Pilates exercise found to improve motor control in middle-aged women

Pilates exercise found to improve motor control in middle-aged women

( Natural News ) Age shouldn’t be an excuse for avoiding physical activity. In fact, it should serve as an even bigger reason to exercise. An inactive lifestyle can compromise a person’s body composition, especially as they grow older. This can consequently lead to reduced motor control, which can incapacitate the individual. To avoid these consequences, it’s best that older people continue participating in physical activities, such as Pilates. In a study, researchers from the University of Birjand and Imam Khomeini International University found that Pilates can improve the motor control of middle-aged women . Changes in body composition are major problems that middle-aged people often experience. These include an increase in body fat mass and muscle weakness. These alterations are associated with various health conditions, including loss of physical function, reduced motor control, as well as back pain. Most of the time, the body fats tend to accumulate in the abdominal region. This causes the spine to curve and the center of gravity to shift forward, resulting in back pain, poor posture, and an increased risk of falling. The fats can also reduce mobility by interfering with motor control, which involves a complex network of nerves and neurons that facilitate the movement of information from the brain to the spinal cord and then to the skeletal muscles. By participating in physical exercises, middle-aged people can improve their physical and mental health. Unfortunately, many old people are discouraged from working out because of pre-existing health conditions or lack of experience. Pilates, in particular, is a good exercise to start with since anyone can do it regardless of age, gender, or experience level. It can also easily be modified to fit what each person needs. This exercise also doesn’t require special facilities and equipment, so it can be done almost […]

Meditation mantra: It’s as natural as thinking and breathing

Meditation mantra: It’s as natural as thinking and breathing

GETTY IMAGES Meditation helps improve focus as well as physical well-being. Meditation is easier than you think. Everyone needs a way to de-stress throughout the holidays — a way other than consuming too many Christmas cookies or another drink. Taking time to meditate throughout the next couple of months could improve not only your holiday experience, but your overall well-being. Everyone knows the stereotype of someone meditating. The individual looks so calm — serene even. Allow us to share a secret about meditating — you do not have to be calm. Your mind does not have to be quiet. The goal of meditation is a heightened sense of awareness, not saint-like serenity. “If you are seeing a really stereotypical image of someone meditating portrayed in a movie, or something like that, it looks out of reach,” said Corepower Yoga area developer Catrina Reeder, who recently led a meditation workshop at their studio in Park Road Shopping Center. “If you are looking at some of the really ancient yogic practices, it can seem really removed, like it does not fit in modern times. Just like with yoga. What we do at Corepower, they don’t necessarily the intense workout, they just see, ‘oh, you are stretching in a room.’ Bridging that gap with meditation really helps, and demystifying it in the same way that we do with our yoga classes.” It’s no stretch to make meditation a vital part of your life. “Brushing your teeth is something that is a nonnegotiable, hopefully for most people,” Reeder said. “What if just that pause in your daily life could be a non-negotiable. Just like brushing your teeth or driving your car, it’s something that you know accomplishes something. That’s the same thing that you can apply to meditation if you could see the […]

Nootropic Market Report Just Published By Credence Research Inc.

According to the latest report published by Credence Research, Inc. “ Nootropics Market – Growth, Future Prospects and Competitive Analysis, 2016-2024,” the global nootropics market was valued at USD 1,346.5 Mn in 2015, and is expected to reach USD 6,059.4 Mn by 2024, expanding at a CAGR of 17.9% from 2016 to 2024 . The purpose of this research study titled ‘Nootropics Market – Growth, Future Prospects, and Competitive Analysis, 2016 – 2024’ is to provide investors, developers, company executives and industry participants with in-depth analysis to allow them to take strategic initiatives and decisions related to the prospects in the global nootropics products market. This report presents and analyzes the major trends prevalent in the global nootropics market and the market size and forecast. Based on application types, this report studies the global nootropics market into memory enhancement, mood and depression, attention and focus, longevity and anti-aging, sleep, recovery and dream enhancement, and anxiety applications. Market size and forecast for each mentioned segment for the period 2014-2024 is presented in the report along with respective CAGRs for the forecast duration 2016-2024. Browse here for full report: https://www.credenceresearch.com/report/nootropics-market Request for Customization: https://www.credenceresearch.com/request-for-customization/58257 Market Insights Nootropics, also known as cognitive enhancers are drugs and natural extracts that improve cognitive functions such as memory, creativity, motivation in healthy individuals. Nootropics have been available in the market for several decades and were made of ingredients such as multivitamins and caffeine – substances that the FDA has approved as dietary supplements and classified as GRAS (generally regarded as safe). At present, these products are being repackaged, repurposed and sold to academic and professional overachievers to augment their brain function. Companies operating in this space primarily succeed as lifestyle brands through smart marketing. However they can only be recognized as healthcare brands only after […]

