Coronavirus Care

Dr. Sylvia, from Natural Paths for Lymphatic Wellness, in Aurora, IL  shared in their newsletter that they know things haven’t been same lately. With the change and disruptions to our normal lives and daily routines, it is important to focus on self-care and love ourselves.

Here are some top healthy daily habits that can keep you staying sane, fit, and healthy in these times:
Are you partaking in daily health habits to keep you illness-free? Diet and exercise are part of that, but habits extend beyond this that can result in feeling great inside and out. Here are a few of our suggestions to help you apply to your own life.
Meditation – You might think this is an odd habit to reduce illness. However, it can be connected to your emotional and overall health, as it assists in slowing your body down. You can focus on root issues and garner yourself more emotional control. You can calm down from life’s daily issues or problems with work, children, or anything upsetting.
When you don’t deal with issues, your body can become tensed and stressed. This, in turn, increases blood pressure, causes headaches, and leads to a lowered immune system. Simple daily meditation habits can help keep you illness-free.

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Are your spring allergies affecting your energy bill?

Caitlin Cosper shared with Choose Energy that after the cold winter months, spring has finally arrived. Spring brings us warmer weather and blooming flowers, but many also find it ushers in allergy season. In fact, more than 50 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies.

There are several steps you can take to help your allergies, but could your allergies also lead to higher energy bills? Read on to learn about how you can avoid itchy eyes and sneezes without sacrificing your energy cost.

HVAC maintenance

As we move into spring, it’s important to give your HVAC system some attention. About half of your home’s energy usage comes from heating and cooling, so an efficient HVAC is crucial. Your indoor air quality can feel the negative effects of a neglected HVAC, leading to worsened allergies and less efficiency.

For starters, be sure to dust out the registers and air return vents with a damp cloth. It’s especially important, to begin with, this step – if the vents and registers in your HVAC are dusty, that dust will be spread throughout your entire home.

Spring is also an opportune time for you to schedule an appointment with an HVAC technician. Experts recommend having a professional inspect your HVAC at least once a year to ensure it’s running efficiently and isn’t encountering any problems.

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Healthy Kids Running Series

To combat increasing rates of childhood obesity in America, Healthy Lombard is sponsoring a running program called, Healthy Kids Running Series,  that provides a fun environment for kids that also builds self-esteem.

HKRS is a national, community-based non-profit that provides a fun, inclusive five-week running series for ages 2-14, designed for kids to get active, feel accomplished and lay the foundation for a healthy lifestyle.

Because of Cvid29, this year’s series will be conducted as virtual runs. The advantage, in addition to the obvious one of staying safe distances from others, is that YOU can schedule your run at a time that is most convenient for your family! So, we encourage you to take this opportunity to run with your kids and have some good, healthy, family fun.  Read more

Make the most of your telehealth visit

The National Institute on Aging shared that many doctor’s offices are switching to telehealth appointments because of coronavirus concerns. Telehealth appointments may take place over the phone or via a video conferencing service. Here are some tips to make the most out of these appointments:

  • Make a list of your concerns and prioritize them. Talk about the most important points first—don’t put off what’s really on your mind! If you don’t get through all of your concerns, you may need to ask to schedule a follow-up appointment.
  • Minimize technical difficulties. Ask a friend or family member to help you download any apps and test your microphone and camera to make sure they are working. Make sure your speakers are up loud enough for you to hear well.
  • Keep your doctor up to date. Let them know about any hospital or specialist visits you’ve had since your last visit. Also mention any changes you’ve noticed in your appetite, weight, sleep or energy levels.

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Obesity Raises the Risk of Catching Coronavirus

The Obesity Action Coalition shared that like many health topics in the world right now, the topic of obesity is one that is surrounded by many perceptions. These perceptions form opinions and shape the way we understand obesity from healthcare to pop culture.

One relevant example in the world right now is the relationship between obesity and Coronavirus (COVID-19). With lots of talk about risk factors and complications, many think that simply having obesity makes you more likely to contract the virus.

This perception isn’t true. What is true is that it casts more judgment about obesity as “one of the worst conditions you can have.”

Challenging Obesity Perceptions

Throughout the coming weeks, OAC will be taking a closer look at common perceptions of obesity and then challenge them, starting with obesity and Coronavirus. We’ll present the science and research to give a better understanding of obesity through education.

Perception #1: Obesity Raises the Risk of Developing COVID-19

This perception is FALSE. If you have excess weight or obesity, you are NOT at an increased risk for developing COVID-19. However, you MAY be at risk for experiencing more severe symptoms and complications.

