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Change Your Approach to Breakfast to Lose Weight

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Change Your Approach to Breakfast to Lose Weight

It’s often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but if you’re trying to lose weight, you might be starting your daily efforts off on the wrong foot. Many commonly enjoyed breakfast foods and drinks are not only unhealthy, but they’re also not conducive to weight loss. This can mean that, even if you exercise daily, your choice of breakfast could be sabotaging your efforts. Fortunately, by making some simple changes to your breakfast routine, you can reduce your intake of calories, avoid food cravings throughout the day, and work toward reaching your goal of losing weight. Here are some changes to make. Don’t Drink Anything With Calories Changing your approach to drinking can be beneficial as you work toward losing weight. Many people drink a glass of juice in the morning, but even if the juice doesn’t contain any added sugar, it will be packed with calories. Other people consume tea or coffee; on their own, these products are low in calories, but when you add milk and sugar, they instantly become significant calorie sources. You’re better off having a glass of water. It will provide you with hydration to replenish your body, and it doesn’t contain any calories. Add More Fiber Fiber is a valuable addition to the diet of anyone who wishes to lose weight. Although often primarily seen as a digestive aid, fiber also can be an ally in weight loss because it makes you feel fuller. When you consume fiber with breakfast, you’ll hopefully feel full enough that you won’t be tempted to reach for a snack midway through the morning. You can get fiber through whole-grain cereal, but make sure that you buy a product that is low in added sugar; ideally, you should aim for a cereal without any added sugar. You can then improve the flavor by mixing some berries in with your bowl. This is doubly effective, given that berries are also high in fiber. Stay Away From Carbs High-carb breakfast foods, such as bagels, toast, and muffins, can definitely be satisfying. However, they’ll also spike your blood sugar, which means that you’ll soon be craving more sweets. This can mean that you won’t be able to pass up the box of donuts being passed around once you get to your office. Try to avoid these foods at breakfast time. Instead, focus on getting a fill of protein from things such as seeds, nuts, and high-protein yogurt. Protein is also valuable to help you feel more...

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Are You Suffering From Allergies?

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Are You Suffering From Allergies?

As you are probably already aware, people can be allergic to all kinds of things. The things they are allergic to, known as allergens, can cause adverse allergic reactions in people who suffer from allergies. Fortunately, though, being aware that you have an allergy can help you to avoid allergens and, thus, feel much better. Sadly, though, many people suffer from allergies without realizing it, and, if left untreated, their allergies only tend to get worse with time. For this reason, it is important to be aware of some of the warning signs that you could be suffering from allergies. That way, if you notice these signs in yourself, you can visit a doctor for allergy testing and, if it turns out you do have allergies, you can discuss possible solutions with your doctor. You Have an Adverse Reaction to Specific Foods Food allergies are one of the most common types of allergies. They can occur in young children, or they can develop suddenly in adults. In fact, it is possible to not have an allergy to food one day and to have an allergy the next time you eat the food! Allergies can develop suddenly, and they can also go from mild to severe quite quickly. As such, if you experience discomfort, swelling, itching, or other problems when you eat a specific food, then you should be tested for allergies. People are commonly allergic to foods like peanuts, shellfish, and certain fruits or vegetables, but you can develop an allergy to just about any food, and it can be life-threatening. Thus, do not take chances. Get tested for a food allergy if you experience any potential warning signs. Itchy Eyes and Throat Another indicator that you may be struggling with allergies is if you experience running, itchy eyes and/or an itchy throat. When these symptoms come out of nowhere and are not being caused by sickness or other problems, they could indicate the presence of allergies. You might be allergic to pollen, pet dander, dust, or a wide range of other substances. The key, though, is to determine what you are allergic to through allergy testing so that you can successfully treat your allergies. As you can see, allergies are not something to play around with. So, if you have any of these warning signs or other odd symptoms that you suspect may be due to allergies, do not waste any time in getting tested and treated! Contact a company like Dino Peds to learn...

