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American Red Cross, State Health Department offer tips on flood safety – WDAM

Laurel leaders are still waiting on evidence results in a death investigation in the Windermere Subdivision, and the district attorney is preparing to present the case to a grand jury. 

Article source: http://www.wdam.com/story/35720913/american-red-cross-state-health-department-offer-tips-on-flood-safety

I Went On A Quest For Legit Health Tips At Gwyneth’s Goop Summit

Gwyneth Paltrow used to be best known as an actress, but in the last decade she’s built an even bigger reputation as a health guru. Her newsletter venture, Goop, peddles an enviable lifestyle — travel, fashion, anything that looks gorgeous in photographs — but with a central message of living a clean, healthy life.
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Article source: https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2017/06/i-went-on-a-quest-for-legit-health-tips-at-gwyneths-goop-summit/

Tips for staying healthy this summer

Tips for staying healthy this summer





(POCATELLO, Idaho) KIFI/KIDK – Summertime is almost here and that means people are firing up the grills and heading to the pool. However, there are certain diseases that tend to pop up in the summer months. Below are a few things to watch out for this summer. 

  • Southeastern Idaho Public Health said they see an influx of Cryptosporidium in the summer time. According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, Cryptosporidium is a type of parasite that lives in the intestines of infected humans. While the chlorine in swimming pools can kill a lot of different things, it cannot kill this type of parasite. Swallowing pool water that was contaminated with the parasite could potentially infected a child or an adult. For this reason, Southeastern Idaho Public Health advises that individuals who feel sick or have diarrhea to stay out of the water. And of course, try not to drink any of the pool water.

 

  • Food poisoning and bacteria is another issue that pops up in the summer time. During a picnic or barbeque food tends to get left outside, which promotes bacteria growth. If food has been left out in the heat for four hours or more, it needs to be thrown away according to Michelle Ostler, the senior environmental specialist at Southeastern Idaho Public Health. Ostler said things like campylobacter, ecoli and salmonella could start growing on food left out. 

 

  • Finally, as people wander into the wilderness to camp, ticks and mosquitoes become a concern. These pesky creatures are not only a nuisance but they also carry diseases. Ostler advises to check your hair and body for ticks and use Deet or other EPA approved mosquito repellant. 

 

Article source: http://www.localnews8.com/health/tips-for-staying-healthy-this-summer/555591879

Ramadan Health Tips: body, mind and soul – Emirates 24|7

Every year, millions of Muslims around the world refrain from eating and drinking from sunrise (suhour) to sunset (Iftar); dedicate hours/days to spend time with friends and family; look back; reflect; connect with god/a higher power; and exercise more consciously.

Ramadan is the perfect time for both Muslims and non-Muslims to set themselves for more growth, fulfillment, success, connection, health and wellbeing.

Despite the benefits of fasting we already know, including promoting healthy weight loss and fat breakdown; improving cardiovascular health; positively affecting blood sugar levels; and helping in overcoming addiction, it is worth keeping in mind that the Holy month also affects the body, mind and soul.

Health and wellness experts from Valiant Clinic, share tips on how we can make the most out of the Holy month.

Tips on how to maintain a healthy body in Ramadan

1. Keep your body hydrated: The lack of fluid intake during fasting hours can result in mild dehydration, headaches or fatigue in some people  during the Holy month. It is recommended to ensure to remain hydrated following Iftar, until Suhour – focusing on water intake and staying away from caffeinated/high in sugar beverages including tea, coffee, and sodas.

2. Break your fast withdates: This natural source of energy provides the body with Potassium, Copper, Manganese and Fiber, making it a great food to have after a long fasting day. Avoid over-eating dates, as 2-3 dates are considered one serving of fruit.

3. Eat smart at Iftar and Suhour: make sure to provide a balance between complex carbohydrates, lean protein, and vegetables for your iftar meal. It is recommended to start off with a soup or a salad, and to avoid foods that are fried, and/or are high in fat and sugar such as baked goods, sweets and dishes with creamy sauces.

For Suhour, make sure to have a late meal in order to have a longer lasting energy during the day as suhoor is one of our main sources of fuel during fasting hours. Aim for meals that are high in fiber/protein and low in salt such as oatmeal with low fat milk and berries or boiled eggs with whole wheat bread and vegetables. If you are unable to wake up in the early morning hours, make sure to have your suhoor meal before bedtime.

