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Ideas for a Romantic Valentine's Day
Ideas for a Romantic Valentine's Day
By Jenny Corteza -I have fallen in love many times….. Always with you: This in itself is good enough to bring a smile to your man’s face but it will do only on 364 days of the year. Valentine Day begs that you say it with a gift, special dinner or other activity .Romantic Date IdeasDinner and dancing is always good but if your partner has a favorite activity what can say "I love you" more than arranging a special outing which...
Sweet Ways to Decorate the Home for Valentine's Day
Sweet Ways to Decorate the Home for Valentine's Day
By  Alyssa Davis - Valentine's Day is quickly approaching.  Thankfully, decorating your home for the holiday does not have to be an arduous task.  Instead of getting overwhelmed with decorating ideas, try the 14 sweet ideas below to add a little touch of love in every room in your house. - 1.Create paper chains using red, pink, and white paper to hang over doorways and around window frames.  Children...
Happy Valentine's Day
Happy Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day Love Poems -Valentine's Day Crafts and Recipes -Home Decorating with Kids Crafts -Photo by Mamama Designs

Healthy Families

A Girl's First Pap Test: New Guidelines to Understand
A Girl's First Pap Test: New Guidelines to Understand
by Janine Sherman, RN, MSN, WHNP-BC -When I was 18, my mother made me an appointment to see her gynecologist to have my first Pap smear. I was not yet sexually active but my mom wanted me to have an exam before I left for college. Many years later, working as a Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner, I would similarly tell my patients that age 18 is when a girl who is not sexually active should come in for her first pelvic exam and Pap smear....
Releasing Unhealthy and Unfulfilling Relationships
Releasing Unhealthy and Unfulfilling Relationships
By Dr. Howard Peiper, N.D. -Maintainingunhealthy and unfulfilling relationships can drain us physically, emotionally and spiritually, while letting go of them empowers us to shift our reality and create space for new relationships that enhance our growth.Releasing unhealthy and unfulfilling relationships with love and integrity, can teach us how to forgive the past, heal ourselves, and generate positive energy to progress on our...
Fighting Winter Allergies
Fighting Winter Allergies
The Importance of Knowing What You Breathe at Home Especially During Winter- By Dustin Jefferson Onghanseng -It’s winter. The wind is picking up and the temperature is dropping. It’s the time to be jolly! But that may not apply to everyone. To some, this kind of weather marks the start of a red nose, constant sneezing and sniffling and the dreaded asthma and allergy attacks.Once the cold weather kicks in, you ...

Spring Break 2016

Short Spring Break Under $500
Short Spring Break Under $500
Let's plan a spring break getaway for only $500. It time to get off the couch,  outside and having fun.1. Transportation - unless you are only planning to getaway yourself traveling by air is likely unaffordable, you might check Travelzoo.com airfare deals in case one of the airlines...
Harry Potter World, Orlando: A Must See
Harry Potter World, Orlando: A Must See
By Fiona HillWho isn't a fan of Harry Potter? Most families have a long-standing love for the character that graced our books and screens. In 2010  Universal Studios in Florida openned The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a theme park dedicated to all things ‘Potter',...
Best Florida Beach Vacations
Best Florida Beach Vacations
By Jolana Klobouk - Why choose a beach vacation in Florida? One good reason is because wherever you go in Florida, you're never more than 60 miles from the beach! -Florida is also easy to get to, the temperature is pleasurable year round, it offers good value for your money and that's...

Parenting

Yoga, To Help Calm and Focus Your Child
Yoga, To Help Calm and Focus Your Child
By Lynea Gillen -By age eight, it was apparent that Haley was bestowed with a high level of intelligence, creativity and energy.So much energy, in fact, that at times it was hard for her to manage the long hours of sitting that are often required in elementary schools these days. Her parents were looking for ways to help her focus and be more successful in school, so they referred her to the yoga class taught by the school counselor,...
Helping Your Elementary School-Aged Daughter Cope with Mean Girls
Helping Your Elementary School-Aged Daughter Cope with Mean Girls
Straightforward Title Offers Clear-Cut Advice on Helping Your Elementary School-Aged Daughter Cope with Mean GirlsAs a reader, I sometimes laugh in amazement at the wordy, zany, and often downright misleading titles that are given to books these days.  As a writer, I often find myself staring at my own computer screen, trying to come up with the most clever, catchy, and don't forget SEO-friendliest title for my work.  Last week,...
2 Habitual Parenting Mistakes and Their (Spiritual) Fixes
2 Habitual Parenting Mistakes and Their (Spiritual) Fixes
By Sylvia Cochran - Christian ParentingParenting is fraught with missteps, oopsies and outright mistakes. More often than not we – the parents – recognize a parenting error as soon as it is made. Fixing it is generally a bit tougher.Some parents decide to maintain a (false) sense of authority by not admitting to the mistake or apologizing; from a spiritual point of view, this is an untenable position. In fact, there are two habitual...

