4 Things That Happen Immediately When You Quit Smoking

Quit Smoking

The fact is smoking causes the majority of lung cancers — both in smokers and in people exposed to secondhand smoke.  The most deadly cancer for both males and females is lung cancer. But did you know that within five years of quitting – your lung cancer death rate is almost half that of someone who still smokes one pack per day! Most smokers would like to quit smoking. However, most people aren’t able to quit on the first try and they give up trying again, thinking “it’s too late anyway.” If you’re struggling with this addiction, it’s important to note that the benefits of quitting are almost immediate, regardless of how long you’ve been smoking. In fact it is never too late to quit smoking!   4 Things That Happen Immediately When You Quit Smoking: Within 20 minutes– your blood pressure and pulse rate drop to normal. The temperature of your hands …

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Vitamin D: The Dangers in Deficiency

How Much Vitamin D Should You Take

Vitamin D is essential to living a healthy, balanced life. Insufficient levels can lead to a shortened lifespan and an increased risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, but too much can be just as damaging. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble, steroid hormone that controls over 1,000 genes in our bodies. Meaning it’s controlling over 1,000 different physiological processes. It’s naturally produced in our bodies and stored in our tissue. Often referred to as the “sunshine” vitamin, it’s commonly believed that getting 15 minutes of sun exposure, about 3 days a week will provide all the Vitamin D you need. But for most of us, this isn’t accurate. There are many factors that affect our body’s ability to produce and use Vitamin D, including age, skin pigmentation, sunscreen, body fat, and where you live; each of these factors act as a barrier to UVB rays, which are the primary source for Vitamin D production. The CDC estimates that …

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Allergies And What It Might Mean For Your Eyes

Allergies and eye infections

Spring is officially here, which means allergies are right around the corner, if they haven’t already kicked up. Georgia Eye Associates explains which allergies may be affecting your eyes and how you can relieve your symptoms. Allergies tend to be associated with a runny nose, scratchy throat, or just an increased level of sneezing, but allergy symptoms come in a lot of different varieties. Unfortunately for many, allergies can cause all types of discomfort for the eyes, ranging from swelling to a persistent itchy feeling. If you find that your eyes are getting red, swollen, and/or itchy, then it is highly possible that it is due to an allergy to pollen, pet dander, dust, freshly cut grass, etc. In order to rid yourself of this frustration you need to figure out what is triggering your reaction and take action to stay ahead of the symptoms. Eye allergies, or “allergic conjunctivitis” …

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What You Need to Know About the Zika Virus

What You Need to Know About the Zika Virus

Before 2015, you most likely had never heard of the Zika virus. It was found mainly in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands until May 2015, when the virus was discovered for the first time in Brazil. Since then it has continued to spread around the globe to places including the Caribbean Islands, Central America, Mexico, South America, and Puerto Rico. Although the virus has not yet spread from one person to another in the United States through a mosquito, experts believe that it’s likely to happen, and soon. So here’s what you need to know about the Zika virus to be prepared. What is the Zika virus? The Zika virus is spread through infected mosquitoes. Named after the Zika forest in Uganda, where the virus was first discovered in 1947, these mosquitoes typically lay eggs in and around standing water. They prefer to bite people, and typically live both …

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Flu Vaccines: Everything You Need To Know Now

Flu Shot, Vaccines, Health, Wellness, Risks, CDC

Flu season is here. And like any flu seasons there is a hot debate between those who are pro-vaccine and those who are anti-vaccine. To help make an informed decision here is everything you need to know about getting vaccinated. Vaccines are used to boost your immune system and prevent serious, life-threatening diseases. They work by “training” your body to defend itself when certain germs or bacteria invade. They expose you to a very small amount of viruses or bacteria that have been weakened or killed. Your immune system then learns to recognize and attack the infection if you are exposed to it later in life. As a result, you will not become ill, or you may have a milder infection. There are four types of vaccines available: Live virus vaccines: These use a weakened form of the virus (examples include the chickenpox vaccine and the measles, mumps, and rubella …

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