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walls, which is what starts plaques forming.
Preliminary findings suggest that blueberries can slow brain aging and can protect
the brain from damage by strokes.
The Belly Fat Cure—an exclusive
JORGE CRUISE, the author of three
c allt oactionfo rCostcomembers New York Times bestsellers, is inviting
Costco members to download his free Belly Fat
Cure™ report ( www.thebellyfatcure.com) as part of
a 2009 challenge to help them eat smarter without
counting calories or fad dieting. “Participants will lose
up to 2 pounds or 2 inches every week,” says Cruise.
“Losing just 2 inches from the waist will lower the
risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and certain
types of cancer—and increase life expectancy.”
Throughout 2009—in The Connection and on Costco.com—
Cruise will answer questions submitted by Costco members
and share exclusive previews of the Belly Fat Cure, his
program that will be available nationwide in January 2010.
Cruise invites members to take the challenge and keep
him apprised of their success with before-and-after photos,
for possible inclusion in a future Connection article.
Jorge Cruise, Members can submit questions to: Jorge Cruise,
before (inset) c/o The Costco Connection, P.O. Box 34088, Seattle, WA
a nd after 98124-1088, or e-mail email@example.com with
“Jorge Cruise” in the subject line. C
Surf the Web for an hour
You may be able to Google your way to a
younger brain, suggest new findings from the
University of California at Los Angeles
(UCLA). When researchers compared people
ages 55 to 76 who surfed the Internet and
those who didn’t, MRI scans showed more
brain activity in those who routinely do Web
searches, compared to novice Web surfers.
However, even novices boosted their brain
activity after spending just an hour a day for
five days Web surfing. Web surfing stimulates
the brain, particularly the frontal lobe, which
is involved in complex decision-making,
explains lead author Dr. Gary Small, a neuroscientist at UCLA and author of iBrain:
Surviving the Technological Alteration of the
Modern Mind (Collins Living, 2008).
Grab some whole grains.
At least half of the grain-based products
you eat per day should be whole grains, and for
good reason—they can help ward off heart
disease and Type 2 diabetes. Because whole
grains contain all parts of a grain, you’re get-
ting a whole package of nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. With refined
grains (e.g., white bread), which have the bran
and germ parts removed, you lose 25 percent
of the protein, 17 nutrients, 75 percent of phy-tochemicals and there’s less fiber too. Look for
product labels that proclaim “100 percent
whole grains” and read the ingredients
list—whole grains should be one of the first
ingredients listed. C
Angela Pirisi is a Hamilton, Ontario–based
writer who has covered health, fitness and
nutrition topics for two decades.
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