Spring Clean Your Medicine Cabinet

Spring Clean Your Medicine Cabinet

Has it been a while since you looked through all the pills and other items stored in your medicine cabinet? If the answer is “yes,” include getting rid of prescription and over the counter (OTC) medications that have expired or gone unused for months to years as part of your spring cleaning. There are numerous reasons why this is a healthy decision. Sure, it can be tempting to leave a keep a half bottle of leftover pain relievers or some antibiotics around “just in case,” but you could be putting yourself or family members at risk for accidental ingestion, misuse, or overdose. And while it’s true that some pills keep their potency for years, other drugs lose their effectiveness and still others can change composition over time and become dangerous. One example is the antibiotic tetracycline which can become toxic after its expiration date, resulting in kidney problems if ingested. …

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Warning! Office Work Can Be Dangerous to Your Health

Your job doesn’t involve potentially dangerous machines or toxic chemicals. In fact, you sit in a comfortable chair at your desk most of your work day. So you probably assume there’s nothing dangerous about your work environment. Unfortunately, that assumption may be wrong. Researchers are warning that the typical office workplace can be hazardous to your health – simply because of all that sitting behind your desk. Maybe you’ve always thought a person had to be a couch potato who watches too much TV at night to qualify as sedentary. However, it turns out that simply sitting all day while you work fits the definition of a sedentary lifestyle, too. Working out a few times a week doesn’t override the health dangers of a not-moving-around- most-of-the-day lifestyle. Why Sitting too Much is a Health Risk “Sitting is now literally the most common human behavior – more common than sleeping,” says …

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More Reasons than Ever to Eat More Veggies

More Reasons than Ever to Eat More Veggies

As even the most die-hard meat lover knows, vegetables should be part of a healthy diet. Long known to be important sources of key nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folic acid, vitamin A, and vitamin C, veggies have been shown to lower the risk for several health problems, including type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Recently, however, scientists have found evidence that eating vegetables may potentially prevent some of the most serious and dreaded diseases – from heart disease to dementia. The key is to eat vegetables in abundance. You don’t have to become a vegetarian. Instead, consider choosing to be a pro-vegetarian. The Pro-Vegetarian Diet “A pro-vegetarian diet doesn’t make absolute recommendations about specific nutrients. It focuses on increasing the proportion of plant-based foods relative to animal-based foods, which results in an improved nutritionally balance diet,” said Camille Lassale, Ph.D., an epidemiologist at Imperial College London’s School of …

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Work Out With a Partner to Get Moving

Work Out With a Partner to Get Moving

If you’ve fallen behind on exercise goals, you aren’t alone. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services advises that American adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity each week. However, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that less than half of us meet that recommendation. If you are looking for a willpower boost to get you moving, it’s time to reach out to family, friends and even work colleagues and find a workout partner. Researchers have found that you are more likely to exercise – and exercise more – if you do it with another person. In fact, you are more likely to increase both the amount of time you exercise and your fitness levels. The Spouse Connection Previous studies have shown that people who are married tend to eat a healthier diet …

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