Brain Brawn & Body Your Daily Dose May 11


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Dear Reader:

Letter from the Editor - Eric Von


It was an interesting and encouraging month for us at Brain Brawn & Body. Interesting because we saw an uptick in subscriptions and we can’t say why. There were no special marketing efforts, just our usual, tell folks as we move along, approach we’ve used since we launched the site three years ago.

That’s encouraging. We’re encouraged because we can say that people are catching on, joining the movement to try to achieve better health outcomes for themselves and their families. That’s been our objective from day one and we’re thankful that, maybe, our website has played a small part in changing attitudes around health and wellness.

Thank you to all of you who encouraged people you know to go to Thanks to those of you who inspired others to take stock of their lives, consider what their lives could be with a little effort to live better by doing some pretty simple things – read articles, become enlightened, decide which of those things found on the pages of Brain Brawn & Body were right for you and apply them to your life.

We come to you this month, a new set of 30 days where you can improve on what you’ve began. Thirty days for you to help us help others by telling a friend about the website and the riches it holds.

Tell them about A Healthy Body Can Often Equal a Healthy Brain, that’s one of several new articles that can be found on our Health page. And you can learn the answer to one of today’s burning questions, Why Cook With Cannabis (Nutrition).

On our Finance page, you’ll find a helpful article about costs you might incur if you’re renting an apartment or house and you own a pet. Pet Rent Puts the Bite on Empty Nesters is an enlightening piece about a trend that seems to be setting in around the country.

And for those of you who are wine drinkers, and yes, (a little of the good stuff, every now and then, can be good for you), Here’s to 4 Under-the-Radar Wine Regions, a Leisure page article that introduces you to places you might consider visiting if you’re a wine lover, is a must read.

Those are but a few of the articles you’ll find in the latest edition of Brain Brawn & Body. Read them and please, tell a friend. And in this time of Thanksgiving and preparation for other holidays, we thank you for giving pause to your health and wellness and sharing the knowledge with others you know and love.

Read, learn, enjoy!



Eric Von



Digital Detox: 8 Places to Unplug and Unwind

digitaldetoxSeeking a getaway from electronics? Check out these vacation spots.

At the tech-savvy Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, guests can check-in digitally at the airport. But once they arrive at the resort, they are challenged to leave their smartphones at the front desk. In exchange, they receive a “Disconnect to Reconnect” list of 24 tech-free things to do — from exploring the jungle shoreline on a catamaran to visiting the local artisan market. As a reward for having relinquished their devices, they can retrieve their cellphones 24 hours later with a new custom cover depicting one of the resort’s scenic views.

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How Women Who've Never Invested Can Get Started

womeninvestingLack basic knowledge about stocks, bonds and mutual funds? Here's the way to wise up 

Although grown-ups aren't supposed to believe in fairy tales, many women still cling to one — that their husbands will take care of their money. A recent study by Fidelity Investments found that husbands are the primary retirement financial decision maker for 37 percent of couples, and only 17 percent of couples are confident that either spouse could assume responsibility of their joint finances if necessary.

But women who leave investing decisions wholly to their husbands could be making a serious financial mistake. After all, most women ultimately find themselves on their own, often because they become widowed or divorced.

Financial experts say that women who have never invested or learned the basics of investing should make these essential moves:

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7 Exercises to Never Do After 50

exercisesnotforafter50Working out the same way in your 50s as you did in your 30s sets you up for a world of hurt. Changes in flexibility, muscular strength, bone density and recovery time make injuries more likely if you don’t adjust accordingly.

In fact, you may be better off skipping some exercises altogether.

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9 Science-Backed Reasons To Go to Bed Early

needyoursleepShow of hands if you've ever stayed up way too late texting with friends, catching up on TV shows, or scrolling aimlessly through Pinterest or Reddit. Yep, plenty of us are guilty as charged -- and as a result, we end up feeling exhausted in the morning.

That most Americans are falling short on getting the recommended eight hours of sleep per night is nothing new.

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Just A Reminder That There's Nothing Wrong With Going To Therapy

therapyisok"Therapy" is often regarded as an unsavory word, viewed as an admission that someone's not totally together. 

But here's the reality: There's absolutely nothing wrong with needing or wanting to get help.

Mental health is a landscape that many people still don't understand (in fact, only 25 percent of people with mental illness feel that others are compassionate toward them). The term "bipolar" is casually thrown around when someone can't make a decision on their hairstyle, or folks call themselves "OCD" when they feel the need to organize their desks. Mental illness is viewed as something that's "all in your head" or you should be able to "just suck it up."

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Heart-Healthy Foods: What to Buy and What to Avoid

hearthealthyfoodsHectic days and busy nights beg for convenience, which is why many of us rely on the grab-and-go ease of processed foods. But these meals are often high in fat, salt, and sugar -- and low in heart-healthy nutrients like calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber.

Yet, eating right can be convenient, too, if you shop smart and keep good-for-you foods handy. A diet rich in plant foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and good fats can help lower cholesterol and high blood pressure, boost immunity, and protect against heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and some cancers.

To help you make heart-healthy choices, here are lists of what to add to your shopping cart -- and what to avoid.

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More health information is available at Brain Brawn & Body and find out about other healthy events on Healthy Happenings

I invite you to read, learn, enjoy!


Eric Von


P.O. Box 761, Milwaukee, WI 53201