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Did You Know – 8/06/2018

1. The Hawaiian Alphabet has only 13 letters. It includes five vowels and eight consonants

2. Smart Bandages – Researchers at Tufts University USA have come up with a brilliant innovative tech. Although only in the clinical trial period, if successful it could put an end to infections and amputations in people who have chronic skin wounds.

This bandage which looks like a clear sticking plaster houses both heat and PH detecting sensors together with a dose of thermally activated medicine. Infected wounds and burns generate higher temperatures and Ph levels that healthy skin, so as soon as the sensors notice anything out of the norm they send a drug releasing microbes straight to the area.
It appears there are many Universities looking into this so I guess it is something that we can look forward to in the future.

3. Sex and Fruit – According to Dr Yen Ying Lim, of the Cognitive aging laboratory at the Florey institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in Victoria, Australia, having sex on a regular basis and heaps of fruit especially berries and cherries help your memory work at its best. Things that break down the protection of our brain are inactivity, being Obese, high cholesterol and blood pressure.

4. Clench your fist – While we are on the subject of Memory researchers of the Montclair State University in the USA have discovered that making a fist seems to help memory and recall.
Clench your right fist when you want to remember something and clench your left fist later to help recollect the memory.

5. An Orange a Day Keeps macular degeneration away – Researchers from Westmead institute discovered that by eating one orange a day the flavonoids they contain helps to prevent macular degeneration. Try changing from an apple a day to the orange a day and you may have happy eyes

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Did You Know – 09/12/2016

Did you know this? I know I did not. I happen to be in New Zealand not so long ago and went to line dancing with my sister-in-law. I was so much fun and I could see the benefits of doing this so am in the process of finding somewhere around here that does it. I was hopeless at it and going left when everyone was going right but I had a laugh and so did they.

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5 Things will is great for your brain when you dance

1. Enhance Neuroplasticity A study led by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, was conducted over a period of 21 years and looked at senior citizens 75 years and older.
The study found that some cognitive activities influence mental acuity, but almost none of the physical activities had any effect except for dancing.

Reading – 35% reduced risk of dementia
Bicycling and swimming – 0% reduced risk of dementia
Doing crossword puzzles at least four days a week – 47% reduced risk of dementia
Playing golf – 0% reduced risk of dementia
Dancing frequently – 76% reduced risk of dementia

2. Increase IntelligenceThe essence of intelligence is making decisions. To improve your mental acuity, it is best to involve yourself in an activity that demands split-second, rapid decision-making. Dancing is an example of a fast-paced activity that demands speedy decision-making.

3. Improve muscle MemoryDancers can achieve complex moves more easily when they undergo the process of “marking”—walking through movements slowly and encoding each movement with a cue.
It was concluded that visualizing movements and “marking” can help improve muscle memory. This type of visualization and marking, learned through dance, can also be used across a variety of fields to optimize performance.

4. It will boost your memory and slow down aging. – As you get older, brain cells die and synapses become weaker. Nouns, like names of people, are harder to remember because there is only one neural pathway that leads us to this stored information.

If you work on learning new things, like dance, you can work on building different mental routes and many paths. So if one path is lost as a result of age, you have an alternative path that you can use to access stored information and memories.

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5. It will help prevent dizzinessHave you ever wondered why ballet dancers don’t get dizzy when they perform pirouettes? Research suggests that through years of practice and training, dancers gain the ability to suppress signals from the balance organs in the inner ear that are linked to the cerebellum.
If you suffer from dizziness, then making time in your schedule for any form of dance is a good way to address this problem. Dancing of any kind will help with dizziness so you don’t have to be a ballet dancer.

 

So Lets go Dancing. Cause “If you don’t do different nothing will change”

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Did You Know – 05/16/2016

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1. Researchers from South Australia’s Flinders University analized data of 68,000 people in 64 countries and found that taking an extra 3500 steps and spending an addition 45 minutes on the move each day resulted in weight loss of about 1.5kgs. This program needs to be done for 100 days to see the result. Not so bad eh?

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2. Starting a Journal – To be calmer, more organized and reach your goals then start Journaling. According to researchers it will help you with all these aims in life. Just jot down 5 things to be grateful for each day, keep jotting down the goals you want to reach and read them each night before sleep. It has been proven that it will help with better sleeping and calmer approach to life.

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3. To know your heart rate when exercising can help find the so called ‘Sweet Spot’ for your health benefit. The target is 50-70 percent of your maximum heart rate which is usually 220 beats per minute minus your age. The Cleveland Clinic in the USA says a fitness tracker is a good option to monitor this.

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4. Eating Chocolate quite frequently can boost your visual-spatial memory, working memory and abstract reasoning among other mental benefits. This I read in the Australian Courier Mail newspaper and it sounds good to me. They did not say where the information came from so just eat away.

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5. Research has shown that men who took Ginkgo Biloba, 76% reported an increase in their sexual function and erections.

