As you get older, you start forgetting where you left your keys, you don't remember people's names as easily and you might be worried that your mental decline and lack of ability to remember the small things may mean you're at risk of developing dementia.
You may not know it, but general memory loss isn't always a sign you're going to develop dementia! But it's a sign that you need to take control of your mental health or things could get worse.
Luckily, your brain is quite smart and, even if you don't use it for a little while, you can jolt it back into full health by making it work again.
Here are three easy steps you can take to do just that…... ››› more
On Thursday last week, comedian and host of the TV Show Fashion Police, Joan Rivers (81) went into theatre in good spirits for a minor throat operation. Her doctor told her she needed some work on her vocal chords.
On Wednesday night, she made jokes about her age, health and death at a show she was attending.
Little did she know that her words would ring true less than 24 hours later!
Her heart stopped during the operation and she's now on life support at a New York hospital. In the next few days, her family will have to decide, along with doctors, whether to turn the machines off and see whether she'll pull through on her own.
While her age is a factor that could be the result of diminished heart health, there are two crucial lessons you can learn here.... ››› more
Earlier this year, “Bad Romance” singer Lady Gaga, posted a photo of herself on Instagram doing yoga.
It wasn't only her minimalistic clothes, lack of accessories and makeup that was strange about the photo. It was also the fact that she can do a really good forward fold without much effort.
She's sitting on the floor in the photo, looking sideways at the camera, really relaxed with her chest on her thighs.
And if she can do it, so can you!
Here are two great yoga poses to include in your fitness routine to improve your strength and flexibility.... ››› more
While yoga seems to be a slow form of exercise and more for mental focus than fitness, it's more than it appears to be.
This because while you're taking deep breaths and focusing on your mental health as well as what you're doing with your body, a huge part of it involves keeping your muscles tight so you can balance and hold the pose. This takes a lot of strength. And that's why, doing certain poses is a great way to improve your strength while focusing on your mental health.
Here is a short sequence involving two yoga poses that'll help strengthen your legs and core muscles in a jiffy.... ››› more
It's an all too familiar process. You get sick. You go to the doctor. Your doctor gives you the script for antibiotics. Why would you even question this?
But what you may not be aware of is the medication on that script may do more harm than good!
Here's why….... ››› more
Just taking a few minutes a day to do yoga can have three massive benefits for your health.
1. Improves your memory;
2. Gives your more focus; and
3. Increases your ability to learn new things.
That's why avid yogis are promoting yoga as an essential part of your every day mission to protect your mental health.
All it takes is taking part in a 20-minute session after a long day at work and you'll reap all three of these amazing mental health benefits.
Here are some of the poses you can do…... ››› more
Studies confirm that two compounds in tomatoes are great for your mental health. Lycopene and beta-carotene are essential for your brain health because they fight inflammation and help your brain grow and function normally.
This means there's less oxidative stress that messes with your brain function and your brain is less likely to shrink; two of the factors that doctors see in patients who develop dementia.
More recent research makes experts believe that increasing your intake of both lycopene and beta-carotenes can help protect your mental health and ward off dementia. They noticed that patients with dementia, have low levels of both nutrients.
So eat tomatoes with everything!
Here are a few great ways to include them in a variety of your meals.... ››› more
You run around like a headless chicken all day! You rush between meetings, stress about making your monthly targets and have anxiety attacks on a frequent basis about your work deadlines.
By the time you get home, you're running on empty and you're simply ready to collapse in a heap, getting some rest before you do it all again tomorrow.
If this is your life, your mental health is in danger.
But while you don't have to quit your job and move to a deserted island just yet, there are three things you should factor into your daily life to ensure your mental health stays in shape despite your active work life.
Here's how to find the balance to give your mental health a boost every day.... ››› more
There are no clearly defined factors that lower your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. But that doesn't mean scientists and researchers aren't working around the clock to come up with ways to protect your mental health and lower your risk.
Some of the ways they've seen improvements in the mental health of patients and their reduction in risk of developing dementia are getting enough exercise, taking control of your diet and drinking alcohol in moderation.
Keep reading to find out how each factor can improve your mental health and lower your risk of dementia.... ››› more
You might feel that it's your duty to take care of a loved one who's recent diagnosis of dementia has changed everything. Or you there might not be any other option and you're going to have to change your life to take your loved one in and care for them as their primary caregiver.
Whatever the reason and while it's a big decision you may not have much choice in making, before you leap in, full steam ahead, take note of the impact it'll have on your life.
One of the most important factors to consider before you start taking care of your loved one with dementia, is your own health. Not what it is currently, but the effect caring for someone else is going to have on it…
Read on for tips on how to take care of your health and prevent caregiver burnout when you're looking after a loved one with dementia.... ››› more
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