Barbara and I have decided to put together a monthly treasure box of health and wellness resources for you. We’re filling it with several books we’ve recently read that offer excellent advice. And we’ve also listed some wellness associated products that we use often and have found to be reliable.
For those of you who make it to the end of this post we have several more special bonus resources for you that we enjoyed this month.
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Here we go…
The End of Alzheimer’s: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline by Dr. Dale Bredesen.
After we saw an interview with Bredesen by Dr. Rhonda Patrick, we had to run out and get this book. If someone in your family is experiencing cognitive decline or if you’re concerned about your future cognitive health because you carry the APOE 4 gene, you need to read this book. Barbara’s mom suffered from Alzheimer’s, and we wish we had this book when her mom first started showing signs of cognitive decline.
Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About it by Gary Taubes
Because he’s an investigative journalist and not a scientist, Taubes brings unbiased clarity to the science behind low carbohydrate diets. He painstakingly shows why the “calorie in, calorie out” hypothesis concerning obesity is untenable. Taubes’ thesis is that people get fat not because they eat too much, but because they eat the wrong things. If you can’t understand why your previous diets haven’t worked or there’s someone you care about who is obese, this book is a must-read.
Products We Recommend
SENSO Bluetooth Headphones
Barbara likes to listen to podcasts when she cooks. In order to eliminate wires, she uses these wireless headphones. I use them when I’m on the treadmill or out walking alone. The mic is kind of spotty but the reception and sound is excellent HD stereo. We also find them to be very comfortable to wear. They’re also supposed to be waterproof, but we haven’t experimented with that. LOL. Battery life is about 8 hours.
Betron ELR50 Earphones Headphones, Stereo for iPhone, iPod, iPad, Samsung and Mp3 Players (with Mic and Remote)
What’s with those iPhone earbuds and their durability? We’ve been using these headphones for almost a year. The mic works great. People can hear me very clearly. These are not earbuds though (which I didn’t like anyway), but they are customizable to the size of your ear.
Polar H10 Heart Rate Monitor, Bluetooth HRM Chest Strap
We’ve been working out pretty hard lately so at our age we want to make sure we’re recovering well. One thing that allows us to keep an eye on recovery is this Polar HRM chest strap. When paired with this free HRV app (heart rate variability) on your smartphone, you can track your HRV daily. Knowing your HRV will give you keen insight into the state of your autonomic nervous system (ANS). If you’re not recovering well, it will most likely show up as an imbalance in your ANS. Here’s some information on HRV.
The free Elite HRV app also has a feature that will help you establish a guided breathing program. See here and here for the health benefits of slow breathing.
If you just want to track your heart rate, Polar has a free app for that.
And a bonus for you!
Podcasts We Enjoyed This Month
We promised you a bonus. These are two of the best podcasts we listened to this month.
Gary Taubes on the Human Performance Outliers podcast.
Journalist and best selling author Taubes (see his book mentioned above) in our opinion is one of the most intelligent and reasonable promoters of low carbohydrate diets. As usual, Dr. Shawn Baker and Zach Bitter do an excellent job of interviewing their guest.
Dr. Dale Bredesen on the Found My Fitness podcast (video)
As we mentioned above, if you’re interested in cognitive health or Alzheimer’s disease (which we all should be because AD and dementia are reaching epidemic proportions) this podcast (video) is golden.
God bless and have a great week.
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