Fit Facts to Consider

Nourish Your Memory by Working Walnuts into Your Diet

Walnuts

Walnuts are known for the positive impact they have on heart health, but walnuts may also improve your memory. Considered as one of the most nutritious foods, walnuts have high amounts of alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that is essential in treating heart disease but has also been linked to brain health, specifically memory function. Snack on a handful of walnuts to satisfy midday hunger, add them to oatmeal or salad for crunch of mix them into a vegetable stir-fry for extra protein.

Next time you pick up fresh beets, eat them from nose to tail 

Beets

Here are a few tips on how:

  • If you buy young beets, don’t even remove the tender outer skin-that will not only save you a prep step, but also give you extra fiber.
  • If the beets are small enough, you can cook them whole.
  • Chop off those beautiful beet tops and saute, salt and pepper your way to a quick delicious side dish of greens.
  • Throw a handful of chopped beet tops into a smoothie or a salad.

Beet greens are rich in vitamins A and C as well as calcium.  And the beet goes on…

Source: IDEA Fitness Journal January 2017

Optimism and Women’s Health

Women exercising

A recent study found that optimistic women are more likely to live longer than their pessimistic peers. Optimism, defined as generalized appreciation that good things will happen, was associated with a 30% lower risk of dying from any of the causes studied- a 16% lower risk of dying from heart disease, a 39% lower risk of dying from stroke, and a 52% lower risk of dying from infection.

“These new findings suggest that we should make efforts to boost optimism, which has been shown to be associated with healthier behaviors, and healthier ways of coping with life challenges,” said co-lead study author Eric S. Kim, PhD, research fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.