Salad Grows on Trees!

Elle from Oudoorhappens.com thought, “Hmmph. If only salad grew on trees… But, what’s that? You say it can?”!

Trees With Edible Leaves – Salad Does Grow on Trees!

We all know what a delight home-grown leaves can be, but as with all annuals there tends to be a lot of time and effort we have to put in to produce them – and all without any promise of success in return.

Planting trees with edible foliage cuts out every last job involved in growing your own leaves, bar picking them and devouring their delicious goodness.

Here’s my rundown of 5 of the very best edible tree leaf crops you can easily grow in a temperate garden.

1. Small Leaved Lime (aka. Small Leaved Linden) – Tilia cordata

Coming in at the top of my list! It really is difficult to beat the young, succulent leaves of Tilia cordata – the Small Leaved Lime or Linden tree.

Excellent eaten straight from the tree, tossed into a mixed salad, or sandwiched between two slices of bread – their subtle nutty flavor and silky texture make them the ideal alternative to lettuce.

Lime leaves are at their very best when the buds are just breaking. They can be enjoyed all the way up until mid-summer, after which they may become a bit “chewy”. You can however extend this season substantially by coppicing some shoots in the spring, which will then burst forth into fresh growth later on. Learn more about coppicing at Verge Permaculture. Read more

The Importance of Vitamin D During Quarantine

College of DuPage Nursing Student Moriah Meyer shared with Healthy Lombard that Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin. It is produced by your body when UV rays from the sun hit your skin. One of the main roles of Vitamin D is calcium absorption. Without it, bones can become very brittle. Aside from its impact on calcium though, Vitamin D helps to reduce inflammation, metabolize sugar, and has an immense impact on immune function. Vitamin D enhances innate immunity and protects against cancer, autoimmune diseases, and infections (Aponte & Palacios, 2017). According to Zitterman and colleagues (2011), maintaining adequate Vitamin D levels results in a 31% reduction in the risk of mortality.

Despite its many benefits, about 50% of Americans are deficient in Vitamin D (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2012). This is because most people do not get enough Vitamin D from the sun alone. This may be due to either a lack of time spent outdoors or that they have darker skin pigmentation which makes it more difficult for them to absorb Vitamin D (CDC). With being stuck inside most of this year due to social distancing, the risk for even less sunlight exposure than usual exists. During a time when we need our immune systems to be their strongest, this can be detrimental. Read more

Benefits of Black Tea

BestTeaSupplier, that provide a variety of high quality teas shared with Healthy Lombard that Black Tea was discovered in China about 4000 years ago. Today it is among the most popularly consumed beverage in the world. People often drink black tea, either alone or in drinks.

In this article,  have listed 29 important black tea benefits:

1. May Improve Oral Health

Research indicated that black tea reduced plaque formation and restricted bacterial growth. So drinking black tea may protect against dental plaque, cavities, and tooth decay. It also may freshen your breath.

2. May Boost Heart Health

Black teas contain a group of antioxidants called flavonoids that benefit heart health. These flavonoids can also be obtained from vegetables, fruits, red wine, and even dark chocolates.

Therefore, add black tea to your daily routine is good for your heart.

3. Black Teas have Antioxidant Properties

Black tea contains polyphenols such as catechins, theaflavins, and thearubigins which are also antioxidants that may help lower the risk of chronic diseases.

While antioxidants are available in supplements, the best way to consume them is through food and beverages.

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Our Furry COVID Companions

College of DuPage Nursing Student Andrea Armenta researched for Healthy Lombard that when thinking about what makes a family, almost everyone would also consider including pets as part of a traditional family. For most of us, our furry friends have a role that is more than merely ornamental. In the early months of 2020, an increase in the number of individuals changing their schedule to accommodate a remote lifestyle has occurred. During this time, more people are also adopting loving comrades through foster care. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA, 2020) reports a nearly 70% increase in animals going to foster programs. This determines there are more people finding support and stabilization from furry friends during this time of quarantine.

Pets help to create memories that can last for a lifetime. Pets add joy to life due to their pure and calm demeanor but may also benefit overall health. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2020), a bond exists between pets and their owners resulting in an increased quality of life from improvements in levels of fitness, stress reduction, and a general sense of happiness in their owners. The study continues to indicate that pets help to decrease blood pressure and increase the opportunities of exercising. Read more

OWH Launches New Maternal Health Site

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced maternal health as a national priority and released two strategic roadmaps to help guide our nation’s endeavors to improve maternal health. As a part of these efforts, the HHS Office on Women’s Health is excited to announce the launch of the new Maternal Health site on Womenshealth.gov.

