Sunday, May 19, 2013
Walk Your Way to Better Health
Want a way to reduce your risk of heart disease? Prevent osteoporosis? Control your heart rate and improve your circulation? Overcome depression? It's as simple as putting one foot in front of the other. Performed daily, a brisk walk can provide all of these health benefits and more.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Get Your Cardio On!
Cardio and aerobic exercises are great ways to hop in the weight loss fast lane and knock off a few pounds quickly. The secret lies in making sure to exercise each and every day. You eat every day, so to keep the fat at bay, you need to exercise every day as well. So go swim some laps, take a walk, or right a bike.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Chew Away Your Acid Reflux
For those who suffer from acid reflux, try chewing a sugar-free piece of gum after each meal. Chewing gum will help boost the production of saliva, which will help neutralize the stomach acids that cause reflux.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Apples: The Bad Breath Killer
If you suffer from bad breath, consider the benefits provided by eating an apple. Apples have a lot of fiber, and chewing them raises the production of saliva in your mouth. Together, this combination serves as a way to perform a scrubbing rinse for your mouth and make your breath smell sweet again.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Fact or Fiction?
There's a myth that says that whatever food you eat before bedtime will turn into body fat. This is actually not necessarily so. As long as the calories from these late night snacks don't put you over your total daily calorie intake level, you won't have to worry about piling on the weight whenever you pile into bed.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Step Away from the Computer
Research has found that checking your e-mail before you go to bed can impact how well you sleep that night. The light from your computer monitor right before bed can totally reboot your wake/sleep cycle and make it harder for you to get the good night's sleep your body needs.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Choose Smart Ways to Fill Yourself
When you eat, remember that feeling full is based on volume, not the total number of calories you've taken in. So to fill up without piling on the pounds, try eating foods that are high in water like fruits, vegetables, and healthy proteins.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
They Really Are Man's Best Friend!
Having a dog can help you reduce the risk of having a heart attack. Studies have found that if you pet a dog when you are stressed, doing so can help you lower your heart rate. So happiness and good heart health can both be foun from a warm puppy.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Either Chunky or Creamy Will Do
Everybody likes something sweet from time to time. The problem is that sweet tooth satisfaction can cause us more harm than good. As a way to have a healthier sweet fix, eat a spoonful of peanut butter. It's full of protein and fiber as well as minerals like potassium and magnesium.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Better Than Just Laying Around
If you ever find yourself waking up in the middle of the night and unable to fall back to sleep within 15 minutes, don't stay in bed. Get up and do something relaxing until you feel ready to sleep again. Doing so is actually more helpful than just lying in bed.
Thursday, May 09, 2013
Could There Be More to Snoring?
Snoring is very common and harmless for almost all of us. But, for some people it might be a symptom of a sleep disorder. If you snore loudly with long pauses between snores, you might be suffering from sleep apnea. If this describes your snoring, you should see your doctor.
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Brush, Brush, Brush!
Brushing your teeth isn't just vital for good dental hygiene. It can also help you stay heart smart. A study performed by the British Medical Journal found that if you forget to brush your teeth twice a day, you can raise your risk of heart disease by 70%. So be sure to keep your pearly whites clean!
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Run a Mile and Enjoy Some Green Tea
Green tea, besides being a good source of antioxidants, can also help you burn more fat during your cardio workout. Extracts from green tea helps boost metabolism during your workout and enables more fat to be oxidized as your exercise. It's the combination of green tea and exercise that does the trick, however. You need to do more than just sip your tea while lying on the couch.
Monday, May 06, 2013
Swelling During Pregnancy
Swelling during pregnancy is normal. Most women will experience swelling in their face, fingers, and ankles. However, if you notice excessive or sudden bloating or weight gain, contact your doctor immediately.
Sunday, May 05, 2013
After you handle raw meat or use the bathroom, make sure to thoroughly wash your hands. This prevents the spread of germs, bacteria, and viruses that can cause infections and diseases. It will keep you and your loved ones healthier!
Saturday, May 04, 2013
Drink Water when Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is important in the first year of your baby's life, but it can take some energy from you. When you breastfeed your baby, drink a glass of water to keep yourself hydrated. Make this a habit so that you stay well equipped to take care of your bundle of joy.
Friday, May 03, 2013
Start taking a prenatal vitamin up to 3 months before conceiving and during the whole pregnancy. This ensures that you and your baby are getting all the necessary nutrients.
