Declining estrogen levels during and after menopause increase the risk of gout. A type of arthritis, gout occurs when uric acid builds up and forms sharp crystals in joints, often in the big toe. Thankfully, there’s a natural fix to sidestep painful flares: tart cherries! They’re rich in nutrients that block crystal formation cutting gout risk by 35%. Drinking tart cherry juice works, but to limit sugar, I suggest a supplement. Take 2 tablets three times daily during an attack, and 1 tablet three times daily for maintenance. Try: Enzymatic Therapy End Pain (SwansonVitamins.com)
Next time your mind feels a little sluggish, hum your favorite tune. The vocal cords are connected to the vagus nerve, a key communication pathway linking the brain and other parts of the body (like the heart, lungs and stomach). Humming creates vibrations that stimulate the nerve, which spurs the release of acetylcholine, a compound that quickly clears away brain fog to sharpen thinking. For an even stronger vibration (and bigger mental boost), open and close your mouth while humming your favorite Motown song.