The new maternal health site outlines the HHS vision for ensuring the United States is one of the safest countries in the world for women to give birth. It also highlights resources such as the HHS Maternal Health Action Plan , the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Improve Maternal Health and two innovative competitions to address maternal health disparities.

As part of the Administration’s broader efforts to improve health in America, the United States (U.S.) Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing its vision for ensuring the U.S. is one of the safest countries in the world for women to give birth.

In order to realize this vision, America’s women and their families need a health care system they can rely on – a health care system that delivers care that is safe, high quality, and evidence-based – and strong communities to draw upon for support. They need a holistic approach to care that proactively identifies risk factors for poor maternal health outcomes (e.g., medical conditions, behaviors, or life circumstances) and engages a comprehensive set of resources, including clinical, behavioral, and social supports, to help mothers and their babies attain optimal pregnancy, birth, and post-delivery outcomes. Read more

Exercising While Wearing A Mask

Photo by Julian Wan on UnsplashCollege of DuPage Nursing Student Anthony Genca wrote for Healthy Lombard that wearing a mask is important to stop the spread of COVID-19, but is it dangerous to wear a mask while working out? According to the Mayo Clinic (Mayo Clinic 2020), it is safe to wear masks while exercising, however, there are some important considerations with excising while wearing a mask. First, masks decrease airflow so wearing the mask while working out may affect breathing and temperature regulation. Next, maintaining a low to moderate intensity while working out is recommended as vigorous exercise greatly increases heart rate. High intensity exercise is not necessary, as the current physical activity guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity exercise, or the equivalence thereof (Piercy, 2018). This amount of activity is equivalent to 30 minutes a day of brisk walking (Piercy). If exercising at a high intensity, however, it is recommended to monitor for signs and symptoms of an increased heart rate such as, palpitations, fluttering in the chest, or light-headedness. Read more

The Importance of Preconception Planning with Diabetes

College of DuPage Nursing Student V. Martinez shared that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2020), uncontrolled glucose levels (blood sugar) can cause serious birth defects in a developing fetus. Even if your glucose levels are under control, they can become unstable from many physiological changes that occur during pregnancy. Ideally, all women who have diabetes (and young women of reproductive age) should undergo preconception planning prior to becoming pregnant. Unfortunately, less than 20% of diabetics in the U.S. take the additional steps to better manage their own health and the health of their fetus (Cashion, 2018).

Why Obtain Preconception Planning?

Preconception planning involves meeting with your doctor to make sure that you are healthy and safely able to carry a pregnancy, and that your medications will not harm your growing fetus. Your doctor may suggest weight loss, more exercise, or eating a more nutritious diet. To protect the mother and fetus, the obstetrician or midwife will recommend daily folic acid to prevent neural tube defects such as spina bifida (CDC, 2018) and before becoming pregnant, any necessary vaccinations. Read more

How Blue Light Affects Your Eyes

Rachel from ANRRI asks, “Do you sometimes find it hard to sleep at night?” Chances are that blue light is affecting your body’s biological clock and disrupting your sleep patterns. This is a reality for many people if you consider that an average modern human being spends almost 5,000 hours staring at screens that emit blue light.

It’s inevitable that as digital technologies continue to be available to more people, exposure to blue light will also increase. But what is blue light? Where can you find blue light? Is blue light good or bad for your eyes? If blue light has adverse effects on your eyes, what can you do to protect your eyes from these effects?

In this comprehensive article, ANRRI answers all the above questions. They look at how blue light affects your sleep patterns. More importantly, they provide some advice on what you can do to protect your eyes from the negative effect of blue light, particularly artificial blue light. Read more

36 Proven Ways to Bring Positivity into Your Home

Zebra, the nation’s leading independent insurance comparison site, shared with Healthy Lombard that after a long search for the right neighborhood and the perfect home, and the process of renting or buying your house, comes the exciting new challenge of making a house feel like home.

There are many factors that make a house feel like yours — from the people you share it with to the unique furnishings you choose. Ultimately, establishing a sense of security can play a huge part in the overall happiness with your home, so it’s important to ensure you’re financially covered with home insurance.

While what makes a place feel like home is up to you, there are a few science-backed ways to create a home that is welcoming and supports your happiness and success. We break down the tips below, and included a checklist so you can incorporate them into your new place.

Tips to make your home a happier place

You might already know that natural light and photos of loved ones tend to make us happier, but if you’re stuck with a dim room, how can you turn it into an uplifting space? Here are just a few ways to incorporate our proven tips for making your home more positive:

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