Thursday, May 02, 2013
Pregnancy and Vitamin B12
If you are a strict vegetarian or vegan, make sure you are getting enough Vitamin B12 in your diet. Deficiencies in B12 lessen your ability to conceive and can cause birth defects in your future children. So, taking a vitamin supplement is a necessary addition to your diet!
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Pregnancy and Vitamin C
Vitamin C is important to take during pregnancy because it helps you absorb iron and fight infection. It also helps your baby grow healthy skin, gums, teeth, and bones.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Pregnancy and Folic Acid
When you are pregnant, you need double the amount of iron in your blood. Prior to conception, take iron supplements and eat lean red meat, poultry, and spinach to keep you and your baby healthy!
Monday, April 29, 2013
Pregnancy and Folic Acid
Before you get pregnant, take folic acid. This helps prevent neural tube defects in your baby. Some good sources of folic acid are leafy green vegetables and supplements.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
A Daily Walk
To improve your overall health, take a daily 30-minute brisk walk. This simple task will improve your cardiovascular health, increase your metabolism, and help control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
How to Fight Insomnia
If you suffer from insomnia, put several drops of lavender oil on a cotton ball and place it in your pillowcase. The calming lavender scent will relax you and help you fall asleep.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Stretch for Better Flexibility
As you age, your flexibility decreases. To battle this problem, do some simple yoga poses in the morning and evening - your muscles will thank you!
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Self Breast Exams
It's important to do self breast exams so that you are aware of any threatening changes. If you notice a change in your breasts, see your doctor immediately so that you can prevent a potential problem.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Eat Less Sugar
Eating excess sugar can cause many physical problems, so read food labels when you shop. Try to keep your sugar intake to a minimum so that your body can be as healthy as possible.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Fresh Ginger Boosts Your Immune System
Fresh ginger fights the acidity in your body and boosts your immune system, so try adding it the next time you cook!
Monday, April 22, 2013
Tomatoes Are Good for Your Brain
Eat plenty of tomatoes! They are a good source of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals (the molecules that damage brain cells).
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
You should take in at least 220mg of Omega-3 fatty acids per day. The many health benefits include less age-related memory loss, less chance of Alzheimer's, and less depression.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Exercising and Brain Power
Exercising can improve your memory and concentration because it gets blood flowing through your brain. Try out some simple exercises like jumping rope, swimming, or dancing.
Friday, April 19, 2013
A Well-Rested Brain Will Improve Your Mood
Get a good night's rest to boost your mood and daily performance. A well-rested brain will give you the energy to accomplish your daily tasks with a spring in your step.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Stopping Acne and Wrinkles
To stop acne and wrinkles, drink at least 8 glasses of water per day and eat healthy oils - like olive, walnut, hemp, and flax.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Eat Dark Fruits and Veggies for Younger-Looking Skin
Eating dark fruits and veggies - like cherries, blueberries, and mangoes - decreases aging and disease because it reduces inflammation of the skin and increases collagen production. Healthy fruits and veggies also thicken the skin, making you look more youthful.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
To fight the chance of getting cancer, eat healthy, cancer-fighting foods like spinach, carrots, mushrooms, and tomatoes. Selenium-rich foods, such as sunflower seeds and Brazil nuts, are also good cancer-fighting foods to make part of your diet.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Calcium and Osteoporosis
Calcium is an important part of your diet because it helps build strong bones - and it keeps them that way! You should take it at least 1200mg of calcium per day to offset the chances of getting osteoporosis later in life.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Smoking and Your Skin
Cigarette smoking makes your skin age prematurely, destroying the collagen and using up your skin's Vitamin C. To keep your skin healthy and glowing, consider kicking the smoking habit.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Smoking and Hormonal Birth Control
Smoking while taking hormonal birth control has been associated with gallbladder disease, vision problems, and liver tumors. To reduce your risk of these medical issues, consider quitting smoking.
Friday, April 12, 2013
Smoking and Pregnancy
If you are pregnant, you should not smoke. Smoking is harmful to your unborn child and can cause a spontaneous abortion or a stillbirth.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Smoking and Your Fertility
Since smoking can be harmful to your reproductive health, it may be difficult for you to get pregnant. Quit smoking to increase your fertility and your chances of getting pregnant.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Smoking and Hormonal Birth Control
Birth control pills come with side effects - and if you smoke in addition to taking these pills, you are increasing your chances of experiencing negative side effects.
