Archive for May, 2013

Google Introducing Nutritional Search

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Photo courtesy of Google.

Wondering how many calories are in the ice cream you’re eating? Or the nutritional value of the tacos you just made? Well, Google is making locating that information a whole lot easier with the introduction of their new “Google Nutritional Search.” Now, when you search for a food, like “corn,” you won’t only get basic info about what corn is, but also nutritional values, like calories and carbohydrates.

With proper nutrition and exercise being vital to health as we age, and in the prevention of diseases in seniors, like diabetes and heart disease, Google aims to make figuring out what you’re putting into your body when you eat accessible. Allowing you to find everything you need to make healthy eating choices in an easy and quick manner.

The search is rolling out, currently, in beta mode, starting today. And while not available in our searches yet, Google states they are planning to roll out updates quickly. Currently, there is no word on whether foods from restaurants will be added, but one can assume that that will come out in the near future.

Until then, it is nice to know that there will be a new way to research what we eat. And this new technology is likely to spark interest in the younger-to-middle-age demographic, key years when proper nutrition and healthier habits become increasingly more important. When it gets around to rolling out to your neck of the woods, leave a comment and let us know what you think of it.

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Using Stress To Better Yourself

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

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The negative effects of stress, both on the mind and body, are no secret. Recent studies have shown stress can triple the risk of stroke in seniors, and consistent stress can lead to depression that takes a toll on our health. But new research has offered a new way to look at stress; embrace it and change.

Scientists from the University of Southern California recently concluded a study that found people are just as likely to embrace positive habits during periods of stress, than they are to engage in forms of self-sabotage.

Researchers used five different tests to study how people reacted to stress, and contrary to popular belief, just as many people adapted to stress through positive change than those who engaged in negative habits, like indulgence and hedonistic behavior.

Scientists concluded that most people reverted to learned behaviors of coping during periods of stress, such as smoking, overeating, or exercising. So why some people react negatively, or positively, to stress has as much to do with how they have coped with stress in the past, as they do with impulse and not thinking clearly.

Researchers suggest that if we want to change our reactions to stress, and possibly reduce stress in the future, we need to work on adopting healthy habits, like exercising and meditation, to overcome it. If we make small changes now, these good habits will eventually become learned habits, and according to the study, we will be much more likely to perform these habits when finding ourselves in times of stress.

It makes sense, that in times of stress, that we would go to habits we usually do when feeling that way, so why not keep a list of positive reactions to stress? Try to substitute one positive reaction for each negative one, and use stress to create habits that can help your body and mind.

We would suggest going for a walk. How about you?

 

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