Yet another reason to lose belly fat: Carrying it around increases your risk of dementia

Yet another reason to lose belly fat: Carrying it around increases your risk of dementia

( Natural News ) General obesity is an epidemic, but it is possible to have excess belly fat without being generally obese. Still, unwanted belly fat is bad news for overall health. Researchers even found that waist-to-hip ratio, and not body mass index (BMI), can increase your risk of dementia . Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning , such as thinking, remembering, and reasoning, as well as behavioral abilities. It is severe enough to interfere with the daily life and activities of an individual. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, which accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases . Earlier studies have shown that overweight adults tend to have problems in memory and visuospatial tasks. However, whether this connection continues into older age is not fully understood. Therefore, a team of researchers from the Republic of Ireland and the U.K. looked at the possible connection between belly fat and cognitive abilities in adults aged 60 years and above. For this purpose, they pooled data from the Trinity Ulster Department of Agriculture aging cohort study which included 5,186 participants who were assessed using various cognitive tests. (Related: Belly Fat Linked to Dementia, Alzheimer’s Later in Life .) The research team found that the measure of belly fat in this population is associated with cognitive impairment. In particular, those with a higher waist-to-hip ratio had reduced cognitive performance. According to the report, only 16 percent of men and 26 percent of women had a BMI within the normal range, which is between 18.5 and 24.9. Higher BMI measurements did not display the same trend. Instead, higher BMIs even protected cognitive function. This may be because BMI is not always a reliable measure of body fat as it only considers weight and height, according to the […]

“Orgasm is God”… Meet the bizarre “orgasm cult” of the Left

“Orgasm is God”… Meet the bizarre “orgasm cult” of the Left

( Natural News ) A left-wing organization known as “OneTaste” that can only be described as a deviant sex cult claims to provide “emotional healing” through a so-called “wellness practice” known as “orgasmic meditation” (OM), which entails precisely what its name suggests: an attempt to achieve higher consciousness through sex. But victims say the whole thing is little more than a prostitution ring disguised as New Age therapeutics. An in-depth investigation by Bloomberg reveals that many former members of the OneTaste sex cult, mostly women, have been deeply scarred by the bizarre activities that take place under its wide umbrella of “healing therapies” – which, in essence, are just varying forms of sexual exploitation masquerading as “alternative medicine.” After speaking to 16 former members of OneTaste, Bloomberg ‘s Ellen Huet discovered that the company’s higher-ups prey on emotionally vulnerable people, including trauma victims, who are desperate for true healing solutions. Using “flirtation” and sex to lure in such folks, those who run OneTaste then bombard them with even more trauma and abuse – of course at a very high price. According to reports, classes at OneTaste range in price from anywhere between $199 for an “introduction” class to $4,000 for a “retreat,” and all the way up to $16,000 for what’s known as an “intensive” experience. OneTaste also began charging its victims $60,000 for an annual membership in 2014, having lured in some 1,400 people to become “coaches,” and another 6,500 for the “introductory class.” More than 14,000 people are also said to have signed up for OneTaste’s online courses and app. 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 […]

How (properly) wasting time at work increases productivity

How (properly) wasting time at work increases productivity

Will you make more sales if you upgrade your car? While a sleek Mercedes and a gold watch were once the hallmarks of a successful agent, some experienced agents think that flashy image is doing damage to the reputation of the entire profession. How to: Stage a bathroom Staging a bathroom? It pays to think hotel – and seven other tips from expert stagers to help you make your client’s bathroom show like new. by Aytekin Tank If you’ve ever watched a professional tennis match, you know how much stamina the sport requires. From thigh slaps to squats to light jumps, players will do just about anything to maintain their high energy and laser-focus. A crucial part of the match, however, occurs in the brief pause between games: the 90-second changeover break, when players rest before switching sides. Watch closely, and you’ll see how players make the most of these precious moments: burying their heads under a towel to meditate, changing their racquets, or fueling up on water and energy drinks. Some players, like the great Serena Williams, have even sipped a quick coffee before returning to the court. Whatever their method, these pro athletes understand the value of a break. A brief reprieve can provide a fresh surge of energy and motivation for the next game. Much like a tennis match, the workday can also be a daunting mental and physical challenge, especially if you want to perform your best throughout the day. In addition to finding your optimal work hours, taking multiple breaks can increase your productivity all day long. I’ll repeat that for emphasis: Taking breaks can increase productivity. Our workaholic culture and the business epidemic tend to villainize time-wasting behaviors during work — like leisurely lunches and web browsing — but research proves that breaks […]

