Archive for June, 2009

Awash with Allergies

Friday, June 26th, 2009

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It’s not just ragweed. It feels like I’m allergic to everything. From mold to the little bumps I get when I sit on fresh, green, spring grass, to my beloved pets, I am a prisoner of my sinuses. And it -a-a-achoo!- excuse me, is really annoying. I’m not a huge fan of allergy medicine because it either makes me sleepy or it dries my sinuses so much that they resemble the Mohave Desert. So I dug a little deeper to see if I could find other, perhaps more natural relief from my allergy plight.

Get thee to the coast! Yep, not surprisingly, fresh, clean, sea air seems to help me a great deal. Those negative ions get to work on my sinuses and I can breathe easier. Not to mention it’s really relaxing walking up and down the beach, the ocean lapping at my toes, plus I’m getting a little low-impact exercise.

I realize not everyone lives near a coast (I’m sorry about that) so another idea would be to find an air-conditioned place like a gym, mall (though not near the perfume counter), movie theater or museum to hang out in. Of course, most places of business are air-conditioned, so if all else fails, you can get a little relief at your office.

If none of the above options are appealing to you, there are actually some foods that can help (not cause) allergies. And these foods are good for you too! Some examples are grapes, apples, oranges, nuts and tomatoes. These foods are all very rich in antioxidants and can cut down on free radicals in the body.

Finally, you can invest in a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter that cleans the surrounding air of allergens. This method, coupled with disciplined vacuuming and laundering of linens should make enough of a difference for moderate allergy sufferers.

So grab some grapes, go watch a movie in the theater or go shopping. Your allergies may soon be manageable. And that’s nothing to sneeze at!

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Milk Dud

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

I have a bone to pick.  I’m a person who doesn’t care for milk.  I know it’s wrong. I know I should just get over it, plug my nose and drink it anyway while embracing milk’s clever little ad campaigns.  But I just can’t.  And lately I’ve been a little concerned about the health of my bones as a result of my aversion to frosty cold cow juice.  So I decided to figure out what my alternatives are, if I choose to stay on the milk-free wagon.

Solanova bone health liqui-calciumOld bone is replaced by new bone everyday.  But as we age, our bodies lose their ability to regenerate new bone at the same rate, therefore leaving us vulnerable to fractures and other complications.  This is not great news for we non-milk imbibers.  Oftentimes bone mass loss isn’t detected until the problem is already severe, so it’s important to consume (and absorb) as much calcium as you possibly can.

So what foods (besides milk) are high in calcium?  Turns out not only are cheese and yogurt full of calcium, but also non-dairy foods such as collard greens, spinach, nuts, and even papaya are relatively high in calcium.  I have to report, however, that milk really is one of the best sources of calcium.  Sigh. Lucky for me there are plenty of quality calcium supplements that I can take anytime and they taste nothing like cow udder.  Hurrah!

Lastly, for good bone health, in addition to taking calcium (in some form) every day, it would behoove me (and you too) to join the gym rats and pump some iron.  Weight training is excellent for maintaining strong bones-and it doesn’t hurt your physique either!  So maybe I can actually fulfill my body’s calcium need by taking great supplements, eating mounds of collared greens and spinach, and sporting a requisite weight-training belt.

And if all else fails, I guess I can force down a chocolate milkshake once in awhile.  One has to sacrifice for one’s health sometimes.

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Take it to Heart

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

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The sweat is dripping down the front of you.  Your breathing is labored and you think your legs just might turn to Jell-O at any moment.  But you push yourself, not only because you’re going to look great for that school reunion (It’s been too many years to contemplate) but also because you really care about your heart.  You want it to work as well as it possibly can and for as long as it possibly can.  Because, as the song goes, you’ve got a lot of living to do!  And you won’t be shortchanged.  No way!

But where to start?  Creating a heart health baseline is always a good idea.  Get your cholesterol, blood pressure and other common medical tests done regularly.  This will let you know what you need to work on and can help forecast if you are at risk for heart disease.  Once you know what you need to do, you can start working to improve your health right away.

Of course we have to talk about our old friend, exercise.  Yes, it’s unavoidable.  But the results can be amazing!  There has been research conducted stating that people who participate in 30 minutes of cardio at least 3 or 4 times a week can decrease their risk for heart disease, some cancers, dementia and have the potential for living years longer than their couch potato peers.  Another added bonus to regular exercise is that it makes you feel and look great and can even curb depression.  Not too shabby for half an hour on the treadmill!

Think Omega-3’s.  Eating foods and taking supplements rich in Omega-3’s is great for your heart!  Fish, flax seed, cantaloupe, spinach, walnuts and broccoli are some excellent sources.  Supplements are also handy and easy to take if you don’t happen to have a bushel of broccoli in your briefcase.

Don’t wait.  Take care of your heart now so it can take good care of you down the road.

