Kicking off your shoes not only makes your feet feel better, it may actually be healthier than leaving them on!
Experts say you should remove you shoes right at the door when you enter your home to avoid tracking in allergen-loaded dirt and pollen that may be stuck to your shoes.
Sure, we all know that exercise is good for you, but recent study shows that an early morning out door walk is beneficial for a few more reasons.
- Sunlight suppresses production of the hormone melatonin, which helps us sleep. Suppressing its production early in the day allows you to produce more at night, when you need it.
- Besides the obvious cardiovascular benefits of walking, regular aerobic exercise also increases the part of the brain associated with learning and memory.
Letting loose with a blast of foul language may have some benefits.
Researchers at Marist College in New York and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts determined that people swear profusely also tend to have a wider vocabulary than average.
Another study at England's Keele University found that swearing can help reduce stress and can also help endure physical pain.
Because of frequent use, overuse and misuse, more and more viruses are becoming resistant.
Here are some simple tips from medical professionals that can help keep antibiotics doing their job longer:
- Wash your hands frequently – It’s still one of the most effective ways to cut down on the spread of viruses.
- Don’t take someone else’s antibiotics – Your friends or family members may mean well, but specific viruses need different antibiotics. The type and amount of antibiotics to take is always best left to a physician.
- Take your antibiotics as prescribed – Not taking them all can breed antibiotic resistance
- Choose foods that are raised antibiotic-free – This is one area where overuse may be having a counterproductive effect.
- Don’t assume you need an antibiotic – There are many viruses that really require other types of treatment.
Disease prevention experts say those of us over 65 may be facing a health care crisis we could easily avoid!
Nearly 2/3 of American over 65 have not had the shingles vaccine and 40% of us haven't had a tetanus shot in the past decade. Add to that nearly 1/3 of Boomers have not been vaccinated for pneumonia.
If you fall into one of these categories, do yourself a favor and make an appointment with your doctor today!
As we age, our bood pressure tends to go up. Those in the know say we should be shooting for a rate of 130/80. If you find yourself creeping over that line, doctors recommend more cooking at home than eating out (more than 70% of our sodium intake now comes from food prepared outside our homes.
You may also want to increase your intake of potassium - a mineral found in may fruits and vegetables.
As always, best to consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet.
No doubt your dentist tells you to floss, but is there any research to back up that advice?
There has never been a study to test the benefits of flossing. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you should stop flossing. No research simply means, we have no scientific evidence one way or the other. The American Dental Association still recommends flossing as well as brushing twice daily to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
- Blood pressure climbs as you age – It’s normal, but make sure you are getting it checked regularly to make sure it doesn’t become hypertension
- The top number is the one to watch – Systolic pressure is the one to pay attention to because it measures the peak force you pulmonary system is experiencing.
- The optimum blood pressure number is different for different people – In fact, experts don’t agree on what the ideal pressure should be.
- Healthy diet and lifestyle changes can work as well as a pill – Cutting back on salt is the easiest. Dropping weight, while more difficult, can also help. Regular exercise can also help. (Make sure you consult with your physician before beginning any exercise regimen.)
- Yes, coffee makes blood pressure spike, but… - The spike lasts about 3 hours but appears to have no long-lasting effect.
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