Showing posts from December 24, 2017

Sudden Symptoms to Watch for After 50

        One Minute You’re Fine … When you’re past 50, some ailments can announce themselves suddenly and painfully. And aches and ouches you might not worry much about when you’re younger could be a sign of bigger problems in middle age.                 Heart Attack This is the big one: 735,000 people have one every year. A 50-year-old man has a 1 in 2 chance of getting heart disease at some point. The most common signs are chest pain, shortness of breath, and pain in your back, shoulders, or neck. You might also feel sweaty, dizzy, or like you’re going to throw up. Your risk is lower if you’re at a healthy weight, don’t smoke, and get regular exercise.         Stroke This is when blood doesn’t get to parts of your brain like it should, and those brain cells start to die. Get help right away if you have sudden weakness or numbness in your face, arms, or legs, you lose your bearings or get confused, and have trouble

12 Habits of Super-Healthy People

        Have Breakfast It's important for a bunch of reasons. It jump-starts your metabolism and stops you from overeating later. Plus, studies show that adults who have a healthy breakfast do better at work, and kids who eat a morning meal score higher on tests. If a big plateful first thing isn't for you, keep it light with a granola bar or a piece of fruit. Just don't skip it.                 Plan Your Meals It'll help you save time and money in the long run. Block out some time, then sit down and consider your goals and needs. Do you want to lose weight? Cut back on sugar, fat, or carbs? Add protein or vitamins? Meal prep keeps you in control. You know what you're eating and when. A bonus: It'll be that much easier to skip those doughnuts in the breakroom at work.         Drink Plenty of Water It can do so many good things for you. Staying hydrated is at the top of the list, but it may

Inspirational Quote – December 30, 2017

“Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.” Have you ever met someone and formed an instant connection? I like to think of these as past life connections, a person we may have known long ago. I have a friend I met when we were five years old – over the decades, whether we talked once a month or once a year, the depth of the friendship has never waned. On that same note, I have a dear friend whom I’ve known less than a year, but it feels as if we are long lost sisters, and the connection between us was instant! When we meet a kindred spirit, a friendship can form almost immediately, in the most surprising of ways! Susyn Blair-Hunt

The Montana Moms Who Welcomed Refugees Into Their City

"Our goal is not to convince people what we're doing is right and what they're doing is wrong," she says. "Our goal is just to create a more welcoming environment for refugees to call home." This is the goal of Soft landing, a non-profit organization in Missoula Montana. When seeing the now famous photo of Aylan Kurdi, the three year old boy who drowned during his family's attempt to flee Syria, required something deeper than emotional reactions; Mary Poole began a dialog, with herself and others, that has helped her community become more welcoming to and informed about international refugees. Read more about that journey in this article by Gabriel Furshong from YES magazine.

How Steroids Fight Inflammation

What Are Steroids? The word has different meanings. Steroids are chemicals, often hormones, that your body makes naturally. They help your organs, tissues, and cells do their jobs. You need a healthy balance of them to grow and even to make babies. "Steroids" can also refer to man-made medicines. The two main types are corticosteroids and anabolic-androgenic steroids (or anabolics for short).                 What Are Corticosteroids? They're medicines that quickly fight inflammation in your body. These lab-made steroids work like the hormone cortisol, which your adrenal glands make. Cortisol keeps your immune system from making substances that cause inflammation. Corticosteroid drugs, like prednisone, work in a similar way. They slow or stop the immune system processes that trigger inflammation.         What Do Corticosteroids Treat? They help treat conditions that cause irritation and swellin

11 Ways to Banish the Bags Under Your Eyes

        Curb the Salt Put down that salt shaker! Water will always find its way from parts of your body that are low in sodium to those that have the most. The area around your eyes is a prime example. That’s why a dinner loaded with salt often results in morning-after puffiness.                 Manage Your Allergies Allergy season and watery, puffy eyes go hand-in-hand. Here’s the good news: Those over-the-counter medicines that you take for your allergies, colds, or sinus infections can dry up your puffy eyes -- along with your runny nose.         Use a Neti Pot Try a neti pot. Use this gizmo, which looks like a small teapot, to pour salt water into one nostril and let it drain out the other. It sounds weird, but it might help flush out all that extra moisture in your sinuses from seasonal allergies, colds, or infections.                 Switch Your Sleep Position Are you a side or stomach sl