Sunday, June 30, 2013
Actually, though most of us probably don't swim in the cold months, this would apply ANY time.
Better Homes and Gardens July 2012 page 170
"Most stubborn seasonal myth: Swimming after a meal is dangerous
This warning dates back decades, but it turns out you can dine and dive. 'There's nothing in medical literature to suggest that people have drowned or gotten hurt as a result of swimming too soon after eating,' says Gerald K. Endress, a clinical exercise physiologist at Duke Univeristy Diet & Fitness Center. The belief arose from a theory that blood rushes to the stomach during digestion , cutting circulation to the arms and legs and raising the risk of muscle cramps. Not true, Endress says. Go on in - the water's fine, and you will be, too."
Friday, June 28, 2013
This was a surprise to me when I first read it, but upon reflection, it makes much sense. The clipping is from Betther Homes and Gardens, July 2012 page 166:
"Craziest way to get sick: Burrowing at the beach
No sense hiding your head in the sand on this one. In a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill survey of 17,000 beach goers, those who used their hands to dig holes and build sand castles were 13% more likely to develop gastroenteritis (stomach flu) than folks who merely walked on the beach and swam. Sand is a hotbed for E.Coli and other bacteria from wildlife and pets, and those germs transfer easily from hands to mouth , says study author Christopher D. Heaney. Wash up or use an alcohol-base hand sanitizer before eating or applying sunscreen to your face."
Sure changes how I view the beach!
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Better Homes and Gardens July 2012 issue page 168 is a good reminder for today...for the holidays and every day.
"Most Dangerous Holiday For A Road Trip: JULY 4
"Car accidents spike on Independence Day, in part because snarled getaway traffic stokes aggressive driving. Keep your cool by allowing extra time for your trip. If you encounter a hostile motorist, avoid eye contact and distance yourself from the [other]vehicle."
This issue is for a US Holiday, but would apply any time there is heavy traffic...and especially on holidays when people travel...in any country.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
From Better Homes and Gardens July 2012 page 170. Good reminders for all of us..esp. as we work to become more active, especially outside.
"3 Of The Riskiest Statements You Can Make Right Now:
1) "Why start wearing a bike helmet at my age?" Coasting on good lnck is a bad idea. Head injuries account for 70% of bicycling fatalities, with adults over age 25 making up a growing portion of those deaths, says Tess Benham, a program manager at the National Safety Counsel. Purchase a helmet that fits snugly, covers your forehead and the back of your head, and has straps that don't intrude on your peripheral vision. If your hair is long, a helmet with a ponytail cutout (like the Giro Skyla, $40.00: sporting goods stores ) can help ensure a proper fit.
2) "The sky is cloudy, so I'll leave my sunglasses at home." Even when you can't see the sun, its harmful ultraviolet rays have little trouble finding you. For eyes, that means an increased risk of cataracts, macular degeneration, and melanoma, says Dr. Paul T. Finger, an eye cancer specialist in New York City. Slip on UV-blocking shades (in addition to applying sunscreen) whenever you spend time outdoors during daylight hours.
3) "I'll just stay in my swimsuit - it'll dry sooner or later." The problem is that it might not dry soon enough. A damp suit promotes the growth of bacteria and yeast, which can cause infection if they migrate to the urinary or reproductive tract, says Mary Jane Minkin, a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Yale University School of Medicine. Pack dry clothes in your beach bag and change as soon as you're done swimming for the day."
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Most of the little clips I post are from old magazine or newspaper articles. Sometimes from emails. This one, however, was posted today by Dr. Mercola. I printed the entire article for a friend who has no internet..and spends much of her day in a recliner or wheelchair. BUT..I think this info is important enough to share...for myself and for everyone else. You can visit Dr. Mercola's website to locate the entire article.
Here is the "Story at-a-glance"
"Sitting for extended periods of time is an independent risk factor for poor health and premature death. Even if you are very fit, if you uninterruptedly sit for a great percentage of the time, you're still at an increased risk of dying prematurely.
"Research by the NASA scientist responsible for monitoring the astronauts, shows your body declines rapidly when sitting for long periods.
"Simply standing up over 30 times a day is a powerful antidote to long periods of sitting and is more effective than walking.
"There are virtually unlimited opportuities for movement throughout the day, from doing housework or gardening, to cooking and even just standing up every 10 minutes.
"It's not how manyhours of sitting that's bad for you, it's how often you interrupt that sitting that is GOOD for you."
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