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Increase your intake of iron, calcium: 5 tips for healthy nails

Increase your intake of iron, calcium and massage your nails with olive oil to keep your nails healthy, say experts.

Ishika Taneja, Executive Director Alps Group, and Ragini Mehra, founder, Beauty Source, list down some tips to keep nails healthy. Follow these on a regular basis, and we’re sure you shall have healthy, shiny nails in no time!

1. Continuous applications of nail polish make nails go dull. Rub lemon at least thrice in a week to get rid of yellowness.

2. You can also massage your nails every alternative day for about three to five minutes with olive or coconut oil to add moisture to them. Repeat the process and you’ll restore shine within a few days.

3. Nails tend to get dry when exposed to water repeatedly. So, to lock in the natural moisture of the nails, simply massage your nails with any good quality oil every day to prevent your nails from getting dry and brittle. You can apply lukewarm oil and leave overnight. It softens the nails and cuticles and moisturise your hands.

4. Increase your intake of iron, calcium, zinc, and vitamins A, C, D and E. All these nutrients are essential for healthy and shiny nails. One of the most common items that has all these ingredients is yogurt. Also, eat foods rich in protein to give your nails the essential strength, health, and shine because nails are made up of the structural proteins known as keratin.

5. Practice good nail hygiene. Keep fingernails dry and clean. Avoid using chemicals on your nails.

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Eye health officials share tips for safely viewing eclipse in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — Those wanting to view the 91 percent eclipse in Utah on Monday should do so with caution, said Dr. Jeff Pettey, Moran Eye Center ophthalmologist.

Looking directly at the sun without proper eye protection can cause permanent vision damage, Pettey said. He compared the potential damage to the blurry vision caused by looking at a flash when a photo is taken — only permanent.

Pettey suggested thinking about the eye as a magnifying glass.

“All the light coming into the pupil is going to focus on one point in the back of the eye, and that’s the point where you see this damage,” he said. “The intensity of all the light’s rays (is) focused on that one spot, and that’s where the tissue damage occurs.”

But there are precautions Utahns can take to avoid that potential damage without buying special glasses, Pettey and Clark Planetarium Director Seth Jarvis told reporters Tuesday at the planetarium.

The easiest and most affordable option, Jarvis said, is called a “pinhole projection,” which lets sunlight pass through a small opening — like a hole punched in a piece of cardboard or an index card — and projects an image of the sun onto a flat, blank surface.

Eclipse watchers also can use tree leaves, crackers or other objects with small holes in them to project sunlight onto a surface, he said.

“There’s suddenly a million pinhole projectors through nature,” Jarvis said.

Utahns who want to look directly at the sun to view the eclipse should use ISO-certified glasses, Jarvis and Pettey said.

Unfortunately, Jarvis said, counterfeit glasses are being sold on the internet without actually being ISO certified.

“Anybody that knows how to run a printing press … can print whatever they want,” he said, which is why it’s important for those buying glasses to look for more than the ISO logo.

The best way to make sure glasses are safe for the eclipse is to look for the manufacturer’s name and contact information on the glasses or packaging material, Jarvis said.

“There’s no way of knowing whether these glasses are passing through harmful levels of infrared radiation, which is going to bake your eye,” he said. “If the glasses are anonymous, I would chuck them.”

The Moran Eye Center this week issued a recall on glasses it was originally selling. Now, the University of Utah eye clinic is carrying glasses manufactured by Lunt Solar Systems, emblazoned with the Clark Planetarium logo.

“What we’re asking of people is to not use any pair of glasses that they have received from Moran Eye Center unless they have the Clark Planetarium label,” said Elizabeth Neff, spokeswoman for the center. “Your vision is precious, and it’s just not something to take a risk with.”

Jarvis said he encourages everyone to take advantage of the near total eclipse on the Wasatch Front, an event he said will not occur again until 2045.

“We want you to pay attention to this wonder of nature, this celestial show of the moon passing in front of the sun,” he said. “It’s pretty cool stuff.”

In addition to Lunt Solar Systems, reputable companies selling eclipse glasses include American Paper Optics, Celestron, DayStar, Explore Scientific, Halo Solar Eclipse Spectacles, Meade Instruments, Rainbow Symphony, Seymour Solar and Thousand Oaks Optical, Jarvis said.

Clark Planetarium is selling the glasses for $2, though Jarvis expects to be sold out by Thursday.

