Three Great Ways To Warm Up Your Smoothies This Winter

smoothie Nutritious smoothies are an icy delight in the warm weather, but with a few tweaks, you can winterize your smoothie so it won’t make you shiver. Even winter smoothies are cool, but not teeth-chattering, goose-bump-raising cold, and with the addition of warming spices and hearty ingredients, they’ll stoke the fire in your belly and offer your whole body a nutrition boost. Continue reading

Fresh ideas for health-boosting holiday spices

ginger,nutmeg,clovesCertain spices are so strongly linked to the holidays that with a single whiff, we practically start whistling “Jingle Bells.” Cloves, nutmeg and ginger do more than impart tantalizing flavor and aroma to cookies, eggnog and other holiday treats. Their powerful health benefits make them worthy of a starring role, not just a yearly cameo. Here’s how to enjoy them year-round: Continue reading

Holiday health prep: ’Tis the season for nourishment nirvana!

With a little planning and the right intention, you’ll sail through the holiday season so well-nourished, you’ll be able to deep-six those typical New Year’s resolutions. Use these strategies to get organized and you’ll stay healthy through the flurry of festivities:
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Secrets to a longer life

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Choose Friends Wisely

Your friends’ habits rub off on you, so look for companions with healthy lifestyles. Studies indicate obesity is socially “contagious” –  your chance of becoming obese increases by 57% if you have a friend who becomes obese. Smoking is another habit that spreads through social ties, but the good news is that quitting is also contagious.

Follow a Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet is high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, and fish. An analysis of 50 studies involving more than half a million people shows the impressive benefits of this diet. The findings show it significantly lowers the risk of metabolic syndrome — a combination of obesity, elevated blood sugar, increased blood pressure, and other factors that raise the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Keep Moving

The evidence is overwhelming — people who exercise live longer on average than those who don’t. According to dozens of studies, regular physical activity reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, some forms of cancer, and depression. Exercise may even help you stay mentally sharp in into old age. Ten-minute spurts of activity are fine, as long as they add up to about 2.5 hours of moderate exercise per week.

Be Conscientious

An 80-year study found one of the best predictors of a long life is a conscientious personality. Researchers measured attributes like attention to detail and persistence. They found that conscientious people do more things to protect their health and make choices that lead to stronger relationships and better careers.

Make Friends

Science has given you one more reason to be grateful for your friends — they might help you live longer. Australian researchers found elderly social butterflies were less likely to die over a 10-year period compared to people with the fewest friends. Another analysis of results from 148 studies supports the link between plentiful social connections and longevity.

Embrace the Siesta

A siesta is standard in many parts of the world, and now there’s scientific evidence that napping may help you live longer. A recent study with 24,000 participants suggests that regular nappers are 37% less likely to die from heart disease than occasional nappers. Researchers think naps might help the heart by keeping stress hormones down.