Posted on 03-23-2013
Filed Under (Health & Nutrition) by Charla

Now that spring is officially here, that means a lot of people will be outside doing things they enjoy.  Most people remember to put on sunscreen, but do they protect their eyes with good sunglasses?  There are sites online such as Eye Save where busy people can order sunglasses and save time from having to go shopping for them.

My husband’s glasses automatically turn darker when he’s out in the sun, but I have sunglasses that I carry in my purse all the time.  Whenever I’m driving and there’s a glare, I make sure to wear them and my eyes feel so much better!

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Posted on 03-22-2013
Filed Under (Health & Nutrition) by Charla

A good night’s sleep is invaluable!  Not only does it help a person to feel better the next day and be more mentally alert, but it is also vital in the long run for a person’s health.  The deep sleep cycle is when the body repairs tissues, builds bone and muscle, and helps to strengthen the immune system. That’s why people invest in mattresses such as the natural latex mattress boston,  read up on all the tips to help ensure a restful night’s sleep such as not watching TV in bed, and stay away from caffeine in the late afternoon and evening.

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Posted on 03-16-2013
Filed Under (Health & Nutrition) by Charla

Here are a few tidbits of information about green and black tea:

  • Try to always drink tea soon after it’s brewed to obtain the highest antioxidants!
  • Brewed green or black tea has more antioxidants than any whole fruit or vegetable (one study says 10 times the amount).
  • Bottled iced tea still has a good bit of antioxidants and is much better for you than a soda.
  • Green and black teas are rich in polyphenols and flavonoids.

Tea has been gaining in popularity over the years, so much that places like Starbucks added teas to their menu.

 

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Posted on 03-14-2013
Filed Under (Health & Nutrition) by Charla

This year, our school took part in a community health fair.  That got me to thinking why not have an online health fair for my readers.  This is not comprehensive, but here are some good links for simple assessments that I found:

Prevention Guide/Cancer Care

Prevention Guide/Colon Health Risk Assessments and Resources

Prevention Guides/Heart Health Risk Assessments and Resources

The Do’s & Don’ts of Cancer Prevention

Women’s Health Risk Assessments and Resources:

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Posted on 01-26-2013
Filed Under (Health & Nutrition) by Charla

During certain times in our lives, we’re under stress.  It may be hard to sleep and unwind when we get into bed at night.  Or what about the active toddler?  Here are some ideas that might help:

  • Warm milk – contains calcium & the amino acid tryptophan which has a sedative effect – the calcium helps the body use tryptophan more efficiently
  • Banana – converts to serotonin & melatonin which promote sleep, and also contains magnesium which helps muscles relax
  • Oatmeal – also converts to melatonin, and also contains B6 which increases serotonin levels

So, if you or your child like to have a little snack before bedtime, try one of these and see if it helps.  Better yet, try two or all three of them.

 

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Posted on 12-12-2012
Filed Under (Health & Nutrition) by Charla

This time of year is so hard for maintaining weight.  We are having Christmas snacks every day this week at the school where I teach plus three days next week.  I can just see the scales now!  One thing I am doing is trying to stop and walk at the mall three times a week on my way home from school to get some exercise.  That’s got to help a little bit.

Some people might get yoga socks and some exercise clothes to wear while working out.  Some might go for a nice, long walk outside or at the mall like I do.   The main thing is to keep moving, stretching, and exercising.

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