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Follow these health, travel tips for safe Haj

International SOS and Control Risks has issued travel, health and safety tips for Haj travellers. And paying heed to them will really help.

Around 2 million foreign and domestic pilgrims are expected to perform their religious duties in Mecca between August 30 and September 4. Many of them will also be travelling to Medina in the weeks before and after the pilgrimage.

Local authorities have been bracing for the busy period. Transportation and other facilities have been put in place for the pilgrims.

James Bird, regional security manager at International SOS and Control Risks in Dubai, says: “Every year, we help members from around the world to prepare for Haj. We remind those familiar with travel to Saudi Arabia that this will be an unusually busy period with potential travel delays, and we advise them to anticipate heightened security at transport hubs and increased congestion on certain overland travel routes.”

He adds, “We also reassure first-time travellers that the local authorities are very well prepared to manage the influx of pilgrims – mainly through the designated Haj terminal at King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED) – and that they should always comply with legal, religious and cultural conventions throughout their time in the Kingdom.”

International SOS and Control Risks advises travellers to reconfirm appointments, accommodation and travel arrangements during the busy Hajj and Eid Al Adha period, to minimise any inconvenience due to increased demand. The official Eid Al Adha holiday is expected to take place between August 31 and September 3, during which government offices, banks and other businesses will be closed, the release says.

International SOS also issues health tips each year, to help travellers during their stay in the holy city.

Dr Issam Badaoui, medical director of assistance at International SOS in Dubai, says,”Over the past few weeks, we have been helping members preparing for Haj to stay on top of all vaccination requirements and health tips.”

All pilgrims have to present proof of the quadrivalent meningitis vaccination, and those from exposed countries should show proof of yellow fever and polio vaccinations. It is also highly recommended that travellers get a seasonal flu shot and ensure all other routine vaccinations are up to date before travelling for Haj.

Pilgrims should seek medical attention if they develop moderate-to-severe respiratory issues within two weeks of leaving the Kingdom, preferably by contacting medical institutions before visiting them in person, the International SOS points out.

Dr Badaoui adds: “To avoid the spread of bacteria or infections, pilgrims are advised to keep some distance from sick people and maintain a high degree of personal hygiene. Remember to choose clean, well-cooked food and safe beverages, including bottled water and pasteurised milk. Also, take measures to stay hydrated and cool to avoid heat-related illnesses.”

Pilgrims have also been advised to avoid contact with animals, especially camels and their products, and to protect against mosquito bites by using effective repellent and wearing protective clothing.

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Cardiovascular disease symptoms – tips to stop the heart ageing …


Taking natural food supplements – known as ’nutraceuticals’ which mimc some of the effects of exercise and eating a healthy diet.


Compounds such as prebiotics which can improve function and health of the gut microbiotica.

Heat therapy

Passive heat therapy – having a hot bath could help people burn calories faster and even lower blood sugar 

Heart disease risk can increase if patient have high blood pressure, are smokers, have high cholesterol, diabetes or are inactive.

Being overweight or obese is also a risk factor.

Dr Douglas Seals, is set to present ‘Strategies for Optimal Cardiovascular Ageing’ at the Cardiovascular Ageing: New Frontiers and Old Friends conference this week.

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Back-to-school tips for children and parents

As millions of children, and their parents, prepare for the start of a new school year, parenting expert Ericka Souter opened up about her top tips for what both can do to be physically and emotionally prepared.

Here are her top tips for kick-starting a successful school year:

1. Ease back into a healthy bedtime routine

Souter, an editor of the popular parenting site, told ABC News that she recommends easing back into the routine of waking up early for school starting at least two weeks before the actual first day of school. Souter also advises parents to wake up late sleepers a little earlier each day as summer vacation comes to an end.

Souter explained that if children have been staying up late every night in the summer, it will not be easy going to sleep early the night before school starts.

Routines are key for children, especially when it comes to sleep, Souter adds. Enforcing an hour of quiet time before bed, which includes a no-electronics rule, can help children get into a healthy bedtime routine, according to Souter. She suggests reading as a good way to help children wind down without using their devices.

Souter also recommends giving children their own alarm clock, and giving them more responsibility when it comes to going to bed on time.

2. Start on summer homework ahead of time

Easing back into your schoolwork can also be a great way to prepare before the start of a new school year. Souter recommends starting on a packet of summer homework well before the first day of school, and if your child’s school does not give out summer homework, to buy workbooks or even use educational apps as a refresher before going back to school full-time.