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Smoking and Hormonal Birth Control
If you smoke and take hormonal birth control, you are increasing the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, and blood clots.
Monday, April 08, 2013
Smoking and Hormonal Birth Control
If you are thirty years old or older - and you smoke - you should be aware of the risks of taking hormonal birth control. Smoking while taking hormonal birth control can increase your risk of a heart attack.
Sunday, April 07, 2013
Mushrooms are often considered to be pretty much lacking in any real nutritional benefit. However, they may be the top source for an antioxidant that can greatly benefit your heart. Loaded with ergothioneine, white button and Portobello mushrooms can be a valuable means to cutting down on plaque that can latch onto and clog up your blood vessels.
Saturday, April 06, 2013
A Clean House Leads to Clean Skin
A good way to keep your skin healthy and younger looking is to run your vacuum cleaner. Dust often is home to dust mites and other allergens, so cleaning your house can help reduce their impact on your skin. You can also reduce the effects of these skin pests by steam cleaning your floors and furniture and buying a filter for your home's heating and cooling system.
Friday, April 05, 2013
While eating raw vegetables is very healthy for your heart, research has found that steamed vegetables do an even better job battling bad cholesterol. Steamed veggies are great at binding with bile acids, reducing how much are excreted into your body. This means more LDL cholesterol stays in your liver to make more bile and doesn't head out into your body and cause health problems.
Thursday, April 04, 2013
Steps to Fight the Risk of Cancer
You can drop your risk of developing any type of cancer by 10 to 15% by simply staying active. Research has found that people who keep their bodies busy throughout the day were able to reduce their chances of several different types of cancer. This doesn't just mean exercise - any daily activity like cleaning the house or walking to work can help.
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
More Crusts, Please
Anyone who cuts off the crusts of their bread from their sandwich is actually missing out on the most nutritious part of their meal. Research has found that dark brown bread crust can contain as much as six times as many antioxidants that the rest of the slice of bread. Be sure to choose the right bread, however. You want whole grain, dark, and crusty to get the best results.
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Unleash a Full Attack on Heart Disease
A recent study found that by watching your weight, not smoking, walking every day, and eating your fruits, veggies, and grains, you can reduce your risk of heart disease by 78%! In fact, following just one of those rules will have a positive impact on your health. But why aim so low? Go for the gold and make all four part of your daily routine and be as healthy as you can be!
Monday, April 01, 2013
The Joy of Almonds
Almonds have been found to be a great way to help improve your cholesterol levels. Not only that, almonds also make the really bad cholesterol-LDL-much less likely to oxidize, something that can lead to blocked arteries. So add a handful of almonds each day to your cholesterol reducing diet and keep LDL in check.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Nothing Fishy About This
The right meal at dinnertime can be the secret to getting some solid sleep. Nutrients in foods like salmon (DHA), beans (B vitamins and folic acid), yogurt (calcium and magnesium), and spinach (iron) can help you enjoy a more restful, peaceful night in bed.
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Simon Says "Stand Up!"
Despite what your teacher might have told you, sitting still isn't always a good thing, especially for breaking down fat in your body. Sitting around too much stops the enzymes that break down fat from working. So any kind of activity, from standing up and sitting down to bouncing your knee, can help keep your body fat levels under control.
Friday, March 29, 2013
Research has found that a disorganized and cluttered home can be a source of stress. To help ease your mind, take some time and tidy up your surroundings. By making a clean-up plan that maps out a reasonable timeframe and strategy for you to follow, you'll be able to get rid of your mess as well as your stress.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Protect Your Heart with a Strong D-fense
Older adults can have a reduced risk of developing heart disease if they include more Vitamin D in their diets. Vitamin D and fortified dairy products are also great for reducing the risk of diabetes.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Bright, Crisp, Calming OJ
If you want to reduce the impact that a single, high-calorie meal can have on your body, be sure to drink some orange juice with your meal. A recent study found that people who ate a supersized breakfast from a fast food restaurant were able to experience a milder inflammatory response in their bodies when they washed it down with OJ.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Keep Your Kids Healthy
To help your child avoid the potentially lifelong problem of obesity, encourage them to take part in physical activities and take them on outdoor family outings. A little encouragement can go a long way, too. A positive self-worth and healthy self-image have been found to help kids battle back against obesity.
Monday, March 25, 2013
A Good Between-Meals Snack?