Having obesity alone does not make you more likely to get COVID-19. People of all ages and health statuses can get it. Factors that DO affect your risk include:

  • Basic hygiene (hand-washing and sanitizing)
  • Covering your mouth to prevent airborne spread
  • Adherence to social distancing

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Salt Myths That May Be Putting You In Danger

College of DuPage Nursing Student Stephanie Sostenes share with Healthy Lombard that sodium in excess is one of the number one risk factors that put people at danger for hypertension and other heart diseases. There are at least 7 myths about salt consumption in our diets according to the American Heart Association (AHA).

The primary misconception is that eliminating salt altogether from the diet is the best way to stay healthy and prevent heart disease; that is wrong. The recommended amount of daily dietary sodium is less than 1500 mg for nerve and muscle function in our body – remember everything in moderation!

The next misconception is that sea salt is a better alternative to regular table salt. Over the past few years there has been an increase in sea salt as ‘’better for health” when in actuality, it contains the same amount of sodium as table salt. Any salt if consumed in high quantities, is harmful to health and contributes to hypertension.

The next misconception is that adding salt to your food does not add too much sodium to the diet. In reality, most canned or frozen foods are loaded with sodium as a preservative; just because you do not physically put salt on your food does not mean it is not there. The AHA recommends reading food labels to determine sodium content. Read more

Stress Eating During a Pandemic

The Obesity Action Coalition shared that stress eating is a common response to periods of heightened stress and uncertainty. As we continue to navigate the current Coronavirus pandemic, many factors may be triggering you or a loved one to stress eat in response.

  • Stress and anxiety can wreak havoc on healthy behaviors
  • Changes in stress hormones can lead to changes in hunger hormones
  • Food is often used to find comfort or as a distraction
  • If you’re dehydrated, you may confuse thirst for hungerShown below, OAC summarized tips for managing stress eating that was provided by Robert Kushner, MD, an obesity medicine specialist who also helps spearhead the educational program of OAC’s Annual Convention each year. He covers these tips in complete detail on his website at DrRobertKushner.com.Tips to Combat Stress Eating

    1) Plan in Advance:

    • Keep food in your house that YOU will eat regularly, not just what other members of the household will eat.
    • Whether you venture to the grocery store every so often or order online, fill up your shopping list with nutritious foods that will keep you full: lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, and whole-grain items.
    • Take advantage of healthy grab-n-go foods like string cheese, Greek yogurt cups, sliced oranges, grapes, and broccoli florets.
    • Look online for energy-dense recipes you can try with the family.

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Best Online Personal Training Based on In-Depth Reviews

Since the world is almost-entirely under shutdown, the folks at ConsumersAdvocate.org thought our readers would appreciate their guide in which they discuss the growth of health apps in the United States, the benefits of online personal trainers, and other online options.

This is how they analyze the information.

WORKOUT PROGRAM – They ranked programs that offered a larger number of exercise routines higher. This included those that offer individual or joint supplementary diet plans.

PRICING  – Pricing is usually based on a monthly or annual subscription model or on a set number of sessions you can do in a certain time span. Some – charge for individual workouts or provide free subscription.
REPUTATION – They assessed customer feedback, testimonials, and each company’s general reputation among clients and fitness experts to view if their services were credible and of good quality.
ENGAGEMENT – Engagement with a personal trainer is vital to making a workout or nutritional program work. That’s why they consulted consumer feedback to assess how well consumers were able to communicate with their trainers when using these programs.

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What About the Sodium in Miso?

The risk of stomach cancer associated with salt intake appears on par with smoking or heavy alcohol use, but may only be half as bad as opium use or increased total meat consumption, as you can see at 0:43 in my video. These findings were based on a study of more than a half-million people, which may explain why those eating meatless diets appear to have nearly two-thirds lower risk.

We know dietary salt intake is directly associated with the risk of stomach cancer, and the higher the intake, the higher the risk. A meta-analysis went one step further and looked at specific salt-rich foods: pickled foods, salted fish, processed meat, and miso soup. Habitual consumption of pickled foods, salted fish, and processed meat was each associated with about a 25 percent greater risk of stomach cancer. The pickled foods may explain why Korea, where the pickled cabbage dish kimchi is a staple, appears to have the highest stomach cancer rates in the world, as you can see at 1:39 in my video. But researchers found there was no significant association with the consumption of miso soup. This may be because the carcinogenic effects of the salt in miso soup are counteracted by the anti-carcinogenic effects of the soy, effectively canceling out the risk. And, if we made garlicky soup with some scallions thrown in, our cancer risk may drop even lower, as you can see in his video.

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