A Healthy Lifestyle Pays Off in the Short-Term Too

When I write about making lifestyle changes like retooling your diet based on your body's unique nutritional type or getting the right amount of exercise every day, you may still be resisting my suggestions for optimizing your health based on the payoff: How long will it take to see some benefits with all these changes I'm making? Don't use that excuse, thanks to a study to shows how you can improve your memory by exercising daily, eating better foods, stretching and doing memory exercises in just 14 days.

More than 30 adults with no memory problems, ranging in age from 35-70, were assigned either to no plan or one that featured daily exercise, relaxation techniques, crossword puzzles and the like and smaller meals rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants.

Not surprisingly, based on PET scans taken before and after the study, patients who took the healthier path experienced a huge decrease in brain metabolism in areas linked to improved cognitive functioning, meaning people were using their brains more efficiently than before.

The other fact the lead researcher mentioned about making beneficial lifestyle changes was just as important: It's never too early or too late to get started.

You certainly have all the free tools you need, including a nutritional typing test, to get you started.

Yahoo News December 15, 2005

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