Exercise Boosts Your Brain

A daily workout not only makes you look better, it makes you think better, too.

Recent research shows that exercise increases your levels of serotonin, a key brain chemical responsible for transmitting nerve signals.

Exercise can lead to improved mental clarity, greater productivity and even a better mood.

For years, it was believed that strict vegetarians were the primary group at risk to develop a vitamin B12 deficiency. We now know better. Vitamin B12 depletion and deficiency are much more common than previously thought, especially in the over 60 population. According to the Framingham Heart Study, one in four people over 60 are deficient in vitamin B12.

20 minutes

That’s how long it takes for your body to benefit from quitting smoking, says the Mayo Clinic. Your blood pressure goes down, your heart rate slows and your hands and feet get warmer as your circulation improves. In just 24 hours, your heart attack risk drops. After 48 hours, your senses of taste and smell improve.

Eat that pasta sauce!

Raw fruits and vegetables are healthier unless you’re talking about tomatoes. Cooking fruits and veggies generally reduces their nutritional value, which is why you should eat them raw when you can. But cooking tomatoes actually releases more of the antioxidant lycopene, which prevents tissue damage and protects the heart. So go ahead and cook up some spaghetti sauce . . .but go light on the salt.

 

Being Happy Counts

13% That’s how much lower the risk of heart disease is for people who are content with their lives, jobs and families, according to a new study of 8,000 government workers. Researchers have known for years that stress increases the risk of heart problems, but this is one of the first studies to show that being happy actually helps your heart stay healthier than average even if you have other risk factors!