Memory and Exercise in Older Adults

Does an elderly woman’s water aerobics class do her any good? Is the septuagenarian helping himself at all by power walking three times a week? Is the local senior pickleball league anything more than a social gathering?   Turns out the answer in all these cases, is a resounding, “Yes.”     A recent metanalysis… Continue reading Memory and Exercise in Older Adults

The Okinawa Way of Eating

If you’re hoping to live as long as possible and avoid major diseases along the way, you might want to consider adopting the Japanese eating practice called Hara Hachi Bu. The phrase roughly translates to “eat till 80 percent full.”      It is a common dietary practice on the Japanese island of Okinawa. The… Continue reading The Okinawa Way of Eating

Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss and Wellness

We like to eat. We eat to celebrate. We eat to feel better when we’re sick or upset. We eat as a social exercise. We eat, and eat, and eat. In the modern age of plenty with every aisle of the supermarket stocked to overflowing, we have a nearly boundless supply of food from which… Continue reading Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss and Wellness

Healthy (and Not So Healthy) Vegetable Oils

Have you been using more vegetable oils in an attempt to cook healthier? You aren’t alone. Specific vegetable and seed oils have long been a staple of healthy regional eating patterns, such as the Mediterranean diet common to Italy and Greece—and now, much of America.      Although they are often lumped together as one… Continue reading Healthy (and Not So Healthy) Vegetable Oils

Misunderstanding Melatonin

A recent study published in the journal JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association) has raised concerns about a supplement commonly used as a sleep aid. The research concluded that the dosage of melatonin users regularly take has increased significantly over the last ten years. The levels some users are currently ingesting may cause… Continue reading Misunderstanding Melatonin