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Making Every Moment Count

Are you looking to improve your life? Feel free to go all out. Research out of UC Santa Barbara finds that it’s easier to make improvements to your life simultaneously rather than one at a time.

Michael Mrazek, director of research at UCSB’s Center for Mindfulness and Human Potential, conducted the study in which participants were encouraged to eat healthy/whole foods, get a good night’s sleep, do yoga or other forms of exercise and practice ‘mindfulness.’

“The fundamental skills of mindfulness are the ability to tend to something and release distractions that arise,” instructed Mrazak. “In any task that you choose to engage with, try to engage fully with that task.”

Mrazek says the combination of eating healthy foods, getting enough sleep and practicing mindfulness is very powerful when it comes to making changes in your life. “Mindfulness is easier to cultivate if you are well-rested.”

The results were remarkable. Participants noticed positive changes in their lives, along with a a dramatic increase in self esteem.

“Everybody found their own value… se puede comprar viagra sin receta medica. everyone also left with some unique benefits and some unique strategies,” said Mrazek.

The Buddy System

If you are very serious about making a big change in your life, it’s best to not do it alone.

“Both a buddy and a coach can be invaluable when you’re trying to change your life,” said Mrazek.

Are you ready to become the person you dream of being? There’s no time like the present.

“Every moment counts,” said Mrazek “because we chose to help people in so many different dimensions in their lives, they were capturing every opportunity available in every moment to move their lives forward.”

Read more on Mrazek’s research in the UC Santa Barbara Current

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Outsmarting Alzheimer’s Disease

Dr. Kenneth Kosik, Harriman professor of Neuroscience at UC Santa Barbara, is author of the book ‘Outsmarting Alzheimer’s.’

Dr. Kenneth Kosik, Harriman professor of Neuroscience at UC Santa Barbara, is author of the book ‘Outsmarting Alzheimer’s.’

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More than 5 million people in the USA are suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, and that number is expected to triple by 2050. While there is no cure for this common form of dementia, experts say there are things you can do to help reduce the risk of suffering from Alzheimer’s later in life.

Neurologist Dr. Kenneth S. Kosik has been researching Alzheimer’s Disease for 35 years. The Harriman Professor of Neuroscience Research at UC Santa Barbara, and co-director of the Neuroscience Research Institute, shares these important tips to help ward off Alzheimer’s.

“Know your Numbers”

“Know your blood pressure, know your glucose or sugar level, know your cholesterol or lipid levels,” said Dr. Kosik. If any of these numbers are abnormal, a person is at greater risk of Alzheimer’s.

If your numbers are off, talk to your doctor about what you can do to get them back on track.  Keeping these numbers in check can also reduce the risk of diabetes, stroke and heart disease.

Small Changes can make a Big Difference

Adopting these five lifestyle habits can help fend off Alzheimer’s Disease:

  • Get your exercise
  • Keep your brain active
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Try to reduce stress
  • Maintain friendships

Dr. Kosik goes into detail on these tips, and offers other valuable insights, in our conversation in this Lisa.FM podcast (click below to listen)

You’ll find more valuable information on this subject in Dr. Kosik’s Reader’s Digest story, Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease: 8 Daily Habits a Neurologist Swears By.

Pick up Dr. Kosik’s book “Outsmarting Alzheimer’s: What You can do to Reduce Your Risk” (Readers Digest 2015).

Dr. Kosik also blogs at MariaShriver.com