Saturday, August 31, 2013
Antibiotics should only be taken if prescribed by your physician for a bacterial infection. They do not work for a viral infection such as a cold, cough or the flu. Taking an antibiotic when you don't need it can lead to antibiotic resistance.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Monday, August 26, 2013
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that the earlier and more often a child is exposed to different foods; the healthier that child's adult diet is likely to be.
Friday, August 23, 2013
According to Shawn Talbott, PhD, LDN, FACSM "If you truly want to improve your health, it is just as important to get your stress levels under control as it is to eat a healthy diet and to get physical activity!"
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Sunday, August 11, 2013
According to the 2010 dietary guidelines for Americans, if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, are over 51 or African American you should consume no more than 1500 mg of sodium daily.
Reduce sodium in your diet by buying fresh, plain frozen or canned "with no salt added" vegetables, avoid buying any canned meat, use herbs, spices and salt-free seasoning blends when cooking instead of salt, avoid packaged foods that have a high sodium content, avoid adding salt to foods and limit consumption of restaurant food.
Most low back injuries are caused from bending and twisting from the waist when picking up something. To avoid back injuries, when you are lifting something heavy, bend from the hips and knees and lift with your legs.
Dr. Gary Small, director of the UCLA Center on Aging discovered that eliminating most fats from your diet lowers your risk of Alzheimer's disease. However, eating omega-3 fats actually helps to keep brain cell membranes soft and flexible, decreasing the risk of cognitive decline and improving memory.
Resistance bands differ in the degree of difficulty by color. The most stretchable bands have light resistance and the hard to stretch bands offer heavier resistance.
A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that after one year of taking 40-minute walks three times weekly, the study subjects' hippocampi grew by 2%, reversing their brain's aging process by almost 2 years. The sedentary brains of the control subjects shrunk by almost as much.
A British study published in the Lancet, found that smokers trying to quit were twice as likely to be cigarette free after 6 months if they were sent regular, supportive text messages. At first texts were sent 5 times daily then 3 times weekly.
Research at the University of Illinois found that people who kept chocolate inside a drawer instead of in a closed container on their desk ate 1/3 less without even knowing it.