Want to Avoid Meat Raised with Antibiotics?

It’s not as easy as it should be.
The USDA doesn’t have a clear protocol for labeling meat as antibiotic free. Instead, individual meat producers develop their own antibiotics standards and terminology and present them to the agency for approval. That means the same wording on a label does not necessarily mean that farmers used the same practices. For detailed info. on how animals are raised, you may need to call the company or visit its web site.
Meat from animals that have not received routine doses of antibiotics may be labeled “organic,” raised without antibiotics,” “no antibiotics ever,” “no antibiotics administered,” “no antibiotics,” or “no antibiotics added.” In farmers markets or restaurants, you are more likely to see labels such as “Animal Welfare Approved” or “Global Animal Partnership,” which are both reliable third-party certifiers.
Source: Prevention magazine March 2014

What Are Allergies?

Allergies reflect an overreaction of the immune system to substances that usually cause no reaction in both individuals. These substances can trigger sneezing, coughing, and itching. Allergies are not only bothersome, but may have been linked to a variety of common and serious chronic respiratory illnesses (such as sinusitis and asthma). Factors such as your family history with allergies, the types and frequency of symptoms, seasonality, duration and even location of symptoms (indoors or outdoors, for example) are all taken into consideration when a doctor diagnoses allergies.)

Additionally, allergic reactions can be severe and even fatal. However, with proper management and patient education, allergic diseases can be controlled, and people with allergies can lead normal and productive lives.

Source: Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America 4-10-2014


Pain Ice or Heat? Which to Use

Apply ice immediately (but not directly on your skin) for up to 20 minutes, three to four times a day, after an acute injury. This will reduce blood flow, swelling, and inflammation, Also rest and elevate the affected area. After 24 to 48 hours, if inflammation has subsided, you can switch to heat, which helps relax muscles and improves healing circulation.
Source: Consumer Reports on Health February 2014

One Day on a Heart-Healthy Diet

Here’s a sample of what to eat, gathered from Consumer Reports registered dietitians.
Oatmeal topped with cinnamon, walnuts, and strawberries
Latte with nonfat milk

Low-fat vanilla yogurt with blueberries

Turkey burger on a mixed grain roll, with romaine lettuce, tomato, and avocado

Hummus with sliced cucumbers and red peppers

Broiled salmon topped with salsa, served with quinoa and steamed broccoli, drizzled with lemon juice and olive oil
Pinot noir, 1 glass
Dark chocolate 1 ounce for dessert, plus fresh raspberries
Source: Consumer Reports February 2014

When to Consider Sleeping Pills

If lifestyle measures aren’t enough, you might try an over-the-counter sleep aid that contain s the antihistamine diphenhydramine (Nytol, Simply Sleep, some Unisom products and generics) or doxylamine (Unisom SleepTabs and generic). Those are generally better than combination products such as Advil PM and Tylenol PM. If an OTC remedy doesn’t help, talk to your doctor about zolpidem, the generic version of the drug Ambien.
But avoid taking any sleeping pills for more than seven consecutive days. If problems persist, see your doctor to determine whether you have an underlying condition that’s causing your sleeplessness.
Source: Consumer Reports on Health February 2014

Counting Calories

You need a certain number of calories each day based on the amount of energy you burn. And the amount of energy you burn is determined by your metabolism, your weight, and your activity level.

Regardless of your diet, if you take in more calories than you need, you gain weight. In fact, if you consume 3,500 more calories per week than you need, you gain 1 pound. If you want to lose 1 pound, the reverse is also true, you need to consume 3,500 fewer calories per week or burn 3,500 more calories. If you reduce your daily calories by just 500 each day (the max you should eliminate from your daily intake), you can lose 1 pound in one week.
Source: Well-Being For Dummies published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Drink At Least 8 Glasses of Water a Day

Increasing your water intake to meet your body’s needs may produce miraculous results. Water reduces fat deposits in the body, flushes out waste and toxins, helps maintain muscle tone, moisturizes skin, and even suppresses appetite.

How much water do you need? Eight to ten 8-ounce glasses each day. as you begin to meet this need by drinking more water, you natural thirst for it increases. As you figure out what water does for your body, your motivation for drinking it grows.

Try carry a reusable water bottle with you during the day. You’ll increase your water intake and reduce the impact on the environment by avoiding plastic throw-away bottles.
Source: Well-Being For Dummies Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Bone-Friendly Foods

Nutrients don’t have to come in a bottle. Try these foods first, says nutritionist Bonnie Taub-Dix, author of Read It Before You Eat It.

With 400 mg of calcium, 1 cup goes a long way toward your daily quota.

Just 3/4 cup offers 94 mg of calcium, as well as filling fiber and healthy fats.

1/2 cup gives you 122 mg of calcium, plus bone-building magnesium and vitamin K.
Source: Better Homes & Garden magazine April 2014

Don’t Be Seduced By That Triple Scoop!

If you have trouble controlling yourself around ice cream, chips and snack food, you’re not alone. And it’s probably not a willpower problem. New research suggests that overeating may be addictive behavior, stimulating the same pressure and reward centers of the brain that are responsible for substance addictions. Luckily, you can retrain your brain. Exercise is one way to do it. A recent study found that when people rode an exercise bike for an hour, their brains had a weaker response to food cues afterward. Or the next time you crave a piece of cake. think about the drawbacks of actually eating it or imagine that a bug had crawled on it. Another found that these simple techniques could increase activity in the parts of the brain that help you resist temptation.
Source: Remedy’s Healthy Living Spring 2014

Seasonal Sneezes

Many cases of seasonal allergies, or hay fever, are because of pollen released from trees, grass, and weeds. Pollen counts tend to be highest between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., so shifting your walk to later in the day might help curb your sneezing. Moving your workout indoors on days when pollen counts are very high might also help. You can track the counts for your region by visiting the website for the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology at aaaai.org/global/nab-pollen-counts.
Source: Consumer Reports on Health April 2014