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How to Treat Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia With Surgery

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Treat Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia With Surgery

If your child is born with a diaphragmatic hernia, then you should be concerned. This condition makes it hard for a baby to breathe after birth. If your baby cannot take in enough oxygen, then it is going to be hard for him or her to stay healthy. Your child is going to have problems with the development of his or her lungs, digestive system and heart. Read on to find out how surgery can improve your child’s condition.   What is Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia? A diaphragmatic hernia is a birth defect that causes an abnormal opening in your diaphragm. Your diaphragm is the muscle located between your stomach and chest. It helps you to breathe.   This abnormal opening allows organs like your liver, spleen, intestines and stomach to travel into your chest cavity. Your chest cavity houses your lungs. The displacement of these organs affects how your lungs grow and develop.   What Are The Symptoms? This condition shows up soon after your baby is born. Common symptoms include fast breathing, difficulty breathing, fast heart rate, concave abdomen, cyanosis and one side of the chest may be larger than the other. Congenital diaphragmatic hernia also acts like other diseases that causes problems with how your baby breathes.   How Is This Condition Treated?  Before surgery can be done, your doctor must increase your child’s oxygen levels and stabilize his or her breathing. The stabilization process starts by inserting a tube through the mouth into your baby’s trachea. This tube is connected to a breathing machine, which stabilizes your child’s breathing.  After your baby’s breathing, has improved, the next step is to repair the diaphragmatic hernia through surgery. A diaphragmatic hernia surgery consists of moving the intestines, stomach, spleen and liver back to their proper positions. The hole in your diaphragm is also closed. This surgery is usually done within 24 to 48 hours after the delivery of your baby.   What Happens After Surgery? Your baby must stay in the neonatal intensive care unit for a while. His or her lungs are still under developed. For this reason, your baby will be on breathing support.  Most children can live a normal life after the surgery. Your child also may continue to have lung problems and other medical concerns. It is important that you take your child for follow-up appointments to make sure he or she is healing properly. Your child would also benefit from being under the care of a specialist. For more information, contact a business such as Surgery  Group...

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5 Ways To Stay Healthy When You Work With Kids

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Ways To Stay Healthy When You Work With Kids

If you work with young kids all day in a school or daycare setting, you are going to be exposed directly to more germs than other professions. Young children touch everything and touch you, which can result in the rapid spread of germs. Additionally, working with young children can be highly stressful, which can compromise your immune system. Here are five tips that will help you stay healthy throughout the winter as you work with and around young children.  #1 Get In Your Breakfast You probably encourage your students to eat a healthy breakfast so they are ready to learn. The same goes for you; you need to eat a healthy breakfast so you have the energy to start your day. Eating breakfast will also help build up your immune system.  If you find it difficult to fit breakfast into your daily routine, make it easy on yourself. You can make breakfast casserole muffins that you can grab and go on the way out the door, or pre-made oatmeal or yogurt and fruit dishes. These are all easy ways that you can enjoy a great breakfast without a lot of effort.  #2 Pack Healthy Snacks In order to keep your energy up throughout the day, you need to make sure that you are getting the right type of energy. Don’t resort to junk food or whatever comes out of the vending machine at your school. Instead, pack snacks ahead of time to take with you to school. Some great, easy to eat and prepared snacks include nuts and trail mixes, dried fruit, cut up fresh fruit and vegetables, and cheese sticks. These are all easy to eat snacks that will provide you with the energy and vitamins that your body needs in order to get through the day and fight off illness.  #3 Keep Your Classroom Clean Do not rely on your janitor to keep your classroom clean. Fight back and take steps on your own to keep your classroom clean. Spray down and wipe off all of your countertops, tables, and work surfaces with a bleach water solution. You’ll want to wipe down these surfaces at the end of each day.  You are going to also want to wipe down areas that you use frequently throughout the day. For example, if you have a table where you teach a small group, you’ll want to wipe down that table between each small group.  You should also wash your hands as much as possible and use hand sanitizer when you can. Teach and enlist your students in keeping your classroom clean. Encourage them to wash their hands, let them use hand sanitizer, and teach them how to hide their coughs and sneezes.  #4 Take A Break Stress can really have a negative impact on your ability to stay healthy. You need to manage your stress levels if you want to be able to fight back against any germs that you may encounter. When you can, take tiny mental breaks during the day where your breathe and relax. Figure out what triggers your stress at work, and work to reduce those triggers. Eat your lunch somewhere where you are able to relax that doesn’t add to your stress, be it the break room, your car, or a nearby bench.  #5 Get...