A quick addition to a weight loss program is chewing gum. It can serve as a low-calorie alternative for dieters who are dealing with food cravings. In fact, studies have found that if you chew gum in the morning, you consume fewer calories at lunch and won't feel the need to make up for it later in the day.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Take It Out on the Gum
It has been found that chewing gum can help people deal with stress. Everyone from athletes to office workers have found that chewing gum helps them relieve anxiety and deal with their stressful days better.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
A Song for the Soul
If you like to sing, go for it! Singing will help improve your breathing as well as your muscle tone. And if you don't think you can carry tune but still want to improve your breathing, try humming instead. It is a good way to open up your sinuses.
Friday, March 22, 2013
The Multipurpose Pain Reliever
Aspirin has been found to be quite the little wonder drug. Taken regularly, it can reduce the risk of heart disease and a range of cancers including colon, stomach, and prostate, to name a few. Talk to your doctor to learn more.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Is Your Back Feeling Sore?
Studies have found that if you have a backache, trying to alleviate it by taking to your bed will actually slow down your recovery. By continuing your normal daily activities, you'll have better luck getting your back to straighten up.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
One Foot in Front of the Other
If you want to keep yourself in shape and reduce your risk of heart disease, walk at least one mile a day. Not only will your heart be stronger, but your bones will be strengthened by your daily strolls as well.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The Old Man and the Seafood
Studies have found that people who eat fish on a regular basis live longer and healthier lives. In fact, regular fish eaters are less likely to suffer from heart disease than people who rarely dine on the "chicken of the sea."
Monday, March 18, 2013
Let Your Skin Shine
To maintain healthy and glowing skin no matter what the season, take the proper steps to safeguard your skin. Winter weather requires the use of creams to help protect against cold winds, while summer requires sunscreen to keep you from getting burned.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Get the Most Out of Your Veggies
Vegetables offer a great source of vitamins and minerals, but only if they are treated right. If you overcook them or store them for too long, all the nutrients could be lost. Steaming, boiling, or eating them raw are the best ways to make sure your body gets all a vegetable has to offer.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
An Apple a Day
Fruit lovers rejoice. You are eating an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. Fruits, especially when eaten raw and by themselves, can be a good way to maintain good health. So fill up on some today and live a more fruitful life.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Just a Little R and R
Anyone who has been diagnosed with high blood pressure should get at least a solid 8 hours of sleep each night. Along with the medicine prescribed by your doctor, proper rest is an important part of treating this condition.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
More Refreshing Than You Realize
Downing 6 to 8 glasses of water each day will help you better eliminate all the poisons in your body. Water is vital for the digestion of food nutrients, ensuring they will be properly absorbed and used by your body. The trick is to drink water 30 minutes before or 60 minutes after every meal.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The Rejuvenating Effects of Exercise
It is possible to deal with depression by being more active. One good way to do this is to exercise. Doing so will keep you both mentally and physically fit and help lift your spirits by helping spark chemical and psychological changes that will greatly help your mood.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Be Easy on the Eyes
Eyestrain is a common cause of headaches. Simple eye exercises and even a nice massage to your neck can help relieve the pain of eyestrain. Be sure to speak with an eye care specialist so you can make sure your course of action is an "eye-deal" one.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Not Just Greasy Food
An upset stomach can be caused by more than what you ate. Smoking and drinking too much, drinking too much water with your meal, and even insomnia can lead to a person suffering from some painful post-meal indigestion.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Is Your Stomach Bothering You?
Have you ever had a bad case of indigestion after a meal? It might be because the chef didn't properly prepare what was on your plate. When not prepared properly, some foods like beans, onions, and seafood can cause an unfavorable reaction in some people. Make sure your food is cooked right so you can have dessert and not indigestion.
Saturday, March 09, 2013
Fiber, the Cholesterol Fighter
If you are suffering from high cholesterol, add some fiber to your life. Cholesterol levels can be reduced by eating foods rich in fiber, like whole cereals, potatoes, carrots, mangos, and guavas. Green veggies like lettuce, celery, and cabbage will also increase your fiber intake and help get those elevated cholesterol levels back under control.
Friday, March 08, 2013
Potassium Is Essential
Are you feeling tired but still are having trouble sleeping? Are you out of breath or suffering from low blood sugar? You might need to increase the amount of potassium in your diet. You can add potassium by eating more nuts and foods made from unrefined grains. Not only will potassium help deal with these health issues, it's also essential for a healthy heart.