Lupron, Brain Function, and the Keto Diet

Lupron, Brain Function, and the Keto Diet

Reproductive senescence, the period of time in a woman’s life marked by the slowing and eventual cessation of reproductive function, frequently coincides with an increased risk of a host of neurodegenerative disorders from memory impairment to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers have long postulated that the loss of ovarian hormones were responsible; estradiol, in particular, but likely others as well. This begs the question, what happens to the brain when we abruptly and artificially derail ovarian hormone synthesis in young women using drugs such as Lupron (leuprolide) and the other GnRH agonists and antagonists or by removing the ovaries altogether as in surgical oophorectomy? Is it the same damage we see in aging, only expedited and perhaps magnified or does it run a different course? Along those same lines, though perhaps a topic for another day, what happens when we chronically supplant endogenous ovarian hormone production with synthetic hormones such as those used in hormonal birth control or menopausal hormone replacement therapies? I suspect, and there is evidence to back up my suspicions, that in all cases brain function is altered, and not for the better. The mechanisms by which estradiol and other steroid hormones influence brain function are myriad and complicated. Beyond just reproduction, steroid hormones influence all aspects of neurological function, with estrogen, androgen, gluccocorticoid (cortisol) and mineralocorticoid (electrolyte balance, blood pressure) located throughout the brain. Steroid hormones produced in the body, because of their fat solubility, easily cross the blood brain barrier where they bind to their receptors and regulate all sorts of processes. Perhaps even more remarkable, the brain has all of the machinery to synthesize its own steroid hormones and so when body concentrations fall, at least for a time, the brain can compensate. Eventually, however, brain synthesis declines and that is where we […]

Neurological damage linked to Alzheimer’s may be repaired with dietary supplementation

Neurological damage linked to Alzheimer’s may be repaired with dietary supplementation

( Natural News ) Is it really possible to mitigate and even reverse the damaging effects of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia through simple dietary supplementation? According to new research out of Denmark , it certainly is. Professor Vilhelm Bohr and an international team of scientists hailing from the Center for Healthy Aging at the University of Copenhagen and the American National Institute of Health found that nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, also known as NAD+, helps to clear up congestion of tau proteins in nerve cells and minimize DNA damage, among other benefits. Using a mouse model that mimicked the features of Alzheimer’s disease in humans, Prof. Bohr and his colleagues added a substance to the rodents’ drinking water that stimulated increased production of NAD+ in their cells. Those mice that received the supplement, resulting in increased NAD+ levels inside their bodies, experienced improvements in various markers associated with brain health. These included improvements in the activity and reorganization of the mice’s brain cells, as well as increased production of new nerve cells from stem cells. The supplement also resulted in less damage to and fewer dead nerve cells. “Our study shows that the brains of the mice during the three-month period where they received the compound showed fewer of the characteristics associated with Alzheimer’s disease,” Prof. Bohr reported about his team’s findings, noting that the supplement both prevented and removed existing damage to DNA in the hippocampus regions of the mice’s brains. The power of the elements : Discover Colloidal Silver Mouthwash with quality, natural ingredients like Sangre de Drago sap, black walnut hulls, menthol crystals and more. Zero artificial sweeteners, colors or alcohol. Learn more at the Health Ranger Store and help support this news site. “In several behavioural and memory tests the mice received higher scores than mice […]

