SparkPeople Staying Healthy Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets-category.asp?category=staying-healthy Learn some of the secrets of success for Staying Healthy from SparkPeople members. SparkPeople Staying Healthy Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets-category.asp?category=staying-healthy Overcoming Bad Habits in 90 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50631_overcoming_bad_habits_in_90_days <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/66ce4087-4c98-41ea-9da3-19719b1a3c07.jpeg"><br>Whether it's caffeine, alcohol, breads, added sugar, cigarettes etc. I remove one item for at least ninety days before I remove another. I found that if I decided to change my lifestyle all at once I never succeeded. This started in 2000 when I quit smoking, people said that it would be impossible but I removed myself from the places that I smoked a lot - like my husband's band gigs. I did that ... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:27:00 EST Grandkids verses Healthy Lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50625_grandkids_verses_healthy_lifestyle I am wanting to stay on the healthy side of life. I want to be around for a very long time to enjoy my grandkids and some day great grandkids. I want to be like my parents were they are still active and enjoying life with the family and their great grandkids. <br>I guess that is my secret. Wanting to dream of being around for a very long time.<br>My grandparents were a big part of my life and I learned a lot from them. Now that they are gone, I miss my time spent with them. So I want to be ab... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 22:18:00 EST If You Are Alive, Act Lively! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50613_if_you_are_alive_act_lively Eat Smart, Clean & Nourishing Food.<br>You can not afford to waste calories on junk.<br>Move some every day that you wake up. <br>Food is fuel, it creates energy, you have to burn some!<br>If you eat excess calories, & don't use some up, you are storing them as fat. Do not become a storage tank, as the shape is unbecoming on a living person.<br>Take control of portions. A half of dessert, tastes just as good, & just as satisfying as a whole. And you will not feel deprived. Indulgent satisfie... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:05:00 EST WATER WITH A PLUS http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50602_water_with_a_plus EVERYDAY WHEN I AWAKE THE FIRST THINK I DRINK IS A CUP OF WARM WATER WITH LEMON SLICE....LEMON HELPS EVERY PART OF YOUR BODY (READ UP ON IT) THEN I PLACE A TALL GLASS OF WATER ON MY COUNTER WITH A FROZEN STRAWBERRY IN IT TO CHILL MY WATER AND AFTER I DRINK IT...THE FRUIT IS MY PLUS.......I USE EVERY IMAGINABLE FRUIT ONE CAN FREEZE SO IT GIVES ME A VARIETY OF TASTE....SEEING THE WATER REMINDS ME TO DRINK, DRINK,DRINK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <em>91</em> <br><br>I ALSO TAKE WATER WITH ME IN THE CAR A... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 23:50:00 EST Sneaking in movement at work http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50561_sneaking_in_movement_at_work I had heard that sitting a lot is not good for overall health across our life spans. I decided to try increasing my standing time. As a nurse, I am on my feet a lot. But we usually sit for long stretches charting on computers. I started using the adjustable computers and standing while charting. You tend to move around more even just standing. I find I rack up more steps during the day just by adding this to my daily routine.<br> I find I actually have more energy through the day because I... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 09:37:00 EST Talking Myself Into Good Health! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50557_talking_myself_into_good_health Talking Me and Myself into Good Health!<br>I have a great concern for "Me, Myself and I". Every day I talk to that shining shelf to be my best. Here is how I do it.<br><br>There are times when I just have to have a good talk with Me and Myself. I remind Myself that I am strong and that I have the power to say "NO!" to the second chocolate. I have to get Myself up off the couch and take Me for a walk. I choose to be happy. I choose to keep moving forward. I believe that part of my purpo... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 10:31:00 EST Never Give Up... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50551_never_give_up <em>205</em> <em>104</em> I get sick and end up in the hospital a lot...I then back slide and have to get my mind back on track...I find if I write every thing down in Sparkpeople I do better...So I guess my secrets are never to give up & keep track of every thing, and also have a helper if you need one... <em>521</em> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/992c1054-e6ae-49b6-9b25-f3a533363304.jpg"> My Hubby is a very big helper...He makes sure I take my medicine when its due... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:02:00 EST No secret, just common sense http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50550_no_secret_just_common_sense You want to know what you need to succeed?<br>Really very simple.<br>Three things -<br>Determination, effort and time.<br>That's it. No magic pill, no quick fix, no overpriced but ultimately worthless (and sometimes dangerous) product.<br>Just those three things, that's all it boils down to. <br><br>Want me to say it again?<br><br>DETERMINATION<br>EFFORT<br>T<BR>IME<br><br>You need to take hold of your own destiny, your own health, your own choices, and never let go. Yes, you will make mistak... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:36:00 EST Comradery and Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50547_comradery_and_accountability It is one thing to get started on your journey but to stay the course once you are on the path, even a small variation can get you off track. One thing any service member will tell you is that by having comradery (your brothers in arms) with you on that path and pushing you to keep pressing toward the mark, that is where you will see a difference between the civilian world and the military. So stay in touch with others on the path and join your brothers in arms for the journey to a fit and he... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:26:00 EST Lesson Learned By Going Off Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50476_lesson_learned_by_going_off_plan Apparently I am someone that learns by error. On January 1st, I started a whole new eating plan. I had been to the nutritionist in mid-December and she recommended changes for me based on issues I'm having with my arthritis and IBS. She was convincing and has never tried to sway me this way before. I asked for her best advice and she gave it, so I should do her the courtesy of trying it. Right?<br><br>I spent the rest of December cleaning out my cupboards (eating) of foods not on the new... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 11:18:00 EST Nutritional, Cellular Cleansing (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50469_nutritional_cellular_cleansing_part_2 Below is a more detailed description of the Isagenix program. This, again, is shared not in an attempt to sell anyone anything. This is simply what has worked for me. <br><br>Nutritional Cleansing is an all natural system of products called Isagenix which is organic where possible, doesn’t contain artificial flavors, colors, fillers or sweeteners and uses the highest quality ingredients.<br><br>The word Isagenix means balance so nutritional cleansing is about bringing the body into balance ... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 11:59:00 EST Nutritional, Cellular Cleansing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50467_nutritional_cellular_cleansing I have never been one of "those" people. You know, the shake, cleanse, organic, "weirdos." The only program I ever tried was Weight Watchers. While WW is a great program, in my search for health & wellness I found something new: a nutritional re-balancing/cleansing program called "Isagenix." <br><br>Backstory: I was diagnosed with MS 3.5 years ago. I struggled with a variety of symptoms, the biggest issues being extreme fatigue & mental clarity. I was on a medicine for narcolepsy just to... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 10:05:00 EST Get enough protein! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50432_get_enough_protein I think a bare minimum for women 19 to 70 is 46 grams! But I like to eat at least 60 grams. If I run short, I drink a protein drink! My favorites are Advantage or Muscle Milk, but there are other good ones!! <br><br>Protein and carbohydrates both contain 4 calories per gram, while fat provides 9 calories per gram. Calculating your calorie needs can help you determine how many grams of protein, carbohydrates and fat you should consume each day. <br><br>My PE teacher in high school said that it... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:38:00 EST 2017 Could Be A Terrible Tipping Point for Antibiotic Resistance http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50396_2017_could_be_a_terrible_tipping_point_for_antibiotic_resistance 2017 Could Be A Terrible Tipping Point for Antibiotic Resistance<br><br><br><br>Antibiotic resistance is one of the most serious public health issues facing our world today. It’s a global threat — one that everyone should be concerned about. But in 2017, the situation could reach a new tipping point, leading to more people dying from common bacterial infections, such as urinary tract infections and pneumonia.<br><br>In 2017, an estimated 700,000 people are expected to die from antibiotic-res... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:17:00 EST Heart Attacks Men vs Women & Gene Discoveries & New BP Drugs http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50383_heart_attacks_men_vs_women_gene_discoveries_new_bp_drugs Throughout life, heart attacks are twice as common in men than women. <br><br>That higher risk persisted even after, they accounted for traditional risk factors for heart disease, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, body mass index, and physical activity.<br><br>Earlier studies suggested that women's naturally occurring hormone levels might protect against heart disease before menopause, when hormone levels drop. However, the risk of heart attack changed only slightly... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 23:01:00 EST The Role of Selenium in Cellular Health and Cancer Prevention http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50371_the_role_of_selenium_in_cellular_health_and_cancer_prevention The Role of Selenium in Cellular Health and Cancer Prevention<br><br><br>Micronutrients are incredibly important and vital to your health, but are you getting enough, and perhaps even more importantly, the right form? Mark Whitacre, Ph.D., is a leading expert on one of the most important micronutrients, selenium.<br><br>Selenium is a trace element a Swedish chemist, Baron Jöns Jacob Berzelius, discovered almost 200 years ago. Today, modern scientists recognize it as an essential mineral for h... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 12:29:00 EST Hearing loss affects health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50367_hearing_loss_affects_health Hearing loss affects social, psychological, cognitive and health negatively. Each can have far-reaching implications that go well beyond hearing alone. In fact, those who have difficulty hearing can experience such distorted and incomplete communication that it seriously impacts their professional and personal lives, at times leading to isolation and withdrawal.<br><br>Studies have linked untreated hearing loss effects to:<br><br>irritability, negativism and anger<br>fatigue, tension, stress... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 09:01:00 EST Stay Active As You Age & Heart Attacks Men vs Women http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50362_stay_active_as_you_age_heart_attacks_men_vs_women To keep your heart working well, stay active as you age.<br><br>Staying physically active as you move from middle age into your 70s can keep your heart in good shape, new research suggests.<br><br>With age, the heart's main pumping chamber, the left ventricle, tends to thicken. Both ventricles may also stiffen and not fill with blood properly---a condition known as diastolic dysfunction. But getting ideal amounts of physical activity (at least 150 minutes per week of moderate activity or 75... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST Blood Pressure: Can It Be Too Low? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50347_blood_pressure_can_it_be_too_low The J Curve<br><br>These results lend further support to the "J Curve" phenomenon for blood pressure, where the bottom of the J represents the ideal range for blood pressure. Higher values raise cardiovascular risk, but lower values also seem to raise your risk.<br><br>The findings about low diastolic blood pressure are intriguing, and they make sense intuitively, Dr. Conlin says. Diastolic pressure is measured during the point in the heart cycle where blood flows into the coronary arteries... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 23:35:00 EST Silliness and Health all in One http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50344_silliness_and_health_all_in_one Giving yourself permission to be silly will nourish your creativity and is a good exercise in letting go.<br>BY MADISYN TAYLOR<br><br>So much of life has become way too serious. Our minds get so bogged down with all that we should be doing, who we should be pleasing, and what is politically correct in how we present ourselves. <br><br>Where is the time to release, to let go, to say let's be funny? I am finding that I have to find my own silliness and just let it flow from me no matter who ma... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:58:00 EST Garbage In, Garbage Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50340_garbage_in_garbage_out One of my SP friends (thanks _Ramona!) shared this link to a program. <br><br>https://www.fmtv.com/21-day-progra<BR>m/free-screening<br><br>I just watched the entire thing. It's LONG. But my reaction was WOW. VERY INTERESTING and I have to say, it really resonated with me. It's all about the impact of nutrition on our wholistic health, NOT just about weight loss. I took a whole page of notes. Some of the things I wrote down include: <br><br>1. YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT. No - REALLY. When your bod... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:45:00 EST 1 in 6 Americans Are Now on Psychiatric Medication http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50339_1_in_6_americans_are_now_on_psychiatric_medication 1 in 6 Americans Are Now on Psychiatric Medication<br><br> 1 in 6 Americans are now on antidepressants or some other type of psychiatric drug, and most appear to be taking them long-term<br> Caucasians are twice as likely to use psychiatric drugs than African-Americans and Hispanics; 1 in 4 seniors are taking at least one psychiatric drug; and nearly twice as many women use psychiatric drugs than men<br> While psychiatric drug prescriptions have increased, mental health in the U.S. i... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:33:00 EST Blood Pressure: Can It Be Too Low? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50320_blood_pressure_can_it_be_too_low One of the new studies, which analyzed the medical records of more than 11,000 adults over a period of three decades, found that people who had low diastolic blood pressure (60 to 69 mm Hg) were twice as likely to have subtle evidence of heart damage compared with people whose diastolic blood pressure was 80 to 89 mm Hg. Low diastolic values were also linked to a higher risk of heart disease and death from any cause. The findings appeared in the August 30, 2016, Journal of the American Coll... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 23:14:00 EST Turmeric: How This Spice Can Potentially Improve Your Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50312_turmeric_how_this_spice_can_potentially_improve_your_health Turmeric: How This Spice Can Potentially Improve Your Health<br><br>Most people are familiar with turmeric (scientific name: Curcuma longa1) as a yellow spice that’s used in Indian cuisine and has a peppery, warm and bitter flavor.<br><br>Traditionally called “Indian saffron,” turmeric is actually a root herb with a tough brown skin, deep orange flesh and fragrance that resembles a combination of orange and ginger. However, there’s more to this vibrant spice than meets the eye.<br><br>Through... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:30:00 EST Blood Pressure: Can It Be Too Low? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50301_blood_pressure_can_it_be_too_low New findings focus on diastolic blood pressure---the second number in your blood pressure reading.<br><br>Of the two numbers that make up your blood pressure reading, the first one (systolic blood pressure) typically gets more attention. That's because as people age, their arteries loose their elasticity, and the inner walls are more likely to accumulate cholesterol-laden plaque. These factors tend to raise systolic blood pressure, a measure of the pressure inside the arteries when the hear... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 23:33:00 EST Mindfulness for Health and Peace of Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50296_mindfulness_for_health_and_peace_of_mind Every aspect of my life has been affected by my high cortisol levels. My body does not respond well to the havoc my untrained mind wreaks. These daily mindfulness practices have been the most successful in lowering my hormone levels, promoting sleep, controlling appetite, and keeping me calm & rested:<br><br>1. Mindfulness meditation - Start by practicing meditation once a day for 1 minute (mornings, lunch times, and before retiring works best for me). <br><br>Each week add another minute. ... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:16:00 EST Despite Promises, Antibiotics in Meat Supply Skyrocketing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50290_despite_promises_antibiotics_in_meat_supply_skyrocketing Despite Promises, Antibiotics in Meat Supply Skyrocketing<br><br><br>Heavy reliance on antibiotics in medicine and agriculture has brought about drug-resistant bacteria, which exacerbate successful treatment of many infections.<br><br>That’s a fact that people responsible for food production at large, from farm to table, say they’re very aware of, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been encouraging farmers to use as little antibiotics as possible.<br><br>Every year, many resta... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:01:00 EST Limber up for better health! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50288_limber_up_for_better_health Simple exercises can make you more limber. Stretching can improve your circulation and posture because it helps increase your range of motion, strength, coordination, and flexibility.<br><br>Regular stretching reduces muscle tension and promotes freer movement. It should be comfortable and relaxing. You should never stretch to the point of pain. When you stretch, work at your own pace and within your own limits.<br><br>As with any other fitness program, be sure to check with your health care ... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 07:37:00 EST Depression And Heart Disease: A Two-Way Street http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50284_depression_and_heart_disease_a_twoway_street After a heart attack---which is often when a person is first diagnosed with heart disease---it's completely normal to feel moody, distressed, or irritable. Anxiety, which often goes hand in hand with depression, is common as well. People who undergo bypass surgery or a heart valve operation can take months to fully recover physically, and this stress also can take a toll on their mental health. People often have trouble sleeping and feel fatigued. But if those symptoms don't gradually imp... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 23:24:00 EST The Latest Superfood: Red Cabbage Sprouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50274_the_latest_superfood_red_cabbage_sprouts The Latest Superfood: Red Cabbage Sprouts<br><br>New science reveals that red cabbage sprouts contain 40 times more vitamin E and six times more vitamin C, aka ascorbic acid, than the same veggie as a fully mature plant. That's a lot of colds prevented and inflammation decreased.<br><br>Microgreens represent a fairly new buzzword in the world of healthy nutrition. When you grow your own veggies and notice the tender, young plants emerging from the earth, you may be amazed to learn that not on... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:37:00 EST HEALTH BENEFIT OF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50271_health_benefit_of_apple_cider_vinegar Apple cider vinegar isn't just for cooking. Actually! Never was. You have the inures handily? Start using it. Fine ways to save money for your health as well as cooking. Oh! Also, pass it on.<br> Did you know. Our grandparents enjoyed all around health because of this simple drink. Here is a few ways. <br> When we were young most of us had bad acne. A simple mix of water and apple cider vinegar could have cleared it up. Instead of paying those high prices for creams and ot... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:41:00 EST Depression And Heart Disease: A Two-Way Street http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50263_depression_and_heart_disease_a_twoway_street Watch for the warning signs of depression, which is often missed in people with heart disease.<br><br>All people have days when they feel sad, gloomy, or down in the dumps. But if those feelings last for weeks and you gradually stop feeling hopeful or happy about anything in your life, you may have depression. Like heart disease, depression is common, so it's not unusual to have both conditions together. In fact, depression is about twice as likely to occur in people with heart disease com... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 22:55:00 EST How to Develop a New Gut for the New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50251_how_to_develop_a_new_gut_for_the_new_year How to Develop a New Gut for the New Year<br><br>Are you still trying to achieve the goals you set for yourself in 2016? You wouldn't be the only one. According to Forbes Magazine, only 8 percent of people who set New Year's Resolutions will accomplish them.1<br><br>There are secrets to achieving your goals that are shared by those elite 8 percent. They aren't difficult or unusual, but they do require you actually take action.<br><br>Making your goals specific, measuring your progress, being ... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 11:56:00 EST Know your numbers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50241_know_your_numbers You need to know your numbers when it comes to maintaining good health. With a few, simple numbers you'll know if anything is out of the normal range. <br><br>BODY MASS INDEX<br>This measures your body weight relative to your height. High numbers are associated with increased risk for certain cancers including blood and breast cancer.<br>How do you determine your number? Multiply your weight by 703.1 and divide that by your height in inches. Divide again by height in inches. <br>Your tar... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 07:01:00 EST Sticking the Landing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50238_sticking_the_landing I love watching gymnastics. How many times have I seen a great routine, and then the gymnast can't stick the landing. I know how she feels.<br> <em>24</em> <br>I have lost weight before. About twelve years ago, I lost 72 pounds. I went to a weight loss clinic, paid a lot of money, and lost the weight with diet and supplements, no exercise involved. A storm destroyed the house, and I lost my total concentration on my diet. I eventually dropped out of the program, and slowly began to regain... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 23:08:00 EST Daily Qigong Promotes Emotional and Physical Wellness http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50186_daily_qigong_promotes_emotional_and_physical_wellness I feel extremely lucky to have been called to qigong. The health benefits have been remarkable. There are thousands of types of qigong but the one I found to be the easiest to learn and most beneficial, was created by Master Chunyi Lin. His work with the Mayo Clinic is well noted and he has begun working on a cancer study. <br><br>"Spring Forest Qigong (pronounced "chee gong") is a simple, efficient, and effective method for helping you experience your optimal health, wellness, and happin... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 08:55:00 EST Why do I get sick so often? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50184_why_do_i_get_sick_so_often There isn’t anyone who hasn’t gotten a cold or virus just days before a big event. For some people, being sick is a way of life, and days of feeling well are few and far between. Getting rid of sniffles, sneezing, and headaches may seem like a dream, but it’s possible. However, you have to first know what’s making you sick.<br><br>“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is a simple saying that holds some truth. If you don’t eat a well-rounded, balanced diet, your body can’t function at its bes... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 07:05:00 EST Reversing Atherosclerosis & Checking for Blocked Arteries In Heart Failure http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50177_reversing_atherosclerosis_checking_for_blocked_arteries_in_heart_failure Reversing Atherosclerosis?<br><br>Question: Once I have atherosclerosis, is there anything I can do to reverse it, or is the best I can hope for just to keep it from getting worse?