3. Keep a family calendar

Keeping everyone’s schedules straight can also be a difficult task for parents, so Souter recommends staying organized by using a shared family calendar with everyone’s assignments, practices and appointments in one place. She also recommends making a morning “to-do” list everyday to avoid going mad if you try to keep track of everything in your head.

Having a central calendar that everyone shares can also reduce confusion for the whole family, Souter says. While a classic paper calendar will do, many families also opt to use a shared Google calendar.

4. Set goals for the school year — other than good grades

Finally, to kickstart a successful new school year, Souter recommends setting goals other than getting good grades.

Other goals you can set for school-age children include doing daily chores and household responsibilities, such as clearing dishes from the table, taking out the trash and brushing your teeth before school, according to Souter.

Souter recommends using an incentive-based based program, with rewards, to encourage children to do their chores and other household responsibilities.

Souter says she uses a Garmin Vivofit Jr. activity tracker for her son, which is similar to a FitBit except for children, and keeps track of activities and chores that children do. Parents can add points using an app when a child completes a chore, and then children can cash out the points for a reward such as extra play dates or more iPad time.

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3 Back-to-School Health and Safety Tips

The start of the school year can be an exciting and stressful time for families.  Pharmacists can be a great resource for families to ensure that they are educated regarding various health and safety issues.  Check out these 3 back-to-school health and safety tips.

  1. Children and teens should be up-to-date on vaccines.

It is important to educate parents that vaccines are the best way to protect children and teens from 16 harmful diseases.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children and teens receive the following vaccines:1

           4-6 years of age:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP)
  • Polio (IPV)
  • Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Annual influenza vaccine

            7-10 years of age:

  • Annual influenza vaccine
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine can be given as early as 9 years but is generally recommended for children 11-12 years of age

            11-12 years of age:

  • Meningococcal conjugate vaccine
  • HPV vaccine
  • Tdap vaccine
  • Annual influenza vaccine

           13-18 years of age:

  • Annual influenza vaccine
  • Meningococcal conjugate vaccine
  • Serogroup B meningococcal vaccine
  1. Develop a good sleep schedule.

It is important to educate parents on the health benefits of adequate sleep for their children. Inadequate sleep is common among high school students and is associated with various adverse health risks including obesity, smoking tobacco, drinking alcohol, and poor academic performance. Studies have also demonstrated that early school start times contribute to inadequate sleep among middle and high school students.2-4  The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that schools should have start times after 8:30 am to allow students the opportunity to sleep 8.5-9.5 hours each night.4 Educate parents to set a consistent bedtime for their children.  Also, parents should encourage children to turn off all electronic devices prior to bedtime.

  1. Prevent edible marijuana poisoning among children.

Since marijuana is now legal for medical or recreational use in more than half of US states, it is important for pharmacists to educate parents regarding the risk of accidental poisoning.5 Parents should be aware that these products may be at schools or parties, and children should be educated about the adverse effects of ingesting these products. Overdose effects can be severe especially in young children and may include altered perception, anxiety, panic, paranoia, dizziness, weakness, slurred speech, poor coordination, apnea, and cardiovascular problems. 
Marijuana edibles often resemble regular sweets, and popular products include baked goods such as cookies and brownies, chocolate bars, gummy candies, and sweetened beverages like sodas and lemonade.  Pharmacists should discuss that these products should be stored locked away and out of reach from children.  Alarmingly, a single marijuana cookie or candy bar can contain several times the recommended adult dose of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).  Edible marijuana products have an effect within 30-60 minutes after being ingested and absorbed by the digestive system, with a peak effect 3-4 hours after being eaten.5 

Pharmacists can help ensure that children and teens have a healthy and safe school year.


  1. For parents:  vaccines for your children.  CDC website.  Accessed August 11, 2017.
  2. Back-to-school tips.  AAP website.  Accessed August 12, 2017.
  3. Schools start too early.  CDC website.  Accessed August 12, 2017.
  4. Adolescent Sleep Working Group and Committee on Adolescence, and Council on School Health.  School start times for adolescents.  Pediatr.  2014;134:642-649.
  5. Ryan SA, Ammerman SD.  AAP Committee on Substance Use and Prevention.  Counseling parents and teens about marijuana use in the era of legalization of marijuana.  Pediatr.  2017;139(3):e20164069.

