While we probably relied on dairy for bone-strengthening calcium in our youth, many women over 50 become lactose sensitive. Kale to the rescue! This super veggie provides up to 64% more calcium than milk, and it’s better absorbed, thanks to kale’s rich stores of K2, a vitamin that steers calcium into bones, where it’s needed. I suggest aiming for three to four servings of kale and other green veggies per week. (Note: Talk to your doctor if you take thyroid or blood-clotting meds since K2 can impact the way they work in your body.)
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.