<br><br>Answer: Atherosclerosis-----the buildup of fatty plaque inside the arteries-----tends to be a slowly progressive disease. However, high doses of statin drugs (which drive harmful LDL cholesterol to very low levels) seem to stop the progression of atherosclerosis in people with high cholesterol and may eve... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 23:22:00 EST Making a New Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50164_making_a_new_plan Renewing the commitment <br> <br>Every year at this time, I like to renew my commitment to health. I take my healthy habits and give them an upgrade. This commitment is my priority for wellness and weight management. It also helps me to manage Type II Diabetes. <br>1. Drink water throughout the day. I always have a glass of water in the car and at the computer. <br>2. 2. Replace one cup of coffee with green tea. I used to drink 2 cups of coffee a day, but now just one. <br>3. Plan my meals ev... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 11:05:00 EST You may have thyroid disease and not know it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50160_you_may_have_thyroid_disease_and_not_know_it Thyroid disorders are conditions that affect the thyroid gland, a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of the neck. The thyroid has important roles to regulate numerous metabolic processes throughout the body. Different types of thyroid disorders affect either its structure or function.<br><br>Hypothyroidism refers to any state in which a person's thyroid hormone production is below normal.<br><br>There are many disorders that result in hypothyroidism, for example, autoimmune disorders, thyroi... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 06:27:00 EST You may have thyroid disease and not know it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50159_you_may_have_thyroid_disease_and_not_know_it Thyroid disorders are conditions that affect the thyroid gland, a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of the neck. The thyroid has important roles to regulate numerous metabolic processes throughout the body. Different types of thyroid disorders affect either its structure or function.<br><br>Hypothyroidism refers to any state in which a person's thyroid hormone production is below normal.<br><br>There are many disorders that result in hypothyroidism, for example, autoimmune disorders, thyroi... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 06:27:00 EST Staying healthy during the winter months http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50154_staying_healthy_during_the_winter_months Winter storms and cold temperatures can be hazardous. Stay safe and healthy by planning ahead. Prepare your home and cars. Prepare for power outages and outdoor activity. Check on older adults.<br><br>Although winter comes as no surprise, many of us are not ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall.<br><br>Take These Steps for Your Home<br><br>Many people prefer to remain indoors in th... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 22:57:00 EST Keep Tabs On Your Drinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50153_keep_tabs_on_your_drinking An Afib Association<br><br>This isn't the first study to examine long-term moderate drinking and afib, and some of the earlier studies didn't show a link. But several factors make the current results especially compelling, says Dr. Wiviott. "There seems to be a dose-related response; that is, a little alcohol increases the risk a small amount, and the more you drink, the higher the risk," he says. Dose-related effects can support a true association, especially when they're coupled with a f... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 22:31:00 EST Signs and symptoms of retinal detachment http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50135_signs_and_symptoms_of_retinal_detachment Retinal detachment itself is painless. But warning signs almost always appear before it occurs or has advanced, such as:<br><br>The sudden appearance of many floaters — tiny specks that seem to drift through your field of vision<br>Flashes of light in one or both eyes<br>Blurred vision<br>Gradually reduced side (peripheral) vision<br>A curtain-like shadow over your visual field<br>When to see a doctor<br><br>Seek immediate medical attention if you are experiencing the signs or symptoms of ret... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 07:45:00 EST Challenging Myself to Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50134_challenging_myself_to_change I have been having this conversation with myself over and over again countless times. I am a picky eater so eating healthier is quite a challenge for me. I see food that is healthier and I think that looks delicious BUT then it has asparagus on it or has zucchini on it. Why isn't there a "special" sauce to put on food that changes the taste to something you/me finds edible?<br><br>Hey scientist dudes, can you please create something like that and level the playing field for us dieters?! When ... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 07:28:00 EST Keep Tabs On Your Drinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50130_keep_tabs_on_your_drinking A recent study---also observational---found that even as little as one drink a day may enlarge the heart's upper left chamber (atrium) and increase the risk of developing afib. The findings, published in the September 14, 2016, Journal of the American Heart Association, were based on 5,220 people from the long-running Framingham Heart Study. Researchers found that every 10 grams of alcohol (the amount in one drink) consumed was linked to a 5% higher risk of developing afib. About 24% (and ... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 22:41:00 EST Keep Tabs On Your Drinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50109_keep_tabs_on_your_drinking Examining The Evidence<br><br>But despite popular belief, the evidence that alcohol is good for your heart is fairly weak and based solely on what researchers call observational data. "We observe that people who drink moderately have lower rates of heart disease and death from heart disease, but that doesn't prove cause and effect," says Dr. Wiviott.<br><br>For example, light-to-moderate drinkers tend to be educated and relatively wealthy, and they're likely to have heart-healthy habits that... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 00:09:00 EST Chicken soup to help heal a cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50098_chicken_soup_to_help_heal_a_cold There's nothing like a steaming bowl of chicken soup when you feel under the weather. It may be worth giving yourself a dose of chicken soup as a preventative measure before the first twinge of a cold appears. A 1998 report from Coping with Allergies and Asthma found that broth may improve the function of cilia (the tiny hairs in our noses) that prevent contagions getting into the body.<br><br>Other key ingredients in a chicken soup include onions, garlic and additional vegetables that add f... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 08:48:00 EST Keep Tabs On Your Drinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50094_keep_tabs_on_your_drinking When it comes to alcohol, moderation is still the mantra. But even one drink a day may pose a risk to the heart.<br><br>Wine, champagne, and cocktails are standard fare at many holiday gatherings. But before you raise your glass, make sure you're aware of just how much alcohol you're actually consuming---and how it may affect your heart.<br><br>As part of a standard health history, most physicians will ask about your drinking habits. In general, moderate drinking---defined as one drink per... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Healthy Eating During Cold and Flu Season http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50089_healthy_eating_during_cold_and_flu_season As the weather becomes colder and we stay indoors more, people often catch colds or other viruses. The cold and flu season can begin as early as October and usually ends sometime in April. While there is no way to cure the common cold or the flu, healthy eating during cold and flu season can help you avoid getting sick.<br><br>By eating a variety of foods from all food groups, you can ensure you're getting the vitamins, minerals and macronutrients your body needs to support your immune system... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 20:49:00 EST Get your ZZZZZZZsss http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50088_get_your_zzzzzzzsss For me I notice when I get more rest, I tend to eat less and feel more focused. I can't believe the difference from changing to the 6 hours I was getting, to the 8 to 8.5 I get now. In the past month, I have lost 14 lbs. This month I joined spark and committed to some serious tracking with my exercise. For most of my life when I was healthy, I did not focus on sleep. It's not that I couldn't operate on less sleep - I am a workaholic, type AAA personality, high achiever so not meeting cer... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 20:44:00 EST Helpful Shopping Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50085_helpful_shopping_tips First of all I plan my food for the week (I use the SparkPeople shopping list) <em>249</em> <br>I also use wunderlist to add items when I need to. <em>52</em> <br>When I'm shopping I stick to my list (mostly!) <br>Then when I get home I put snacks into single serves (using zip lock bags) <em>289</em> <em>22</em> <br>W... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 17:36:00 EST Black Coffee in the Morning and Green Tea in the Afternoon May Provide Valuable Health Benefits http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50075_black_coffee_in_the_morning_and_green_tea_in_the_afternoon_may_provide_valuable_health_benefits Black Coffee in the Morning and Green Tea in the Afternoon May Provide Valuable Health Benefits<br><br><br>Tea and coffee are among the most widely consumed beverages in the world. Tea is the most consumed beverage next to water, with 2 billion people drinking it every morning. Eighty-seven percent of millennials also report drinking it regularly.1<br><br>In the U.S. nearly 60 percent of adults drink coffee each morning, and 78 percent drink it at least occasionally.2 On the average, coffee d... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 10:45:00 EST How to lower your BP http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50073_how_to_lower_your_bp What can lower blood pressure within minutes?<br><br>Is there a method that can help with the spikes that is safe and always available without risking any negative side effects?<br><br>What is the cause of blood pressure spikes?<br><br>Before helping you with lowering the numbers I want you to consider the reason why you ended up with a spike in the first place. High blood pressure is not just “bad health luck”, inevitable “genetic fate”, but an end effect of long-term lifestyle errors.<br><b... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 08:44:00 EST Kimchi, Pea Protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50052_kimchi_pea_protein What is Kimchi?<br><br>Kimchi is a traditional, popular Lirean dish made of fermented, seasoned vegetables. It is often described as having a spicy, sour taste.<br><br>There are many varieties of kimchi, but most of them contain Napa cabbage; other common ingredients include daikon radishes and green onions. The cabbage is soaked in salt water, and then rinsed and combined with the other vegetables and a mixture that typically contains chili pepper, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, and sometimes... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 00:44:00 EST Eat Mushrooms During Winter to Radically Reduce Your Risk of the Cold and Flu http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50043_eat_mushrooms_during_winter_to_radically_reduce_your_risk_of_the_cold_and_flu Eat Mushrooms During Winter to Radically Reduce Your Risk of the Cold and Flu<br><br><br>Some of the most potent immunosupportive agents come from mushrooms, and science is just beginning to tap into this vast natural medicine warehouse.<br><br>There are mushrooms that kill viruses, mushrooms that kill bacteria, and even mushrooms that kill yeast—which may surprise you, given they're both fungi.<br><br>Some mushrooms destroy cancer cells, and others facilitate nerve regeneration.<br><br>Fungi... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 11:34:00 EST Risk and Prevention of coronary heart disease http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50039_risk_and_prevention_of_coronary_heart_disease Coronary heart disease risk factors are conditions or habits that raise your risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) and heart attack. These risk factors also increase the chance that existing CHD will worsen.<br><br>CHD, also called coronary artery disease, is a condition in which a waxy substance called plaque builds up on the inner walls of the coronary arteries. These arteries supply oxygen-rich blood to your heart muscle.<br><br>Plaque narrows the arteries and reduces blood flow to your hea... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 08:38:00 EST This Is What Happens After You Quit Smoking: A Timeline Of How Your Body Heals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50022_this_is_what_happens_after_you_quit_smoking_a_timeline_of_how_your_body_heals <br><br><br><br>Smoking is an addiction that’s programmed into our consciousness. It used to be prescribed by doctors in the good’ ol days, because it gave you more stamina. People who smoke just can’t seem to kick the habit – and it’s not their fault. These cancer sticks are designed to tuck you in and keep you stuck. To be able to quit, you need a really strong support system and plan set in place to be able to actually rewire your brain.<br><br>This is what happens after you stop:<br><br>2... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 04:57:00 EST Use the trackers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50015_use_the_trackers It's not exactly a secret, but SparkPeople's trackers are amazing! They're easy to understand and use and are very flexible. They're pretty basic, so you can tailor the ways you track so they work for your own purposes.<br><br>The first two weeks of my weight loss were spent doing nothing different except tracking everything: weight, food eaten, exercise, mood, sleep. I used all that info to learn about my own patterns. I could see how my sleep and food affected my mood, which affected my eat... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 17:55:00 EST Doing "Me" is Not Being Selfish... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=50013_doing_me_is_not_being_selfish I often do not place being healthy on not being stressed out or tensed or just not being a happy "me." I used to think oh I am exercising, eating 70% healthy & 30% junk which is a decent combo considering it used to be the other way. Well quite true during this holiday for me in all honesty.<br><br>I don't equate to having a facial, massage, nails done or going to the movies by myself as being healthy either. The other night everyone was out of the house, so I went to Meijer and picked up a f... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 15:26:00 EST How Gluten and Modern Food Processing Contribute to Poor Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49991_how_gluten_and_modern_food_processing_contribute_to_poor_health How Gluten and Modern Food Processing Contribute to Poor Health<br><br><br>“Gluten: A Gut Feeling” investigates the health effects of gluten. In recent years, the benefits of a gluten-free diet have become widely recognized, its popularity fueled by celebrity endorsements and an increasing number of books.<br><br>This includes The New York Times Best Seller, “Grain Brain,” written by Dr. David Perlmutter, a neurologist, in which he reveals how processed grains can trigger neurological dysfunc... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 15:15:00 EST Vitamin K2: The Missing Nutrient for Heart and Bone Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49974_vitamin_k2_the_missing_nutrient_for_heart_and_bone_health <br>Vitamin K2: The Missing Nutrient for Heart and Bone Health<br><br><br>Most everyone, including many conventional physicians, have begun to appreciate the importance and value of vitamin D. Few, however, recognize the importance of vitamin K2, which is nearly as important as vitamin D.<br><br>Dr. Dennis Goodman,1 who was born in South Africa and trained at the University of Cape Town, has multiple board certifications in cardiology (and several subspecialties) and holistic integrative medi... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 12:00:00 EST Staying Healthy in a Sick World. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49953_staying_healthy_in_a_sick_world Stress and negativity can work against us and bring us down. It can also make us sick. Take the time to follow some of these easy steps to stay healthy. <br>1. Stay Positive. is you offend someone, apologize! Life is short! I’d rather repair a bridge of fellowship than build a wall of resentment. <br>I also learned a valuable lesson. I had started a political conversation with the goal of starting positive dialog. Things deteriorated to mud slinging. Before I ever make another poli... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 05:50:00 EST How to Avoid the Holiday Bulge http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49939_how_to_avoid_the_holiday_bulge <br>How to Avoid the Holiday Bulge<br><br>Each holiday season brings with it the possibility of unwanted holiday pounds that often stick around indefinitely. Many of us gain a few pounds over each of the holidays, and according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health, most Americans never lose the weight we put on.<br><br>These tips will help you enjoy holiday parties and gatherings, while avoiding gaining the extra weight in the first place.<br>1. Arrive Satisfied<br><br>Grab a j... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 01:47:00 EST Adding bone broth for health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49923_adding_bone_broth_for_health There is a reason chicken soup is so good when we don't feel well. It's loaded with good stuff to heal our bodies and cut time off colds and stuffiness. What we once just called "broth" is not more popularly known as "bone broth" because good broth is a rich liquid made from the bones of whatever meat we choose.<br><br>Simmering several pounds of bones in water makes a broth, and these bone broths contain minerals in forms that your body can easily absorb: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, s... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 06:44:00 EST New Study Reveals Harmful Effects of Dim Light Exposure During Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49913_new_study_reveals_harmful_effects_of_dim_light_exposure_during_sleep New Study Reveals Harmful Effects of Dim Light Exposure During Sleep<br><br>Inside the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) of your brain, which is part of your hypothalamus, resides your master biological clock. Based on signals of light and darkness, your SCN tells your pineal gland when it's time to secrete melatonin, and when to turn it off.<br><br>Your melatonin level inversely rises and falls with light and darkness, and both your physical and mental health is intricately tied to this rhythm o... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 11:41:00 EST Here’s What Losing Sleep Does to Your Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49912_heres_what_losing_sleep_does_to_your_heart Here’s What Losing Sleep Does to Your Heart<br><br><br>Losing sleep is detrimental to your health, and research continues to pinpoint exactly why your body suffers when deprived of enough quality sleep. Many are at risk, including those who struggle with insomnia as well as people who work long, erratic hours or night shifts.<br><br>Emergency medicine personnel often fall into the latter category, and research presented at the 2016 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America r... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 11:09:00 EST E-Cigs Exposed: Not a Safe Alternative to Smoking http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49902_ecigs_exposed_not_a_safe_alternative_to_smoking E-Cigs Exposed: Not a Safe Alternative to Smoking<br><br><br>If you're using e-cigarettes, there's a chance you're doing so to reduce your risk of exposure to dangerous chemicals, or to experience smoking without the risk of using tobacco. However, in either case, you may be putting yourself at just as much risk of dangerous health conditions.<br><br>For instance, diacetyl is an artificial flavor used for adding a buttery taste to microwave popcorn. It has been linked to respiratory damage, i... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 11:25:00 EST How to stay healthy during the holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49860_how_to_stay_healthy_during_the_holidays Pecan pie! Honey-glazed ham! Candy cane truffles! Holiday food can inspire anxiety or ecstasy—or both—depending on your mind-set. Here’s the good news: The average weight gain for the holiday season is just one pound. Now for the bad: While that might not sound like much, research shows we don't lose it, and that one pound adds up year after year. And the news is worse for people who are already overweight, who add about five extra holiday pounds each year.<br><br>Sweet treats and rich meals ... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 21:12:00 EST Family and clutter http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49851_family_and_clutter I have tow sons who are healthy, and raise their children to be healthy as well. They have a healthy attitude towards life, and I just love being with them! <br>Unfortunately, not everyone in my family maintains quality health. People who do not have a healthy attitude often turn on those who do.<br><br>There are a few people that find fault with everything I do. They criticize my actions and ridicule the way that I choose to live my life. No matter what I do out of kindness towards them... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 08:40:00 EST Study: Consider Racket Sports and Swimming to Help You Live Longer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49845_study_consider_racket_sports_and_swimming_to_help_you_live_longer Study: Consider Racket Sports and Swimming to Help You Live Longer<br><br>There's no shortage of evidence showing that being active can extend your life. Less widely known, however, is whether certain types of activities may work in your favor more so than others.<br><br>Surprisingly, research on the health benefits of specific types of activities is scarce, so researchers from Europe and Australia examined the associations between six different sports/exercises and risk of death from heart d... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 13:43:00 EST My Normal Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49840_my_normal_day As a motivation to drink my water daily: I drink one glass before my coffee and in between every cup. Cup for glass. I love coffee in the morning. So this helps me drink more water. This is usually the only caffeine I allow myself. It also helps with dehydration. I also try to eat more protein and less carbohydrates. I add five fruit or vegetables a day. <em>381</em> <em>381</em> I usually limit breads and cereal that is high in sugar. I weigh my meat with a scale. And use measuring cup... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 08:39:00 EST Vitamin D, Coffee & Calcium Channel Blockers, & Nutrition Facts Labels http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49821_vitamin_d_coffee_calcium_channel_blockers_nutrition_facts_labels Vitamin D May Reduce Severe Asthma Attacks<br><br>A new Cochrane Library review suggests that taking an oral vitamin D supplement in addition to standard asthma medication may reduce severe asthma attacks. Low blood levels of vitamin D have been linked to increased risk for asthma attacks in people with the condition. In the study, a daily vitamin D supplement reduced the risk for severe asthma attacks requiring hospital admission or emergency department attendance from six percent to three... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 15:57:00 EST Therapy, Vitamin D, and Coffee http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49808_therapy_vitamin_d_and_coffee Therapy Takes A New Look At Weight Loss<br><br>A form of therapy that links weight-reduction efforts to larger personal values beyond weight loss may help you drop more pounds and keep them off longer than standard weight-loss plans that focus on calorie reduction and exercise. In a study published in the October 2016 issue of Obesity, the scientific journal of the Obesity Society, researchers found that Acceptance-Based Behavioral Treatment (ABT) helped people achieve their goals more effec... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 23:17:00 EST 12 Natural Remedies for a Sore Throat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49776_12_natural_remedies_for_a_sore_throat 12 Natural Remedies for a Sore Throat<br><br><br>A sore throat is uncomfortable and can also be very painful, particularly when it becomes difficult and painful to swallow, talk and even sleep. This symptom commonly appears at the beginning of a cold, pharyngitis, laryngitis or tonsillitis and can also include fevers, chills, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes and a headache. Whatever that cause of your sore throat, these easy remedies will give you relief — and they can also help support your immu... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 23:44:00 EST MY TRIVIAL SECRET http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49775_my_trivial_secret TRIVIA THAT’S NOT TRIVIAL<br><br>I’m not a big trivia game player. They inevitably ask questions in areas that I have no interest in, like pop culture or sports. However, I like to see my Spark Points go up, so I started answering trivia questions. <br>Most of these questions aren’t trivial at all, because they center around my health, my nutrition, and how to ensure a healthier, longer life. I don’t know about you, but that has my attention. <br> <em>104</em> <br>For example, today’s q... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 23:38:00 EST Well Being Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49735_well_being_secrets Patience and preparedness. Everyone's body is different from the inside out and everywhere in-between. I have been at this challenge from every angle for a lot of years. <br><br>Weight loss that is fast is not healthy and will most likely not stay off. I have gotten healthier by starting with my mental/emotional well being. Most Diet programs do not have an actual counselor attached. Their reps are great but they are admittedly not therapists. Dig deeper and find the source, then the motivati... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 13:59:00 EST Christmas 2016 Survival Guide http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49719_christmas_2016_survival_guide Baking: As a Southerner, I'm from a culture that revolves around food, and we know how to make it well. Everyone and their grandma has a special pie, pound cake, cake, or casserole recipe. We bring food to gatherings, potlucks, death, you name it. It wasn't until I left that I realized in some parts of the country giving people things liked stuffed chicken or fillets of fish might seem a bit odd.<br><br>Trying to cut back, not baking is hard. It's a hobby I enjoy, but gave up for the most par... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 11:26:00 EST My life as a caregiver http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49700_my_life_as_a_caregiver It's hard being a caregiver. My Mum lived with us for 6 years after my father died, then a gentleman she didn't know, but somehow relatives knew of him, called. And proposed over the phone. And flew out an married Mum! He was 90 at the time and she was 84.<br><br>They flew to South Carolina and I went with them, stayed a week, setting up Mum's finances and physician, then I flew back to California. Lots of tears, pleadings to return "soon" which I did faithfully for the next two years. F... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 07:41:00 EST Cooking Methods May Affect Diabetes Risk Factors http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49697_cooking_methods_may_affect_diabetes_risk_factors Cooking Methods May Affect Diabetes Risk Factors.<br><br>If you have diabetes risk factors, such as elevated insulin levels and obesity, changing the way you cook may benefit your health, according to a study in the October 2016 issue of Diabetologia. Researchers focused on substances called advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which are linked with insulin resistance, a risk factor for type 2 diabetes. "Dry-heat" cooking (frying, baking, and grilling) causes foods to produce higher amou... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 23:36:00 EST Sources Of Potassium http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49677_sources_of_potassium For all women and men over age 19 (except those who are pregnant or lactating), the recommended daily intake for potassium is 4,700 milligrams per day. However, studies have shown that fewer than 10 percent of American women meet that recommendation. You can get the recommended amount by consuming about five servings of fruits and vegetables per day, and about two or three servings of fatty fish (salmon tuna) each week.<br><br>Vegetable sources of potassium include sweet potatoes, winter sq... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 22:16:00 EST Help Prevent Hypertension with a Potassium-Rich Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49657_help_prevent_hypertension_with_a_potassiumrich_diet Balanced potassium and sodium levels help control blood pressure.<br><br>A diet that is high in potassium has been associated with a reduced chance of developing high blood pressure (hyper-tension), which, in turn, lowers the risk of stroke, heart attack, and heart failure.<br><br>Potassium Balances Sodium<br><br>Potassium affects blood pressure through its complementary relationship with sodium; these two minerals play key roles in maintaining fluid levels in your body. Eating too much sodi... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 22:34:00 EST Why should I get a flu shot? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49648_why_should_i_get_a_flu_shot Getting an annual flu vaccine is a safe, effective way to prevent the flu. The vaccine causes your body to develop antibodies to several strains of influenza virus. These antibodies help protect your body against infection.<br><br>Influenza, or the flu, is not just a simple cold. The following symptoms that often accompany the flu are more severe than the symptoms of the common cold:<br><br>a high fever<br>chills<br>body aches<br>a sore throat<br>a cough<br>fatigue<br><br>Getting an annual fl... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 07:08:00 EST A Healthy Brain Requires B Vitamins http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49645_a_healthy_brain_requires_b_vitamins A Healthy Brain Requires B Vitamins<br><br>"Consuming whole foods, from peanut butter and salmon to whole grains and dark leafy greens, not only provides more antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals than processed foods, but are also excellent sources of B vitamins. A wide variety of whole foods is key to meeting all your B vitamin needs," explains Arday. "There is one exception: Even with a varied, healthy diet, some people may be deficient in vitamin B12."<br><br>Vegans and v... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 23:08:00 EST Plant based Lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49640_plant_based_lifestyle Learning more about going meatless before i make the switch to a plant based diet.<br><br>Based on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes; and it excludes or minimizes meat (including chicken and fish), dairy products, and eggs, as well as highly refined foods like bleached flour, refined sugar, and oil.<br><br>A whole-food, plant-based diet is not vegan. Or raw. But recent research shows that it just might be the antidote to heart disease, cancer, and, yes, the last five pound... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:49:00 EST Vitamin D Prevents Infections and Slashes Cancer Risk http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49637_vitamin_d_prevents_infections_and_slashes_cancer_risk Vitamin D Prevents Infections and Slashes Cancer Risk<br><br><br>Vitamin D has some pretty extraordinary achievements under its proverbial belt, not the least of which is disease prevention. Skin exposed to the sun produces this "sunshine vitamin," which helps prevent osteoporosis and promotes strong bones and teeth.<br><br>It's known to be advantageous and even crucial in several areas of your body, as a deficiency has been implicated in such problems as macular degeneration, lupus, bowel di... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 11:36:00 EST A Healthy Brain Requires B Vitamins http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49629_a_healthy_brain_requires_b_vitamins The vitamins help reduce risk factors for inflammation, brain injury.<br><br>Folate, B12 and B6 (pyridoxine) are the nutrients that receive the most attention for improving brain health, due to their well-studied role in reducing homocysteine. Homocysteine is an amino acid that, in high levels, is linked to brain shrinkage, Alzheimer's disease, cognitive decline and coronary artery disease.<br><br>However, the remaining B vitamins-----thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic ... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 21:34:00 EST A lesson I learned: Healthy Living Requires Consistency http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49624_a_lesson_i_learned_healthy_living_requires_consistency What do I mean by using the word consistency? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, consistency is "agreement or harmony of parts or features to one another or a whole."<br><br>We are members of the SparkPeople community. I believe we all have goals of becoming healthier and staying healthy. To successfully achieve these goals, I believe we must have "agreement or harmony of three parts" of our life: sleep, exercise, and a healthy food plan. All are dependent on each other. <br><br>I h... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 15:21:00 EST Adult Asthma Linked To Higher Risk of Heart Disease and The Boozy Business Meal: Costly For Your Heart? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49617_adult_asthma_linked_to_higher_risk_of_heart_disease_and_the_boozy_business_meal_costly_for_your_heart Adult Asthma Linked To Higher Risk Of Heart Disease:<br><br>People with late-onset asthma were 57% more likely to suffer a heart-related event than those without asthma. In contrast, people whose asthma began during childhood had similar rates of heart-related events as those without the lung disease.<br><br>The findings suggest but do not prove that asthma affects heart disease risk. Although the researchers were able to account for some factors that might bias the results, such as smoking... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 22:28:00 EST Vitamin K: The Key Vitamin to Use with Vitamin D to Help Reduce Osteoporosis by 25 Percent http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49614_vitamin_k_the_key_vitamin_to_use_with_vitamin_d_to_help_reduce_osteoporosis_by_25_percent Vitamin K: The Key Vitamin to Use with Vitamin D to Help Reduce Osteoporosis by 25 Percent<br><br><br>You may be aware that vitamin D and calcium are a powerful duo for bone health, including the prevention of osteoporosis. One of the undisputed benefits of vitamin D is that it helps you ABSORB calcium – this link has been known for many decades.<br><br>But there is also evidence that vitamin K, and specifically vitamin K2, is another key player in your bone health, and may be just as crucial... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 12:41:00 EST Healthier Golden Years and Adult Asthma Linked to Heart Disease http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49602_healthier_golden_years_and_adult_asthma_linked_to_heart_disease Healthier Golden Years For People With Long-Lived Parents?<br><br>If one or both of your parents lived to age 70 or beyond, you're less likely to have cardiovascular problems in late middle age and be less likely to die at an early age, a new study suggests.<br><br>Researchers recruited 186,000 non-adopted people between ages 55 to 73 who had at least one deceased parent. After a follow-up of at least eight years, they found that the older a participant's mother and father were at their deat... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 22:58:00 EST The importance of fiber! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49600_the_importance_of_fiber Fiber is an important part of a healthy balanced diet. It can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, weight gain and some cancers, and can also improve digestive health.<br>However, many people don't get enough fiber. On average, most people in the United States get about 15g of fiber a day. You should aim for at least 25-30g a day.<br>For children it is recommended the average amount of dietary fiber per day should be:<br>2-5-year-olds: about 15g<br>5-11-year-olds: about 20g<br>11-16-year-old... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 18:12:00 EST Planning Ahead For Your Future Medical Care http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49587_planning_ahead_for_your_future_medical_care Only about a quarter of adult Americans have an advance directive, a document that helps guide your future care. The first step is to choose a health care proxy-----someone who will have the knowledge and strength to carry out your wishes regarding the health care you receive. Many people have heard of a living will. However, this document may not address the range of possible situations beyond whether you want to be resuscitated or receive artificial life support. The numerous possible d... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:57:00 EST Planning Ahead For Your Future Medical Care http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49571_planning_ahead_for_your_future_medical_care Living longer with heart failure:<br><br>We tend to think about these discussions as being appropriate for people who are either very old or who have an advanced stage of cancer. In fact, cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death. Yet over the past few decades, treatment advances have changed the arc of this disease. More people are surviving heart attacks, which means there are more people who eventually develop heart failure-----when the weakened heart can't pump enough bl... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 22:58:00 EST HOW TO DRINK MORE WATER http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49569_how_to_drink_more_water I have finally discovered the secret to drinking more water. I had always struggled with drinking 8 glass a day. I felt like I was drowning in water and that I needed to keep chugging in order to make it work.<br><br>However, all that changed when I walked into a sporting goods store and saw the Camelbaks on sale. With my spill-proof, obnoxiously bright blue water bottle, I have found it easier to drink water all day. How? IT HAS A STRAW!<br><br>I have found it so much easier to drink more wa... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:56:00 EST Preventing Blood Clots & Planning Ahead For Your Future Medical Care http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49554_preventing_blood_clots_planning_ahead_for_your_future_medical_care Warfarin Alternatives<br><br>Non-Vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) target a different part of the blood clotting process than warfarin does. They include apixaban (Eliquis), dabigatran (Pradasa), edoxaban (Savaysa), and rivaroxaban (Xarelto). These drugs prevent strokes just as well as warfarin but have far fewer interactions with drugs and foods and don't require blood tests or frequent dose adjustments. NOACs also cause half as much brain bleeding as warfarin.<br><br>But t... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 23:55:00 EST Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Depression, Pain, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and Breast Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49545_vitamin_d_deficiency_linked_to_depression_pain_inflammatory_bowel_disease_and_breast_cancer Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Depression, Pain, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and Breast Cancer<br><br><br>Vitamin D research continues to impress upon us the importance of appropriate sun exposure as the ideal way to optimize your vitamin D levels.<br><br>Winter limits sun exposure for many up to six months of the year. During those times, your next best bet would be artificial UVB light, as UV ray exposure also appears to have health benefits above and beyond the production of vitamin D.<br>... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:09:00 EST 7 Signs You May Have a Vitamin D Deficiency http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49544_7_signs_you_may_have_a_vitamin_d_deficiency 7 Signs You May Have a Vitamin D Deficiency<br><br>Vitamin D deficiency is incredibly common in the US, but many Americans mistakenly believe they aren't at risk because they consume vitamin-D-fortified foods (such as milk).<br><br>There are very few foods that actually have therapeutic levels of vitamin D naturally and even fortified foods do not contain enough vitamin D to support your health needs.<br><br>Despite its name, vitamin D is not a regular vitamin. It's actually a steroid hormone... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 12:36:00 EST Secret to Relieve Constipation and Detox Naturally http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49538_secret_to_relieve_constipation_and_detox_naturally Constipation is not exactly something I feel comfortable discussing in public, but I know the struggle can be very real and a real pain in the a..stronomical sense.<br><br>I have had really severe constipation ever since I was a child, super painful memories. I remember crying in the toilet so many times, and wondering if I am the strange one in the family. The tricks that my mom taught me were endless, eating fruits and vegetable all day, drinking lots of water, jumping around up and down ... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:25:00 EST Preventing Blood Clots http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49518_preventing_blood_clots Since the first of these Warfarin alternatives became available in 2010, they have been slowly replacing warfarin. In fact, most people newly diagnosed with atrial fibrillation now receive a NOAC instead of warfarin, says Dr. Ruff. But for longtime warfarin users, most doctors have taken an approach of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" to those who seem to be stable on the drug.<br><br>"This new finding suggests that we should be much more vigilant about making sure people who take warfarin... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 22:46:00 EST Preventing Blood Clots http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49501_preventing_blood_clots Is Warfarin still right for you?<br><br>Using warfarin effectively is challenging-----perhaps even more so than doctors have realized.<br><br>For more than 60 years, warfarin has been a mainstay for people with atrial fibrillation. Used properly, warfarin may prevent as many as 60% of strokes related to this common heart rhythm disorder each year. But warfarin is notoriously tricky to manage because blood levels have to be kept within a narrow range to avoid side effects such as unwanted bl... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 20:58:00 EST Ladies - are you too tired? Get to the bottom of it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49491_ladies_are_you_too_tired_get_to_the_bottom_of_it For about a year, I did very little exercise because I felt very tired. I thought it was normal: I was 40, I work full time, and have a child. But then I would wake up at night quite often and had trouble going back to sleep, and my heart would start skipping beats more and more often during the day and night, sometimes waking me.<br><br>I get anxious very easily, and I had been diagnosed with depression before, so I knew what those felt like. This was not it... I was stressed, but in a way t... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 05:24:00 EST Magnesium: A Mineral You Might Be Missing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49487_magnesium_a_mineral_you_might_be_missing Following a heart-healthy diet, like the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, will help. That's because the DASH diet recommends eating eight to 10 daily servings of fruits and vegetables, which are naturally low in sodium and high in magnesium as well as potassium, another mineral that seems to help lower blood pressure. And chocolate lovers have a good reason to indulge on occasion: a 1-ounce square of dark chocolate (60%-70% cocoa solids) contains 50 mg of magnesium.<br><... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 21:30:00 EST Magnesium: A Mineral You Might Be Missing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49471_magnesium_a_mineral_you_might_be_missing No Clear Benefits<br><br>The study, published in the August issue of Hypertension, revealed a very modest drop in blood pressure---about one to two millimeters of mercury (mm Hg)-----among people who took magnesium supplements for three months. The magnesium doses ranged from 240 to 940 milligrams (mg) and were taken by people both with and without high blood pressure, some of whom may also have been taking blood pressure medications. As a result, we can't really draw any firm conclusions a... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 22:32:00 EST Tips for Healthy Living http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49468_tips_for_healthy_living Over the years I have found many ways to maintain a healthy living so here are all my Tips! Spark points here I come ;) - joking <br><br>*Change things slowly and one at a time. Took me 6 months to change family from white to whole wheat. Then it took me 2 years to get us off the sugar packed products. <br><br>*Change for your life not just until you drop a pound or two otherwise weight comes back when old habits come back.<br><br>*Don't cut out your favorite foods still include them in your ... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 15:04:00 EST Monitoring Your Heart Rhythm With A Smartphone: A Good Call? & Magnesium http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49456_monitoring_your_heart_rhythm_with_a_smartphone_a_good_call_magnesium A Reassuring Rhythm<br><br>For the JAHA study, trained personnel helped participants use the phone-based devices correctly. In the real world, false positives-----reporting afib when it is not actually present-----might be more common. For example, a finger slip might create a blip that looks like afib, says Dr. King. On the plus side, both Kardio and the new app based on color changes had a very low rate of false negatives, meaning they rarely misclassified actual bouts of afib as a norma... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 23:16:00 EST Starting My Keto Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49450_starting_my_keto_life This is my current state of being: No Grains, No Potatoes, No Sugar<br><br>I started this on 09/15/16 and I was pretty excited and scared. I had already begun cutting back my carbs since I knew the program was coming up but I honestly did not expect the level of the word “NO” until my first meeting. <br>The first week we did not count carbs, we counted tsps. of sugar. We took the number of Carbs and divided that by 5 = tsps. of sugar. So let’s say for Breakfast you have a plain bagel and that... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:59:00 EST 4 Ways to Thrive During the Holidays! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49441_3_ways_to_thrive_during_the_holidays The holidays can be filled with joy and excitement, but can also be very stressful and hard to maintain commitment to your health and nutrition goals. These are three things that have helped me to not only stay sane, but also balanced during a crazy holiday season:<br><br>1. Decide which events on your calendar are truly important. There are family, work, school, kids events and more! It can get overwhelming, so try writing out a list of the Top 5 Most Important Things in Your Life. Then look... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 01:35:00 EST Monitoring Your Heart Rhythm With A Smartphone: A Good Call? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49438_monitoring_your_heart_rhythm_with_a_smartphone_a_good_call A typical ECG uses 12 electrodes placed on the chest, arms, and legs to record the heart's electrical activity. But a simpler version, known as a single-lead ECG (like that used in the Kardia system), is sufficient to detect an irregular pulse, which raises the suspicion of afib. You can share the 30-second recordings with your cardiologist, which might help inform your treatment. People diagnosed with afib typically take anti-clotting drugs to lower their risk of stroke.<br><br>Lights, Ca... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 22:44:00 EST FODMAP diet for Irritable Bowel http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49435_fodmap_diet_for_ibs I have found that sticking fairly close to the allowed foods on the FODMAP diet for IBS sufferers has made a dramatic change in my health. I always thought IBS was cramps and diarrhea but reading an article here on SP made me realize that I have suffered from IBS my entire life (and I am now 68!) My symptoms have been bloating and constipation. I actually had hemorrhoids before my 8th birthday from straining to move my bowels. In eating out, some "foods to avoid" are pretty hard to accommodat... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 20:52:00 EST Know the Signs of B12 Deficiency and Top B12 Benefits http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49428_know_the_signs_of_b12_deficiency_and_top_b12_benefits Know the Signs of B12 Deficiency and Top B12 Benefits<br><br><br>Pregnant women were recently given new information in regard to optimizing their child's health: Make sure you're getting enough vitamin B12.<br><br>A recent study revealed that babies whose moms had a B12 deficiency during pregnancy may later have higher odds of developing type 2 diabetes, as well as other serious metabolic problems.1<br><br>If you've ever gotten "that tired feeling" and general lack of energy, you may not real... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:17:00 EST Monitoring Your Heart Rhythm With A Smartphone: A Good Call? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49421_monitoring_your_heart_rhythm_with_a_smartphone_a_good_call An app that detects an irregular heart rhythm could be reassuring for people worried about afib.<br><br>Just over two years ago, the FDA approved the AliveCor Heart Monitor, which consists of a smartphone app plus a phone case with special sensors on the back. Touching the sensors with your fingers allows you to see a simple version of your heart's electrical activity on the phone screen. In the latest version, called Kardia, the sensors just need to be near (not necessarily on) your phone.... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 20:49:00 EST Doctor's Visits: Why Checkups Are Vital http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49414_doctors_visits_why_checkups_are_vital Doctor's Visits: Why Checkups Are Vital<br><br>Remember that old saying about an ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure? It more than applies to the regular doctor's visit.