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Vitamin D: How Much is Too Much?

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Vitamin D

Vitamin D

Getting the right amount of vitamins is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Ideally, getting vitamins through the food we eat is the best way for our bodies to receive nutrition. When that fails, supplements can be a good source of nutrition. Unfortunately, many people tend to treat supplements less seriously than medicine and often take larger doses than necessary. Vitamin D is easy to over-ingest. Often, Vitamin D is found in daily supplements AND in calcium supplements, and many people, especially women, can take too much. Conversely, with decreasing outdoor activity and increased sunscreen usage, many people are diagnosed with Vitamin D deficiency. Read more


Beverages: A Drink to Your Health

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Make healthy choices in what you drink.

Decisions about which drink to choose are tough, but making a healthy decision may be the hardest part. Look at any beverage aisle in a grocery and you know you have a lot of choices to quench your thirst. Energy drinks, sodas and juices abound. Here’s some information to help you make a more informed selection. Read more


Baking Is Good For Your Health and Wellness

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    Baking for others helps everyone

It turns out, if you enjoy baking for other people, the recipients aren’t the only ones to benefit.  Science now explains why we feel so good when we bake and give our results away. Baking allows for creativity. Creative expression is helpful for stress relief. According to Donna Pincus, an associate professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University “Baking has the benefit of allowing people creative expression. There’s a lot of literature for connection between creative expression and overall wellbeing. Whether it’s painting or it’s making music [or baking], there is a stress relief that people get from having some kind of an outlet and a way to express themselves.” Read more


Cold Laser Treatment–What Is It?

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LaserCold Laser Therapy, also called Low Level Light Therapy, is a treatment that uses specific wavelengths of light to help speed the body’s healing process. It can help patients who suffer from acute and chronic conditions to reduce swelling, help eliminate pain, decrease spasms and increase functionality.  This is an FDA-approved, non-invasive, non-prescription therapy.
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Creating Good Sleep Habits at Any Age

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Good sleep

While we may not often consider sleep essential, it is as necessary for our bodies as air and food. Lack of sleep affects us at all ages. Growth hormones that increase a child or teen’s muscle mass and that repair cells are released during sleep. For humans of any age, cognitive abilities suffer from lack of sleep, making us prone to accidents and mishaps.  Lack of sleep has also been linked to Alzheimer’s disease in the elderly.

The good news is that sleeping is a habit and everyone can learn better habits with some structure and a little bit of effort. Harvard University offers the following suggestions:

  • maintain a regular sleep-wake schedule (wake up and go to bed at the same time every day, even on weekends)
  • avoid caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and other chemicals that interfere with sleep
  • make your bedroom a comfortable sleep environment
  • establish a calming pre-sleep routine
  • go to sleep when you’re truly tired
  • avoid watching the clock at night
  • use light to your advantage by exposing yourself to light during the day and limiting light exposure in the evening, this helps regulate your natural circadian rhythms
  • avoid napping too close to your regular bedtime
  • eat and drink enough—but not too much or too soon before bedtime
  • exercise regularly—but not too soon before bedtime

 

Pre-Sleep Routine

Most of these ideas are self-explanatory, but a pre-sleep routine is worth examining closely.  A pre-sleep routine is different for every person.  Reading, crossword puzzles, knitting are all good “transition” activities from daily life to sleep. These transition activities should be done prior to climbing into bed, in a calm, comfortable room in your home.

Screens

Keep your bed as a place for sleeping, not reading, watching TV or answering email.  Sleep experts recommend no TV or electronic gadgets in your bedroom. This allows your mind to rest and helps you to fall asleep faster.  Also, screens on our electronic devices emit blue light, which reduces the production of melatonin, a hormone that controls our circadian rhythm, the cycles that help us fall asleep and stay asleep. In addition to the blue light, cell phones and gadgets often beep, tweet or buzz throughout the night, which prevents you from a restful sleep.  A technology curfew is helpful to sleepers of all ages.

Getting Enough Sleep

How much sleep is enough? The answer is it depends.  For children, check with your pediatrican for recommendations on how many hours your child should be sleeping.  For adults, most people need at least seven hours.  To find out what your body needs, start getting seven hours of sleep a night, and after three or four weeks, take inventory on how you feel. Still tired? Add a half hour and take inventory again. Continue until you typically feel rested most of the time.

The need for sleep is often seen as a weakness in American culture. In truth, it is an essential element to human existence.  Ensure that you are making the time for the wonderful necessity of sleep.


How Does Exercise Affect the Brain?

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Exercise for brain and body health.

Exercise for brain and body health.

So far, no drug or therapy exists that matches the powerful effect regular physical exercise has on improving brain function or preventing Alzheimer’s disease.

In a study of senior citizens by the Mayo Clinic, exercise five to six times a week reduces the risk of mild cognitive impairment by 32 percent, as compared to other senior citizens who are not getting up and moving. Another Mayo Clinic study showed that for people with memory impairment, exercise improved memory about the same amount as the benefit of taking donepezil (Aircept), which does give some modest and temporary help to those struggling with memory loss. Read more


Stress-Reduction Techniques for Everyone

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Reduce stress in your life through relaxation.

Per the Mayo Clinic, “Relaxation isn’t just about peace of mind or enjoying a hobby. Relaxation is a process that decreases the effects of stress on your mind and body.” Finding a method of stress-reduction is important for everyone. Practicing relaxation can take many different methods, but all with the same goal of regularly coping with everyday stress, and extra ordinary stress, as needed.  The Mayo Clinic advocates stress-reduction techniques for everyone, but especially for its patients who may be dealing with a difficult diagnosis, a long-term illness or even chronic pain. Read more


Elimination Nation

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Elimination Station

Elimination — yup. We’re going to talk about THAT.  Every human organism relies on the ability to successfully eliminate waste from its system or die.  Getting waste out quickly is a benefit to any biological system. In humans, our bodies are designed to evacuate in a squatting position, and long before the modern toilet was invented, our ancestors squatted. Many cultures still use toilets that require squatting, which would be viewed as odd here in the United States. Read more


Do You Practice Mindful Eating?

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Mindful Eating

Mindful eating is not something most people in our busy world do on a regular basis. In a world where snack foods are sold in “cup-sized” containers to fit in our car’s cup holders, we tend to focus on the speedy delivery of food, not in savoring it.

If you’d like to get away from this crazy treadmill of meals, mindful eating is worth investigating.  Best of all, you don’t need any fancy book to tell you how to do it or any special gear, either–just you, your brain, your mouth and food. Read more


Does Wheat Really Matter for Our Health?

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Wheat or no wheat?

Is wheat healthy for us?

Give us this day our daily bread….or not? Depending on your experience with food, eating wheat is either just a fact of your daily life, or it’s something to be avoided at all costs.

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