The Alzheimer’s study indicates that practicing two or three of these behaviors can reduce your risk by about 37%. Practicing four or five of these behaviors can reduce your risk by 60%.
What is a Brain Food?
While most of these Alzheimer’s preventing behaviors are self-explanatory, two may need further explanation: ‘Eating a brain supporting diet’ and ‘light to moderate alcohol consumption’.
The MIND diet was developed by the same researchers as the Rush Study and incorporates recommendations from two popular heart healthy diets. It stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay and it was adjusted based on foods that would be accessible for Americans to readily include in their diet.
The MIND diet emphasizes ten foods you should eat daily and five foods you should avoid.
Start Eating: Green leafy vegetables, other vegetables, nuts, berries, beans, whole grains, fish, poultry, olive oil, and one cup of red wine
Avoid Eating: Red meats, butter and stick margarine, cheese, pastries and sweets, and fried or fast food.
Key Take Aways
Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that can manifest as severe dementia.
There currently is no cure, but there is hope to prevent or delay it as you age.
Embracing at least four out of five lifestyle adjustments found in the Rush Study can lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by 60%
<![CDATA[How Stress Affects Your Health]]>Sun, 08 Sep 2019 07:00:00 GMThttp://healthylavie.com/blog/how-stress-affects-your-health
As seen on the Well RX "Ask a Pharmacist"
When was the last time you felt stressed?
Stress is so common that there is an organization called, “The American Institute of Stress.” According to this group, there are 50 common signs and symptoms of stress. Many of the signs we think about when it comes to stress are difficulty making decisions, excessive anxiety, worry, guilt, and nervousness. Other common signs include increased frustration, irritability, and edginess. We can determine these signs based on our interactions with people. But… did you ever think about what stress is doing to your body on the inside?
How does Stress affect the body?
Stress can be a good thing in an emergency. It turns on your ‘fight or flight’ response. This gives you that ‘adrenaline rush’ feeling, which is the release of cortisol and epinephrine. Stress raises your blood pressure, makes your heart beat faster, and boosts sugar levels in your blood. It can also slow down your digestive tract, make your muscles tense up, and make your breathing become more rapid. All these bodily reactions are great to help you act during a crisis.
However, it’s not good when our bodies are constantly flooded with stress for a long period of time.
Heart racing and blood rushing may cause inflammation in arteries and lead to heart attacks or strokes.
Constant boosts in blood sugar can affect insulin and lead to pre-diabetes.
An impaired digestive tract can keep the body from getting valuable nutrients and lead to hard or loose stools.
Constantly tensed muscles can cause tension headaches and migraines.
Rapid breathing can cause hyperventilation and lead to panic attacks.
Increased cortisol may cause the body to hold on to belly fat.
These reactions can start to make the menstrual cycle irregular or lower sperm counts.
Stress can also affect eating patterns making us want to eat more or less than usual.
Believe it or not, constant stress can wreak havoc on our body in a multitude of other ways. Especially if you already have medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, or obesity. Your constant stress could very well be the thing that’s preventing your medications from helping you get better.
Two Key Strategies to Manage Stress
Try to prevent it and cope with it when it comes. Figure out the things that trigger your stress. Do your best to avoid them or work around them. For instance, if leaving on time for work stresses you out, invest in a new alarm or get up even earlier to give yourself more time.
There are other ways to prevent stress besides just avoiding your triggers.
Carve out some more alone time for yourself
Do more of the things that you bring you joy
Make the effort to get near 8 hours of sleep
Eat more fresh foods and whole foods
Avoid stimulants like caffeine.
If you are already feeling stressed out, then there are a ton of options that you can try:
Calming activities like prayer, yoga, massages, and/or deep breathing
Active movements like going for walks, jogs, lifting weights, or taking group classes like kickboxing
More of your favorite hobby, listen to music you like, play with your pet more often, or participate in volunteer work.
The options are endless and there is no correct answer!
Bottom Line
Stress can be negative for both our sanity and our bodies. There are a variety of ways to deal with stress. Identify when you feel the most stressed out. Do your best to avoid that trigger and/or cope with those feelings, and your body will thank you in return.