Tuesday, November 15, 2011
I have just read, literally, 30 pages of my blogs to see if I had already posted this It is from Health Briefs by Susan T. Lennon. I don't know the date it was in the Sunday paper. BUT I like it and wanted to share it.
(old pic of two of my grandchildren)
Hug your sweetie daily
Hugging a loved on reduces blood pressure.
Pets and massage also trigger hormone that reduces stress and blood pressure.
Hugging, sitting close to or holding hands with your loved one can make you feel good. Ditto for snuggling with your baby. Ever wonder why?
Physical affection and social bonding stimulate oxytocin, a hormone that turns on dopamine, a natural brain chemical that makes us feel rewarded. When ocytocin is flowing, stress is reduced, blood pressure goes down, mood improves, and pain is more manageable.
And couples who have affectionate comtact several times a day have higher oxytocin levels than those who don't reports a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
"The oxytocin system can be a trickle, or it can be a rushing stream," says researcher Kathleen Light, Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry. "The more you use it, the more likely it will turn into a rushing stream."
No partner? No baby? No problem.
Use these other oxytocin boosters:
Pets. Published research shows that stroking a loved animal increases the oxytocin levels for both the human and the pet.
Massage. A good rubdown can release oxytocin. The more frequently you do it, the more groomed the system becomes to release oxytocin, Light says.
Friday, November 11, 2011
This cactus blooms every year in early November. It is so pretty and brings me delight each time it blooms!
Friday, November 11, 2011
Better Homes and Gardens September 2011 page 236. Better Health News
"The leading cause of acute liver failure in the U.S. isn't hepatitis or another disease, it's acetaminophen overdose. Now researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine may have found a reason. In their study, 59 percent of volunteers admitted they do not read the Drug Facts panel on over-the-counter medicines. Indeed, only 31 percent knew that acetaminophen is the active ingredient in Tylenol, while just 19 percent knew Advil contains ibuprofen. "This raises the risk that people will take different medicines with the same active ingredient and exceed the safe limit," says Michael Wolf, Ph.D., an associate professor of medicine who led the study. To avoid doubling up on doses, look beyond brand names and read the fine print."
I have noticed that even if folks DO know what is in their med of choice...they often overdose with the "more is better" attitude. It is also important to know whether OTC meds you take may interact with Rx meds you take!
DO read those Drug Facts panels...and BE CAREFUL!
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
In the Sept. 2011 Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, Better Health News P. 236 of that issue is some good advice. The application is towards folks who go boating but I think it is wise for any kind of outing or trip.
The article suggests that: "In addition to taking emergency provisions and double-checking that there is a life jacket for everyone on board, use your cell phone to make a list that includes the type of boat you'll be on, the names of people in your party, your destination and the time you expect to return. Text this list, known as a float plan, to someone on shore who can alert rescuers if you don't return when scheduled." "Many successful rescues begin when someone on land - not water - calls for help. A float plan tells...exactly what to look for."
This kind of plan would be good for hikers, day trips...all sorts of applications. Having someone alert to your plans could be a life saver! Not a bad idea for runners and cyclists who go long distances, too.
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