Magic of melody: Music therapy can ease anxiety disorders, and speeds up recovery too

Magic of melody: Music therapy can ease anxiety disorders, and speeds up recovery too

Related By Rashmi Ramesh A nine-year-old, who’d never uttered a word all his life, spoke for the first time during a music session. His first word was “open”. Diagnosed with autism, the boy had been non-verbal until then. The development came as a pleasant surprise to Purvaa Sampath—currently India’s only CBMT (Certification Board for Music Therapists)-certified music therapist and neurologic music therapistwho was an intern at the time. “With that boy, my supervisor and I had developed a song where he would knock on the drum when we prompted him to. I was leading the session and began the song. When I got to the part about knocking, the song went ‘Who’s that knocking on the door?’ and instead of just knocking on the drum, he looked straight at me and said the word ‘open’. That was the first time he’d ever said a word and it was a huge moment for me, my supervisor, his teacher as well as his family. And this word came after months of music therapy ,” Sampath said. With music therapy, consistency, patience and practice are key, according to her. music therapy_GettyImages Akanksha Pandey, consultant clinical psychologist at Fortis Hospital in Bengaluru, said music is an expressive therapeutic tool that helps people improve their physical and mental health — it relaxes the mind and has a functional effect on the brain. “The therapeutic role of music has been recognised since ancient times, through texts such as Raga Chikitsa, and has the support of current research as well, which talks about the physiological benefits of music on the immune system, the benefits of music for relaxation and stress management, the application of music to improve memory and attention, as well as music-induced longterm changes in the behaviour of depressed elderly people,” Pandey said. “Music […]

A cup of tea a day keeps the doctor away: Oolong tea extract can help prevent breast cancer, say researchers

A cup of tea a day keeps the doctor away: Oolong tea extract can help prevent breast cancer, say researchers

( Natural News ) Drinking tea may not be as fashionable as coffee, but its health benefits simply can’t be beat. There is nothing more comforting than a good cup of tea, especially when you aren’t feeling your best. A wide array of teas have been used for medicinal and healing purposes for eons, and new research continues to build on what many natural health practitioners have long since known: Tea is just as good for the body as it is for the soul. Recently published research shows that oolong tea, in particular, can help fight cancer — and it may even keep death from knocking on your door. Oolong tea is a traditional Chinese tea, made from the same Camellia sinensis plant used for green and black teas. It contains benefits seen in both green and black teas, making it a uniquely potent beverage. Oolong tea tackles cancer Medical News Today reports that scientists at Saint Louis University have discovered oolong tea extract has an extraordinary quality: It kills breast cancer. The team recently published their study in the journal Anticancer Research . Chunfa Huang, Ph.D., and associate research professor in the college’s department of internal medicine, led the investigation. Along with colleagues, Huang examined oolong tea’s effects on six different breast cancer cell lines — including ER-positive, PR-positive, HER2-positive, and triple-negative cancers. Green tea, black tea and dark tea were also studied. After finding that oolong tea was capable of destroying cancer cells, the team concluded it does “play an inhibitory role in breast cancer cell growth, proliferation, and tumorigenesis, and [it has] great potential as a chemopreventive agent against breast cancer.” The power of the elements : Discover Colloidal Silver Mouthwash with quality, natural ingredients like Sangre de Drago sap, black walnut hulls, menthol crystals and […]