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Six tips to stay on track with healthy eating in the workplace, according to Roz Purcell

Roz says: “Working in an office environment, it can be tough to stay healthy. You’re not at home, you’re not in control. You have all these other people around you causing a serious amount of temptation. Whether that’s John who comes up to your desk at 3pm who has had two biscuits so he wants to make himself feel better so he asks you do you want some.

“You have to be very strong and have very good willpower.

“I think we just have to learn to say ‘No’. When your colleague comes up to you and goes, ‘Oh leave your tubberware and let’s go out for lunch’, say, ‘No’

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Five tips to keep in mind when considering your health

Five Tips for your health to keep in mind!

  • Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It jumpstarts your metabolism. Contrary to what many people believe it is not beneficial for you to skip breakfast, or lunch just so you don’t consume the extra calories. Instead, this causes your body to be unsure when the next meal is coming and holds on to what you put in your body instead of burning that as fuel for energy.
  • Small, frequent meals are the best way to aid in weight loss. This increases your metabolism and keeps your body burning foods as fuel throughout the day.
  • Portion control is one of the most difficult concepts to achieve. The American diet today has focused on bang for your buck, although this is not always the healthy option. It is important to focus on cutting costs where possible, but save the other half of your lasagna, or pasta from that Italian restaurant for lunch tomorrow. A large consumption of carbs at one time leads to a crash shortly after eating them, and this makes you tired and sluggish.
  • Substitute unhealthy foods with healthy foods. Small changes, such as cutting out sugary drinks like coca cola, sugary coffee drinks, and juices can aide in weight loss. Instead, substitute with fruits that have a high level of antioxidants, such as berries, apples, peaches, mangos, or melons. Antioxidants aide in offsetting the harmful effects of free radicals in the body, which cause cancer, atherosclerosis, and other conditions.
  • Perform at least one healthy activity per day. Please do not use the excuse that you “do not have time.” I will kindly say, EVERYONE has time for their health. I challenge you to wake up twenty minutes earlier than you normally would and perform the following exercise for one week.

Perform this exercise 3 times continuously: 20 squats, 10 lunges per leg while standing in place, 20 jumping jacks, 10 sit ups, and 1 minute jog while standing in place. Get your heart rate up, and you’ll be glad you did it! Not only does physical activity raise your metabolism and assist in weight loss, but it also reduces stress, anxiety, depression, and improves your mood.

Rachel is a health enthusiast, that has competed in bodybuilding competitions over the last four years, and continually helps people reach their goals. Taking a break from bodybuilding, she’s now solely focused on training classes, meal planning, and helping her clients build a better lifestyle.

Rachel is also a Registered Nurse, and has a passion to share her knowledge with others!

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Healthy Travel Tips From Top Chefs – Bloomberg

Consider the life of a chef on the road. Even when they’re not doing “research” for an upcoming project—trips that are essentially designed for overeating and drinking—they’re still likely seeking the best of what got them into the industry in the first place: damn good food. 

Chefs may consume multiple meals a day in search of the best local barbecue, the top fried chicken, the most delicate dumplings. (If they’re researching classic French cuisine, those trips might clock in at around 8,000 calories a day.) It’s equally intense for bartenders who are exploring a new city and its drinking options.

Coincidentally or not, as traveling chefs and bartenders become ever more commonplace, they are increasingly health-conscious.

Notable chefs such as Missy Robbins of Lilia in New York lost 40 pounds by cooking with less butter and saturated fat; in the bartending world, PDT’s Jim Meehan has dropped 15 pounds by eating and drinking more thoughtfully. Sam Anderson, who oversees the drinks at Mission Chinese Food, has become such an avid runner that he’s featured in Adidas AG’s recent running ad campaign.

So what does this mean for mere civilians? Get the best food and drinks you can in the city you’re visiting, these pros say. But when you feel guilty about any over-indulgences, see the tips below.

BYO Coffee

Who Says:  Jim Meehan, bartender/co-owner, PDT in New York

Tip: “I’m on the road every 10 days, with a lot of meetings. When you’re constantly in other time zones, it’s hard to schedule the gym. I travel with coffee—it’s a very important reset button for me, and the quality can vary so drastically, depending on where you are. I drink a cup the morning and at 4 p.m., wherever in the world I am. I used to travel with a French press machine, but it always broke. Now I have the rambler kit from Stumptown. It includes an AeroPress maker and metal cups and Stumptown beans.”