See you on the Stairmaster!

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Sugar Rush

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

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Remember when you were eight, and the coolest holiday by far was Halloween? Not only could you wear your awesome Superman outfit or princess garb in public without condemnation, but your reward for all this creativity?  Giant bags of overflowing candy!  How could life possibly get any better?

Ah, those were the days.

Now you have to read every label of everything you consume for its sugar content because your doctor has warned you that you are a borderline type 2 diabetic.   All of a sudden you’re noticing that the jam you spread on your toast, the trusty cereal you’ve been eating for years, and the orange juice that you’re absolutely sure you can’t live without, all have insane amounts of sugar in them that your body is finding it harder and harder to negotiate.

But knowledge is power.  It’s important to go to your annual medical check ups and get things like your blood sugar tested.  It provides a benchmark for where you are and where your future health is headed.  And while something like a possible type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes diagnosis can be upsetting, there are things that can be done to maintain your health and perhaps even head the diagnosis off at the pass.

Exercise for better health.  We all know that it can help fight heart disease, high blood pressure and keeps our weight under control, but it can also mitigate stress and blood sugar levels.  And eating right, i.e. foods that are low in fat, full of fiber and that have less sugar can also contribute to lower blood sugar levels.  Certain vitamins and supplements too can be added to the mix for better nutritional and blood sugar support.

See?  With a little diligence, life can be pretty sweet after all.

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Get Happy

Friday, June 19th, 2009

You’re giggling uncontrollably in the movie theater.  Okay, maybe the movie isn’t that funny, but you’re enjoying it, dodging dirty looks from other patrons as you guffaw at the screen, spilling buttered popcorn on your seat.  Can you help it if “joie de vivre” is your middle name?

After all, it’s a good thing.

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Are happier people healthier people?  And do happy people actually live longer?  It seems that the theory could be true.  You might wonder if it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy?  If someone is truly happy with their life it probably follows that they take better care of themselves?  Perhaps that’s some of it.  Numerous studies have concluded that happy people have fewer heart attacks, strokes and experience less pain from myriad health conditions than their grumpy counterparts.  This could be in part because happy people tend to have less of the stress hormone Cortisol in their bodies, which can lead to health problems.

But what do you do if you’re not naturally a “glass is half full” person?  You can actually learn to be more positive and become happier.   Some universities even offer “happiness” courses, which are extremely popular.  Of course exercise and leading a healthy lifestyle can contribute to overall health and vitality (and happiness), research also indicates that people who lead meaningful lives and help others tend to be happier overall compared with people who might afford luxuries but who don’t enjoy their careers or who have little outside interests or hobbies.

So put a smile on your face and help out in your community.  You’ll be happy that you did!

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Ga Ga for the Grape

Friday, June 19th, 2009

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I might as well confess because it will become abundantly clear soon enough.  I love wine.  I enjoy rose, white, and of course all red varietals and at the risk of sounding a little too much like Roy Rogers, I never met a grape I didn’t like.

Lucky for me, if consumed in moderation, wine can not only be quite good, but also good for your health.   Studies have shown that moderate wine drinking can protect against heart disease, boost your immune system, fight free radicals and of course, make a great accompaniment to a gourmet meal. There has even been recent research indicating that moderate drinkers can live as much as five years longer than their tea teetotaler compatriots.

Of course the key idea is “moderate” drinking.

Another reason to rejoice about the grape is that lately there’s been an influx of wonderful and inexpensive wines perched on grocery and specialty store shelves.  Often you can find a tasty red from Argentina or Spain with an even tastier price tag.  Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand are always delicious and usually very price friendly.

In short, if you like wine, there’s no reason not to indulge a little.  Add the grape to your regular health and wellness regimen and enjoy.

Hey, I’ll drink to that!

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Easy on the Eyes

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

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Oftentimes we don’t see eye problems coming.  Everything seems to be going along fine.  You can still discern individual, green leaves on the trees and easily avoid hitting a dog taking a nap on your cul-de-sac.  However, you might be speeding down the freeway one Friday evening and sail right by the exit you want, thereby missing your favorite cousin’s surprise birthday party by a vital fifteen minutes.  All of a sudden you realize you have to face the hard facts:  I can’t see as well as I used to.

Rather than living in blind denial, it’s always best to make an annual appointment with your Ophthalmologist or other eye care professional.  It could be that whatever is bothering your eyesight is less problematic than you imagine.  Your doctor may recommend taking short breaks every hour while working on the computer to alleviate eyestrain.  It’s also a good idea to have proper lighting when reading or doing something that requires consistent eye focus.  Additionally there are certain antioxidant-enriched foods and supplements that promote healthy eyesight and can even thwart some chronic eye conditions and diseases.

So take off the blinders and make a beeline for your annual vision check up.  Oh, and call your cousin.  Promise him you won’t be late next year!

