Halloween Candy Safety

October 31, 2010

Kids love to eat all of the candy in their bags for Halloween. But there’s a lot of concern on how to make sure that everything they get is safe to eat. Check out our tips on how to keep your kids safe on the scariest day of the year!

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1. Check out all of the candy before they are allowed to eat any: examine wrappers and packaging for anything suspicious

2. Advise your kids not to eat anything unwrapped

3. Remove all choking hazards from bags

4. Only visit places that you are familiar with to cut down on strangers handing out candy

5. Set limits on the amount of candy that your kids can consume daily

 


Fighting Dry Skin in Cold Weather

October 25, 2010

With cold weather comes dry, flaky skin. And it is not only the cold weather, but also the heated indoors that can dehydrate your skin.

But no matter how much you moisturize, your skin is still dry. And over time, dry skin can become worse and harder to treat.

What can you do to fight the dry skin battle?

  • Drink lots of water
  • Apply moisturizer not only once but throughout the day
  • Use a humidifier in your home
  • Use soft soaps that are gentle on your skin
  • Avoid rough, itchy clothing
  • Water is harsh on the skin – it strips the body of its natural oils – make sure to moisturize with cream or oil when you get out of the shower.
  • Take short baths or showers of no more than 10 minutes

Use these tips to get through this season with less dry, irritable skin!

If you encounter severe dry skin problems, consult your doctor.


Exercise to Fight Illness

October 18, 2010

Exercise helps to combat an oncoming sickness. It also eases emotional stress and anxiety, and can prevent the onset of a psychological illness.

When you exercise, your body releases endorphins. These endorphins have a positive effect on the immune system. People who regularly exercise have a three-tenths reduction of getting a respiratory tract infection.

Being active also decreases the risk of chronic illnesses. Regular exercise strengthens your heart muscle and increases blood flow, protecting you from heart disease. It also reduces the chance of having a stroke, lowers blood pressure levels, and increases the good cholesterol in your body.

When regular exercisers do become ill, their symptoms are much less severe than those who do not exercise.

Regular workouts allow you to lead a healthy lifestyle. By being active, you can protect yourself from illnesses now as well as chronic diseases in the future.

 


Osteoporosis Prevention

October 11, 2010

Osteoporosis is decreased bone density which gradually results in weaker, fragile bones. It often occurs in women after they undergo menopause and their estrogen levels start to fall.

Naturally, your bones become thinner after the age of 30. But there are 3 other natural elements that can keep your bones healthy: calcium, vitamin D, and exercise.

  • Foods such as dairy products, tofu, broccoli, spinach, and almonds are rich in calcium. Adults should get between 1,000-1,200 mg of calcium a day.
  • Vitamin D is found in tuna, sardines, and egg yolks. You can also receive Vitamin D from the exposure to sunlight. Yet, for individuals who avoid the sun or spend most of the day inside, Vitamin D supplements are always a great resource. Adults should get about 400-1,000 international units of Vitamin D a day.
  • Physical activity in your younger years is so important. It increases your bone mass and therefore reduces the risk of bone fracture.
  • Regular strength training and weight exercises strengthen your bones and muscles. Strength training affects your arms and upper spine, and weight exercises affect your legs, hips, and lower spine. Remember – low impact exercises such as machine workouts are not as effective in bone health.
  • Drinking and smoking greatly increase your risk of osteoporosis.

Look after your bones! Remember: Calcium, Vitamin D, and lots of exercise!


Check Your Breasts

October 4, 2010

We are taught to visit our doctors for mammograms every year or two years, but what about the time in between?
Remember that you are your own resource! Checking yourself for lumps can prevent cancer from spreading into the later stages.

  • Check your breasts every month, beginning at age 20. At age 20, any small lumps are normal – they are probably breast glands. But if you start to check early, you will become familiar with your breasts and easily notice when a change occurs.
  • After your periods is the best time to check your breasts. This is when they are not so sensitive and tender. If your periods are irregular then make sure to check at the same time every month.
  • Look for changes in the skin of your nipples such as dimpling, the increase in size of one of your breasts, nipple discharge, and any new lump.
  • Remember to check the hidden areas! Areas up until your collarbone and towards your armpit contain lymph nodes that are prone to cancer.

Don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor around 20 years of age when it is time for you to be checked!