HEALTH TIPS ~
MAMA'S ALWAYS RIGHT!
You should have listened to Mom when she said, “Eat your vegetables.” Science now tells us that consuming yellow and green vegetables will protect against age-related macular degeneration, thus preserving eyesight - and green vegetables like Broccoli and Cabbage may help protect the body against breast and prostate cancer. Fresh is best, but when not available, both can luckily be found in supplement form.
GOOD BONES ARE..
Brittle bones don’t have to be an inevitable result of ageing. In fact, just a few easy dietary changes and easy exercises will help build stronger bones right away, so try these tips: Add Calcium to your diet: Those with the highest bone density get their calcium from both foods (milk, fish, green leafy veggies) and/or supplements (Coral Calcium). Exercise: Just twenty minutes of basic strength training exercises, two days a week, will help firm and tone the whole body, modestly increase metabolism and burn more calories (even when resting). Even better, Bear Your Weight: At least once daily, do some physical activity that requires your body’s resistance, like weight-bearing yoga poses or exercises like swimming or walking. You’ll build strong bones and increase muscle mass and strength. Put Down That Cigarette: Smoking inhibits absorption of calcium taken in. Don’t forget Vitamin D to help absorb calcium, and get some early morning or late afternoon-evening sunlight for natural vitamin D.
WHAT'S IN MY SALAD?
Is the Tomato a fruit or vegetable? Although the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it a vegetable, they were scientifically incorrect: Botanically, it is classified as a fruit, and The United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association specifically classifies it as a berry, since it contains both pulp and seeds. Tomato is rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene and lycopene, the remarkable, powerful antioxidant that protects against free radical damage to cells. So...whatever we decide to call it, just be sure to call it HEALTHY!
IS IMPORTANT ~
Aside from being the source of all earthly energy, Sunlight helps regulate our circadian cloc
k and makes us feel sleepy at night by stimulating the body to produce melatonin (a hormone that regulates our sleep cycle). A healthy circadian rhythm is important to a healthy mood, body temperature, awareness, appetite, hormone secretion and social behavior, etc. We need that daily exposure to bright light - just make it on our own terms and be sensible with exposure: Morning sunlight can be especially helpful. Be sure to open the curtains-shades every morning, and Let The Sunshine ln. Try taking a morning stroll for double the benefits, but please DO NOT bake in the afternoon sunlight without important skin, eye and head protections.
LET'S LEARN TO LOVE OUR DANDELIONS!
Even though they can be a nightmare on our lawns, the pretty Dandelion is also known as the "Wondrous Weed" that grows everywhere - with a rich history as a nutritious food used in salads, medicines and wines. Potassium-rich Dandelion is also called the "free health food pharmacy," because it is a fine tonic that helps cleanse our blood, detoxifies the system and improves mobility - and - we don’t even have to pick garden weeds to get it; there are Dandelion supplements. Either way, even if we don't love them, they at least deserve a little respect as yet another healthy plant food.
NOT EXACTLY PERFUME
A Lot More Healthy ~
Did you know that the stronger the smell of Onions, the more potent and effective their healing powers are thought to be?...and did you know that the ancient Egyptians worshipped the Onion as the symbol of “Eternal Life?” Today we do know that Onion is one of nature’s best natural immunity supports that helps protect against infection of all kinds. As a powerful natural antibiotic and antiseptic, it is a wonderful way to strengthen the body’s natural defenses against common colds, flu, sore throat, bronchial and gastric infections; and happily Onion can be found in no=tears supplements. Can’t promise the perfume, tho!
Although higher education levels have been linked to better health in surveys, you don't necessarily have to have a long list of degrees to achieve well-being. According to health professionals from City University of New York, reading more often, following current events and engaging in activities that keep the mind as sharp as possible will help us reap vast health rewards. Time to get out those crossword puzzles, newspapers, library cards - or join a travel group (a truly fun way to learn and make friends at the same time). C'mon: It's Time to GET SMART!
DO THE MONDAY MILE ~
As we often like to remind ourselves, Mondy is a great day to reset our weekly health goals. The Monday Mile is a fun way to jump-start your week with a healthy dose of physical activity. You can Walk, Jog or Run the mile with friends, family and co-workers, and enjoy positive health benefits while socializing with others and making a commitment to stay fit throughout the week.
