It has been pretty widely accepted that cognitive ability declines as we age. If you ask most people, including most doctors, if alcohol consumption is good for cognitive function, they’d likely say no. But are they right? Does alcohol consumption speed age-related cognitive decline?
Major alcohol brands like Seagram’s, Smirnoff and Jack Daniels are now making sweetened coolers containing alcohol. These drinks appeal to younger drinkers who aren’t necessarily interested in “hard” liquor. The sugar content in these drinks may also drive higher consumption among teens and college-aged drinkers, says a new study.
It’s estimated that between 50 and 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. That’s a problem in more ways than just nodding off at work or in school. Sleep deficits and deprivation are connected to a myriad of health problems, both minor serious. The serious problems include high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and even… Continue reading Alcohol, Caffeine, Nicotine and Your Lousy Sleep
About one in five Canadian adolescents uses cannabis (19% of Canadians aged 15-19), and its recent legalization across the country warrants investigation into the consequence of this use on the developing brain. Adolescence is associated with the maturation of cognitive functions, such as working memory, decision-making, and impulsivity control. This is a highly vulnerable period… Continue reading Teen Cannabis Harmful to Brain Function
$8 billion. That’s billion, with a b. That’s how much was spent on workplace wellness programs by corporations in America. According to the Rand Corporation, 80% of all companies with 1,000 or more employees offer some type of wellness program. (1) Some programs offer discounted or even free gym memberships, discounts on health, fitness and… Continue reading New Study Says Workplace Wellness Programs Aren’t Paying Off
Talk to most parents and they’ll tell you their teenagers are “pretty normal.” Sure, they might throw in a complaint about moodiness, messiness or even a little recklessness, but other than that, normal. But what if normal isn’t okay? What if the “new normal” for teens is to be at risk of obesity, depression, anxiety,… Continue reading Negative Body Image, Depression, Anxiety, Suicide. Is Your Teen “At-Risk?”
It happens in living rooms and family rooms across America on Thanksgiving. Heck, it even happens right at the dining room table in some houses! Family members falling asleep after downing a luscious turkey dinner with all the trimmings on Thanksgiving. Football games go unwatched. Heartwarming holiday movies go unseen. Snoring abounds. Okay, I’m exaggerating… Continue reading Podcast: Tryptophan and the Real Reason Your Uncle Falls Asleep Every Thanksgiving
As a Fitness Professional, I’ve long espoused the idea that the occasional cocktail or alcoholic beverage can actually help my clients. Now, if they don’t drink now, I’m not telling them to start. However, for those who enjoy an adult beverage now and again, making them verboten can add stress to their lives and may… Continue reading Binge Drink At Your Own Risk