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What fruit has been shown to slow cognitive decline?

Blueberries: A 2012 study suggested that eating at least one serving of blueberries a week slowed cognitive decline by several years. One possible explanation as to why came from a 2013 study in mice, which found that berries might protect the brain by clearing toxic proteinsthat accumulate there.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/12/blueberry-health-facts-benefits_n_5568690.html

By |June 20th, 2017|Health & Exercise Tips, Nutrition, Trivia|0 Comments

What is the smallest skeletal muscle in our body?

The stapedius is the smallest skeletal muscle in the human body. The stapedius dampens the vibrations of the stapes by pulling on the neck of that bone. This helps to control the amplitude of sound waves from the general external environment to the inner ear. This protects the inner ear from high noise levels, primarily […]

By |June 14th, 2017|News, Trivia|0 Comments

True or False: Plants Produce Vitamin B12

False: Vitamin B12 is made by neither animals nor plants, but by microbes. This is another reason why its important to support your gut’s “good bacteria.” Vitamin B12 deficiency is common in vegans who don’t eat B12 fortified foods or take B12 supplements and can result in paralysis, myelopathy, psychosis, or atherosclerosis. A plant-based diet […]

By |May 30th, 2017|Newsletter, Nutrition, Trivia|0 Comments

What percentage of our happiness can we actually change?

Leading researcher Sonya Lyubomirsky has been able to determine that about 40 percent of our capability for happiness is underdeveloped and within our power and ability to change. About 10 percent can be attributed to life circumstances and 50 percent of our happiness is set.

Lyubomirsky developed an assessment of personal happiness through a brief 4-item […]

By |May 23rd, 2017|Health & Happiness, Newsletter, Trivia|0 Comments

On average, how many items can we hold in short-term memory?

The total capacity of short-term memory is fairly limited. Experts believe that you can hold approximately seven items in short-term memory for about 20 to 30 seconds. This capacity can be stretched somewhat by using memory strategies such as chunking, which involves grouping related information into smaller “chunks.”

In a famous paper published in 1956, psychologist […]

By |May 16th, 2017|Newsletter, Trivia|0 Comments

True or False: Humans and giraffes have the same number of cervical vertebrae

True. The Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is the tallest land animal on earth, standing up to 6 metres- 20 feet in height. They achieve this remarkable stature predominantly through their exceptionally long legs and incredible neck which can itself measure 2 metres- 7 feet tall. What is even more astounding is that this remarkable neck contains […]

By |May 8th, 2017|Newsletter, Trivia|0 Comments

What part of the body accounts for one quarter of our bones?

Our feet are home to more bones than any other part of your body. How many? Of the two hundred or so bones in the body, the feet contain a whopping 52 of them.

By |April 26th, 2017|Ask Doctor Denny, Extremities, Trivia|0 Comments

What exercise is most effective to boost your metabolism?

An increase in physical activity will increase your BMR. The main objective is to exercise at a rate where your heart rate increases when it comes to cardiovascular exercise. Resistance training (or weight bearing exercise) is the most effective way to increase BMR—the greater your muscle mass; the faster your body will burn calories.

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True or False: Your gut bacteria can affect anxiety levels

True: Researchers have found that the subjects who took the prebiotics had lower levels of cortisol — a stress hormone which has been linked with anxiety and depression — in their saliva when they woke up in the morning.
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By |April 19th, 2017|Health & Happiness, Nutrition, Trivia|0 Comments

Does muscle burn more calories than fat?

This question sounds like a weight-loss myth, but it is, in fact, true. Muscle is designed for movement, so it burns energy at a higher rate than fat, which is used to store or conserve energy.  John M. Kennedy, MD, director of preventative cardiology and wellness at Marina Del Rey Hospital in California and author […]