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Eat Healthy for Your Brain

Eat Healthy for Your Brain

As a fitness professional, it is painfully apparent that the hardest thing people have a hard time with is eating healthy. A person can want to get in the best shape of their life and they will work hard in gyms in Scottsdale and may even cut calories. The problem is, they often will not cut out the habits that are sabotaging their weight-loss efforts. Wine, soda, beer, cigarettes, cookies, diet drinks, candy, ice cream, and all the other unhealthy habits people have to hold on like a Velcro to a sweater in the dryer. Now, chances are, you read that and thought, “well, I don’t smoke, or drink beer” or “I don’t ever eat candy.” Look at those things and think about what you do, not what you don’t take in. The problem with these habits is that they are not only standing in the way of your health, but they are also a part of a cycle that is keeping you unhealthy and reinforcing your bad habits.

Hippocrates said “Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have t help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food.”

Most people realize that bad food is not doing anything good for their bodies, but do you realize what it may be doing to your brain? Nobody wants to deal with dementia in their old age and if you have firsthand experience with a family member or friend with Alzheimer’s disease, you would likely do anything to avoid that fate. The good news is, there is evidence showing that you have a lot of ways to control the risk of dementia. Some researchers have concluded that Alzheimer’s is not a disease of old age, but rather a lifelong process that begins in youth (Marano, 2016). In one study, Richard Isaacson found that as a little as six months of a healthy diet with lots of fresh vegetables and light on carbohydrates can reduce memory decline, speed up mental processing, and enhance inhibitory control and attention (Marano, 2016).

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Dr. Lisa Mosconi, the founder and director of the Nutrition and Brain Fitness Lab at New York University Medical Center, found that a higher intake of vitamin B12, vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, along with consuming foods high in vitamins, E, A, and C, and high in fiber positively affected glucose metabolism in the brain (Marano, 2016) In addition, people who consumed foods high in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, and sodium had lower brain volumes than people who ate healthier (Marano, 2016). Marano points out that Mosconi only found strong effects when the nutrients were consumed in food and not from supplements.

Foods that are bad for you can increase inflammation in the body and the brain. Food allergies, unique to each person, can increase inflammation in the brain which will lead to decreased blood flow. Dr. Daniel Amen, the leading expert in SPECT brain imaging displays SPECT images of healthy brains and unhealthy brains on his website. The amount of activity in specific areas of the brain decreases greatly with even moderate alcohol consumption and a high sugar diet. Nicotine makes the negative effects even stronger. Your generous pour of one glass of wine per night is likely not as good for you as you think. You can get much more antioxidants from fresh fruit and vegetables and not do any damage to your brain or body. Sugar is the first thing you need to kick in your diet. Sugar is often hidden by other names such as sorbitol, fructose, cane juice crystals, maltose, fruit juice concentrate, high-fructose corn syrup, and barley malt (Amen & Amen, 2016). Dr. Amen and his wife, Tana Amen, BSN, RN, point out that farmers feed animals corn, soy, and potatoes to make them fat very quickly (2016) If that is not enough of a reason to steer clear, know that many of the pesticides used in treating these common foods are associated with ADHD, cancer, depression, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, hypothyroidism, and liver disease (Amen & Amen, 2016).

It can be hard to kick bad foods. Consider this, binge eaters eat less food when given naltrexone, a drug that binds with the opioid receptors to prevent other molecules from binding to them. Naltrexone is what you give to someone who has overdosed on heroin or was given too much morphine (Amen & Amen, 2016). Foods like gluten and dairy products are especially addictive and people who stop taking them in can often have withdrawal symptoms (Amen & Amen, 2016).

