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Author: Donald Trafton

Donald Trafton shares better health tips for any age.

Stress, the Silent Killer

When I think of stress I automatically think: “not good; unhealthy”. But not all stress is bad according to medical experts: “ Healthy stress levels help build resilience”, says Dr. Safia Debar, a stress management expert at Mayo Clinic in London. In this expert alert, Dr. Debar explains the difference between good and bad stress and how to tell when you are in danger of overload. While stress is part of life, too much negative stress is not good for…

The healthy Feeding Of Your Sweet Tooth

Sugar isn’t inherently bad. Actually, it’s necessary.  Our bodies run on sugar (as a carbohydrate). It’s not healthy to remove natural sources of sugar and other carbohydrates from your diet. But, you can make healthier choices about where sweetness in your foods is coming from. Much of our food today contains added sugar and/ or artificial sweeteners. Too much added sugar can lead to health problems including high blood sugar, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, dental issues such as cavities, increased…

Get smart about your pizza

“In a survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults, 21% said pizza was their favorite food. Pizza is certainly one of the most popular foods in the world, and the survey proved that Americans love it the most. The most popular toppings on pizza in the U.S. are pepperoni, extra cheese, mushroom, and onions.” Sep 7, 2023 But pizza falls short as a nutritious contributor to our diet. It typically is made with a very high-in-gluten flour, and is too…

Updating our eating habits for Longevity

Most advice about healthy eating is about healthier food choices. You are, indeed, what you eat. Google healthy food choices and you’ll identify several lists compiled by food experts. We need to have a good handle on food choices for our best health. But that’s not enough. We also need to establish healthy eating habits, and that’s where most of us could use some help. Think your eating habits are pretty good? Do you do any of these: *  Eating…

Is the “Good Life” gone?

Global happiness has increased for the second year in a row. It is six points higher than a year ago and 10 points higher than it was in August 2020, just months after COVID disrupted people’s lives around the world. But what do you believe? Many point to the lingering pandemic concerns, the “abnormal” hurricanes, tornados, typhoons, cyclones and wildfires wreaking their destruction on all continents, the increased social and political unrest and two active military conflicts….as conclusive evidence that…

Oh, my aching back!

Back pain is one of the most common medical problems worldwide, and is on the rise. According to Harvard Medical School, 80% of people will experience low back pain at some time in their lives. The good news: there are some simple treatments you can do at home to prevent and treat lower back pain. Cold, then heat treatments “It’s best to use cold compresses or an ice pack, not heat, immediately following a back injury, since this can alleviate…

Tricks for Falling asleep

I never thought of myself as having insomnia, but by definition …I do. Chances are, you do too, Adults need 7 to 9 hours of solid sleep each night. Less than that means that you have insomnia, and that should be addressed. Here are some tricks for treating insomnia and falling asleep, Do * go to bed and wake up at the same time every day * relax at least 1 hour before bed, for example, take a bath. read…

Curious about the importance of curiosity?

It’s normal to lose our curiosity …especially as we age. According to one expert: ‘‘Three-year-olds, on average, ask their parents about 100 questions a day, every day! However, by the time they are ten to 11 years of age they’ve pretty much stopped asking.” Yet curiosity is extremely important to our health and well-being. It triggers creativity, motivation, happiness, intelligence, reduces stress, and helps us to become successful in life. But before I can regain my curiosity, I need to…

Oh my aching bones!

Last month I investigated the benefits of taking collagen (or any other supplement) for the treatment of skin, hair, and nails. Surprisingly. the American Academy of Dermatology does not recommend collagen supplements for the treatment of skin, hair, and nails. But retinoids are often recommend. Check out the AAD article for some useful skin care information. What about collagen for joint pain? A comprehensive discussion titled “Collagen Supplementation for Joint Health” appears in the National Library of Medicine The key…

Do collagen supplements work?

Collagen is the protein responsible for healthy joints and skin elasticity, or stretchiness. It’s in your bones, muscles, and blood, comprising three-quarters of your skin and a third of the protein in your body. As you get older, your body makes less collagen You can’t measure exactly how much you have, but when it drops you may have symptoms such as joint pain or stiff tendons or ligaments. Your muscles may weaken. You could also have papery skin. As a…