Month: March 2016

Garlic and Gingko and Ginseng, Oh My!

Fed up with traditional pharmaceuticals, many people (especially older adults) turn to complementary medicines. And why not–these dietary supplements are natural, usually plant-based products, and available without a prescription. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty, as two recent articles reminded me. So if omega-3 fatty acids, St. John’s wort and gingko tablets line the shelves …

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5 Surprising Ways to Control Weight

You’re counting calories and walking daily, but still have problems controlling your weight. While calories do remain king when it comes to dropping pounds, scientists are finding other behavioral and environmental factors that also influence weight.  These strategies may be especially important for Baby Boomers and seniors. So read on to discover non-food methods you …

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What If You Could Treat Depression with Salmon?

Or nuts, or certain fruits and vegetables, or even whole grains? What if dietary interventions for mental illness could complement (or maybe even replace) medications–with none of the side effects and a lot less expense? Welcome to the new field of nutritional psychiatry! If It’s Good For the Heart… Think about it. The same blood …

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Burn More Calories with These Exercises (It’s Not What You Think!)

As a trainer, I’m constantly looking for ways to challenge my Baby Boomer and senior clients to burn more calories and become more efficient in their exercise routines. One approach that people commonly overlook is adding compound exercises into their fitness routines. But just what is are compound exercises, and why are they so effective? …

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