<br><br><br><br>When you were little, your parents probably made sure you had an annual checkup with your doctor. But as you've grown older, you may have gotten out of this habit.<br><br>Health professionals stress that these regular exams are important to help identify risk factors and problems before they become ... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 10:35:00 EST Heart Disease and Brain Health: Looking At The Links http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49408_heart_disease_and_brain_health_looking_at_the_links Heart and Brain<br><br>More subtle injuries are caused by tiny blockages in the small vessels deep within the brain. These silent strokes are 10 to 20 times more common than overt strokes. The microscopic damage they leave behind also raises the risk that dementia will emerge at a later date.<br><br>Having blood vessels compromised by plaque buildup can also pave the way for Alzheimer's. The accumulation of deposits of a protein known as beta-amyloid-----the hallmark of the disease-----is ... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 21:31:00 EST Heart Disease and Brain Health: Looking At The Links http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49393_heart_disease_and_brain_health_looking_at_the_links Poor blood flow in the brain can chip away at thinking skills. Keeping your blood vessels healthy can help protect both your heart and your brain.<br><br>Just like in the rest of your body, advancing years can take a toll on your brain function. Much of this slowing down is predictable and can be chalked up to normal aging. However, when thinking skills become increasingly fuzzy and forgetfulness gets to be a way of life, an early form of dementia known as mild cognitive impairment may be ... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 23:54:00 EST Pancreatitis Causes, Symptoms and Prevention http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49387_pancreatitis_causes_symptoms_and_prevention Pancreatitis Causes, Symptoms and Prevention<br><br>What is the pancreas, and what is its purpose in our body? Most people are familiar with the name, but may not be familiar about what this organ does. Essentially, your pancreas plays an important role in your digestive system by producing enzymes that help break down food in your intestines.<br><br>What Does the Pancreas Look Like?<br><br>Located right behind your stomach in the abdominal area, the pancreas is a gland that measures 6 to 10 ... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:26:00 EST 6 Ways to Boost Women's Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49386_6_ways_to_boost_womens_health 6 Ways to Boost Women's Health<br><br>Women's health concerns are a little different from those of men. If you're a woman, these tips will soon have you feeling fit and energetic.<br><br>To look and feel your best at every age, it’s important to make smart lifestyle and health choices. Here are six simple things that women can do every day (or with regularity) to ensure good health:<br><br>Health Tip #1: Eat a healthy diet. “You want to eat as close to a natural foods diet as you can,” says D... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:06:00 EST Is Risk For Depression Heredity & Brain Training for Paralyzed People http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49377_is_risk_for_depression_heredity_brain_training_for_paralyzed_people Participants with both a parent and a grandparent who developed major depression faced three times the normal risk for the illness, according to a report published online August 10, 2016 in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. The findings suggest that people with a family history of depression should be alert to symptoms of the illness and seek professional help for them. Depression is very treatable.<br><br>"Brain Training" Helps Paralyzed People Move Again<br><br>An exciting new treatment advanc... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 21:09:00 EST I've Doing it Right at Public Restrooms but Wrong at Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49375_ive_doing_it_right_at_public_restrooms_but_wrong_at_home Yeah, you read that right. The way we go to the bathroom has been incorrect since the rise of the western civilization and the creation of the modern toilet.<br><br>So I was updating my Iphone when I ran across some of the things we have been doing wrong for most of our lives and going to the potty sitting with our feet planted on the floor is bad. I do this at home because I always thought it was the right way in which to do it. I go to public restrooms and squat all day long and my #2 seem ... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 16:30:00 EST Multivitamins: Should You Take One? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49370_multivitamins_should_you_take_one Multivitamins: Should You Take One?<br><br>Food is the best source of most nutrients, but a multivitamin can help provide what your diet doesn't. Find out what to look for in a daily multivitamin.<br><br><br>Our bodies need many different vitamins and minerals to function properly.<br><br>Vitamins and minerals also offer us protection against a host of ailments, including heart disease and some cancers, such as colon and cervical cancer.<br><br>The good news is that we can get most of the vit... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 12:01:00 EST Low Body Weight & Old Age Is Risk For Depression Hereditary? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49361_low_body_weight_old_age_is_risk_for_depression_hereditary Low Body Weight Increases AD Risk In Older Age<br><br>A study conducted by researchers at MGH and Brigham and Women's Hospital suggests that older adults with a low body mass index (BMI) may be at increased risk for Alzheimer's Disease (AD). The scientists looked at the medical histories and the results of physical exams, brain imaging, and genetic testing in 280 healthy adults ranging in age from 62 to 90. According to study results published August 3, 2016 in the Journal of Alzheimer's Di... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 21:29:00 EST No Salt!! As If I Could http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49357_no_salt_as_if_i_could So I am a person who should use less salt that the law allows. I should actually be using a 4th of the salt that the law allows. I am shaking my head and giggling to myself but it is so true. It is also no way shape for form a laughable moment. I know this in my heart of hearts to be true by the mind can't see to follow the guidelines. <br><br>One could say that I am marginal coo coo and they would be 150% correct! There are moments when I know I need to seek clarity and guidance outside of m... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 13:49:00 EST The health benefits of owning a pet http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49346_the_health_benefits_of_owning_a_pet Men will often choose a dog over his best friend. And kittens and cat videos rule the Internet. Why are both of these things true? Because pets greatly improve our mood and provide a sense of comfort and connection. Despite hairballs and pet "accidents" we cherish our furry family members and they are good for our health.<br><br>Numerous studies over the years have confirmed that pet owners enjoy a wealth of health benefits, including lower levels of stress, better cardiovascular health, an e... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 05:39:00 EST Sleep Apnea Increases Risk For Depression And Cognitive Decline http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49340_sleep_apnea_increases_risk_for_depression_and_cognitive_decline Memory Maximizers<br><br>The scientists found that, even in participants whose brain scans showed early signs of AD, those who had worked or continued to work in jobs requiring significant person-to-person interactions in real time were the most likely to preserve cognitive functions, such as memory and problem-solving. Jobs with social interaction outranked other challenging jobs that did not involve social interaction, such as occupations involving complex data or complicated machinery. E... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 22:17:00 EST Eat, drink, do- keep it balanced http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49339_eat_drink_do_keep_it_balanced I'm not really good at writing so please bear with me. I went to the store one day and wanted something to drink. I saw a sign which said keep in balance what you eat, drink and do. I agree with my whole heart. <br>Eat only when your stomach is hungry, not when you are mouth hungry or mentally hungry and no mindless eatting at all.<br> Drink 8 cups of water a day because (for me, I think and feel an article I read was correct when it said) our muscles, expecially our heart muscle (the most ... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 21:22:00 EST Sleep Apnea Increases Risk For Depression And Cognitive Decline http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49325_sleep_apnea_increases_risk_for_depression_and_cognitive_decline Treatments for OSA<br><br>Treatment for OSA usually involves adherence to healthy lifestyle strategies and the use of devices designed to increase oxygen delivery to the brain. These include the continuous positive airflow pressure device (CPAP, which delivers a constant flow of air into breathing passages through a mask covering the nose and mouth) and dental devices designed to reposition the lower jaw or tongue in order to open the airway during sleep.<br><br>What You Should Know<br><br>A... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 21:49:00 EST Sleep Apnea Increases Risk For Depression And Cognitive Decline http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49312_sleep_apnea_increases_risk_for_depression_and_cognitive_decline Brain Damage<br><br>It is not yet known precisely how OSA causes cognitive impairment; however, scientists have identified a number of potentially damaging brain changes associated with the disorder. <br><br>A paper published in the August 2016 issue of the Journal of Sleep Research suggests significant alterations in two brain chemicals-----the neurotransmitters gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which helps slow brain activity and promote feelings of calm, and glutamate, which acts to boost br... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 22:25:00 EST 5 tips for a nice smile http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49310_5_tips_for_a_nice_smile <br><br><br><br>5 Tips for a Nice Smile<br>By Joanne Barker, Reviewed by Michael Friedman, DDS on March 22, 2015<br>With selfies and instant photo sharing, a camera-ready smile is great to have. You don't need to be a celebrity to know how to flash a glowing grin, though. Follow these steps to get pictures you'll be happy to send to your friends.<br><br>No. 1: Be natural.<br><br>When it's picture time, smile gently. That way, your face looks relaxed. Your mouth opens slightly, and your lower ... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 21:10:00 EST The Health Benefits of Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49302_the_health_benefits_of_water The Health Benefits of Water<br>We all need water to survive, but how exactly does it help?<br><br><br>Exercise is not Optional: Your Life Depends on It!<br><br>The body loses water through breathing, sweating, and digestion, which is why it's important to rehydrate by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water.<br><br>Most people who are in good physical health get enough fluids by drinking water and other beverages when they're thirsty, and also by drinking a beverage at mealtime.<... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 11:04:00 EST Sleep Apnea Increases Risk For Depression And Cognitive Decline http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49287_sleep_apnea_increases_risk_for_depression_and_cognitive_decline There are a number of lifestyle strategies that may help lower a person's risk for the sleep disorder or help to reduce its symptoms. These strategies include:<br><br>Controlling allergies to reduce inflammation that interferes with breathing.<br><br>Using a saline nasal spray or breathing strips (external nasal dilators) to clear nasal passages and make breathing easier.<br><br>Adjusting your sleep position. Symptoms of OSA are associated with sleeping on your back. Sleeping on your side ... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 11:05:00 EST Sleep Apnea Increases Risk For Depression And Cognitive Decline http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49278_sleep_apnea_increases_risk_for_depression_and_cognitive_decline Although vulnerability to OSA may be related to factors beyond the individual's control, there are a number of lifestyle strategies that may help lower a person's risk for the sleep disorder or help to reduce its symptoms. These strategies include:<br><br>Weight Loss. Excess weight is associated with a higher incidence of OSA, as is a larger neck size, since this may indicate the presence of fatty tissue that can narrow the airway. Men with neck circumferences of 17 inches or more, and wom... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 22:24:00 EST Sleep Apnea Increases Risk For Depression And Cognitive Decline http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49267_sleep_apnea_increases_risk_for_depression_and_cognitive_decline The disorder can damage brain cells and lead to mood and memory troubles, but lifestyle changes and treatment can cure it.<br><br>As many as 25 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a sleep disorder that represents a major danger to the brain. OSA heightens risk for potentially brain-damaging physical conditions, such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. In addition, people with the sleep disorder-----the vast majority of whom remain undiagnose... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 22:16:00 EST Good Habits to Keep You and Others Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49252_good_habits_to_keep_you_and_others_healthy A flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against the flu. Follow these additional tips to stay healthy and keep others healthy this flu season:<br><br><br>Wash your hands frequently during the flu season. You may use soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rinse (alcohol rinses are available at all pharmacies and should contain at least 60 percent alcohol). Remember to wash your hands for 20 seconds.<br><br>Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Viruses are often spr... Wed, 9 Nov 2016 22:17:00 EST Making The Most Of Close Relationships http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49247_making_the_most_of_close_relationships Count the Benefits<br><br>The benefits of supportive relationships are many and varied. Research published online January 14, 2016 in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found that individuals who had greater levels of social support enjoyed better mental health and that negative social relationships were associated with poorer physical health.<br><br>The study adds to evidence from previous research that spending time with a network of caring friends and relatives can result in... Wed, 9 Nov 2016 12:08:00 EST Making The Most Of Close Relationships http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49238_making_the_most_of_close_relationships Optimizing Relationships<br><br>*****Share your feelings. Asking for advice and discussing issues that trouble you with your loved ones can help you process your emotions, lower your stress levels, and give others a chance to offer their support and reassurance.<br><br>*****Accept others as they are. Don't be judgmental. Remember that learning about other points of view can broaden your perspectives. Be patient with others' foibles.<br><br>*****Expect changes. Nothing remains the same ov... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 21:40:00 EST Making The Most Of Close Relationships http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49226_making_the_most_of_close_relationships Loved ones provide a safe haven from the larger world that is linked to better health.<br><br>As you gather with family and friends around the Thanksgiving table, there's one thing you might be especially grateful for: the loving relationships that provide an essential source of support and guidance, and contribute to a happy and rewarding life.<br><br>"The bonds with close friends and family help provide a home base from which individuals can go out into the world with confidence and return... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 23:28:00 EST Change your mind. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49215_change_your_mind A quote I appreciate from the Nutritional Almanac, <br><br>"Everything that feeds the body, also feeds the brain. Our brain influences our behavior." <br><br>Why not try a little mind over matter (MOM)? <br>Your MOM is like a muscle. It becomes stronger with use. Change a thought to positive with a little help from your MOM. A neat quote I found on Pinterest,<br><br>"It is the voice that we whisper to ourselves that is the most powerful." <br><br>I used to gripe to myself about things... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 10:46:00 EST How To Age-Proof Your Brain http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49201_how_to_ageproof_your_brain 5. Stay Socially Engaged.<br><br>Avoiding isolation and participating in social activities keeps the brain stimulated and responsive to changing circumstances. People who are socially active are significantly more likely to maintain a youthful brain.<br><br>Signs Of Age<br><br>There are many possible brain changes that are related to aging, although not all may occur in every individual. Changes in functioning that begin most commonly in middle age may include slowing of the ability to acq... Sun, 6 Nov 2016 21:47:00 EST How To Age-Proof Your Brain http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49186_how_to_ageproof_your_brain 2. Maintain A Healthy Weight.<br><br>Excess weight speeds brain aging. A study published July 27, 2016 in Neurobiology of Aging found strong evidence that being overweight or obese in midlife and later can make the brain as much as 10 years older. Using brain scans to measure brain volume, researchers found a significant reduction in white matter-----brain tissue respondible for helping communication among brain cells-----in the brains of study participants who were obese or overweight com... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 16:58:00 EST How To Age-Proof Your Brain http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49174_how_to_ageproof_your_brain Age-Proofing<br><br>Brain aging varies from individual to individual, and depends in part upon genetic determinants over which we have no control. However, in addition to getting regular exercise (experts recommend 30 minutes or more of moderate to intense exercise at least five days a week), recent studies have identified a number of other strategies that individuals can use that appear to slow age-related brain changes. Taking these steps might be especially helpful in bolstering your bra... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 22:53:00 EST Finding Minutes to Make Health Matter http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49169_finding_minutes_to_make_health_matter I often feel pressed for time. I know I have to work out but I get so lazy that I remain in a sitting position listen to or watching Netflix. I know that I am not alone in my being so lazy.... If so, I am not alone. <br><br>Lack of time can be detrimental to my overall physical, emotional and spiritual health. When pressed for time, I tend to exercise less, eat foods for convenience rather than nutritional value, have less time to interact with my family and friends, and spend little, if any... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 14:41:00 EST How To Age-Proof Your Brain http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49156_how_to_ageproof_your_brain A healthy lifestyle can help delay or prevent many of the negative effects of aging on brain function and structure.<br><br>When it comes to brain aging, it's best not to take age-related cognitive decline sitting down. In fact, recent research suggests that swapping a sedentary lifestyle for one that includes regular moderate-to-vigorous exercise may be one of the best ways to slow brain aging among older adults.<br><br>In a study published May 17, 2016 in Neurology, researchers asked 900 o... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 22:29:00 EST The importance of exercise as you get older http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49155_the_importance_of_exercise_as_you_get_older Physical activity and exercise can help you stay healthy, energetic and independent as you get older.<br><br>Many adults aged 65 and over spend, on average, 10 hours or more each day sitting or lying down, making them the most sedentary age group.<br><br>They're paying a high price for their inactivity, with higher rates of falls, obesity, heart disease and early death compared with the general population.<br><br>As you get older, it becomes even more important to remain active if you want to... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 22:25:00 EST Drinking Loose Leaf Tea http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49146_drinking_loose_leaf_tea I am an emotional eater and a bored eater and an everything eater. When you sit in front of a computer working all day its so easy to pop treats and sweets in your mouth all day. So I have switched to tea. I drink loose leaf oolong or green tea. Way healthier then treats. It gets the physical hand motion in of hand to mouth but putting in water has to be better then putting in chocolates all day long. It also is a reminder to get up from my desk and take a break from my work to go fill ... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 10:08:00 EST The Importance of Laughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49145_the_importance_of_laughter I am a firm believer that laughter is the best medicine. <br><br>I have dealt with pain, chronic illness, anxiety, and as a result bouts of depression for half of my life. Being stubborn and determined, helped get me a long way, but having a sense of humor has been vital in my ability to keep a positive outlook. I’m certainly not afraid to laugh at myself or my situation. <br><br>I remember one time in particular I was with my mom at a busy flea market. I was out of my wheelchair, I had dit... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 09:31:00 EST Use SparkPoints as Your Daily Planner http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49119_use_sparkpoints_as_your_daily_planner I get so many comments from SparkFriends about how I get so many points! So, I figure after being here for over 6 years now and Maintaining for 5 and a half, I would pay it forward and tell you about this Secret of My Success!<br><br>When I started, I was clueless. I self-educated right here on SparkPeople. (Click the Learn Tab and find the answer to the questions you have!) Then I bought into the tracking concepts as I am such a Nerd! I started the day on the START tab, from the top of the p... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 11:32:00 EST Movement reduces stress and balances out everything else http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49044_movement_reduces_stress_and_balances_out_everything_else It's easy. Days I do not move are not as awesome. Days I move I always feel better band make better choices in both food and relationships. <br><br>Get up out of your desk and take the stairs.<br>Park farther away. <br>Grab a partner and go for a walk instead of sitting in the cafeteria for an hour. <br>Come into work and use the gym and hour early.<br>Wake up 30 minutes earlier and do some activity at home. <br>Try a pilates class. <br>Close your door and do a mat workout in your office.<br>... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:09:00 EST Plant-Based and Healthy and Fish Oil and The Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49038_plantbased_and_healthy_and_fish_oil_and_the_heart Plant-Based and Healthy<br><br>Plant-based diets are gaining steam.<br><br>But are they healthy?<br><br>Researchers looked at the risk of type 2 diabetes in 160,000 women and 40,000 men who were tracked for up to 28 years. Among the results:<br><br>*****Healthy Plant-Based Diet. Those who ate more healthy plant foods (whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, oils) and fewer unhealthy plant foods (fruit juices, sugary drinks, refined grains, white potatoes, sweets, desserts) and fewer ... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:22:00 EST Dodging Diabetes & Plant-Based and Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49026_dodging_diabetes_plantbased_and_healthy Want to keep your prediabetes from dropping its "pre"? In 2002, the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) showed that weight loss and exercise could help. Duke University researchers wanted to see if exercise alone is almost as good. <br><br>The scientists randomly assigned 237 sedentary adults aged 45 to 75 with prediabetes to:<br><br>*****Diet + low-dose moderate exercise: a low-calorie, lower-fat diet plus exercise equal to brisk walking for 8-1/2 miles per week,<br><br>*****Low-dose moder... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:51:00 EST How Aluminum in Vaccines Affects Your Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49019_how_aluminum_in_vaccines_affects_your_health How Aluminum in Vaccines Affects Your Health<br><br><br>Dr. Suzanne Humphries, author of "Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and The Forgotten History,"1 is a nephrologist who has committed the latter part of her medical career to exposing the oft-hidden facts about vaccines, their history, and what makes them potentially dangerous.