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7 Superfoods to Eat to Live Longer

I thought this was a great time to feature a story on these superfoods that may help you live longer.Today would've been my mom's 95th birthday. She lived a great life up until she passed away at 92.When I saw this article in AARP I said "This is how mom ate!"So I can attest first hand that eventhough she was a smoker she at healthly and lived a great, long life. She was active up until 2 days before she passed away!It's a very Mediterranean diet which has been dubbed the longevity diet.Research shows that people who follow the eating plan, which favors fresh foods over processed, tend to live not just long lives, but long, healthy lives.Not coincidentally, it's also the one most followed by people who live in the Blue Zones, those five regions of the world with the highest concentration of healthy centenarians.Be Well,Anisa 1. Nuts… It's easy to see why nuts land on every list of superfoods. It is a dense source of nutrients that support our immune system and metabolism, balance inflammation and gut health, promote brain and heart health, as well as offer cancer preventive properties. In a study published in BMC Medicine, researchers...

5 Things You Are Paying More for Today

No one likes inflation. Currently we are experiencing some of the biggest increases on everyday items than I've remembered.While the government has put out their estimates on what inflation is (6.8 percents), it seems dreadfully low when you walk down the isle of the grocery store and see many items have almost doubled.Inflation doesn't hit all items by the same amount, nor does it affect all budgets the same way. Your personal inflation rate could be higher or lower than the index, depending on where you live and what items you buy the most.Nevertheless, any increase in inflation can hit ?retirees hard, despite the 5.9 percent Social Security cost of living adjustment (COLA)? that has gone into effect this month.John Waggoner, writing for AARP, put together this list of five areas that have seen the biggest price jumps?.Be Well,Anisa Gasoline… Gas prices soared 58.1 percent in the past 12 months. The price of a gallon of unleaded gas now costs $3.33, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA), up from $2.16 a year earlier. There is a good news… Gas prices have retreated slightly in the past four weeks, ?from when a gallon of fuel cost $3.41. Crude oil peaked...

Got A Headache? What The Location Means

We've all had a splitting headache at one time or another, whether it was due to the drinks you had the night before, stress or the tree blooming outside your bedroom window.Headaches are common-it's estimated that nearly 75% of people worldwide have at least one headache each year. "Headaches are also one of the most common reasons patients see a neurologist for care," said Holly Yancy, DO, a headache medicine specialist at Banner – University Medicine Neurosciences Clinic in Phoenix, AZ.Although they are common, you may wonder why they don't always occur in the same place. Why is it that you sometimes get them on one side, between your eyes or around your whole head? Could the location of your headache tell you the type of headache you're experiencing?Location alone isn't a clear-cut way to diagnose but paying attention to the location of your pain could help tip you off to its cause and help you get the right treatment.If you're experiencing a headache, here's a guide to what the location of your pain might mean and what to do with the information.Be Well,Anisa One The Side Of Your Head… Common reason: Migraine Migraines are the second leading cause of...

How To Lower Your Bills Just By Asking!

Did you know there are a bunch of service providers that you can negotiate on your monthly?Who doesn't feel the sticker shock every time a phone, cable or internet bill arrives? Depending on which company provides the service, lower rates may be just a phone call away.LendEDU recently analyzed data from Truebill, a personal finance tracker, budget planner and bill reminder app that helps people manage their subscriptions, to determine which service providers are most likely to drop their prices if asked.Below are 14 service providers, which had the highest negotiation success rates:Be Well,Anisa Service Providers With Best Success Rate Of Negotiating Lower Prices With… SiriusXM: 80% of customers, or more, are successful in negotiating down their bill with this company. I did this and pay $5.99 a month! Suddenlink: 80% or moreCenturyLink: 80% or moreDish Network: 80% or moreOptimum Cable Vision: 70%-79%Sprint Wireless: 70%-79%ADT Security: 70%-79%DirecTV: 70%-79%AT&T: 60%-69%Cox Communications: 60%-69%Verizon Wireless: 60%-69%Frontier: 50%-59%Charter Spectrum: 50%-59%RCN: 50%-59% How Much Can You Save? So, how much money do you stand to save by asking a service provider for a better rate?For 16 of the 17 companies included in LendEDU's analysis, customers received 10% to 29% in savings, on average. How To...

5 Weight Loss Tips You May Want To Ignore

There is no shortage of weight loss advice on the internet.Although some weight loss tips are helpful, others are ineffective, misleading, or downright harmful.Below are 5 weight loss tips that you may want to ignore completely.Be Well,Anisa 1. Always Eat Breakfast, Even If You're Not Hungry… You may have heard that it's important to eat breakfast to boost your metabolism after sleeping through the night. As such, many people force themselves to eat in the morning, even if they're not hungry. However, eating breakfast isn't necessarily beneficial for losing weight. In fact, studies have shown that eating or skipping breakfast has very little effect on weight, and that skipping it may even result in slightly more weight loss. Skipping breakfast is one form of intermittent fasting, which some people find helps them lose weight. Intermittent fasting may also have health benefits. If you are hungry, make sure to eat a breakfast high in protein so you'll be more satisfied and less likely to overeat at lunch. Like Goli But 1/2 The Price - Try It With Our Pulse Promise!Our deal is 1/2 price and comes with our Pulse Promise, If you don't notice a difference using these, return the unused...