The good news is, your brain can heal itself if you stop putting bad things in and replace them with good fruits and vegetables. You will also want to take in high-quality proteins like eggs, fish, lamb, chicken, beef, and bison. It will also benefit you to take in nuts and seeds, lentils, chickpeas, and quality grains like quinoa. Keep your grain intake on the low end, but do not cut it out. Cook with healthy oils like avocado oil, coconut oil, macadamia nut oil, and olive oil. Your brain and your body will get healthier and thank you. Eat healthy whether you want a better brain or a better body. The two will work together to support the other. Adding in exercise to your new diet will make maintaining it easier and will enhance the positive effects of good food on your brain. Think strong, be strong, and live a long healthy life. What’s stopping you?

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Expert Advice: Is It Safe to Go to Russia and to Attend the World Cup?

Expert Advice: Is It Safe to Go to Russia and to Attend the World Cup?

Frank Figliuzzi is the Chief Operating Officer of ETS Risk Management, Inc., a global provider of travel security, executive protection, threat intelligence and major event security. Frank is the former FBI Assistant Director of Counterintelligence, and recent head of Investigations, Special Event Security and Workplace Violence Prevention for General Electric.

How Is Safe It to Visit Russia?

Virtually no travel to Russia is without risk.  Russia travel risk assessment is driven by three factors:

  1. Location-specific inherent risks;
  2. The nature of the travel;
  3. and, The individual traveler.

For example, hate crimes against foreigners, minorities, and the LGBT community occur in Russia because of an apparent tolerance for such conduct as reflected in weak legislative prohibitions and an unwillingness to prosecute. Deadly terror attacks happen in Moscow, the North Caucasus and, most recently, St. Petersburg because of long-standing organic ethnic, religious and regional strife such as the Chechen/Russian conflict including possible sympathies for ISIS within the Chechen region.

Travel in connection with special events or sporting matches raises the already well documented daily risk of tourists targeted by pickpockets and muggers, often by organized gangs in major cities. Individual travelers of Asian or Afro-Caribbean descent or who simply “don’t look like they belong” in the eyes of certain locals should exercise particularly enhanced vigilance.

Business travelers should understand that electronic devices are frequently targeted for intrusion via malware and other means in an attempt by the Russian intelligence services to access proprietary corporate information for a competitive edge.

Despite the inherent risks, travellers who make the effort to seek the “ground truth” of their destination through their own government alerts, reading current country risk profiles offered by established security firms, and who maintain vigilance and a low-profile, can easily mitigate the risks and enjoy a memorable trip to a vast and proud nation.

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How Will Safe It Be to Go to the World Cup?

Travelers to the World Cup are advised of the significant risk posed by organized hooligans who seek to engage in brutal fights with opposing fans from countries like Britain, France, and other nations.

Russian hooliganism is marked by elements distinct from traditional hooliganism in the UK and Europe. Law enforcement agencies with decades of experience in securing soccer competitions have documented observations of Russian thugs who are highly trained and prepared to fight. These hooligans physically train in body-building and fight techniques and they make a point of not drinking alcohol during matches to maintain an advantage over their UK or European counterparts.

Disturbingly, Russian government leaders seemingly encourage such behavior with Russian Ministers quoted saying “Keep up the good work”, and Putin himself observing how Russian fans had quite literally beaten the English fans.

However, a major world event such as the World Cup is likely to be secured by the highest level of Russian national security agencies who understand the negative impact globally of any major incident during the World Cup.  The largely incident-free Winter Olympics in Sochi, even under threat of terrorism, is evidence that Russian can secure a major event when it chooses.

What Are the Biggest Risks?

Opportunistic crimes such as pick-pocketing and other thefts are common in major Russian cities. This risk includes theft from hotel rooms and theft from vehicles. Cases are well-documented of visitors whose drinks were spiked at bars for the purpose of robbery, rape or other violence. Unconscious victims are often left outside sometimes with life-threatening implications, especially in the cold winter months. Further reports exist of criminals impersonating police officers for the purpose of harassing and robbing tourists.

What Are the Overlooked Risks?

