IN YOUR DAILY DOSE today is information about your ability to recall or remember past events. This ability is important for everyone. We all need to be able to remember what happened yesterday!
IN MAKING CHANGES today are several strategies you can use to help reduce or maintain your weight.
IN FACT OR FICTION you’ll discover a few facts about depression you may not have realized. Read through to find out if you are suffering from a few of these.
In The News
Researchers from the Department of Psychology at Cambridge University have discovered a link between high body mass index (obesity) and poor episodic memory, or the ability to remember past events. Although a small study, the researchers provide a demonstrable link between high body mass index and changes to the structure and function of the brain that affect memory.
Dr. Lucy Cheke, lead author, is quoted in Science Daily linking the ability to remember the satisfaction of your last meal with the likelihood you’ll reach for a snack, "Increasingly, we're beginning to see that memory -- especially episodic memory, the kind where you mentally relive a past event -- is also important. How vividly we remember a recent meal, for example today's lunch, can make a difference to how hungry we feel and how much we are likely to reach out for that tasty chocolate bar later on."
Daily Health Tip
Attaining and maintaining a body mass index within healthy limits is important to the health of your heart, liver, digestive system and joints. Obesity places specific stress on each of those body systems and increase the risk of triggering health problems that affect your quality of life.
1. Drink at least 8 - 8 ounce glasses of water each day to stay hydrated. Your body runs on water. When you become dehydrated, the first thing you experience will be hunger. Don’t eat - drink first!
2. Keep a diary of what you eat and when so you remember and stay accountable to what goes in your mouth. How much you weigh is a balance of calories, exercise and the type of calories you eat. Carbohydrates will make you hungry faster and fats have more calories per bite. It’s important that you balance your food and exercise every day.
3. Sleep for at least 8 hours each night. Your body needs rest to feel full and remove the toxins in your brain. When you’re tired you’re more likely to grab a snack to stay awake.
4. Exercise for at least 30 minutes every day and get up and move around every hour.
These are simple strategies that you are probably aware of - but it isn’t whether or not you KNOW them - you have to USE them to experience the results you want.
My Daily Affirmation
I remember that fruit is nature's candy. I stock up on fruits and veggies. I cut them up into handy bite-size pieces so there are always some available to grab for a quick snack. I mix them into tasty combinations, adding nuts, raisins, granola, or other healthy toppings.
Today, my old cravings for junk food are disappearing. I have discovered a whole new world of foods that are tasty and healthy, and I like it that way.
Fact Or Fiction?
Depression affects an enormous number of people in the US. However, there are a few treatments you may not know about. . .
Although you might believe that more people suffer from depression during the holidays, actually more suffer from depression during the summer months. Unfortunately, depression will also distort your thinking and your perception of what’s happening in your life. 65 percent of the time you’ll experience depression as anxiety which can originate from a situation or from a biochemical imbalance. There is help if you suffer from anxiety or depression with therapists, pharmaceutical medications and talk therapy. Ask your doctor about using personalized treatment based on your genetic testing. It increases the likelihood that you’ll find the right medication more quickly.
Have a wonderful day!
Your Healthy Life America Team