Is This Popular Food The Cause Memory Loss and Dementia?

As we get older it is natural to forget a few things. We always chalk it up to what we call "senior moments".But a new study on foods we eat may be to blame for forgetfulness, and not just our advancing years.The study below is quite alarming, but it really is easy to change and improve our cognition.Be Well,Anisa Journal Brain, Behavior… In a study published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, researchers at The Ohio State University fed two groups of rats, one young and one older, a diet high in refined carbohydrates such as those found in highly processed foods. (Think potato chips, frozen pizza, preservative-laden deli meats - and yes, Cheez-Its.) After just four weeks of this junk-food fest, the older rats failed a series of cognitive tests. They couldn't remember places they'd just been, and didn't show fear when faced with signs of impending danger. The younger rats who chowed down on the processed food diet showed no signs of memory loss or inappropriate responses. Neither did a control group, both young and old, who were given their normal diet, which was made up of a healthy mix of protein, complex carbohydrates, and fat. Alarming...

7 Tips To Avoid Falls

Falling can hurt! It is even worse as we age and our bones become more brittle.While we can't avoid all potential hazards, there are many things we can do to lower the risk of falling and reduce the chance of serious injury.A recent study published in the medical journal JAMA found that for people over 75, deaths from falls more than doubled between 2000 and 2016. Keep reading, though: There's good news. "There are so many risk factors for falls, especially in older adults, that we can control, monitor, and change," says Carlos Jimenez, DPT, Director of Sports Medicine, Canyon Ranch.Here is an article from Carl that gives us seven?easy things we can do to lower our risk for falling and gain strength and confidence.Be Well,Anisa Exercise… Did you know that adults over 70 who practice tai chi twice a week for an hour reduced incidents of falls by 58 percent? Another study showed that yoga for seniors, such as chair yoga, or gentle yoga for balance classes, resulted in an improved ability to rise from a chair,?increased step length, weight loss, and a reduced fear of falling. Plus, therapeutic yoga and physical therapy can help correct kyphosis, a curvature...

5 Sneaky Ways the Government Takes Retirees’ Money

I read this article from Chris Kissell and just had to share it. It was pretty eye opening to me as I save for retirement.I had no idea that there were these sneaky ways federal and state governments lay claim to your hard-earned savings..Here are five ways… were you aware of these? I knew a couple but not all!Be Well,Anisa 1. Taxes On Social Security Benefits… For decades, Uncle Sam has been siphoning a portion of your pay to help fund Social Security. When retirement arrives, it will be your chance to cash in as the money flows the other way. But be careful: There is a good chance that taxes will be due on a portion of those benefits. As we recently reported, if you have enough retirement income coming in, up to 85% of your Social Security benefits may be taxable. According to the Social Security Administration, individual filers with a combined income between $25,000 and $34,000 may have to pay income tax on up to 50% of their benefits. Earn more than $34,000, and up to 85% may be taxable. For those filing joint returns, a combined income between $32,000 and $44,000 may result in paying income...

4 Beliefs That Make You Easy Prey for Scammers

Scams have been a part of our lives since I can remember. Years ago it may have come in the form of a Con Man and it wasn't very prevalent.Since the Internet it has gotten worse and now the level of sophisticastion is astounding. From phone calls, to phishing every day we are hit with some sort of scam.Most of us are convinced we will not fall for one, but the reality is a good portion (more than 50%) of us will.Let's explore more with a research study that breaks it down to a simple 4 beliefs you may have that make you susceptible to a scam.Be Well,Anisa A New Study… A new study looks at how the attitudes and beliefs that shape how we view the world - a concept known as "mental frames" - might influence how likely we are to fall prey to a scam, according to a two-year study by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, the Better Business Bureau Institute for Marketplace Trust and the University of Minnesota. The researchers identified and interviewed 17 study participants. They came from a pool of people who filed reports with BBB Scam Tracker, an online fraud reporting tool. Ten...

6 Myths About Retirement…

Many of you are already in retirement and others, like me, are dreaming about it!One thing for certain is it is important to do your homework or you could be in for an unpleasant surprise.Some people buy into myths about retirement… such as how much they'll spend and where they'll live… without realizing that reality can be much different. By the time they discover the truth, it could be too late to make adjustments to their retirement plan.Don't get caught off-guard. Make sure you don't fall for these common retirement myths I found from an article form Money Talk NewsBe Well,Anisa 1. You can always work longer if you don't have enough savings… It's not unusual for people to think they can simply delay retirement or work part-time if they have meager savings. In fact, 72% of workers think they will continue to work for pay after they retire, according to the 2021 Retirement Confidence Survey from the nonprofit Employee Benefit Research Institute. The reality: While most workers think they will still earn a paycheck after retirement, the truth is only 30% of retirees have actually worked for pay, according to the EBRI survey. What's more, the survey found nearly...