Prevent Inflammation

Chronic inflammation is increasingly being recognized as a risk factor for brain atrophy and Alzheimer's disease. A recent study in the journal Neurology found that elevated levels of inflammatory markers in middle age was associated with brain shrinkage later in life and poorer cognitive performance. Staying on top of chronic inflammatory conditions such as gingivitis, maintaining a healthy weight to reduce pro-inflammatory abdominal fat, eating an anti- inflammatory Mediterranean style diet, managing stress and getting adequate sleep are effective ways to decrease chronic inflammation. 

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Brain Boosting Flavonoids

Multiple studies suggest that grape juice provides the same brain boosting flavonoids as red wine and may be a healthier alternative.  Both beverages contain flavonoids -  powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that protect arteries from plaque formation, improve brain blood flow and have been linked to better cognitive function. Flavonoids in grape juice have longer lasting effects than those in red wine which are metabolized more rapidly by alcohol. Grape juice made from purple grapes are highest in flavonoids. 

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Plump up Your Spinal Discs!

With age and injury, the discs which provide cushioning between the vertebrae of the spine can degenerate, bulge and herniate resulting in debilitating back pain. We used to think spinal discs were inert and that nothing could be done to strengthen them. Exciting new research shows that brisk walking and running increase disc size, making them healthier and more resilient to injury.