As we roll into cold and flu season, many of us will be guzzling those over-the-counter remedies we think we help us cope with the symptom.
There is a potential downside. Actually there are SEVERAL potential downsides.
Acetaminophen – Many over the over pills and fluids contain this common pain reliever (the main ingredient in Tylenol). It’s also found in many cold medications. If you taking both pain relief pills and cold syrup, you may quickly find yourself consuming way more than 3,000-4,000 milligram dosage recommended as the maximum safe dosage.
Too much acetaminophen can lead to nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite and ultimately to liver damage. (We don’t have to tell you that liver damage is something we want to avoid.)
Be a Romper Room Do-Bee: You should also stay away from alcohol when taking acetaminophen. And check the ingredients of all the medications you’re taking to keep yourself under that 3,000-4,000 milligram number.
We’ve all heard “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” But is it?
A statement from the American Heart Association indicates it might be. Their researchers found that we metabolize foods differently at different times of the time. They found that people who eat within two hours of waking had lower heart disease risk factor compared to those who skip breakfast.
The Association cautions that these results are not conclusive because researchers did no further study to determine if people who ate a healthy breakfast also had other health habits that contributed to their lower risk factors.
Nonetheless, the report offered these general guidelines to lower your chances for heart disease and type-2 diabetes:
- Stick to a meal routine. Don’t eat whenever or change you schedule from day to day/
- Schedule your snacking. Just as with meals, planning and timing your snacks can help keep you from indulging in too much junk food.
- Eat less at night. It’s easier for your body to process sugar earlier in the day.
- Eliminate late night snacks altogether. Overnight, your metabolism is at its slowest. Throwing in more calories during this time is asking for trouble.
Our teeth get more sensitive to things like hot and cold foods as we age. That’s because, like it or not, your gums will recede as you grow older.
Here are some tips to combat that:
- Use a “Sensitive Toothpaste”
- Avoid Acidic Food – Like orange juice and tomatoes
- Don’t Brush So Hard!
- Avid “Whitening Toothpastes – They can be very abrasive
The World Health Organization has news about coffee.
First, the bad news. There is evidence to suggest that drinking any hot beverages at or above 140 degrees Fahrenheit may increase the risk of esophageal cancer.
Now, the good news, as long as it's below 140 degrees, there doesn't appear to be any cancer risk from drinking coffee.
A new study indicates that a diet rich in vitamin C can cut the risk of developing cataracts in people over 40 by 33%.
Researchers stress that the benefits does NOT come from popping vitamin C tablets, but from natural food sources, such as citrus fruit and dark green vegetables.
As we grow older, many of us begin experiencing trouble sleeping through the night. If you find yourself waking up in the dark multiple times during the night, try these “sleep hacks” to getting a good night’s rest:
- Stay in the Dark – If you do wake up, don’t turn on a light, check your cell phone, or get up to watch TV. This can mess up your internal clock and make you more likely to wake up at the same time the next night.
- Upgrade Your Bedding – Is your pillow worn out or uncomfortable? How long has it been since you replaced your mattress? New bedding may be your ticket to dreamland!
- Stick to a Schedule – Our internal clocks are not as adjustable as they once were. Try and keep your bed time and the time you rise the same – 7 days a week. (No matter how tempting it may be to sleep in on Saturday morning.)
Believe it or not, your cell phone can cause back pain!
If you're on the phone for long periods of time, bending your neck to cradle to phone or read all those text messages can add up to 60 pounds of additional stress to your back!
Experts recommend two things to combat this:
1.) Invest in ear buds and wear them during long conversations. That way, you don't have hold the phone near your ear.
2.) Keep your head up and your eyes down when reading texts.
So you’ve finally decided you want to get in shape. Your plan is to join a gym and reclaim that hard body you had at 25. Good for you! But here’s a tip.
Gym owners tell us that a large percentage of new gym members only last about a month before their visits start to trail off and then stop all together.
Before you make a long term financial commitment, test your resolve. Find a gym that will either charge you per visit or allow you to go month to month with no long term contract. If you’re still going strong after a few weeks, then you might want to consider signing up for the long haul.
We pretty sure you’ve probably never heard of “oil pulling.”
It’s a practice that comes from ancient India that involves swirling coconut or sesame oil in your mouth for 20 minutes a day. Studies show that the oil “pulls” bacteria from the mouth.
There are those who also claim it whitens teeth, but there is no current research to back up that claim.
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