Thursday, March 07, 2013
Choose Brown Rice
Brown rice is a whole grain, and part of any healthy diet. The next time you sit down to eat a meal that includes rice, whether cooked at home or at a restaurant, try substituting brown rice for common white rice for a nutritious boost.
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
One Potato, Red Potato
When you can, choose red potatoes over common russet or Idaho potatoes. While all potatoes sport some health benefits, the tiny red potato is high in fiber and antioxidants, low in fat and calories, and boasts a healthy boost of nutrients such as Vitamin C and potassium in every serving.
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Add Fresh Garlic
Besides being a delicious addition to savory meals, using fresh garlic brings a whole list of health benefits to the table. Fresh garlic has been shown to lower cholesterol and blood pressure, prevent cancer, and improve circulatory health.
Monday, March 04, 2013
Go for Fish
Eating fish, especially fattier varieties like salmon, can support a healthy diet by providing essential Omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients are well-known to prevent colon, breast and prostate cancer, cardiovascular disease, and boost brain health and immune function.
Sunday, March 03, 2013
Choose Olive Oil
Of all the oils you can use for cooking and garnishing, extra virgin olive oil is at the top. It's high in monounsaturated fats (healthy fats that may reduce the risk for heart disease). It can also lower cholesterol and provide healthy benefits to those struggling with hypertension.
Saturday, March 02, 2013
Choose Butter over Margarine
While butter isn't the most nutritious fat, its nutritional value trumps margarine and buttery spreads. These almost always have hydrogenated oil as a primary ingredient, which has been shown to increase the chances of getting heart disease and diabetes.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Reboot with Veggies
Heavy meals, especially those during holidays, can leave us feeling tired and hesitant to return to our normal healthy routine. Take a day to eat light, healthy, veggie-only meals, including spinach, which is known for relieving stress and leaving the body feeling refreshed.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Get More Sleep
Lack of sleep means your body is working extra hard to do its everyday jobs. You may need to consume extra sugars and caffeinated drinks to make it through your day, which means extra calories. Getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night is best for a healthy, active lifestyle.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Never Skip Meals!
Most people think that eating more means gaining more. The fact is that eating more of the right foods at the right times can actually have great health benefits. Never skip breakfast, and make sure each meal is packed with fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Take Advantage of Complimentary Gyms
Many employers, most colleges and some apartment complexes offer free workout equipment to encourage healthy living. Put aside some time to see if a workout room or facility is offered by any organization you belong to. Not only could you save money, but you would also be supporting a healthy lifestyle.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Start Your Day on Two Wheels
If you live within a reasonable distance of your workplace, consider switching your commute from four wheels to two. Cycling is one of the most complete forms of exercise, and not only burns calories, but helps maintain cardiovascular and heart health.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Signs of a Heart Attack
You've heard it a million times before, but this time, read each of the signs of a heart attack and commit it to memory forever: Chest discomfort that lasts several minutes or that goes away and comes back, discomfort in the arm, back, or neck, shortness of breath, and nausea or lightheadedness. If you have one of these symptoms, don't wait around to be sure. Call 9-1-1 immediately.
Friday, February 22, 2013
The Power of Beans
Beans lower cholesterol and can actually decrease your risk of heart disease. So they really are good for the heart, and good for the whole body, too. Beans are high in potassium, high in fiber, and high in protein - all while being low in fat. So eat some beans with every meal!
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Nutty for Almonds!
Many nuts can assist in lowering cholesterol, but almonds in particular are a great healthy snack. Almonds are naturally abundant in calcium and protein, and can help regulate blood pressure. However, keep in mind the downfall of the almond: Although they are mostly unsaturated fats, almonds are still fattening, so remember to eat in moderation.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Switching Up Your Workout Routine
Doing the same old workout every day can be very de-motivating. Liven things up by changing your routine! For instance, playing 30 minutes of ping-pong burns about the same amount of calories as walking your dog through the park, but these activities couldn't be more different from each other. Boredom, beware!
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Exercise and Depression
Did you know that exercise has been proven to ease the symptoms of depression and help put you in a good mood? It's true! Exercise produces both chemical and psychological changes to your body that can increase self-esteem, improve sleep, and provide a sense of self-control. You can apply exercise into any depression treatment at any time, so the sooner the better!
