Mental Attitude: Ways To Reduce The Risk Of Depression – Part II! 3. Yoga, meditation, prayer, psychotherapy: Studies show these practices can reduce stress, 4. Reduce alcohol consumption. People who feel stressed may drink too much; alcohol is a known mood suppressor.
Health Alert: Traffic-Related Air Pollution Affects Heart Rate Variability! Patients with pre-existing heart or lung disease who are exposed to high levels of traffic-related air pollutants have reduced heart rate variability (a risk factor for sudden cardiac death).
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, July 2010
Diet: Worst Foods In Your Freezer – Gourmet Ice Cream. Even if you stick to the modest 1/2 cup serving size suggested, eating gourmet ice cream can send your daily totals of saturated fat, total fat and calories into overload. A one-half cup serving of Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough has 260 calories, 14 grams of fat, 9 grams saturated fat, 65 milligrams cholesterol and 23 grams sugar. A more typical serving for most of us is one cup, which doubles the totals for fat, calories, cholesterol and sugar. Instead, try lower-fat, lower-sugar and lower-calorie ice cream.
Elaine Magee, MPH, RD
Exercise: Toning Shoes? Can a pair of shoes help you burn more calories, tone your bottom and curb joint pain? These shoes have an unstable, strongly curved sole. Walking in them is like exercising on a balance or wobble board in the gym. Advocates say the instability forces you to use muscles you otherwise would not use (namely those is your feet, legs, butt, and abs), possibly resulting in weight loss. The shoes can also change your posture and gait and take pressure off of achy, overused joints.
Chiropractic: Ligaments! Try this: Bend your finger off to the side and then let go. Does it staymisaligned? Of course not! How come? The answer is ligaments. It simply takes time for joints to berealigned due to the special elastic properties of ligaments. This is why it can take several adjustmentsover time to correct a misaligned spine or create stability and normal range of motion.
Wellness/Prevention: An Effect Of Alcohol Consumption. Alcohol calories are empty caloriesbecause the body can’t use them as energy. The liver is forced to break alcohol down into fatty acids,which then accumulate in the liver. Liver cells and brain cells actually die from excessive exposure toalcohol.
Elaine Magee, MPH, RD
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