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The Skinny

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

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Sometimes I wish I were Barbara Eden from I dream of Jeannie.  I’d be able to make my wishes come true in an instant with a mere nod of my ponytailed head.  Then I could effortlessly get rid of the eight stubborn pounds I’ve been struggling to lose since the millennium.

Firstly, we all know that “diets” don’t work.  Not in the long term anyway.  There is a simple equation that I for one have a hard time following: eat less + exercise more= fit into favorite jeans. I’m unfortunately, perhaps like many of you, stuck in dieting limbo.  When I go to the gym, I lecture myself about eating salads for lunch and eschewing bacon cheeseburgers, so as not to undo what I’ve accomplished on the Stairmaster.  When I’m lazing on the couch at home, however, I muse about the double workout I plan to do tomorrow as I’m polishing off the last of the pepperoni pizza.  To compensate, of course.

So how do we stop this cycle?  Or more specifically, how can I eat whatever I want and as much as I want without lifting a finger and still look like I belong in the annual SI swimsuit issue?  If I knew the answer, I’d be bathing in a pile of money on my own pacific island.

I have practiced perhaps some unorthodox methods for keeping my weight under control.  Aside from the eating less/exercise more initiative  that I often get bored with, I make a point (once I talk myself off the couch) of brushing my teeth right after dinner.  This prevents me from taking a second helping (or a third in some cases) and also helps me fight my sugar cravings after dinner.  Mint toothpaste and Butter Pecan don’t mix very well and that is the whole idea.

Another, albeit painful concept, is to post a less than flattering picture of yourself on the fridge, closet, bathroom mirror, or any other place you find yourself standing every day.  This is a sad yet effective reminder that you don’t need a double fudge sundae-put the spoon down and walk away.

Lastly I try to scare myself straight.  I go out of my way to read articles about what being too overweight can do to your health, i.e. cause high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes etc.  Then I try to find news stories that discuss how healthy foods, i.e. salads, kale, fish, fruits, whole grains and legumes can benefit your health and actually help you to live a longer life.

And if all these methods fail me?  I practice my tried and true mantra: everything in moderation.  Then I grab a spoon and head for the Butter Pecan.  But only for a small bowl-the carton’s almost empty anyway!

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The Gift of Health

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

There are people lying in hospital beds all across the nation with only one thought on their minds: I want to get better. They aren’t dreaming about their next vacation, or the coveted, classic car they want to buy (unless it’s a 1965 AC Cobra 427).  They aren’t concerned with trendy clothes, trinkets or the next hot tech gadget.  Their health has become paramount because once all our lesser wants and desires are stripped away; it is by far the most important thing in our lives.

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So why not give the gift of health next time our loved ones have a birthday, graduation, anniversary or other celebration?  It may not be an expensive, classic car, but this gift of health is truly invaluable.

A membership to a gym can be a wonderful gift for a new retiree and a series of yoga classes an inventive idea for a wedding shower.  Instead of sending flowers or a box of chocolates for a special occasion, send a funny card with a gift certificate to an upscale health food store, or make a present of items from a specialty online vitamin/supplement resource.

This kind of gift can be a luxury for those who may feel they can’t afford to be proactive about their health right now.  It will also show how much you care about your friends and family and their continued good health.

And besides, you can always send a little chocolate too!

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Stressless Summer

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

We’ve all had days like these.  You’ve slept poorly all night only to finally catch some zzz’s in the wee hours of the morning, then you sleep right through your alarm and realize you’re going to be late for that very important meeting.  And you’re out of coffee.  And you can’t find your keys.  You pray that there is just enough time to stop at the cafe on the corner.  Then you head outside.   To discover that your car is not in the driveway.  In fact, it’s nowhere to be found.  It’s days like these where a rewind button would really come in handy.

Stress is everywhere.  Even if your car didn’t go missing, every day stress can be very hard on our bodies.  Stress is thought to adversely affect blood pressure levels, and can even lead to heart problems and other health complications.  Stress can make us moody, cranky, sleepy and unproductive.  It can compromise our immune systems, make us depressed, sluggish and irritable.

And the busier and more stressed out we are, the more likely we are to get sick.  Then we miss work and fall behind thus piling on even more stress in our lives.  Stress can proliferate and is often cyclical, weighing us down and making us feel like we’ll never catch up.

But we can fight back.  Healthy activities like exercise, yoga or meditation can help mitigate the stress in our lives and promote better sleep patterns.  What we eat can also play a part.  It is thought that certain foods like cereals, whole grains, fish, spinach and milk can help to keep the stress hormone, Cortisol, in check.  And there are also some natural supplements available that can soothe our moods, help anxiety levels and even encourage us to relax.  A little TLC can go a long way to enhance our moods and our overall health.

So stretch out in a hammock with the soft breeze blowing and count the clouds as they roll by.  And be kind to yourself.  It’s time to slow life down-just for a little while.

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