<br><br>Aluminum (pronounced and spelled "aluminium" in Europe) is a known neurotoxin, and scientific evidence shows that it can play a significant role in n... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:20:00 EST Colorectal Cancer On The Decline....But Still Dangerous http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49013_colorectal_cancer_on_the_declinebut_still_dangerous What Else May (Or May Not) Matter<br><br>*****Smoking. "It's very clear that smoking is a cause of colorectal cancer, and the decline in smoking here is one factor that's contributing to our decline," says Harvard's Walter Willett. "Smoking has gone up in many East Asian countries and in China, in particular, now that people can afford it."<br><br>*****Alcohol. "Its a risk factor,, but the risk only goes up when you get beyond two drinks a day," says Willett.<br><br>*****Folic Acid. "The ... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:34:00 EST Hawthorn Berry for Your Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=49006_hawthorn_berry_for_your_heart Hawthorn Berry for Your Heart<br><br><br>A dense bush bearing tiny red berries, hawthorn bushes are common in wooded areas and fence rows across the U.S. and throughout the world. Many parts of the hawthorn (with the botanical name Crataegus), including its berries and flowers, have been used by traditional healers for centuries.<br><br>Resembling tiny sweet cherries, hawthorn berry "haws" have been used to make wine, jelly and flavored brandy for years, but not many people are aware of the i... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:20:00 EST Colorectal Cancer On The Decline....But Still Dangerous http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48999_colorectal_cancer_on_the_declinebut_still_dangerous Consider Aspirin:<br><br>"A series of randomized clinical trials has confirmed that taking aspirin for 10 years or more is associated with a lower risk of colorectal cancer," says Harvard's Andrew Chan.<br><br>"The evidence is so persuasive that the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force now recommends taking low-dose aspirin for the prevention of colorectal cancer as well as heart disease in people with cardiovascular risk factors."<br><br>That advice is for people aged 50 to 59 who have at lea... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 22:25:00 EST Watch out for the Germs... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48991_watch_out_for_the_germs Well that time of year will be here before you know it.. The dreaded cold and flu season.. I am on Infusions and I have not one ounce of Immune System to help me fight off a cold or flu.. I am already stocked up on Tissues and ready but I turn to my Hubby for help with this.. I am also allergic to evergreens as pines.. and now they are already and have a lot of the Christmas things out.. Grocery Stores filled up with the small trees in pots and I have noticed that some of the items that are l... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 15:11:00 EST Colorectal Cancer On The Decline....But Still Dangerous http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48978_colorectal_cancer_on_the_declinebut_still_dangerous Get Your Vitamin D:<br><br>"We see a very consistent relationship between lower blood levels of vitamin D and higher colorectal cancer risk," says Willett.<br><br>The large VITAL trial is now testing whether a high dose (2,000 IU a day) of vitamin D can lower the risk of colorectal cancer. "If there's a benefit, the results will be definitive," notes Willett. "But if we don't see something, it may be because the trial didn't last long enough or because too many people in the placebo group ... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 20:26:00 EST Colorectal Cancer On The Decline....But Still Dangerous http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48968_colorectal_cancer_on_the_declinebut_still_dangerous And giving people calcium carbonate (1,000 mg a day) eliminated the increase in nitrosamines that they excreted when they were fed six ounces a day of cooked ham for four days.<br><br>"Dairy products have also been related to lower risk, likely through the calcium pathway," adds Willett.<br><br>What has befuddled scientists are the results of two large clinical trials that gave calcium (1,200 mg a day) to people who had already had a precancerous colon polyp removed. Both studies were led by... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:17:00 EST Colorectal Cancer On The Decline....But Still Dangerous http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48951_colorectal_cancer_on_the_declinebut_still_dangerous Cut Back On Meat:<br><br>But nitrosamines can still form inside the body. "If you're consuming amines and amides from meats, and then you get naturally occurring nitrates from water or vegetables, nitrosamines can form in the gut," explains Cross.<br><br>"So with red meat, nitrosamines are formed only inside the body, but with processed meats, they can form both outside---during meat processing---and inside."<br><br>Is processed poultry like turkey bacon or chicken sausage safe? It's not cl... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:14:00 EST Colorectal Cancer On The Decline....But Still Dangerous http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48937_colorectal_cancer_on_the_declinebut_still_dangerous Keep A Lid On Insulin<br><br>"In Japan, obesity has hardly gone up, especially in women," says Willett. "The rates are still around 5 percent, compared to 40 percent here." (He's counting only obese, not overweight, women.)<br><br>That may be because it's not excess weight, but high blood insulin levels---a sign that your cells are resistant to insulin---that matters most. (How do you know if you're insulin resistant? If your doctor says you have the metabolic syndrome, you probably are.)... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 22:06:00 EST Colorectal Cancer On The Decline....But Still Dangerous http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48917_colorectal_cancer_on_the_declinebut_still_dangerous "We don't recommend screening after 85," Owens added. "The risks associated with screening go up with age." And because colorectal cancer takes about 10 years to develop, screening has a smaller payoff in people over 85.<br><br>Which screening test is best? A colonoscopy is the gold standard.<br><br>"It's best because you can see the whole colon," says Harvard's Walter Willett, "I had a colleague who would still be alive if he had gotten one at age 50."<br><br>But the task force recommend... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:21:00 EST Colorectal Cancer On The Decline....But Still Dangerous http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48897_colorectal_cancer_on_the_declinebut_still_dangerous "Back in the '60s, there were roughly ten-fold differences in colorectal cancer rates across countries. Yet those huge differences pretty much disappeared when people migrated from low-incidence countries like Japan to high-incidence countries like the U.S."<br><br>Now it's a different story.<br><br>"U.S. colorectal cancer incidence and mortality are down by about half what they were in the '60s,: says Willett.<br><br>"At the same time, in East Asian countries, colorectal cancer rates are sk... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 22:57:00 EST Colorectal Cancer On The Decline....But Still Dangerous http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48879_colorectal_cancer_on_the_declinebut_still_dangerous "This is good news," says Gilbert Welch, professor of medicine at Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine. Colorectal cancer death rates in people aged 50 and older are half what they were in 1975. "There's nothing ambiguous about it," adds Welch. "This disease is clearly on the decline."<br><br>That said, colorectal cancer is still the third leading cause of cancer death in men (after lung and prostate) and in women (after lung and breast).<br><br>A Success Story:<br><br>"My father died of ... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 21:39:00 EST The Healing Power of Light http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48871_the_healing_power_of_light The Healing Power of Light<br><br>By now you’re probably aware of the importance of vitamin D. Ideally, it’s best to get it from the sun, because sunlight provides a number of other benefits as well, over and beyond vitamin D synthesis, that you simply cannot get from food or a supplement.<br><br>Alexander Wunsch is a German physician of holistic medicine and photobiology. He’s also the CEO of Medical Light Consulting in Heidelberg, Germany. He believes, like I do, that the sun is a great hea... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 10:56:00 EST Why the Sun Is Necessary for Optimal Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48870_why_the_sun_is_necessary_for_optimal_health Why the Sun Is Necessary for Optimal Health<br><br><br>How is it that sunlight, once regarded as a divine power in some cultures, has come to be classified as a Class 1 carcinogen by the World Health Organization (WHO)? This is a question posed by photobiologist Dr. Alexander Wunsch, CEO of Medical Light Consulting in Heidelberg, Germany.<br><br>It's a fundamental one because it shows the dichotomy between sunlight in ancient and modern cultures. Once revered as a healing power, today sunligh... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 10:38:00 EST Diet Sabotage: Why it Happens and How to Handle It http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48856_diet_sabotage_why_it_happens_and_how_to_handle_it Those who you least expect could sabotage your healthy lifestyle efforts. . . your spouse, friends, family. So why is this? <br><br>Competition: many friends or family may be feeling like you’re “upping them” or they’re not as successful as you if you are having healthy lifestyle success. <br><br>Feeling inadequate: Your success with adopting a healthy lifestyle may cause others to feel insecure because it may cause them to question their own bad health habits and feel badly about them... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 10:54:00 EST The Healing Power of Light http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48855_the_healing_power_of_light The Healing Power of Light<br><br><br>By now you’re probably aware of the importance of vitamin D. Ideally, it’s best to get it from the sun, because sunlight provides a number of other benefits as well, over and beyond vitamin D synthesis, that you simply cannot get from food or a supplement.<br><br>Alexander Wunsch is a German physician of holistic medicine and photobiology. He’s also the CEO of Medical Light Consulting in Heidelberg, Germany. He believes, like I do, that the sun is a great... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 10:40:00 EST Why the Sun Is Necessary for Optimal Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48853_why_the_sun_is_necessary_for_optimal_health Why the Sun Is Necessary for Optimal Health<br><br><br>How is it that sunlight, once regarded as a divine power in some cultures, has come to be classified as a Class 1 carcinogen by the World Health Organization (WHO)? This is a question posed by photobiologist Dr. Alexander Wunsch, CEO of Medical Light Consulting in Heidelberg, Germany.<br><br>It's a fundamental one because it shows the dichotomy between sunlight in ancient and modern cultures. Once revered as a healing power, today sunligh... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 10:17:00 EST 5 Tips To Stay Motivated And Continue Exercising Through Autumn http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48849_5_tips_to_stay_motivated_and_continue_exercising_through_autumn As the weather changes and it gets chilly, it’s very tempting to stay inside, to skip the gym, and curl up on the sofa with a book and a movie. But whether you are a trail runner or a weight lifter, exercising daily is doubly important in the colder months. People tend to put on weight this time of year because they are eating more comforting foods and moving less – a lot less. Here are 5 tips to ensure your workout motivation meter stays on high throughout the year.<br><br>1. Change your rou... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 22:56:00 EST First Ever Study Reveals Amounts of Food Dyes in Brand Name Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48843_first_ever_study_reveals_amounts_of_food_dyes_in_brand_name_foods First Ever Study Reveals Amounts of Food Dyes in Brand Name Foods<br><br>Spotting foods with artificial colors is not as straightforward as it may seem, and although such additives are listed on food labels, the actual amounts used in common foods are not.<br><br>If your child eats a bowl of packaged macaroni and cheese or breakfast cereal, for instance, is he or she ingesting more than 30 milligrams (mg) of dye? This is the amount that has been found to cause behavioral issues in some childr... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:08:00 EST Weekend Tips to Staying on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48841_weekend_tips_to_staying_on_track Go into the weekend with a healthy mindset: Go into the weekend thinking you are going to stay on track, you’re more likely to actually stick with your plan that way!<br><br>Plan ahead: Go over your weekend plans and think about them in advance. Don’t go STARVING to that party! If you’re going away, do a little food prepping of healthy snacks to bring with you. This is when my Shakeology is handy. I will be sure to drink it before going to the event so it will help curb any cravings!<br><br> ... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 12:30:00 EST Winter Is a Great Time for Living Room Workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48835_winter_is_a_great_time_for_living_room_workouts Are the winter months bringing you workout blues? Do icy roads and bitter temps make you dread the trip to the gym? Is your gym closed during the only hours you are available to exercise?<br><br>Maybe you’re just bored with the same old routine and need something new to inspire you—to shake things up a bit. You’re certainly not alone! This is the time of year when winter doldrums can strike even the most die-hard fitness enthusiast.<br><br>If you’re not a winter sports buff, maybe the best wa... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 20:59:00 EST Keeping a Healthy Mind and Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48824_keeping_a_healthy_mind_and_body 1. Keep your mind limber. In addition to the fact that staying mentally active is emotionally rewarding, studies have shown that there is a correlation between mentally challenging activities and a decreased risk of Alzheimer's. Never stop learning, even if you feel like you’re “past your prime.”[1] There are some simple ways you can exercise your mind. For example, you can try taking a different route to work, or brush your teeth with the hand you don't normally use.[2] <br>Read more, and c... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:24:00 EST Sugar Hides Under Many Different Names on Food Labels http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48812_sugar_hides_under_many_different_names_on_food_labels Sugar Hides Under Many Different Names on Food Labels<br><br><br>Your body gets all the sugar it needs from natural sources in fruits and vegetables. When combined with additional fiber, vitamins and minerals, natural sugar is processed slightly differently than added refined white sugar or the myriad of other names the industry is using to disguise sugar in your food.<br><br>Avoiding foods laced with sugar is easier said than done, unless you have switched to a diet of almost exclusively who... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 12:14:00 EST No Option Loose Weight.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48802_no_option_loose_weight When you go to the Doctor and they say.. Your joints hurt cause they have too much strain on the joints or you get in the floor and under a table and can't get out.. You know it is your health and your under a table asking why..? I was to heavy.. That is why.. Yes I am sure that if it was now.. I would have been on Youtube.. I tried all kinds of things and there is not a Miracle l pill or drink that can help you.. I found Spark People.. and what do you know It does work.. You have to do it a... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 19:04:00 EST I'm Taking 1st Place for a Few Minutes at Least http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48800_im_taking_1st_place_for_a_few_minutes_at_least So I'm a super woman, every woman and all things to almost everyone in my life.... Almost everyone I said. There are times when even I, the most loving, responsible and agreeable person can be short tempered, selfish and irresponsible as well. <br><br>In those times, I feel dark and lost and hopeless but I want to eliminate those feelings and make them well meaning for those I love and myself. So just for a few minutes daily, I am going to committ to taking 1st place in my life so that I can ... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 13:08:00 EST Best-Selling Toothpaste Contains Hazardous Endocrine-Disrupting Chemical http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48799_bestselling_toothpaste_contains_hazardous_endocrinedisrupting_chemical Best-Selling Toothpaste Contains Hazardous Endocrine-Disrupting Chemical<br><br><br>Some of the most obvious ones include soaps and antibacterial wipes, but you can also find it in cutting boards, toys, clothing, household furnishings, pet food dispensers, and much more.<br><br>Despite the pervasive use of this chemical, troubling questions linger about its potentially harmful effects, especially for children.<br><br>Research has shown that triclosan can alter hormone regulation and may inter... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:54:00 EST Making It a Habit to Sleep Successfully http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48781_making_it_a_habit_to_sleep_successfully When I was a kid, I could sleep soundly through the night with no interruptions except to use the bathroom. Then I started working a crazy 4am til noon or beyond. It's easier to say that is the shift that I will be working and actually work to get the sleep I need to be efficient at work. So now I am finding it most difficult to sleep through the night. This is my admission to myself. <br><br>While I am now working part time nights again, I am trying to find ways to sneak in sleep just as I w... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 13:21:00 EST Honey May Be a Natural Way to Beat Bacteria http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48780_honey_may_be_a_natural_way_to_beat_bacteria Honey May Be a Natural Way to Beat Bacteria<br><br><br>If you’ve ever heard of Manuka honey (scientific name Leptospermum scoparium), perhaps you’re already aware that it’s been used for millennia as a remedy for inflammation and bacterial infections.<br><br>A new study at the University of Southampton in the U.K. recently reported that the honey from Down Under may be useful for decreasing the risk of infections and helping to prevent pathogenic bacterial colonies known as biofilm from devel... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 12:21:00 EST A Healthy Digestive System http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48769_a_healthy_digestive_system Diarrhea From Antibiotics:<br><br>Are some antibiotics more likely to cause diarrhea than others?<br><br>Yes. Amoxicillin plus clavulanate (Augmentin and generic) is the biggest culprit. It causes diarrhea in up to one-quarter of the people who take it, compared with 15 to 20 percent with cefixime (Suprax); 5 to 10 percent with ampicillin; 5 to 9 percent with amoxicillin; and 1 to 8 percent with other antibiotics. The friendly bacteria in yogurt or probiotic pills may help ward off diarrh... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 22:43:00 EST My biggest Secret of all http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48762_my_biggest_secret_of_all I have decided that losing a lot of weight is not in the cards for me and I have came to terms with that. I am not going to concentrate so much on that but to start a healthier life style. I am going to have that cookie, and enjoy it and learn to have just one. I have been using food as a crutch, when ever things get a little touch, I go to food, every time I am bored, I go to food, every time there is anything that is not going absolutely my way, I go to food. I have tried doing crafts,... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 14:43:00 EST A Healthy Digestive System http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48755_a_healthy_digestive_system Eating Around Ulcers:<br><br>Foods and beverages that should be avoided if you have a duodenal ulcer....<br><br>The usual advice is to avoid foods containing substances that are capable of increasing stomach acid, such as caffeine and alcohol, as well as known stomach irritants, such as aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs. However, it is now known that well over 90 percent of duodenal ulcers are caused by a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori. A two-week course of certain antibiotics and a... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 22:41:00 EST A Healthy Digestive System http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48738_a_healthy_digestive_system Artificial Sugar And Belly Pain:<br><br>Is there anything in sugar-free foods that could cause stomach cramps?<br><br>Yes. Such foods are often sweetened with substances called sugar alcohols, which can cause stomach cramps and diarrhea. Those sweeteners appear on labels with such names as erythritol, lactitol, maltitol, sorbitol, and xylitol. If you're sensitive to sugar alcohols, as little as 10 to 15 grams---the typical amount in one to two servings of sweetened food---can trigger gastr... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 23:33:00 EST A Healthy Digestive System http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48725_a_healthy_digestive_system The three most common causes of stomach-lining inflammation are: <br><br>***Increased secretion of stomach acid, stimulated by coffee, tea, alcohol, or cigarettes.<br><br>***Direct irritation by a food such as hot peppers or by a medication, particularly a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil and generic), or naproxen (Aleve and generic).<br><br>***Erosion of the stomach's mucus barrier, most often caused by prolonged use of NSAIDSs.<br><br>You may be... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 22:52:00 EST Clary Sage Oil May Be Pricey, but Its Benefits Are Priceless http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48715_clary_sage_oil_may_be_pricey_but_its_benefits_are_priceless Clary Sage Oil May Be Pricey, but Its Benefits Are Priceless<br><br>A close relative of the common garden sage, the clary sage is a perennial herb that grows from May to September.<br><br>When converted into an essential oil, clary sage provides outstanding benefits for your eyes, nervous system, digestion and kidneys. Although it doesn’t come cheap, it’s still worth using due to its many positive health effects.<br><br>What Is Clary Sage Oil?<br><br>Clary sage oil is extracted from the clary... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 10:47:00 EST A Healthy Digestive System http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48707_a_healthy_digestive_system Do.....<br><br>Consider probiotics:<br><br>Probiotic supplements are made of good-for-you microbes and companies market them as easy ways to promote gut health. But they're not regulated by the FDA like drugs, so it can be hard to know what's in these supplements and whether they do what they promise. If you suffer from GI issues, you may want to consider brands that have undergone testing and have been shown to be effective, such as Align and Florastor. Check with your pharmacist or docto... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 21:31:00 EST California Considers Adding Cancer Warning to Aspartame http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48698_california_considers_adding_cancer_warning_to_aspartame California Considers Adding Cancer Warning to Aspartame<br><br><br>While the sale of soda, and notably diet soda, has continued to plummet over the past 30 years,1 artificial sweeteners are also found in over 6,000 different processed food products.2 It appears sales of soda products have reached an all-time low in response to consumers’ demand for healthier alternatives.<br><br>Sales figures demonstrate bottled water is poised to overtake soda as the largest beverage category.3 The switch fr... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 11:25:00 EST My Pet Keeps Me Healthy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48691_my_pet_keeps_me_healthy If you read any of my blog posts you've seen my dog Pippa pop up in there a couple of times. She is still a puppy at ten months old, and she has done wonders for me.<br><br>1. She keeps me physically active<br>2. She gives me comfort when I'm anxious or in pain<br>3. She helps me talk to people<br><br>First, I will tell you how I came to get Pippa: I have always had dogs. In fact, at one time I had 4 who where mostly rescues and close in age. Three years ago we lost our oldest she was 5 lb... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 07:23:00 EST A Healthy Digestive System http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48683_a_healthy_digestive_system Why a healthy digestive system can help you feel happier and stay well for good.............<br><br>If your first reaction to the word bacteria is eww!, it's time to reconsider. Once known as microscopic mischief-makers responsible for a variety of illnesses, like food poisoning and strep throat, certain bugs have started to show their good side. Or more precisely, experts have discovered that there are beneficial strains of bacteria living in your body, and these critters can help with a v... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 21:16:00 EST How Do You Know if You Have A Cold or the Flu? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48671_how_do_you_know_if_you_have_a_cold_or_the_flu Tis the season for colds and flu. How do you know if you have a cold or the flu? Both are caused by a viral infection. Some of the symptoms are the same. But here’s a handy check list that may help, and ways to take care of yourself.<br><br>Colds: rarely have a fever, rarely a headache, can have slight aches and pains, mild fatigue/weakness, nasal congestion, usually sneezing, runny nose, sore throat common (from post nasal drip among other things), mild to moderate cough, complications... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 07:40:00 EST How Apple Cider Vinegar Can Change Your Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48644_how_apple_cider_vinegar_can_change_your_life How Apple Cider Vinegar Can Change Your Life<br><br><br>Vinegar is said to have been discovered around 5000 BC, when unattended grape juice turned into wine and then vinegar. Originally used as a food preservative, vinegar’s medicinal uses soon came to light.<br><br>Hippocrates used vinegar to manage wounds, while medical practitioners in the 1700s used it to treat everything from poison ivy and croup to stomach aches. Vinegar was even used to treat diabetes.1<br><br>Vinegar, which means “sou... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 10:37:00 EST Make Monthly Short Term Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48632_make_monthly_short_term_goals <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/946fa0f3-32ba-4044-918e-800e57727d51.jpeg"><br><br>One of the most important things to keep me on track, motivated, and focused is to have a meaningful journal that I write my Longer Term Goal, Medium Term Goals, and Short Term Goals. <br><br>I have bought a special journal for this. For me it feels more personal and meaningful when I write it down instead of typing it down. I have special pens that bought for this because this is a special m... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 16:05:00 EST The Health Issue No One Talks About http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48616_the_health_issue_no_one_talks_about Kieley Parker, 30, went through a big life change. <br><br>When Kieley first became ill, even asking for help seemed like more than she could manage. But she gathered her courage and told her other she was struggling. Right away, her mom was supportive. She scheduled an appointment with a psychiatrist for Kieley and drove her there.<br><br>Kieley, a typically bubbly person, was immediately diagnosed with depression, brought on by her move and all the other transitions in her life. The ps... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:07:00 EST The Health Issue No One Talks About http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48597_the_health_issue_no_one_talks_about Tonja Myles, 51, has had multiple depressive episodes.<br><br>Tonja was not dealt an easy hand. She experienced years of childhood trauma and at the age of 18, she was hospitalized for depression and a suicide attempt. She started taking an antidepressant but soon stopped because she felt ashamed. <br><br>"Some people in the faith community frown upon it because they think you should just pray and ask God, and He will heal you from depression," says Tonja, who is an ordained minister. "I p... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:46:00 EST Place Ice on this point 2 times a day and see what happens to your body http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48594_place_ice_on_this_point_2_times_a_day_and_see_what_happens_to_your_body <br>Place Ice on This Point 2 Times a Day and See What Happens to Your Body!<br><br>Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on the concept that energy (chi or qi) flows through and around the body along pathways called meridians. Stimulating the various pressure points along these meridians can help to restore proper circulation of life-energy, known in China as “qi” or in the English-speaking world as “chi”, returning the body to a state of balance and well-being. This release allows energy t... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:33:00 EST NO SUGAR FOR ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48591_no_sugar_for_me Sugar is our NEMESIS, don't let it defeat you in obtaining your goal, for health and weight loss. All sugars in all ingredients listed on any product you may want to try. I myself stay away from processed food, and choose just the whole foods, and nuts and seeds and whatever would be a healthy choice to continue my journey. <br>I finally found the best ever to help me with my food choices, and that is LCHF (low carb high fat) keep in my mind, this is good pure fat, butter, avocado, etc. I j... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:26:00 EST What I Have Learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48589_what_ive_learned What to eat if you don't already have a plan:<br>Turn on the meal plans and use the food substitution lists. On the website, just click on the suggested food line and a list of 15-20 alternative foods for that category will pop up. You then can pick a food you like. It outlines portions and gives you all your nutrients in a realistic and doable range. When I discovered this, I started to lose weight.<br><br>When to give up:<br>SLOW weight loss is so much better than NO weight loss and infini... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:57:00 EST The Health Issue No One Talks About http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48581_the_health_issue_no_one_talks_about Barb Patrick, 46, experienced postpartum depression. <br><br>Barb, who now runs a quilting business in Newtown, CT, worried she couldn't take care of her newborn and 20-month-old toddler, so she called her ob-gyn office. At first, they didn't offer any helpful solutions, says Barb. After five sleepless nights, she called the office again and the on-call nurse midwife answered. "She changed my life. She said, 'Oh, honey, you have postpartum. come in, and we'll take care of it.'" The midw... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:45:00 EST Clean eating/ exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48568_clean_eating_exercise There really is no secret, just make a plan, have short and long term goals. Celebrate even itsy bitsy successes. <br><br>Figure out why there was a disappointment and vow never, ever to repeat. But don't get discourage either. You will make mistakes, you will get tired, you will have disappointments. Go to sleep wake up, it's a new day. New adventures, new progress. <br><br>Go get the support you need, where ever and when ever. Ask for help when you need it. <br><br>Get away from thos... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:28:00 EST The Health Issue No One Talks About http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48561_the_health_issue_no_one_talks_about One answer could be that some women are incorrectly given antidepressants after brief evaluations with primary care physicians even if they're not experiencing clinical depression. (Most prescriptions are written by doctors who do not specialize in mental health care.)<br><br>Others who may need medication are never diagnosed because they don't discuss their feelings due to fear of prejudice or lack of access to medical care. And, some women who could benefit from antidepressants may be sel... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:21:00 EST Seasonal Affective Disorder – Tis the Season http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48550_seasonal_affective_disorder_tis_the_season As many as 20% of people in the US suffer from S.A.D. Could you have it? This is the time of year when it sets in – days are shorter, meaning less sunlight and the mood takes a dip.<br><br>Here are some symptoms/signs that could mean you have S.A.D.:<br><br>Feelings of sadness and hopelessness, losing interest in things you enjoyed which last more than 2 weeks, that is a sign of depression. But if you experience these symptoms only during Fall and Winter, and it disappears once the days g... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:54:00 EST The Health Issue No One Talks About http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48544_the_health_issue_no_one_talks_about Kieley Parker never imagined she would need an antidepressant. "I always win those stupid sunshine and happiest person awards. People see me as an incredibly joyful person," she says.<br><br>But in fall 2014, Kieley left her job as a third-grade teacher and moved to Tulsa, OK with her fiance'. Starting over in a new city was an enormous transition. "I couldn't feel joy or even negative emotions like sadness. I couldn't eat---I lost 25 pounds," Kieley recalls. "I was just anxious, which ... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:14:00 EST 7 tips for staying healthy during the cold and flu season http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48540_7_tips_for_staying_healthy_during_the_cold_and_flu_season Back to school and back to germs. This is the time cold and flu season begins to ramp up. Although the flu usually isn't in full force until after the first of the year, now is the time to start preparing. Do you know all the things you should do to keep you and your children as cold- and flu-free as possible? <br><br>1. Cough or sneeze into your elbow.<br><br>2. Wash hands often, especially after blowing your nose or coughing. Proper washing consists of using warm water and soap, and scrubbi... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:54:00 EST Never Enough Thyme http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48535_never_enough_thyme Never Enough Thyme<br><br><br>Closely related to mint and oregano, thyme is an evergreen herb that's had scores of uses over millennia, stemming most often from adding zest to foods and as an ancient medicinal.<br><br>Traditional therapies often involved thyme in different forms to relieve chest congestion and coughs. Greeks and Romans consumed it both as an antidote for poison and to prevent the plague.<br><br>In the Middle Ages, people placed thyme under pillows to inhibit nightmares and in... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:54:00 EST How to Control Your Cravings... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48532_how_to_control_your_cravings How to Control Your Cravings and Get Organized for Weight Loss Success<br><br> By Elizabeth Lowry<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e4185a6d-3199-44dc-a392-80a194665379.jpg"><br>Once you’ve made the decision to lose weight, the “where to start” part can seem more overwhelming than the resolve to begin in the first place. How do you change your eating habits in a healthy way? Cut back your calories? Purge certain food groups from your pantry? Go on a fad diet? Join a support... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:53:00 EST Stress: It DOESN’T Do a Body Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48529_stress_it_doesnt_do_a_body_good Stress. It can be our undoing even if we follow a healthy lifestyle – eating healthy foods and exercising. Stress causes an inflammatory response in the body, and chronic inflammation is responsible for many health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. The inflammatory process builds up over time, so, obviously it is important to control it as much as possible.<br><br>The fact is, stress is a normal part of life. Our body’s response to stress (fast heart bea... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:24:00 EST Breast Cancer Breakthroughs http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48522_breast_cancer_breakthroughs The latest information to help women stay healthier longer:<br><br>What's New: Tests can see if chemo is needed. Two tests are now available that can identify women who may be able to skip chemotherapy after surgery because of a low risk of recurrence.<br><br>Take Action: Discuss the odds of your cancer returning with your physician, and whether you're eligible for a test like Oncotype DX or MammaPrint (both are typically conducted via a blood or saliva sample).<br><br>What's New: Radiati... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:36:00 EST Still Sparkle While Going Through Depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48487_still_sparkle_while_going_through_depression The desire to reduce stress is a common goal for most people. We are so entrenched in our routines, habits, and ways of doing things we rarely stop and consider new ways of dealing with the stresses of daily living. Well, I have a few ideas that may help you in this area. I call it simplifying your style.<br><br>By simplifying your style, you are setting up how you are going to respond to stress creating events in advance. In other words, you are making a decision based on your desire to redu... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:50:00 EST Accountability Is Key http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48483_accountability_is_key I have been on this weight loss journey for the past fifteen months and I have lost one hundred and ten pounds so far. One of the determining factors that has helped me stay on the right track is having someone to be accountable to and someone to be accountable for. For the past year I have helped to coach 25 women and we have lost a total of 1012 pounds. I created a Facebook page where we would post our food selection , workouts and words of hope and encouragement every day. We would al... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:05:00 EST What Causes High Cholesterol? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48475_what_causes_high_cholesterol What Causes High Cholesterol?<br>Learn Which Risk Factors You Can Control<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/97f02a9f-9c47-4ac7-82f9-4ec73d7647d9.jpg"><br>Elevated cholesterol levels aren't caused by a high-cholesterol diet alone. The fact is, a combination of factors affect your cholesterol levels. There are two main categories of risks that contribute to high cholesterol—those that you can't change (uncontrollable risks), and those that you can (controllable risks).<br><br>... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:36:00 EST Manage Multiple Medications to Prevent Harmful Interactions http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48469_manage_multiple_medications_to_prevent_harmful_interactions Ask your pharmacist<br><br>It's best to use one pharmacy for all prescription medications. The better your pharmacist knows you and your medications, the less likely you are to make a mistake.<br><br>Pharmacists should ask if you have any questions about a prescription. Take advantage of this opportunity and ask about:<br><br>***How much, how often, and how long the drug should be taken<br><br>***Possible side effects<br><br>***Drug/food/alcohol interactions that may occur<br><br>***Whether... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:29:00 EST Manage Multiple Medications to Prevent Harmful Interactions http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48455_manage_multiple_medications_to_prevent_harmful_interactions Don't forget to include supplements (like vitamins), inhalers, eye and ear drops, laxatives, pain patches, and herbal products.<br><br>Once he or she reviews everything you are taking, your physician may stop some medications, recommend alternatives, reduce the dosage, or change the time at which some drugs are taken.<br><br>If a new medication is prescribed, ask what it's for, how long it will take to work, and if there are any side effects.<br><br>Follow a schedule<br><br>Dr. Reidenberg sug... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 21:53:00 EST Manage Multiple Medications to Prevent Harmful Interactions http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48438_manage_multiple_medications_to_prevent_harmful_interactions Mistakes are common; avoiding them requires planning among your doctors, your pharmacist, and you.<br><br>For a variety of reasons, as many as half of middle-aged and older women do not comply with their physician's orders when taking prescription drugs.<br><br>The result can be adverse drug events (ADEs), which account for 700,000 emergency room visits and 120,000 hospitalizations a year. The problem is compounded when patients take more than one medication, which is more common among older... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 22:48:00 EST Yoga Does a Body Great http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48432_yoga_does_a_body_great The Eastern practice of yoga has become a modern-day symbol of peace, serenity and well-being in the West. More than 20 million Americans practice yoga, according to the 2012 Yoga in America study, with practitioners spending more than $10 billion a year on yoga-related products and classes.<br><br>The mind-body practice is frequently touted for its ability to reduce stress and boost well-being, but it also offers wide-ranging physical health benefits that rival other forms of exercise. While... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:50:00 EST Rheumatoid arthritis vs osteoarthritis http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48422_rheumatoid_arthritis_vs_osteoarthritis Half of all American senior citizens have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis. The two most common forms are RA--rheumatoid arthritis and OA--osteoarthritis. <br><br>What are the differences between OA and RA?<br><br>OA is caused when the cartilage that pads the bones in your joints wears away. This allows the bones to rub against each other and is the most common form of arthritis in adults. RA is an autoimmune disease, meaning your body is attacking itself. This can happen in mult... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 07:18:00 EST Natural Treatments for Sinus Infections http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48399_natural_treatments_for_sinus_infections What causes sinus infections? Membranes line the bones around the nose, eyes and cheeks. The membranes produce mucous. The purpose of that is to warm and moisten the air we breathe in. It also helps filter out germs. If the sinus cavities can’t drain properly, the mucous stagnates and an infection can happen.<br><br>There are many identified culprits in causing chronic sinus infections:<br><br>Excessive dairy consumption<br>Environmental allergies<br>Tobacco and pollution irritation<br>F... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 08:12:00 EST 5 Tiny Ways to Boost Your Metabolism Over time, these simple changes can make a big difference in how you look and feel http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48390_5_tiny_ways_to_boost_your_metabolism_over_time_these_simple_changes_can_make_a_big_difference_in_how_you_look_and_feel .<br>By Emma Haak<br><br><br>Add an Extra Egg at Breakfast<br>Eating more protein could bump up your post-meal calorie burn, suggests research in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. In a small study, researchers had 10 healthy, normal-weight women between 19 and 22 years old eat a high-protein diet one day and a high-complex-carb diet another, to compare how each diet affected their metabolism. (The first diet contained 30 percent protein and 30 percent complex carbs. The second... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 15:25:00 EST Eating and exercise: 5 tips to maxi http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48387_eating_and_exercise_5_tips_to_maxi Eating and exercise: 5 tips to maximize your workouts<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7ac232a8-880f-4a09-be92-53449394bcad.jpg"><br><br>Knowing when and what to eat can make a difference in your workouts. Understand the connection between eating and exercise.<br>By Mayo Clinic Staff<br><br>Eating and exercise go hand in hand. When and what you eat can be important to how you feel when you exercise, whether it's a casual workout or training for a competition. Consider these... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 10:35:00 EST The Longer You’re Overweight, the Greater Your Risk of Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48370_the_longer_youre_overweight_the_greater_your_risk_of_cancer The Longer You’re Overweight, the Greater Your Risk of Cancer<br><br><br>According to recent research, the longer a woman is overweight, the more likely she is to develop breast, endometrial, colon or kidney cancer.1 Obesity is indeed a known risk factor for cancer, so this finding in and of itself is not surprising.<br><br>Worldwide, obesity is responsible for an estimated 500,000 cancer cases each year,2 and according to the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), excess body weigh... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 09:23:00 EST What You Can Do To Prevent A Stroke http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48361_what_you_can_do_to_prevent_a_stroke The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association issued guidelines for stroke prevention in women. Here are the top 10 risk factors to address:<br><br>7. Smoking. The more cigarettes you smoke, the higher your risk of stroke.<br><br>8. Migraine. Migraines are associated with stroke in women under age 45. Smoking and oral contraceptives further increase the risk.<br><br>9. Atrial fibrillation (AF). Having AF, an irregular heart rhythm can increase the risk of stroke up to... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 21:37:00 EST Relax into the Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48356_relax_into_the_journey I struggle with several health issues that can keep me from doing so many things that I love. Multiple Sclerosis, migraines, and arthritis are paramount. I used to stress about how much or how little I could do. Stress did not help my journey at all. In fact, it likely kept me from success. Stress hormones increase hunger and that is never a good thing when one is desiring to lose weight. Stress also cause muscle tension that increases symptoms of all the medical issues I already live w... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 15:46:00 EST The Science is Practically Screaming... Don't Make This Trendy Fat Mistake http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48349_the_science_is_practically_screaming_dont_make_this_trendy_fat_mistake The Science is Practically Screaming... Don't Make This Trendy Fat Mistake<br><br><br>The science is loud and clear: the correct balance of fatty acids is essential if you want to be the healthiest you can be.<br><br>There are actually two problems related to how these fats are being consumed by most Westerners today:<br><br>Most people are consuming far too many omega-6 fats compared to omega-3 fats. <br><br>The ideal ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats is 1:1, but the typical Western diet is b... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 10:22:00 EST The ease of removing a "secondary cataract" http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48345_the_ease_of_removing_a_secondary_cataract If you have had cataract surgery it is not uncommon for your vision to become cloudy many years later resulting in the diagnosis of "secondary cataract." This is not a true cataract since another cataract cannot occur after cataract surgery. In a cataract operation, the cloudy lens is replaced with a clear, artificial lens. However, in some cases, a hazy membrane can form just behind the intraocular lens implant.<br><br>During a cataract operation, the surgeon will carefully remove the cata... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:21:00 EST What You Can Do To Prevent A Stroke http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48335_what_you_can_do_to_prevent_a_stroke The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association issued guidelines for stroke prevention in women. Here are the top 10 risk factors to address:<br><br>1. Hypertension. The higher your blood pressure, the higher your risk of stroke. The relationship is so strong that lowering blood pressure to normal is one of the most effective strategies for preventing stroke. A healthy diet, regular exercise, and medications may all help normalize blood pressure.<br><br>2. Diet. Diets t... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 22:30:00 EST With the Coming of Fall, Will Your Physical Activity Hit the Wall? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48328_with_the_coming_of_fall_will_your_physical_activity_hit_the_wall As the weather gets cooler, and the days get shorter, how will you maintain your level of activity? It is so easy to come up with excuses – too cold out, too dark out, I’m tired. But it is so important to keep our bodies in good shape, no matter the season. Let’s face it, physical activity just helps us find our happy place, too when we get those endorphins pumping. Enjoy the sunny days and wonderful temperatures Fall has to over. Here’s some ideas:<br><br>Ride you bike. OF course yo... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:24:00 EST The Benefits of Sleep Therapy Over Drugs http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48321_the_benefits_of_sleep_therapy_over_drugs The Benefits of Sleep Therapy Over Drugs<br><br><br>Lack of sleep is detrimental to your health, and in the case of chronic insomnia, it can even be deadly. People with chronic insomnia have a three times greater risk of death from all causes compared to those who sleep normally.1<br><br>Sleep is also intricately tied to important hormone levels, including melatonin, production of which is disturbed by lack of sleep. This is extremely problematic, as melatonin inhibits the proliferation of a ... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:09:00 EST Best Herbs to Help With Insomnia http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48319_best_herbs_to_help_with_insomnia Best Herbs to Help With Insomnia<br><br><br>Nearly 60 million Americans struggle with insomnia. Doctors are still not sure how to treat this disorder that may have devastating effects on your daily routines.1<br><br>Chronic lack of quality sleep has been associated with reduced memory and learning, increased risk of dementia and type 2 diabetes and an increased risk of accidents. Losing just one night of sleep may impair your physical and mental status comparable to having a blood alcohol lev... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 08:44:00 EST What You Can Do To Prevent A Stroke http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48313_what_you_can_do_to_prevent_a_stroke Simple steps can have a major impact on reducing your risk.<br><br>Do you plan to start exercising to lose those 20 extra pounds? Have you resolved to get a handle on your blood pressure, high cholesterol, or smoking?<br><br>Start now!!! Taking control of these modifiable risk factors will lower your risk for stroke.<br><br>"Risk factor modification is essential for stroke prevention. And, while it's great to treat any risk factor, it's best to treat them all. We don't want you to take me... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 19:45:00 EST Water, Water, Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48308_water_water_water I can't really claim this as a secret, everyone knows you should drink plenty of water, but it is often easier said than done. I only drink water and it makes a huge difference. I used to drink a lot of carbonated beverages and dropped them when I started getting healthy. Now I can't remember why I couldn't live without them. When I try some now it's to sweet and I cringe at the extra calories. You can't beat water, it keeps you hydrated for zero calories. It also has more health effects... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 11:08:00 EST Change your MIND, Find your JOY - Not a Diet, but a Lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48289_change_your_mind_find_your_joy_not_a_diet_but_a_lifestyle I started to see success when I realized that this was a lifestyle change, not a diet. <br><br>If you have the "diet" mindset, everything is temporary... you do this for a while, then you can stop. But that's only a temporary fix. You have to change your lifestyle. You have to switch gears in your head. You have to realize that you are worthy of being healthy, of being happy.<br><br>I started Whole 30 on September 1, 2016. In these 30 days I am freeing my body of refined sugars, grains, proc... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 11:31:00 EST What’s the Real Cause of Heart Attacks? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48271_whats_the_real_cause_of_heart_attacks What’s the Real Cause of Heart Attacks?<br><br><br>"What Causes Heart Attacks," Fall 2007), I presented the case that the spectrum of heart disease, which includes angina, unstable angina, and myocardial infarction (heart attack), is better understood from the perspective of events happening in the myocardium (heart) as opposed to events happening in the coronary arteries (the arteries that supply the heart).<br><br>As we all know, the conventional view holds that the central event of heart d... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 10:46:00 EST The Top 5 Facts Women Need To Know About Heart Attacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48235_the_top_5_facts_women_need_to_know_about_heart_attacks Top 5 Facts:<br><br>5. Problems in pregnancy raise the risk of a future heart attack.<br><br>Multiple conditions increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, including auto-immune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. But women are also uniquely affected by certain problems that occur during pregnancy---preeclampsia in particular, but gestational diabetes and pregnancy-induced hypertension, as well. Preeclampsia doubles the risk of a heart attack or stroke between five and fif... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 18:59:00 EST What you need to know about cholesterol http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48221_what_you_need_to_know_about_cholesterol Cholesterol is a fat-like substance found in all cells of the body. We actually need cholesterol to function. There are different types of cholesterol, some food, some bad. <br><br>HDL is the "good " cholesterol and occurs naturally in our bodies. It helps move cholesterol out of the bloodstream. H-happy!<br><br>LDL is the "lousy" cholesterol and comes mostly from the food we eat. This cholesterol can build up in the walls of our blood vessels. L-lousy!<br><br>Triglycerides are another ... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 07:08:00 EST The Top 5 Facts Women Need To Know About Heart Attacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48214_the_top_5_facts_women_need_to_know_about_heart_attacks Women are more likely than men to have "atypical" symptoms. These often include:<br><br>4. Poor lifestyle choices are responsible for the lion's share of heart attacks. <br><br>Risk factors you can change to lower your risk include smoking, physical inactivity, obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar. An estimated 70 percent of women between the ages of 50 and 79 have at least one of these risk factors.<br><br>According to the American Heart Association, a wom... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 21:47:00 EST Sticking to a Healthy Lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48211_sticking_to_a_healthy_lifestyle I am not what you would call a consistent person especially when it comes to working out. But let me tell you when I am on a working out kick I do till I fall out because soon enough I get off the beaten path. The path to which my success therein lies... So I know I don’t have to be an expert to figure out that consistency is pretty essential or the KEY to successfully change my life, health, and weight. But it’s also pretty clear that building a consistent routine of regular exercise and hea... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 17:45:00 EST Allergic to UV rays? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48202_allergic_to_uv_rays Have you ever broken out with mysterious rashes several minutes or even hours after having exposed to bright sunlight? You may actually be sensitive to UV rays! Even if you're wearing clothing the UV rays can pass through and you may erupt in bright red splotches.<br><br>It has a name! Polymorphous light eruption, also known as polymorphic light eruption, is an itchy rash caused by sun exposure in people who have developed a sensitivity to sunlight (photosensitivity). The rash usually appea... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 06:49:00 EST Have More Confidence, Look and Feel 10 lbs. Lighter http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48197_have_more_confidence_look_and_feel_10_lbs_lighter <br><br>I copied this from a recent post by SP member KELLIEBEAN. She thinks she may have seen it on blog.fitbit.com. but she's not sure. <br><br>I teach yoga <em>414</em> and find myself saying similar things over and over but never as clearly as this.<br><br><br>Align Your Spine: Sit up Straight <br><br>Freeze! Before you move, notice how you are sitting: are your shoulders slumped over? Is your back curled? Are your shoulders hiked up toward your ears? <br><br>Take a minute right now t... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 23:07:00 EST The Top 5 Facts Women Need To Know About Heart Attacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48196_the_top_5_facts_women_need_to_know_about_heart_attacks 1. Women do not always have the "typical" symptoms of a heart attack. <br><br>A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart muscle stops. Although women can experience the classic symptom---severe, clutching pain in the chest---they are more likely than men to have "atypical" symptoms. These often include:<br><br>***Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, or a feeling of fullness in the center of the chest that may last a few minutes, or disappear and return<br><br>***Pain or discomfort i... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 22:44:00 EST 11 Most Common Nutrient Deficiencies http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48189_11_most_common_nutrient_deficiencies 11 Most Common Nutrient Deficiencies<br><br><br>If you eat a balanced, whole-food diet like the one described in my nutrition plan, you’re probably getting adequate amounts of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to function.<br><br>If not (and this applies to the majority of the U.S. population), there’s a good chance you may be lacking important nutrients.<br><br>Even if you do eat well, how and where your food was grown can also influence your nutritional intake. Soil quality, storage... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 10:52:00 EST What Lack of Sleep Does to Your Brain http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48187_what_lack_of_sleep_does_to_your_brain What Lack of Sleep Does to Your Brain<br><br><br>Science may still be discovering the mechanisms behind why sleep is so important to your health, but you have probably experienced waking up after a poor night's sleep, feeling cranky, over-tired and mentally foggy.<br><br>This is only a small fraction of the mental and physical health issues you may suffer from sleep deprivation.<br><br>Sleep is one of the important pillars of good health; equally important as healthy foods, pure water and exe... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 09:35:00 EST The Top 5 Facts Women Need To Know About Heart Attacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48176_the_top_5_facts_women_need_to_know_about_heart_attacks Heart disease kills more women every year than diseases perceived as more threatening, such as breast and lung cancers.<br><br>When it comes to the fear factor, breast cancer has a clear edge. Most women are terrified of the disease---and rightly so, since it kills 41,000 U.S. women every year. Lung cancer---another feared disease---claims more than 70,000 women every year. Yet heart disease kills 292,000 women a year, which makes the likelihood of dying from heart disease far greater than... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 22:22:00 EST My secret to success is to exercise daily, eat right and sleep peacefully! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48169_my_secret_to_success_is_to_exercise_daily_eat_right_and_sleep_peacefully I typically walk in the evening and always after a meal and at least 2 hours prior to bedtime.<br>I do a set aside deliberate walk everyday. When the weather is crumby, I dance. Prior to exercising I do light stretches to help loosen up. While I am dancing/walking a pay attention to my arms/legs and core. I focus on my breath as I tighten my core muscles. After my exercise is complete I stretch all the muscles I used.<br>Dancing for me is the best way to lose inches, and also heart healthy ... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 18:05:00 EST Keep It Simple and Forgive Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48163_keep_it_simple_and_forgive_myself The most important thing about any weight loss or exercise program for me has to be simplicity. If it makes life too hard I won't keep it up. I try not to worry about scales and regimes. <br><br>I have come to realise that I don't have to punish myself for anything. Just letting go of the self-blame has helped a lot. It's all a natural progression. Not feeling bad because of overweight, or desperation to lose it, allows me to make the decision that this is what I want, not what I have to do. ... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 10:53:00 EST What You Need to Know About Vitamin K2, D and Calcium http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48156_what_you_need_to_know_about_vitamin_k2_d_and_calcium What You Need to Know About Vitamin K2, D and Calcium<br><br>Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin most well known for the important role it plays in blood clotting. However, many do not realize that there are different kinds of vitamin K, and they are completely different.<br><br>The health benefits of vitamin K2 go far beyond blood clotting, which is done by vitamin K1, and vitamin K2 also works synergistically with a number of other nutrients, including calcium and vitamin D.<br><br>Dr. Kate ... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 09:05:00 EST Get into gardening! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48154_get_into_gardening Gardening is a great way to get exercise! According to the University of Virginia, gardening rates up there with other moderate to strenuous forms of exercise, like walking and bicycling. It all depends on what gardening task you are doing and for how long. Like any other form of exercise, you have to be active for at least 30 minutes for there to be a benefit.<br><br>Gardening is great because you are also working all the major muscle groups: legs, buttocks, arms, shoulders, neck, back and ... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 08:37:00 EST Tips for Staying Slim Through Summer BBQ Season http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48144_tips_for_staying_slim_through_summer_bbq_season When the weather is fab and the days are long, the thing to do is this: fire up the grill, round up your family and friends, and feast. Everybody loves a barbecue. But if you’re trying to watch your weight, big food spreads may actually induce stress—and that’s a problem. Fortunately, we’ve got fixes.<br><br>So you can enjoy the delicious spread—without letting the grazing get out of hand—it’s helpful to follow a few simple rules for smart eating at summer barbecues.<br><br>1. Contribute some... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 20:20:00 EST A Few Ways to Get More Calcium http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48139_a_few_ways_to_get_more_calcium Well I am a huge milk drinker but especially with cookies. This comes from my childhood. I didn't really eat alot of the healthy stuff. Nah, no tomatoes, veggies or much fruit. My menu was white bread, a small piece of chicken, a bite or two of nana, a plate filled with sweet corn and possibly grapes. Water and salads and even protein never really entered my mind. I never ate a lot but these days trying to get the ying and yang of nutrition on a daily basis is mind blowing. <br><br>Calcium is... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 16:05:00 EST A Few Ways to Get More Calcium http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48138_a_few_ways_to_get_more_calcium Well I am a huge milk drinker but especially with cookies. This comes from my childhood. I didn't really eat alot of the healthy stuff. Nah, no tomatoes, veggies or much fruit. My menu was white bread, a small piece of chicken, a bite or two of nana, a plate filled with sweet corn and possibly grapes. Water and salads and even protein never really entered my mind. I never ate a lot but these days trying to get the ying and yang of nutrition on a daily basis is mind blowing. <br><br>Calcium is... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 16:05:00 EST Water Fluoridation Linked to Diabetes and Low IQ http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48130_water_fluoridation_linked_to_diabetes_and_low_iq Water Fluoridation Linked to Diabetes and Low IQ<br>.<br><br>This debate was 12 years in the making; it's taken that long to find someone willing to debate Connett and defend the controversial practice of water fluoridation. It's a pressing issue in the U.S. as well as in New Zealand, one of the few countries in the world where water fluoridation is still practiced.<br><br>At present, only about 52 percent of New Zealand's population receives fluoridated water, but proposed legislation could ... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 11:16:00 EST Beet Juice, Measuring Artery Stiffness In The Brain, and Alzheimer's Disease http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48119_beet_juice_measuring_artery_stiffness_in_the_brain_and_alzheimers_disease New method to measure artery stiffness in the brain can help with stroke prevention: The technique magnetically "labeled" the blood in arteries without the use of an external agent. "Few methods are available for estimating the stiffness of arteries in the brain, which is more relevant to neurological disorders," says senior author Danny J.J. Wang, Ph.D. The MRI method is also able to generate a map of the stiffness of different arteries in the brain, and therefore provide more detailed in... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 22:12:00 EST Staying healthy as the seasons change http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48118_staying_healthy_as_the_seasons_change What’s the secret to staying healthy throughout the year? The secret lies in our ability to be flexible and willing to change…just like the seasons.<br><br>Different seasons mean different weather, wardrobes, different seasonal fruits available and even different sports to play. It also means that as the days grow shorter or longer, and as the weather gets warmer or colder, we need to stay flexible and adjust our eating habits, exercise routines and lifestyles so we can remain healthy year r... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 20:56:00 EST Five minute hand exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48116_five_minute_hand_exercise This 5 minute hand exercise will boost your energy and balance emotions.<br><br>Do you know about the Jin Shin Jyustu? It is an ancient Japanese art and philosophy as well as powerful alternative health practice that can help you find and maintain balance in your physical and emotional well-being. It is a form of touch therapy that can relieve pain and harmonize the vital energy of the whole body. It involves gentle application of hands on the body in circulation pathways in a consistent, seq... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 16:36:00 EST The Remarkable Health Benefits of Broccoli, and How to Maximize Its Cancer-Fighting Potential http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48110_the_remarkable_health_benefits_of_broccoli_and_how_to_maximize_its_cancerfighting_potential The Remarkable Health Benefits of Broccoli, and How to Maximize Its Cancer-Fighting Potential<br><br><br>Vegetables offer a wide range of health benefits, but some seem to have greater potential to ward off disease than others. Broccoli falls into this category, having been widely studied for its many health effects.<br><br>Research shows this cruciferous veggie (in the same family as Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and more) may reduce your risk for many common diseases, including but... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 10:00:00 EST Beet Juice, Measuring Artery Stiffness In The Brain, and Alzheimer's Disease http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48100_beet_juice_measuring_artery_stiffness_in_the_brain_and_alzheimers_disease Beet Juice boosts muscle power in heart-failure patients. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that drinking concentrated beet juice increases muscle power in patients with heart failure. Heart failure often causes overall muscle weakness, which makes it difficult for patients to perform regular activities of daily living, like rising from chairs, carrying groceries, or climbing stairs. In the study, patients on standard heart-failure medications w... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 21:29:00 EST Plan and prepare http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48096_plan_and_prepare I can't describe how much better I do with the plan when I plan my meals ahead of time and package them for quick grabbing. Even for cooking main meals, if I have time, cooking goes much smoother if I pre- chop the veggies (usually the day I come home from the grocery store). I use my ninja for quick chopping. I try to plan for the entire week and "automate" my breakfasts and lunches. That way, I'm not spending a lot on groceries trying to eat something different every day. I generally eat th... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 19:29:00 EST Habits Trump Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48092_habits_trump_motivation Motivation comes and goes...but habits are there day in and day out. Make sure you are building healthy, daily habits that keep you on track...regardless of your circumstances or motivation. Examples: <br><br>*Never miss a Monday<br>*Eat a healthy breakfast<br>*Use the last 10 minutes of the day to set yourself up for success tomorrow (lay out your clothes, pack your lunch, etc<br>*Use the first 10 minutes of the day to drink a glass of water, build your faith (praying, memorizing scripture... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 12:50:00 EST Magnesium, Anxiety and Biologic Drugs http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48082_magnesium_anxiety_and_biologic_drugs Anxiety: Recently, I have become preoccupied with worries, even about the smallest things. Sometimes I feel so upset my heart pounds and my palms sweat. Is this normal?<br><br>Unless you have reasonable and specific reasons for your concerns (a traumatic event, money troubles, discord with family and/or friends, etc.) you should confer with your doctor as soon as possible. An accurate diagnosis would require more information, but what you describe sounds like an anxiety or panic disorder,... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 21:46:00 EST Drink ItWorks Greens Every morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48081_drink_itworks_greens_every_morning So I have started using It Works products about 4 months ago and love them. I use the Wraps, their confianza which is for stress, greens chews, thermofit, fat fighters and my favorite Greens. The greens are amazing. I drink it every day first thing in the morning after my coffee :) This stuff is amazing. I feel more energized and get my daily filling of fruits and veggies. I also relaly like the thermofit but the greens are my favorite! I can tell if I miss a day of taking these as I feel slu... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 21:36:00 EST Three Body Types http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48079_three_body_types My body type is between athletic to smooshy. I don't mind too much until it is time to put on something slimming. <br><br>So how exactly do you best take care of yourself? These quick tips work for everyone, no matter what your body shape is (or what you hope it becomes):<br><br>1. Eat real food 90% of the time. This means whole, unprocessed food that is as close to its natural state as possible. A healthy amount of real food can do wonders for your body.<br><br>2. Lift heavy things 2-3 times... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 16:25:00 EST Don't deprive yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48076_dont_deprive_yourself Treat yourself in moderation so that the cravings don't continue - you can even replace the craving with a healthier substitute. Check how many calories you've consumed for the day and allow yourself to eat if the requirement isn't met. When your body begins to starve cravings intensify which is why it's important to fuel up. <br>I've found that if you try and starve yourself all day you just end up twice as hungry and eat twice as much, with less convenient timing. <br>If you don't sit down ... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 12:03:00 EST Magnesium, Anxiety and Biologic Drugs http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48066_magnesium_anxiety_and_biologic_drugs Magnesium is about as critical as a nutrient can be, with roles played in hundreds of chemical processes in the body. It serves in nerve, muscle, and bone function, protein synthesis, energy production, and blood pressure, to name only a few. After age 50, women need approximately 320 milligrams (mg) and men 420 mg every day. Unfortunately, our ability to fully absorb dietary magnesium decreases as we age. Also, medications such as antibiotics, diuretics, proton pump inhibitors, and osteo... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 21:43:00 EST Questions To Ask At Your Next Doctor's Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48053_questions_to_ask_at_your_next_doctors_visit Food Intolerance---Or Allergy?<br><br>Severe reactions to something you've eaten may be a sign of a food intolerance or even an allergy. Here's how to tell the difference and what to do about it.<br><br>Food Intolerance<br><br>The body may lack a specific enzyme needed to properly digest a specific ingredient in certain foods. Examples are lactose in dairy and gluten in wheat. Common symptoms include:<br><br>*****Nausea<br><br>*****Ga<BR>s, cramps, or bloating<br><br>*****Stomach pain<br><... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 22:01:00 EST Getting to a Healthy State of Mind.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48048_getting_to_a_healthy_state_of_mind Getting healthy isn't just about dropping those unwanted love handles or pounds. It means gaining confidence in yourself (myself), and moving through life with a poise and purpose you never knew you possessed. Even though I look in the mirror and I see that I lost a bite of weight, I can't help some times feel self conscious that people are eyeing me curiously? I know I need to get over myself but according to psychologists, healthy living involves five key elements: Getting proper nutrition ... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 15:47:00 EST The wonders of micronutrients http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48036_the_wonders_of_micronutrients Our poor health and growing waistlines can be traced back to the hidden crisis of a micronutrient deficiency. More than 90 percent of all Americans are deficient in at least one of these health-promoting vitamins and minerals and don't even know it.