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Take 5 for Happiness AND Health too !

Take 5 for Happiness AND Health too !

Hey Folks,

Probably have you wondering about the title.

Well, over the weekend some friends stopped over whom haven’t seen in ages.

We got to talking about a variety of things (as usual  😉

Thought would share some of it with you … while hoping it will help you in your week too !!  😉

The topic come up on how it seems so many health tips either seem too time consuming or too complex.

If you feel that way, then you’ll enjoy this story.

Five for Five ~

Here’s a pleasant little pastime that takes about 5 minutes to do each day but could make you up to 5 years younger if you’re faithful to it: drinking tea.

In a Chinese study, the cells of enthusiastic tea drinkers showed about 5 fewer years’ worth of wear and tear compared with the cells of people who drank little tea.

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The enthusiastic tea drinkers averaged 3 or more cups of green or oolong tea daily, while the group that showed more signs of cell aging averaged less than a cup. The researchers looked specifically at the study participants’ telomeres to see how much their cells had aged. Telomeres are the protective end caps on your DNA strands. They get a smidge shorter every time cells divide, so the shorter these caps are, the older your cells are, too. And in the study, the most avid tea drinkers had significantly longer telomeres than the people who drank less than a cup a day.

Wow!!  Enough science lesson ~ Let’s all take 5 for a refreshingly healthy cup of tea !!

Another topic came up from one of my old (don’t tell I said that 😉    college buddy’s idea’s on how to help his inflamation he’s been having a problem with. His wife has tried store bought remedies with no luck.

Here’s another Power of 5 tips for ya ~

Check out this list of five tasty foods that might help you breathe easier by quelling inflammation:

Salmon: Fatty coldwater fish like salmon are packed with eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), two super-healthful omega-3 fatty acids that may reduce the risk of allergies. Trout and tuna are good sources, too. If you’re not a fan of fish, opt for nuts and seeds instead. They contain alpha-linolenic acid, another type of omega-3 fatty acid.

Grape juice: Grape juice is a good source of resveratrol, an antioxidant compound that seemed to reduce asthma inflammation in animal studies. Red wine is an even richer source of resveratrol, but keep in mind that alcohol may make nasal allergy symptoms worse for some people. Snacking on red grapes, blueberries, and peanuts is another way to get more resveratrol into your diet.

Beans: Legumes are an extra-healthful source of protein. Even better? Beans are loaded with folate. In a study, this B vitamin appeared to reduce the intensity of immune system reactions to common allergens. And using beans in place of red meat may do your allergies even more favors. Research shows that red meat may enhance inflammation, so cutting back could be good news for your symptoms.

Apples: One a day just might help keep your allergy symptoms away. How? It’s the quercetin in apples that may do the trick. Quercetin is a flavonoid thought to curb the production of histamine and help cool inflammation — two culprits that play a role in allergic responses.

Yogurt: Add the low-fat variety of this creamy dairy food to your antiallergy menu. Why? Because yogurt contains loads of probiotics — those good-for-your-gut bacteria. In a study, probiotics lowered levels of an immune substance known to fire up allergy symptoms.

Carrots: A colorful diet is a healthful diet. But some studies suggest that brightly hued orange, yellow, and red produce may help with allergies because they’re brimming with cartoneoids — compounds thought to have an allergy-quelling effect.

To kinda sum things up for you folks…. eating a variety of fresh, healthful foods will boost the antioxidants and other inflammation-quelling compounds in your diet. At the same time, consider cutting back on foods that are thought to stoke inflammation — like refined grains, red and cured meats, alcohol, and foods high in saturated fat and sugar. All of this could mean good news for your allergies. Changing your diet shouldn’t take the place of other proven allergy-control measures, like avoiding your triggers and taking your medication as prescribed. But it’s great to have the potential option of enhancing your allergy-control efforts with smart diet choices.

So take FIVE and Enjoy a Boundryless Life !!

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