Travelers to Russia often overlook or dismiss the reality that the Russian government is in near total control of infrastructure which facilitates intelligence service targeting of western business and government travelers to include remote intrusion into their devices, or, even outright theft of their laptops, smartphones and other devices.

Similarly, a hotel frequented by western travelers are particularly notorious for intelligence collection, entrapment and attempts to compromise western business and government visitors. This fact poses a dilemma for travelers seeking to avoid such targeting by possibly choosing a local, non-westernized hotel.

However, such a choice often increases the odds of opportunistic crimes such as theft or assault and can antagonize the intelligence services who may become perturbed by your diversion from the usual hotel chains.

How Should People Mitigate This?

Travel Risk Management mitigation remains similar to advice given for most international travel.

Specifically, avoid the open display of wealth, including expensive jewelry, and anything that may identify you as a tourist. Avoid walking alone at night. Be vigilant for pickpockets in main tourist areas and around the main railway stations, and keep your passport tightly secured. Always buy your own drinks at the bar and keep them in sight at all times.

To mitigate the risk of being victimized by “fake” police officers, always insist on seeing identification if you are stopped.

What Duty of Care Provisions Should Employers Sending Staff to Russia Have in Place? What Should Employees Ask for?

Business leaders sending employees to Russia are advised to include professional Travel Risk Management measures into the travel plan.

These measures should include physical security guidance, protection of intellectual property, and potential medical consultation and even evacuation. The addition of enhanced security enables your team to focus on business objectives within minimal constraints or distractions.  Employees should ask for loaner devices to take that contain only the data needed for that trip and bring a reliable communication device.

Employees traveling for lengthy periods, particularly to more remote areas of Russia, should understand that the local hospital blood supply may not be screened for HIV and other diseases as is the standard in the US, UK, and other nations. Therefore, employees should ask about medical evacuation plans in the event of an unexpected need for surgery.

Any corporate or organization carrying out group events, or individual wishing to use security should contact https://www.ets-riskmanagement.com at info@ets-riskmanagement.com.

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Baby Clothes Sale

Baby Clothes Sale

So now the new grandbaby is actually here, I can stop wistfully staring at newborn sleepsuits and other baby clothes online and buy something for real!  He’s a boy so I don’t have to just look at unisex baby grows now, I can look at the baby boy clothes too.

Baby Clothes Sale

As you’d expect there’s a particularly good baby clothes sale on here at Tilly and Jasper! But to be honest most of the good sites out there have a bit of a clear-out at this time of year to make room for their autumn ranges.

This lovely Kite Flamingo organic cotton romper is available with £5 off and it’s one of my favourites. It’s a gorgeous warm yellow colour with a very striking flamingo print.

Kite Flamingo organic cotton romper

There’s £5 off this Seagull Print T-Shirt too!  It’s made from 100% GOTS certified cotton and is super-soft. But take a look at these incredibly cute baby boy leggings tell me they’re not adorable. How cute is that little chick motif! Great for boys and girls alike, I’ll be getting a pair for sure!

Seagull Print T-Shirt

If you’re looking for baby girl clothes and you’re not one for frills and flounces, then I think you’ll love this summery stripy dress. This Mutli Stripe Short Sleeve T-Shirt Dress comes in 100% GOTS certified organic cotton fabric and is a really easy-wear piece. I reckon they should do a Mum version of this one as it would be incredibly popular.

Mutli Stripe Short Sleeve T-Shirt Dress

And what’s not to love about this Stripy Sunflower T-Shirt. The applique sunflower is soft to the touch, simple and super-cheerful. As with all Tilly and Jasper baby clothes, it’s machine washable and brilliant for tots with sensitive skin.

Stripy Sunflower T-Shirt

There’s up to 50% off in the Tilly and Jasper kids clothes sale but you’ll need to get a move on as we’re selling out fast!

source: https://www.tillyandjasper.co.uk/blogs/news/baby-clothes-sale

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