Wikipedia: The new inquisition

Wikipedia: The new inquisition

( Natural News ) Consider: you are given a serious diagnosis – cancer, dementia, multiple sclerosis – and your doctor runs you through the standard treatment protocol. It fails to reverse or cure the condition, leaving you hundreds of thousands of dollars poorer and sicker. It’s time to explore your options, you decide, and seek out others who’ve recovered or improved from your condition. Your doctor tells you you’re already receiving the gold standard of medical treatment – there’s nothing more to do now but try the protocol again, shell out for another round of chemotherapy or do crossword puzzles to “exercise” your brain as you gradually forget the names of your loved ones – but then you read about some natural therapy, administered by board-certified physicians, that seems to show promising results. Surely all doctors read the same literature, so you ask yours. Humoring you – and probably unfamiliar with the therapy, but unwilling to admit anything less than omniscience – your doctor tells you to do some research, certain there’s nothing out there that could possibly be superior to what he learned in medical school. You type the name of the therapy into Wikipedia, which everyone knows contains the sum total of medical knowledge and science, distilled by the experts and perfected through millions of edits. Surely, if there’s something to this therapy, Wikipedia will know. (Article by Helen Buyniski republished from PRN.fm ) But Wikipedia claims this therapy doesn’t work. Worse, it condemns it as quackery, calling its practitioners charlatans and frauds preying on sick people. Not just this therapy, but other holistic modalities are methodically trashed, one by one. Wikipedia says your doctor was right. There’s his way, or the highway. Bewildered, you realize that all the people who think they’ve been healed or helped […]

Tips On How To Increase The Serotonin In Your Brain Naturally

Tips On How To Increase The Serotonin In Your Brain Naturally

Share Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that can influence many things throughout your body like your mood, memory, sleep cycle, and even your sex drive. By increasing the serotonin in your body naturally, you can also enhance your mental state and your motivation. Want to increase serotonin? Here are 11 natural ways to boost your serotonin. 1. Eat Tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid that helps in your body’s production of serotonin. Serotonin is synthesized from tryptophan. It’s believed that tryptophan is associated with mood issues like depression and anxiety. Tryptophan supplements can increase serotonin, but a more natural approach is to eat foods that contain tryptophan. Research has shown that when you follow a low-tryptophan diet, brain serotonin levels drop. Foods that include tryptophan include eggs, turkey, dairy, lean meats, salmon, pineapples, tofu, nuts, and seeds. Keep in mind: High-tryptophan foods won’t increase serotonin on their own. But if you mix high-tryptophan foods with carbs, you’re more likely to boost serotonin. The body releases more insulin when it absorbs carbs, which promotes amino acid absorption and leaves tryptophan in the blood. The tryptophan you find in natural food competes with other amino acids to be absorbed in the brain so that it won’t boost serotonin a huge deal on its own. 2. Get a massage. Share Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Getting a massage can boost your mood no matter what, but did you know that it can reduce your cortisol levels? A study found that after massage therapy, cortisol was found to be 31% less on average in saliva or urine tests, and serotonin and dopamine increased by 28% and 31%, respectively. Another study looked at massage therapy on babies of Depressed Mothers. They massaged […]

Electric bikes can boost older people’s mental performance and their well-being

Electric bikes can boost older people's mental performance and their well-being

Credit: shutterstock Getting on your bicycle can give you an enormous sense of freedom and enjoyment. It can increase your independence and knowledge of the local area, and improve your access to the natural (or urban) environment. It can also be highly nostalgic – reminding you of your childhood cycle rides and the joy of being young. But beyond the feel-good factor, can cycling actually make any difference to mental abilities and well-being? This was something our new study aimed to investigate – specifically looking at cycling among older adults. While most studies incorporate exercise in a gym situation, our study wanted to examine the impact of cycling in the real world – outside a controlled environment. So older adults, aged 50 and above, were asked to cycle for at least an hour and a half each week for an eight-week period. Participants either cycled on a conventional pedal bike, on an electrically assisted "e-bike" or were instructed to maintain their regular non-cycling exercise routine as a comparison group. Mental abilities, mental health and well-being were measured before and after the eight-week cycling period. Mental boost Exercise is thought to improve mental functioning through increased blood flow to the brain – as well as encouraging regrowth of cells, specifically in the hippocampus . This is known to be an area associated with memory. So it was expected that the greater physical exertion required for pedal cycling, compared to cycling an e-bike with a motor, would result in greater benefits to mental functioning. Having a bike can open up new places of adventure. Credit: Shutterstock One of the tasks we used to measure mental ability is the " Stroop test ". The task involves participants being shown the name of a colour printed on a card in a different colour […]