Monday, February 18, 2013
A Good Night's Sleep
Most doctors consider a "good night's sleep" to be 7 or 8 hours a night, but keep in mind that refers to quality, uninterrupted sleep. If you tend to have frequent disruptions while sleeping, allow yourself a few extra hours to make up for the time lost. After all, research shows that adults who sleep about seven hours a night live longer lives than those who sleep five or less!
Sunday, February 17, 2013
I'm Pickin' Up Good Digestion
If you find yourself with frequent heartburn, gas or bloating after you eat, the problem may be poor digestion. An easy way to help keep your system in check - take your time with meals! Only eat while seated, thoroughly chew each bite, and avoid eating large late night dinners to help keep your body's digestive system running smoothly.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Yoga – Fad or Fab?
Although it may seem like yoga is a recently emerging health fad, people have been using this beneficial exercise for centuries to develop balance, flexibility and strength. Perhaps the reason it has become so popular over the last few years is because yoga is also great for relaxation and stress relief - perfect for maintaining a healthy lifestyle!
Friday, February 15, 2013
Don't Overdo It!
Slow and steady wins the race - even when it comes to weight loss. You're more likely to reach your goal and stay there if you lose about a pound a week. And don't forget to exercise for about 30 minutes most days of the week. Check with your doctor for more tips.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
A Shot Today Can Keep the Hospital Away
Every year, more than 200,000 Americans are hospitalized because of the flu. Should you get a flu shot? If you're at high risk for complications, it's a good idea. High-risk groups for seasonal flu include pregnant women, children between six months and 23 months, adults over 65, and those with chronic illnesses.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The Best of the Best
Did you know blueberries are at the top of everyone's "best-foods-to-eat" list? Blueberries have fiber, Vitamin C, and lots of other good nutrients. Other foods that are good for you include fruits and vegetables, ginger, curry powder, olive oil, grapes, garlic, celery, tomatoes, eggplant, and tea.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Steal Some Time for Yourself
Exercise is one of the top ingredients in a healthy lifestyle. Adults should exercise at least 30 minutes - kids and teens at least 60 - 5 days a week or more. And that's on top of your usual activities, like taking out the trash and digging for the remote control.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Know What You're Taking
When you pick up a new prescription or refill, make sure the drug name and strength match what your doctor prescribed. If you don't understand the label directions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Take your medicine exactly as your doctor prescribes.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
The Internet can be a great source of health news - but it's also cluttered with misinformation. Makers of quick-fix solutions or miracle cures prey on people with difficult health issues. So check, check and double-check sources before you commit to any treatment plan or spend *any* money.
Saturday, February 09, 2013
The Key to a Healty Diet
Ever wonder what a "healthy diet" really is? It should emphasize plant foods - at least five servings of vegetables and fruit every day. Eat fish and whole grains, limit red meat and processed meat, and, of course, pay attention to calorie intake.
Friday, February 08, 2013
Mixing Meds Doesn't Always Match
Over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, herbal remedies, and even some foods can interact with medications. That's why you need to tell your doctor about everything you take. If you have any problems or side effects, talk with your doctor, who may decide to change the dosage or try a different medicine.
Thursday, February 07, 2013
Something to Make You Smile
Since chocolate comes from cocoa beans, it's a plant-based food containing antioxidants. So a small amount is a healthy indulgence, especially if it's dark chocolate - but eating too much has more drawbacks than benefits. As always, moderation is the key.
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Not a Corner You Want to Cut
Not refilling your prescriptions might seem like a good way to save money - but it could actually cost you much more in the long run. Make sure everyone in your family follows doctor's orders. If your doctor says to renew the prescription, do it.
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Don't Just Take Their Word for It
If you're not sure why you're taking a medication, ask your doctor. You should know the name and strength of the medication, why you're taking it, and how long you'll take it. Put this information in a written list. Make note of any special instructions, such as taking it with food or on an empty stomach.
Monday, February 04, 2013
A Good Idea for Everyone
If you need to lose weight, start walking. And you have a dog, even better - exercise is good for every body, human and canine. When you think about it, walking with your pooch could help you get rid of that pesky pooch in your middle! And that's a win-win - or a woof-woof - for both of you.
Sunday, February 03, 2013
There's a Right Way to Do It
To get rid of old medicines safely, cross out all the information on the original bottle - except for the name of the medication. For solid medications, add water to dissolve them; for liquids, add a strong spice to discourage anyone from taking a drink. Then seal 'em with duct tape and throw 'em away.