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Arthritis: What’s Causing Your Unexplained Toe Pain?

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Arthritis: What’s Causing Your Unexplained Toe Pain?

When your feet ache or feel sore, it’s most likely due to standing on your feet all day. But if your toes hurt, you may wonder why and what you can do about it. Toe pain can occur from several things, including wearing tight shoes that pinch your toes. Your toes may also hurt if you have arthritis in their joints. Here’s what you should know about arthritic toe pain and what you can do to treat it.   How Does Arthritis Affect Your Toes? Arthritis is a disease that can affect any body tissue with joints, including your feet and toes. There are different types of arthritis that develops in the feet, including rheumatoid (RA) and gout. RA develops when your immune system attacks the tissues that cover or line your joints. Your toes tend to curl and stiffen up from RA, as well as develop growths called bunions on their skin. Gout occurs when special acids deposit on your joints. When gout develops in your feet, it tends to show up in the great toe first before moving to other tissues. Your big toes swell up and become very painful over time. Because gout can enlarge your great toe, you can have problems wearing shoes and socks comfortably. To find out if you have arthritis in your toes, see a pain management specialist.  How Do You Treat Your Toe Pain? Before a pain management doctor checks you for arthritis, they may examine your toes to see if they have any injuries that can cause pain, such as torn ligaments or bone fractures. Some injuries can develop in the thick tissues situated deep within your feet and affect your toe joints by spreading inflammation to them. Plantar fasciitis is one condition that could potentially affect your toes. Taking pain medications and wearing protective shoe inserts may ease plantar fasciitis discomfort. Other injuries can develop in the tiny joints of the toes, such as cracks and breaks. To repair the damage, a doctor may splint the injured toe to help it heal.  If a doctor doesn’t find the problems mentioned above, they can check you for arthritis. A doctor may use X-rays to see if your joints look disjointed, misshapen or inflamed. If you have arthritis in your toes, you may take anti-inflammatory medications to treat them. Soaking your feet in warm water may help ease the discomfort at home. If none of these treatments work, surgery may be an option to correct or stabilize your joints. For more information about your toe pain, contact a pain management specialist or visit this page...

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How Annual Eye Exams Find Brain Tumors And Vertigo

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Annual Eye Exams Find Brain Tumors And Vertigo

Eye exams are important for the overall health of your eyes and the ability to see well. However, eye exams can find other diseases and disorders in the body too. High blood pressure and diabetes are just two of the well-known diseases/disorders of the body found via the blood vessels in your eyes. Brain tumors and vertigo are also often discovered by eye exams. Here is how. Turning Your Head to Check Peripheral Vision Part of your eye exam may involve turning your head to check your peripheral vision or following an object with just your eyes. During this test, if you suddenly feel dizzy and have to stop, your eye doctor may recommend that you see your general physician regarding a condition known as vertigo. This is a balance disorder, often brought on by a change in the position of your eyes, ears and head, and it can deeply affect your ability to see, hear, stand, balance, drive, etc. If you have vertigo, the next step would be to find out why. Nystagmus During your eye exam, your doctor may also note jerking or abnormal eye movements known as nystagmus. These awkward eye movements are not normal, and can indicate that something is quite off inside your head or brain. Nystagmus is a sign that you are having trouble with your otic and/or optic nerves, and there may be a brain tumor present. Best case scenario is that you just have bioelectric impulses misfiring. Worst case scenario is that you are either having mini-strokes or that there is one or more tumors causing these abnormal optic eye movements. A brain scan can quickly confirm or deny the presence of a tumor or stroke, in addition to any other abnormalities of the brain. When Your Eye Doctor Suggests You See Your General Physician Because your eye doctor does not want to send you into panic mode unnecessarily, he or she will simply request that you see your general physician as soon as you are able. He/she may also fax over a request to your doctor to have certain tests done to rule out other possible physical causes of vertigo and nystagmus. Take your eye doctor seriously when he/she makes these requests and suggests that you should see your doctor. Otherwise you may find yourself in a medically and financially dangerous position if something more serious is going on inside your head and/or...

