The Spice of Life… and Health?

17 Oct 2011
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Certain spices and herbs not only can make your food have zing to it but can also contribute to better health. Using spices and herbs can help you cut back your use of fat, sugar, and salt in your cooking, helping your waistline, blood pressure and overall health. Here are some examples of spices and herbs found in most kitchens that can have health benefits: Basil used in pizza and pesto has anti-inflammatory properties, contains flavonoids which can shield a persons cells from radiation, antibacterial capabilities. Cinnamon for baked treats and warm beverages, has implications it can help lower blood glucose levels, increase insulin sensitivity and improve lipid profiles. Cilantro.

RELAX! It Could Improve Your Health!

10 Oct 2011
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There are tremendous health benefits to be had when relaxation techniques are used to reduce the stress of responsibilities and tasks or the demands an illness can have on the body and mind. Relaxation reduces stress by: the heart rate. Lowering blood pressure. Slowing your breathing rate. Increasing blood flow to major muscles. Reducing muscle tension and chronic pain. Improving concentration. Reducing anger and frustration. Boosting confidence to handle problems. Relaxation techniques involve refocusing your attention on something calming and increasing awareness of your body. Types of relaxation techniques: Autogenic relaxation comes from within you and uses both visual imagery and body awareness. You repeat words or suggestions in your.

STRESS: Constant stress can put your health at serious risk

03 Oct 2011
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Our bodies stress reaction was meant to protect us. When this system is constantly on alert, our health can pay the price. Our stress response system produces chemicals in our bodies that have effects to help us deal with the stress. The long-term activation of this system (caused by chronic stressors) can disrupt almost all of our bodies normal functions leading to health problems. Common effects of stress: On our bodies: Heart disease: chest pain. Sleep problems: insomnia. Digestive problems: stomach upset, ulcers. Obesity. Headache. Fatigue. Muscle tension or pain. Change in sex drive. Worsening of skin conditions, eczema. On our mood: Depression or sadness. Anxiety and restlessness. Memory impairment.

Teens and Alcohol

26 Sep 2011
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Binge drinking with teens: Teens drink alcohol less often than adults. But, they drink greater quantities when they do. Teens are more likely to mix different types alcohol. Binge drinking is defined as 5 or more drinks in one session. 24% of teens admitted to binge drinking in the last 30 days. All social and health problems related to drinking alcohol occur more frequently with binge drinking. Teen stats: Alcohol is the number 1 abused substance among US teenagers, above smoking and drugs. Teens account for 11.4% of all alcohol consumed in the US. 8th graders: 51.7% have tried alcohol and 15.2% have had one or more binges. 10th graders:.

An Epidemic in America: What Can Parents Do To Stop Childhood Obesity?

19 Sep 2011
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In 1970 1 in 20 children were considered obese (defined as weighing 20% or more than their ideal weight) NOW, 1 in 5 are considered obese and 1 in 3 are overweight! The complications from this problem are not only physical but social and emotional for our kids. The cause is simple, our children are eating too much and exercising too little. We can fight this epidemic! Seven Steps To Healthier Children: Model healthier eating: eat healthy by example and show them how to pay attention to when you are full. the home environment: change what you keep in the house to healthy, non processed foods, and limit the sweets..