WTF Are Nootropics and Should You Be Using Them?

WTF Are Nootropics and Should You Be Using Them?

Nootropics have been gaining major buzz for being “smart drugs.” If you’re into the health and fitness world, you probably already know about their rumored positive benefits — and they probably have you wondering if they can actually make you a smarty pants. Nootropics are said to increase memory , focus and even motivation while reducing the effects of aging. All of this is accomplished with chemicals that help increase blood circulation in the brain. Nootropics have been found to have certain long-term cognitive benefits, such as increased memory function and focus. They include chemicals that are both naturally occurring, like ginkgo and ginseng, and manmade, like lab-produced piracetam. While both the naturally occurring and manmade nootropics seem to increase blood flow, piracetam specifically has been shown to improve memory function in Alzheimer’s patients. Regardless of their immediate impacts, the supplements are said to protect neural pathways from signs of aging — meaning it keeps the brain young by continually supplying it with blood and oxygen — and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease. This is because nootropics protect the dopaminergic pathway — the very same pathway affected by many degenerative brain diseases. Sydney Johnson , an ICF certified health coach who specializes in women’s hormonal health, explained how these supplements can be helpful, as well as why she thinks they’ve become so trendy recently. “We are seeing fitness influencers on Instagram not only taking supplements like collagen to help with physical appearance, but now taking nootropics to improve their mental cognition. The introduction of these supplements has allowed people to consider how increased cognitive functioning could help them in their academic and professional pursuits.” According to the National Library of Medicine , another way that nootropics may be able to improve cognitive function is through their ability to decrease inflammation. […]

Centella Asiatica Market : Drivers, Restraints, Opportunities, and Threats 2018-2028

Centella Asiatica Market : Drivers, Restraints, Opportunities, and Threats 2018-2028

Centella asiatica is also known as Gotu Kola and is a small herbaceous plant. It is also a traditional medicinal herb that has been used in India, China, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Madagascar over the last century. Centella asiatica is indigenous to the Asia Pacific region, belongs to the Apiaceae family and has been long known for its faster healing properties for small wounds and scratches. The plant is also known for its ability to cure a number of skin diseases, for which it is being widely used in a number of skin care products. Centella asiatica extracts are widely used for its traditional herbal remedy and culinary uses and has been used in Ayurveda for a very long time. A number of companies including Himalaya, SD Biotechnologies Co.,Ltd. Nutricare Co., Ltd. Pairs of Horses Biotechnology Co., Ltd. Elishacoy are some of the companies using Centella asiatica in their skin and personal care products. In some countries Centella asiatica is also used as a vegetable and in beverages. Get Free Exclusive Sample Copy of This Report @ https://www.factmr.com/connectus/sample?flag=S&rep_id=2200 Global Centella asiatica Market: Dynamics Centella asiatica extract is used to make a number of caffeine-free beverages, which prevent mental fatigue, anxiety and depression. It is also used on wounds as antifungal and antibacterial, which helps in fast healing. Centella asiatica cultivation is spread through a number of tropical and sub-tropical courtiers globally. Though it is known by different names in different cultures, Centella asiatica is used as a raw vegetable in salads, but its medicinal uses actually drive its growth in the market. Centella asiatica extract is used in a number of skin care products in the western countries, for its healing properties. Centella asiatica extracts are among some of the key botanical extracts and some of the key factors […]