Saturday, February 02, 2013
How to Relieve Back Pain
If you have back pain that doesn't go away within a few days, see your doctor. He or she may recommend treatment such as physical therapy, spinal manipulation, acupuncture, prescription or over-the-counter medications - or a combination of these therapies.
Friday, February 01, 2013
Shake a Leg!
Most people over age 30 can help prevent bone loss with regular weight-bearing exercise like stair-climbing, skiing, skipping rope, playing tennis - even dancing! This kind of exercise has a positive effect on the bones in your legs, hips, and lower spine.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Strengthen Your Heart
Heart disease tops the list of health problems that lead to early death for men *and* women. Reduce your risk with a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and low-fat foods - and at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. Healthy habits and a healthy weight can lead to a healthy heart.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The leading causes of indoor allergies are dust mites, pet dander, and mold. To reduce your family's exposure: Dust and vacuum often, wash bedding in hot water, get rid of "dust magnets" like artificial flowers, clean bathroom surfaces with bleach, and try to reduce humidity in your home.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Good Breakfast, Bad Breakfast
Sure, eating breakfast is important. But eating a high-fat, high-carbohydrate breakfast day after day can overwhelm the blood vessels with chronic inflammation, which contributes to diabetes, heart disease, and other conditions. How 'bout some fruit or oatmeal instead?
Monday, January 28, 2013
Double Checking Never Hurt Anyone
To avoid mistakes with your medications, make a list of the prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and anything else you take. Note any drug allergies. Update this information regularly, keep it handy, and make sure someone else knows where to find it.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Stay Ahead of the Game
Want to stay ahead of diseases like cancer and diabetes? Ask your doctor about the regular screenings you need for your age and gender. All adults not at high risk should have a blood pressure check, colorectal cancer screening, cholesterol check, and diabetes test at certain times and ages.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Seek Out Vitamin D
Your body needs calcium - and it needs Vitamin D, too. Without Vitamin D, your body can't process the calcium. You can get Vitamin D from sunlight, from supplements, and from your diet, especially fortified dairy products, egg yolks, saltwater fish, and liver.
Friday, January 25, 2013
No Need to Break Records
Getting in shape doesn't have to mean training for the Olympics! Even a little bit of exercise can help you live a longer, healthier life. So, take the first step - even if you have to walk downhill! Talk to your doctor about exercise, because a little bit can do a lot of good.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Visit Your Doctor Regularly
It's common knowledge that men *hate* going to the doctor. But it's just plain smart to see a doctor at least once a year, whether you're sick or not. Preventive care can help detect warning signals of heart disease, cancer, and stroke - three of the biggest threats to men's health.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Just for Women!
You've probably heard that folic acid reduces the risk of certain birth defects. But these conditions usually develop early. By the time you realize you're pregnant, you've missed a great chance to protect your baby. For that reason, all women of childbearing age should take a folic acid supplement - even if they're not trying to have a baby.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Grandma Was Right
Americans spend billions of dollars a year trying to relieve cold symptoms through doctor visits and medications - including antibiotics, which have *no effect* on a cold. It's usually best to stick with the tried-and-true: Rest, drink lots of fluids, take Vitamin C or zinc, and eat healthy foods.
Monday, January 21, 2013
There's Help Out There
When you're feeling depressed, it can affect your family, your job, your enjoyment of life, even your physical health. Don't go it alone. If you think you're experiencing signs of depression, talk to your doctor and get help.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Power in Numbers
If you're having surgery or going to the doctor about a serious health issue, bring an advocate with you. Your advocate doesn't need any special medical training. What's most important is knowledge about your condition, attention to detail, and a willingness to ask questions.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Just Because It's Online Doesn't Make It True
Do you go to the Internet to find medical information? To ensure the information is reliable, find out: Who runs the Web site? What companies pay for ads on the site? Do they cite sources for their information? And, when was the site last updated? Some healthy skepticism could save you time and money.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Throw 'Em Away the Proper Way
Don't flush old medications down the toilet - they pollute the wastewater, which can harm fish and other aquatic life. Ask your pharmacist to dispose of your old pills, or take them to a hazardous waste disposal facility. Or, wrap the drugs securely and put them in the trash - safely away from children and animals.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Strong Diet = Strong Bones
A lifetime diet that's rich in calcium and Vitamin D makes your bones stronger. Milk, yogurt, cheese, broccoli, canned salmon with the bones, and orange juice are all excellent sources of calcium. What a great excuse to treat yourself with some frozen yogurt!
