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Can sleep effect testosterone levels in men? Which mineral reduces stroke risk in women? Do Komodo dragon's need acupuncture? Find out this and more in the Five for Friday.
A recent study found that potassium-rich foods cut stroke and death risk among older women.
Unless otherwise ordered by your doctor, it's safest to get your potassium from food. Here are the top ten foods to eat if you want to increase your potassium: white beans, dark greens (chard and spinach top the list), potatoes baked with skin, dried apricots, acorn squash, yogurt, fish, avocados, mushrooms, bananas. In fact, most whole plant foods are rich in potassium.
As I reported earlier this week, sleeping less than five hours a night for a week reduced testosterone in healthy young men. Prioritize sleep. Lower quality sleep equals a lower quality of life.
Here is another one I reported on earlier this week. In case you needed more motivation to get up and move (after you're done reading this, of course): an hour of moderate exercise a day may decrease heart failure risk.
A Komodo dragon at the San Antonia zoo gets acupuncture. That's right folks, dragons need acupuncture too!
Many of you know that meditation is near and dear to my heart, and it's showing up in more and more hospitals where it's used to help patients cope with stress, deal with pain, and put themselves into a relaxed and healing state.