While it's frustrating that its cause is unknown, it’s even more frustrating that there is no surefire cure. Harvard University’s good news says there are simple things you can try to help get some relief. Avoid foods that trigger symptoms. Eat small portions and don't overeat: Try eating smaller, more frequent meals, being sure to chew food slowly and completely. Avoid activities that result in swallowing excess air: smoking, eating quickly, chewing gum and drinking carbonated beverages. Reduce your stress. Try relaxation therapies, cognitive behavioral therapy or exercise. An aerobic workout 3-5 times a week can help, but don't exercise right after eating. Get enough rest. Don't lie down within two hours of eating. Keep your weight under control. European herbalists say Quassia, Gentian, Peppermint, Chamomile, Lemon Balm & Valerian may help. Talk to your doctor about botanical therapy for natural help.
NO UNWANTED TRAVEL SOUVENIRS - PLEASE!
Traveling can be very stressful, so your immune system may not be at its best. Furthermore, when traveling, you are exposed to germs that can be very different and from those you are used to. To stay healthy during your trip, why not try some Echinacea a week before you leave, and continue taking it while you are away from home. Studies tell us it can be helpful for supporting a stronger immune system to fend off colds and other unwanted germs that you’d rather not bring back as souvenirs. (T-Shirts, cups and postcards are much more enjoyable -and safe.)
OVEREATING STARTS EARLY!
Here’s how you can help your overweight child: Set a Good Example - Make healthy food choices for yourself. Eat at Home - as a family, and at the table (children eat nearly twice as many calories in restaurants as they would at home). Stay Calm - Make mealtime pleasant, not combative. Serve Healthy Snacks - that are low-fat and calorie, as well as healthy meals. Get the Kids Involved - in meal planning and preparation. Keep Active - Make fitness a family affair. Healthy eating habits start at home; contrary to popular belief, children do not naturally outgrow baby fat.
Let Anger Get the Best of You -
It Can Make You SICK!!
Help yourself with a few simple tips: Admit Your Anger. Release Stress (get some exercise; take a walk or swim, go dancing). Relax (see a funny movie, listen to soft music). Take Care of Yourself (eat properly, look your best). Surround Yourself With Happy People who are positive and caring. Take Deep, Slow Breaths (slow, deep-breathing helps to trigger relaxation, so you can deal with unpleasant situations). Analyze and even talk about the situation that caused that anger with a friend, and try to put it in its place. Lastly, Try to forgive the mistakes of others; you’ll be the better/happier one in the long run.
The DELICIOUS Way ~
Foods that are rich in water take up more room in your gut, which tells the body you've had enough to eat and leaves less room for other foods. Many raw fruits and vegetables are full of water and nutrients, and low in calories. Watermelon is a great delicious example. It's a great source of the remarkable antioxidant lycopene and gives you some vitamin A and C, too. Greek yogurt has twice as much protein as other yogurts and takes longer to leave your stomach, keeping you satisfied longer. Plus, you burn more calories digesting protein than carbs. Choose nonfat, low-fat, and low-sugar types. Cinnamon, watermelon and popcorn can help curb your appetite and burn fat too.
MORE BLUEBERRIES ~
Research shows Blueberries to be super nutritious and may help protect the brain from the damage caused by free radicals and may also help reduce effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Some scientists have actually nicknamed Blueberries “Brainberries.” Do they know something? More News: Recent studies found that a Blueberry-rich diet improved learning, as well as muscle function in older subjects.
LABELS ARE SO IMPORTANT~
When buying wheat bread, don’t be fooled by healthy-sounding words like “nine-grain” or “multi-grain.” And just because the bread has a nice tan color, the color does not mean it’s whole grain. Be sure the label reads “whole” grain from the whole-wheat kernel. That way you’ll get the bran, the germ and all the natural nutrients that benefit your good health. Always take that extra time to read food labels - on everything. Your improved health will prove it was time well spent.
Don’t Just Sit There: MOVE!
More and more studies point to the negative health effects of sitting for extended periods of time. Today (every day), try to get up every hour and engage in a few minutes of light activity. The good news is that if you get up and fit in at least two minutes of light activity, such as stretching, walking or even doing chores, that activity can offset some of the health risks of being sedentary for long periods of time. It’s a brand new week - a brand new opportunity to get back on the health train. Use the new week to reset your health goals. So don’t just sit there. Stand up! It’s time to get moving - toward better health - NOW!
