Living Healthy

Looking To Lose? Pick Up The Weight

WeightOne of the most important components of any exercise or weight-loss program is resistance training. Resistance/strength training involves performing specific exercises, using either machines or free weights, to help improve muscle strength and endurance. Most weight loss seekers tend to ignore strength training and devote the majority of their training to cardiovascular exercise.

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7 Keys To A Healthy Heart

Healthy-HeartA few good choices can help you feel better and stay healthier. Getting diagnosed with health problems such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol is a wake-up call that it’s time to make major lifestyle changes. e good news is, a few simple changes can help you avoid such a diagnosis in the first place.

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Five tips to take care of your eyes

takecareeyesAs the U.S. population ages, the number of Americans with major eye diseases is increasing, and vision loss is becoming a major public health problem, according to the National Eye Institute.

By the year 2020, the number of people who are blind or have low vision is projected to increase substantially, according to the Archives of Ophthalmology. Blindness or low vision affects 3.3 million Americans age 40 and over, or one in 28, according to study authors. This figure is projected to reach 5.5 million by the year 2020.

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Run for your life!

RunningRunning for even five to 10 minutes a day, once or twice a week, or at slow speeds was associated with substantial mortality benefits over 15 years, a prospective study showed.

Runners overall had 30% and 45% lower adjusted risks of all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality, respectively, over that period and had three years longer life expectancy compared with non-runners, Duckchul Lee, PhD of Iowa State University found.

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Heat exhaustion and heat stroke

Walking along the shore, wind in your hair and sun up above. Not a care in the world. Enjoy a little bit of heaven but remember: hours in the sun can lead to a dangerous condition called heat exhaustion. Muscle cramps, nausea, dehydration and headache are all signs that you should take cover and rehydrate. Use ice or a wet towel to cool off. Take a cool bath or shower. Children younger than four, adults older than 65 and people with a serious health condition are most vulnerable.

Sweet tea can contribute to kidney stones

sweet-teaOn a hot summer day, a glass of sweet tea is a satisfying thirst quencher. But before pouring yourself a tall glass, here’s a thought to let steep: Too much sweet tea can cause dehydration and contribute to the formation of kidney stones.

Kidney stones have a strong connection to your hydration status. Sweet tea is definitely a high oxalate-content drink.

Oxalate is a natural chemical commonly found in various teas and other foods such as spinach, okra, peanuts and rhubarb. The body can typically flush it out. But when consumed in excess, oxalate builds up in the urinary tract, forming hard, crystallized masses that are painful when they pass.

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A window to your overall health

oralhealthDid you know that your oral health can offer clues about your overall health — or that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body? Understand the intimate connection between oral health and overall health and what you can do to protect yourself.

Like many areas of the body, your mouth is teeming with bacteria — most of them harmless. Normally the body’s natural defenses and good oral health care, such as daily brushing and flossing, can keep these bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease. (more…)

Do you have eye twitching?

eye-twitchingEye twitching is a repetitive, uncontrollable blinking or spasm of the eyelid, usually the upper lid. Eye twitching (blepharospasm) usually affects the eye muscles of both eyes. If you have eye twitching, you may have an involuntary movement that recurs every several seconds for a minute or two.

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