4. Maintain a regular exercise routine: although it’s not recommended to exercise during fasting hours due to risk of dehydration, fatigue, and in some cases fainting, if that’s the only time that suits your schedule, it is advisable to exercise 30-60 minutes prior to Iftar – to be able to replace the fluids lost at the end of the session.

Ideally, exercising 2 -3 hours after Iftar or before Suhour is recommended. The type and intensity of exercise will depend on the time of planned exercise and on your fitness level. Always listen to your body and make sure not to set unrealistic goals during this holy month.

Tips on how to maintain a health mind in Ramadan

1. Get to know yourself better: dedicate 5-10 focused minutes a day to quieten your mind; reflect on your emotions, choices, experiences, needs, and wants; dive deep into your habits and pinpoint what continues to serve you and what doesn’t anymore. Follow this with a 3-5 minute breathing and relaxation session. This process will allow you to develop awareness – the first step to a sustainable change.

2. Practice gratitude: think about what you’re grateful for; visualize it, as well as anything you wish to attract into your life or want more of; play and re-play that vision in your mind and bring that energy back to your reality. Focus on breathing in the process.

3. Take charge of your mind, mood and life: think about what you don’t want to be, and then focus on what you want to be. Ask yourself what you want to do today/in the near future to make that intention a reality – and act on it.

4. Manage your time well: most of us get less working hours during Ramadan. Use that extra time to set goals; prioritize activities; reflect; connect with god/friends/family; and in growing yourself.

Give your communication and relationships some thought. Apply the four agreements of Don Miguel Ruiz: be impeccable with your words; do not take anything personally; don’t make assumptions; and always do your best.

5. Take care of others: not only is giving important, and not only is it crucial during the Holy month, but it is also a happiness booster. Altruistic behavior is said to release endorphins in the brain, producing the positive feeling known as the “helper’s high.” A wide range of research has linked different forms of generosity to better health, even among the sick and elderly. Giving has been shown to increase health benefits in people with chronic illness, including HIV and multiple sclerosis.

6. End your day on a high: before going to bed, step into mindfulness again. Bring your senses to life, ‘feel’ everything that you do, and reflect on your day. Make sure to be grateful for all that has happened and only aim to be positive to what’s yet to come. Congratulate yourself and switch off.

Article source: http://www.emirates247.com/lifestyle/ramadan-health-tips-body-mind-and-soul-2017-06-20-1.654827

6 expert tips for health and wellness | London Evening Standard

We know what we have to do to stay healthy: watch what we eat and drink, exercise, not smoke. But sometimes the easiest things in life are the hardest to put into practice.

This is why helpful tips for getting – and staying – healthy are always welcome.

Here, top health, fitness and nutritional experts reveal their one piece of health advice to live by.

Use your phone

A smartphone can be a very useful exercising tool. Not only do smartphones have timers if you fancy doing some interval training or seeing how long you can hold a plank, most also have a pedometer too. There are numerous exercise apps that can be downloaded for free. A 20-minute workout on the sitting room floor and the job’s a good’un!

Charlotte Thomas of Lunges and Lycra

Do exercise you enjoy

Find an exercise you enjoy. This could be anything from playing football with your friends, to swimming in your local pool or practising yoga in the park. Set yourself a goal, then gradually raise your exertion levels over time. If you’re consistent and stick with it, you’re likely to reach your target.

Bradley Simmonds, fitness trainer

To ward off stress, learn to say no

Resilience to stress is possible if you know your limits and aren’t afraid to say when they’ve been reached. Be sure to ‘wave, not drown’ – this means let those around you know when the pressure has got too great. If that’s not enough, seek professional help to help manage everyday stress.

Stuart Haydock, MSc., Organisational Psychology*

Regularly check your urine for hydration

How many glasses of water should you drink each day? Everyone is different, it’s hard to say exactly. A good way to monitor your hydration levels is to check the colour of your urine. If it’s almost clear, well done, you’re hydrated. A strong mustard yellow, however, means it’s time to reach for that water bottle – pronto! Print out a urine chart as a reminder.