Recipes

Healthy Super Bowl Party Snacks
Healthy Super Bowl Party Snacks
By Parissa Amerinouri - Let's face it - watching TV comes hand in hand with snacking. With the number one watched program on television comes one of the top days for over snacking and loading on the calories.While fried chicken, beer, and cheese puffs may have tasted good at last...
Party Appetizers: Chorizo Stuffed Dates Wrapped in Bacon
Party Appetizers: Chorizo Stuffed Dates Wrapped in Bacon
By Samath a Gianulis - Apron Strings - Chorizo Stuffed Dates Wrapped in Bacon  (Makes about 20 pieces)Ingredients:20 large, pitted marjool dates1 lb. of ground pork chorizo (recipe follows)¼ cup minced yellow onion1 lb. uncooked bacon Choriz
 Roasted Winter Root Vegetables and Curried Butternut Squash Bake
Roasted Winter Root Vegetables and Curried Butternut Squash Bake
Menu ideas and Recipes for Roasted Winter Root Vegetables and Curried Butternut Squash Bake.Keeping the holiday meals simple and stress-free gives you more time to relax and just enjoy celebrating the season with your family and friends. You don't have to put together magazine-worthy...

Features

Women and Heart Disease

Women and Heart Disease

By Dale Petersen MD -  Among other things February is American heart month. The first week is designated National Women’s Heart Week. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women, with one out of four women dying of heart disease.Heart attacks are the most common type of heart disease. A heart...
Black History Month Family Activities

Black History Month Family Activities

There are many family fun activities for kids of all ages.1.  Visit historic sites of the Civil Rights Movement see http://fun.familyeducation.com/slideshow/black-history-month/49026.html -  and  where you can find a location near you https://www.teachervision.com/black-history-month/activity/4542.html2....
What's Your Favorite Comfort Food? and Why?

What's Your Favorite Comfort Food? and Why?

A recent Harris Poll showed favorites and that where you live, your age and gender impacts your comfort food choce:What are Americans favorite comfort food? Pizza  Chocolate and ice cream  tie for 2nd place Mac & cheese a Chips  Who eats comfort foods and when: Women...
New Help for Kids Earache Pain

New Help for Kids Earache Pain

Hearing your kids scream from the pain of earache is difficult and frustrating parents.  It has been impossible in the past to find anything that seems to help relieve the pain, ear drops don't seem to do much to help and there was little or nothing available from the drugstore. That's because the reason for the pain is due to the Eustachian...

 

Home and Garden

Pets Eat the Strangest Things
Pets Eat the Strangest Things
The Most Unusual Things Pets Eat -With nearly 2,000 foreign body ingestion claims received over the past year, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI) – the nation's oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance – saw plenty of pets make meals of inedible objects. Many of the usual ingestions showed up again and again; socks, hand towels, sticks, and rocks were especially popular pet "snack" choices. Other ingested items were not...
Are you Trendy? Which Trends are You Following?
Are you Trendy? Which Trends are You Following?
Here are the Top 10 Trends for this year according to Culture Vulture  -I.  Do you demand solutions such as leasing and trying before you buy – whether it's a new home, or your cell phone. 67% report that they feel trapped if a 2 year contract is required.2. Are your kids playing more E-Sports such as Twitch and YouTube Gaming and in-person. The number of  paid e-sports tournaments in the U.S, rose from 46 in 2000 to...
5 Winter Lawn Tips For Early Spring Green
5 Winter Lawn Tips For Early Spring Green
By Domonique PowellThe later months of fall can be the ideal time to get your lawn ready for old man winter. It can also better prepare your lawn to bounce back when spring makes its appearance. With the proper mowing height, removing leaves and debris, aeration and last minute fertilization, you’ll find winter lawn preparation to be beneficial for the condition of your lawn.