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6. 59% of people who say others become more attractive when they play songs they love. Source – The Music makes it home study

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Magnesium and your Brain

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Magnesium and the Brain

Magnesium is a vital mineral for our overall health, and now a Chinese study has discovered that higher magnesium levels dramatically improve brain health. Guosong Liu, Director of the Center for Learning and Memory at Tsinghua University in Beijing, stated “Elevating brain magnesium content via increasing magnesium intake can be a useful new strategy to enhance cognitive abilities.”

The Chinese study showed magnesium’s effect on the brain cell’s synaptic plasticity: “… a key feature of nerve architecture that enables your brain to tolerate stress, recover from trauma, and make actual changes. Synaptic plasticity is based on having well-nourished and properly energized brain cells – contrasted to inflamed brain cells that have become damaged and ‘stuck in their ways’.”

Due to topsoil depletion from incorrect farming practices, most of us are magnesium-deficient. As we get older, less magnesium is present in our cells. Yet it takes around twice the amount of magnesium recommended for body health to enhance and preserve the brain’s optimum cognitive and memory functions.

Up to 1000 mg per day is recommended for optimum brain health.

Magnesium is critically involved with over 300 cellular metabolic functions. Magnesium has been called the “Lamp of Life”, as it is the major constituent for producing chlorophyll in plant life. Without that, plants could not interact with the sun and survive.

Obviously, organic green vegetables (such as wheatgrass) should be heavily consumed for a substantial magnesium intake. (Organic vegetables can have up to ten times more magnesium than non-organic.)

Commercial table salt and white processed sugar, as well as foods that contain white bleached flour, should be avoided. These items leach magnesium out of your body.

You can also supplement magnesium transdermally. If you overdo magnesium supplementation, though, you’ll notice quickly. Like Vitamin C, excessive magnesium causes diarrhea.

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Treasure That Memory – Or Whats Left Of it

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Three sisters age 92, 94 and 96 live in a house together.
One night the 96 year old draws a bath, puts her foot in and pauses.
She yells down the stairs, “Was I getting in or out of the bath?”
The 94 year old yells back, “I don’t know, I’ll come up and see.”
She starts up the stairs and pauses, then she yells,
“Was I going up the stairs or coming down?”
The 92 year old was sitting at the kitchen table having tea
listening to her sisters. She shakes her head and says,
“I sure hope I never get that forgetful.” She knocks
on wood for good measure. She then yells,
“I’ll come up and help both of you as soon as I see
who’s at the door.”

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Did You Know – 05/18/2015

1. How to Prevent Running Shoe Blisters With a “Heel Lock” or “Lace Lock”

2.Little known fact about the Titanic that might surprise you!

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The swimming pool on the Titanic is still full.

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3. A new study finds a man’s memory fades faster with age than a woman’s. The study, published in JAMA Neurology, found that everyone’s memory skills and brain volume begin to deteriorate after age 30 but memory worsens faster in men than it des in women after age 40.
These changes are NOT linked to the brain-plaque build up typical of Alzheimer’s disease but is simply part of normal aging the researchers said.

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4. In Quebec, there is an old law that states margarine must be a different color than butter.
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5. Arnold Schoenberg was an Austrian composer and painter, associated with the expressionist movement in German poetry and art, and leader of the Second Viennese School. suffered from triskaidecphobia, the fear of the number 13. He died 13 minutes from midnight on Friday the 13th.

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6.James Dean died when his Porsche Spyder sports car crashed in 1955. The car was taken to a garage, where the engine slipped out and fell onto a mechanic, shattering both of his legs.
The engine was then bought by a doctor who put it in his car and died in a car crash. Another driver in that same race was killed in his car,which had Dean’s driveshaft fitted into it. When the shell of Dean’s Porsche was later repaired and put on display, the showroom burned down.
Exhibited again in Sacramento, it fell of the stand on to a visitor, breaking his hip. Finally the car mysteriously broke into 11 pieces sitting on steel supports.

Source; The Cursed car

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Did You Know – 12/09/2013

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1. 90% of the ‘Happy Hormone’ Serotonin is made in the stomach, which is why digestive problems often cause depression.
SourceNutrition and Food Science

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2. According to a study presented to the Gerontological Society of America, men and women who took a 1000mg resveratrol supplement daily showed significantly increased blood flow to the brain. “We also saw exciting evidence suggesting comprehension and memory processing were improved” said Dr Steve Anton.
I think that would be a whole lot of red wine so maybe the tablets would be the better alternative otherwise you would end up intoxicated every day and I am not sure if your memory would be working very well the next day.

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3. 300 minutes a week is the average that dog owners walk. 168 minutes is the average that non-dog owners walk.
Source – Nature and health

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4. 19 Million is the number of prescriptions for antibiotics written every year in Australia – One of the highest usage rates in the world.
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5. A ‘cargotecture’ is shipping containers are used in eco-friendly construction, from hotels to stores – eve, in Washington DC holiday rental cottages
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