When you think you have used all of that broccoli, think again. Not only will you get more broccoli for your buck, but the leaves and the stems are great in flavor while providing nutrition. These greens contain Vitamin K, A, and C, and have almost a full day's worth of calcium in them. So next time you're thinking of cooking greens, put a kibosh to the collards, cabbage, and kale, and try the latest trend in health food–broccoli leaves.
A recent study by McMaster University in Canada found that women over 65 who worked out at least 2 hours a week had the skin molecular composition of those who were 25 years younger. The research credited myokine which are growth factors created by muscles pumped into the bloodstream.
In this study, scientists separated about half of the 29 participants selected for this research, men and women ranging between the ages of 25 to 84, and placed them in moderate to vigorous activities for at least three hours a week. The other half was made to work out at least an hour or mostly remained inactive. After obtaining a skin sample from the subjects’ buttock area, an area rarely exposed to the sun, it was noted that the samples from the active ‘Over 40’ subjects had skin that visibly resembled that of a person in their 20s or 30s. Further study later had the mostly inactive subjects over the age of 65 exercising each week over a three-month period. At the end of the trial, samples showed a considerable difference in their skin, noting that their outer and inner layers resembled that of a 20 to 40 year-old’s.
While this was a small study and further research needs to be done, it does further the knowledge that exercise has notable benefits, even after a short period of time.
Hypothyroidism is a disorder where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. It can be associated with a loss of brow hair along the lateral one third of the eyebrow, sometimes referred to as Queen Anne’s sign. The nickname Queen Anne’s sign originates from a portrait of the Queen of Denmark in which she is shown with loss of hair along her brows. Besides addressing any underlying medical conditions, fixing eyebrow hair loss is most often done with off-label use of Latisse. Designed for eyelash improvement, Latisse has been shown to help brow hair become thicker and fuller.
A study performed in 2010 in Australia compared two groups of adults for five years. Half of the participants applied sunscreen when they felt it was necessary. The other half applied sunscreen on a daily basis. The study participants who used sunscreen daily had half the amount of melanoma of those who applied sunscreen when they wanted.
UVB lights are the rays responsible for sunburn and previously thought to be the only rays of importance. However, the rationale behind the difference in applying daily vs. when needed is that UVA light may play a larger role than anticipated. UVA light is present even under cloud cover, which is why it is important to apply sunscreen daily for full skin coverage.
Consistent application of daily sunscreen is necessary to help protect skin. Newer sunscreens block both UVA and UVB rays, see if your daily sunscreen passes the test.