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Health and Beauty: Seeds for Thought

Health:  Tips you need to know!

  • Make sure ER doctors know who to call if you’re injured. List your emergency contacts under the name “ICE” in your cell phone (ICE = In Case of Emergency). It beats searching your wallet.
  • A new study indicates 1 or 2 glasses of white wine daily may protect your heart just as well as red wine.
  • You’ve probably been warned that beef will clog your arteries. But the fact is it’s composed primarily of healthy fat.
  • Harvard researchers find that trans fats may pack on more pounds than other types of fat, though they’re unsure why trans fat may lead to more weight gain.
  • Eat Breakfast. Every. Single. Day. In a study, volunteers who got 22 to 55 percent of their total calories at breakfast gained only 1.7 pounds on average over 4 years. Those who ate zero to 11 percent of their calories in the morning gained nearly three pounds. In another study, participants who regularly skipped breakfast had 4.5 times the risk of obesity as those who took the time to eat.
  • Breath Easier. Sleep apnea awakens millions over and over again at night. Two Signs: loud snoring or waking up to the feeling that you’re choking.
  • Skip the nightcap. Alcohol may help you fall asleep faster, but as your body removes it from your system, it acts as a stimulant. Four or five hours after your last drink, you’ll wake up.

Common Fever Myths:

  • Always treat a fever. Unless it’s above 102 for over 3 days or you feel awful, drink fluids and let it run its course.
  • Normal temperature is 98.6 degrees. Everyone’s temp differs slightly.
  • Fever always means infection. An elevated temperature can be caused by dehydration and a number of other things.
  • Aspirin’s best. Any OTC antipyretic (like ibuprofen) will lower a fever.
  • If you have a fever, you’re contagious. You’re usually only contagious the day before you feel terrible. Still, wait until your temp is below 100 for 24 hours before returning to work.

Stay cold and flu free with these ideas:

  • Catch up on Z’s. A new study is one of several that link lack of sleep to greater susceptibility to illness. Adding as little as 4 hours of shut-eye a week may help.
  • Eat a yogurt a day. Lactobacillus acidophilus, a friendly bacterium, stymies the growth of bad germs. It’s an ingredient in many yogurts; check the labels.
  • Get vaccinated. The flu shot is up to 90% effective. You can often get a shot at supermarkets/pharmacies. Or ask your M.D. for a nasal vaccine, FluMist.
  • Add astragalus. Studies show this herb may prevent colds and boost immunity. Check with your doctor first.

 More Seeds for Thought

  • Is there anything Botox can’t do? In a study, 9 or 10 women suffering from major depression were no longer clinically depressed 2 months after getting botox injections in their frown muscles.
  • Research shows 100 to 500 mg of vitamin C a day speeds muscle recovery, but more than that may slow recovery.
  • A small study suggests that if your hair is turning gray, but your eyebrows are still dark, it may be a diabetes indicator.
  • It you haven’t lost those last 10 pounds and your high-school reunion is in a week, don’t panic. Begin a carbohydrate fast. You won’t lose 10 pounds but you will look noticeably slimmer. Why? For every gram of carbohydrates stored in the muscles, there are 3 grams of water stored. When you cut carbs, your body uses the ones you have stored, and thus water weight is also lost. To maintain health, pop vitamins, drink 2 liters of water, and eat 6 small, low-carb meals each day.

Here are a few ways to cure hiccups:

  • Plug your ears. Sticking your fingers in your ears may short-circuit the nerve from your brain that causes hiccups-actually twitches of the diaphragm.
  • Draw the line. Use a cotton swab to gently trace a line down the roof of your mouth. The resulting tickle stops the spasm in your throat that shuts off your windpipe and causes the telltale “hic!”
  • Breathe into a paper bag. This trick produces carbon dioxide, which doctors believe calms the diaphragm.
  • Get distracted. Have someone ask you a nonsense question.

 Which has more antioxidants? Green or Black Tea?

If you’re wondering which has more antioxidants: green or black tea, you can do an Internet search. Trouble is many of the millions of results are ads. Instead use the medical search site healthline.com which highlights only trustworthy destinations. Intelligent search sites like mammahealth.com and kosmix.com also work well, but Healthline strikes the best balance.

Beauty Products everyone should own!

  • After testing 100 lip balms the winners were:
    • Best Overall: Burt’s Bees Beeswax ($2.50), all-natural – and at a great price.
    • Best Endurance: Vichy Nutrilogie ($9) lasted for hours and hours.
    • With SPF: Eco Lips Sport SPF 30 ($3) is made with beeswax, jojoba oil, and botanicals.
    • Medicated: Aveeno Intense Relief ($3.50) lives up to the name. Runner-Up: Carmex ($1.50) produces healing results and also soothes burns and bug bites.

     

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