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Stay Immune to Disease
Immunizations are your best shot at staying healthy, right from birth. Ask your doctor about specific recommendations for you and your child. And don't forget teenagers. They may need special shots, like the one for meningitis, especially if they're going off to college.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
H 2 Ohh Yeah!
It's amazing what a simple thing like water can do for your health. But it's also important to avoid heavy caffeine and alcohol - they contain diuretics that cause the body to *lose* water. And show some restraint with alcohol, too. Your body needs something cool, refreshing, and clearly good for you - water!
Monday, January 14, 2013
Another Reason to Eat Healthy
Have you heard about inflammation *inside* your body? While researchers are just beginning to understand how it may contribute to disease, why wait 'til all the evidence is in? To reduce inflammation, try eating more fruits, vegetables, and cold-water, oily fish like salmon and herring.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
The Importance of a Few Zzz's
Tossing and turning at night can keep you from functioning at your best during the day. To get a better night's sleep, stick to your regular bedtime, even on weekends, keep your sleeping area dark, quiet, and cool, and avoid eating or drinking alcohol close to bedtime. Nighty night!
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Don't Mess Around!
Taking outdated medications can be a waste of your money. Their chemical makeup and strength can change over time, causing them to be less effective - and sometimes even harmful to you. So check expiration dates, throw away loose pills, and leave pills in their original containers.
Friday, January 11, 2013
Before your next doctor's visit write down any all the medications you take, from all the doctors you go to. Be sure to include over-the-counter drugs and supplements, too. Your list can help you fill out the paperwork before your visit, and your doctor can be on the lookout for potential drug interactions.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Little Steps Make a Big Difference
You *can* keep diabetes away, even if you're at high risk. Healthy lifestyle changes - like eating better and exercising - can help with controlling glucose levels, even in people who already have diabetes. Of course, some need regular insulin injections. Ask your doctor about what's best for you.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Take a Deep Breath
If you have asthma, watch out for drugs that can trigger an attack - especially drugs that lower blood pressure, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen, and contrast dyes used in X-rays. If your asthma gets worse after taking a certain drug, tell your doctor right away.
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Not Just a Threat to Men
Heart disease is the number-one killer of men and women. But research shows some risk factors affect women more - including type 2 diabetes, low HDL cholesterol levels, and high triglyceride levels. Your doctor can help you monitor your levels and minimize your risks.
Monday, January 07, 2013
The Key to Losing Weight
Experts agree that the key to losing weight is burning more calories than you take in. Yep, that means you gotta eat less and exercise more. So don't fall for fads or pills that only waste your money and time. Keep it simple, eat healthy foods, and stay active.
Sunday, January 06, 2013
Feeling Stressed Out?
If everyday stress causes excessive anxiety, you may have generalized anxiety disorder, or GAD - and you're not alone. GAD affects four million people in the U.S. If anxiety is interfering with your life, talk with your doctor - because help is available.
Saturday, January 05, 2013
Time Is Money
Before your next doctor's visit, write down any symptoms you're having and any questions you want to ask. Time with the doctor can go by fast. Having everything in writing can help you make the most of your time.
Friday, January 04, 2013
Low back pain is one of the most common work-related health problems. If you suffer from low-back pain, ask your doctor for guidelines on exercise, posture, proper lifting, wearing the right shoes, and reducing your stress. Relief may be within your reach.
Thursday, January 03, 2013
Not All Lip Balms Are Created Equal
With the low temperatures, you'll probably be turning to lip balm to protect your lips. Before you apply any of it, check the ingredient list. If your lip balm has phenols, don't use it. These compounds will actually strip off the top layer of your lips. Instead, opt for a moisturizing lip balm instead. It will keep your lips' natural protective layer safe and sound.
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Milk Does a Body Good
Most Americans are calcium-deprived. If you're one of them, think about changing your ways. Getting enough calcium, Vitamin D, and other minerals can help you build strong bones and stay strong throughout your lifetime.
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
The Internet can be a great source of health news – but it's also cluttered with misinformation. Makers of quick-fix solutions or miracle cures prey on people with difficult health issues. So check, check and double-check sources before you commit to any treatment plan or spend any money.