Family Fun

Family Bonding with Bedtime Books
Family Bonding with Bedtime Books
By Barbara Bietz -- Bedtime rituals are especially important for today's busy families.Youngsters need to make the transition from active play to a quiet, restful mood. From soothing rhythmic poetry to playful prose, every family needs an assortment of bedtime books in their collection.Sleepy Time by Gyo Fujikawa is a classic board book that will engage any toddler. Even on the go two year olds will be entranced by the charming images...
Bring On The Snow!
Bring On The Snow!
As the temperature starts to drop and the leaves begin to fall, news reports begin their annual run down of local snow resorts and snow making efforts – this is all music to the avid snowboarder. Snowboarding, while similar to skiing, has become one of the fastest growing sports combining a love of skateboarding, surfing and skiing into one board. Snowboarding was developed in the United States in the 1960's and 1970's, and became an Olympic...
Happy Valentine's Day
Happy Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day Love Poems -Valentine's Day Crafts and Recipes -Home Decorating with Kids Crafts -Photo by Mamama Designs

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Nitrate-Rich Foods

Help Increase Blood Flow To The Brain

Increased intake of nitrate rich foods (such as beet juice) increases blood flow to key areas of the brain in older adults. Research scientists are now investigating the possibly of improving mental function and reducing the progression of age related cognitive decline and dementia by increasing intake of specific foods and related nutrients..

The results, published in the journal Nitric Oxide suggest that dietary nitrate may help to improve blood flow in critical areas of the brain known to be involved in cognitive functioning.

"There have been several very high-profile studies showing that drinking beet juice can lower blood pressure, but we also wanted to show that drinking beet juice also increases perfusion (blood flow) to the brain. There are areas in the brain that become poorly perfused as people age, and that's believed to be associated with dementia and poor cognition," explained the researchers from Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

"We demonstrated the ability of oral nitrate to increase plasma nitrite and to increase cerebral blood flow within white matter in older adult humans," said researchers.

Cognitive Decline
The authors noted that poor blood flow contributes to the development of many disease states and may also be a factor in the decline of physical and cognitive function in aging.

Reduced blood flow to the brain contributes to cognitive impairment, such as a reduction in information processing speed, and to the progression of dementia, however research suggested that nitrites could help to open up the blood vessels in the body, increasing blood flow and oxygen specifically to places that are lacking oxygen.

Previous studies have shown nitrates to act as a vasodilator, which when taken in through the diet have been observed to decrease blood pressure and improve exercise performance.

According to the researchers, a major feature of nitrite's ability to increase blood flow is that it acts preferentially in conditions of low oxygen, "allowing nitrite to increase blood flow precisely in the areas where it is needed most."

"Several groups have shown that ingesting diet sources high in nitrate leads to substantial increases in plasma nitrite. We hypothesized that we could use this feature to increase cerebral blood flow in older adults," the researchers said.

Increased Flow
They reported that the high nitrate diet did not alter global cerebral blood flow, but did lead to increased regional blood flow in the frontal lobe white matter; These are the areas of the brain commonly associated with degeneration that leads to dementia and other cognitive conditions The authors observed the effects of dietary nitrate on plasma nitrite and nitrate levels were sustained after the overnight fast, suggesting that the effects of dietary nitrate may be prolonged.

Direct Effect
"Our results support the proposal that oral nitrate therapy may be beneficial in treating cognitive decline that is often observed with aging. Towards that end, we show a direct effect of dietary nitrate on cerebral blood flow within the subcortical and deep white matter of the frontal lobes," concluded the researchers.

They also added that nitrite had been shown to "not only increase blood flow to certain areas of the body, but also acts preferentially in hypoxic conditions, allowing nitrite to increase blood flow precisely in the areas where it is needed."

"Based on this notion, our data suggest that a diet high in nitrate might allow increased [blood flow] to those areas of the brain known to be at risk in the elderly and important for cognitive function, the deep white matter in the frontal lobe," they added.

Source: Nitric Oxide Journal
Published online 2010.
"Acute effect of a high nitrate diet on brain perfusion in older adults"

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