Carrie Mattinson, Bupa physiotherapist*

Cut out alcohol to lose weight

There are many benefits to quitting alcohol. It reduces the risk of liver disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer, to name only a few. Another benefit, however, is that it can help to shift some of those unwanted pounds. Some alcohol is high in calories and reducing your intake (or eliminating it entirely) can lead to weight loss. You’ll probably make better dietary decisions too – skipping that late-night kebab or pizza.

Dr Luke James, medical director for health clinics, Bupa*

Take a walk in nature

Mindfulness is all about presence: being 100 per cent present in the moment. Practising it is great for peace of mind. One way to do it is to take a walk in nature. Think: a stroll in a park or amble in the countryside. Being aware of the natural world around you can help to focus your thoughts on the now – not on the yesterdays or tomorrows.

Jane Bozier, registered nurse and mindfulness expert, Bupa*

*All health information from Bupa.co.uk

Discover Bupa pay as you go healthcare

To help you stay on top of your health it’s important to call on the experts. Bupa makes seeing health professionals quick and easy. From GPs and physios to health assessments and specialist consultations, you can access a range of everyday services on a pay as you go basis – so you only pay for what you use and there’s no need for insurance. For more information on Bupa pay as you go, visit bupa.co.uk/_payg

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Article source: http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/health/6-expert-tips-for-health-and-wellness-a3568381.html

Audiology practice offers hearing health tips for summer

GENEVA — To get the most out of the summer season, it is important to make sure you’re hearing your best and protecting your hearing from harmful noise, Maria Morrison, audiologist of Geneva Hearing Services, announced in a news release.

Morrison suggests these tips to keep hearing health in shape for summer:

• Keep adequate hearing protection handy. More than 31 million Americans ages 6 to 69 have noise-related hearing loss, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Wearing earplugs to soften the loudest sounds at outdoor concerts could mean the difference between healthy hearing and permanent hearing loss, the release stated.

• Know the signs of hearing loss. If everyone seems to mumble and you have to ask others to repeat themselves, it is potential hearing loss, the release stated.

• Nearly all hearing loss is treatable, but only 30 percent of adults age 70 and older who could benefit from hearing aids — and an even smaller percentage of people ages 20 to 69 — ever use them, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, the release stated. Effective help starts with a hearing exam, the release stated.

Geneva Hearing Services, 637 W. State St., Geneva, is a full-service, independently owned audiology practice in the Fox Valley area. More information is available by calling 630-618-2419 or visiting www.genevahearing.com.

Article source: http://www.kcchronicle.com/2017/06/13/audiology-practice-offers-hearing-health-tips-for-summer/azd9miy/

Being healthy starts in your gut: Tips for promoting optimal gut health and preventing disease

Monday, June 19, 2017 | 2 a.m.

The gut is a powerhouse within the body — it converts food into energy, delivers valuable nutrients into the bloodstream, manages waste and protects against disease.

In fact, the gut is an intrinsic link to bettering our overall health and wellness. “Each of us has significant control over our own gut health, but often people do not take the time to consider it until they’re not feeling well,” said Snehal Desai, MD, gastroenterologist at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.

While it may be easy to overlook, taking proactive steps to promote a healthy gut is one of the best tools we have for preventing disease and optimizing our larger sense of well-being.

What does the gut do?

“The gut” refers to the entire gastrointestinal tract. It starts at the mouth, travels through the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine/colon, and ends at the anal canal/rectum.

“The role of the gut is extensive,” Desai said. “It is involved in many housekeeping-type functions but its main responsibility is digesting food. Digestion is both a mechanical and chemical process.”

The mechanics of digestion occur largely in the mouth and the stomach by physically breaking down food into smaller particles. The chemicals used during digestion — including a variety of enzymes, acid and bile — aid in the mechanical breakdown of food and, more importantly, they allow the body to absorb nutrients and expel waste.

The nutrients absorbed during digestion fuel every organ in the body and their respective functions. Further, approximately 70 percent of the immune system is ruled by the gut. “Hippocrates himself said that ‘all disease begins in the gut,’ ” Desai said. “The intestinal tract forms a defensive barrier from what we ingest and it prevents harmful substances from reaching the bloodstream. If this barrier is compromised and those harmful substances are able to get past, inflammation can occur.”

