Summer is a good time for reading, and this month’s issue has some fascinating new information relating to various aspects of your health. One key element to remaining healthy is being aware of the things that can contribute to improving your health. Staying well informed can help to inspire you to do those little things that keep you going strong.
As you read this issue, take a look at the many ways that regular massage
helps to support your good health. For instance, the lead article talks about
how exercise can greatly improve physical function in older people. These
exercises are using motion to bring about positive change.
Essentially, massage brings about so many positive changes in your body by
getting things into motion, down to the cellular level. It helps to flush toxins
from and bring nutrients to your cells, encouraging your body to do its job more
effectively. A Jackson County Massage is a great way to help your body keep its many systems
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Strong Muscles = Better Health for Older Adults
Loss of muscle mass and strength is directly related to aging—and to the
reduction in mobility and the capacity to perform the activities regarded as
basic or instrumental for daily life.
The good news is research shows older adults' muscular power can improve
after just 12 weeks' training with weights. Such training can be "highly
effective" for improving functional capacity and quality of life, investigators
The studies were carried out by researchers at the UPNA-Public University of
Navarre in Spain, and universities in Portugal and Brazil.
The results of the studies confirm the hypotheses raised in recent decades by
various researchers regarding the capacity of power training to prevent or
reduce loss of strength and physical function in older people.
"It has been established how people between 60 and 70 years of age who
participated in a four-month training program to develop muscular strength and
mass regained the functional capacity and muscle power of 20 years previously,"
said investigator and professor Mikel Izquierdo-Redin in a press release. "In
other words, they were the same as their peers who started the same training
program at the age of 40," he said.
In his view, there are two good reasons why we should encourage people to
undertake regular physical exercise from the age of 50 onward: "Firstly, because
it is a cornerstone in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular and other
chronic diseases; and secondly, because it plays a crucial role in preventing
and treating the decline in functional capacity, which tends to emerge in a
highly significant way at this age."
In this respect, said Izquierdo-Redin, physical exercise would be a plausible
measure for improving the functional capacity of older people and for reducing
The results of these pieces of research were published in two articles in the
scientific journal Experimental Gerontology: "Effects of high-speed power
training on functional capacity and muscle performance in older women" and
"Strength prior to endurance intra-session exercise sequence optimizes
neuromuscular and cardiovascular gains in elderly men."
For Self-Care, Take a Walk --
Some people might think it takes vigorous exercise, such as running, swimming
or weight lifting, to see real results related to health and physical
fitness—but research is increasingly showing that simply walking can have
profound health benefits.
A person's genetic tendency toward obesity can be cut in half by walking
briskly for an hour a day, researchers reported at the American Heart
Association's Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity &
Metabolism 2012 Scientific Sessions.
"In our study, a brisk one-hour daily walk reduced the genetic influence
towards obesity, measured by differences in BMI by half," said Qibin Qi, Ph.D.,
study author and a post doctorate research fellow in the Department of Nutrition
at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts. "On the other hand,
a sedentary lifestyle marked by watching television four hours a day increased
the genetic influence by 50 percent."
How the function of these genes affect BMI isn't clear, Qi said. "These genes
were just identified in the past five years and the exact functions of the
genetic variants are still unknown. Future studies will be needed to uncover the
Memories that aren’t sweet --
Sugary foods may be as bad for your memory as they are for your waistline.
UCLA researchers found that rats that were prompted to navigate a maze based on
their memory of previous trips through it did significantly worse when their
diet was high in high-fructose corn syrup, compared with rats whose diet was
high in the omega-3 fatty acids that come from eating fish, seeds, and nuts.
After their faulty trips through the maze, a closer look at the rats’ brains
revealed that the high levels of high-fructose corn syrup—the kind used to
sweeten soda—had disrupted synapse communication in the hippocampus, a brain
region devoted to learning and memory. Omega-3s appeared to repair some of those
connections, helping to "minimize the damage," UCLA neurosurgeon Fernando
Gomez-Pinilla tells Agence France-Presse. "I was very shocked," he says, "to see
how strong an effect these diets could have on the brain."
–The Week Vol. 12, Issue 570
We find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to
conquer and goals to achieve.
— Maxwell Maltz
In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to
performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it.
— Robert Heinlein
The content of this letter is not intended to replace professional medical
If you’re ill, please consult a physician.
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