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‘Ridiculously healthy’ elderly have the same gut microbiome as healthy 30 year-olds - overall microbiota composition of the healthy elderly group was similar to that of people decades younger, and that the gut microbiota differed little between individuals from the ages of 30 to over 100.  

Back to school is in full swing which means in addition to schoolwork, homework, and after-school activities it’s crunch time once that alarm goes off for preparing a healthy breakfast and lunch during the hectic morning rush of getting your children up, dressed and out the door on time.  As Marcie Beth Schneider, M.D., FAAP, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee On Nutrition reminds us, "Study after study shows that those who eat breakfast function better. They do better in school and have better concentration and more energy"

Here are some tips to minimize any stress and maximize your time to provide your family a smart start for their day!

Study: Junk Food Cravings Are Triggered By Just Thinking About Being Low ClassA new study found that your junk food cravings are triggered by just thinking about being low class showing that a link between socioeconomic and poor nutrition may partly be in the mind.
Study finds plant compounds may boost brain functionIn this study, people with lower levels of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin had to use more brain power and relied more heavily on different parts of the brain in order to remember the word pairings they were taught. People with higher levels of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin found naturally through the foods in IQed , on the other hand, were able to minimize the amount of brain activity necessary to complete the task. In other words, they were more "neurally efficient."

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