Here’s what digital devices are really doing to our brains

Here’s what digital devices are really doing to our brains

( Natural News ) Digital devices dominate modern culture, consuming our attention and distracting our brains throughout the day. It’s easy to see why we dedicate our lives to the devices. Smart phones and tablets have replaced not only our cumbersome landline phones, clocks, calendars, notepads, and CD players, but they have also given us access to a personalized stream of information, video, and communication that we can carry around in our pocket and access virtually anywhere. Even though the conveniences are undeniable, what are digital devices really doing to our brains? Since the brain has the ability to reprogram itself over time, the way we use digital information and communication has a profound effect on how we maintain focus, learn, and remember things. Neuroscientists believe that the devices aren’t universally damaging our brains; more importantly, it’s how we use devices that makes all the difference. Instead of avoiding digital devices forever, people can foster ways to help their brain get the most out of its experience balancing real life with digital life. People who regularly use devices must consciously learn to develop their concentration, self-control, and critical-thinking skills at the same time. If they truly want to benefit from technology long term, users must make discerning, aware decisions about the information they are interacting with. In other words, for the brain to stay healthy, the person should always be aware of the information they are consuming, so they are not consumed by the information or distracted from real life. Mother Nature’s micronutrient secret : Organic Broccoli Sprout Capsules now available, delivering 280mg of high-density nutrition, including the extraordinary "sulforaphane" and "glucosinolate" nutrients found only in cruciferous healing foods. Every lot laboratory tested. See availability here. Lost in the conveniences of the digital world, we lose the ability to […]

The establishment is mass hypnotizing people to “delete” reality – watch at Brighteon.com

The establishment is mass hypnotizing people to “delete” reality – watch at Brighteon.com

( Natural News ) Without opening up your wallet to check (don’t cheat!), can you recall the color of the largest number “5” printed on the newest $5 bill? Chances are you can’t , and the reason for this has to do with the way the media masters have mass-hypnotized society not to notice things that are right in front of their faces (the answer is purple, by the way). During a recent episode of his CounterThink program, available for viewing at Brighteon.com , Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, discusses how large segments of society are completely oblivious to things that are obvious, mostly because they’ve been brainwashed or hypnotized into focusing on other things due to mass social engineering. Mercury in vaccines; pesticides in our food; fluoride in our water supply – these and many other disturbing realities are rarely, if ever, acknowledged in the mainstream because they aren’t part of the official programming narrative. Instead, the mainstream media and entertainment empires keep people watching the dangling, hypnotic chain of gun control, racial animosity, and political division, all of which allow the “deep state” to maintain a control grip on people’s minds. “Because you have been taught or brainwashed into avoiding thinking about certain things, in the same way that you didn’t notice that the five dollar bill has a purple five, you have also been brainwashed into avoiding awareness of the things that society doesn’t want you to be aware of,” explains Adams. “There are countless examples of this. For example, when you go to the grocery store and you’re buying brain-damaging poisons on the fresh produce – they’re called pesticides, they’re called herbicides, and glyphosate is one of them,” he adds. “It’s a cancer-causing herbicide, and it’s in almost everything. It’s in the bread. It’s in […]

