Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Apples and Tomatoes could be our saving grace!

Our population is getting older every day. People are living much longer than ever before. I remember in the 80’s Willard Scott would wish those who were turning 100 a happy birthday and usually that spot would last a few seconds, now there isn’t enough time to wish all who are turning 100 a happy birthday.
Seniors have started to go to gyms in droves because of the understanding that they want to slow their aging process down. Health insurance companies, such as Healthways, even pay for seniors, thru Silver Sneakers, to go and exercise and because of that 80 has become the new 60.
Now I read in a medical journal that there seems to have been a finding that could reverse the aging process in our muscles. As we get older our muscles and our strength seems to shrink. At University of Iowa scientist recently discovered a protein that is causes our muscles to get weaker as we get older. This protein is ATF4 which as we get older diminishes. In their research, using mice, they found that by adding apples and green tomatoes to their diets this ATF4 just didn’t slow the reduction process down, it reversed it. The Ursolic acid in the apples and the tomatidine found in green tomatoes regenerated the ATF4 in aged skeletal muscle. Their finding were published online Sept.3 in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.
According to this study, once these mice were given these foods in their diet, there was an increase of muscle mass by 10 percent but more importantly muscle quality or strength increased by 30 percent. I don’t believe the percentages, those could be made up, however if this study is valid, this could be an important step for the elderly and could actually lengthen the quality of many lives. Stay tune for more information on this study.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Reasons to invest in your health

Reasons to invest in your health

I was in church and the pastor was talking about why we should be investing in our spiritual life and then I began to think about how important it is for us to just not invest in our spiritual life, but our health also. So many of us invest in our families, our homes, our cars and even our vacations but we forget about the biggest (no pun intended) asset we have… our health. So over the next several blogs I will be giving you seven reasons why it is so important to invest in our health more so than anything else. So here we go…
The first reason why we should invest in our health is because we need it. What is the alternative? A life with lots of health related problems, medications and feelings of under physical under achievement. Statistics have shown that those who exercise regularly are less prone to colds, sicknesses such as high blood pressure and diabetes, and spend less time visiting physicians and hospitals. Insurance companies understand this now and give incentives for people to go to health clubs to exercise. Organizations such as Healthways have formed Silver Sneakers for senior adults and pay a percentage of their memberships every month because they understand how important an active body is.
The saying” use it or lose it” is so true when it comes to our health. The problem here is our laziness and inability to understand that once we begin a consistent regiment of activity then truly sky’s the limit on our ability to achieve things we thought were just not possible. An efficient body is one that is in constant active motion. It is a body that uses the fuel we give it daily and stores very little. An efficient body is one that, when called upon can respond to the call. An efficient body is one that can handle the stress loads we put on it daily.
We need to invest in our health and not just for the first three months of the year but every day. Now not 2 hours a day, but 30 minutes a day. It is a wonder what you can get done in 30 minutes with a good program. In my later blogs I will be giving you some ideas on what you should be doing. However I will tell you that if you are just starting off, don’t panic and don’t stress, start slow and stay consistent. To begin with just start out with doing a few push-ups and sit ups in the morning before you get into your day routine. Trust me you will feel much better for doing just this.
My next blog will be about my second reason which is “our body asks us to get active”.