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Forgetful Sometimes? Try These Memory-Boosting Foods!

The morning routine and rush out the door is one most of us can be familiar with. Feed the kids, pack lunches, make sure the homework is in the backpacks… You’re ready to go, except you had had your keys just a few minutes ago, and now you can’t find them anywhere; you can’t find your sunglasses (you forgot they’re on your head and it takes 10 minutes of searching before you realize it) and you realize your socks don’t match as soon as you get into the car.

What a way to start the day.

We talk a lot about aging and reversing the signs of aging. Usually, our focus is on skin. Today, however, we’d like to look at another symptom specific to aging: memory loss.

Memory loss is one of the first things people notice about aging. In addition to age, stress can cause lack of concentration and inability to remember details. Fortunately, memory is something that can be easily improved just by adding some essential nutrients to your diet.

Leave your keys in the fridge and the milk in the pantry? Eat more fish!

Fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which has long been known to improve brain function. Cold-water fish, such as salmon, halibut, herring, and tuna are all excellent sources of omega-3. These fatty acids improve the cell membrane, protecting it from damage and degradation.

Forget whose turn it was to pick up the kids…again? Leafy greens can help.

Leafy green vegetables contain many essential nutrients. Among these are antioxidants, which protect the brain from damage and keep the cells healthy. Deep green vegetables also contain folic acid. Studies have shown that folic acid can protect memory and even reverse the effects of aging. Good examples include spinach, kale, and Swiss chard.

Milk’s not just for kids.

Dairy products are rich in tyrosine proteins, which support the health of neurotransmitters in the brain. These neurotransmitters are what carry signals around in the brain. They can become damaged, weak, or non-functioning, resulting in memory loss. Eat low-fat dairy products such as cottage cheese, yogurt and milk.

A toast to your memory!

Whole grains contain various vitamins and minerals to improve memory. Foods that are made with whole grains contain vitamins A, B, C, and E, as well as magnesium. These nutrients improve the structure and function of the brain. In addition, whole grains provide the body with a good source of complex carbohydrates. The carbohydrates are turned to glucose, which is used to fuel the brain.

Don’t be an egg-head.

Eggs are excellent sources of choline and vitamin B, both of which are building blocks for the brain. Lecithin, an essential fatty acid, is also found in eggs.

Iron out the wrinkles in your diet.

Meats, such as chicken and beef, are rich in iron. A deficiency in iron can cause poor concentration and slow thinking processes. Iron improves memory by providing the brain with the oxygen it needs to function optimally.

Before you forget what you’ve read here, print this out or write it down and put it on your fridge for future reference. Eventually, your memory will improve and you’ll wonder how you ever lived without all the delicious and nutritious fish, leafy greens, milk, who grains, eggs and meat.

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Skin, Stress and Exercise

Your skin is the largest organ of your body and responsible for maintaining temperature, fighting off viruses and holding in your other organs. This is a lot of stress to place on a single organ, but your skin tends to take this in stride. Chronic levels of stress however can lead to skin problems like inflammation, itching and compromised immunity. Even if you don’t necessarily realize that you are being exposed to stress your body, including your skin, can react to hormonal changes caused by stress. One of the best ways to decrease your body’s reaction to stress is to exercise regularly. This can have several effects that can help make your skin look and feel healthier.

Chronic stress causes your body’s endocrine system to release hormones such as cortisol. Over time, chronically high levels of these hormones cause problems like an overproduction of sebum from the follicles of your skin. This can clog pores when combined with dead skin cells, causing acne and skin inflammation. Exercise naturally decreases levels of stress hormones, both during and after the actual workout. Inflamed skin and other skin conditions caused by chronically high stress hormone levels can also deplete your body’s immunity. As a result, you become more susceptible to illness and even minor cuts or breaks in your skin may take longer than normal to heal.

Exercise isn’t simply a good way to lose or maintain your weight, it can also improve your skin’s appearance. When combined with a program that includes a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water, exercise can improve your mood, reduce your risk of chronic illness and encourages you to sweat. Sweating is helpful because it helps to regulate your temperature but it also forces waste products from the follicles of your skin out and away from your body.

If you have any questions about the effects of stress on your skin, call our office to make an appointment.

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Vitamins you should be sure to take when you turn 40

It seems that everyone wants to grow older, but no one enjoys appearing to be her actual age.

While hair can be colored and wardrobes can be updated to make one look younger, a person’s skin can often let out the secret of carefully hidden maturity. Covering up unhealthy skin with cosmetics is not the best solution for a more youthful appearance. Preserving healthy skin from a young age is important if one wants to keep drinking from the proverbial fountain of youth.

Protecting skin from the sun, eating a healthful diet and abstaining from smoking can subtract years from skin. However, there are also vitamins available to aid in keeping skin flawless after 40 and beyond. Vitamin A seems to be an all-around great maintainer of skin. It strengthens and repairs skin as well as prevents dry skin, acne and wrinkles.

Vitamin C has a reputation to help the immune system, but it also heals wounded skin. Another way to speed healing due to sun damage is taking Vitamin E supplements.

Skin tone is greatly improved by Vitamin B consumption. Stress causes many skin problems such as eczema, and this vitamin is known to reduce stress. Healing processes and immune function are also aided by zinc supplementation.

While outside exposure to age-inducing agents should be avoided, inner consumption of healthful vitamin supplements is essential to a complete anti-aging skin regimen. Adding a few supplements to an otherwise healthy diet can ensure healthful skin even as the years advance.

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