January 10, 2013

January 10, 2013
12 Healthy Resolutions You'll Love

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Thursday and I hope you are having a beary safe and great week so far. It is another busy week for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

A few days ago I blogged about my new year's resolution. Today and tomorrow I would like to blog about 12 resolutions you might enjoy keeping.

For Your Health

If you think you're in for another rigorous regimen of dieting and exercise, think again. These resolutions backed by scientific research offer delightful and sometimes surprising ways to improve your health from lowering your risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer to reducing pain and improving brain health.

Throw a Party

Research shows that people with a consistent, active social life are less likely to experience a decline in the ability to reason and remember. A study by Rush University Medical Center in Chicago also found that social activity may help preserve your ability to perform day-to-day activities as you age.

Adopt a Pet

People who own pets finned, feathered or furry have healthier hearts and make fewer visits to the doctor. During times of stress, a pet can lower blood pressure. Animals provide us with the same kind of social support that people do.

Choose Chocolate

Dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids, which help cells resist damage that may contribute to cancer and other maladies. Flavonoids also help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to the brain and heart, protecting against heart attack and stroke. Eat dark chocolate that contains at least 70 percent cacao and limit yourself to no more than an ounce a day.

Drink Coffee Daily

Coffee regular or decaf appears to lower the risk of dying from chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease, according to research from the National Institutes of Health. Other studies show caffeinated coffee may protect against skin cancer, liver damage, type 2 diabetes and Parkinson's. Three cups a day also may protect against Alzheimer's.

Raise a Glass

A glass of red or white wine is heart-healthy, but new research in the European Journal of Epidemiology says beer, too, is good for the heart. Both drinks also protect against diabetes and some cancer. The key to drinking either wine or beer is moderation one glass a day for women, two for men.

Tomorrow, I will finish this blog about health resolutions. Hope you have a beary safe and great day!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab