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ALCOHOL AND YOU

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Research published last year in The Lancet concluded that no amount of alcohol consumption is healthy. One concern, often overlooked, is the high caloric and sugar intake that comes with many alcoholic beverages. For example, craft beers often have more alcohol than traditional macro-beers. And more alcohol means more calories. Tequila, vodka, rum, and gin have zero grams of carbohydrates, so they don’t raise blood sugar, as long as you drink them straight up. If you have diabetes, you should count one drink as two fat exchanges.

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GANDHI AND THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT

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Mahatma Gandhi was an Indian activist and leader of the India independence movement against British rule. He lived from 1869 to 1948. In 1888, he traveled to Britain and studied law in London. He said, “When I was 18, I came in touch with a good Christian—who placed the Bible in my hand, and I became aware of the Sermon on the Mount, and it showed its practical relevance in the public affairs of the world.” Gandhi's eclectic mind assimilated the message of Jesus and made it his own. Consequently, he emphasized its relevance for peaceful living, including the practice of non-violence. 

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EXERCISE AND DEMENTIA

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According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise can prevent memory loss. Research indicates that people who are physically active are less likely to experience a decline in their mental functioning; have a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease; and possibly have improved thinking among those with vascular cognitive impairment.

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MEDITERRANEAN DIET AND DEMENTIA

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What we eat is a major factor in our brain health. For some of us, our appetite diminishes as we age, meaning we miss out on certain nutrients and necessary building blocks for ideal health. The Alzheimer’s Society reported in a recent study all the existing evidence about how the Mediterranean diet helps problems with memory, thinking, and dementia. 

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THE BRAIN

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This blog is the beginning of several pieces about the brain—an organ that is receiving much attention these days. Statistics indicate that one in three people will die of dementia in the United States—two-thirds of these are women, as reported in the book The Unbreakable Brain, by Will Mitchell. Clearly, dementia will affect many of us, directly or indirectly.

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