What’s a Superager, and how can I be one?

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We found a great article at the NY Times that explains just that. Why do some more seasoned individuals remain mentally adept while others decline? “Superagers” (a term created by neurologist Marsel Mesulam) are those whose memory and attention isn’t merely above average for their age, but is actually on par with healthy, active 25-year-olds. Mesulam’s study succeeded in identifying a set of brain regions that distinguished the two groups. Those regions were thinner in regular agers, a result of age-related atrophy, but in superagers they were identical to those …
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The Year in Fitness: Longevity and Savings

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According to an article featured by the NY Times, there are two numbers that are especially symbolic of what science needed to tell us this year about fitness. The first represents the extent by which people’s risk for early death increases by 42% if they’re out of shape. According to a study published in July in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, the extent by which a person’s risk for premature death increases if they are out of shape. That number just about equals the risk of early death associated …
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Drink For Babies Becomes Adult Hangover Cure of Choice

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A not-so-new drink for ailing kids is trending among adults these days. That’s right, good ‘ol Pedialyte. Pharrell Williams claims to drink it every day, and Miley Cyrus recently took a selfie with it. And according to new numbers from Nielson, adult usage has jumped by nearly 60% since 2012. So what’s the deal with Pedialyte? It turns out its abundance of electrolytes and minerals makes for a great hangover cure. (Pedialyte packs roughly 100 calories, 1,035 milligrams of sodium, and 780 milligrams of potassium in just 32 ounces. Whereas, …
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Preventing Heart Disease Just Got Easier – Here’s How

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We all know that heart disease is one of the most frightening things out there and that Americans spend billions of dollars on medications to treat it. For some people, it’s genetic and could be problematic no matter what they do. But what if there was something that could help? There are some factors that play a key role when it comes to heart disease and researchers have found that there are some simple lifestyle changes that could help control it: physical activity, healthy diet, avoiding alcohol and tobacco, etc. …
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Gear of the Year, 2016The 42 Best Products

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We are really liking this awesome list of the latest and greatest gear of 2016 that Men’s Journal has put together.  Seriously, there is something for everybody here.  At the very least, go have a look just to see how advanced everything is getting. We’ve included a few of our favorites below: Finally, WiFi That Works A common headache of the data-fed world — a reliable, far-reaching network — is cured. This year’s most welcome trend is the emergence of smart WiFi systems. Most include a base unit and secondary …
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Daylight Saving Time4 Tips to Keep You On Track

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Are you looking forward to “falling back” and getting that extra hour of sleep this weekend? We found some tips from the Cleveland Clinic to help you make the most of that extra hour and keep you going until you have to give it back next spring. Time changes in the fall and spring inevitably alter people’s schedules, says neurologist and sleep expert Tina Waters, MD, and it can take the body up to a week or more to adjust. RELATED: Not a Morning Person? Tips and Tricks to Actually Have …
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What’s the Big Deal about the Mediterranean Diet?Hint: It’s About More Than Just the Food

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The Mediterranean diet is famous with both nutritionists and chefs alike because of its delicious (and healthy) foods such as: garlic, herbs, vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, and, of course, copious amounts of olive oil. Science has long since supported the Mediterranean Diet as well for its tendency to lower bad cholesterol, reduce heart disease risk, and even help protect the function of the brain as we age. RELATED: Paleo Dieting and Cholesterol Impact However, it is not just the qualities of the food in the Mediterranean Diet that are beneficial, …
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Rationality VS IntelligenceWhy it’s Important to Know the Difference

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What’s the difference between rationality and intelligence? The question isn’t as redundant as it may sound. We all know that each person can have a varying level of intelligence, i.e. some people are, let’s face it, smarter than others. Human intelligence has been tested, scored, and ranked for centuries, albeit with arguable measuring methods (we even have an IQ score!). Rationality, however, doesn’t work the same way. It can be tested, but the rankings and scorings are much different. RELATED: New Brain Mapping Study Finds Nearly 100 New Regions of …
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Not a Morning Person?Tips and Tricks to Actually Have a Productive Morning

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Waking up early enough in the morning to eat breakfast, work out, shower, and plan your day can seem impossible. With long days and late nights filled with kids, work, school, etc., it is easy to hit the snooze button a couple of times. However, waking up with the sun has some serious perks, so try out some of these tips to set yourself up for success! Don’t Oversleep on the Weekends I know I know, Sunday is the day for sleeping in until ten in the morning and then …
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Head Transplants in the Near Future?Yes, You Read That Right.