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Tips for Living with AFib

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips for Living with AFib

A diagnosis of AFib (atrial fibrillation) means that you have a form of heart arrhythmia caused by electrical misfires within the atriums of the heart. The result is fluttering sensations and racing heartbeats, which can affect both your peace of mind and your stamina. Fortunately, the condition can be managed so that there is minimal impact on your daily life. The following tips can help. Treat companion conditions AFib symptoms can become more severe if other conditions aren’t properly treated. For many, high blood pressure, diabetes, and thyroid conditions go hand-in-hand with an AFib diagnosis. If this is your situation, you can help lessen the AFib symptoms by following through on your prescribed treatment plans for the companion conditions. This means following dietary restrictions and taking medications as directed by your doctor. Skip common triggers Certain behaviors can trigger an AFib episode. These include consumption of too much alcohol or caffeine, tobacco use, use of stimulants, and missing sleep. It’s best to abstain from the common triggers, but, if you must partake, do so with moderation so that you are less likely to aggravate your condition. Continue to exercise It’s tempting to give up exercise since exertion can lead to serious fatigue or even an AFib episode. Unfortunately, the temporary relief of a sedentary lifestyle is far outweighed by the long term effects. Instead, work with your medical professional to develop a low-impact exercise routine that doesn’t over-exert your heart but still provides you with cardiovascular benefits. Walking, yoga, and swimming are a few options that tend to work well for those with AFib. It’s important that you consult with your doctor before beginning any new exercise, since you need to make sure to approach it in a manner that doesn’t aggravate your AFib. Change up your diet A healthy diet will increase overall heart health. Although this won’t cure AFib, it can result in fewer or less intense episodes. Proper diet will also help you avoid many of the companion health conditions that can complicate your AFib. Plenty of vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins, with a moderate amount of whole grains, is the best way to eat for overall heart health. Avoid added sugar, high-sodium foods, and fats. You can work with a dietitian or your doctor to develop an eating plan that leaves you feeling satisfied without any feelings of deprivation. For more help, talk with a heart doctor at hospitals like Barnes-Jewish St. Peters...

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Teaching Your Child to Care for Hearing Aids

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Teaching Your Child to Care for Hearing Aids

Getting hearing aids is a big step for a child with hearing impairment, and teaching your child how to care for his or her hearing aids will help to keep them working properly. Use this guide to help your child adjust to daily life with hearing aids and to keep the hearing aids in great working condition. Establish a Routine Remembering to put the hearing aids in every day may be difficult at first. Making them part of your child’s daily dressing routine can help your child remember to wear the hearing aids every day. Have your child put the hearing aids in after putting his or her clothes on, and consider placing a flash card with a picture of hearing aids on your child’s closet or dresser as a gentle reminder. Store Hearing Aids in a Safe Place Hearing aids are small, and they can be lost easily. They can also pose a choking hazard for your child’s younger siblings or pets. Place a container on your child’s nightstand or dresser so he or she can put them away before bedtime. The container should be one with a lid or top that closes and therefore can prevent the hearing aids from getting lost. This container can also be placed in your child’s backpack so he or she can store the hearing aids safely when participating in swimming or other activities that might damage them. Place a Reminder in the Bathroom Hearing aids can’t be worn in the bath or shower, but your child may have a difficult time remembering this at first. Consider placing a flashcard or note on the wall next to the bathtub reminding your child to check his or her ears to make sure the hearing aids have been taken out. This can prevent the hearing aids from becoming damaged by water. Keep a Supply of Batteries Hearing-aid batteries are an important part of keeping hearing aids maintained. Keep a supply of backup batteries on hand, and teach your child how to change the batteries. Your child should be able to change them when in school or away from home, so keep a package of them in your child’s backpack. Remember that hearing-aid batteries can cause injuries if swallowed, so they should be kept out of the reach of young children and pets. Work with your child’s doctor and audiologist to ensure your child is old enough to handle the batteries, and find a safe place to store them away from younger siblings and animals. Once your child has gotten into the routine of wearing and caring for hearing aids, he or she will be on the road to better hearing and communication with the outside world. Be sure to ask the audiologist any questions you have about caring for your child’s hearing aids. You can also consult a hearing-aid company such as County Hearing And...