Pack Some Sushi—Then Hit the Bike Lane

Who Says:  Bruce and Eric Bromberg, chef/owners, Blue Ribbon Restaurants

Tip: “When flying, we always try to bring sushi or hand rolls from one of our restaurants. It’s an easy and healthy meal to consume on the plane.” Wherever you’re headed, they recommend picking a hotel with good cycling opportunities—“it’s a sport that is very important to both of us. The key is to find a hotel on the outskirts of town and arrange meetings so that you can fit in a ride early or late in the day. Since flying with a bike can be very cumbersome, we rent from the local bike shop.” Not only will you get a good bike, they’ll always have suggestions for a good 30-plus mile ride, too. 


Restock Your Mini Bar

Who Says: Jin Chong, chef, Bartaco in Reston, Va.

Tip: “When I’m traveling for work, I stock my hotel fridge with kombucha.” The fermented beverage is said to aid digestion and weight loss. “It’s a regular part of my home diet, a big immune system booster. My wife and I make kombucha together with our kids—it’s a big family bonding activity.” Chong also tries to eat small meals throughout the day, so that even if he leaves work late, he’s not hungry enough to “indulge in an excessive meal.”


Stash Protein-Packed Treats

Who Says: Akhtar Nawab, chef/owner, Alta Calidad in Brooklyn and New Punjab Club in Hong Kong (opening soon)

Tip: “Always pack things to snack on to avoid airplane food. Since it’s tough to get real, significant protein on a plane, I usually pack roasted beef jerky that we make (off the menu), plus a crunchy apple, and plant protein powder.” Nawab isn’t the only chef who champions beef jerky: Chef Seamus Mullen, who saved his own life by changing his diet, uses beef jerky as a secret weapon on flights.


Do Running Recon

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Who Says : Sam Anderson, Beverage Director, Mission Chinese Food in New York

Tip: “I always do serious research and map out the place where I’m staying ahead of time and then go for a long run in the new city. Do not rely on the hotel to do it. It’s an amazing way to get the feel for a city, and it also makes you an expert when you go out later with your travel buddies. And never eat hotel food: Find a good local market and load up on fresh fruits, vegetables, and bread—emphasis on the word ‘fresh.’”


Remember the “Easy-to-Eat” Mantra

Who Says: Missy Robbins, chef/owner, Lillia in Brooklyn

Tip: “Eat before you get on a plane. Also bring snacks: Recently, I’ve been packing dried or fresh Granny Smith apples, drinkable yogurt, and dried chickpeas dusted with sea salt—they’re all easy to consume; you don’t have to worry about finding any utensils.”


Do a Boxing-Style Workout

Who Says: Anthony Sasso, Executive Chef, Tapas Bar at La Sirena in New York

Tip: “Invest in a jump rope! I always carry one in my bag.  I’m a big time boxing fan, and jumping rope is a big part of boxers’ training  Honestly, it’s the only sport you can realistically practice in a hotel room.”


Treat the Mini Bar Like a Museum

Who Says: Alex Guarnaschelli, chef, Butter in New York, and judge on Chopped

Tip: “I travel with seaweed sheets, protein bars, and even packs of instant oatmeal. I don’t always eat them, but just having them with me encourages healthier snacking because I know they are there.” That’s not to say Guarnaschelli doesn’t still love a mini bar: “It’s like a mini potato chip and candy playground—but I will only admire it like a museum piece, and then move on with my high-protein snacks.”


Rearrange Hotel Rooms

Who Says: Craig Koketsu, chef/partner, Quality Meats in New York

Tip: “If your hotel gym is not great, make room for an in-room workout. Clear a six- by three-foot area, put on your sneakers, and do the following sequence: 100 jumping jacks, 90 crunches, 80 squats, 70 leg lifts, 60 jumping jacks, 50 crunches, 40 squats, 30 knee extensions, 20 hands up push ups, 10 burpees. Completing this sequence is exactly what stands between me and 5 additional pounds of belly fat after excessive eating and drinking.” Koketsu is also a fan of packing Trader Joe’s Five Seed Almond Bars. “They’re a mix of flax, poppy, sunflower, sesame, and pumpkin seeds. They keep you going. Just make sure to check your teeth before you smile.”


Bring Supplements for Balance

Who Says: Galen Zamarra, chef/owner, Mas in New York

Tip: “When I travel I bring these staples: apple cider vinegar, psyllium husk, and turmeric. These keep my system in sync, especially if I’m in a place where the food and drink is what you would call ‘adventurous.’”

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