Ladies, Want to Prevent Depression Later on? Perhaps Drink Coffee?

A new study found that women who drank two to three cups of caffeinated coffee a day decreased their chance of developing depression by 15% according to a 10 year study period. This was compared to women who consumed one cup or less per day. The study also showed that the more cups you drank, the lower the risk; “women who drank four or more cups had 20% lower risk.”

The study was conducted by Dr. Alberto Ascherio, a professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. The reason for this lower risk is due to caffeine boosting alertness and energy. He suggests that the dependency of caffeinated coffee may have long term effects on the brain. There is no a direct link between depression and drinking coffee, but there is an association which has not been clearly found. They do know that “caffeine works by binding to receptors for brain chemicals associated with mood.”

Overall, there is no guarantee that drinking coffee will have a positive effect in the long run as everyone reacts differently to caffeine.

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Click here for the original article – Courtesy of Times HealthLand

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Cookies ‘n’ Cream Crunch (perfect for diabetics)

Cookies 'n' Cream Crunch

This dessert is great for those who have a sweet tooth, but diabetic. There is no sugar added in this dessert. This recipe was found on health.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 (6 1/2-ounce) package sugar-free chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-calorie margarine, melted
  • 1 quart vanilla no-sugar-added, fat-free ice cream, softened

Directions:

1. Combine first 3 ingredients; reserve 1 cup mixture. Press remaining crumb mixture firmly in bottom of a 9-inch square pan. Freeze 10 minutes.

2. Spread ice cream over crumb mixture in pan. Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture over ice cream; gently press mixture into ice cream. Cover and freeze at least 8 hours.

3. To serve, let stand at room temperature 5 minutes; cut into 9 squares.

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Ways to burn fat (fast!)

Ways to burn fat (fast!)

Health.com gave us 51 great tips on how to burn fat fast. Even though summer is over, it is never too late to erase some extra flab and trim our stomachs.

Here are just 7 ways that I found helpful.

  1. Crank it up early—It is recommended to work out harder during the first half of your workout and then taking it easier during the second half as it burns up 23% more fat than doing the opposite according to a study from The College of New Jersey.
  2. Speed up, slow down—Try alternating from high intensity and low intensity cardio has it has been proven to cut down on your fat.
  3. Catch the running bug. – Everyone knows that running (or cardio) is the number one way to lose body fat. People who run at least 4 hours a week are more likely to melt more calories than those who don’t run, and you continue to burn fat after their jog says a Yale University School of Medicine study reports.
  4. Munch on these. – Food such as Almonds, cherries, yogurt, grapefruit, whole grains, and spicy foods have all been shown to burn fat.
  5. Think before you drink—Put that drink down! Just gulping as few as 90 calories’ worth of vodka can slow down your metabolism 73%, one study shows.
  6. Get C and D – Do you want to burn more fat? Get some vitamin C in your body! Want to lose more fat? Get some vitamin D! Aim for 400 to 500 mg of C and 800 mg of D a day.
  7. Download Rihanna, not Brahms. – Slow music can slow you down, so listen to up beat music which can make you run faster and harder, British scientists say.

 

Click here for more tips!—courtesy of Health.com through CNN

Tips to Reduce Bathroom Trips

Seven is the average trips a person should take to the bathroom a day. There is such a thing as going to the bathroom too much or too little. “Holding in” your bladder can stretch out your bladder making it harder to empty it out completely.

Here are some tips to reduce your bathroom trips

  1. Watch your liquid intake- Always drink when thirsty, but limit your intake to about 70 ounces a day. Drinking 10 – 12 glasses a day maybe too much.
  2. Log your bathroom trips – For two to three days, keep track of how many times you want to go the bathroom. This should be one of the first steps in bladder training and should give you a baseline as you work on reducing your trips.
  3. Increase your time between trips – Your goal is to go the bathroom every 3 hours. Every week, gradually increase your time until you get to your goal level. Be patient, it may take up to three months to reach your goal.
  4. Get support— While you are training, getting support from a professional can really help. Your physician can refer you to continence nurse practitioner or a physical therapist that can help.

Want more tips and ideas? Click here! – Courtesy of Health.com

Healthy Recipe: Gnocchi with Zucchini Ribbons & Parsley Brown Butter

 

Gnocchi with Zucchini Ribbons & Parsley Brown Butter Recipe

This 20 minute meal is great for families who are busy, but want to eat healthy. This recipe calls for store bought potato gnocchi.

424 calories per serving? Excellent!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh or frozen gnocchi
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 medium shallots, chopped
  • 1 pound zucchini, (about 3 small), very thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

Preparation

1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Cook gnocchi until they float, 3 to 5 minutes or according to package directions. Drain.

2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until the butter is beginning to brown, about 2 minutes. Add shallots and zucchini and cook, stirring often, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, salt, nutmeg and pepper and continue cooking, stirring often, until the tomatoes are just starting to break down, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in Parmesan and parsley. Add the gnocchi and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

 

Click here for the original recipe, tips, & nutrition – courtesy of eatingwell.com

Different Alternatives to Potato Chips

 

Times Healthland tells us delicious alternatives to potato chips and we have to say they all sound really good!

  1. Apple Chips—they are pretty crispy and are packed with fiber and vitamin C. They recommend: Good Health Natural Foods Crispy Original Apple Chip
  2. Taro Chips—also a starchy root vegetable, but 30% less fat than the potato. They are packed with vitamin E.
  3. Sweet Potato Chips (Our personal Fave!)—These chips are tasty, contains vitamin A and manganese (an essential mineral). They taste best with a spice blend.
  4. Kale Chips—if this is baked right, this leafy green vegetable can be a great alternative. It has vitamins A & C, great for those who like salty snacks.
  5. Plantain Chips—this treat is only good if you bake them yourself since you can control how much oil and you can add different spices to make them more flavorful. Try purchasing banana chips if you are in a time crunch—they taste just as great and has fewer calories and sugar than potato chips.

For recipes to make all of these chips, click here!

A Drink (or Two) a Day May Bring Good Health for Women

A recent study found that women who drank one or two alcoholic beverages a day in middle age were significantly more likely maintain good health as they aged. The good health defined by the researchers meant being free of major chronic diseases like cancer and diabetes.

The study which was led by Harvard researchers included data from 13,894 women who participated in a long running Nurses’ Health Study. All the participants filled out surveys about their eating and drinking habits in midlife (age 58). The researchers then compared it to their actual health at age 70.

The results showed that the women who drank up one alcoholic beverage a day in midlife were 19% more likely than the non-drinkers to enjoy good health later on at age 70. Women who had 1-2 drinks a day had better chance of good health, about 28%. They also found that the pattern of drinking mattered as women who spread their consumption of alcohol over 5-7 days were more likely maintained good health than those who drank the same amount of alcohol in 3-5 days. The women who only drank about 1-2 times a week were no better off than those who didn’t drink at all.

The researchers classified one drink as 15 g which is over half an ounce of alcohol which is equivalent of one can of beer or small glass of wine.

We also want to note that studies similar to this only prove that drinking alcohol has a correlation with good health, and there is no direct proof drinking alcohol causes good health.

Click here to read original article –Courtesy of Times HealthLand