Inflammation can negatively affect the body in many ways and is associated with the development of chronic conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, kidney disease and colitis, among others.

The importance of balanced gut flora

A key component to digestion is gut flora — a complex ecosystem of microorganisms that live in the intestines. These microorganisms are made up primarily good bacteria and small amounts of other microbes, such as fungi.

The large intestine houses high quantities of gut flora, which serve to “further break-down indigestible foods, produce valuable substances like vitamins and fatty acids, and contribute to several biochemical processes within the colon,” Desai said.

The number of microorganisms found within the intestines can be affected by diet, age, existing health conditions and certain medications (including antibiotics and steroids). However, a long-term imbalance of gut flora — either having too much or too little — can cause inflammation, infection and disease.

Common diseases of the gut

“Our gastrointestinal tract can be afflicted by numerous conditions including gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), gallstones, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and hemorrhoids,” Desai said.

These conditions can come with a wide variety of symptoms, including pain, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, bloating, weight gain/loss and fatigue, depending on the patient and his or her specific disease.

Desai recommends seeing a doctor whenever you experience any symptom that affects your daily life, disrupts your digestion and/or causes any sudden or ongoing pain in the abdomen.

Tips for a healthy gut

1. A healthy diet is extremely important for gut health. Strive to hit the daily recommended amount of fiber (25 grams), minimize red meat intake and eat fruits and veggies.

2. Exercise regularly. “Even just 20 minutes of walking, three times a week, will do wonders,” Desai said.

3. Limit refined sugar and carbohydrates as much as possible. High-sugar intake is associated with a host of serious diseases and can disrupt your gut flora balance.

4. Avoid bad habits such as smoking, drinking soda and overindulging in alcohol.

5. Drink at least eight glasses of water every day.

6. If you have known food allergies or intolerances, be respectful of them and don’t push your body’s limits.

7. Be predictable with your body — eat a steady diet, have meals at the same time every day, get on a consistent sleep schedule and exercise on a routine. “Our bodies like consistency. Do the same basic things each day and your body will thank you for it,” Desai said.

8. Talk to your doctor about probiotics (especially if you’ve been taking antibiotics or steroids) to supplement any imbalances in your gut flora.

Article source: https://lasvegassun.com/native/sunrise/2017/jun/19/being-healthy-starts-in-your-gut-tips-for-promotin/

Top tips from Public Health England on staying safe in the sun

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Time for Some Summer Sun Safety Tips – Twin Falls Times

Article source: http://magicvalley.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/time-for-some-summer-sun-safety-tips/article_e29ee3af-e9fb-549d-8482-83f12ffd5a45.html

President Trump offers health tips to men for Father’s Day …

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It didn’t come in a controversial tweet, but embattled President Donald Trump may have found one Father’s Day subject that won’t get him in trouble: How men should behave for “longer, healthier lives.”

The 71-year-0ld father of five, who also has eight grandchildren, is sometimes criticized by opponents and late-night comics for being a bit overweight and sporting odd-colored hair. But he was serious in a somber statement from the White House with health advice for Father’s Day.

As Men’s Health Week concludes Sunday, Trump urged “all fathers, brothers, and sons to prioritize their health and well-being by learning more about preventative health practices and steps they can take to live longer, healthier lives.”

“Even with tremendous recent advances in technology and health care, many men still face a broad range of distinctive health issues,” Trump said.

“The life expectancy for men in the United States is about five years shorter than for women. Many men visit their health care providers less frequently than women. One in three American men suffers from a condition related to cardiovascular disease, and cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for men.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a list of steps men can take each day to improve their health:

— Sleeping seven to nine hours a night. Insufficient sleep is associated with such chronic diseases as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression;

— Quitting smoking;

— Doing at least 2 1/2 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week and muscle-strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups — legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms — on two or more days a week;

— Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables every day;

— Taming stress, avoiding drugs and alcohol, finding support, connecting socially and staying active;

— Paying attention to signs and symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, excessive thirst and problems with urination;

— Keeping track of numbers for blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol and body mass index; and

— Getting vaccinated.

–Staff and wire services

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Article source: http://mynewsla.com/life/2017/06/18/president-trump-offers-health-tips-to-men-for-fathers-day/