<br><br>Micronutrients is a term for vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and amino acids that our bodies need every day to stay healthy. Much of these items have been stripped away from the processed foods we consume, are lacking in the alcohol and c... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 08:06:00 EST Questions To Ask At Your Next Doctor's Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48028_questions_to_ask_at_your_next_doctors_visit See your doctor if you have any of these sometimes serious symptoms!<br><br>1. Cracked Lips: Cold weather or a cold can cause your lips to get dry, but sometimes cracked lips are a sign of a vitamin B12 deficiency that could lead to anemia.<br><br>2. Swollen ankles: It could just be hot weather---but if the swelling is part of other symptoms such as shortness of breath it could be a sign of congestive heart failure. And swelling in one leg can even signal DVT.<br><br>3. Bloated abdomen:... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 22:17:00 EST What Happens to Your Body When You're Sleep Deprived? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48019_what_happens_to_your_body_when_youre_sleep_deprived What Happens to Your Body When You're Sleep Deprived?<br><br><br>According to the documentary, Sleepless in America, coproduced by the National Geographic Channel, 40 percent of Americans are sleep deprived. Many get less than five hours of sleep per night. Percentage-wise, adolescents are among the most sleep deprived.<br><br>The consequences are dire, not just for the individual who isn’t getting enough rest, but for those around them as well. While most people don’t give lack of sleep much... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 10:51:00 EST What Happens to Your Body When You Eat Trans Fat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48018_what_happens_to_your_body_when_you_eat_trans_fat What Happens to Your Body When You Eat Trans Fat?<br><br><br>There are a number of dietary links between dementia and heart disease. Excessive sugar/processed fructose, grains, and trans fat consumption are three factors that promote both.<br><br>Not surprisingly, recent research1 has pointed out that heart disease also increases your odds of developing Alzheimer's disease, which is a serious and deadly form of dementia.<br><br>According to the authors, vascular damage may predispose your bra... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 10:08:00 EST Questions To Ask At Your Next Doctor's Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=48010_questions_to_ask_at_your_next_doctors_visit Speak Up! Questions To Ask At Your Next Doctor's Visit............<br><br>*****Also, inquire about what happens if you do not follow their medical lead. "For instance, ask what happens if you don't take the new medication. What are the potential downsides? Always know both sides of any prescription or procedure," says Dr. Sarkisian. "There is no medication or procedure that is risk-free, and it is easy to forget that sometimes the best course of action is watchful waiting."<br><br>*****A... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 21:58:00 EST Body Composition Index better than BMI http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47992_body_composition_index_better_than_bmi BMI measurements are NOT the best way to determine our health. BMI is simply a ratio of scale weight to our height, so a body builder can have the same BMI as a couch potato of the same height and weight. Body Compositions Index tells us how much our fat weighs, our bone weighs, and how much muscle we have. <br><br>More and more Americans are weighing in as obese, creating a health crisis in the country. When it comes to your body, eight critical numbers can save your life:<br><br>1. Weig... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 05:49:00 EST Questions To Ask At Your Next Doctor's Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47986_questions_to_ask_at_your_next_doctors_visit Speak Up!!!!! Questions to ask at your next doctor's visit:<br><br>Patients get an average of 18 minutes with their doctor during a regular visit, according to research from the University of Washington. That is not much time, so make every second count.<br><br>The first step is to adjust your mindset regarding the typical doctor-patient dynamic, says Catherine Sarkisian, MD, a geriatric medicine specialist with the UCLA Medical Center. "The pendulum has swing away from doctors telling pat... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 22:13:00 EST Do it every day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47982_do_it_every_day My secret is to take the steps I need to take for a better health EVERY DAY.<br><br> I remind myself that I cannot catch up if I skip exercise today. I also cannot do better tomorrow if I overeat today. <br><br> TODAY and right NOW is when I have the chance to build a better lifestyle. <br>Let me take the steps I need to take for a better health EVERY DAY.<br><br>* * * <br>My secret is to take the steps I need to take for a better health EVERY DAY.<br><br> I remind myself that I cannot catch ... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 16:23:00 EST End of the crankys http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47981_end_of_the_crankys SLEEP!!!<br>It really is true...being cranky can be caused by lack of sleep. I definitely notice when I haven't gotten enough, and can have some monster days! Being cranky with my family upsets me more, then I am stressed and cannot sleep. I have had weeks of insomnia at a time, which isn't good for anyone.<br><br>The hardest part is getting into a sleep routine. Only do relaxing things before bed - I tend to read, knit, or do some yoga. Then turn off the light. If after about 30min you find ... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:35:00 EST Fermented Foods: How to ‘Culture’ Your Way to Optimal Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47980_fermented_foods_how_to_culture_your_way_to_optimal_health Fermented Foods: How to ‘Culture’ Your Way to Optimal Health<br><br><br>There is an abundance of nutritional therapies that can help you get to new levels of health. I've been advocating them for decades now, but there is one that I've found to have phenomenal benefits in your overall wellness: the introduction of fermented foods to your diet.<br><br>I'm so excited to share with you today the radically positive changes fermented or cultured foods can provide your body: how they can "heal and ... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:55:00 EST What Happens Inside Your Stomach When You Eat Instant Noodles? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47979_what_happens_inside_your_stomach_when_you_eat_instant_noodles What Happens Inside Your Stomach When You Eat Instant Noodles?<br><br><br>Instant noodles are a popular go-to lunch or dinner for those who are strapped for time (or cash), like college students. While you probably don't consider them a health food, you may think they're not that bad, or, at least, not as bad as eating a burger and fries or a fast-food burrito.<br><br>In a first-of-its-kind experiment, however, Dr. Braden Kuo of Massachusetts General Hospital may make you reconsider your love... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:39:00 EST Meditate On This http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47968_meditate_on_this Learn To Meditate<br><br>You can reap benefits by meditating for only 15 to 30 minutes, however, consistency is key. "Just as you won't benefit much from exercising only once a week or whenever you feel like it, a regular meditation practice will yield greater health benefits," says Dr. Abbott.<br><br>How do you meditate? It can be as easy as sitting quietly in a chair or comfortably on the floor, free of distractions, with closed eyes and focusing only on your breathing---counting each bre... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 22:55:00 EST Your Practical Guide to Omega-3 Benefits and Supplementation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47958_your_practical_guide_to_omega3_benefits_and_supplementation Your Practical Guide to Omega-3 Benefits and Supplementation<br><br><br> I have emphasized that omega-3 fats are essential to your overall health. And I am not alone – other health experts stress the same, and decades of research have been devoted to discovering the many health benefits of omega-3. <br><br>Omega-3 comes from both animal and plant sources. The primary animal sources are krill oil and fish oil. The primary plant sources are flaxseed, chia and hemp. They have become a multibilli... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:40:00 EST Meditate On This http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47951_meditate_on_this 1. Reduce Anxiety and Depression. A study in JAMA Internal Medicine reviewed 47 clinical trials involving more that 3,500 people who meditated for eight weeks and found that meditation improved symptoms of anxiety, depression, and physical pain. A likely reason: It lowers gray-matter density in the amygdala, a brain area known to play an important role in anxiety and stress.<br><br>2. Make Smarter Decisions. A 15-minute meditation can encourage people to make more rational decisions by ... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 21:29:00 EST Another Perk for Drinking Coffee http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47943_another_perk_for_drinking_coffee Another Perk for Drinking Coffee<br><br>Nearly 60 percent of Americans drink coffee, and for many the habit is a daily one.1 Coffee drinking has long been viewed as more of a vice or a crutch to get a quick energy boost to power through the day, but this view is now changing as the health benefits of coffee continue to be revealed.<br><br>This is good news for those of you who sip on a cup of joe in the morning, as it turns out this may be a quite healthy way to start your day.<br><br>However... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 13:05:00 EST Meditate On This http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47925_meditate_on_this Meditate on this: A mindfulness practice promotes better health. Research shows meditation can heal brain and body.<br><br>Your mind can be a powerful healer. A mindful meditation practice-----focusing your attention on being more aware of the present moment in a quiet environment-----can help alleviate stress, improve thinking and memory, and according to some research, lower your risk of serious health conditions like diabetes and heart disease. For seniors, it can be one of the easiest... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:24:00 EST 9 Health & Fitness Fallacies http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47915_9_health_fitness_fallacies 9 Health & Fitness Fallacies We Fell for 10 Years Ago<br><br>By: Melissa Rudy, SparkPeople Blogger <br>8/25/2016 <br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e731757a-80ba-43c8-b4cf-6617a44f7893.png"><br>A lot can change in a decade. Just 10 years ago, we were convinced the Ab Rocket was the secret to six-pack abs,that tank-top-ready arms were just a Shake Weight away, walking a mile in Sketchers Shape Ups was preferred to walking in boots and that the Nintendo WII was the answer to c... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:52:00 EST Stick and Stay http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47895_stick_and_stay Losing weight seems like a simple enough concept, but when it comes to following through and making it actually happen it starts to show its true colors. I had the problem of being able to start a diet or exercise routine but not being to stick with it long enough to actually see any real results. That was, until I started AdcoCare. It wasn't about the products themselves, it was about the fact that the plan included showed me how to actually eat and exercise on a daily basis. I was finally a... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 02:18:00 EST What do you really want..? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47891_what_do_you_really_want Yes all of do Procrastinating and we say we want to be healthy and make all kinds of promises to ourselves but what do you want to do..? Promises we break when we choose the wrong foods to eat and then exercise yes being healthy go hand in hand.. Sitting on a couch and then eating in front of the TV is really a no no cause I bet just like I did you will pick and snack and before long you are staring at a empty bag.. You will thank me later when you can do and get fed up with not getting the a... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:02:00 EST Do we need to take our vitamins? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47879_do_we_need_to_take_our_vitamins Mothers used to tell their children to "take your vitamines" in order to stay healthy, but how many people popped a vitamin, grabbed a cup of coffee, and headed out the door? Do we need to take a vitamin?<br>Multivitamin/mineral pills are the most commonly used supplements in the United States. A multi can be a good way to make up for nutritional shortfalls. But many people expect too much from their multivitamins. they do NOT take the place of a healthy diet.<br>In 2012, two clinical tria... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:12:00 EST Tobacco products kill http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47855_tobacco_products_kill Have you seeen the ads on TV of people slowly dying from tobacco use? Even if you quit years ago, some of the damage has been done forever. <br>Tobacco product usage is a leading cause of death, illness and impoverishment<br><br>The tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced, killing around 6 million people a year. More than 5 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while more than 600 000 are the result of non-smokers being exp... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:10:00 EST Flying and Staying Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47854_flying_and_staying_healthy 1. Carry an empty water bottle through security.<br><br>The chances of reliable, frequent beverage service aren't high these days, unless you're lucky enough to fly business class. Yet getting and staying hydrated before and during your flight is the best way to protect yourself against getting sick. That's because lack of humidity in the pressurized cabin dries out mucous membranes, making it harder for your system to flush out germs.<br><br>What to do: Although you can't bring liquids throu... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 06:21:00 EST The Act Of Better Balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47850_the_act_of_better_balance *****Medicine Ball Tosses. Catching and tossing a weighted medicine ball can improve balance, says a new study. Researchers had older adults age 67 to 72 stand and catch and throw a medicine ball weighing either two or four pounds. The subjects completed three sets of 40 repetitions for a total of about 20 to 25 minutes. The throwing and catching motion activates two reactions in the brain related to balance and falling, say the researchers. You can mimic the same routine by simply playi... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 22:24:00 EST The suprising benefits of fiber http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47836_the_suprising_benefits_of_fiber Most people think of fiber as just a way of "keeping them regular" but fiber has many health benefits! Most Americans don't get anywhere near enough of it but it's one of the most important foods in our diet. <br><br>Probiotics are the good bacteria in our gut. These probiotics are found in fermented foods and help improve digestive health. Prebiotics are the essential fibers that help those probiotics flourish inside your intestines. Prebiotics are found in fiber-rich foods, like fruits an... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:34:00 EST Be Here Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47832_be_here_now Tending to my body, mind and spirit and staying present in the moment in the most mindful ways is my secret to success. Keeping in mind that "Where attention goes, energy flows" and "When we know better, we do better" Maya Angelo<br>I see each day as a fresh opportunity to be more mindful, aware and kind. I believe it is up to me to define what my age mean and never tell my age. <br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/25404349-d28e-4632-bf25-b4367ab976ba.jpg"><br>-Fueling my body... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 06:55:00 EST The Act Of Better Balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47825_the_act_of_better_balance You should address specific medical and drug-related conditions that can make you more susceptible to falls, but for long-term protection, you need to improve muscle strength and balancing skills. "Strength and balance training not only lowers your fall risk, but is good for your physical and mental health, and can increase your confidence to become more active," says Dr. Schickedanz.<br><br>Five Ways To Better Balance<br><br>Here are five ways to strengthen those vital muscle groups and imp... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 21:23:00 EST The importance of sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47813_the_importance_of_sleep Many of us don't realize the importance of a good sleep, but our bodies heal during the sleep phase and getting enough good sleep is vital to good health.<br>Sleep problems, including snoring, sleep apnea, insomnia, sleep deprivation, and restless legs syndrome, are common. Good sleep is necessary for optimal health and can affect hormone levels, mood and weight.<br> Getting a good night's sleep won't grant you immunity from disease. But study after study has found a link between insufficient... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 07:43:00 EST Water: Gulp It Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47807_water_gulp_it_up Eight glasses of water every day? I hate to say this but I just recently became a fan of water. I mean couldn't stand the taste of faucet water. The taste was kinda chloride tasting which people who lived in surrounding areas seemed to love it! I would take sips <em>91</em> But never really had 10 ounces everyday. I world rather drink milk soda or coffee than have water.! So want to talk about cups and cups…and cups. Even knowing about the many benefits of meeting my daily quota—increa... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 21:44:00 EST The Act Of Better Balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47806_the_act_of_better_balance Falling is the most frequent cause of injury among older adults, but improving your balance offers protection.<br><br>One-third of older adults fall each year and that number continues to rise. A new study found that over a recent 12-year period, the rate of self-reported falls among seniors has climbed almost 30 percent.<br><br>Some common factors related to falls include dizziness from cardio-vascular and psychiatric medications, impaired vision from eye diseases like glaucoma, joint stiffn... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 20:58:00 EST A Little Help From Your Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47785_a_little_help_from_your_friends Expect The Best. Many relationships take time to mature. Others never fully develop. You need to be patient and trust that your efforts will eventually flourish.<br><br>"While we wait for change, fear and frustrations can push us back into the critical and demanding behavior associated with loneliness," says Dr. Cacioppo.<br><br>This is why you need to always focus on the act of reaching out, which can help keep you on track.<br><br>What You Can Do<br><br>Strategies for building lasting re... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 22:34:00 EST Statins and heart damage! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47770_statins_and_heart_damage Many of us in our middle age have been prescribed statin drugs to lower our cholesterol numbers, but although they do reduce the numbers, they do NOT prevent damage to our heart and vessels. The majority of people who use statin cholesterol-lowering drugs are doing so because they believe lowering their cholesterol will prevent heart attacks and strokes. How many of these people do you think would continue to take them if they knew these very same drugs have been linked to decreased heart mu... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 08:25:00 EST A Little Help From Your Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47745_a_little_help_from_your_friends One way to avoid the effects of loneliness, is to follow what Dr. Cacioppo calls EASE, an acronym that stands for Extend Yourself, Action Plan, Selection, and Expect the Best. Together they can ensure your relationships are based on your personality and comfort levels. Here is how it works:<br><br>Extend Yourself. People are often withdrawn because they feel safe in their own space. To establish new relationships, you have to begin small and stay in a secure environment at first.<br><br>"... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 21:48:00 EST 8 Things You Need to Know About Belly Bloat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47731_8_things_you_need_to_know_about_belly_bloat 8 Things You Need to Know About Belly Bloat<br><br> By Robin Donovan, Health Writer<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/af4e489b-212f-4bb9-9233-7487fb75805c.jpg"><br>Maybe you ate the wrong thing or, on a gotta-get-healthier kick, you ate too much of the right thing (think fiber). All you know is that the inevitable discomfort has ensued and your pants feel a little tighter than they did this morning. What exactly causes belly bloat, and how can we prevent it?<br> <br>What is... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:20:00 EST A Little Help From Your Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47725_a_little_help_from_your_friends How can you avoid loneliness? Engaging with more people on a regular basis is the simplest way, but it is not always so easy. The types of relationships you foster can determine if they will inspire the regular interaction you need. <br><br>There are three core dimensions to healthy relationships, according to research from John Cacioppo, PhD, of the University of Chicago, a leading expert on the science of loneliness. Each one fulfills a specific need for lasting connections. They are:<br... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 22:45:00 EST What Happens to Your Body When You’re Dehydrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47714_what_happens_to_your_body_when_youre_dehydrated What Happens to Your Body When You’re Dehydrated<br>|<br><br>Dehydration is not a simple health issue. Anyone can run out of liquids in their body due to various reasons, so it is important that you always hydrate yourself with water. Read on to learn more about symptoms of dehydration and how to prevent it.<br><br>What Is Dehydration?<br><br>Water makes up at least two-thirds of the human body. It plays a large part in your normal functions, such as lubricating your joints and eyes, keeping ... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 11:13:00 EST A Little Help From Your Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47706_a_little_help_from_your_friends Regular interactions lower the health risks linked to loneliness and social isolation.<br><br>Everyone goes through bouts of loneliness and isolation, but older adults are most vulnerable.<br><br>"Decline in mobility can keep seniors more socially isolated, and a general lack of interest in building and continuing friendships can make them more cutoff from regular human contact." says Gary Small, MD, director of the UCLA Longevity Center.<br><br>Prolonged loneliness and isolation can have ser... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 21:47:00 EST a common "secret"... we all know it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47689_a_common_secret_we_all_know_it Consistency.... yup... there I said it. I know you have heard it over and over before, but it is the key for success, not just here either. You cannot be gungho fired up for three days and off kilter the next 4, back on for a day, and fall off a week. Small steps, done with intent... everyday. Take it slow and easy.... ramp it up slowly... evenly... yup, you will still have wild off the charts days, and those we won't talk about days... If you stay steady and consistent you will win in the en... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 10:56:00 EST Stomach Cancer Defense & Red Meat and the Pancreas http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47680_stomach_cancer_defense_red_meat_and_the_pancreas Stomach Cancer Defense<br><br>Worldwide, stomach cancer kills more people than any cancers other than lung and liver. U.S. stomach cancer rates have plummeted in the last 85 years, but five-year survival rates are still only around 30%. According to a new update by the American Institute for Cancer Research, here's how to lower your risk:<br><br>***Avoid processed meats. That includes any meat that's been preserved by smoking, curing, or salting, or with additives like nitrites. Some exam... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 22:00:00 EST Reducing your risk for macular degeneration http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47677_reducing_your_risk_for_macular_degeneration The most common cause of blindness in adults over the age of 60 years is age related macular degeneration (AMD). It causes damage to the macula, a small spot near the center of the retina and the part of the eye needed for sharp, central vision, which lets us see objects that are straight ahead. The exact cause of macular degeneration isn't known, but the condition develops as the eye ages. There is no cure for this terrible condition but there are several steps one can take to prevent it fr... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 19:44:00 EST