One of my main recommendations for folks who are having trouble sleeping is a simple one: Turn out the lights. I’ve heard folks say they “can’t” fall asleep without surfing the web right before bedtime, or having the TV on in the bedroom. But late night exposure to light suppresses the body’s natural production of melatonin,
This Independence Day, my family watched the movie 1776, a dramatic reminder of the birth of our nation, and the risks the founding fathers were taking to stand for freedom from tyranny. The Declaration of Independence was not just a piece of paper — it was a set of principles that was carefully crafted and debated,
You’ve probably gotten the message by now that exercise is essential to health and longevity. Newer research (performed locally here at the University of Illinois) even shows that resistance exercise helps prevent cognitive and memory decline in the elderly. The question often comes up, though: What type of exercise is best?
When you think of nutrients, do you think of vitamins and minerals? These are essential components of a healthy diet — and best consumed in whole food form, rather than from supplements in most cases. Something else we don’t always think of as a nutrient, but is just as critical to health, is dietary fiber.
One of the key markers of a highly-processed diet is trans-fatty acids, or trans fats. These abnormal fats are a result of either deep frying or a process called hydrogenation, which is used to extend the shelf life of packaged foods. Doughnuts, cookies, crackers, French fries, or almost any fried fast food are rich sources of this insidious killer.