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Overwhelmed with Health Information? A Healthy Living Program Can Help

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Overwhelmed with Health Information? A Healthy Living Program Can Help

Today, many people are concerned about their health. Some people have health issues, and others want to reduce the chances of their getting certain diseases or conditions. There is so much information that many people get overwhelmed, and that is why it is sensible to choose a reliable source and follow recommendations. The following are a few ways that enrollment in a healthy-living program, such as one at Longevity Medical Clinic, can help. Learn how to select healthy foods. These programs can help you to learn more than the standard advice, which is to eat an abundance of fruits and vegetables. Some programs teach people how to prepare nutritious meals. You may also learn which foods offer which nutrients. Perhaps you are a person who is concerned about food safety. A program that covers genetically modified foods and the use of antibiotics in some poultry and livestock could be beneficial. For example, the program might detail risks associated with consuming these foods as well as sourcing foods that do not contain these.  Understand the benefits of exercise. You may have heard that a healthy diet alone is not enough. Perhaps you are not overweight, and you may go weeks at a time without exercising. Enrolling in a program can help you to understand why exercise is good for more than weight management. For example, exercise may reduce the risk of individuals developing cardiovascular diseases. These programs may also offer exercise routines that fit your lifestyle and health goals.  Learn how to take care of yourself if you have existing diseases or conditions. If you have been diagnosed with a disease or condition, you need to know how to take care of yourself. Doctors may give you input, but some people find the information given to them vague. Others get frustrated with the process or feel alone. A healthy lifestyle program can help you identify ways to monitor your condition. It can also serve as a platform to get you connected with others who have the same disease or condition. There may be local support groups or online communities that can get you connected with others. Perhaps you have loved ones who are sick, and these programs can also teach you how to care for them. There are a number of healthy lifestyle programs available. Some offer reading material only. Others may offer perks such as personal coaching. Some programs may charge membership fees, and many have free options as well as trial periods to ensure that people like you can see enrollment benefits prior to paid...

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Living With Multiple Sclerosis: Four Ways To Modify Your Home

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Living With Multiple Sclerosis: Four Ways To Modify Your Home

Multiple sclerosis can affect your mobility, coordination, balance and your ability to handle daily living functions on your own. While symptoms may be mild at first, they can become more pronounced over time. Adapting your home to make daily living easier can help you to maintain your sense of independence. There are many different things you can do to improve your house or apartment to make it more comfortable for you as you learn to live with MS. Overcome Stair Obstacles Stairs may become difficult to negotiate over time, so consider moving items you need every day, such as clothing and personal toiletry items, to the first floor. If your bedroom is on the second floor of your home, consider turning a room on the first floor into a bedroom. For homes with all of the bedrooms and bathrooms on the second floor, you may want to consider investing in a stairlift. These are chairs that glide on a rail along your staircase, moving you from one floor to the other. Stairlifts essentially serve the purpose of an elevator without the major renovations that would be needed to install an elevator in your home. Be sure to look for a model with a seat belt or harness to keep you secure as you move from one floor to another. If your home has both a second floor and a basement, you may want to consider adding a stairlift to both staircases. Install Stylish Grab Bars  Adapting your home doesn’t mean you have to make it look like a hospital or nursing home. You can have attractive wooden grab bars or railings installed throughout your home to help you walk from room to room. Work with a contractor to find sturdy wood railing options, and be sure he or she knows the railings will need to be secure enough to hold your weight as you steady yourself on them. Grab bars should be installed in hallways, bathrooms and even along the walls in your bedroom to support your ability to move freely throughout your home. Re-Think Your Floor Coverings Carpeting can be difficult to move a walker or wheelchair across, particularly if the carpet pile is high. Consider switching to hardwood or tile flooring for better mobility. If you don’t want to part with carpet, consider having indoor/outdoor carpeting with a low pile height installed. If you use area rugs in your home, consider adding a nonstick backing to the bottom of the rugs to prevent them from bunching up, which can cause a tripping hazard. Make Your Main Living Area Convenient Whether you spend the bulk of your day in your living room or bedroom, consider placing the items you need throughout the day in your main living area. Keep a small mini-fridge next to your bed or armchair so you don’t have to go to the kitchen for a snack or beverage. Keep a cordless telephone on a table next to you, and hang a remote control holder on your bed or chair to provide access to remotes and personal electronics. These steps will prevent you from having to walk on days when you feel weak or dizzy. Look at the way your home is currently laid out, and consider the different areas of the home that are...

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