Health & Fitness

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Drinking: Finding the Cognitive “Sweet Spot”

Drinking: Finding the Cognitive “Sweet Spot”

You have probably read that drinking alcohol has been associated with a reduction in cognitive decline and the risk of dementia.  But don’t go running to the saloon quite yet. Heavy drinking has been shown to diminish memory by changing brain chemistry and causing vitamin B1 (thiamin) deficiency.  Uh oh.  In an April 2010 study

Statute of Limitations For Condiments

Statute of Limitations For Condiments

It’s hard to part with things we love, but when it comes to food, it’s best to be brutal. As the barbecue season is winding down, we thought it wise that we give you a timetable for your favorite toppings so you stay healthy!  (These assume you have stored them in your fridge.) Mustard –

Kitchen Cleanliness – Should you wash your food?

Kitchen Cleanliness – Should you wash your food?

Even though the best chefs in the world may be men, the vast majority of us Suddenly Solos can’t really boast that we are extremely kitchen-literate.  Sure, we are learning our way around the basics, but that can often focus on the cooking component and not necessarily the preparation aspect.  The more I learned about

Enjoy Your Waking Hours More

Enjoy Your Waking Hours More

One of the best ways to get more out of your day is by getting a truly restful night’s sleep. We’ve written here before about the importance of being tested for sleep apnea if you are a habitual and loud snorer and you have real difficulty staying focused and alert in the mid-afternoon hours.  These

Were you born in 1945-1965? You’re At Risk!

Were you born in 1945-1965?  You’re At Risk!

  So many of us Suddenly Solos are Baby Boomers that we felt it was absolutely essential that we make you aware of the risk of having Hepatitis C. The CDC just issued a recommendation that all baby boomers have their blood tested for the virus at their next check-up.  Baby boomers account for about

Baby You Can Drive Your Car!

Baby You Can Drive Your Car!

When we were growing up, it seemed that “old people” were all terrible drivers. Of course, we thought that “old” meant anyone over fifty! However, there are certainly legitimate concerns about truly “older” drivers. Research on age-related driving concerns has shown that at around the age of 65, drivers face an increased risk of being

Ever Had Chicken Pox? Then Think “Shingles”

Ever Had Chicken Pox? Then Think “Shingles”

If you are one of the 90% of Americans who has had a case of chicken pox, then you are susceptible to a reappearance of that infection in the form of shingles.  As you get older, the virus that caused your chicken pox (herpes zoster) can somehow become reactivated, causing it to migrate along nerve

Eating Healthy – What’s The Latest?

Eating Healthy – What’s The Latest?

If you are looking to save money on your grocery bill, you might want to re-think the importance of the “Organic” label.  These foods are usually higher-priced but have no special nutrient content benefits according to a review of scientific literature commissioned by Britain’s Food Standards Agency.  They stated that, “Our review is there is

I Hope You’ll Dance

I Hope You’ll Dance

We have written often here about the benefits of incorporating balance training into your physical regimen since it improves your stability and, as a result, decreases the chances of falling and fracture. One way to keep fit and agile is dancing. A study by an Italian heart institute found that study participants who danced three

Get A Health Jolt With Black Currants

Get A Health Jolt With Black Currants

Sometimes called, “The Forbidden Fruit” because it was banned in the early 1900s for fear it might spread a rare type of tree disease, Black Currants were given a full “pardon” and cultivation began again in 2003. Truly delicious and healthy, they are extremely high in antioxidants such as the polyphenols anthocyanins which have been

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