FUN FACT TIME!
Did You Know? The Bamboo tree is not a tree; it is a giant grass. The Sea Cucumber is not a vegetable; it is a marine animal. The Banana tree is not a tree; it is the world’s largest herb (and it’s a fruit too!). Oddly, when scientists introduced straight Bananas in the 1960s, the public refused to buy them! Best of all: You can help relieve muscle cramping and replace the vitamins, nutrients and potassium lost during strenuous activity with healthy BANANA!
SUNGLASSES are an attractive accessory, but in summer’s glowing sunlight, you must choose them for protection level. Ultraviolet (UV) damage is cumulative over a lifetime, so it’s essential to begin protective sunglass wear early in life. Search for full UVA/UVB lens for maximum eye preservation. Rose and yellow lenses make it difficult to distinguish color, but gray, brown and green minimize distortion and are a better choice for driving. Polarized lenses filter reflected sunlight that causes glare. Choose bigger frames and wrap-around sides for maximum protection.
What is the ONE PRESCRIPTION that can lower your risk for
FIVE MAJOR DISEASES
with NO SIDE EFFECTS?
You guessed it!!! EXERCISE!!!Harvard Medical School tells us that Exercise has the power to keep us from developing high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and some cancers. In fact, Exercise can lower risk of heart disease as effectively as medications! It can also help ease arthritis pain, sharpen memory, trim the waistline and preserve our independence. So why isn’t everyone exercising? One of the biggest reasons is not knowing where to start, or finding a program that’s easy to stick with. Start simply with something that is fun for you, and work up to more strenuous workouts over time. Get a friend to accompany you; it’s more fun, and you can encourage each other to stick with your routines. Of course, ask the doctor to find the best, safest workout for you if any health issues are a concern.
BAD DIET = BAD MEMORY!
Did you know that a poor diet is considered a mind robber that can steal away bits of memory and cognition over time? It’s a fact. Although researchers have not yet quantified the specific effects of a good diet on mental health, it is known that Omega-3 Fatty Acids (found in fish, fish supplements, Soy, Nuts and Flaxseed,) help provide the body with the amino acids needed for healthy cell formation and play a vital role in the production of neurotransmitters in the brain, such as serotonin and dopamine. Healthy brain cells (neurons) will perform better than unhealthy ones, thereby promoting cognitive clarity, a well-functioning memory and positive mood. While a few deep-fried Oreos won't bring down your IQ or destroy your memory, it's generally accepted that a healthy diet aids the brain in maximizing its potential. Start this weekend with a healthy food list when grocery shopping.
It is HOT!!
That’s not just uncomfortable; It can make you sick, so follow a few tips to keep you safe: Take special care with children and the elderly, because their bodies don’t cool as efficiently. Wear loose clothing, and don’t exercise at the hottest part of the day - and very important: stay hydrated. Symptoms of heat-related illness may include cramps, nausea and pale, moist skin. Go to a cooler place, drink fluids (water best), and put cool cloths on the skin. If you are not getting better, or if you have more serious symptoms such as high fever, fast heart rate, warm and dry skin, confusion, convulsions or change in behavior, immediately call 911.
Some people open a window or a door - or simply walk outside and will become exposed to pollen in the outdoor air and suffer. Unless you want to live in a bubble, avoiding pollen is pretty difficult. However, you can follow some tips to at least minimize pollen exposure: Keep windows in your home closed, which prevents pollens from drifting into your home. Minimize early morning activity when pollen levels are highest (between 5 and 10 a.m.). Keep your car windows closed when driving. Stay indoors when the pollen count is reported high and on windy days when pollen may be present in higher amounts in the air. If taking a vacation during pollen season height, go to a more pollen-free area, like the beach. Avoid performing yard work, or wear a mask or bandana over your nose and mouth when working outside. Use a clothes dryer to machine dry bedding and clothing (don't hang clothes on a clothesline, where laundry becomes coated with pollen). An indoor air cleaner can help reduce indoor pollen levels if windows are open. Speak with your doctor about symptom relief with natural herbals like Eyebright or Mullein Leaf, etc.