Drinks For Thought: Nootropic Beverages Offer Brain Benefits

Drinks For Thought: Nootropic Beverages Offer Brain Benefits

Last year, the U.S. market for energy drinks stood at $13.4 billion; according to retail intelligence service Mintel, that’s a 5.6 percent increase over the previous year. Coupled with cold brew coffee’s increasing popularity and growing sales for functional beverages of various types, it’s easy to suggest that consumers are seeking beverages that can provide both physical and mental fuel throughout the day. But within that rise in functional drinks — which contain familiar callouts to clean ingredients, low sugar, and steady caffeine levels — a handful of startups, some taking their cues from Silicon Valley, have been asking a different question: What if you could hack your brain? Enter nootropics, sometimes called “smart drugs,” a niche but rising segment of the supplements industry that is extending its reach into beverage via shots and energy drink alternatives that promise consumers better focus, better memory, and improved overall mental function. Buoyed by a global brain health supplement market that is expected to reach $11.6 billion by 2024, brands of this type see an opportunity to disrupt the larger functional and energy drink sets. “Nootropics” is typically used as a catchall term for a large variety of different drugs, adaptogens, and synthetic compounds that deliver users some form of cognitive benefit. Some, like tea-derived L-theanine, have been widely known and used in beverages for decades. But the promise of boosting brain function has helped inspire a growing subculture of consumers who experiment with different compounds and “stacks,” the name for the combinations of different nootropics that deliver specific effects and benefits when they interact. On Reddit, the r/nootropics community currently has more than 156,000 subscribers, offering information and discussion of different nootropics and how they can be paired for optimal effect. Charles Lankau, co-founder of Synapse, an early stage “natural cognitive […]

Good for the heart: A look at Chinese holly

Good for the heart: A look at Chinese holly

( Natural News ) Earlier studies have shown that holly ( Ilex ) plants contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and protect the brain and liver. In a study published in the Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines , researchers found that the Chinese holly ( Ilex cornuta ) can also protect the heart . The study, conducted by a team of researchers from Soochow University and Guizhou University in China, evaluated the cardioprotective and antioxidant effects of the Chinese holly ( Ilex cornuta ) against cardiovascular diseases . For the study, the research team used the extracts of the root of the Chinese holly plant for the in vitro and in vivo models. To measure the antioxidant activities of the Chinese holly root extract, they used 2, 2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) free-radical scavenging and MTT assay and immunoassay. They used a mouse model of myocardial ischemia to measure the cardioprotective effects of the Chinese holly root extract in vivo. Based on the results of the trials, the research team discovered eight compounds in the extract that exhibited free-radical scavenging activities. They also found that the Chinese holly root extract increased cell viability and prevented the death of cardiac muscle cells. In the mouse model of myocardial ischemia, the extract attenuated the changes in heart tissues caused by the condition. Based on the findings of the study, the research team concluded that the Chinese holly root extract contains antioxidant properties and can benefit the heart. Moreover, they suggested that it could be used as a new food supplement to prevent ischemic heart disease. (Related: Reversing ischemic heart disease naturally .) 100% organic essential oil sets now available for your home and personal care, including Rosemary, Oregano, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Clary Sage and more, all 100% organic and laboratory tested for safety. A multitude […]

Blueberries prevent chronic disease by reducing inflammation in your body

Blueberries prevent chronic disease by reducing inflammation in your body

( Natural News ) So many foods claim to be superfoods these days that the distinction doesn’t carry as much weight as it once did. While these foods are hardly bad for you, some of the recent entries aren’t quite as remarkable as their predecessors. However, one of the original superfoods, the blueberry, continues to prove it deserves this label, and this was recently underscored by a study that showed how useful it can be in preventing chronic illness. In a comprehensive review that was recently published in The Natural Products Journal , researchers looked into the effects of blueberry consumption in humans, and the list of benefits they found after looking at studies published in the last decade is impressive. They revealed that eating blueberries increases cognitive and vascular function as well as insulin sensitivity. They also found that it plays a useful role in preventing cancer. However, it is blueberry consumption’s ability to lower the degenerative damage that is caused by free radicals and reduce inflammation that really stands out. The finding won’t come as a surprise to researchers from Canada’s Universite Laval , who recently explored the anti-inflammatory properties of these blueberries. They zeroed in on the highbush variety that is common in North America, studying the proanthocyanidins the fruits contain. They found that this compound can protect cells from negative effects of inflammation while also decreasing the growth of bacteria . They are hoping this information will be used to help create therapeutic remedies using the compound one day. Their findings were published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine . The power of the elements : Discover Colloidal Silver Mouthwash with quality, natural ingredients like Sangre de Drago sap, black walnut hulls, menthol crystals and more. Zero artificial sweeteners, colors or alcohol. Learn more at […]