Body Sense

Autumn 2011

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BoDy Talk compileD By JeD heneBerry Optimism Protects Against Strokes It pays to look on the bright side. a new study, published in Stroke, has indicated a "signifi cant association" between optimism and a reduced risk of stroke. Other studies already have linked optimism Beef Up Your Brain We all know that exercise is good for the body, but studies show that it can also help beef up the brain as well. a review conducted at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign of more than 100 recent studies concluded that aerobic exercise improves attention, decision making, and memory in humans and promotes the growth of new blood vessels, brain cells, and nerve cells in animals. The fi ndings, which were published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, also show that exercise is important at all stages of life, giving children a head start on cognitive abilities, and improving brain function in young and elderly adults. to a healthier immune system, faster wound healing, and a lower risk of heart disease. While the exact cause of the benefi ts is not clear, one theory is that optimistic people are more likely to take care of their health. in addition, there is hope that teaching optimism could become part of a preventative A+ for Apples you know the saying: "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." now, new research might be able to tell us why. Ursolic acid, a natural compound found in apple peels, has been shown to protect against muscle weakening when given to mice. other positive benefi ts include lower glucose, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels, as well as an increase in lean muscle. The fi ndings were published in to eat apples? A Dutch study to be published in says that fruits and veggies with white fl esh, including apples, bananas, cucumbers, and pears, can cut the risk of stroke in half. program for various conditions. . need another reason Body Sense 11 C S t r o k e el l M et a b o l im s

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