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Yeah, head transplants. Like, putting a new head on a different body, and being expected to live through it. It may not be as Sci-Fi as it sounds. The past few decades have been “a golden age of transplant medicine”. Surgeons can successfully transplant hearts, kidneys, lungs, and livers – but did you know that they can also transplant voice boxes, tongues, uteruses, and even hands, faces, and penises? These last few are especially impressive given the insane amount of organic tissue involved, such as bone, skin, muscle, cartilage, nerves, …
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Exercise in a Pill?May Not Be As Crazy As It Sounds

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Australian scientists may have discovered the ‘Holy Grail’ of diet pills – a pill that tricks your body into thinking it just exercised – and it may be available for you to purchase sooner than you think. This new ‘miracle drug’ is said to have an exercise-like effect on muscles and improves metabolic health, just as exercise does. This drug has been tested on overweight mice. The result? No more cardiovascular disease. The drug was effective enough to reverse cardiovascular illness. RELATED: The Fountain of Youth May Have Been Found …
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Dissecting Health-Craze Buzz WordsWhat They Mean, What You Want, and What to Avoid

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When walking down the aisles of any supermarket or heath food store you are flooded with all kinds of trendy health food buzzwords. Some are legit, while others are simply a marketing gimmick. So, how are you to tell which products are healthy, and which ones are phonies? It can be quite tricky with anything from apples to protein bars to soda being adorned with these various, confusing labels. ‘Organic’, ‘free-range’, ‘non-GMO’, ‘gluten-free’, ‘natural’ – these are all ‘buzzword’ examples. It can be really hard to keep all of these …
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A Sneak Peak at Some Future TechnologyThe Next 10 Years Are Looking Pretty Exciting

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Technology changes at astronomical rates nowadays, and the future is no exception. Within just the next 10 years, we are going to have all-new technologies become a part of our every day lives. Here’s a sneak peek at what scientists and researchers foresee being commonplace in the not-so-distant future: 3D Printing: Although we may not all have a 3D printer sitting in our basement ready to churn out new replacement pieces for our bike just yet (although that is an inevitability further down the line), it will be available for …
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The Fountain of Youth May Have Been FoundNobel Prize Winners and MIT Scientists May Have Created the Impossible

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There are diet and anti-aging pills lining the aisles at supermarkets, flooding television commercials, and forcing their presence into your social media feeds. Most of these are fads, scams, and not worth your time. This one, however, might be a bit different. Basis, as it is called, is a pill designed to delay the onset of aging. What makes it so special is that it has been formulated by a group of scientists that includes six Nobel Prize winners, as well as Leonard Guarente, the head of MIT’s aging center …
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Want to Live to be 100 Years Old?The Surprising Diet for a Long Life

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Recently, one of the writers for the New York Times, Jeff Gordinier, got to spend the entire day with longevity expert Mr. Dan Buettner, and shared what he learned with the rest of us. Jeff, being a food blogger and avid lover of gastro-burgers, spicy hot-wings, doughnut holes, and dirty martinis, was skeptical about what Mr. Buettner was going to tell him he needed to be eating. Who wants to live on kale salads and wheatgrass shots anyways? But, seeing as his job hazards of high cholesterol and blood pressure …
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Is Your iPhone Backlight Causing Insomnia?Changing This One Simple Setting On Your Phone Could Change How You Look At Your iPhone Forever

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“I’m pretty sure that at least many of the sleep disorders we are facing epidemically are related to evening or nighttime light.” – Dieter Kunz, former director of the Sleep Research and Clinical Chronobiology Research Group in Berlin. To say this plainly, human beings fall asleep because of a chemical called melatonin. Melatonin is designed to work with the cycles of sunlight and moonlight, so melatonin is sensitive to light. Thus, when your eyes see light, more melatonin is produced, which, scientifically, makes it harder to fall asleep. The kind …
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Tricks to End Your Battle with Baldness

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Balding is a fact of life for all men, and it can really drain your confidence. To be exact, 62% of men in a Spanish study reported that balding deflated their self-esteem. This isn’t a silly modern-day superficiality phenomenon either; according to Albert Mannes, Ph.D., “Thick hair has always been associated with youth and masculinity. Hair loss signals aging.” Because of the importance of thick hair in our social spheres, scientists (who may be balding themselves!) have been turning their research towards ways to help prevent and treat different kinds …
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Are Standing Desks Worth the Time and Money? Research says No.

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Standing desks became ‘all the rage’ recently, and everyone wanted to get in on the trend. The idea is that you have a desk that is tall enough for you to stand while you work at your desk, instead of sit. Doing so allegedly burns more calories and will help you get in better shape. Unfortunately, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have some unfortunate news for you: “standing only used a whopping two extra calories on average [per 15 minutes]”. That is anything but encouraging for those who spent …
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Have You Worked Out Your Psoas Lately?

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There is a quick test you can do right now to help gauge your overall performance: bring your knees to your chest by jumping WITHOUT rounding your back. Did you give it a try? Don’t feel bad if you weren’t successful, because, surprisingly, a lot of guys cant. RELATED: Stretching for 10 Minutes a Day Can Change Your Fitness Regimen for the Better This is the result of a weak muscle called the psoas, which is the muscle that connects the top of your thigh to your lower back. Why …
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Paleo-Dieting and Cholesterol ImpactAre you doing more harm than good?

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Many of these trendy kinds of ‘low-carb’, ‘paleo’, or ‘atkins’ style diets base their reasoning on insulin production. Since insulin is seen as the ‘root of all evil’ in terms of dieting and weight loss, many of these diets operate under the semi-false-assumption that carbs increase insulin, so therefore you should never, ever eat carbs. Right? Wrong. For the past 50 years we have had plenty of scientific research show us that if we eat only meat/protein without any sugars, starch, or carbs, then insulin levels go up, not down. …
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